Results 1–20 of 688 for speaker:Donald Cameron

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (29 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I make this point of order further to the one that Stephen Kerr made last night and in the light of the response from the Minister for Parliamentary Business in relation to the potential appearance by the Lord Advocate to answer questions on the referral of an independence referendum bill to the Supreme Court, which was announced yesterday by the First...

Scottish Parliament: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (29 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: I am genuinely grateful to the Scottish Government for bringing the debate to the chamber. It is an important debate, not least in terms of the integrity of the United Kingdom and regarding our wider relations with the European Union. In such a debate, it is tempting to re-fight old battles and revisit old arguments, whether on the Brexit vote itself, or on the never-ending saga of votes in...

Scottish Parliament: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (29 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: I will take a very brief intervention. I have got a lot to get through.

Scottish Parliament: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (29 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: As I say, I would ideally like for negotiations to continue. On the subject of regulation, which Fiona Hyslop raised, in March last year a civil servant at Stormont said that the number of regulatory checks that are required on goods arriving into Northern Ireland from GB equates to 20 per cent of the total number of checks that are undertaken by the entire EU. Thirdly, there are tax and...

Scottish Parliament: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (29 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: I am very sorry but I simply do not have time. Finally, there are concerns about governance. Unlike other aspects of the EU-UK deal, where disputes can be settled through arbitration, any disputes arising from the protocol can only be settled by the European Court of Justice. Those are the issues that the bill seeks to address. That is why the suggested proposals in the bill, such as the red...

Scottish Parliament: Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (29 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: I am very sorry; I have only two minutes left. Various proposals in the bill will be welcomed in Northern Ireland. Stuart Anderson, head of public affairs at the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that some proposals would be helpful, especially to consumer-facing business. Secondly, I spoke about the need for a settlement that protects peace. Again, whether we like it or...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (28 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: Given the centrality that the First Minister accords to the Lord Advocate in the process, and having set the precedent a few years ago with the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill, will the First Minister commit as a matter of urgency to having the Lord Advocate appear in the chamber to answer questions from MSPs on the legality or otherwise of the...

Scottish Parliament: Retained European Union Law (22 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: I have sat through many ministerial statements, many full of details and statistics, many with policy announcements and many with something that, as an Opposition MSP, one can get one’s teeth into, but never have I sat through a statement so thin, so devoid of detail and so empty of substance as this one. No new information has been imparted; it is essentially one long complaint about...

Scottish Parliament: Census (9 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: I thank the cabinet secretary for prior sight of his statement. However, nowhere in his statement was there mention of the key target figure—the minimum 94 per cent response rate, which was set by NRS. No wonder, because the actual national results are way off that rate. I will lay out some other facts. The Scottish return rate is almost 10 per cent behind the rate in the rest of the UK....

Scottish Parliament: National Parks (7 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests in relation to farming, crofting and land management. I greatly welcome the opportunity to debate this issue, given the importance of our existing national parks and the pressing need to add to them. As other members have noted, there are some 3,500 national parks worldwide, but we have only two here in Scotland and 15 across...

Scottish Parliament: National Parks (7 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: I am not aware of the precise discourse among the farming community in Dumfries and Galloway, but I am sure that Finlay Carson will go into that in much more thorough detail than I could. However, I accept that there is a tension between potentially expanding national parks and taking into account existing interests such as those of farmers and crofters. I take this opportunity to praise...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 (Statement of Policy) (7 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: The motion states that the Parliament resolves that “the statement laid by ... Ministers ... under Section 7(1) of the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 should not be approved.” The opposition of members on the Conservative benches to the statement that ministers have laid is based on two points—first, a broad general one and, secondly, more...

Scottish Parliament: National Records of Scotland (Funding) (1 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how much additional funding it has allocated to the National Records of Scotland. (S6O-01163)

Scottish Parliament: National Records of Scotland (Funding) (1 Jun 2022)

Donald Cameron: The NRS is, of course, the body that is responsible for the census. As a result of the Scottish National Party’s decision to delay the census by a year, as well as the recent extension of the deadline to the end of May, the census not only has failed to reach its 94 per cent uptake target but has cost taxpayers £30 million more than it needed to. Given that phenomenal waste of taxpayers’...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Census 2022 (26 May 2022)

Donald Cameron: 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on Scotland ’ s census 2022. (S6O-01134)

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Census 2022 (26 May 2022)

Donald Cameron: It is evident that the census will not achieve the uptake levels that are necessary for it to be successful. Before the census, National Records of Scotland said that there must be a person response rate of at least 94 per cent, and it is clear that that will not now be achieved. Especially worrying is the situation in Glasgow, our largest city. Why has the Scottish National Party Government...

Scottish Parliament: Online Teaching (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) (19 May 2022)

Donald Cameron: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is planning to increase the use of online teaching. (S6O-01115)

Scottish Parliament: Online Teaching (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) (19 May 2022)

Donald Cameron: Concerns have been raised in the Western Isles that the policy might mean that junior classes will simply have an adult present in the classroom and that senior classes will be left unsupervised while remote learning occurs. The Educational Institute of Scotland described it as “an absolute disregard for statutory responsibilities and duties towards pupils as well as a serious undermining...

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Neutral Islands (17 May 2022)

Donald Cameron: At the outset, I reiterate the Scottish Conservatives’ support for the global ambition to reduce carbon emissions and address the climate emergency, here in Scotland and worldwide. We recognise the critical role that our islands will play in allowing Scotland to meet its climate targets and reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. Although there is undoubtedly a need to be bold in how we...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Problems (11 May 2022)

Donald Cameron: Since I was elected to the Parliament six years ago, the fragility and unreliability of Scotland’s ferry network have undoubtedly been one of the most serious local issues that I have had to deal with. When we previously debated the issue, I spoke about the people and communities that depend on a robust ferry service. They are at their wits’ end as they continue to live with a substandard...


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