Results 141–160 of 436 for speaker:Charlie Gordon

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Europe, External Affairs and Culture: On-screen Smoking (22 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any proposed film or television productions that have been lost to Scotland due to the lack of derogation that would permit characters to be depicted smoking on screen. (S3O-10184)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Europe, External Affairs and Culture: On-screen Smoking (22 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: England, Wales and Ireland have smoking bans, which I support, but they also have derogations that permit film-makers to depict characters smoking on screen. The lack of such a derogation in Scotland puts our film industry at a competitive disadvantage. For instance, two years ago, a project called "A Very British Sex Scandal", which was set in the 1940s and 1950s, switched from Scotland to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Concessionary Travel: Concessionary Travel (22 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond to the request from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport for additional resources for local concessionary travel and what that response will be.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Ferry Services: Ferry Services (22 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would cost it per annum to retain free ferry travel on Clyde routes for island and peninsular residents aged over 60.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Football Museum (21 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I draw attention to my entry in the register of members' interests that relates to my non-executive directorship of Hampden Park Ltd. HPL is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Scottish Football Association, and although I am not a trustee of the Scottish Football Museum, the SFA is represented on its board. I thank the 33 other MSPs who signed in support of my motion, many of whom are present....

Scottish Parliament: Volcanic Ash Cloud (15 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: This unusual situation could be mitigated by increased use of the rail network. In the central belt, for example, it is possible to serve users of Prestwick, Glasgow international and Edinburgh airports by rail, to a substantial degree. That will be substantially more the case in future if Glasgow crossrail is completed. Is the Scottish Government considering the use of the rail network and...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time: Jarvis Rail and Fastline (Job Losses) (15 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it is making to Network Rail and other interested parties regarding recent decisions that have contributed to the loss of 1,200 jobs at Jarvis Rail and Fastline, which are in administration. (S3O-10074)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time: Jarvis Rail and Fastline (Job Losses) (15 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: At least 70 of the jobs that I mentioned are based in Scotland. The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations do not apply because the companies are in administration. Will the minister ask the Scotland-based contractors to whom some of the work previously done by Jarvis employees has been diverted to consider employing those sacked Jarvis workers?

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Prices (15 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I remember when lager was half a crown a pint.

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Prices (15 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: It has been a reasonably good debate. As I said, this is the third year in a row that we have discussed the subject. Let us hope that we make some practical progress before this time next year. Liam McArthur posed the issues fairly well and in a fairly balanced way. It is the generic issue of mitigation—or, if you will, derogation—that was the focus of the serious aspects of the debate....

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Prices (15 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I pointed out that there is more than one way to skin a cat and that the mitigation that we all claim to seek will not necessarily come through changing fuel duty.

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Prices (15 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: We welcome the debate. This is the third spring in a row in which the Scottish Parliament has debated fuel prices. We acknowledge that high fuel prices are of long-standing concern to Scotland's remote communities. There can be increased hardship in such communities when further spikes in fuel prices affect people who often have no public transport alternative to car use or no access to...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Prices (15 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I have only four minutes. Vince Cable, as well as that boy Clegg whom we always see with him, supports high fuel prices for environmental reasons. In March 2008, Norman Baker—it was his turn that week to be the Liberal Democrats' UK shadow transport spokesman—said: "The problem with variable fuel duty is that it would be too difficult to operate." However, Labour will support the Liberal...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Prices (15 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: That is a good illustration of the problem. I have happy memories of Coll and all that I was able to assist them with when I was convener of Strathclyde Regional Council's roads and transport committee in a previous incarnation. We will take an active interest in the new process that focuses first on the worst-affected communities, such as Coll, and we will keep an open mind on further...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Prices (15 Apr 2010)

Charlie Gordon: In the unlikely event that the Liberal Democrats are in a coalition after the UK general election, will insistence on the measure proposed by the member be a deal breaker for his party?

Scottish Parliament: Buses (18 Mar 2010)

Charlie Gordon: The motion that I rise to move is identical to a motion that I lodged for a members' business debate next month, which attracted cross-party support from most major parties in the chamber, except for the Tories. Margaret Thatcher once notoriously suggested that any adult travelling by bus was a failure. If that is the reason why Tory MSPs have failed to back Scotland's bus manufacturing...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Further and Higher Education: Further and Higher Education (15 Mar 2010)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources are in place for further education colleges to support students with learning difficulties.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Concessionary Travel: Concessionary Travel ( 5 Feb 2010)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many registered holders of entitlement cards under the free bus travel scheme there were in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 ( 3 Feb 2010)

Charlie Gordon: Four times a month, I have what I call my reality check when I hold my surgery. I meet people and listen to them. At the moment, what comes up time and again is that people are worried about their jobs and their homes. I am not putting myself above any other MSP, but I try to keep those things at the front of my mind when I come to the Parliament, to see whether I can do something to address...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 ( 3 Feb 2010)

Charlie Gordon: The minister makes my point for me. One reason why I believe that transport infrastructure should be pushed forward is precisely that it can bring those wider benefits. I have seen them, and I have taken my hat off, on the record, to John Swinney for committing to the completion of the M74, for example, so it is not a case of not giving credit where it is due. However, transport is long term,...


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