Results 1–20 of 384 for speaker:Alexander Burnett

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax ( 6 Mar 2024)

Alexander Burnett: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the finance secretary has had with ministerial colleagues regarding the impact of its current income tax policy, in light of reports that higher taxes could deter experienced professionals from moving to Scotland. (S6O-03158)

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax ( 6 Mar 2024)

Alexander Burnett: The minister will be aware that the new tax rates will mean that the average doctor will now pay £5,000 more than their counterparts in the rest of the UK. Given that both the British Medical Association and the British Dental Association have said that the tax hikes undermine efforts to recruit experienced staff and that rural communities are at an even greater disadvantage, can the...

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment Scotland Sites (Reopening) (10 Jan 2024)

Alexander Burnett: 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the reopening of Historic Environment Scotland sites following the completion of work to make them safe for the public, including when the remaining sites will reopen. (S6O-02933)

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment Scotland Sites (Reopening) (10 Jan 2024)

Alexander Burnett: In my constituency, Corgarff castle, which played an important role in the Jacobite risings, closed at the height of summer last year because of staffing issues. According to Historic Environment Scotland, the issue affected a number of sites, especially sites in rural areas. The cabinet secretary asked earlier for examples that he would support. Can the minister guarantee that sites such as...

Scottish Parliament: Antisocial Behaviour on Buses (14 Dec 2023)

Alexander Burnett: As other members have said, many of us have heard about examples in our constituencies of young people travelling around to cause havoc under the Scottish Government’s free bus travel scheme for those aged under 22. I recognise, as my colleagues have, that we are talking about a minority of young people. We accept that the behaviour is not confined to young people, and we are looking to...

Scottish Parliament: Teacher Induction Scheme ( 7 Dec 2023)

Alexander Burnett: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports of Aberdeenshire secondary school parent councils calling for changes to the teacher induction scheme. (S6O-02850)

Scottish Parliament: Teacher Induction Scheme ( 7 Dec 2023)

Alexander Burnett: I am glad that the cabinet secretary found the time to meet Aberdeenshire Council yesterday. It looks forward to her returning in the new year to further explore solutions and meet some of the parents who wrote on the matter. Aberdeenshire received only 12 of the 66 secondary probationary teachers that it requested, and it remains chronically short of them. Local authorities are now worried...

Scottish Parliament: Teacher Induction Scheme ( 7 Dec 2023)

Alexander Burnett: No, you are—

Scottish Parliament: Household Heating Costs (North-east Scotland) (30 Nov 2023)

Alexander Burnett: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking with Social Security Scotland to help with the heating costs of households in the north-east. (S6O-02821) I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests in relation to energy supply.

Scottish Parliament: Household Heating Costs (North-east Scotland) (30 Nov 2023)

Alexander Burnett: Last December, the United Kingdom experienced its coldest day since December 2010, with the coldest temperature recorded in Braemar. However, my constituents now receive only a one-off winter fuel payment of £55.05, whereas previously they received about three times more under the UK Government’s cold weather payment scheme. Communities across the north-east have already experienced snow...

Scottish Parliament: Michael Matheson (Use of Parliamentary Device Abroad) (23 Nov 2023)

Alexander Burnett: My supplementary question relates to the management of the Parliament’s website, not the investigation itself. Michael Matheson’s roaming charges bill, which was partially paid for out of parliamentary expenses, was more than double the value of the rest of the MSP mobile phone bill claims combined. That clearly cannot represent value for money for the taxpayer, and the expenses claim has...

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion (16 Nov 2023)

Alexander Burnett: Today’s business motion gives Michael Matheson the chance to outline his reasons for attempting to charge Scottish taxpayers around £11,000 for roaming charges while he was on holiday in Morocco. It has also allowed the First Minister, at First Minister’s questions today, to deflect and avoid questions from Douglas Ross on his understanding of the scandal, including whether he still...

Scottish Parliament: New Routes Home Campaign ( 9 Nov 2023)

Alexander Burnett: A protest is happening outside Parliament today for the new routes home campaign, to recognise those who are locked up in hospital. I welcome the families of those patients who are in the gallery, including Tracey and Natalie, who are constituents of mine and are the mother and the sister of Kyle, who has been locked up for 14 years. Hundreds of autistic people and people with learning...

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times ( 8 Nov 2023)

Alexander Burnett: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made on eliminating long waiting times for national health service patients. (S6O-02695)

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times ( 8 Nov 2023)

Alexander Burnett: Patients are waiting years for NHS treatment. One patient who lives in the NHS Grampian area has waited six years for surgery. Another constituent, who was hospitalised with gallstones in March 2020, is still waiting for his gall bladder to be removed. He is in significant pain, suffers regular attacks that result in hospitalisation and vomits for up to 12 hours at a time. He has had to take...

Scottish Parliament: Onshore Wind Farms (Approvals) ( 1 Nov 2023)

Alexander Burnett: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of onshore wind farms approved in the past year had majority support from the local community. (S6O-02649) I refer members to my registered interest in relation to two 12kW domestic turbines.

Scottish Parliament: Onshore Wind Farms (Approvals) ( 1 Nov 2023)

Alexander Burnett: Last year, the Garbet wind farm, which borders my constituency, received consent from the Scottish Government despite overwhelming objection from the local community and Moray Council. Similarly, the Scottish Government approved the Meall Buidhe wind farm this summer despite more than 200 objections from residents and Highland Council. There are now fears that approval for the proposed...

Scottish Parliament: Insch War Memorial Hospital (Reopening) (26 Oct 2023)

Alexander Burnett: 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the work that it is doing to support the reopening of Insch war memorial hospital. (S6O-02640)

Scottish Parliament: Insch War Memorial Hospital (Reopening) (26 Oct 2023)

Alexander Burnett: Insch war memorial hospital closed at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. Despite the efforts of the local community and the manifesto promise of the former First Minister, it has not yet reopened. Given the Scottish Government’s commitment to spend an extra £100 million per year to reduce waiting times, is the cabinet secretary prepared to spend a small percentage of that sum in...

Scottish Parliament: Crops (Durability) ( 4 Oct 2023)

Alexander Burnett: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it plans to take to improve the durability of Scottish crops over the coming years. (S6O-02587) I refer members to my entry in the register of interests regarding farming.


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