Results 1–20 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

Scottish Parliament: Oaths and Affirmations (12 May 2016)

Peter Chapman: took the oath and repeated it in Doric.

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward (26 May 2016)

Peter Chapman: I am told that I first need to say, for the register of interests, that I am an Aberdeenshire farmer. As I stand here before members to make my first speech in our Parliament, I am thinking to myself, “Crikey—how on earth did this happen?” I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those voters who have put their faith in me. I know from the conversations that I had with voters...

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy Payments (31 May 2016)

Peter Chapman: I am grateful to the minister for making the statement to the chamber today, and for providing an advance copy of it. However, his apologetic words do nothing to make up for the months of chaos and heartbreak in our rural economy that his department has caused. Time and again over the past six months, Government ministers have had to come to the chamber and explain that they need more time to...

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward: Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (1 Jun 2016)

Peter Chapman: I begin by declaring for the record that I am a farmer and that I own land and wind turbines. I congratulate those members who made their maiden speeches today. It is clear that there is real talent among members across the political spectrum, and I again congratulate everyone who made their maiden speech today—the standard was first class. I also take the opportunity to welcome Roseanna...

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward: Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (1 Jun 2016)

Peter Chapman: I will. I cannot answer for every colleague—everyone has their own ideas. I can answer only for our benches with regard to what we believe to be right as a group. John Scott explained it very well when he said that we needed more ability to take things forward. If we had acted in such a way in the past, that kind of timidity would have led to nothing being achieved. I believe that providing...

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward: Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (1 Jun 2016)

Peter Chapman: That would not only have a positive environmental effect but make an impact on cutting congestion and be seen as the healthy option. Indeed, Gordon MacDonald spoke passionately about that in his speech. With that, Presiding Officer, I will stop.

Scottish Parliament: Transport Infrastructure (North Aberdeenshire) (9 Jun 2016)

Peter Chapman: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what investment plans it has for transport infrastructure in north Aberdeenshire. (S5O-00021)

Scottish Parliament: Transport Infrastructure (North Aberdeenshire) (9 Jun 2016)

Peter Chapman: We recognise that the AWPR is very important to the north-east, but the Scottish Government has succeeded in reannouncing previous manifesto commitments as new spending on north-east infrastructure on several occasions. Will the minister now make a substantial commitment to support the north-east economy and thousands of Aberdeenshire commuters by agreeing to extend the dualling of the A90...

Scottish Parliament: Dairy Production (North East Scotland) (30 Jun 2016)

Peter Chapman: I certainly agree that we need to see where we are going with the support payments. However, in this specific proposal, the problem is that the dairy industry is under increasing pressure because of low commodity prices. The problem in the north-east is that the Müller Wiseman management has decided to add a 1.75p per litre haulage charge on to the already depressingly low prices that dairy...

Scottish Parliament: Dairy Production (North East Scotland) (30 Jun 2016)

Peter Chapman: I have written to the chief executive of Müller dairy asking for the dairy to pick up that tab and I ask the cabinet secretary to support that because I feel that the Müller management decided to close the factory to take costs out of its production and it has added all the extra costs on to the dairy farmer.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2016-17 (7 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: I declare my interests in farming, which can be seen in the register of members’ interests. The Scottish Government is to introduce a number of bills in the rural economy portfolio. When it comes to crofting, there is clear cross-party support for reform of the current legislation, and I hope that we can produce a bill that will properly support crofting communities in Scotland. We also...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2016-17 (7 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: We are. For the sake of the thousands of farmers who are seriously affected by the shambles, I hope that Fergus Ewing has a plan to get the IT working for this year’s payments. Our rural communities cannot afford to be at the mercy of the SNP’s incompetence again. I recently met leaders of the offshore fishing industry in Peterhead, who explained the many potential benefits of the Brexit...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2016-17 (7 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: We have two years to get to that position, and in the meantime nothing will change. I am talking about the many potential benefits of Brexit, and I cannot understand the SNP’s denial of those benefits. When fishermen list the priorities that would help their industry to grow and that would support coastal towns, will the SNP listen? Sadly, no. When a group disagrees with the Government...

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy Payments (13 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: I am grateful to the minister for providing his statement in advance. I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests regarding farming. Today, the minister has said that we need certainty going forward. However, he has just confirmed what we all expected: the IT system still does not work and is not expected to work until well into next year. That is why some £40 million...

Scottish Parliament: Deer Control (14 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: The development of a robust count programme is crucial to our understanding of deer numbers in urban settings. Following research in 2009, Scottish Natural Heritage pledged to use thermal imaging technology to monitor deer populations. How accurate are the current estimates of urban deer populations?

Scottish Parliament: Beef and Lamb (Exports to USA) (14 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: I welcome the news that, in February, Scotch beef and lamb exports landed in Canada for the first time in 20 years. Can the minister provide an update as to the success or otherwise of red meat exports to the Canadian market?

Scottish Parliament: Good Food from Angus (21 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: I refer members to my interests in agriculture, which are listed in my entry in the register of members’ interests. I am sure that colleagues across the chamber will join me in paying tribute to all those who have played a role in making the food life in Angus such an extraordinary success. I note that the food life has won the rural innovator award from the Scottish rural parliament, and I...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments (Digital Mapping System) (22 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: The minister will be aware of the importance of getting the mapping system right in order to meet European Union regulations on CAP payments. Audit Scotland’s report in May raised serious concerns about the ability of the information technology system to minimise disallowance. Will he confirm that the mapping system is sufficiently accurate and up to date to ensure that the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests, with regard to my farming interests. Fergus Ewing is still preaching doom and gloom and division between Scotland and the UK Government. Nobody is saying that it will be easy—it will be difficult to get a support system that is tailored to Scotland’s needs—the question is: will the SNP put in the legwork? Will it sit...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: That is the democracy that we have until we change it. There has been much talk of uncertainty following Brexit, but there would also have been great uncertainty for farmers, fishermen and crofters if we had remained in the EU. We do not know—and we will not know for some time—what the next common agricultural policy system will look like, but we know that, year in and year out, CAP...


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