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Results 521–540 of 582 for speaker:Richard Lyle

Scottish Parliament: Drink-driving (1 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: I totally agree. As someone who has driven down to Manchester on numerous occasions on the M6, the M74 and the M8 and who has done about 30,000 or 40,000 miles a year, I see people whom I would describe as nutters; I do not know whether that is the right language—

Scottish Parliament: Drink-driving (1 Nov 2012)

Richard Lyle: I have been passed by people driving at 60, 70, 80 or 90mph; I even remember someone passing me at 100mph in fog. Luckily, the police were about 2 miles down the road and they got him. What a laugh I had when I saw that! The BMA also said: “The risk of involvement in a collision rises significantly once the blood alcohol level rises above 50mg per 100ml of blood.” I listened intently to...

Scottish Parliament: Winter Resilience (24 Oct 2012)

Richard Lyle: First, I agree with James Dornan: I, too, do not agree with what the Labour Party amendment says. My experience from my previous life on a local council is that councils have been steadily reducing the number of roads being gritted since the 1990s and well before this Government ever came to power. In most councils’ roads gritting policy, primary routes are gritted first and only when those...

Scottish Parliament: Winter Resilience (24 Oct 2012)

Richard Lyle: I welcome that. The Scottish National Party Government has made a commitment to have more salt stocked at the start of winter than was used across Scotland in the entire winter of 2010-11. I do not need to go into the figures; we have all got them. Like Jim Hume, I welcome the code of practice between Transport Scotland, the NFUS and local authorities, which will enable farmers to offer...

Scottish Parliament: 5th Fife Scout Group (Scottish Championship Award) (23 Oct 2012)

Richard Lyle: I join my fellow MSPs in welcoming our scout visitors to their Parliament. I endorse the motion that is before us and pay tribute to the members of the 5th Fife scout group who are mentioned in it. I also thank David Torrance MSP for bringing the debate to the chamber. I understand that he entered the scouts in 1969 at the age of eight and became a scout leader when he was 18. He has held...

Scottish Parliament: Monklands Hospital (26 Sep 2012)

Richard Lyle: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what improvement plans it has for Monklands hospital. (S4O-01313)

Scottish Parliament: Monklands Hospital (26 Sep 2012)

Richard Lyle: I thank the cabinet secretary for his answer and, as his former constituency chairman, I wish him well in his new job. Does he agree that mental health services at Monklands hospital should be improved?

Scottish Parliament: Community Sport Inquiry (20 Sep 2012)

Richard Lyle: As a former member of the Health and Sport Committee, I welcome the debate on support for community sport, and I compliment the convener and deputy convener on bringing the matter to the chamber. Sport is the lifeblood of any nation. In Scotland, there are many sports, which are run by thousands of volunteers. I am informed that there are nearly 13,000 clubs and 150,000 volunteers running...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (18 Sep 2012)

Richard Lyle: The bill will enshrine in law the opportunity for adults and children who use social care to exercise choice and control over their care. The Government will support independent living and the right of supported people to participate in society to the full, so that people can be helped, quite rightly, to live an ordinary life. If that is to happen, we must redouble efforts to increase take-up...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Food Parcels) (13 Sep 2012)

Richard Lyle: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to Citizens Advice Scotland’s report suggesting that the number of Scots receiving food parcels from charities has doubled in the last two years due to changes to the benefits system. (S4O-01267)

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Food Parcels) (13 Sep 2012)

Richard Lyle: Will the cabinet secretary undertake to raise the Citizens Advice Scotland report with the relevant minister in the UK Parliament to ensure that that fact is highlighted? Does she agree that the welfare cuts that the UK Government is introducing will drive more Scots into poverty and that it is only through Scotland becoming an independent country that we can and will look after all who live here?

Scottish Parliament: Aberdeen City Centre (11 Sep 2012)

Richard Lyle: If the case was made for another project, would the member hold a referendum and accept the result?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (6 Sep 2012)

Richard Lyle: Will the member take an intervention? I have no ministerial aspirations.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (Empty Property Relief) (21 Jun 2012)

Richard Lyle: I welcome this debate on reducing empty property relief for non-domestic rates. I remind members that we subsidise vacant properties by more than £150 million per year. I believe that the empty property rates reform will revitalise town centres and bring more than 5,000 properties back into use. In Bellshill, in my area, we have revitalised the town centre and brought properties back into...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (Empty Property Relief) (21 Jun 2012)

Richard Lyle: It is still in the bill. The Tories have been rumbled. Despite the rhetoric of the Conservatives in the Scottish Parliament, the Con-Dem Government has failed to reverse similar changes that were made in England in 2008. I am aghast at the point that the Tories have gone on about.

Scottish Parliament: Women and Work (20 Jun 2012)

Richard Lyle: I congratulate the convener of the Equal Opportunities Committee, Mary Fee, on securing the debate. In the past, the Scottish National Party has strongly supported the single agreement for local councils. That has played an important role in achieving equal pay in local government, which is a major employer in Scotland. That affirmative attitude has set the foundation for equal opportunities...

Scottish Parliament: Jobs (7 Jun 2012)

Richard Lyle: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the statement by the chief economist at the Bank of Scotland that “April’s barometer showed the strongest improvement in the Scottish jobs market for 11 months.” (S4O-01100)

Scottish Parliament: Jobs (7 Jun 2012)

Richard Lyle: The cabinet secretary will be aware that figures were published in the Reed job index yesterday that show a 5 per cent rise in the number of new job vacancies in May compared with the previous month, and a 17 per cent rise compared with the figures for May 2011. Does he agree that, although those signs are positive, if we are to keep the momentum going, we need an injection of capital...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill (24 May 2012)

Richard Lyle: As a member of the Health and Sport Committee, I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate. Alcohol minimum pricing is the latest step to change the drinking culture in Scotland. It is crucial that minimum pricing be implemented because, without it, our previous steps will prove to be less effective, because alcohol can be sold at rock-bottom prices. As I have said previously in the...

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times (17 May 2012)

Richard Lyle: Although I agree that the situation that developed in NHS Lothian was unacceptable, I note that the cabinet secretary took swift and direct action to remedy the situation. I also note the announcement on 3 May that Audit Scotland has agreed the remit for health boards to review their waiting times practice. Those measures have been introduced to provide assurance that waiting times practices...

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