Results 241–260 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

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

Peter Chapman: I speak in support of my colleague Edward Mountain’s amendment 1, and I will be brief. Compulsory purchase for sustainable development is a red line as far as the Conservative group is concerned. We have said all along that the compulsory purchase powers in the existing legislation will remain and will be rolled over into this new bill, so compulsory purchase powers will be there. However,...

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

Peter Chapman: No. It would be open to the cabinet secretary to use the power in any situation. That is totally unacceptable and it must be resisted at all costs.

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

Peter Chapman: We cannot support amendments 23 and 26 in the name of the cabinet secretary. Although there was some confusion at stage 2 regarding what exactly the role of chief forester would be, it received cross-party support in the committee at stage 1 and again at stage 2. If the Government was unhappy with section 64A, which relates to the establishment of the chief forester role, there should have...

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

Peter Chapman: The important words there were “readily happen”. I firmly believe that if the Government wants it to happen, it can make it happen. Amendment 39B, in Colin Smyth’s name, would take away that possibility, because we would be looking at two bodies. There is a real fear that expertise will be lost from the sector if FCS staff are taken into the heart of Government. It is important to...

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

Peter Chapman: We have had a good discussion, and I was pleased to see amendments from members across the chamber agreed to at stage 3. The amendments will make the bill much more effective in achieving its aims and will provide assurance to those working in the industry. Under devolution, the bill is required so that we can wind up the Forestry Commission as a cross-border public authority, transfer...

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

Peter Chapman: Quite simply. I was pleased that both of the amendments I lodged were agreed to. Amendment 38 relates to tree health, which has been seen as an important matter from the early stages of the bill. We can never have enough research on tree health. Our forests are under increasing threat from new diseases and climate change, and the more knowledge we have, the better we can manage our forests...

Scottish Parliament: Holodomor Remembrance Day 2018 (20 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: I, too, wish to welcome the Ukrainian ambassador, Mrs Natalia Galibarenko, and the consul, Andrii Kuslii, who are sitting up in the gallery today. Many friends of Ukraine are sitting in the gallery behind me, too, and I welcome them. I apologise to our visitors for keeping them waiting so long for this debate. We have a habit of speaking too long in this chamber, but the debate is here now. I...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Grampian (Waiting Times) (14 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support NHS Grampian and reduce the board’s waiting times. (S5O-01887)

Scottish Parliament: NHS Grampian (Waiting Times) (14 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: For the past nine months, NHS Grampian has had the worst waiting times in Scotland. In that time, more than 18,000 people have waited more than 18 weeks for treatment. Core revenue expenditure for NHS Grampian is the second lowest in Scotland, with spend per head of only £1,671. Does the cabinet secretary admit that that is unacceptable, and will she apologise to the people of Grampian?

Scottish Parliament: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Apprenticeships (7 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage young people into science, technology, engineering and mathematics apprenticeships. (S5O-01856)

Scottish Parliament: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Apprenticeships (7 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: For the current 2016 to 2018 cohort, foundation apprenticeships are being delivered in just 23 of the 32 local authorities. There have been only 251 STEM starts over that entire timeframe. This is national apprenticeship week. Will the minister outline what he is doing to ensure that all school-age students will have access to STEM foundation apprenticeships, if they want them?

Scottish Parliament: LEADER Programme (6 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests and remind members of my farming interests. I welcome this opportunity to debate the LEADER programme, which provides vital support for rural businesses and organisations. The programme is part of the EU common agricultural policy scheme that is delivered under pillar 2. I will widen the debate to cover all support for...

Scottish Parliament: LEADER Programme (6 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (1 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that early learning and childcare providers deliver a high-quality service. (S5O-01816)

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (1 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: I thank the minister for that reply, but I disagree with her response, because Care Inspectorate data shows that the quality of early years provision has steadily fallen, and that the percentage of preferred providers that are rated “good” or “better” is at its lowest point for half a decade. Expansion will increase the pressure. Will the minister give a personal guarantee that the...

Scottish Parliament: Population Needs and Migration Policy (22 Feb 2018)

Peter Chapman: Will the cabinet secretary give way?

Scottish Parliament: Population Needs and Migration Policy (22 Feb 2018)

Peter Chapman: I refer members to my entry in the register of interests in relation to farming. For months, industry leaders and the Scottish Conservative group have been asking the Government to drop its persistent desire to create a different immigration system for Scotland from that of the rest of the UK. A number of members have spoken about food production; my comments will mainly be about the need for...

Scottish Parliament: Population Needs and Migration Policy (22 Feb 2018)

Peter Chapman: Maybe the SNP needs to look at some of its other policies to see why people do not want to come to this country to work. As I said, the labour needs of a daffodil grower in Devon are exactly the same as the labour needs of a strawberry producer in Angus, and very often the same people will do both jobs as they move around the country following the work as the season progresses. Scotland’s...

Scottish Parliament: Population Needs and Migration Policy (22 Feb 2018)

Peter Chapman: No, not now. Brexit will see us control our borders, not close them. Instead of working on a separate system for Scotland, driving more wedges between us and the rest of the UK, the SNP Government should be working with the UK Government to ensure that the new system meets the needs of both Scottish and UK agriculture and food processing. In response to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs...

Scottish Parliament: Population Needs and Migration Policy (22 Feb 2018)

Peter Chapman: Can I just make this point?


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