Results 141–160 of 2876 for speaker:Alex Johnstone

Scottish Parliament: Energy Storage Network (11 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: If we fail to be diverse in our energy sources, we run a much greater risk of that power not coming on.

Scottish Parliament: Refugees (Housing) (10 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it has determined the number of homes that are immediately available to house refugees in Scotland. (S4T-01161)

Scottish Parliament: Refugees (Housing) (10 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: I presume that the minister has included Bute house in the number of homes that are available, given the First Minister’s declared intention to provide accommodation for a refugee. Many communities across Scotland want to be part of the process and look forward to welcoming refugees, but there are currently an estimated 173,587 households on local authority or common housing register lists....

Scottish Parliament: Refugees (Housing) (10 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: The minister and other political parties are making plans for how they will construct more social and affordable housing in the next session of Parliament. Can the minister make a commitment at this time that the local authorities that have dug deepest, have the biggest waiting lists and are willing to do their part will be given an appropriate level of support to ensure that additional...

Scottish Parliament: New-build Homes (Minimum Room Sizes) (10 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: When is a room not a room? In this chamber, we have had cause many times over recent years to discuss the concepts of underoccupancy and overcrowding. One of the ironic things to be thrown up by such discussion was an amazing Scottish court case. At a hearing, a Scottish sheriff dictated that a room could not be classified as a bedroom because it was simply not big enough. How did we get to...

Scottish Parliament: New-build Homes (Minimum Room Sizes) (10 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: No, the minister can safely assume that it is not.

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Scotland’s Children ( 4 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Trident ( 3 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: While the member is going through statistics, will she tell us what the only country ever to unilaterally give up its nuclear deterrent was and say what happened to that country within a few years?

Scottish Parliament: Trident ( 3 Nov 2015)

Alex Johnstone: I am keen to understand the intricacies of the SNP’s position. I recall that, 20 years ago, when the decision was made to give the Trident submarine maintenance contract to Davenport instead of Rosyth, the SNP described that as a betrayal and one of the reasons why Scotland should consider independence. How has the SNP’s position managed to change so radically in that time?

Scottish Parliament: Winter Transport Resilience (29 Oct 2015)

Alex Johnstone: I thank the minister for advance sight of his statement. I have some sympathy for the minister, because the challenge of Scotland’s transport minister versus Scotland’s winter weather assumes the proportions of Canute trying to order the tide to go back. I start from a position of understanding. The statement was comprehensive and indicated that the Government is aware of the problems...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (28 Oct 2015)

Alex Johnstone: It is traditional in these debates to congratulate members on having been able to bring forward a subject for debate. I would like to do that and to go a stage further by paying tribute to Christina McKelvie for the persistence with which she has brought this issue before this Parliament. It is important that we address it and address it regularly, and her work—particularly in members’...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (28 Oct 2015)

Alex Johnstone: I agree that it was the mechanism that was available to us to take forward the matter in a way that was better for us all. However, it is interesting that the decision by members of the Conservative Party, including Ruth Davidson, to take action to further that objective and the measures that were taken by members of the Labour Party to make changes were ultimately extremely effective in...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (28 Oct 2015)

Alex Johnstone: The point that I was trying to make was that those who are no longer entitled to disability benefits will of course continue to be entitled to other out-of-work benefits, so they will not lose their support entirely.

Scottish Parliament: Universities (28 Oct 2015)

Alex Johnstone: Will Gordon MacDonald take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Harbours (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (27 Oct 2015)

Alex Johnstone: I will rise to the challenge that we have been set: to find a way to spend the pre-allocated time discussing this fine piece of legislation. The Harbours (Scotland) Bill is a simple piece of legislation—for example, section 2 relates to the number of copies of orders that must be issued. The key element, which is contained in section 1, is the repeal of sections 10, 11 and 12 of the Ports...

Scottish Parliament: Harbours (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (27 Oct 2015)

Alex Johnstone: Rotterdam does indeed play a vital part in the world economy, but I am afraid that it is a subject on which the member knows rather more than I do, because he was on the visit to Rotterdam and I was not. Consequently, I am at a disadvantage on the subject. To return to the bill, it might appear counterintuitive to some that the Conservatives will today vote for a piece of legislation whose...

Scottish Parliament: Harbours (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (27 Oct 2015)

Alex Johnstone: Thank you, Presiding Officer. That surprised me. I did not think that you were going to come round to me quite so soon. The debate has been interesting, and it was a great deal more diverse and wide ranging than I expected—and perhaps than it needed to be. I think that it is fair to say that the bill is extremely limited in what it sets out to achieve and it does no more than is required....

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing ( 6 Oct 2015)

Alex Johnstone: Against the need that was defined in Jim Hume’s question, the national housing trust can be judged only as a failure. Will the minister commit to returning to the idea of the national housing trust and to making alternative proposals for a new vehicle that will facilitate private investment in affordable housing?

Scottish Parliament: Island Communities ( 6 Oct 2015)

Alex Johnstone: I feel something of a fraud standing up to speak in a debate about islands. My colleague Jamie McGrigor would have been here had he not been in Brussels—he is returning today—to represent the interests of his constituents in the Highlands and Islands. I have visited some of Scotland’s islands, but I am a long way short of bagging the full 93. However, it is enough to know that our...

Scottish Parliament: Island Communities ( 6 Oct 2015)

Alex Johnstone: Excuse me, but not at the moment. I criticise the minister—I do so unashamedly—for failing to live up to the expectations of those who wish there to be a truly competitive tendering process on a scale where there is adequate unbundling that allows our small ferry companies to participate. That is a missed opportunity, and I am delighted to criticise the minister for missing that...


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