Results 161–180 of 439 for speaker:Peter Chapman

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

Peter Chapman: I am sorry, but no. I would love to give way, but I have six minutes for my speech and I really want to deliver it. The cabinet secretary confirmed only yesterday that there will be a 20 per cent cut to LFASS funding this year and a 60 per cent cut next year.

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

Peter Chapman: I have heard and absolutely welcome what the cabinet secretary has said today, but that was what was reported only yesterday.

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

Peter Chapman: Anyway, as we know, LFASS money is vital in supporting farmers who are trying to eke out a living in some of our most remote and hardest land. We should be in no doubt that cuts to LFASS, even to 80 per cent, will result in bankruptcies and land abandonment. As well as lacking vision for the future of farming, we are also lacking the necessary legislative structure. We are content that the...

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

Peter Chapman: Will the member give way?

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

Peter Chapman: I want to respond Mr Stevenson’s claim that we do not want agriculture to be fully funded in Scotland. Of course we want agriculture to be fully funded, and we support the convergence money coming fully back to Scotland. That has always been our position. It has never changed.

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

Peter Chapman: Will Emma Harper take an intervention on that point?

Scottish Parliament: Animal Welfare (9 Jan 2019)

Peter Chapman: I remind members of my entry in the register of members’ interests, as a farmer. I welcome the introduction of mandatory CCTV coverage in abattoirs. Many slaughterhouses already have some CCTV coverage, but is it the minister’s expectation that it will need to be more extensive and cover more areas within abattoirs in future? Given that we on the Conservative benches have supported mobile...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government Draft Spending and Tax Plans 2019-20 (12 Dec 2018)

Peter Chapman: We have been promised for some time that, under the reaching 100 per cent programme, there would be a spend of £600 million to deliver superfast broadband to everyone in Scotland. However, I see from the budget just published—[ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government Draft Spending and Tax Plans 2019-20 (12 Dec 2018)

Peter Chapman: I see from page 146 of the budget just published that total spending on digital connectivity in 2019-20 will be only £32.9 million. What has happened to the £600 million and when will superfast broadband be delivered to remote and rural areas?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Chapman: It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with the fishing industry this year. I am pleased to speak on its behalf in this important debate, to open for the Scottish Conservatives and to move the amendment in my name. Yesterday, the industry got good news when David Mundell visited Peterhead fish market, which was bursting at the seams with more than 9,000 boxes of prime fish on the...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Chapman: Our fishermen were completely in the right in that argument. The French were not supposed to be fishing in those waters, whereas we were allowed to do so. To be quite honest, their reaction to our boats was absolutely illegal. We could never support what went on there. I ask Mr Ewing whether he agrees that that level of foreign fishing pressure is unsustainable. It is clearly unfair on our...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Chapman: The workforce is absolutely an issue. However, the decline has been going on for nearly 10 years, which is long before anyone ever spoke about Brexit, so the issue is not just Brexit. Never in the history of UK politics have our fishermen and fish processors had such a high profile. I guess that, in the past six months, fishing has been mentioned at the dispatch box at Westminster more often...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Chapman: I have taken two already, so I will not. It has been blatantly obvious to us all that the SNP Government has used the Brexit vote as a weapon to build more and more grievance between here and Westminster in the hope of levering another independence referendum. In fact, that tactic has changed again. At last week’s First Minister’s question time, the First Minister made it abundantly clear...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Chapman: The deal is not perfect, but it is the only game in town, and it is pragmatic and workable. Our fishermen will never forget and will never forgive the SNP if it prevents us from leaving the hated and discredited CFP. I move amendment S5M-15096.4, to insert at end: “, and recognises the opportunities that leaving the EU and CFP presents for the Scottish fishing industry.”

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Chapman: The member’s amendment speaks about monitoring and policing the Scottish fleet. Why does he not think that there is a need to monitor and police the EU fleet?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Chapman: Does the member not accept that we have made it abundantly clear at every opportunity and on every occasion that we will not link access to our waters to the market for fish in Europe? We have said that again and again.

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Chapman: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Peter Chapman: I disagree. I like the science—the science is very important. We have to look after the science, because we need a sustainable industry, going forward. I said that, given the landing obligations that are coming in, cuts to some of our most important species could be very difficult for the industry, but I never said anything against the science.

Scottish Parliament: St Andrew’s Day 2018 (29 Nov 2018)

Peter Chapman: Like the other members who have spoken, I am pleased to speak in today’s debate, which celebrates Scottish culture, ethnic origin, heritage and inclusiveness. I am delighted that this year’s theme is make someone’s day . From across the chamber, we have heard stories of members’ backgrounds and experience; I would like to share my Doric culture by reciting a poem by a Mr George...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (United Kingdom Coastal Waters) (27 Nov 2018)

Peter Chapman: Quite frankly, everybody needs to calm down a bit. Nothing has been traded away on fishing, no red lines have been crossed on fishing and the Prime Minister has been very clear that nothing will be traded away. President Macron would like French fishermen to continue to fish in our waters—shock horror; he was always going to say that. We have never said that no EU boats will ever be able to...


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