Results 21–40 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

Scottish Parliament: Contact Tracing (Aberdeen) (27 Aug 2020)

Peter Chapman: 4. To ask the Scottish Government for what reason reportedly only one of 30 bars in Aberdeen has been asked to provide its contact tracing list since the implementation of the local lockdown. (S5O-04528)

Scottish Parliament: Contact Tracing (Aberdeen) (27 Aug 2020)

Peter Chapman: I thank the cabinet secretary for that answer, but I do not accept it. Many bars in Aberdeen that were connected to the Covid outbreak have reported that no one from environmental health or NHS Grampian has attempted to contact them or to gather their contact lists. That is a complete dereliction of duty that further highlights the failings of the Scottish Government’s track and trace...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Peter Chapman: I remind the chamber of my entry in the register of members’ interests. Before I start, I should say that everyone around me has said that what I am about to say had better be good, given all the palaver. However, I will leave members to judge that. Amendment 1 is simple, practical and uncontentious, and I hope that it will receive support from across the chamber. The amendment does exactly...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Peter Chapman: I am very happy for money to be spent on forestry. I have always been an enthusiast of increasing our forests in Scotland, and I continue to be absolutely in that vein—I support forestry.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Peter Chapman: Frankly, I am amazed and deeply worried that the cabinet secretary will not commit to supporting the amendment. If, as he has said, there is already ample scrutiny in the Parliament, he has nothing to fear. However, he has cited technical reasons. I do not understand what they are, and I certainly do not understand Stewart Stevenson’s nonsense. Nothing in my amendment speaks about...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Industry (Protection) (20 Aug 2020)

Peter Chapman: 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it supports the United Kingdom Government’s position that the UK should be an independent coastal state so that Scotland’s fishing industry can be protected. (S5O-04505)

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Industry (Protection) (20 Aug 2020)

Peter Chapman: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I got the wording changed to what I said. The Scottish National Party’s policy is to hand back powers over fishing to the EU and to rejoin the hated common fisheries policy. What will the minister say to north-east fishermen, who have campaigned all their lives to get out of a policy that has decimated their industry, to explain why the Scottish Government’s...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Internal Market (18 Aug 2020)

Peter Chapman: The EU defines its internal market as “an area without internal frontiers in which the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is ensured”. The UK internal market white paper proposes the same principles to protect the internal market of the UK and allow the unrestricted movement of goods and services between the four nations of the United Kingdom. I wonder why so many...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Internal Market (18 Aug 2020)

Peter Chapman: I disagree with NFU Scotland. I normally respect its views, but it has got it wrong, wrong, wrong on this occasion—I am sorry, but it has. The SNP’s own website says that “to protect Scotland’s interests ... the Scottish Parliament should receive substantial new powers.” I like to deliver good news—the Scottish Parliament is getting 111 of them. I have another question for the...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Internal Market (18 Aug 2020)

Peter Chapman: The reason why an independent Scotland would not be allowed into the EU is that its fiscal deficit is three times greater than what would allow it to get in.

Scottish Parliament: Transport (16 Jul 2020)

Peter Chapman: I welcome the extra money that was announced today to support bus companies. However, coach companies, which are all about holiday tours and local travel for private groups, have had little support, and they have either collapsed or are close to collapse and desperately need help. Can the cabinet secretary give us any hope that there is some support for them?

Scottish Parliament: Farmers and Crofters (Financial Stability) (24 Jun 2020)

Peter Chapman: I remind members of my registered interest in a farming business. I welcome the cabinet secretary’s statement and congratulate all the officials in our agriculture office for getting money into farmers’ bank accounts in short order. Given that all businesses, including farming, are under huge financial strain, does he plan to run another loan scheme this autumn to get this year’s BPS...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Tourism) (10 Jun 2020)

Peter Chapman: Cabinet secretary, the tourism industry will be delighted that a date for reopening has now been given. However, we know that there will be huge challenges for people in travelling to their chosen destinations. Travel on trains and buses is hugely constrained and places are probably less than 15 per cent of what would normally be available. Even more worrying is travel to the islands, where...

Scottish Parliament: Benefit Claims (Lockdown) (4 Jun 2020)

Peter Chapman: 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether there has been an increase in the number of benefit claims made to Social Security Scotland during the Covid-19 lockdown. (S5O-04366)

Scottish Parliament: Benefit Claims (Lockdown) (4 Jun 2020)

Peter Chapman: As the cabinet secretary has said and knows quite well, being eligible for universal credit makes a claimant eligible for many Scottish benefits. There has been a huge rise in claims for universal credit. Can the cabinet secretary outline why there has not been a similar uptake of the benefits that are devolved to Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Resumption of Health Services (Optometry) (3 Jun 2020)

Peter Chapman: One of my constituents is registered blind and his wife has eyesight problems that need a visit to an eye specialist. The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport has been emailed regarding the opening of essential services such as optometrists, but we have had no reply. That lack of response seems to be a running theme with Jeane Freeman, as I have sent her emails on several occasions, none of...

Scottish Parliament: Taxi Drivers (Covid-19 Safety) (28 May 2020)

Peter Chapman: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what guidance has been issued to local authorities to ensure the safety of taxi drivers operating throughout this crisis. (S5O-04361)

Scottish Parliament: Taxi Drivers (Covid-19 Safety) (28 May 2020)

Peter Chapman: Throughout this crisis, taxi drivers have faced immense financial hardship. We are now looking to enter a different phase, in which passenger numbers will start to increase. What guidance and support do drivers need to keep themselves and their passengers safe?

Scottish Parliament: White-fish Fleet (Illicit Activity) (7 May 2020)

Peter Chapman: The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism will be aware that our white-fish fleet is voluntarily restricting its days at sea to ensure that the market is supplied but not swamped. [ Temporary loss of sound. ] However, when they return to their traditional fishing grounds, they find line and gillnet vessels from Spain and France moving in on those traditional Scottish fishing areas...

Scottish Parliament: White-fish Fleet (Illicit Activity) (7 May 2020)

Peter Chapman: This is in case the cabinet secretary did not quite hear. My point was that, on sea, our white-fish vessels are encountering foreign vessels in their traditional grounds that refuse to move to allow them to come back to fish. We need to insist on maintaining the best possible opportunity for our fishermen in our traditional grounds.


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