Results 261–280 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

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

Peter Chapman: Why do only 5.9 per cent of immigrants settle in Scotland, when our population share suggests that the figure should be 8.1 per cent?

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (8 Feb 2018)

Peter Chapman: I am pleased to open for the Conservative group. I thank my fellow Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee members, the clerks and especially all the people who gave evidence, for getting the bill to this stage. It must be remembered that the bill has its origins in the our islands, our future initiative, which was a piece of work that was started in 2013 by the councils of Orkney, Shetland...

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (8 Feb 2018)

Peter Chapman: I accept that, but I reiterate that there is a need for extra funds to address the many issues that we know exist. If the bill is to improve island life, it must contain a budget to add new services, new facilities and new opportunities. There are expectations for significant improvement in those areas, but with no budget those expectations cannot be met. It is clear that the bill needs...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Ill Health) (24 Jan 2018)

Peter Chapman: Around 450 infants, children and young people die in Scotland every year, and many of those deaths are entirely preventable. In the light of that, does the Scottish Government intend to take the advice of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and create a system to ensure that child deaths are properly reviewed?

Scottish Parliament: Malignant Melanoma (24 Jan 2018)

Peter Chapman: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made to add malignant melanoma to the detect cancer early programme. (S5O-01711)

Scottish Parliament: Malignant Melanoma (24 Jan 2018)

Peter Chapman: The detect cancer early programme was launched in 2012, focusing on lung, breast and colorectal cancers. Between 2012 and 2016, there were 882 recorded mortalities from malignant melanoma in Scotland. NHS Grampian, which covers my region, had the fourth highest rate, with 79. Cancer early diagnosis rates have failed to increase enough to meet the Government target. Will the cabinet secretary...

Scottish Parliament: R100 Superfast Broadband Programme (18 Jan 2018)

Peter Chapman: I welcome the £600 million that has been promised for the R100 programme, which will be spent in 2019 to 2021, but I find it exceptionally disappointing that the budget for digital connectivity this year has been slashed from £136 million to £58.5 million. Obviously, that will impact on rural premises in north-east Scotland, where people desperately need a decent broadband speed now. How...

Scottish Parliament: Carillion (16 Jan 2018)

Peter Chapman: My thoughts are with the workers and their families, who are clearly having a very difficult time. I welcome the Government’s contingency plans to help to mitigate Carillion’s collapse. I am pleased that the cabinet secretary has said that there will not be a delay in the AWPR. However, will the collapse add extra cost to the AWPR? I am very concerned about the subcontractors who work not...

Scottish Parliament: Superfast Broadband (19 Dec 2017)

Peter Chapman: I thank the cabinet secretary for prior sight of his statement. The cabinet secretary is big on hyperbole today, but Scotland is behind England in rolling out superfast broadband. Superfast broadband of more than 30 megabits per second has reached 92 per cent of households in England, but only 87 per cent of households in Scotland. Furthermore, 6 per cent of premises in Scotland have...

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2017)

Peter Chapman: I am glad to lead off the debate for the Scottish Conservatives today. Since the Brexit vote in June 2016, the fishing industry has been extremely positive about the challenges and opportunities that it faces. It has been a pleasure to work with its representatives over the past year and it is a privilege to speak on their behalf in today’s debate. The past 18 months have been good for our...

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2017)

Peter Chapman: Absolutely.

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2017)

Peter Chapman: That is not what I said. It is correct that we will control the fishery zone out to 200 miles but we will also work with our partners. Nobody is saying that, on day 1 in March 2019, the shutters will come down and no other boat will ever fish in our seas. Nobody has ever said that. Zonal attachment is the fairest indicator. A University of Aberdeen study suggests that significant gains for...

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2017)

Peter Chapman: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Superfast Broadband (30 Nov 2017)

Peter Chapman: I am afraid that the First Minister has completely missed the point that the UK Government made. The fact is that the Scottish Government was given funding for phase 2 of the broadband programme in 2014 but, three years on, it has not even started procurement. That has put Scotland behind every English local authority, the Northern Ireland Executive and Wales. Therefore, my constituents will...

Scottish Parliament: Day of the Imprisoned Writer (23 Nov 2017)

Peter Chapman: I thank Ivan McKee for the chance to take part in this important debate, which gives me the opportunity to mention some of the great poets, playwrights, essayists and novelists that Scotland has to offer. In poetry, we have some of the greats, and Robert Burns was something of a rebel himself. Nearer to home, we have Carol Ann Duffy, the first female poet laureate, and we should never forget...

Scottish Parliament: Seat Belts on School Transport (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (9 Nov 2017)

Peter Chapman: I am glad that, at stage 2, my amendment to bring forward the date for the requirement of seat belts on secondary school buses was agreed to. However, Gillian Martin’s amendment today falls short of my intentions at stage 2. I think that it is right and proper that all school transport, irrespective of contracts, should have seat belts fitted by the end of 2018. We accept that there may be...

Scottish Parliament: Seat Belts on School Transport (Scotland) Bill (9 Nov 2017)

Peter Chapman: There are enough scandals already, Presiding Officer. It is impossible to be against the bill, which is a simple and focused bill that legally requires seat belts to be fitted to all dedicated home-to-school buses and school trip buses in Scotland. Gillian Martin deserves thanks and credit for introducing it. I am pleased that my amendment at stage 2, which required the seat belt provisions...

Scottish Parliament: Farm Incomes (8 Nov 2017)

Peter Chapman: 2. I declare an interest as a partner in a farming business. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to tackle reported falling farm incomes and rising farm debt. (S5O-01416)

Scottish Parliament: Farm Incomes (8 Nov 2017)

Peter Chapman: There is a bigger picture here. I am very concerned that there is still no idea of what system of support the cabinet secretary is planning to put in place to support Scottish agriculture post-Brexit.

Scottish Parliament: Farm Incomes (8 Nov 2017)

Peter Chapman: There is a responsibility here. Westminster has guaranteed the same level of financial support to Scottish agriculture until 2022. How will the cabinet secretary use that money in a fair, transparent and innovative way to allow a profitable future for our farmers?


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