Results 181–200 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

Scottish Parliament: Doctors (Rural Areas) (1 Nov 2018)

Peter Chapman: Deveron medical practice in Banff will close shortly because it has been impossible to recruit a new GP. The critical shortage of GPs is due to workforce planning mismanagement and an underfund of £658 million to the GP service over the past four years. This will be the 11th practice to close in Grampian in the past 11 years and will leave nearly 6,300 patients without a GP practice. When...

Scottish Parliament: Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (1 Nov 2018)

Peter Chapman: The minister will be aware that the Stagecoach group has already postponed a planned bus route linking rural north-east communities to Aberdeen airport using the AWPR. Every day that the road remains closed costs the north-east economy huge sums of money. Given the shambolic delivery of the road, how can any business make long-term plans? Will the minister apologise to the business community...

Scottish Parliament: Export of Live Animals for Slaughtering and Fattening (30 Oct 2018)

Peter Chapman: I note my entry in the register of members’ interests as a partner in a farming business and as a member of NFU Scotland. In my farming business, we had a dairy herd for a long number of years. We do not have it now; we have a suckler cow herd. I echo the sentiments of my colleague Edward Mountain, and support Emma Harper’s amendment; I hope that all members in the chamber also support...

Scottish Parliament: Export of Live Animals for Slaughtering and Fattening (30 Oct 2018)

Peter Chapman: Scotland could have a different policy. It is okay for Mr Smyth to say that nobody is suggesting that we should not shift livestock off the islands, but some people would suggest that, if we ban exporting live animals across the Channel, that would be the next logical step. The NFUS has stated that, although live exports are a “very small part of the Scottish trade, the option of well...

Scottish Parliament: Export of Live Animals for Slaughtering and Fattening (30 Oct 2018)

Peter Chapman: What NFU Scotland said is particularly important as we move closer to Brexit. At this crucial time, the last thing that we need is to close down potential export opportunities to mainland Europe. Many Scottish farmers are already struggling, and the latest farming income figures show just how poor returns are for the farming industry. The last thing that we need is to put in place another...

Scottish Parliament: Export of Live Animals for Slaughtering and Fattening (30 Oct 2018)

Peter Chapman: I am closing. Ruth Maguire’s assertion that calves are exported to north Africa for slaughter is an absolute nonsense. There is absolutely no evidence of that. Let me finish by making clear that Scotland’s farmers work hard to maintain the highest level of animal welfare. They care passionately about their animals’ welfare during any necessary journey—that is always taken very seriously.

Scottish Parliament: Export of Live Animals for Slaughtering and Fattening (30 Oct 2018)

Peter Chapman: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Export of Live Animals for Slaughtering and Fattening (30 Oct 2018)

Peter Chapman: It would be really helpful .

Scottish Parliament: Export of Live Animals for Slaughtering and Fattening (30 Oct 2018)

Peter Chapman: I suggest that the best way forward is to encourage more use of sexed semen on dairy cows, so that there is a heifer calf. Other cows can be put to a beef bull.

Scottish Parliament: Fish Landings (North-east Ports) (25 Oct 2018)

Peter Chapman: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of fish landed in Scotland in 2017 was in the north-east. (S5O-02456)

Scottish Parliament: Fish Landings (North-east Ports) (25 Oct 2018)

Peter Chapman: I thank the cabinet secretary for acknowledging the importance of the north-east to Scotland’s fishing industry. With that in mind, can he tell me why Aberdeenshire, which is the site of the biggest fishing port, Peterhead, and the third biggest, Fraserburgh, had 100 of 146 applications for European maritime and fisheries funding rejected and received only 13.7 per cent of the available...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Discharge and Care Plans) (25 Oct 2018)

Peter Chapman: How many patients does NHS Grampian discharge before a necessary care plan is put in place?

Scottish Parliament: BSE (23 Oct 2018)

Peter Chapman: I declare an interest as a farmer. It is important that we all send our support to the farmer concerned, Thomas Jackson. I am reliably told that he is devastated by the case of BSE on his farm, and we must make it clear—it is important to put this on record—that he has done nothing wrong. Will the minister tell us what extra costs and procedures are involved at slaughter because of our...

Scottish Parliament: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Technical Subjects) (3 Oct 2018)

Peter Chapman: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to encourage universities in the north-east to provide postgraduate certificate in education qualifications in technical subjects. (S5O-02420)

Scottish Parliament: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Technical Subjects) (3 Oct 2018)

Peter Chapman: The number of technical classes in my constituency has decreased and in some schools they have stopped altogether, due to a lack of technical teachers in the area. Peterhead academy, for example, has lost three of its five technical teachers in the past month, which means that metalwork classes have ceased there. If pupils are not able to take the relevant courses at school to qualify for an...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Fish-processing Industry) (26 Sep 2018)

Peter Chapman: I echo the concerns of Maureen Watt and the cabinet secretary—labour is vital for the future success of those industries. Conservative members support the UK Government in getting the best deal for our fishermen, and we support the fishermen’s desire to take back control of our waters and catch a fairer share of the fish within our 200 miles. With that in mind, we need to ensure that...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (13 Sep 2018)

Peter Chapman: Before I begin, I must declare an interest as a partner in a farming business. Parliament has been back after summer recess for only two weeks, and already I have met with some of the key players in Scotland’s food and drink success story. Last week, I attended a reception held by the Scotch Whisky Association. In 2017, Scotch whisky enjoyed record-breaking exports, which grew in volume and...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (13 Sep 2018)

Peter Chapman: I completely and utterly reject that. That is not what we have seen at all from the SNP. The SNP has done everything to build up grievance between this place and Westminster throughout the whole process.

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (13 Sep 2018)

Peter Chapman: No, not at all. Let us be clear. I will say it again. I believe that the SNP wants Brexit to fail to further its own political agenda. That was clear in June when, months behind schedule, it released another consultation with more questions than answers. Our farmers need a clearer outline of how the SNP Government will structure and develop its agricultural and rural policy.

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (13 Sep 2018)

Peter Chapman: I have no time. I am sorry. It is true that stability is needed in the short term, but where is the long-term vision for the industry? In the past two weeks, the Government has cut the new entrants capital grant scheme, with nothing to replace it, and the cabinet secretary has warned that LFASS will be cut by 20 per cent in 2019 and 80 per cent in 2020. That is another scare tactic, as it is...


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