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Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (11 Jan 2023)

Fergus Ewing: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (11 Jan 2023)

Fergus Ewing: I have one simple point to make. Does the minister agree that, if farmers are allowed more flexibility to provide housing, such housing could be provided at scale and without any significant cost to the taxpayer because the cost will be met by the farmers, using the capital that is tied up in their landholdings?

Scottish Parliament: Energy Strategy (Solar Power) (22 Dec 2022)

Fergus Ewing: 4. Presiding Officer, I apologise for not being in my space from the outset of First Minister’s question time. To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will set a clear ambition in its planned energy strategy for delivery of 4 to 6GW of solar power by 2030. (S6F-01660)

Scottish Parliament: Energy Strategy (Solar Power) (22 Dec 2022)

Fergus Ewing: The First Minister’s answer will be received very warmly by members across all parties in the Parliament who support the development of Scotland’s solar potential. I am very grateful for it. May I pursue one aspect, however? In the planning system and the national planning framework, precedence is given to those forms of renewable energy where there is a clear, identified ambition and...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Dec 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I welcome the cabinet secretary’s comments about tone and the involvement of all members, but I ask her to respond directly to a point that was made, albeit briefly, by Rachael Hamilton in her opening remarks. Whereas there might be a majority view in the Parliament, all the evidence of the views of the people of Scotland, as recorded in poll after poll, shows incontrovertibly that a very...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Dec 2022)

Fergus Ewing: It was reported several weeks ago in The Sunday Times that, over the past three years, several hundred—I think more than 300—registered sex offenders have changed their name, plainly in order to disguise the fact that they are sex offenders from those with whom they deal. Can the cabinet secretary explain how, if we reject Mr Findlay’s amendments, there will not be additional risk, as...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Dec 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Is the point not that, although the police and others operate the MAPPA system very well and professionally, there are hundreds and hundreds of people involved, and the probability of error arising where we cannot keep track of or trace people and the fact that the system simply does not work as it should in theory mean that there is additional risk created unless we stop registered sex...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2023-24 (15 Dec 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Between us, the Deputy First Minister and I have represented for nearly 50 years people who use daily and who rely on the A9. I know that he is as aware as I and other members are of the tragic death toll that we have seen on that road this year, almost all on single-carriageway sections. In the budget, I heard no reference at all to any new or additional funding for delivery of dualling of...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Education System ( 7 Dec 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Teachers, lawyers, doctors, accountants, politicians, engineers, architects, journalists, civil servants, advisers, consultants, farmers, producers and people in just about every other occupation or job that exists in society today share one common need in these times, in this century, and that is the need to be able to communicate in writing, and to do so with reasonable speed and accuracy....

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Education System ( 7 Dec 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I do not think that I have time.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Education System ( 7 Dec 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I am very sorry. I would have taken it, but—

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Education System ( 7 Dec 2022)

Fergus Ewing: That’s a date, as they say. I commend touch typing to the cabinet secretary, and I hope that she will seriously consider what I have had to say.

Scottish Parliament: Small Business Saturday 2022 ( 1 Dec 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Small Business Saturday 2022 ( 1 Dec 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I entirely agree with what Mr Johnson has said. I respect his experience in running his own business, as I did, albeit in a different century from him. Thereanent, does Mr Johnson agree that one of the success stories of devolution, which we should all be proud of and which has been maintained and protected in John Swinney’s most recent emergency budget, is the small business bonus scheme?...

Scottish Parliament: Small Business Saturday 2022 ( 1 Dec 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I entirely agree that we must be mindful of the current challenges facing small businesses. Thereanent, although I know that it is not his portfolio, is the minister aware of the concerns that the deposit return scheme, as it is planned to be rolled out, would impact pretty severely on certain small businesses, notably small craft brewers and distillers, because of the high costs and the...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 and Flu Vaccination (NHS Highland) (30 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to support a general practitioner-led Covid-19 and flu vaccination programme in NHS Highland, in light of reports that it would cost several million pounds less than the model proposed by the national health service board. (S6O-01626)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 and Flu Vaccination (NHS Highland) (30 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: GPs provided the service for £1.5 million a year, but the NHS Highland model would cost up to £9 million a year. Will the cabinet secretary ask his officials to engage directly with the GP practice in Nairn and other GP representatives in the Highlands to devise a system of provision of vaccination services that is safest, most efficient, community-based, led by GPs and which, on the...

Scottish Parliament: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (29 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: The Presiding Officer has, of course, ruled that today’s parliamentary proceedings can continue. I recall that, during the 2016 referendum on EU membership, a substantial majority of Conservative MSPs were remainers—in fact, they were staunch remainers, and many of them said so volubly in public. Are we now to take it that there are no remainers remaining on the Tory Holyrood benches? Is...

Scottish Parliament: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (29 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I am most grateful to Willie Rennie for giving way, and I promise that I will not be at all “processy”. I think that he invented that word. There is not much disagreement that Brexit is a disaster. That being so, why has the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, said that he has given up on trying to rejoin the EU?

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy Sector (Economic Impact) (24 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I thank Mr McLennan for the work that he is doing in the cross-party group on the development of renewable energy. Does he agree that, if we are to achieve the maximum potential for renewable energy in Scotland, there must be a focus on speeding up the processes for obtaining permissions, licences and consents, not only for development both on and offshore, but for good connections? Without...


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