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Scottish Parliament written answers — Ministerial Visits: Ministerial Visits (22 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there were or have been ministerial visits to the Cromarty Firth Port Authority in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009 and (d) 2010 and, if not, whether any such visits are planned before the end of the current parliamentary session.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise Networks: Enterprise Networks (19 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Highlands and Islands Enterprise is seeking to recover the funding that it awarded to Essentially Scottish Botanicals due to the company terminating its work on the project.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Marine Environment: Marine Environment (15 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications of the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010 are for Scottish port authorities that currently allow ship-to-ship oil transfers.

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: While crofting undoubtedly faces many challenges, I fear that the bill will do little to help it to meet them. At root, the challenges that face crofting are economic not regulatory. With the passage of every successive bill on crofting, it is almost inevitable that regulation becomes more complex. In part, and in this instance, the bill—for example, in being tougher on absenteeism and...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: I am sorry, but I cannot. The provisions in the bill will democratise the crofting commission, even if only partially. As a democrat, it is impossible for me to resist moves towards an element of democratic elections to the commission. That said, although democratically elected crofters may replace appointed crofters, they will implement the same law and operate under the same legal advice....

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions: VAT Increase ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers the impact will be on Scotland of the VAT increase announced by the United Kingdom Government. (S3O-11187)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions: VAT Increase ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: That is indeed shocking news. Does the minister share my dismay that, having campaigned against VAT increases—and a secret plan that the Tories had—the Liberal Democrats have now put up the level of VAT to 20 per cent? I recognise what the cabinet secretary said about the disproportionate effect on the lowest-earning 10 per cent of families in this country. What impact does he think the...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Schedule 1 — The Crofting Commission ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: The power to charge is not limited in any particular way in the bill. Theoretically, therefore, the commission could consider imposing very significant charges at some point in the future. It is right that, in those circumstances, Parliament should get the chance to confirm whether those charges are right. Secondly, the minister makes the point that charges should apply only when individual...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Schedule 1 — The Crofting Commission ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: I have made clear my opposition to the imposition of fees on crofters for the administration of crofting regulation that successive Parliaments have imposed on them. Amendment 100 seeks to ensure that any regulations on fees will be implemented only after crofters have been consulted about the functions to be charged for and the amounts to be charged and only if the democratically elected...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 31 — Obtaining Commission approval or consent ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: Family assignations have been a matter of debate throughout the bill's passage, with the argument for giving the commission the ability to refuse to grant a family assignation being based on ensuring equality of treatment between different types of crofters. It has also been argued that it would be perverse to grant an assignation if someone was going to be an absentee and then pursue them...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Before section 32 ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: I support the intent of Liam McArthur's amendment 198. As he rightly said, we picked up in various communities that we met a lot of concern that the best agricultural ground for crofting, which is scarce in some communities, should be protected and not zoned for housing or other development. That ought to be at least a consideration in the planning system, and, as Liam McArthur said,...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 20 — Duties relating to residency, misuse and neglect of crofts ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: I take the rare opportunity to thank the minister for lodging her amendments on the cultivation of crofts. I agree with her. The clarification is helpful. I also thank her for accepting John Scott's amendment on the cultivation of irises for the reasons that she has given. I welcome that acceptance.

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 3 — The Crofting Register ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: As I said, there is a fundamental disagreement here that is evident from the debate. The minister quoted various people in support of the register, but I do not believe that she quoted a crofter, and it is the crofters who are telling me loudly that the register is impractical in a variety of ways. The costs and bureaucracy that the bill builds around it are unnecessary. Although John...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 8 — Completion of registration ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: As the voting pattern is now well established, I propose not to move most of my amendments. There are one or two exceptions, but that is my general intention. Amendment 152 not moved.

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: After section 2 ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: I lodged an amendment at stage 2 to allow for a debate on the concept of community planning in crofting. Regrettably, the debate focused on the question of maps and mapping, and the proposal was seen as an alternative to the second crofting register. In fact, community planning in a crofting township is a community development matter. The process is in its infancy, but the recent Camuscross...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: After section 2 ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: I am deeply grateful for the minister's gracious remarks about my amendment. [ Laughter .] However, I fully intend to stick to my guns because I believe that I am right and the Government is wrong.

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 3 — The Crofting Register ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: I lodged a series of amendments in this group to try to remove the whole of part 2 of the bill, which now runs to dozens and dozens of pages of complex procedure with which crofters will have to comply. Part 2 establishes a second register of crofts; it does not replace the existing register. The new register will require precise maps of croft boundaries to be produced. Those maps are...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 2 — General functions of the Crofting Commission ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: The Labour Party strongly opposes the bill's proposals for a new crofting register. We will come to the detailed debate on that in group 4, under which we will try to remove the register from the bill. A number of amendments in group 2 touch on that. However, given that we will have the opportunity to vote down the register shortly, at this stage in the proceedings we will not impede the...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 2 — General functions of the Crofting Commission ( 1 Jul 2010)

Peter Peacock: I believe that the crofting commission should retain a role in the development of crofting. It is a unique body and the future of crofting is a central part of its concern. It seems wrong to pass in its entirety the development function to Highlands and Islands Enterprise at a time when the crofting commission is to become democratically elected. I believe that the commission should retain a...


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