Results 1–20 of 1418 for speaker:Brian Whittle

Scottish Parliament: Prestwick Airport (Former Chairman) (27 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the former chairman of Prestwick airport resigned his post to lead a bid to purchase the airport. (S6O-03266)

Scottish Parliament: Prestwick Airport (Former Chairman) (27 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: During Forsyth Black’s time as chair of Prestwick airport, various expressions of interest were made to his board. None were recommended to the Scottish Government, and bidders reported a lack of willingness to engage from airport management. Now, after suddenly leaving his post in February, Mr Black has emerged to lead a new bid. Does the cabinet secretary consider that it is acceptable...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: I am concerned that a farm that is local to me has been bought over and planted with trees. Does the cabinet secretary think that there is scope in the bill for a presumption against planting trees on good-quality farmland?

Scottish Parliament: Smoking and Vaping (26 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: I welcome the recognition that vaping is a significant health issue in Scotland, the UK and further afield. I put it on record that, if I had my way, I would give access to vaping only through prescriptions. However, access to a healthier lifestyle is the other side of the equation. What is the Scottish Government doing to ensure that our children have access to a healthier lifestyle, and how...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: I agree with the minister that it is extremely important that we give equal access across all SIMD areas, and the progress is welcome. Is he not concerned that the income coming into universities is increasingly coming from abroad now? I heard that more than 80 per cent of the income of the University of Glasgow now comes from students from abroad, specifically from China.

Scottish Parliament: Decarbonising Buildings (21 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: 3. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Audit Scotland report “Decarbonising heat in homes” and the recent report by the regulatory review group regarding the forthcoming heat in buildings bill, what action it is taking to further assess and develop the supply chain for decarbonising buildings. (S6O-03242)

Scottish Parliament: Decarbonising Buildings (21 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: Over the past few months, I have submitted many written questions to the minister on such topics as how many businesses are operating in the zero-carbon heating sector, how many heat loss surveyors are working in Scotland and what economic modelling has been undertaken to understand the future demand on the supply chain. How does the minister intend to deliver the bill urgently if, by his own...

Scottish Parliament: Further Education (Green Economy) (14 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that Scotland’s further education sector is aligned with the needs of businesses within the renewables sector and other industries associated with the green economy. (S6O-03210)

Scottish Parliament: Further Education (Green Economy) (14 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: For apprenticeship week last week I visited a firm of electrical engineers in Kilmarnock, Aird Walker & Ralston. Its representatives said that sluggish growth or a lack of growth is a problem, because the company struggles to recruit the appropriate apprentices. They say that the biggest problem is that school pupils are unaware of potential careers through apprenticeships in areas such as...

Scottish Parliament: E-health Strategy (13 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: As we attempt to tackle significant issues in our health service, I hear time and time again from our health boards that their outdated IT systems are a block to progress. A modern collaboration and communication platform is essential, to bring our health service back into a better state, especially in data gathering and the development of our e-health systems. The Chancellor of the Exchequer...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: I have to say that I felt a spark and a growing sense of excitement when I heard that the Labour Party was going to split its time today between health and growing the economy. Finally, I thought, the penny is beginning to drop—Labour is starting to recognise that we need to tackle Scotland’s poor health record if we are going to fully realise Scotland’s economic potential and recognise...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Children’s Participation in Sport (World Indoor Athletics Championships) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: 3. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government can take to help encourage children into sport and cultivate future world-class athletes, in light of the recent victories of Josh Kerr and Jemma Reekie at the world indoor athletics championships in Glasgow. (S6F-02891)

Scottish Parliament: Children’s Participation in Sport (World Indoor Athletics Championships) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: I quickly point out that we do not just have Josh and Jemma; we also have previous world 1,500m champion Jake Wightman and Olympic medallist Laura Muir in the middle-distance events—or, to give middle-distance events their full title, proper sport. [ Laughter .] I cannot wait for the Olympics. As much as those athletes are inspirational to our young, budding sportspeople, those young people...

Scottish Parliament: Children’s Participation in Sport (World Indoor Athletics Championships) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: I have asked my question, Presiding Officer. I will ask it again, if you like.

Scottish Parliament: M77 Bus Lane Corridor ( 7 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: The minister quite rightly highlights that pinch points for traffic going in and out of a city need to be considered when planning for successful bus lane usage. Does he also recognise that, along the A77, there are pinch points, such as at the Bellfield interchange, through which 41 per cent of traffic in and out of North Ayrshire travels? I am sure that my colleague Sharon Dowey could...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: I want to take a bit of a different tack and look at the issue through a wider lens. On Sunday, I had the great privilege of being at the world championship coaches club, where I got to speak to and listen to some of the best coaches in the world. We got on to the topic of the impact of sport on our society and the common issues that we face. Sometimes, we look at such problems as though we...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: Does Ross Greer agree that it is not just what we teach but how we teach it and the environment in which we teach it that is crucial?

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Brian Whittle: That was a good rant, but I wonder what the member says to the fact that the Office for Budget Responsibility has said that, since 2010, Britain has had the highest GDP growth of all the G7 countries, including Japan, Germany and France.


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