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Scottish Parliament: Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill (24 Mar 2021)

Peter Chapman: Let me remind the chamber for the last time that my entry in the register of interests states that I am a member of a farming partnership. As you say, Presiding Officer, it is the last time that I need to say that because, as most folks know, I am standing down from Parliament. As such, I beg some latitude from you, Presiding Officer, for my closing remarks, and maybe a wee bit more time. I...

Scottish Parliament: Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill (24 Mar 2021)

Peter Chapman: I hear what you say, Presiding Officer, but—as I said—some of these issues are, to my mind, very important, so I wish to make the points, as I have stated I would. Donald Dewar must be turning in his grave seeing the damage that the Administration has done to the integrity and standing of our Parliament. The Parliament was launched with such high expectations that we would do politics...

Scottish Parliament: Green Recovery Inquiry (9 Feb 2021)

Peter Chapman: I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate. I am sure that there is total agreement across the chamber that few things are as important as tackling the climate, ecological and biodiversity emergencies and finding ways of mitigating their disastrous consequences. Having read the ECCLR Committee’s report, I am surprised at its silence on the marine environment and shocked at the lack of...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (3 Feb 2021)

Peter Chapman: In his statement, Mike Russell said that the Scottish Government’s modelling showed that the seafood and agriculture sectors would be the hardest hit post-Brexit. That being the case, why has the transfer depot at Larkhall been such a cause of delay in getting seafood out of Scotland, given that that part of the process is totally in the hands of the Scottish Government? It has failed our...

Scottish Parliament: Construction and Procurement of Ferry Vessels (2 Feb 2021)

Peter Chapman: The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s report into the building of ferry vessels 801 and 802 is damning. We decided that it had, indeed, been a catastrophic failure. That was our view after a detailed and comprehensive study of the facts, which led to our unanimous conclusion. Therefore, Paul Wheelhouse’s subsequent dismissal of much of our report was really shocking. The minister...

Scottish Parliament: Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (21 Jan 2021)

Peter Chapman: I welcome the opportunity to close the debate for the Scottish Conservatives. I remind members of my entry in the register of members’ interests, which shows that I am a partner in a farming business. As my Scottish Conservative colleagues have stated, we are generally supportive of the bill and recognise that livestock worrying by dogs is an increasing issue, to the point that it is...

Scottish Parliament: Managing Scotland’s Fisheries (14 Jan 2021)

Peter Chapman: Thank you, Presiding Officer. In his statement, the cabinet secretary made much of helping the industry to make the fishing agreement as good as possible for our fishermen. One of the most important things that needs to be reinstated is the seamless exchange of international quota between the UK and other EU nations. Can I have the cabinet secretary’s assurance that he and his officials...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (23 Dec 2020)

Peter Chapman: In his statement, the cabinet secretary made much of the fact that, with days to go until the end of the transition period, no deal has been done. I am likewise anxious that we still have no deal. However, unlike Mr Russell, I do not blame our negotiating team for that state of affairs, and even he must realise that it always takes two to do a deal. Will the cabinet secretary join me in...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens to Stay in Scotland (16 Dec 2020)

Peter Chapman: My colleague Dean Lockhart asked two questions, the second of which the minister declined to, or did not, answer. I will repeat it. Has the Scottish Government spent all of the £200 million of Barnett consequential funding from the UK Government on Brexit preparations, including on the settled status scheme? I ask the minister to answer that question now.

Scottish Parliament: No-take Zones (15 Dec 2020)

Peter Chapman: I welcome the opportunity to speak on behalf of my Scottish Conservative colleagues in this important debate, which I thank Kenneth Gibson for securing. As we have heard, a no-take zone is defined as an area of sea and sea bed from which no fish or shellfish can be taken—that applies to the shore area, too. The United Kingdom has four such zones, all of which have proved successful. I will...

Scottish Parliament: Veterans and Armed Forces Community (17 Nov 2020)

Peter Chapman: I welcome the opportunity to speak about the annual veterans update and how both the UK and Scottish Governments can continue to protect and support our veterans who have sacrificed, and continue to sacrifice, so much to serve our country. The role of the armed services during the nation’s most recent time of need, Covid-19, cannot be overstated, from setting up hospitals and ensuring that...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments Strategy 2020-21 (12 Nov 2020)

Peter Chapman: We all know that the three-crop rule system did not suit Scottish agriculture, so I welcome the fact that it is suspended for 2020-21. Is that suspension permanent? Have we seen the back of the three-crop rule, or is that only for one year?

Scottish Parliament: Environment Bill (12 Nov 2020)

Peter Chapman: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I failed to inform the chamber of my entry in the register of interests prior to questioning Fergus Ewing earlier. I do so now and apologise for forgetting to do so at the time.

Scottish Parliament: Free Ports (8 Oct 2020)

Peter Chapman: I read this morning with utter disbelief that Ivan McKee, the Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, suggested yesterday in Westminster that he might reject the opportunity of setting up free ports in Scotland. I can tell the First Minister that several ports in the north-east are interested in becoming free ports, which could turbocharge them and greatly boost local economies. Does...

Scottish Parliament: International Development (Covid-19) (6 Oct 2020)

Peter Chapman: I welcome the chance to close the debate on behalf of my Conservative Party colleagues. It has been a consensual debate, with support for the review from across the chamber. That is only right and what we should expect. The Scottish Conservatives recognise the great importance of Scotland being a good global citizen and continually striving to become a better one. The work that the...

Scottish Parliament: Wave 2 Benefits (Delivery Timetable) (30 Sep 2020)

Peter Chapman: 6. To ask the Scottish Government when it will provide an update on the social security delivery timetable for all wave 2 benefits. (S5O-04638)

Scottish Parliament: Wave 2 Benefits (Delivery Timetable) (30 Sep 2020)

Peter Chapman: I thank the cabinet secretary for that answer, but can she tell me, first, what the current staffing level is within Social Security Scotland and what it should be; and, secondly, when the body will be sufficiently equipped to deliver all the wave 2 benefits that could and should have been fully devolved and delivered by now? Lastly, does she welcome the UK Government’s work to continue to...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Negotiations (Fishing Rights) (10 Sep 2020)

Peter Chapman: An article in The Times newspaper on Tuesday reported that a Scottish Government delegation in Brussels suggested to European Union officials that United Kingdom negotiators should make concessions to the EU on fishing rights in the Brexit talks. I am sure that the First Minister will realise that, if that is true, that significantly weakens the UK’s negotiating position and could,...

Scottish Parliament: Public Spending (North East Scotland) (3 Sep 2020)

Peter Chapman: 8. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to protect public spending in the north-east. (S5O-04556)

Scottish Parliament: Public Spending (North East Scotland) (3 Sep 2020)

Peter Chapman: Those measures will look like a slap in the face to the hundreds, if not thousands, of people in Aberdeen who could lose their jobs because the Scottish National Party Government failed to offer the right support for jobs and businesses during the local lockdown. The Scottish Conservatives published a plan to protect the local economy in the north-east through the crisis. If there has to be...

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