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Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Is the member aware of the research from Seafish that shows that the rateable value per square metre in Peterhead and Fraserburgh is almost identical to that in Humberside?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: We heard at the north-east Scotland fisheries development partnership that this year, of the four strands of research, three are not to be relied on. That is a one-off, but it indicates the real difficulties in understanding and responding to the science, which is broadly admitted to be deeply flawed this year.

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Is it appropriate to miscall the activities of another Parliament—

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: My throat might mean that I will sit down early, which I am sure that you will welcome, Presiding Officer. Just to pick up on the points that Finlay Carson made, I think that his comments are an abuse of parliamentary privilege and I will explain why. We are granted privilege to protect us from the legal consequences of what we say for very particular purposes. The vote that Mr Carson...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (19 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Paragraph 73!

Scottish Parliament: Flood Damage Mitigation (Banffshire and Buchan Coast) (13 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made on its commitment to help mitigate the damage to transport infrastructure caused by flooding in the north-east and, in particular, the King Edward area in the Banffshire and Buchan Coast constituency. (S5O-03739)

Scottish Parliament: Flood Damage Mitigation (Banffshire and Buchan Coast) (13 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I thank the cabinet secretary for his answer, which was slightly surprising. Will the cabinet secretary join me in praising local companies such as Volker infrastructure and Benzies, which, among other businesses in the area, co-ordinated efforts to provide access via private roads and worked with Aberdeenshire Council officials, which minimised the disruption from the flooding? Will he...

Scottish Parliament: Artificial Intelligence and Data-Driven Technologies (13 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I very much agree with what Dean Lockhart is saying, but does he also recognise that it is important to get a representative set of people and occurrences for the input for machine learning? Too many machine-learning activities have turned out to be limited in cultural and ethnic diversity and therefore could potentially give misleading guidance in the future. That is an important issue that...

Scottish Parliament: Artificial Intelligence and Data-Driven Technologies (13 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I will respond to some parts of the debate, but particularly to the remarks that we have just heard about the R100 programme. It might be worth reminding members that, in schedule 5 to the Scotland Act 1998, the reservations that we are not responsible for include two specific areas: telecommunications and internet services. Therefore, where we are moving ahead to implement high-speed...

Scottish Parliament: Artificial Intelligence and Data-Driven Technologies (13 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: The member will not. Where we are doing that, we are picking up the failure of the UK Government to deliver on its legal responsibilities. The UK Government is contributing only 4 per cent—one twenty-fifth—of the cost. Let us move on to—to be blunt—more interesting things and talk about quantum computing, which Tom Arthur raised. It is related to the quantum excitation of the Higgs...

Scottish Parliament: Artificial Intelligence and Data-Driven Technologies (13 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: In the 1960s, when I started in IT, the workforce was 50:50 men and women. One academic paper shows that, when the BBC computer was introduced in the early 1980s, more men started going into computing because parents gave the boy the computer and not the girl, so there are probably cultural issues as well as technical ones.

Scottish Parliament: Financial Crime (Support for Victims) ( 7 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: 3. I draw members’ attention to my entry in the register of interests in relation to my holding shareholdings in a bank. To ask the Scottish Government what support is available to victims of financial crime in circumstances where banks seem to have failed to observe their own lending criteria and “know your customer” protocols. (S5O-03729)

Scottish Parliament: Financial Crime (Support for Victims) ( 7 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: The minister might be aware of the McLaren fraud case, which resulted in a criminal being sent to prison for an extremely long period. One of my constituents lost their house, the title to it and the prospect of recovering it. Party to that was one of the branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland, where the fraudster conducted most of his business. Would it be possible for the Government to...

Scottish Parliament: Referendums (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 7 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Referendums (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 7 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Will the member take an intervention before he gets to the detail?

Scottish Parliament: Referendums (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 7 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Referendums (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 7 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Referendums (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 7 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I will pick up on what were almost the last words that we heard from Donald Cameron about there being no oversight or scrutiny of secondary legislation. That is unmitigated tosh, if such a word is allowed to be used in the chamber. That can be illustrated by the current activities of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee in looking at the deposit return scheme, which is...


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