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Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: As an aside, can I say that I yearn for the days when I was younger and better looking than the former transport minister? I have explained that the Government’s own advisory body says that a regulator would not work. I have made it clear that we are being practical: cutting back the VAT on fuel is a practical measure that can be taken this month. If the member checks the Official Report of...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: I would be rather distressed if the member was suggesting that I made such a frivolous analogy, because Mr Stevenson’s quote was from a quite different context.

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: I thought that the minister was emollient in his opening speech. If he does not mind, I prefer my source to be the House of Commons library, not Peter Mandelson. The minister spoke about fuel duty derogation for rural areas, which Alasdair Allan mentioned in his speech. The Government motion notes “the UK Government’s proposal to introduce a 5p-per-litre fuel discount scheme for island...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: Yes.

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: The member will find out shortly. Given that the people who are hurting out there are watching us, the other MSPs in this Parliament must have regard to the fact that we are the only party that is proposing a 3 per cent cut in fuel duty and we have explained precisely how that can be funded. No one else has addressed that.

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: Perhaps the minister will do that now.

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: According to Dave Thompson, the SNP’s proposed regulator would be set in a short-term way, so it does not sound like a long-term solution to me. What we know is that people are hurting to an exceptional degree, and we must move quickly with practical responses. Liam McArthur said that Labour is sounding a discordant note tonight. I do not think that a practical, costed proposal to reduce...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: I have finished.

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty ( 2 Mar 2011)

Charlie Gordon: What is the minister’s view of the report of the Office for Budget Responsibility, whose analysis apparently shows that a fuel duty regulator or stabiliser would not work and that compensatory problems would make it unworkable?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Fatal Accident Inquiry: Fatal Accident Inquiry (24 Feb 2011)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond in full to the recommendations of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976 review led by Lord Cullen of Whitekirk.

Scottish Parliament: Adult Community Care (10 Feb 2011)

Charlie Gordon: 5. To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with local authorities, carers and service users regarding its proposed changes to adult community care. (S3O-12967)

Scottish Parliament: Adult Community Care (10 Feb 2011)

Charlie Gordon: Is the minister able to assure the chamber that service users and carers will be consulted prior to the proposal’s implementation and roll-out?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport ( 7 Feb 2011)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent to support the installation and use of smart electronic ticket machines by bus operators.

Scottish Parliament: Road Maintenance (Liquid De-icer) ( 3 Feb 2011)

Charlie Gordon: 3. To ask the Scottish Executive what additional costs are consequential on the recent introduction of a new liquid de-icer for use in winter road maintenance. (S3O-12871)

Scottish Parliament: Road Maintenance (Liquid De-icer) ( 3 Feb 2011)

Charlie Gordon: Will the Scottish Government encourage local authorities to use the de-icer in their winter maintenance operations? If so, will the Scottish Government help to meet any additional costs arising therefrom?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Air Services: Air Services ( 3 Feb 2011)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to help retain BMI’s air service between Glasgow International Airport and London Heathrow Airport.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Ferry Services: Ferry Services (31 Jan 2011)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, in his official capacity, has had direct involvement with the Gourock to Dunoon ferry service tender by way of (a) meetings or (b) correspondence with (i) the selected bidders or (ii) CalMac.

Scottish Parliament: Bus Manufacturing Industry (27 Jan 2011)

Charlie Gordon: I add my congratulations to the minister on building on the pioneering work of the previous United Kingdom Government by establishing a green bus fund, for which we on the Labour benches campaigned relentlessly. Last year, the Scottish Government gave similar funding to Strathclyde partnership for transport, to enable it to acquire green buses. Is there funding in the draft budget to fund...

Scottish Parliament: Coastguard Centre Cuts (27 Jan 2011)

Charlie Gordon: I congratulate Alasdair Allan on securing the debate on this important subject, which in some senses is a matter of life and death. I take the opportunity to thank members across the chamber for signing my motion S3M-7663 on the same subject. The UK transport secretary Philip Hammond’s statement today that there was not “a clear and definitive business case” to make decisions without...


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