Results 81–100 of 10811 for speaker:Stewart Stevenson

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

Stewart Stevenson: Does the First Minister regret the failure by the Prime Minister to recognise that, far from creating opportunities, divergence from shared policies that have delivered benefits to workers, the environment and other policy areas will cost jobs, and that it is in the interests of Scotland to remain aligned with pan-national rules on such matters?

Scottish Parliament: World Cancer Day 2020 ( 6 Feb 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I endorse Lewis Macdonald’s remarks about the excellent work that is done by Friends of ANCHOR, CLAN and other charities in the north-east of Scotland. Of course, I thank Monica Lennon for the opportunity to discuss this important subject. I had a look at my previous speeches on the subject, and I found four: one on breast cancer, one on lung cancer, one on skin cancer and, most recently,...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2020-21 ( 6 Feb 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I have been reading the carbon assessment of the budget proposals, which has lots of good news. Page 4 of the budget document outlines that spending to mitigate emissions has increased, but is the Government doing anything else in that area? Can she give us further information as to how spending will be targeted specifically at carbon?

Scottish Parliament: Cheyne Gang Singing Group ( 5 Feb 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I, too, thank Gordon MacDonald for providing us with the opportunity to recognise the Cheyne Gang singing group. Let me say that, as other members have said of themselves, I am usually paid to remain silent when singing is taking place. However, I suggest that I could do a bit of whistling and humming as background to the singing, because that is equally good for the lungs. Perhaps a puirt à...

Scottish Parliament: Cheyne Gang Singing Group ( 5 Feb 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: If the Presiding Officer will allow it.

Scottish Parliament: Cheyne Gang Singing Group ( 5 Feb 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: That is a very interesting point, which I was not aware of. I thank Elaine Smith for raising it. In the previous session of Parliament, one of our colleagues suffered from COPD. I will not name him, because it was not generally known, but the suffering that he experienced was apparent from time to time. Fortunately, he continues to experience good health in life after Parliament. The...

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 4 Feb 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: Will the member accept that the amount of scrutiny of any order that is endorsed by default, or by positive action by the Parliament, is a choice for the Parliament? In the past, we have had debates on negative instruments that were functionally equivalent to any other debate. It is unhelpful to suggest that negative instruments pass through Parliament without scrutiny. All such instruments...

Scottish Parliament: Public Works Loan Board Rate (30 Jan 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I thank Keith Brown for giving us the opportunity to debate this important subject. Before I move to the central thrust of what I want to say, I will respond to a few things that were said by Alexander Stewart. He said that the aim is to put a limit on what councils borrow, so why not change the rules on what they can borrow for rather than put costs up? He also said that councils are...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Visa (28 Jan 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how a new Scottish visa could address depopulation and skills shortages. (S5T-01981)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Visa (28 Jan 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: Is the cabinet secretary aware that some 70 per cent of people who are employed in the north-east of Scotland’s fish processing industry are non-UK nationals? With the number of vacancies already rising, how would a Scotland-specific scheme assist that vital industry, which is worth some £650 million a year to the Scottish economy?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Visa (28 Jan 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: Has the Scottish Government looked at the experience of the devolved Government in Alberta, Canada, which has, through its immigrant nominee programme, a local scheme that operates within the country-wide immigration scheme, which is delivering different immigration criteria, and the benefits that Alberta derives from having its own scheme?

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill (23 Jan 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to a letter from 27 business groups to MSPs regarding concerns about a proposed amendment to the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill, which would remove ministers’ ability to set business rate poundage and automatically end the small business bonus scheme and other benefits. (S5O-04049)

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill (23 Jan 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: Has the cabinet secretary ensured that members on Opposition benches fully understand the implications of withdrawing powers from his office and from the Government in general, particularly in relation to the small business bonus scheme, which has protected high streets and small businesses both in my constituency in the north-east and across Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Farming and Crofting (Support) (23 Jan 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I declare a share in a small registered agricultural holding. Will the cabinet secretary update us on what will happen following the Bew review, which recommended an additional £51 million in funding?

Scottish Parliament: Consumer Scotland Bill: Stage 1 (23 Jan 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: The debate reminds me that I asked the whips at the beginning of this parliamentary session whether I could be on the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee—unfortunately, they put me elsewhere—because the committee’s work is clearly interesting and of value. The report that the committee produced on the Consumer Scotland Bill is an example of that. I now find myself on the Rural...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (Funding) (22 Jan 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Would you be minded to provide the 30 seconds necessary for Mr Mason to clarify any further sources of income that he has beyond his parliamentary salary?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (Funding) (22 Jan 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: Mr Tom Mason, who has just completed his speech.

Scottish Parliament: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (350th Anniversary) (22 Jan 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I thank Jeremy Balfour for the opportunity to recognise the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s 350th anniversary and to talk about the work that it has done to protect biodiversity and provide solutions in a changing world. Jeremy Balfour referred to the founders of the RBGE, Balfour and Sibbald, who wanted to study plants for medicinal purposes. Particularly in earlier centuries, Edinburgh...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Development Goals (16 Jan 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I thank Lewis Macdonald for the opportunity to discuss a substantial report of 82 pages, including what would probably best be called essays from 17 contributors. A rough count suggests that there are more than 200 references that lead the reader to further reading, so it is not only the report that is in front of us, but what underpins it that help us to have a proper discussion about...

Scottish Parliament: Independent Prison Monitors (15 Jan 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: I thank Alexander Stewart for giving us the opportunity to debate the important subject of prisons. In session 2, I was my party’s spokesperson on prisons. Because of that role, and because there has long been a prison in my constituency, I have been to many prisons—not just in Scotland; I have been into prisons in Wales, France and Georgia, in the Caucasus. Different jurisdictions have...


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