Results 1–20 of 27 for christmas 01/01/1999..13/11/2018 speaker:Stewart Stevenson

Scottish Parliament: Article 50 Withdrawal Process (9 Jan 2018)

Stewart Stevenson: ...a happy new year to all my colleagues in the chamber except for Tavish Scott, who will shortly celebrate new year with his constituents at Up Helly Aa, rather than celebrate it conventionally, on 1 January. My constituents are exceptional, too, as, perhaps more than others elsewhere, they are taking a keen interest in the negotiations on the UK leaving the EU. That is because they, rather...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh South Suburban Railway (3 Feb 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: ...than a 1.5 hour bus ride from a railhead. My support for the proposal is entirely conditional on our also thinking about the Buchan rail link. My enthusiasm for railways is substantial. My wife’s Christmas present to me this year was David Spaven’s “The Railway Atlas of Scotland: Two Hundred Years of History in Maps”, which I commend to members. It shows what railways used to be...

Scottish Parliament: Age and Social Isolation (6 Jan 2016)

Stewart Stevenson: ...older. It is easier to keep or to refresh the friends that one has, and one way of doing that is through technology. Some of the old technologies can be quite good. This year I decided not to send Christmas cards and instead sent letters; each letter was personalised. There were quite a few people of my age with whom I have been exchanging Christmas cards for the past 25 years without our...

Scottish Parliament: Winter Festivals (6 Jan 2015)

Stewart Stevenson: Fifty years ago, as a student, I obtained temporary employment with the General Post Office at Christmas, helping to deliver a larger than usual postbag. We were paid off on Christmas eve and the regulars did the postal delivery on Christmas day. Shops were open, newspapers and milk were delivered to the house and my general practitioner father had surgeries on Christmas day. In short, when I...

Scottish Parliament: Winter Festivals (6 Jan 2015)

Stewart Stevenson: ..., because we need the anchor points that attract international attention. However, self-directed, self-organised, spontaneous celebration of the good in winter—be it a religious celebration as at Christmas, a secular one as at new year, or simply an excuse for a party on a dark night, with appropriate lubrication to keep the wheels turning—is all to be welcomed. The word “hogmanay”...

Scottish Parliament: Older People (10 Jun 2014)

Stewart Stevenson: ...education, which I strongly support. In West Lothian, the Labour Party has done many good things, although I remember that it was Jimmy McGinley—in 1980, I think—who introduced the Christmas bonus for pensioners, rather than the Labour Party. We have been around and we have had quite a lot of good things from the Labour Party, so it is disappointing that there is a perception—because...

Scottish Parliament: Youth Employment (9 May 2013)

Stewart Stevenson: ...modest degree—my degree is spectacular for its modesty rather than anything else—yet I had three good job offers. Furthermore, when I was a student and looked for a job in the summer, at Christmas or at Easter, I never failed to get one. The economic environment was very different then. Today, students from the university sector who have a second degree may not even get a second look...

Scottish Parliament: Biodiversity (17 Jan 2013)

Stewart Stevenson: ...I very much welcome and enjoy it. The next thing that I am going to have a look at is the Reidside Moss that is visibly drying out, which is 1,000m away. I had a wildlife camera given to me as my Christmas present. My wife is getting a bit peed off that I have not yet managed to get it working or to try it out in the forest. I very much look forward to doing that. If we all get engaged...

Scottish Parliament: Clydesdale Bank Job Losses (20 Dec 2012)

Stewart Stevenson: ...and the price that has been paid and the hardship that has been experienced by those front-line staff who have not had the luxury of heavily gold-plated pensions and large pay-offs. At Christmas in particular, our thoughts are with those front-line staff and their families. The broad causes of the banking difficulty have been well discussed, but a couple of the causes of the causes are...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Budget 2013-14 (20 Dec 2012)

Stewart Stevenson: Ah—I give way to the man who has lost his sock at the end of his bed because he is getting another for Christmas.

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (18 Mar 2010)

Stewart Stevenson: ...true that I did. I am going to upset a former school colleague. I went to school with Nina Myskow, who is one of the ladies who appear on "Grumpy Old Women". I am a grumpy old man who does not like Christmas, and I happen to be the minister who was on duty for four days over the Christmas period, therefore my travel plans were entirely different from those of other ministers. Believe me,...

Scottish Parliament: Concessionary Travel Scheme (10 Dec 2009)

Stewart Stevenson: ..., albeit that they were of a different political flavour. He followed a similar track to that which was taken by Jimmy McGinley, the SNP leader of West Lothian Council in 1980, when the first Christmas bonuses were introduced. No party has a monopoly on good ideas. John Park suggested that one way in which Fife Council should consider the officers' proposal that is currently before it in...

Scottish Parliament: South Edinburgh Suburban Railway (3 Dec 2008)

Stewart Stevenson: ...the Bathgate line to the main line, taking a dual line and merging it into a single connection to the main network to be a fully doubled connection. That closed the line for a week last Christmas and cost a substantial amount of money. We would certainly need to do such work for the project that we are discussing tonight. Furthermore, the Bathgate line has a much lower level of use than...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Nov 2008)

Stewart Stevenson: ..., but the test is whether we change the experience of the relevant people. The ever-festive Michael Matheson made an interesting point, which was timely and relevant in the context of the upcoming Christmas season, when he talked about the six-day bays in Falkirk. He drew well on the experience of his constituents. I think that Mary Mulligan talked about inconsistency throughout Scotland;...

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Hospitals: NHS Hospitals (7 Dec 2005)

Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were admitted to hospital on Christmas Day in each year since 1999, broken down by (a) NHS board and (b) reason for admittance.

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Hospitals: NHS Hospitals (7 Dec 2005)

Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people stayed in hospital overnight on Christmas Day in each NHS board area in each year since 1999.

Scottish Parliament: Budget Process 2005-06 (23 Dec 2004)

Stewart Stevenson: : I will tell the minister about three jobs. On Christmas day, I acted as a receptionist for my father's practice from time to time. Occasionally, I worked for the Post Office. In recent years, I have worked in a hotel serving lunch on Christmas day to bring cheer to the many people who choose to go out on that day.

Scottish Parliament: Budget Process 2005-06 (23 Dec 2004)

Stewart Stevenson: I will play the grumpy old man to Wendy Alexander's spirit of Christmas. After all, when I were a lad, Christmas was a working day. My general practitioner father's sole concession to Christmas was that he held no evening surgery on Christmas day. In answer to Wendy Alexander's accusation that the SNP has not cared about cutting costs, I have already given one example, but I will give two...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (9 Dec 2004)

Stewart Stevenson: ...Finnie—who must do his best to represent Scotland. Let me pick up what was said in the debate. Mr Baker claimed that it is not possible to operate a conservation policy outwith the CFP. For his Christmas, I promise to send Richard Baker a little map of Europe, on which I will highlight—he will not mind if I ink it in for him—those countries outwith the CFP that are successfully...

Scottish Parliament: St Andrew's Day (1 Dec 2004)

Stewart Stevenson: ...does not have any bank holidays whatever; we have them only by habit and repute. Indeed, when I were a lad and worked in the Post Office, it used to be my very great regret that I was paid off on Christmas eve, because it meant that I could not work on Christmas day and get the tips that the regular postmen got. I feel that it is legitimate to debate the question of what holidays actually...


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