Results 41–60 of 10811 for speaker:Stewart Stevenson

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Welfare Funding) ( 5 Nov 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what welfare funding is being made available to support people facing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. (S5O-04725)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Welfare Funding) ( 5 Nov 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: The cabinet secretary referred to the United Kingdom Government’s universal credit uplift—but, of course, that ends in April. Does the cabinet secretary agree that the hardship of families who are affected by its ending should lead to a pile on the doorstep of the Westminster Government for it to deal with, while the Scottish Government does what it can to help struggling families?

Scottish Parliament: Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 5 Nov 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: We live in a society that is built on free speech and the exchange of ideas and information. By the same token, however, we live in a society in which there are increasing levels of harmful, false information. In addition, people around the world can express their thoughts on a scale that is unparalleled in human history. There are more and more platforms that people can use to publish their...

Scottish Parliament: Arts Funding ( 3 Nov 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: Thank you, Presiding Officer—I have started my stopwatch. I congratulate our convener on turning Marcel Marceau’s art on its head; the convener engaged us without images, whereas Marcel Marceau did so without speech. More critically, like others, I affirm the importance of the arts. They take many forms and achieve many things. They can help us to cope, educate us, illuminate truth,...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Inquiry (28 Oct 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I start by reminding Liam McArthur that some ministers [Inaudible.] bad weather, especially snow. However, to move to the subject in hand, I join others in thanking the committee for its work on this subject; as Brexit approaches and the economic impact of Covid-19 is felt, these issues become even more important than they were at the beginning of the year. The focus on electric vehicle...

Scottish Parliament: Student Paramedics (Bursary Support) (27 Oct 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I congratulate Liam McArthur on securing this evening’s debate on a subject that is important not just in Orkney but right across Scotland. It is particularly important to rural areas such as the one that I represent. I express my unreserved support for the sentiment of the motion, without necessarily agreeing with every word that Liam McArthur said. I will start by making the point that we...

Scottish Parliament: Reducing Covid-19 Transmission ( 8 Oct 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I want to pick up on some of the things that Christine Grahame has just been saying and what Clare Adamson said earlier. Testing has preoccupied quite a few speakers in this debate, but it has, of course, to stand a long way second to the behaviours that we adopt. If anybody doubts that prioritisation, they should just think about what we have seen happening at 1900 Pennsylvania Avenue, which...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Administration and Tribunal Membership (Scotland) Bill (29 Sep 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: Congratulations to Graham Simpson, who has made the bold and, I am sure, entirely justified claim that nothing went wrong on his watch. Of course, he was careful to draw his frame quite narrowly, so I dare say that we might have revelations at another point in his parliamentary career that draw a distinction from the claim that he has made today. However, he and the other members of the...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Administration and Tribunal Membership (Scotland) Bill (29 Sep 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I am most obliged to you, Presiding Officer. As I peer at my screen, I can now see the clock. I will draw my remarks to a conclusion there by saying that I will be happy to support the bill at decision time.

Scottish Parliament: Prioritising Education (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: My personal connections with teaching are relatively substantial. My grandfather was a fellow of the Educational Institute of Scotland and was a teacher; my mother was a teacher; I have nephews and nieces who are teachers in England, Scotland and Denmark; and I have great-nephews and great-nieces scattered across the globe, so I get regular reports on what goes on. We have heard from the...

Scottish Parliament: Prioritising Education (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I apologise if I have transgressed the rules. I have obviously not been keeping up with her plans to become Baroness Davidson. I am sure that that is something that she will look forward to in the future. I apologise unreservedly to her, but she has been a wee bit shy on the whole subject. She does have one novel achievement in this Parliament, which is not about being a baroness. She is the...

Scottish Parliament: Voting System (17 Sep 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I congratulate the SPCB on what is an excellent technical solution, which supports my health and that of other older members who wish to be remote from Parliament, if possible. In the light of the difficulties, which seem to be mostly human rather than technology based, will the SPCB look at standardising the technology platforms that we use more generally? Sometimes, we use Microsoft Teams...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Industry (Wind Farms) ( 9 Sep 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: Given that the fish processing industry is the biggest sector by turnover and by employment, what assurances has the Scottish Government had from the United Kingdom Government that the ability of that industry to continue to export to its major markets in the European Union and beyond will be preserved in the event of the no deal that we see looming in a week’s time?

Scottish Parliament: Logan Review (Technology Sector) ( 1 Sep 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I welcome the suggestion, on page 39 of the report, of “self-organised tech” meet-up points giving “free meeting space and resources”. That is clearly part of an across-Scotland approach to creating hubs for entrepreneurs. Can the cabinet secretary advise how many jobs might be created directly from the creation of hubs across Scotland? I am thinking particularly of those that might...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: Unusually, Willie Rennie brings absolute sense to the debate. He and I were educated at the same institution, so he is bound to get things right from time to time—as I hope that members think I do, too. I will address briefly the amendments in Oliver Mundell’s name, under the headings of scrutiny, effect and consistency. I am an outlier in that, in the opportunities for scrutiny of...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: Thank you, Presiding Officer. [Interruption.] I am afraid that some works are taking place next door. I hope that that does not affect the sound too much. I have attended 978 committee meetings since I was elected to the Parliament, and 211 of them have been to do with rural issues. Every month, we get financial reports on how money is being spent to support farmers. No other portfolio issues...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I am working from the timed “Groupings of Amendments for Stage 3”, which lists the amendments in debating order. The version of amendment 1 that we have just voted on and that is before me refers to “modifications or improvements to any payment or expenditure”. However, I have just heard Peter Chapman claim that the word “improvements” was...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine (25 Aug 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: As someone who project directed his first multimillion pound project—one of many—some 40 years ago, I note that inadequate project management appears to have been a primary factor leading to the commercial failure at Ferguson Marine. What steps can be taken to minimise the chance of such difficulties arising again, and what lessons in project management are there for other civil...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Support) (13 Aug 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what funding the Cabinet Secretary for Finance will allocate to support people who are looking for work or at risk of redundancy as a result of Covid-19. (S5O-04467)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Support) (13 Aug 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I thank the cabinet secretary for her answer and for the substantial sums of money to which she refers. It is particularly important that young people are supported. Does the cabinet secretary agree that creating and protecting jobs in general will only be possible in true partnership with the business community, trade unions, enterprise agencies and the third sector?


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