Results 201–220 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (13 Sep 2018)

Peter Chapman: I welcome the cabinet secretary’s words. I hope that he gets on and does exactly what he says and makes something happen. The announcement that farmers will receive 90 per cent of the basic payments in October is also helpful, as that will provide a much-needed cash injection to many who are under pressure due to the huge rise in feed and fodder prices caused by the summer drought. Although...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (13 Sep 2018)

Peter Chapman: I will come to a finish. The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and the NFUS have got behind the UK Government’s Chequers plan, which is the only plan on the table. It will deliver friction-free and tariff-free trade across Europe.

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (13 Sep 2018)

Peter Chapman: If the SNP was in any way supportive of a deal—

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (13 Sep 2018)

Peter Chapman: Sorry.

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (13 Sep 2018)

Peter Chapman: I apologise, Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Culture and Heritage Value) (27 Jun 2018)

Peter Chapman: It is always good to talk agriculture. With that in mind, I need to declare an interest, because I am involved in agriculture and have my own farming business back home. I thank my colleague Rachael Hamilton for bringing the motion to the chamber. It is such a wide-ranging motion that we could talk about almost anything. It gives us an opportunity to widen the debate. Having said that, I also...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Crown Estate Bill: Stage 1 (19 Jun 2018)

Peter Chapman: I declare an interest as a partner in a farming business. I am pleased to be involved in today’s debate on an important piece of legislation that follows from the Smith commission recommendations in the Scotland Act 2016. The act was delivered by a Conservative Government and it allows the devolution of the management of the Crown estate to the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Crown Estate Bill: Stage 1 (19 Jun 2018)

Peter Chapman: I must bow to the member’s superior knowledge. I cannot comment, as I really do not know. We are broadly in support of the recommendations in the ECCLR Committee’s report. The Crown estate in Scotland comprises a wide range of assets that includes rural estates; rights to fish wild salmon and sea trout in river and coastal areas; rights to naturally occurring gold and silver in most of...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Crown Estate Bill: Stage 1 (19 Jun 2018)

Peter Chapman: I do not have time—I am sorry. There is also the possibility that new young entrants into farming might be offered subsidised rents for an initial period to allow them a start. National management is therefore vital. That is what the tenants wish to see, and it must happen in the long term. The bill is clear that assets must be managed in a way that leads to sustainable development. Factors...

Scottish Parliament: National Council of Rural Advisers (14 Jun 2018)

Peter Chapman: I declare an interest as a partner in an agricultural business. Here we are, a whole year after the council was formed, and this is all we have: a document with no answers, only questions. Frankly, it is very disappointing. The cabinet secretary mentioned just a few seconds ago that he has no idea about budgets. Let me tell him that in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (30 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: I will speak to all the amendments in the group, including amendment 25, which is also in my name. Amendment 24 introduces into the bill the concept of retrospective island impact assessments. That concept was widely supported at stage 1 across all parties, but it was not supported at stage 2. It is a simple amendment that seeks to ensure that “A relevant authority must prepare an island...

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (30 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (30 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: I wish only to state that I will press amendment 24.

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (30 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: Given that it is consequential on amendment 24, I will not move it. Amendment 25 not moved.

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (30 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: We support amendment 26, in the name of Colin Smyth, as it would provide a safeguard for relevant authorities that may not have the time or the resources to publish reports quickly. The amendment would give an authority the time and latitude to publish “as soon as reasonably practicable afterwards and in such manner as it considers appropriate”. That would be appropriate. We will support...

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (30 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: As a group, the Conservatives note Tavish Scott’s amendment. I guess that the issue has aggravated many people in Shetland and beyond over the years. However, having been contacted by several professional cartographers—to return to John Mason’s argument—from a research institute in my region, I have some concerns over amendment 3. It would mean reducing the size of the rest of...

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (30 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: We support amendment 14 in the name of the minister. We support the islands having greater authority and flexibility in relation to their marine licensing powers and the ability to allow regional marine plans.

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill (30 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: I am pleased to open the debate on behalf of the Conservatives. As in any stage of any bill, it is important to thank my fellow committee members, the clerks, the bill team and every consultee and stakeholder we have worked with to get to this point. In particular, thanks need to go to Orkney Islands Council, Shetland Islands Council and Western Isles Council, which started the work to get us...

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill (30 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: We on these benches absolutely recognise the potential that exists in the islands for the production of wind power. Stage 3 has seen an improvement in the devolution of powers to local authorities. Island communities can sometimes feel disconnected from the mainland, but having that autonomy can make a big difference. I am pleased to see amendments passed today that allow that. The main point...

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill (30 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: If there is no budgetary commitment, many of the aspirations in the bill will remain just aspirations. I sincerely hope that that is not where we end up.


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