Results 41–60 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

Scottish Parliament: Business Support (30 Apr 2020)

Peter Chapman: I have been approached by several hotels in my area that are deeply concerned and feel that they might not survive because they will not receive the £25,000 grant because their rateable values are above £51,000. They argue that that is too blunt a measure. I, too, believe that that is the case, and that there should be some sort of tapering mechanism in relation to rateable value, so that...

Scottish Parliament: Business Support (30 Apr 2020)

Peter Chapman: I appreciate and welcome that response from the cabinet secretary. I just hope that she takes on board the fact that the £51,000 rateable value is the problem, and that we need a solution to that. I believe that we need some sort of tapering mechanism; otherwise, businesses will continue to fall through the cracks, which she rightly mentioned.

Scottish Parliament: Abellio ScotRail and Serco (Franchise Payments) (12 Mar 2020)

Peter Chapman: 5. To ask the First Minister for what reason Abellio ScotRail and Serco are to be given a reported £103 million in additional public funding despite not meeting their targets. (S5F-04045)

Scottish Parliament: Abellio ScotRail and Serco (Franchise Payments) (12 Mar 2020)

Peter Chapman: I thank the First Minister for her answer, but I note that the £103 million additional funding equates to a 25 per cent increase in subsidies compared with last year. That increases subsidies to a substantial £520 million. Fare prices are up, delays are up and cancellations are up. It seems mind-boggling that a company can be rewarded so lucratively for failing to deliver its core service....

Scottish Parliament: Inshore Fisheries (26 Feb 2020)

Peter Chapman: I thank the cabinet secretary for prior sight of his statement. Our inshore fisheries are, indeed, a very valuable resource for Scotland, and there is much in the statement that I welcome, including the many positive proposals that will help to take away some of the tensions between static fishermen and those using mobile gear. I welcome the announcement that the remote electronic monitoring...

Scottish Parliament: GrASTech Project (6 Feb 2020)

Peter Chapman: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to support the GrASTech project, which aims to develop existing livestock farming technology to monitor and reduce methane production. (S5O-04107)

Scottish Parliament: GrASTech Project (6 Feb 2020)

Peter Chapman: I declare an interest as a partner in a farming business. The GrASTech project aims to develop an accurate way of measuring the methane produced by livestock reared outside on grass. Ninety per cent of Scotland’s cattle are outdoors for a significant amount of the year and it is hoped that the project will identify sensible and practical measures that the farming industry can use to...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2020-21 (6 Feb 2020)

Peter Chapman: I declare an interest. [ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2020-21 (6 Feb 2020)

Peter Chapman: They would likely complain if I did not declare an interest, Presiding Officer. The minister made much in her statement of how we all know how important the environment is, but I see that agri-environment scheme payments are down again, for the third year in a row. That is hardly looking after the environment.

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (4 Feb 2020)

Peter Chapman: Before I speak to my amendment 22, I declare an interest, in that I am a partner in a farming business. The minister is correct. Amendment 22 was triggered by my concern—and the concerns of NFU Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates—that section 3A involves the taking of an extremely wide-ranging and comprehensive power, the exercise of which could result in agricultural land and buildings...

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (4 Feb 2020)

Peter Chapman: I am very concerned about the proposal in section 10 to remove charitable rates relief from independent schools, and I support amendment 16, in the name of Liz Smith. One school in Balmedie in my region has a strong Christian ethos in order to meet the requirements of parents from the Plymouth Brethren Christian church—there is a strong Brethren community in the north-east. The school has...

Scottish Parliament: Farming and Crofting (Support) (23 Jan 2020)

Peter Chapman: I declare an interest as a partner in a farming business, and I apologise for arriving slightly late. I thank the cabinet secretary for prior sight of his statement. It is pretty rich for the cabinet secretary to criticise the Westminster Government in his statement. The truth is that, for three years, the Scottish National Party Government has done all that is in its power to make a Brexit...

Scottish Parliament: Farming and Crofting (Support) (23 Jan 2020)

Peter Chapman: Yes, indeed. Does the cabinet secretary intend to use £42 million of the remaining £70 million of convergence funding to fill the shortfall in LFASS payments next year, bearing in mind that the shortfall should be funded from the Scottish Government budget?

Scottish Parliament: Traditional Culture (North East Scotland) (22 Jan 2020)

Peter Chapman: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how it supports traditional culture in the north-east. (S5O-04031)

Scottish Parliament: Traditional Culture (North East Scotland) (22 Jan 2020)

Peter Chapman: Presiding Officer, I apologise for coming in late. I hope that that has put me back in the good books. I thank the cabinet secretary for that full answer. She is right that the Doric language is a big pairt o the culture and heritage of the north-east, and as a member for that region I shall ask the rest of my question in the Doric. The Doric tongue is the maist important dialect that is...

Scottish Parliament: Wild Salmon Stocks (16 Jan 2020)

Peter Chapman: 5. To ask the First Minister what measures the Scottish Government is taking to address the reported crisis in wild salmon stocks. (S5F-03858)

Scottish Parliament: Wild Salmon Stocks (16 Jan 2020)

Peter Chapman: At the start of the new salmon season, I reflect on the iconic status of wild salmon in Scotland’s history and culture and on the fact that angling still supports many jobs in rural Scotland. I welcome the measures that the First Minister mentioned, such as the £750,000 grant to track salmon on their journey across the north Atlantic. I hope that that will lead to a better understanding of...

Scottish Parliament: Court Buildings (Crime) (16 Jan 2020)

Peter Chapman: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce crime in and around court buildings. (S5O-04004)

Scottish Parliament: Court Buildings (Crime) (16 Jan 2020)

Peter Chapman: I thank the cabinet secretary for that response, but figures that have been released by the police in response to a freedom of information request show that, in just the previous financial year, police attended nearly 400 incidents at sheriff or justice of the peace courts, including 30 in Aberdeen and seven at Peterhead. Over a quarter of those incidents resulted in a crime being reported....

Scottish Parliament: NHS Grampian (Waiting Times) (18 Dec 2019)

Peter Chapman: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what measures it plans to take in response to statistics showing that 65.4 per cent of patients referred to NHS Grampian were treated within 18 weeks. (S5O-03931)


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