Results 161–180 of 436 for speaker:Charlie Gordon

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

Charlie Gordon: No, I have already taken an intervention. I want to move on. GARL is not simply a Labour shibboleth. Derek Brownlee, clearly daunted by the prospect of finding £11 million a year for GARL for 30 years out of a budget of £35 billion—in other words, 0.03 per cent of the budget—tried to sow some parochial seeds. In fact, he expressed some anti-Glasgow sentiment by suggesting that, given...

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

Charlie Gordon: No. The member would not take my intervention. Too many members have suggested that GARL is purely a Glasgow project. I am not a Glasgow parochialist, but I plead guilty to being a Glasgow patriot. Moving on from the debate about the country's interests—and I repeat that GARL is a national project—I think that other Glasgow MSPs should emulate Kenny Gibson MSP. I am talking not about his...

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

Charlie Gordon: Will the member take an intervention on that point?

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order ( 3 Feb 2010)

Charlie Gordon: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. The Glasgow airport rail link project was approved by the Glasgow Airport Rail Link Act 2007, with an accompanying financial memorandum giving project costs as £160 million at 2004 prices. Expenditure on GARL in the current financial year was approved by Parliament last year. In his ministerial statement of 17 September 2009, John Swinney announced the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (Meetings) (28 Jan 2010)

Charlie Gordon: Is it not the case that SPT's budget for next year, which was adduced as the reason for the cut in the ferry service, is at a standstill in cash terms and therefore has been cut in real terms, which is the responsibility—partially—of the Scottish Government?

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Rail Projects (Funding) (28 Jan 2010)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it uses in deciding to fund some rail projects from borrowing via Network Rail's regulatory asset base. (S3O-9282)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Rail Projects (Funding) (28 Jan 2010)

Charlie Gordon: Aside from the irony that the criteria apparently do not include rail projects that were approved via a full act of the Parliament, such as the Glasgow airport rail link, does the minister not see the inconsistency in his criteria, which lead, according to one of his recent parliamentary answers, to spending money that John Swinney claims we do not have on rail projects such as Glasgow...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Jan 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I do not think that Councillor Purcell wants £170 million to be spent next year on GARL; rather, I think that we are talking about £62.6 million. If that is too rich for Mr Brownlee's taste, how about £11 million next year if we get Network Rail to do the project, and for another 29 years thereafter? That is being done with other rail projects, so why not with GARL? How about £11...

Scottish Parliament: Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (13 Jan 2010)

Charlie Gordon: I thank the cabinet secretary for the advance copy of his statement. We support the project, the principles of which were first proposed by a Labour-led Scottish Government some seven years ago. Given that the two local authorities are committed to funding 19 per cent of the costs of the northern and southern legs, and given the cabinet secretary's commitment to a review of cost estimates,...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Network: Rail Network ( 8 Jan 2010)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29023 by Stewart Stevenson on 3 December 2009, what determination payments are made to Network Rail, broken down by instalments for each project.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Network Rail (Payments for Rail Projects) (17 Dec 2009)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29023 by Stewart Stevenson on 3 December 2009, what payments are to be made to Network Rail for the Airdrie to Bathgate, Glasgow Airport rail link main line and Glasgow-Barrhead-Kilmarnock rail projects, broken down by instalments for each project. (S3O-8878)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Network Rail (Payments for Rail Projects) (17 Dec 2009)

Charlie Gordon: The written answer to the question that I mentioned referred without a hint of irony to the "GARL mainline" project, although the irony is that the branch link to the airport is proposed for cancellation. By what authority has the Scottish Government cancelled current-year expenditure on the GARL branch line to Glasgow airport, given that the project was approved by an act of Parliament and...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Student Finance: Student Finance (17 Dec 2009)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students or former students are being pursued for outstanding debts relating to the former graduate endowment.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: M8 (Traffic Volume) (10 Dec 2009)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-8422 by Stewart Stevenson on 12 November 2009, whether it will provide full details of all available traffic volume projections for the M8 motorway between the south side of the Kingston bridge and Glasgow airport, expressed in proportion to design capacity. (S3O-8779)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: M8 (Traffic Volume) (10 Dec 2009)

Charlie Gordon: I thank the minister for his answer, although I have to say that I am very disappointed by it. All roads authorities should be monitoring traffic volumes against design capacity now and in future. Given that the stretch of road in question has the highest proportion of vehicles carrying manufactured goods for export of any stretch of road in Scotland, will he consider monitoring capacity...

Scottish Parliament: Concessionary Travel Scheme (10 Dec 2009)

Charlie Gordon: This has been a mainly positive debate. The minister repeatedly criticised the length of the Labour motion, but it is a straight lift from Angela Constance, whom I have always found to be a very conscientious adversary. The minister claimed that I got it wrong on the issue of reimbursement to bus operators vis-à-vis standard fares or average fares. I see that the minister is engaged in a...

Scottish Parliament: Concessionary Travel Scheme (10 Dec 2009)

Charlie Gordon: I was addressing what Alex Johnstone said in his opening remarks, as Mr Hyde, before he became Dr Jekyll in his summing up. I am thinking of taking Shirley-Anne Somerville off my Christmas card list. That is not because she implied that I—a youthful-looking 58-year-old—was about to get my bus pass, but because although she is a capable MSP, as I know from having served with her on the...

Scottish Parliament: Concessionary Travel Scheme (10 Dec 2009)

Charlie Gordon: When we are discussing future financial administration, real terms is the realistic way to look at things. The issue is not just the significance of smart cards. Leonard Cheshire Disability has pointed out the rather disappointing review when it considered including lower rate DLA people in free bus travel. There was a substantial measure of double counting in calculation of the numbers of...

Scottish Parliament: Concessionary Travel Scheme (10 Dec 2009)

Charlie Gordon: Is the minister aware that I took a leaf out of the book of his colleague, Angela Constance?

Scottish Parliament: Concessionary Travel Scheme (10 Dec 2009)

Charlie Gordon: I welcome this opportunity to open the first parliamentary debate for five years devoted to concessionary travel. On 1 April 2006, the national concessionary travel scheme for older and disabled people, the product of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 and secondary legislation prepared by transport ministers, came into operation. Although the scheme replaced 16 local schemes, it is still...


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