Results 361–380 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

Scottish Parliament: Biodiversity (9 Mar 2017)

Peter Chapman: I refer members to my entry in the register of interests. We have heard much today about how we must do more to secure the long-term future of biodiversity in Scotland and there has been a great deal of agreement across the chamber. I will talk mostly about land in my speech, but healthy seas are equally important. The cabinet secretary, Claudia Beamish and many others talked about how...

Scottish Parliament: Remote and Rural Schools (8 Mar 2017)

Peter Chapman: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that remote and rural schools are not disadvantaged compared to those in urban areas. (S5O-00732)

Scottish Parliament: Remote and Rural Schools (8 Mar 2017)

Peter Chapman: In north-east Scotland—particularly in Aberdeenshire—there is a high teacher vacancy rate and a problem with teacher shortages. Maria Walker, who is the director of education and children’s services for Aberdeenshire Council, has described the current situation as “cruel” and said that “teacher recruitment is our constant worry”. Northern alliance councils such as Aberdeenshire...

Scottish Parliament: Freedom of Movement (Agriculture and Horticulture Workers) (1 Mar 2017)

Peter Chapman: I refer members to my entry in the register of interests. The minister will be aware that farmers north and south of the Tweed will be looking carefully at the issue of agriculture workers. Does he agree that the UK’s Brexit approach should be based on economic issues across sectors, and not geography?

Scottish Parliament: Community Payback Orders (Completion Rate) (1 Mar 2017)

Peter Chapman: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve the completion rate of community payback orders. (S5O-00711)

Scottish Parliament: Community Payback Orders (Completion Rate) (1 Mar 2017)

Peter Chapman: The fact is that nearly a third of orders were not completed in 2015-16 and completion rates have fallen for two years in a row. More needs to be done to reverse that worrying trend, especially as it has emerged that CPOs are being handed out for serious sex offences. Will the Government commit to an urgent review of the system of community payback orders to ensure that criminals do not start...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drinks Sector (Public Contracts) (22 Feb 2017)

Peter Chapman: I am glad that the Scottish Government is treating the issue of local food procurement with the importance that it deserves. There is however a real performance gap between our better-achieving rural areas and underperforming urban areas in public sector contracts. What further work will the cabinet secretary undertake to narrow the gap?

Scottish Parliament: Tree Diseases (22 Feb 2017)

Peter Chapman: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to prevent the spread of diseases that affect woodland and forestry. (S5O-00680)

Scottish Parliament: Tree Diseases (22 Feb 2017)

Peter Chapman: A few months ago, Forest Enterprise Scotland confirmed that almost 20 hectares of woodland will have to be felled as a result of the spread of larch disease to new areas in Argyll and Stirlingshire. Surely that spread of the disease into areas outside the so-called management zone means that efforts will have to be increased across the whole of Scotland to stop the spread and that the...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (24 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: I refer members to my register of interests. I am glad to be able to speak in the debate today—especially as we await the final plans from the Scottish Government on the future arrangements for forestry management. There is great deal of consensus across the chamber on the goals and priorities for forestry management; we all recognise that forestry is a vital part of the rural economy. I...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (24 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: I will not at this point. I am sorry; I do not have much time. I am convinced that there are large swathes of land in Scotland where sheep have already gone off the hill. Those areas have not been planted and are basically abandoned. They are a valuable resource and could be a real source of income for the landowner, but they are being wasted. I agree with much of what James Mackinnon says in...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (24 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: I will leave it there. We can use carbon capture and help to alleviate flooding and we know that trees will take in carbon. Presiding Officer—

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (24 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: My colleagues and I are ready to work with the Scottish Government to deliver—

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (24 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: —but we remain concerned that not enough work is being done.

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (24 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: I move amendment S5M-03573.1, to leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert “recognises the importance of retaining local expertise and cross-border joint working and urges that the end result of this process is not needless centralisation; welcomes the future increase in the Scottish Government’s annual target to create 15,000 hectares of woodland per year, but notes that it is not...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Development (Funding) (19 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests. I also welcome the new, cuddly Mr Ewing. We have just heard the cabinet secretary’s concerns over the future of rural development in the years to come. It is, unfortunately, typical of the SNP Government to treat everything that the UK Government does as another sign of impending doom for Scotland. It is incredibly...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Development (Funding) (19 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: I am basically saying that we must argue for roughly the same level of support as we have been used to. It is time for the SNP to accept that we will not be members of the EU after 2019 and to start planning for the future after Brexit. Starting that process will require a clear set of objectives. It will need guiding principles that inform policy throughout. There are serious concerns that...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Development (Funding) (19 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Rural Development (Funding) (19 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: Stewart Stevenson says that there will be no support. I do not accept that in any way, shape or form. I have had meetings with Andrea Leadsom and George Eustice, neither of whom said anything of the sort that there would be no support after 2020.

Scottish Parliament: Rural Development (Funding) (19 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: I am very grateful for Mike Rumbles’ support for my position.


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