Results 161–180 of 10811 for speaker:Stewart Stevenson

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

Stewart Stevenson: If sub-Saharan Africa had better roads, I suspect that climate change would be less of a feminist issue, but I expect that that is not really the point that John Finnie was trying to make. Patrick Harvie correctly said that the Greens advocate a 50 per cent target for 2030. However, we also need to think about the fact that there have been several changes to the baseline, which has added to...

Scottish Parliament: Product Recall Database (25 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Presiding Officer, I offer my apologies. I spoke to your colleague about the fact that, when I bid for this slot, I did not realise that decision time would be moved back. The moment I have finished speaking, I have to flee. The subject in hand is a substantial issue. I am trying to work out whether I am one of the 37 per cent of MSPs who register their appliances. The answer is, “Sometimes...

Scottish Parliament: Supreme Court Judgment (Response) (24 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Earlier, Jackson Carlaw said that our Westminster Parliament will determine what comes next. Is that correct, in light of paragraph 60 of the judgment, which refers to the need to consult the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly? Would any decisions that have been made without the agreement of all the jurisdictions in these islands be invalid, as the judgment has shown previous...

Scottish Parliament: Common Frameworks (24 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: It is a shame that Willie Rennie is temporarily out of the chamber. On 24 May 1916, Herbert Asquith appointed the Welsh wizard, Lloyd George, to solve the problem of home rule in Ireland. That went well. The Liberals might have been on the case for 100 years, but we have not seen very much delivered on it. If my time as a minister 10 years and more ago taught me anything, it was that the...

Scottish Parliament: Common Frameworks (24 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I am very interested in what Adam Tomkins is saying. However, how does he resolve the fundamental difficulty of the fact that our poor neighbours in England have no independent representation in their own legislature, and that the state Parliament is, therefore, conflicted and schizophrenic in the way that it has to deal with the devolved Administrations?

Scottish Parliament: Citizens Assembly of Scotland (11 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I accept much of what Adam Tomkins has said about drug deaths. I was first involved in difficulties in that area in the early 1960s. Would it be helpful if all those from across the UK who might be able to influence policy and practice on drug deaths were able to sit in one room together, or does it need a citizens assembly to summon such people and bypass the political system? I am not quite...

Scottish Parliament: Citizens Assembly of Scotland (11 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: We have heard interesting contributions from Conservative members. Adam Tomkins said that we in Parliament do not have all the answers, and I agree with him. However, Rachael Hamilton said that Parliament is the citizens assembly. Those are fundamentally different points of view, so there are obviously differences among views in the Tory party. We in the SNP have robust debates and ways of...

Scottish Parliament: Citizens Assembly of Scotland (11 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Citizens Assembly of Scotland (11 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Citizens Assembly of Scotland (11 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Will Willie Rennie take an intervention now?

Scottish Parliament: Citizens Assembly of Scotland (11 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Does the member remember that, in 2011, the Liberal Democrats caused us to have a referendum on proportional voting in elections? Out of 440 voting areas, only 10 voted in favour but, in July this year, Vince Cable said that we should have a citizens assembly to discuss it. The issue was not closed by that referendum; why should any other issue be closed?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight (11 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I congratulate Alasdair Allan on securing the debate. I add to his litany of constituency interests, as I first had spoots at Northton. They were harvested within a mile of where I was eating them—that is cutting down food miles. My constituency also has unusual and interesting things in it; it is where extra virgin rapeseed oil came to the fore, because of one of the farmers in my area. I,...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit (No Deal) ( 5 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: The Independent newspaper reports that “some loud bloke who stunk of booze yelling at us” is a description of how number 10 attempted to persuade 21 former Tory MPs to vote for Prime-Minister-in-name-only Johnson’s plans. The New York Times today describes this week as “a sobering week” for the Prime Minister—if only. The cabinet secretary and others have confirmed that the EU has...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency ( 4 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle the climate emergency. (S5O-03468)

Scottish Parliament: Climate Emergency ( 4 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Is the cabinet secretary aware that, in a national poll that was run by Quinnipiac University last week, 67 per cent of US voters supported doing more to address climate change? Is that further confirmation that the climate emergency is now recognised worldwide and requires a substantial response from every country, including our own?

Scottish Parliament: European Union Farming Funding (Convergence Funds) ( 3 Sep 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I welcome the comments from the Conservative members that indicate that the money should come to Scotland. Does the cabinet secretary share my concerns that the decision-making power regarding how it may be distributed might be retained at Westminster? I say that in the light of remarks from the new Secretary of State for Scotland about the UK Government taking control of spending money in...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: I apologise for not raising the issue before now; I have only just read the amendment that is before us. It says nothing about what should be at the other end of the fibre; it talks only about what is at the development end. Therefore, to meet the requirements of the amendment, it would be perfectly proper for the fibre simply to go down the main road to the cabinet and no further. In that...

Scottish Parliament: Caledonian Sleeper Service (18 Jun 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Serco regarding the recent disruption to the Caledonian sleeper service. (S5T-01727)

Scottish Parliament: Caledonian Sleeper Service (18 Jun 2019)

Stewart Stevenson: Is the technical fault with the carriage wheels believed to be a result of a one-off incident or a design flaw, or is there some other reason?


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