Results 101–120 of 2876 for speaker:Alex Johnstone

Scottish Parliament: Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (21 Jan 2016)

Alex Johnstone: I am suggesting that rents that were not rising may now rise by the amount that is allowed. That may do tenants a disservice. Briefly covering the issue of rent pressure zones, and going back to what I said early in the process about investment, we can be sure that, if a shortage of private rented housing in an area is significant enough to require a local authority to consider moving towards...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow to Edinburgh High-speed Rail Link (19 Jan 2016)

Alex Johnstone: Regardless of where the high-speed link crosses the border—whether that is on the east coast or on the west coast—surely a high-speed link between Edinburgh and Glasgow will be integral to completing the system. Is it too difficult to go ahead with that project earlier instead of waiting to see where the high-speed link comes in?

Scottish Parliament: Caledonian Sleeper (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Strike) (13 Jan 2016)

Alex Johnstone: I thank Alex Rowley for bringing this matter before Parliament. The Caledonian sleeper service is perhaps seen by some who think that they live in the jet age as a relic of a bygone time. The fact is that many people—especially those in the north of Scotland—rely on it to give them a service that will take them to London overnight and bring them home in the same way. For that reason,...

Scottish Parliament: Caledonian Sleeper (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Strike) (13 Jan 2016)

Alex Johnstone: Indeed, but the Government should have the whip hand in ensuring that the work is done and done quickly. Surely it is within the terms of the franchise agreement—perhaps the minister will tell us—that financial penalties can be imposed on the franchisee for failure to maintain the standards. To complete the remark that I was making when I took the intervention, I am concerned, given the...

Scottish Parliament: Flooding ( 5 Jan 2016)

Alex Johnstone: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to the recent flooding. (S4T-01262)

Scottish Parliament: Flooding ( 5 Jan 2016)

Alex Johnstone: The minister has visited the upper Deeside area and seen for himself the conditions that have prevailed there. Is he at this stage able to tell us what support the Government can offer to the local authority and to individuals who have been seriously hit by the flooding damage?

Scottish Parliament: Flooding ( 5 Jan 2016)

Alex Johnstone: One of the features of the devastation in upper Deeside is the serious damage that has been done to the A93 trunk road. Is there any prospect of that damage being rectified in the near future, with all costs being covered by the Scottish Government under its commitment to our trunk roads?

Scottish Parliament: Flood Defences (At-risk Areas) (17 Dec 2015)

Alex Johnstone: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to invest in flood defences for areas deemed to be at risk. (S4O-05201)

Scottish Parliament: Flood Defences (At-risk Areas) (17 Dec 2015)

Alex Johnstone: I thank the Government for its confirmation yesterday that the £4 million Barnett element of spending on flooding will be allocated to Scottish local authorities. It says in the budget document that the Government will “begin to implement Scotland’s first round of flood risk management plans that focus work at local level to reduce the level of flood risk”. However, in the budget line,...

Scottish Parliament: Home-Start Garioch (16 Dec 2015)

Alex Johnstone: I congratulate Alison McInnes on bringing the motion to Parliament for debate. Before I continue, I offer the apologies of Nanette Milne, who intended to participate in the debate but has been called away to deal with other parliamentary business. However, I am delighted to have the opportunity to say a few words in support of Home-Start Garioch. In rural communities, problems are often...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Budget 2016-17 (16 Dec 2015)

Alex Johnstone: In his statement, the cabinet secretary said that he will increase “the budget for affordable housing next year by £90 million, enabling us to invest around £690 million in housing supply.” On page 85 of the budget document, the figure projected for the next year is £695.4 million, which is just £1 million more than the budget figure for last year. Has the cabinet secretary got...

Scottish Parliament: Forth Road Bridge ( 8 Dec 2015)

Alex Johnstone: Does the minister have any comment to make on the document that was published on the public contracts Scotland website on 25 May 2010, which is headed “Truss End Links” and concerns the Forth road bridge, the status of which is now “Cancelled”?

Scottish Parliament: Named Persons ( 2 Dec 2015)

Alex Johnstone: Will the member tell me what he understands by the word “wellbeing”?

Scottish Parliament: Named Persons ( 2 Dec 2015)

Alex Johnstone: Before the minister completes her speech, will she deal with the question that was raised earlier about the definition of “wellbeing”? Would a parent who chooses to refuse a vaccination be able to be overruled by a named person?

Scottish Parliament: Tail Docking (26 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether, in the light of reported evidence of injury to working dogs, it will revoke the ban on tail docking in breeds that have traditionally been docked for their own protection and safety. (S4O-04870)

Scottish Parliament: Tail Docking (26 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: The minister will be fully aware that there are divided opinions on this matter. However, those who are involved in hunting in Scotland are only too aware of the injuries that can occur to working dogs, particularly during this season. Given that MSPs are now being inundated with photographs of injuries that have taken place, will the minister undertake to make as many moves as possible to...

Scottish Parliament: Trains (Discharge of Effluent) (25 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: Will the minister confirm that that means that the only trains that will continue to discharge effluent on to lines after that date will be trains that sneak across the border from England? Will he further confirm that, with the replacement programme on those lines, that situation will end in 2018?

Scottish Parliament: Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (25 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: Any student of politics of any duration who looked in on today’s debate would obviously be inspired by the nature of the debate so far—although they might get the impression that they have fallen through a time warp back to the 1970s. So far, the discussion has gone back to the good old-fashioned approach of “public good, private bad” and “no privatisation at any cost.” That is an...

Scottish Parliament: Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (25 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: No, thank you—not at the moment. That affection for CalMac is genuine because so many people who depend on its services know that CalMac is the provider. On this side of the chamber, we have great respect for the work of CalMac employees and the excellent safety record of the company, which has operated in Scotland for more than 150 years. Scotland’s ferry links provide a lifeline service...


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