Results 61–80 of 10811 for speaker:Stewart Stevenson

Scottish Parliament: Economic Recovery Implementation Plan (12 Aug 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I will address a couple of points made by Tory members before I come to the meat of what I want to say. Scotland is the part of the UK that has seen by far the biggest uplift in delivery of superfast broadband. The UK Government’s universal service obligation provides a third of the speed that the Scottish Government is working towards. If I may say so, Dean Lockhart showed exceptional...

Scottish Parliament: Transport (16 Jul 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I thank the cabinet secretary for his announcement of changes to the bus emissions abatement retrofit scheme, which I welcome. Looking to the longer term and the green recovery that we want, will hydrogen have a long-term future as part of the fuel for buses, lorries, trains and ferries?

Scottish Parliament: Digital Exclusion (Young People) (18 Jun 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what work is being undertaken to ensure that young people from more disadvantaged backgrounds are not digitally excluded while learning from home. (S5O-04429)

Scottish Parliament: Digital Exclusion (Young People) (18 Jun 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: In yesterday’s COVID-19 Committee meeting, we heard about Highland Council’s provision of Chromebooks for, I think, all its pupils. Given their key part in delivering educational provision, how is the Government working with councils across Scotland to ensure in particular that, when pupils return to school in August, they are ready for the blended learning that will follow?

Scottish Parliament: Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Jun 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I look at the proposal for the specific offence of the theft of a pet. A peacock has been in our vicinity for the past 18 months. I do not own the peacock and I have failed to find out who does. If I take the peacock into my possession to address its welfare requirements, am I guilty of theft by finding?

Scottish Parliament: Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Jun 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: The one thing in this debate that we might all agree on is that we want a healthy and sustainable population of mountain hares. However, the process by which we get to that, if it is to be the one in amendment 30, causes me considerable concern. I commend Alison Johnstone’s efforts on the issue and her support of the subject for some years. She referred to the completion of a consultation...

Scottish Parliament: Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Jun 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: It is not as though seal culling is a subject in which I have not previously been engaged. In 1968, when I was a water bailiff for the Tay Salmon Fisheries Board, it was an issue for me. It is not new, and I have made comments in Parliament on seal culling before. The key point is this: why did the member not do what any sensible consideration of the interest of mountain hares would have led...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Recovery ( 2 Jun 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: Welcome back, Presiding Officer. I would like to join you soon. I start with saying a single word on projects to all members on the Conservative Party’s benches: HS2. The next steps required to rebuild our economy after the shutdown caused by the pandemic cannot all be known. Indeed, some of what will turn out to be the most important steps may only be identifiable some years after they are...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Recovery ( 2 Jun 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: The Government’s immediate concern is to minimise harm to existing businesses; that is proper, because businesses that are already established will be the source of employment for the overwhelming majority of those who will be in work in six months, a year or a couple of years. I will concentrate on where the real building of a new economy will take place. It will start with small...

Scottish Parliament: Suppressing Covid: The Next Phase (12 May 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: By this stage of a debate, much of what can be said has generally been said, but this subject is so wide—encompassing everything that we do and every person in Scotland and worldwide—that that is unlikely to be the case today. I speak today as someone who is vulnerable by reason of age, although I am actually fitter than I have been for quite a few years. In the eight weeks that I have...

Scottish Parliament: International Trade (Protected Geographical Indications) ( 7 May 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: As the Covid-19 pandemic affects international trade, what discussions has the cabinet secretary had with the United Kingdom Government, and perhaps others, about the continuation from 2021 of protected geographical indications for Scottish food products, which are so essential to continuing recognition in export markets where the superior quality of products in Scotland is understood?

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Support (24 Apr 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: What support is available for the over-12m white-fish fleet? I note that 9,000 boxes were landed at Peterhead over Monday and Tuesday, and only around 1,300 were landed today. How does the support available to our vital fishing industry in Scotland compare to that available elsewhere?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Prisons) (17 Apr 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: In view of the institutional nature of prisons, what special measures is the Scottish Prison Service taking to protect staff and prisoners from the effects of Covid-19?

Scottish Parliament: Agricultural Support (Pilot Schemes) (11 Mar 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I declare a part ownership in a registered agricultural holding. Does the cabinet secretary agree that, contrary to the suggestions of the Tories down south, agriculture and food producers are far from irrelevant?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Rate Resolution ( 4 Mar 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Rate Resolution ( 4 Mar 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I want to pick up on a few issues that other members have raised in the debate. I will go through them chronologically. Let me start with Donald Cameron. He seems not to be here to hear me, but I am sure that he is listening somewhere. It was exceptionally brave of him to raise the issue of council tax, given that the average band D household council tax in England is £429 higher than the...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing and Farming (20 Feb 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the United Kingdom Government’s proposed legislation on fishing and farming and the impact of this on Scotland. (S5O-04147)

Scottish Parliament: Fishing and Farming (20 Feb 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: That is relatively good news on fishing, but on farming, it is abysmal news, building on yesterday’s announcement that we will be denied access to labour from other countries, essentially. Can the cabinet secretary assure us that he will make clear this entire Parliament’s view that we will brook no removal of powers related to farming and that farmers across Scotland have expressed grave...

Scottish Parliament: Prehistoric Rock Art (19 Feb 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I, too, thank Gil Paterson for giving us the opportunity to debate this interesting subject. We are talking about something that is very old, so it is entirely appropriate that the four oldest members of this Parliament are all present. I note that I am the fourth oldest of those four, but we are all of an age at which antiquity is of particular interest to us. [ Laughter .] The Cochno stone...

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Standards (European Alignment) ( 6 Feb 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: 4. To ask the First Minister, in light of the Prime Minister’s statement that the United Kingdom will refuse close alignment with EU rules, whether the Scottish Government will remain aligned with EU environmental standards. (S5F-03928)


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