Results 141–160 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

Scottish Parliament: Free Bus Travel (Under-25s) (20 Mar 2019)

Peter Chapman: Members might find this hard to believe, but I need to declare an interest: I am old enough to hold an over-60s bus pass.

Scottish Parliament: Free Bus Travel (Under-25s) (20 Mar 2019)

Peter Chapman: It is hard to believe, I know. I welcome the discussion that the motion has generated. It shines a light on the important point that bus services and bus usage in Scotland are in long-term decline. I am a member of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, which frequently discusses public transport. With climate change a major factor in future policy, it is important that we encourage as...

Scottish Parliament: Free Bus Travel (Under-25s) (20 Mar 2019)

Peter Chapman: Not at all—I do not accept that at all. That makes no difference. The service still has to be paid for. Aberdeenshire Council’s head of transportation said: “We realise this may have a detrimental effect on passengers, but the council and communities will continue to have difficult decisions to make on the provision of local services into the future.” Like all councils across...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (12 Mar 2019)

Peter Chapman: I welcome the discussion paper. It is, I think, the first time that the Scottish National Party Government has had anything positive to say about leaving the EU and the common fisheries policy. I absolutely endorse the statement that we will not trade away access to our waters for access to the EU market. Many important questions are raised in the paper. I will highlight two, which I ask the...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Scottish Agriculture (6 Mar 2019)

Peter Chapman: I declare an interest as a partner in a farming business. The debate has allowed us to have an important conversation about the future direction of travel for Scottish agriculture. I have always said that the great prize that Brexit offers is the opportunity to design a system of support that is better suited to the needs of Scottish agriculture, and to move away from the outdated CAP system,...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Scottish Agriculture (6 Mar 2019)

Peter Chapman: I have no time. In his speech, Mark Ruskell spoke only about climate change. Farmers are a major part of the solution to climate change, rather than the problem. [ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Scottish Agriculture (6 Mar 2019)

Peter Chapman: Our document explains that we would encourage carbon sequestration and tree planting. We will support peat restoration, more efficient use of inputs through targeted inputs, and efficient livestock production. I thank Stewart Stevenson for his contribution to that part of the debate. Mark Ruskell asked what greater public good is there than addressing climate change. The answer is this:...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Grampian (28 Feb 2019)

Peter Chapman: What is the Scottish Government’s response to recent figures that show that more than 9,000 people waited beyond the 12-week target for in-patient or day-case admission in NHS Grampian? Does the First Minister recognise that that figure has been rising every year, that it is now eight times higher than it was in 2013, and that NHS Grampian is the worst-funded health board in Scotland, with...

Scottish Parliament: Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (19 Feb 2019)

Peter Chapman: I declare an interest as a farmer. I very much welcome the complete opening of the road. It is long overdue and will be a huge asset to the north-east economy. However, there is still a huge question mark as to whether farm tractors are allowed on the road. I have received clarification that the Balmedie to Tipperty section is open to tractors, but there is confusion about the rest of the...

Scottish Parliament: Salmon Farming (6 Feb 2019)

Peter Chapman: Presiding Officer, I take this opportunity to apologise for arriving late. I got my timings wrong. Sorry.

Scottish Parliament: Salmon Farming (6 Feb 2019)

Peter Chapman: It has been a long process from the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee’s agreeing to conduct the inquiry in June 2017 to our getting to this point. I, too, thank everyone who helped us to produce the report, and who worked so well with the committee throughout the consultation process and during our evidence sessions. I also thank everyone who hosted the committee on site...

Scottish Parliament: Salmon Farming (6 Feb 2019)

Peter Chapman: No. I have no time. Such improvements are only the beginning. I welcome SEPA’s efforts so far, and I look forward to seeing its implementing what is in the “Finfish Aquaculture Sector Plan” in order to continue the improvement in standards and regulation. I also welcome the Scottish Government’s fish health framework, which is expected to lead not only to a huge reduction in fish...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry Strategy 2019 to 2029 (5 Feb 2019)

Peter Chapman: I welcome the cabinet secretary’s statement and the commitment to planting more trees and improving the sustainability of forestry in Scotland. As the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill went through the committee, I pushed for an amendment to place a duty on ministers to make arrangements for research into tree health and the promotion of cross-border sustainable forest...

Scottish Parliament: Police Strength Statistics (23 Jan 2019)

Peter Chapman: 2. To ask the Scottish Government when it will next publish the police strength statistics for Scotland. (S5O-02800)

Scottish Parliament: Police Strength Statistics (23 Jan 2019)

Peter Chapman: The latest police figures show that the number of local divisional officers in the north-east has been cut by 42 in the past year alone, which is a clear demonstration of the Scottish National Party’s policy of centralisation and is to the detriment of communities in my region. Can the cabinet secretary assure me that I will not discover further reductions in the next set of statistics?

Scottish Parliament: Future Rural Policy and Support (10 Jan 2019)

Peter Chapman: Does the cabinet secretary not accept that the vote was a United Kingdom-wide one and that the UK decided to come out of the EU?

Scottish Parliament: Future Rural Policy and Support (10 Jan 2019)

Peter Chapman: I start by declaring an interest as a partner in a farming business. This is a crucial debate at a time when the future of our farming sector has never been so uncertain. Farmers across Scotland are desperate for some answers as to what their future holds. Frankly, they are watching with dismay and anger at the way in which many of our MSPs and MPs are putting short-term party politics ahead...

Scottish Parliament: Future Rural Policy and Support (10 Jan 2019)

Peter Chapman: I do not have time. I have only six minutes. Indeed, I note from the motion that the Government wants to convene yet another group. Fergus Ewing should already be the best-informed minister in history with all that advice, but it looks much more like an exercise of kicking the can down the road than an attempt to come up with any decisions. Setting up another group reinforces my fears that...

Scottish Parliament: Future Rural Policy and Support (10 Jan 2019)

Peter Chapman: I understand it fine, but what it really says is that the status quo will remain until 2024 but we do not know what will happen then. That is not nearly good enough . The big prize that is available from Brexit is the ability to design a system of support that is much better suited to the needs of Scottish agriculture than the CAP could ever be and yet, two and a half years on, there is no...

Scottish Parliament: Future Rural Policy and Support (10 Jan 2019)

Peter Chapman: No, I really do not have the time—I have a lot to say.


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