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Scottish Parliament: Rural Development (Funding) (19 Jan 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: Seed potatoes are an important issue for my constituents. Is the cabinet secretary aware that some of the more northern states in the United States, for example Idaho, which have similar climatic advantages for growing seed potatoes, are poised to exploit any lacuna in our ability to supply seed potatoes to export markets, and that the danger is not simply local but global?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future Relationship with Europe (17 Jan 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: The cabinet secretary will be aware that the Prime Minister made a speech this morning and discussed the disbenefits to Europe of barriers to trade from Europe to the UK, in particular highlighting the plight of Spanish fishermen who might not get access to the UK market, while not saying a single word about Scottish and English fishermen and the detriments that they might suffer in getting...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing (17 Jan 2017)

Christine Grahame: The final item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S5M-02438, in the name of Stewart Stevenson, on the sea of opportunity campaign. The debate will be concluded without any question being put. Motion debated, That the Parliament commends the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation’s (SFF) A Sea of Opportunity campaign; considers that full control over fishing in the...

Scottish Parliament: International Development (11 Jan 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: This debate is founded on principle. Page 17 of the document to which we are speaking today captures some of that principle when it says: “Our approach to international development is one of working in ‘partnerships of equals’ with others, both within Scotland and with our partner countries.” That relates to a very important point. This is not about what we do to...

Scottish Parliament: Protection and Promotion of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (European Union) (10 Jan 2017)

Stewart Stevenson: Does the cabinet secretary agree with Winston Churchill who, in 1948 in the Hague, said that a charter of human rights is a “sincere expression of free democracy”.

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy (Payments) (21 Dec 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: I draw members’ intention to my registered agricultural holding of a massive 3 acres. What measures are being taken to address the costs of the common agricultural policy futures system and to ensure that CAP payments are put on a better footing in future?

Scottish Parliament: Protecting Scotland’s Livestock (21 Dec 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: I very much welcome the reannouncement and confirmation of the soft-landing approach in the transition from the CTS links system to ScotMoves. Given that the purpose of the soft landing is to encourage take-up of the new system by farmers, what other steps will be taken to smooth the path and encourage early and meaningful engagement with the ScotMoves system for this important part of our...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Targets (14 Dec 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: Presiding Officer, I wish you a happy birthday—it is always as well to get credit with the Presiding Officers; it is one of the rules in this place—and I thank Maree Todd for securing the debate. I found myself agreeing with every word that Maurice Golden said in what was a very worthwhile contribution. In the light of that agreement, I gently encourage him and his Conservative...

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: Peter Chapman and I were both at the North East Scotland Fisheries Development Partnership meeting, and I think that there was broad agreement in the room that the red line in all negotiations should be that no decisions about foreign access to new fishing opportunities should precede our getting control of them. Does the member agree with that position?

Scottish Parliament: Renewables (6 Dec 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: The Low Carbon Contracts Company has published a booklet for 2016-17 that says that its intention is “to provide long-term revenue stability to low-carbon Generators.” Has that not been departed from in the decisions that the UK Government has made?

Scottish Parliament: St Andrew’s Day (29 Nov 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: I wonder whether the minister might join me in celebrating one particular occasion that happened on 30 November 1990. Members of my generation and perhaps a little bit younger may remember that that was the day on which Margaret Thatcher left 10 Downing Street.

Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meetings) (24 Nov 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: With the Brexiteer chimera of 350 million a week for the national health service being replaced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer yesterday with 225 million a week of new borrowing, is it not now much more difficult for Governments north and south of the border to deliver social justice, given that our economy is being burdened by debt of that magnitude due to the incompetence of...

Scottish Parliament: Island Communities (Support) (24 Nov 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: Is it not the case that Glasgow as a city has shown us the way on the value of islands with the tradition of travelling doon the watter?

Scottish Parliament: Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (Review) (23 Nov 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: 13. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans to review the protecting vulnerable groups scheme. (S5O-00377)

Scottish Parliament: Innovation (17 Nov 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: I am travelling with the member on the thrust of his argument. Does he agree that it is important that there is space for projects and thinking that do not lead to a successful outcome? In other words, does he agree that one of the tests of whether people really have space to think is whether only a proportion of the ideas ultimately succeed?

Scottish Parliament: Single Market and Trade (European Union Referendum) (15 Nov 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: This is not my figure, but it has been suggested that the price of visas for our young folk to travel to Magaluf et al will be 120 million a year. If that is true, is it likely to be a disincentive?

Scottish Parliament: US Presidential Election (10 Nov 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: 4. To ask the First Minister what assessment the Scottish Government has made of the impact on Scotland of the outcome of the US presidential election. (S5F-00450)

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change Action (10 Nov 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: Does the cabinet secretary recall hearing a long line of assurances to our island communities about the future of what is rather oddly described as remote onshore island wind? Yesterday was a highly suspicious day for the UK Government to announce that it was reneging on its promises—it was hoping that the announcement would be buried by other news. Should we now make sure that we make...

Scottish Parliament: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education and Training Strategy (10 Nov 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: You asked about block-chain, Presiding Officer. It would take rather longer than five minutes to explain, but I will say that one commercial product that you may be familiar with that depends on block-chain technology is the electronic currency called bitcoin. I will leave that with you, Presiding Officer. Ross Thomson—unfortunately he has left, but he can read this speech...

Scottish Parliament: Digital Strategy (3 Nov 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: The member makes some interesting and valid points, but does he accept that, for Scotland—and, indeed, countries around the world—there is a huge opportunity to develop new interfaces between the human users of technology and the technology itself and that the real triumph of the computer will be when we no longer know that we are interacting with one?


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