Results 101–120 of 436 for speaker:Charlie Gordon

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Health and Wellbeing: Private Letting Agencies (Regulation) (24 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: The minister will recall that, in yesterday's debate on stage 1 of the Housing (Scotland) Bill, I drew attention to the actions of private letting agencies that have placed antisocial tenants of rogue landlords in parts of my constituency, thereby ruining the quality of life of hundreds of my constituents. Will he act, in this parliamentary session, to force such agencies to vet both tenants...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Public Transport: Public Transport (24 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of its £500 million grant to the Edinburgh tram scheme has been paid to its promoters.

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate. I will focus my remarks on the private sector provisions in the bill. For the avoidance of doubt, I make it clear that the Govanhill area is not in my constituency. That said, my area includes several previously stable communities where people now suffer chronic problems of antisocial behaviour that are caused by the private tenants of rogue...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Network: Rail Network (18 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what ministerial guidance was given to Transport Scotland before it advised First ScotRail to proceed with plans for train services on the Airdrie-Bathgate rail line to be driver-only operated.

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow's Subway (17 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I congratulate Pauline McNeill on organising this debate on the Glasgow subway. In 1930, the authorities changed the name from Glasgow subway when it moved from a cable-hauled system to an electric system. The name was changed to call it the Glasgow underground and my parents and thousands of other Glaswegians insisted on continuing to call it the subway. SPT changed the official name back...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions: International Flights (Costs) (17 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: Does the minister agree that one way in which Mr Maxwell's concerns could be assuaged would be through the development of additional direct international flights serving Scottish airports, which could be achieved by reinstating an amended version of the air route development fund? That has long been sought by Labour and is supported in the Confederation of British Industry Scotland manifesto,...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Clyde Fastlink (10 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it will contribute to the Clyde fastlink project, broken down by amount, financial year and location. (S3O-10845)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Clyde Fastlink (10 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I thank the minister for that answer, but I find it disappointing. It is the latest of several similar answers on the subject. Given that the Scottish Government started hinting at financial support for Clyde fastlink only when it cancelled the Glasgow airport rail link, is not it the Government's real view of fastlink that it is a tactical smokescreen, rather than a key transport project?

Scottish Parliament: Active Travel ( 9 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: It has been a good debate. The convener comprehensively outlined the committee's deliberations and recommendations. He nearly succeeded in sticking to that, apart from one sally about the Forth bridge. It was remiss of me not to mention in my opening speech the excellent support that the committee had—and always has—from its estimable clerks. I hope that they will forgive me for that...

Scottish Parliament: Active Travel ( 9 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: Does the member accept that there is no such thing as a former Glaswegian? Once a Glaswegian, always a Glaswegian.

Scottish Parliament: Active Travel ( 9 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I congratulate the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee on the thoroughness of its inquiry and the clarity of its report on active travel—cycling and walking. I am a member of the committee, so I hasten to add that I am not being self-congratulatory. For the avoidance of doubt, I congratulate all other members here present on at least actively travelling to the chamber,...

Scottish Parliament: Active Travel ( 9 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I am delighted by that intervention. Allowing for the fact that the minister is clearly unwell today, I missed his usual self-congratulatory tone. I am delighted to hear that the germs have not yet laid him quite that low. I take note and will try to make that bus journey some day. Around 2 per cent of Scots who commute do so by bicycle and around 1 per cent of Scottish school children cycle...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time: Ferry Services (Review) ( 3 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will report to the Parliament on the outcome of its review of ferry services. (S3O-10748)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time: Ferry Services (Review) ( 3 Jun 2010)

Charlie Gordon: Given that, according to previous ministerial answers, ferry fares in communities that are not covered by the road equivalent tariff pilot have increased by 9.8 per cent since 2008, will the minister guarantee that options to reduce fares for those communities will figure in the review?

Scottish Parliament: Pentland Ferries (26 May 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I commend Mary Scanlon for securing the debate. I encountered Mr Banks two years ago, when he gave evidence to the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee's inquiry into ferry services, to which Rob Gibson referred. He made a big impression on me and I thought that he was a remarkable man. He told us that he was carrying 80 per cent of the freight into Orkney and carrying 80...

Scottish Parliament: Forth Crossing Bill: Stage 1 (26 May 2010)

Charlie Gordon: This has been a good debate. I cannot say a lot about what the minister said because, rather generously, he took too many lengthy interventions. George Foulkes, however, raised entirely legitimate points, and promised ermine, it seems. Alex Johnstone vouchsafed that, when he hears the words "the Forth bridge", he thinks about the road bridge. I think about Alfred Hitchcock, "The 39 Steps",...

Scottish Parliament: Forth Crossing Bill: Stage 1 (26 May 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I thank the minister and congratulate the members of the Forth Crossing Bill Committee on the thoroughness of their report. I can see from reading it that they worked hard. Nevertheless, their conclusions will not please everyone—that would be too much to expect. This is a large and thorny issue to which there are no easy answers. In reflecting on the state of the existing Forth bridge, I...

Scottish Parliament: High-speed Rail (20 May 2010)

Charlie Gordon: The excitement that I said I felt during my opening speech has been somewhat dissipated by what has been an oddly unsatisfactory debate. On the face of it, we have all pretty much said that we want the same thing: a high-speed rail network between London and Scotland as soon as possible. The action of the new Con-Dem Government in cancelling the third runway at Heathrow should give great...

Scottish Parliament: High-speed Rail (20 May 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I already elicited from the minister the comment that we need to make provision for high-speed rail within national planning framework 2 in Scotland. I have repeatedly made the point—I made it again today—that how we serve Glasgow and Edinburgh by high-speed rail could make a vast and incremental contribution to the UK's high-speed network if we choose the right options. I make no...

Scottish Parliament: High-speed Rail (20 May 2010)

Charlie Gordon: Well, when alternative jobs are available, I am sure that my fellow Glaswegians will be interested in taking them up. Until then, they have the right to remain sceptical. What worries me is what the Con-Dems have not said today. Do they endorse Network Rail's route and, if not, what route do they endorse? If they have another in mind, how long will it take? Why do they keep saying that there...


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