Results 221–240 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (15 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: Emma Harper speaks about money from London to the Scottish Parliament. Will she comment on how the Scottish Government gets on with paying out money to farmers north of the border?

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (15 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (Rural Dimension) (10 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: Rural properties are rarely connected to the gas network and often rely on kerosene central heating. What plans does the Scottish Government have to ensure that rural areas can play their part in decarbonisation? Does it plan to introduce schemes to help rural residents upgrade and modernise their heating systems and boilers?

Scottish Parliament: Digital Connectivity (3 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: I open by declaring a registrable interest as a partner in a farming business. From many of the speeches today, it is clear that the Government, although we support its aims in this area, has been too slow to deliver fast and reliable broadband to Scotland. I will highlight the Ofcom figures for my region, as many of my colleagues have done for their regions. The figures are not encouraging:...

Scottish Parliament: Digital Connectivity (3 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: Broadband speed of 2Mbps is absolutely unacceptable, especially at the end of the DSSB programme, which was funded largely by the UK Government. We cannot accept the statement in the Government’s motion that the gap “between Scotland and the rest of the UK has been bridged”, because we are still behind—and that is a fact. I urge the cabinet secretary, rather than boasting of...

Scottish Parliament: Digital Connectivity (3 May 2018)

Peter Chapman: I accept that, but why did the Scottish Government cut the funding this year? There was a huge cut in the budget this year, so 2018 has proven to be a wasted year. Jane Craigie summed up the problems faced by many. She employs two people and would love to employ another two, but the lack of connectivity means that that is virtually impossible. How can a business manage staff without adequate...

Scottish Parliament: Orkney and Shetland (Tourism) (25 Apr 2018)

Peter Chapman: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage more tourists to visit Orkney and Shetland. (S5O-02013)

Scottish Parliament: Orkney and Shetland (Tourism) (25 Apr 2018)

Peter Chapman: In the Scottish National Party’s 2016 manifesto, it pledged to reduce ferry fares on services to Orkney and Shetland and, last year, the minister stated that the fare reductions would be “rolled out in the first half of 2018”, saving visitors up to £100. With only 10 weeks until that timeframe ends, surely the Government has some plan in place, or is that just another SNP broken promise?

Scottish Parliament: Rural Bus Services (18 Apr 2018)

Peter Chapman: Aberdeenshire Council, which is in my region, has to subsidise 64 out of 123 routes, many of which are in rural areas. Last month, the council announced proposals to remove eight of those routes and to reduce the service on two of them. It had no other option, given that its budget for this year is decreasing by 4.36 per cent in real terms. How can the cabinet secretary continue to say that...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (28 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: I, too, need to declare an interest, as I also have a bus pass, although I have not actually used it yet. I welcome John Finnie’s motion, as it would be amended by my colleague Jamie Greene. I am sure that everyone in this chamber can support increasing the use of buses and making services available to as many people as possible. Not only are there socioeconomic benefits, but there are...

Scottish Parliament: Major Infrastructure Projects (22 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: The AWPR has been a catalogue of errors for a long time now, and that is no more evident than in relation to the northernmost link of the road, which is the Balmedie to Tipperty section. I can tell the cabinet secretary that, regardless of what he said to Dean Lockhart, there absolutely was a promise that that section would open in spring 2017. However, it is still not open, which means that...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: I will be brief. I declare an interest, as a farmer, because my example is about farming. To be honest, I cannot understand why any member of this Parliament could vote against amendment 14, in the name of Adam Tomkins. I also support Tavish Scott’s amendment 49. The UK single market is vital to our farmers. Let me give one example. We export more than 80 per cent of our beef, and 90 per...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Transition Agreement (Fishing Industry) (20 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: I share the disappointment. However, we should be clear that we will become an independent coastal state.

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Transition Agreement (Fishing Industry) (20 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: The Scottish National Party has been against Brexit from the start and would want to rejoin the EU in a heartbeat. Will the cabinet secretary confirm that current SNP policy is to rejoin the EU and the hated CFP?

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: I declare an interest as a farmer and a partner in a farming business in the north-east, although we do not have any commercial woodland on our farm. I welcome the cabinet secretary’s comments on the amendments that were agreed at stage 2, which I believe have strengthened the bill. The Scottish Conservatives will not support amendment 29 in the name of Colin Smyth. Although as a group we...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: As the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee said in its stage 1 report: “The Committee recognises the benefits of sustainable forest management and agrees with those who suggested in evidence that there would be an advantage in extending the duty. It therefore recommends that the Scottish Government gives consideration to extending the duty to promote sustainable forest management to...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: I will move amendment 41, in my name, which would require ministers to include planting targets in the forestry strategy. The main benefit that we want from the bill is more trees being planted . Amendment 41 is logical in that what it proposes would lead to measurable targets throughout each report on the strategy, and it would ensure continuity, even with a change of Government. We will...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: Amendment 38, in my name, is about research, which is an essential part of maintaining forested land and growing our forestry industry. The issue of tree health research was raised by a number of stakeholders during stage 1 evidence on the bill, and I raised it again during stage 2. A number of members shared my concerns specifically about tree health research, but I agreed not to press my...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: I will be very brief. I think that there is a lot of common sense in the amendment and I ask the Parliament to support it. Amendment 38 agreed to.

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: I will be brief. We support all the amendments in the group, apart from amendment 7E. We agree with amendment 7 on the basis that it would make it easier for the public to access information about forested land. An increase in information about forestry ownership and management would be useful for many companies that are involved in the industry and would add transparency for the public....


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