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Results 101–120 of 334 for speaker:Ben Macpherson

Scottish Parliament: Remembering Conscientious Objectors (5 Dec 2018)

Ben Macpherson: With regard to support for the opposing war memorial that is planned for Princes Street gardens, I am pleased to hear that, as has been said, there is already widespread support for the initiative at local government level, in Edinburgh society and beyond. However, it is a long-standing policy of the UK and Scottish Governments that the cost of maintaining memorials and associated projects...

Scottish Parliament: Remembering Conscientious Objectors (5 Dec 2018)

Ben Macpherson: The point is well made, but as I said, the UK and Scottish Governments have a long-standing policy with regard to such costs. I cannot commit today to the Scottish Government providing funding for such a memorial, but if, after the debate, Alison Johnstone wants to write to me in detail on these matters, those points can be considered in due course and I will be happy to respond to her. In...

Scottish Parliament: Remembering Conscientious Objectors (5 Dec 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I acknowledge those well-made points, and I am sure that, now that they are on the record, they will be relayed to the relevant minister, Graeme Dey, for consideration. I want to stick with the issue of the memorial and the contents of Alison Johnstone’s motion. At this point, I should clarify my earlier point by saying that the policy that I mentioned covers both the erection and...

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

Ben Macpherson: I thank Tom Arthur for securing the debate and all the members who have made such thoughtful, passionate and enthusiastic speeches. It is great to be in the chamber with everyone today and to be part of this important debate. Our winter festivals boost Scotland’s tourism and events sectors, and the Scottish Government is proud to support them with more than £0.5 million. However, as we...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow School of Art (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Following the tragic fire in June, the Mackintosh building has been stabilised, and residents displaced by the fire have been able to return home. The Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council have provided funding to local residents and businesses in recognition of the significant impact that the fire has had on them. I understand that some local street closures remain in place while...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow School of Art (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I thank Johann Lamont for that question and agree with her comments on the significance of the building as an institution and the wider impact of the fire. The member will be aware that, in July, the Scottish Government announced that it would establish a recovery fund of up to £5 million to assist businesses that had been impacted by the Glasgow fires. To date, Glasgow City Council has paid...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow School of Art (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: The investigation into the origin, cause and circumstances of the fire is a high priority for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and its specialist fire investigation teams. The SFRS is working closely with Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive. Significant investigation work has already been concluded. The dangerous condition of the structure significantly restricted site...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow School of Art (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: As Adam Tomkins stated, whether the Mackintosh building should be rebuilt is a decision for the Glasgow School of Art. As the Mackintosh building is owned by the GSA, which is an independent body, its future is a matter for the GSA board, and the board has made clear its intention to rebuild the Mackintosh as a fully functional art school. The wider, important point is about engagement with...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow School of Art (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: As I said to Adam Tomkins, questions on the trust are for the Glasgow School of Art, because the Mack belongs to the GSA and any decisions on its future rest with the school. Wider governance questions are of pertinence to how the board takes things forward. I give cognisance to the fact that the issue is currently before the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee, and I look...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (Industrial Heritage Sites) (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Action to promote tourism is a function of VisitScotland that is undertaken in partnership with a wide range of other public bodies that are directly funded by the Scottish Government. Many of those bodies, including Historic Environment Scotland, the National Museums of Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland, the national industrial museums and Transport Scotland, contribute to the promotion...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (Industrial Heritage Sites) (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: As I mentioned in my answer to Brian Whittle’s first question, Museums Galleries Scotland is the national development body for museums and galleries in Scotland. It is funded by the Scottish Government to support more than 400 accredited institutions around the country, whether by strategic investment, advice or other means. MGS aims to unite the sector and allow the institutions to develop...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (Industrial Heritage Sites) (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: As Ms Hyslop announced on 5 October at Glenfinnan, through our rural tourism infrastructure fund we are funding more than £3 million worth of much-needed infrastructure improvements across 18 projects from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway, including at the Otter pool. Spread across six local authorities and both national park authorities, that support will deliver a range of...

Scottish Parliament: Tourist Attractions (Promotion) (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: The Scottish Government supports VisitScotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise to promote Scotland as a whole, in order to maximise the economic benefit of tourism to Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Tourist Attractions (Promotion) (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Alison Harris will be aware of the initiatives that are taking place in her constituency related to the Kelpies and Scottish Canals in order to boost them and the canal as the remarkable attractions that they are, and to continue their success and broaden their attraction. A new selfie trail that encourages families to get out and discover the genius of the Forth and Clyde canal has been...

Scottish Parliament: Tourist Attractions (Promotion) (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Tavish Scott will understand that it would not be appropriate for Government ministers to engage in operational matters. However, if he will write to me with further details, we can consider how we can assist him in securing the meeting.

Scottish Parliament: Music Sector (International Promotion) (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: We fund Creative Scotland to support musicians across all genres of music. Since 2008, we have invested more than £21 million in the festivals expo fund, which is providing a global platform for Scottish musicians and other artists, and opening up opportunities for onward touring. In addition, the platform for creative excellence—PLACE—fund, which will provide £15 million over the next...

Scottish Parliament: Music Sector (International Promotion) (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Tom Arthur is absolutely right to point out that there is a distinct danger that removal of access to freedom of movement would result in additional bureaucracy and border checks on touring artists, and would diminishing the whole UK’s and Scotland’s music industry. Indeed, in UK Music’s recent survey on the economic impact on the music industry, half the respondents thought that Brexit...

Scottish Parliament: Music Sector (International Promotion) (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Rachael Hamilton will have noted from my first answer the support that the Scottish Government gives to our music industry. With regard to the proportion of music funding that is available for education, she would better direct the question to the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

Scottish Parliament: Archaeological Projects (Support) (28 Nov 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I and the Scottish Government recognise the importance of our historical environment and the wealth of historical structures across the country. Many are at the heart of the communities that have worked hardest to secure their future. Scottish Government funding for archaeology is channelled via Historic Environment Scotland grant schemes. Despite recent financial constraints, we have...


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