Results 181–200 of 8797 for speaker:Fergus Ewing

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (25 Nov 2021)

Fergus Ewing: With regard to the future operations of the North Sea oil and gas operators, does the minister welcome the opportunity that now exists to build a consensus across almost all parties that the forthcoming climate compatibility checkpoint—which, I understand, the UK Government, having consulted on it since last September, is introducing—offers an opportunity to demonstrate that future...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (17 Nov 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Circularity Scotland has produced estimates of the key requirements that will largely determine the overall costs of the proposed deposit return scheme. Its estimates are broadly double the Scottish Government estimates, which, at the time when the Parliament approved the scheme, totalled £2,410 million over 25 years. What are the total costs now? Have they doubled to around £5,000 million?...

Scottish Parliament: Road Infrastructure (17 Nov 2021)

Fergus Ewing: All members want to see improvements to our rail and bus services and public transport. We all want more active travel, whether by bicycle or Shanks’s pony, although this particular and somewhat ageing pony treks no more. My first point has been made by other members—it is a trite point, but it is absolutely crucial to the debate. In rural Scotland—98 per cent of our country’s land...

Scottish Parliament: Road Infrastructure (17 Nov 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Why not?

Scottish Parliament: Road Infrastructure (17 Nov 2021)

Fergus Ewing: To be fair, I think that the transport secretary will confirm that SNP members are committed to upgrading roads throughout rural Scotland, in particular on the ground of safety, although I cannot speak for the Government. We should not forget that dualled links reduce massively the risk of head-on collisions. Some years ago, a friend of mine lost his wife on the A9 on the way to an SNP...

Scottish Parliament: Road Infrastructure (17 Nov 2021)

Fergus Ewing: I will finish on this. The project should go ahead, as it has already gone through the public local inquiry process. That, for me, is a matter of honour.

Scottish Parliament: Road Infrastructure (17 Nov 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Will Mr Kerr give way?

Scottish Parliament: Road Infrastructure (17 Nov 2021)

Fergus Ewing: The power of persuasion. I very much agree with what has been said—the roads are really important to rural communities. However, I ask for clarification. Just before the Holyrood elections, the Conservatives pledged that they would add an extra lane to the motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh. I believe that the cost of that would be around £5 billon, which would use up the whole budget...

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework (10 Nov 2021)

Fergus Ewing: I ask whether the minister can provide reassurance to me and my constituents in Inverness and Nairn that his statement does not and will not, in any way, manner or means, delay, detract, diminish or dilute the absolute commitment of the Scottish Government to dual the remaining sections of the A9 between Perth and Inverness and the section of the A96 from Inverness to Auldearn, and to do so...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (26 Oct 2021)

Fergus Ewing: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I had technical problems. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: A96 (Dualling) (30 Sep 2021)

Fergus Ewing: The traffic congestion that is experienced by residents in Nairn can be as bad as that which is experienced in Glasgow or Edinburgh, except that in Nairn there is only one road that citizens can use through the town—the A96. During the tourism season, delays of up to an hour can be experienced in getting from one end of the town to the other. Will the minister approve and commence...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care (14 Sep 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Will the cabinet secretary give way?

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care (14 Sep 2021)

Fergus Ewing: It is very generous of the cabinet secretary to give way—I thank him. The cabinet secretary has given details of the heavy burden on NHS services throughout the country, which is perhaps largely a result of the Covid pandemic. Plainly, with the 26th United Nations climate change conference of the parties—COP26—close on us, we will see the arrival in Scotland, with a focus on Glasgow, of...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Recovery ( 2 Jun 2021)

Fergus Ewing: It is 14 years since I last spoke from the back benches, so members will forgive me if I am a bit rusty. I thank Willie Rennie for the first two sentences of his speech. However, in the latter part of his speech—that is, the rest of it—I am afraid that he was about as close to the real facts of the situation as the famous ski jumper Eddie the Eagle was to the medal rostrum at the winter...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Recovery ( 2 Jun 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Well, okay.

Scottish Parliament: Economic Recovery ( 2 Jun 2021)

Fergus Ewing: I believe that there will be more jobs in time, but that will happen only because we prevented the closure and loss of the smelter. Had it closed, it would never have reopened. Had Dalzell not been kept in business by Mr Gupta and the GFG, those jobs would have been gone forever, and not just those jobs, as Mr Rennie knows—or should know—but all the supply-chain jobs as well. We are...

Scottish Parliament: Oaths and Affirmations (13 May 2021)

Fergus Ewing: took the oath.

Scottish Parliament: Greensill Capital UK (Administration) (24 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: My statement concerns the administration of Greensill Capital UK Ltd and its implications for businesses in Scotland. At the outset, I emphasise that the subject matter concerns sensitive commercial affairs, so I will be careful in my remarks and in answers to members’ questions, in order to avoid saying anything that might breach commercial confidences or cause harm. I hope that members,...

Scottish Parliament: Greensill Capital UK (Administration) (24 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: I can assure Mr Fraser that continued operation of the smelter and the steelworks are foremost in our objectives. I made that absolutely clear when I met trade union representatives on Monday, when we had an extremely useful discussion. In that discussion, they shared with me their view that the workforce in both plants are optimistic and confident about the future ability of the plants to...

Scottish Parliament: Greensill Capital UK (Administration) (24 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: I thank Monica Lennon for her question—she asked several questions, in fact. I can say that GFG Alliance is seeking to undertake a refinancing. That is a sensitive commercial matter and we need to be careful not to prejudice or undermine the process. I stress that we will do everything in our power to assist the steel and aluminium businesses and support their highly skilled workers. Back...


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