Results 1–20 of 466 for speaker:Douglas Lumsden

Scottish Parliament: ScotRail (Alcohol Ban) (28 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it can provide an update on when it will make a decision on the continued ban on the consumption of alcohol at all times on trains, in light of ScotRail’s confirmation in evidence to the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee that the consultation findings have been passed to Transport Scotland. (S6O-03277)

Scottish Parliament: ScotRail (Alcohol Ban) (28 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: There is defer, dither and delay from the devolved Government. The temporary ban came into force in November 2020. We were told to wait for Jenny Gilruth’s national conversation on rail, but that was binned. We then had ScotRail’s survey of passengers, which was completed. The issue is dragging on for far too long. Can the Scottish Government please make a decision one way or the other?

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: I welcome the open debate that we are having. I want to get a little more understanding of the cabinet secretary’s thinking on the flat fares scheme and how it would potentially work. Would that be a city-wide arrangement, or would it also be for buses coming into in the city, as in the Aberdeen area? Would there be a distance limit? Can she give us any other information?

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: While listening to John Mason, I was thinking about car clubs. Does he think that they could be rolled out more to encourage people to give up their cars?

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: I welcome the debate, which gives us an opportunity to discuss a key area of public policy in Scotland. I even promise to keep my contribution positive—for the most part. Public transport is a matter of concern for many of our communities throughout Scotland. The challenges are many, and rising costs in all areas of transport cause significant challenges for national and local government....

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: I was just about to cover that point. We welcome parts of the long-awaited review—which has taken three years, as Alex Rowley mentioned. We welcome the extension of the trial scrapping of peak rail fares. We welcome development of the proposal for a flat-fares pilot for buses, and we suggest to the Scottish Government that there should be at least two pilots—one rural and one urban—so...

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: Many options are not being taken forward that would help in the example situation that the cabinet secretary mentioned. Why are they not being considered and costed?

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine (Chief Executive) (27 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: This question was asked earlier, but I could perhaps ask again. Has David Tydeman been forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement as part of his pay-off from Ferguson Marine? Yes or no?

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: Has COSLA raised concerns about the funding that councils will require to implement some elements of the bill?

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: I thank my colleagues for their contributions to an interesting debate on an issue on which we all agree that action requires to be taken. I also thank the committees that considered the bill in great detail; the witnesses who gave their time to submit evidence on the proposed measures; and, of course, the clerks of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee, who somehow managed to capture...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: Liam Kerr has hit the nail on the head—we heard that point from the finance committee. The Parliament cannot do that. It cannot see what regulations will come forward and what the costs will be for our local authorities. Maurice Golden also said that ministers need to be more accountable for missed targets. He raised the point that targets have been missed—I think that it is eight out of...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: I will give way to Bob Doris.

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: Perhaps Mr Doris was not listening when I said earlier that legislation was welcome. However, the focus should perhaps be on the behavioural change that even he discussed, because we can have greater impact with that than we can have with the legislation that is before us. Murdo Fraser spoke of the blight of fly-tipping, about which I think that all of us have received emails. It is a rural...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: I thank the minister for that, but I think that she has not recognised that people could put out their bins and have the right things in them but might be penalised if somebody else comes along afterwards and contaminates them. Liam McArthur spoke about the lack of detail and the difficulty in understanding the impact that the bill will make. Ben Macpherson spoke about reuse and...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: Chris Stark’s criticism of the Scottish National Party-Green Government was brutal and unprecedented, but thoroughly merited. I hope that this Government’s current record of failed legislation can be changed. Scotland deserves better, and our industries—

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: —who rely on us getting this right expect more. I look forward to the debate moving forward, and I hope that we can work collaboratively to make the bill fit for purpose.

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I put it on record that I was a councillor at Aberdeen City Council at the start of this parliamentary session. I referred to that in my speech.

Scottish Parliament: 2030 Climate Change Targets (20 Mar 2024)

Douglas Lumsden: The cabinet secretary previously told the Parliament that world leaders were contacting the Scottish Government to ask for advice on how to get to net zero. Can the cabinet secretary tell us who those world leaders were, so that we can let them know that the targets have been missed yet again?


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