Results 141–160 of 10811 for speaker:Stewart Stevenson

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

Stewart Stevenson: I say to Mr Rumbles that that is exactly the process that we would have for scrutiny of primary legislation.

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

Stewart Stevenson: Adam Tomkins refused me three times. I ask him to please sit down. I readily acknowledge that there is a difference between primary and secondary legislation in terms of accepting and rejecting it, but that is a decision-making difference, not a scrutiny difference. Members should take account of that. In that regard, I was very surprised by Adam Tomkins’s opening remarks when he said that...

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

Stewart Stevenson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: World Day Against the Death Penalty ( 6 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: As other members have done, I congratulate Bill Kidd on securing this important debate on the pressing issue of human rights. I also thank my intern, Claire, who joined me last week, whom I asked to look at the subject and write my speaking notes for me. Despite Scotland being at the forefront of the movement to abolish the death penalty, we should not forget that it was practised in our...

Scottish Parliament: UN Year of Indigenous Languages and European Day of Languages ( 6 Nov 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I congratulate Angus MacDonald, not only on lodging the longest-ever motion in the Parliament but, more important, on securing the debate. I thank my intern Anna, who is bilingual English and Mexican Spanish, for providing my speaking notes for tonight. She is familiar with bilingualism. I want to pick up on a point that John Finnie made. My mother was born in Dalmeny Street, in Leith, in...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Farming Funding (Convergence Funds) (31 Oct 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: The argument has always been with the UK Government, which distributed the money from Europe to farmers elsewhere in the UK. Can the cabinet secretary confirm that no farmer elsewhere in the UK who received the money when they should not have done will be disadvantaged by what is happening? Our friends and colleagues in the important agricultural industry elsewhere equally deserve our support .

Scottish Parliament: The Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions Annual Target Report for 2017 (31 Oct 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: The cabinet secretary referred in her statement to external events that have affected the outcome and the review related to the emissions trading scheme. I know that in May she wrote to the UK Government about the actions that it needs to take that will affect our ability to meet our targets. Has she had any response that might help us to understand how we are going to operate the scheme in...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry Act 1919 (Centenary) (31 Oct 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I will simply close off the issue of national parks by saying that it is slightly unusual to incorporate it into an amendment in the way that has been done. I do not oppose national parks; I just think that the approach is slightly odd. However, there we are; that is neither here nor there. In 1919 debate on the second reading of the Forestry Bill, which took place on 5 August and went on...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Decline in European Tourists) ( 9 Oct 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the reported decline in the number of European tourists visiting Scotland due to negative perceptions associated with Brexit. (S5O-03646)

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Decline in European Tourists) ( 9 Oct 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Does the minister agree that the bungling Brexit approach of the UK Government is unlikely to create a more favourable impression of the UK and Scotland, and will limit the opportunity to recover from the £193 million drop in associated spending that has come with this decline?

Scottish Parliament: Transport (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 9 Oct 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I support what Jamie Greene is trying to do, but the implementation of amendment 155 would fall short of what we require in a number of respects. In his comments, Jamie Greene referred to all forms of transport. Let me give an example of a genuine difficulty with that. On a visit to Barra, I rented a cycle for my visit to Vatersay from a little shed at the back of someone’s house. It was a...

Scottish Parliament: National Islands Plan ( 8 Oct 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: What progress is being made to introduce other measures that are in the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018?

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Innovation ( 8 Oct 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Most generous, Presiding Officer. In our modern context, innovation plays a critical part in our economic wellbeing. The process is a kind of creative destruction, to echo what Mr Whittle has just said, and it is about replacing the obsolete with the cutting edge and developing the previously unimagined. It is a catalyst to growth, which is why it is critical to every economy on the planet....

Scottish Parliament: Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 (Post-legislative Scrutiny) ( 1 Oct 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Although I agree entirely with the member’s point, does she recall that, in the stage 3 debate on the bill, in April 2010, it was reported that the committee did not support the establishment of a database, although it accepted, in section 8 of the bill, that it was proper to put in a provision, should such a database be required at a later date?

Scottish Parliament: Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 (Post-legislative Scrutiny) ( 1 Oct 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Actually, Stewart will gently suggest that the problem is not dogs. We keep on talking about dogs, but this a human problem. Perhaps the new bill should be called the “Control of Humans Who Own Dogs Bill”.

Scottish Parliament: Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 (Post-legislative Scrutiny) ( 1 Oct 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I congratulate the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee on its substantial work in producing its report. Our having a committee with “Post-legislative Scrutiny” in its title is a welcome move forward. Historically, members on the back benches, the front benches and quite generally have mumped and moaned about a lack of scrutiny of legislation. The report that we debate...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: My five years as the climate change minister fundamentally changed my life. When we set a 2050 target, I told colleagues that I hoped to be 104 years old then. I am very grateful that we have brought the target forward by five years—I will be only 99 years old in 2045. In 2030, I hope to be 84. That tells members that this is not about a wrinkly old soul such as me, but about the...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I very much welcome amendments 23 and 23A. In particular, I welcome the change to 18 months. It is worth saying that in committee, John Scott and I have been concerned about the way that the international greenhouse gas inventory works in relation to agriculture. The inventory is very unfair in reflecting the cost and benefit of agriculture, because it does not attribute to agriculture things...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill (25 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I start by wishing John Scott well. I hope that he will be sitting beside me when we look at the climate change plan update, because his wise counsel—which is not to say that I agree unequivocally with everything that he says—will be important at that stage. Farming has been an important part of the discussion, and John Scott has contributed to that debate, as have others across the...


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