Results 401–420 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

Scottish Parliament: Island Communities (Support) (24 Nov 2016)

Peter Chapman: It has been good to see members in broad agreement on the matter; we all recognise the scale of the challenge that we face in delivering more for the islands, and I hope that we can all work together to ensure the brightest possible future for our island communities.

Scottish Parliament: Free Childcare (Access to Entitlement) (23 Nov 2016)

Peter Chapman: 16. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that every eligible child has access to their entitlement to 1,140 hours of free childcare provision. (S5O-00380)

Scottish Parliament: Free Childcare (Access to Entitlement) (23 Nov 2016)

Peter Chapman: Birthday discrimination remains a problem. Groups such as fair funding for our kids continually highlight the issue. Surely the Scottish Government can agree that it is unacceptable that the month in which a child is born can dictate their allowance of childcare.

Scottish Parliament: Gypsy Travellers (Unauthorised Sites) (16 Nov 2016)

Peter Chapman: 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on Police Scotland’s standard operating procedures for unauthorised sites used by Gypsy Travellers. (S5O-00352)

Scottish Parliament: Gypsy Travellers (Unauthorised Sites) (16 Nov 2016)

Peter Chapman: In order to move Gypsy Traveller camps on from unauthorised sites, the police have resorted to using the Trespass (Scotland) Act 1865. However, the Lord Advocate has issued guidance against the use of that legislation. The main issue for Police Scotland seems to be that neither authorised halting sites nor the existing legislation is a solution to the issue.

Scottish Parliament: Gypsy Travellers (Unauthorised Sites) (16 Nov 2016)

Peter Chapman: Why is the Scottish National Party Government pressurising local authorities to waste time and money creating authorised halting sites that fail to solve the problems?

Scottish Parliament: Linked Holdings (9 Nov 2016)

Peter Chapman: 5. I declare an interest as a farmer. To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to address the reported concerns of farmers and industry representatives regarding new rules on linked holdings. (S5O-00306)

Scottish Parliament: Linked Holdings (9 Nov 2016)

Peter Chapman: The cabinet secretary will be aware from his meetings with stakeholders and industry leaders that the change has caused a great deal of concern among the farming community. Can he explain why he is changing a perfectly good system when the new system is creating further anxiety for farmers and another hoop for them to jump through at an already difficult time?

Scottish Parliament: Livestock (Antibiotic Resistance) (3 Nov 2016)

Peter Chapman: The minister will be aware that the vast majority of farmers are professional and skilled and are already managing antibiotics for livestock in a sensible, proportionate and responsible way. Does he agree that the last thing that they need is to be bogged down by further Government regulation and red tape?

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Farming and Food Production (5 Oct 2016)

Peter Chapman: I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of his statement and remind members of my farming interests in the register of members’ interests. The cabinet secretary has again been dragged to the chamber to explain his inability to get to the farming community money that is rightfully its money and is desperately needed. I remind him that, when he was appointed to his new role, he...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Farming and Food Production (5 Oct 2016)

Peter Chapman: Yes—I am nearly there.

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Farming and Food Production (5 Oct 2016)

Peter Chapman: That has meant families sitting round kitchen tables worried sick about how they will pay their bills. That is the reality. I repeat the question that I asked yesterday, which the cabinet secretary completely failed to answer. Why are only 17,324 farmers being offered a loan under the scheme, out of 18,300 businesses that are eligible for CAP payments? Are the 1,000 businesses the same ones...

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy Loan Scheme (4 Oct 2016)

Peter Chapman: I remind members of my farming interests, which are noted in the members’ register of interests. The shambles continues. To be frank, you could hardly make it up. However, my question is this: can the cabinet secretary explain why only an estimated 17,000 farmers are to be offered loans under the scheme, rather than the 18,300 businesses that are eligible for CAP payments? Are those the...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests, with regard to my farming interests. Fergus Ewing is still preaching doom and gloom and division between Scotland and the UK Government. Nobody is saying that it will be easy—it will be difficult to get a support system that is tailored to Scotland’s needs—the question is: will the SNP put in the legwork? Will it sit...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: That is the democracy that we have until we change it. There has been much talk of uncertainty following Brexit, but there would also have been great uncertainty for farmers, fishermen and crofters if we had remained in the EU. We do not know—and we will not know for some time—what the next common agricultural policy system will look like, but we know that, year in and year out, CAP...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: That remains to be seen. There is a negotiation to be had. If we get behind the process and the folk in the SNP get behind it, of course there is a great opportunity ahead. The Scottish Government must get behind it as well. It must be possible to design a better system. As NFU Scotland has pointed out, “there is a real prize to be had” from developing a new subsidy system. Of course, it...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: No, I have taken enough interventions. It would know the huge prize in being able to set the rules in some of the richest fishing grounds in the world. That said, we cannot allow our vital fishing industry to be used as a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations. I am glad to say that some members of the SNP see Brexit as an opportunity. Councillor John Cox, an SNP councillor, has recognised...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Peter Chapman: Will the member take an intervention?


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