Results 161–180 of 8797 for speaker:Fergus Ewing

Scottish Parliament: National Parks ( 7 Jun 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Does the minister recognise that one of the reasons for the decline of the capercaillie and the lack of new members of the species is the lack of predator control—the control of foxes, in particular? Does she acknowledge that NatureScot now recognises that that approach was a mistake and is seeking to correct it, and does she support that?

Scottish Parliament: National Parks ( 7 Jun 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I understand that there is a target for 40 per cent of new trees planted to be from native species. However, does Brian Whittle recognise that Sitka spruce has excellent qualities and is an essential raw material for our panel products sector and timber sector, which operate within our national parks?

Scottish Parliament: National Parks ( 7 Jun 2022)

Fergus Ewing: There are benefits from being within a national park, but does Colin Smyth recognise that many people who live in Cairngorms national park feel that there has been a lack of sufficient permits for new affordable and mid-rent housing over the past nearly two decades, and that that is acting as a big constraint on the sustainable growth of the economy?

Scottish Parliament: National Parks ( 7 Jun 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I begin by paying tribute to Dave Fallows, who sadly passed away recently. Dave served for 10 years as a councillor in the Highland Council, and he had many and wide interests. As an artist, he and his wife, Lena, ran the Newtonmore craft centre and gallery for, I think, 17 years. He was an enthusiast for shinty, photography and music, and he took to poetry in his later years. He will be...

Scottish Parliament: National Parks ( 7 Jun 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I do not want to get into the blame game. I do not think that the argument stands up. I point out that there were two visions for new towns in the Highlands. One is Tornagrain, which has gone ahead with the blessing of the Scottish Government. It is an excellent example of a new town that fits well in the landscape and Moray Estates is to be congratulated for that. The other was An Camas...

Scottish Parliament: National Parks ( 7 Jun 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: National Parks ( 7 Jun 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I well recall Sarah Boyack’s stewardship of legislation through Parliament, which I commend her for. She will remember that, during stage 2, when I attended the committee, former MSP Mike Rumbles put forward a compromise that resulted in there being five directly elected board members of the Cairngorms National Park Authority out of a total of 19. I think that Mr Rumbles negotiated that...

Scottish Parliament: Roads (A96) ( 4 May 2022)

Fergus Ewing: For the information of all members and their families, and of Parliament staff and visitors to the public gallery, the beautiful coastal town of Nairn in my constituency is a splendid holiday destination, which one may well choose for a staycation this year. Does the minister agree that its attractiveness will be further enhanced once we have the promised bypass and the dualled connection...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Vaccination (NHS Lanarkshire) ( 4 May 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Does the cabinet secretary agree that, whether rural Scotland is located in North Lanarkshire or, for example, in Nairn, there is a shared desire for vaccination services to be provided locally? Building on the excellent work that he has carried out with me and Dr Baker of the Nairn medical practice, will the cabinet secretary engage with NHS Highland to progress consideration of that issue...

Scottish Parliament: Laptops and Internet Connection for Young People (28 Apr 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Does the cabinet secretary agree that young people should also be provided with tuition on the use of the devices and that the correct and proper way to use them is to use touch typing? After all, one would not give a child a violin or a trombone without also arranging for music lessons. People who possess the skill can type at three times the speed of those who cannot. Written communication...

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 Apr 2022)

Fergus Ewing: The minister has made it clear that, in the next revaluation, impacts of Covid that might occur in the longer term can be taken into account as part of the general market situation. Will he encourage the assessors—who are, of course, independent—to engage with industry sectors that believe that they have been impacted severely and for a long time by Covid, to make sure that assessors are...

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 Apr 2022)

Fergus Ewing: The topic of business rates is arcane, esoteric and drier than the Saharan sands—and it attracts certain anoraks, not excluding myself, to contribute to debates, as I am doing today. Nonetheless, it is hugely important to business and to the Government. That struck me many years ago—in 2008, I think—when we introduced the small business bonus scheme. I was visiting a lady hotelier in...

Scottish Parliament: Decarbonisation (31 Mar 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Will the First Minister welcome the achievement of an 11 per cent reduction in emissions from North Sea operations, and does she agree that the production of more gas on the UK continental shelf means less imported liquefied natural gas—cutting emissions by nearly 300 per cent? Should we in Scotland not be in the lead on opportunities for decarbonisation, such as the use of offshore wind to...

Scottish Parliament: Complex Care (Out-of-area Placements and Delayed Discharge) (22 Mar 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I t is my impression that of all the tens of thousands of people who, over the past 22 years, have in one way or another sought help from me as a constituency MSP, those who face the longest, most painful and gruelling struggle are parents and families whose children have profound special needs, whether in childhood, adulthood or both. Does the minister recognise that, in the Highlands and...

Scottish Parliament: Retrofitting Buildings for Net Zero (18 Jan 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Mark Wilcock is 58 years old and he works for Highlands and Islands Enterprise. He has lived in Nairn for two years, having purchased a flat in a tenement where a bank formerly carried out business on the ground floor. He chose to live in Nairn for its natural beauty, its history and the lifestyle that it offers. The building, which was constructed in 1874, is listed. The flat is now draughty...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health and Wellbeing (Primary Care) (12 Jan 2022)

Fergus Ewing: It was 22 years ago, in 1999, that I finally managed to persuade the voters of Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber to elect me. Perhaps to my shame, it was only after becoming an MSP that I realised that mental ill health was quite so prevalent in our community. Across parties, I think that we see that in our constituency work. The problems are especially severe in the Highlands and Islands....

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (14 Dec 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Will the minister meet me and representatives of the Society of Independent Brewers, which represents mostly small craft brewers? Is she aware that those brewers calculate that the average cost of implementing her scheme will be no less than £20,000, much of it payable two and a half to three months in advance of the scheme’s start? Is she also aware that they regard her scheme as so...

Scottish Parliament: Grouse Moor Management Review Group (Recommendations) (25 Nov 2021)

Fergus Ewing: In thanking the minister for recently meeting with me and senior members of the Scottish Gamekeeepers Association, can I ask her to reaffirm to Parliament that the Scottish Government recognises the value to the rural economy of country sports, which are carried out professionally, as they have been and will continue to be, given the excellent professionalism of gamekeepers in our country?

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

Fergus Ewing: This debate is one of the most important of our time, so Gillian Martin is to be congratulated on bringing it to the chamber. I thank members from virtually all parties for attending yesterday evening’s meeting of the cross-party group on oil and gas. It was really informative, and I hope that we can work together across the chamber to promote objectives on which, increasingly, we should be...

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

Fergus Ewing: I think that the member might be interested in what I have to say. We should work with experts in Scotland such as Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage. As the minister will know, when I was in his position for five years, I worked with people such as Professor Stuart Haszeldine, a world leading scientist who, with Dr Emma Martin-Roberts and Dr Stuart Gilfillan, published a report earlier this...

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