Results 61–80 of 8797 for speaker:Fergus Ewing

Scottish Parliament: Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (11 May 2023)

Fergus Ewing: That is absolutely spot on. Mr Balfour has made a relevant point with which I agree entirely. Why have I mentioned the issue, Presiding Officer? I have mentioned it because at the moment much of the money that churches raise goes to alleviate poverty. However, the Church of Scotland pointed out in a letter that it sent in January—which, I imagine, other MSPs also received—that having to...

Scottish Parliament: Charities (Regulation and Administration) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (11 May 2023)

Fergus Ewing: I know that ministers have met the church and made lots of efforts. Thus far, they have ruled out exempting churches, but I think that that exemption is justified. The reasons for their ruling it out just do not hold water. I understand ministers’ reluctance to amend regulations that have only recently been passed, but I hope that I have made the argument. In closing, Presiding Officer, and...

Scottish Parliament: Quantum Energy Partners (Investment) (27 Apr 2023)

Fergus Ewing: Will the First Minister welcome this week’s announcement of planned investment by Quantum Energy Partners, to a value of £300 million, in my constituency? The investment will focus on a site in Ardersier that will develop work in offshore wind and oil decommissioning, which will bring massive benefits—benefits that might last for the remainder of the century—in employment in the...

Scottish Parliament: Illegal Migration Bill (25 Apr 2023)

Fergus Ewing: I have never claimed to be a biblical scholar, and of late my Bible studies have been somewhat infrequent and my knowledge rusty. However, to find something that underlies the theme of this debate, I think that we can look no further than the gospel according to St Luke, which narrates the parable of the Good Samaritan. The spirit of providing help, alms, sanctuary and refuge to a stranger is...

Scottish Parliament: Illegal Migration Bill (25 Apr 2023)

Fergus Ewing: Thank you, Presiding Officer. Yes, I am aware of the Dubs scheme, and I very much regret that, as I understand it—although I am no expert—the UK Government is moving away from that scheme. I hope that it will reconsider that. I thank Alex Cole-Hamilton for raising that point. My essential point is that the approach that was taken to the Kindertransport was in keeping with the English...

Scottish Parliament: Illegal Migration Bill (25 Apr 2023)

Fergus Ewing: I am sorry. I would love to do so, but I do not have time. I must come to a close quite soon. I just make that general point. It is important to say that all of us care about these issues. No one and no party has a monopoly on care or virtue. I certainly do not claim any particular strong credentials in that regard. In conclusion, we should bear in mind the spirit of the Good Samaritan. At...

Scottish Parliament: Rosebank Oil and Gas Field (20 Apr 2023)

Fergus Ewing: Scotland and the UK will continue to need and rely on gas for decades to come. In many cases, gas is imported from the US, but its gas is produced with more than four times the carbon emissions of Rosebank. Does the First Minister therefore agree with me that sacrificing the development of our own gas resource would not only decimate tens of thousands of highly-skilled well-paid jobs in a...

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (20 Apr 2023)

Fergus Ewing: The minister mentioned devolution. Surely the aim of devolution is to do things better, not just to do things differently for the sake of it. Does she agree that the main two outstanding business asks are that glass should be removed from scope, as is the case in the UK, and that, given the further delay—which I predict will be extended—there should alignment with the UK, thereby removing...

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (18 Apr 2023)

Fergus Ewing: Last week, in a letter to the First Minister, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Scotch Whisky Association, the Confederation of British Industry and many other business organisations—virtually all of them—argued that the DRS would increase consumer prices above the 20p deposit, hitting the poorest hardest. Even David Harris, the boss of CSL, who is...

Scottish Parliament: Government Priorities for Scotland (18 Apr 2023)

Fergus Ewing: At the SNP leadership hustings hosted by the excellent Inverness Courier and Highland News media group, the First Minister was asked whether he supported the dualling of the A9 from Perth to Inverness in total and the dualling of the A96 from Inverness to Auldearn, including the Nairn bypass. The First Minister gave very welcome commitments—welcome because they were entirely unequivocal. He...

Scottish Parliament: Circularity Scotland (Chief Executive’s Salary) (21 Mar 2023)

Fergus Ewing: It is clear from the minister’s failure, once again, to answer straightforward questions that Circularity Scotland Ltd is a creature that is entirely out of control. It is deciding its own policies, is deciding its own salaries and will decimate small businesses throughout Scotland, whether those be shops, pubs, clubs, brewers, distillers or recycling companies. In creating Circularity...

Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (Vocational and Technical Qualifications) (21 Mar 2023)

Fergus Ewing: Will the cabinet secretary give way?

Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (Vocational and Technical Qualifications) (21 Mar 2023)

Fergus Ewing: Will the cabinet secretary give way?

Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (Vocational and Technical Qualifications) (21 Mar 2023)

Fergus Ewing: Will the cabinet secretary give way?

Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (Vocational and Technical Qualifications) (21 Mar 2023)

Fergus Ewing: I thank the cabinet secretary for not forgetting about me. I want to raise an issue that was raised with me yesterday by Chris Dowling, who is the co-ordinator of the developing the young workforce programme in Highland and who is responsible, through Inverness Chamber of Commerce, for employing 20 school co-ordinators. Their contracts are on a year-to-year basis, and the year is up at the...

Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (Vocational and Technical Qualifications) (21 Mar 2023)

Fergus Ewing: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (Vocational and Technical Qualifications) (21 Mar 2023)

Fergus Ewing: Mr Rennie rightly mentions the importance of preparing young people to enter the workforce. I do not want to disappoint colleagues around the chamber for failing to raise this matter. Does he agree that one way to prepare young people for work of all sorts is to endow them with the skills of touch typing so that they can communicate clearly, precisely, swiftly and effectively? Moreover, it is...

Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (Vocational and Technical Qualifications) (21 Mar 2023)

Fergus Ewing: Would Mr Whitfield and the Labour Party have some sympathy with the idea of including in the curriculum in Scotland the extension of the provision—or, preferably, the universal provision—of the skill of touch typing to our children in schools? Is that an idea that the Labour Party might wish to espouse?

Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (Vocational and Technical Qualifications) (21 Mar 2023)

Fergus Ewing: Does Meghan Gallacher agree that the challenges that young people face could well be addressed by extending the skills that they can acquire to being able to touch type, which is so useful in a range of areas? Is the Conservative party, like the Labour Party, attracted to that policy?

Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (Vocational and Technical Qualifications) (21 Mar 2023)

Fergus Ewing: Will the minister give way?


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