Results 101–120 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

Scottish Parliament: Forestry Act 1919 (Centenary) (31 Oct 2019)

Peter Chapman: I am delighted to open on behalf of the Conservatives, and I welcome the opportunity to speak about the centenary of the Forestry Act 1919. Before the 1919 act, there was no notable state policy on forests. It was recognised that the UK’s forests had been in decline since the middle ages, but world war one led to an increased demand for timber and, by the end of the conflict, forest cover...

Scottish Parliament: Flood Damage (Aberdeenshire) (3 Oct 2019)

Peter Chapman: Last weekend, seven bridges were destroyed in central Aberdeenshire through severe weather and flash flooding, with numerous roads damaged. I have spoken with a major vegetable producer who employs 100 people and who has had access to his premises severely restricted as a result of the flooding. There are numerous households in rural areas that are severely disadvantaged due to the road and...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight (11 Sep 2019)

Peter Chapman: I declare an interest as a partner in a farming business, because we cannot have a debate on the wonderful food and drink that we enjoy in Scotland without mentioning our farmers, who help to produce the raw materials on which a lot of it depends. I also thank Alasdair Allan for bringing the debate to the chamber, because I relish any opportunity to praise the Scottish food and drink sector....

Scottish Parliament: Creating a Sustainable Future for Crofting (10 Sep 2019)

Peter Chapman: I declare an interest as a partner in a farming business. I thank the cabinet secretary for prior sight of his statement. However, let us be clear: it was an extremely disappointing statement. Once again, a bill that has been promised on numerous occasions has been ditched. The crofting law sump that was set up by the crofting law group highlighted the need for legislative reform way back in...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Farming Funding (Convergence Funds) (3 Sep 2019)

Peter Chapman: I declare an interest as a partner in a farming business. I thank the cabinet secretary for prior sight of his statement. We all agree in this chamber that the EU convergence fund should have come in its entirety to Scottish agriculture. There has always been cross-party support for that stance. The cabinet secretary recognises many of the organisations that have made that argument, but he...

Scottish Parliament: Rockall (Deployment of Fishery Protection Vessels) (27 Jun 2019)

Peter Chapman: 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the use of patrol boats at Rockall in response to Irish fishing vessels. (S5O-03462)

Scottish Parliament: Rockall (Deployment of Fishery Protection Vessels) (27 Jun 2019)

Peter Chapman: I thank the minister for her answer, but I am disappointed by it. There has been a major increase in the number of Irish vessels in the 12-mile limit around Rockall, from 15 incursions in 2014 to 94 in 2017. Even two Irish international maritime law experts agreed that it is illegal and should be stopped. What enforcement action has been taken? Have any Irish vessels been boarded and checked?...

Scottish Parliament: Multilevel Teaching (19 Jun 2019)

Peter Chapman: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether multilevel teaching is the most effective way for pupils to learn. (S5O-03409)

Scottish Parliament: Multilevel Teaching (19 Jun 2019)

Peter Chapman: At least 26 schools in the north-east are running combined classes in which three or more qualifications are taught, including two out of the 11 schools in Scotland that are running classes in which four or more qualifications are taught. Further, in September, at the start of the school year, north-east schools were 140 teachers short. Will the cabinet secretary commit to giving the...

Scottish Parliament: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (NHS Grampian) (13 Jun 2019)

Peter Chapman: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of children in the NHS Grampian area who have mental health issues are being seen within the 18-week referral to treatment target. (S5O-03384)

Scottish Parliament: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (NHS Grampian) (13 Jun 2019)

Peter Chapman: I thank the minister for that answer, although I am very disappointed by it. As the minister said, in the first three months of this year, only 43 per cent of young patients were seen within 18 weeks. NHS Grampian has said that it has some of the longest waiting times and it is also the lowest-staffed board, with 53 per cent less staff than other boards. It is also the lowest-funded health...

Scottish Parliament: Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (13 Jun 2019)

Peter Chapman: I thank the committee clerks for helping us to draft the report and I thank all those who provided evidence to the committee. Of course, I also thank Mark Ruskell for introducing the bill. We have had a good debate and I want to start by saying that safer roads are obviously something that we all support, both in the committee and right across Parliament. That has never been in question. We...

Scottish Parliament: Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (13 Jun 2019)

Peter Chapman: I agree and have said that that is welcome, but we need to reduce the speed limit in the right places. My problem is that the bill proposes a 20mph limit across Scotland, which I do not agree with. I agree with Mike Rumbles that where resources are limited—let us be honest that resources are always limited—the bill would divert resources from other measures that could have a far bigger...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (Investment) (6 Jun 2019)

Peter Chapman: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to invest in the Scottish Ambulance Service. (S5O-03353)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (Investment) (6 Jun 2019)

Peter Chapman: Last year’s figures showed that Aberdeenshire areas such as Turriff and the Mearns suffer some of the worst response times, with averages of 18 and 15 minutes respectively—well outwith the target of eight minutes. A recent report by Unison said that Scottish Ambulance Service staff are being overworked and patients are being put at risk by Scottish Government underfunding. Does the...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Aquaculture (5 Jun 2019)

Peter Chapman: I thank the cabinet secretary for the prior sight of his statement. Let me be quite clear: I welcome the statement. The reports on Scottish salmon from the REC Committee and the ECCLR Committee showed that the status quo is unacceptable, and it is positive to hear of the progress that the salmon interactions working group and technical working group are making. It is important to recognise...

Scottish Parliament: A96 (Dualling) (22 May 2019)

Peter Chapman: The cabinet secretary is well aware that there is a very strong feeling in the Inverurie area that dualling the existing road around Inverurie is the best and the most cost-effective route in upgrading the A96. Why has that option been ruled out, and why has the cabinet secretary refused to meet the group that is pursuing it?

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Food and Drink) (16 May 2019)

Peter Chapman: I declare my registered interest as a partner in a farming business. In the Brexit referendum, I voted to remain. Nevertheless, as soon as I heard the result, I was committed to make it happen. Unfortunately, we all underestimated how difficult Brexit would be; as of now, we have, obviously, not left and we do not know what deal will gain Parliamentary support. I want to leave with the only...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Food and Drink) (16 May 2019)

Peter Chapman: We do not need free movement, but we do need to allow in the people who will grow our economy—and that is exactly what we will achieve. Accounting for around 80 per cent of our food and drink exports, Scotch whisky is not just Scotland’s but the UK’s largest net contributor to our balance of trade. It is a premium product that is sought worldwide, and it is growing in value and volume...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Food and Drink) (16 May 2019)

Peter Chapman: I have no time. EU exports are important, and if we vote for the deal on the table, which aims for frictionless and tariff-free trade, there is no reason why we cannot keep all those exports—and, indeed, grow them. We must also recognise that there are markets for our produce all around the world. To name just two, I point out that America takes large amounts of our salmon, and the far east...


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