Results 2861–2876 of 2876 for speaker:Alex Johnstone

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rural Affairs: Rural Affairs (13 Sep 1999)

Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the preferred method of controlling Scotland’s fox population.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government ( 9 Sep 1999)

Alex Johnstone: I am severely tempted to refer to the photographs in the Government's document, as many members did earlier. I bring to members' attention the photograph of Ross Finnie. As everyone will know, he went to London yesterday to negotiate on behalf of Scotland's sheep producers, with the principled support of the entire Rural Affairs Committee and, I hope, every member of this Parliament. At the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Food: Food (29 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will have power from 1 July to require food products such as possibly dioxin-contaminated Belgian pig meat to be clearly labelled with their country of origin.

Scottish Parliament: Devolved Legislation (23 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: The early days of the Parliament resulted in accusations that the Conservatives and the SNP were working together with an indecent willingness. It is no surprise, then, that we have finally come to an issue on which we are going to throw ourselves in with the Administration-or the Labour party-view. We welcome the terms in which the bill has been introduced. I acknowledge the contribution...

Scottish Parliament: Devolved Legislation (23 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: I hope that Mr Morgan will accept that the logic of what I am saying is that we need a common standard within a common market. We need a level playing field. Scotland's farmers have already experienced the disadvantage of having a higher standard imposed on them, and we cannot afford to allow the Scottish food production industry to be penalised by similar efforts being introduced in other...

Scottish Parliament: Devolved Legislation (23 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: I will discuss the matter with Mr Rumbles at a future date, and I will consider supporting his proposals. A single UK standard is best for Scotland's food producers and for its farming industry. Ideally, that standard must be Europe-wide, in order to prevent unfair competition within the European single market.

Scottish Parliament: Devolved Legislation (23 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: Will Mr Morgan give way?

Scottish Parliament: Devolved Legislation (23 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: Those of us who are more concerned about food safety than about constitutional issues would like to know in which areas Mr Morgan believes food standards should differ in Scotland from those in the rest of the United Kingdom?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish EXECUTIVE: Farming (17 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what its immediate priorities will be to stimulate recovery in the Scottish farming industry. (S1O-14)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish EXECUTIVE: Farming (17 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: The Scottish agriculture industry is in a bad condition at the moment. We have heard proposals from a number of parties, and they are contained within the partnership agreement, for the introduction of an appeals procedure through which any disputes concerning European support can be dealt with. Does the minister have any plans to bring forward early proposals to deal with that matter?

Scottish Parliament: Legislative Programme (16 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: I do not know about other members, but at times this morning I was delighted by the quality of debate. One lady is still seated on my extreme left-and I think that she is to the left of most of us. Would that be the case?

Scottish Parliament: Legislative Programme (16 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: That lady did me a great service by developing her argument in a way that was entirely opposite to the way that I would have chosen, which reminded me how greatly the experiences of members differ: Ms Curran and I could almost have come from different planets. I come from the farming community of the north-east, where I was born and where I live to this day. My priorities are entirely...

Scottish Parliament: Legislative Programme (16 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: I accept every Government action that will benefit Scotland's farming industry. My problem with the legislative programme that was set out this morning is that it largely deals with problems that are not perceived as being top priorities in much of rural Scotland. The important thing for much of rural Scotland is that our industry is supported.

Scottish Parliament: Legislative Programme (16 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: I am not here to defend the actions of the previous UK Government, but I must remind Mr Raffan that in the two years since the election in 1997 the economic position of the farming industry in Scotland has been radically altered. There is a sound argument that the problems of the beef industry have their roots in the problems of BSE, but nothing in the problems associated with BSE can account...

Scottish Parliament: Legislative Programme (16 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: I am absolutely delighted that George Lyon has taken the opportunity to demonstrate the expertise that exists among Liberal Democrats. I recommend that the Government uses it. However, I would put a question mark over his record because of the way in which he changed his opinion on beef on the bone overnight in order to accommodate the agreement in which he is involved. I continue to be...

Scottish Parliament: Legislative Programme (16 Jun 1999)

Alex Johnstone: Is it not the case that the SNP's policy is to take the economic powers that Mr Neil has spoken about away from Westminster and to hand them to the EC in Brussels?


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