Results 301–320 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Strategy (14 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: Absolutely. It is a success story and its future is bright as the premium alcoholic drink around the globe. Members might be surprised that I have not yet mentioned farming. Of course, our farmers are a vital part of the food and drink success. Farmers produce much of the raw material on which the rest of the chain depends, which includes malting barley for whisky; beef, lamb and pork, which...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy Support (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (13 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: I remind members of my entry in the register of members’ interests. Given that the less favoured area support scheme is an important part of supporting the remote areas that Kate Forbes has spoken about, what does the Scottish Government plan to do with the savings from the LFASS parachute payments option?

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy (12 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests. I thank the cabinet secretary for prior sight of his statement and I welcome the promises that are set out in it. It is about time that we had a coherent plan on the next steps for CAP payments. I welcome the loans scheme, which I called for in my speech last week, and I welcome the simplification of systems and processes....

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests in so far as it relates to farming. At the end of our summer term, the First Minister promised a “bold and radical” relaunch. My goodness, but it was badly needed. Out of the 13 bills that were promised in the 2016 programme for Government, only three were passed. In comparison, the 2011 Government passed nine bills in...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: That is absolutely correct. Farmers are the best in the world for paying out money. We sometimes spend money even if we do not have it. Any money that comes into farming businesses is immediately spent in the rural economy, which is what keeps many local economies going. We forget that at our peril.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: No, not now. I have already taken one. When it comes to the future of the fishing industry in Scotland, there is not a mention either, and we see no enthusiasm from the SNP regarding the opportunities that leaving the EU may bring. The SNP continually shouts that the Westminster Government is planning a so-called power grab, yet we have been absolutely clear that, after Brexit, Holyrood will...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: I am not in the heart of the Westminster Government. Members have been assured on every occasion that there will be at least the same number of powers if not more, and I am standing here now saying that there will be more powers for the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government’s spoiling tactic is making the securing of a good deal for the whole UK much more difficult. Instead of being...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: I am sorry, but I did not hear the first part of the member’s question.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: Norway is in the same position as us. It, too, needs EU workers. We have said that EU workers in this country are absolutely welcome to be here. The EU workers who are here are welcome to stay. We have no problem with that whatsoever. Fergus Ewing should start working with the industry instead of trying to bully it. At a more local level, nearly 30 per cent of the casework my office has...

Scottish Parliament: Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers (28 Jun 2017)

Peter Chapman: I am glad to speak in the debate, particularly as the Scottish Government’s third national dementia strategy was published today. I thank Alzheimer Scotland and Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland’s dementia carer voices project for supporting the production of the charter alongside all the important work that they do to support local communities and those who are affected by...

Scottish Parliament: Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers (28 Jun 2017)

Peter Chapman: I am almost there, Presiding Officer. It is safe to say that every community in Scotland is affected by dementia. I agree with the charter that dementia is everyone’s business and that more must be done to provide consistent post-diagnostic support for people of all ages.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (21 Jun 2017)

Peter Chapman: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests. I remember, just over a year ago, reading the Audit Scotland report into the common agricultural policy information technology system. I have never read such a damning document as that one in all my years in business. It showed a governance structure that was riddled with incompetence, a budget that was wildly out of control...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (21 Jun 2017)

Peter Chapman: The interesting thing is that they came down to £5 million because we got an extra three months to pay the moneys out—until the end of October. If it happens this year, the figure might be different again, but £60 million is the figure that Audit Scotland came up with in its report and that is the figure that I can legitimately use today. The situation is indicative of the shocking...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (21 Jun 2017)

Peter Chapman: Fergus Ewing regularly sings their praises, and I totally agree. They have been doing their absolute best and have had to endure angry exchanges with farmers who are at their wits’ end—[ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (21 Jun 2017)

Peter Chapman: I am sorry, Presiding Officer?

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (21 Jun 2017)

Peter Chapman: I did not realise. I am sorry, Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (21 Jun 2017)

Peter Chapman: I am going to carry on. As we speak, there are teams in local area offices who are working overtime under huge pressure to deliver for our farmers. Fergus Ewing regularly sings their praises and I totally agree. They have been doing their absolute best and they have had to endure angry exchanges with farmers who are at their wits’ end because they cannot pay their bills. However, those...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (21 Jun 2017)

Peter Chapman: I heard him this time. Yes, indeed.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (21 Jun 2017)

Peter Chapman: It was a totally inappropriate question and I will not respond to it. [ Applause .] That brings us to another of the serious issues that the Audit Scotland report makes clear still need further work. The Scottish Government is required by EU regulations to make 95 per cent of payments by the end of June and there is a great deal of uncertainty about whether that can still be achieved or...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (21 Jun 2017)

Peter Chapman: Will the member take an intervention?


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