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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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill (18 Dec 2003)

Stewart Stevenson: Well, at least I have some obsessions that are worth having. [ Laughter. ] I am really rather worried for Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, because I gather that in the socialists' Christmas poll he was voted top totty. Their affections now appear to be drifting towards Phil Gallie, but I have to say that my money is on James every time.

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: Budget Process 2002-03: Stage 2 (19 Dec 2001)

Stewart Stevenson: ...benches, and perhaps even further back at a later date. I want to bring a seasonal note to the debate and to wish all members here, and all those who may be watching on the monitors, a very merry Christmas. Something quite important in relation to Christmas has just happened: I have made an exciting discovery. Previously, we had accountancy and economics; now we have brand-new spanking...

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...

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: Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill (18 Dec 2003)

Stewart Stevenson: Indeed, it is the Christmas season and there is a certain amount of jollity in the chamber. I say to Carolyn Leckie that I am extremely pleased to be in room 101. On 2 May, one of her colleagues said that she wanted to turn the Scottish Parliament into a "Big Brother" series. Of course, those of us who remember the original room 101 in the book "1984" will also remember that when O'Brien asks...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (10 Dec 2003)

Stewart Stevenson: "One of the most difficult things that I have ever had to do was to stand up ... on 19 December last year, six days before Christmas, and face more than 100 skippers and crew members. I had to try and explain the bad, corrupt and downright deceitful deal foisted on them by people in Brussels. It was a vicious deal, and they were its victims. They were staring ruin in the face—that is the...

Scottish Parliament: Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (30 Sep 2004)

Stewart Stevenson: ...and emergency department with a double-barrelled shotgun and a doctor and his secretary are at reception, standing back to back. The secretary is there from another department to talk about the Christmas party with some of the people in the department. The double-barrelled shotgun injures both the doctor and the secretary, but one of them comes under the bill's remit and the other does...

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: 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: 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: School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (24 Jun 2004)

Stewart Stevenson: Inverness would feel greatly disquieted to know that their member was spending his money in someone else's establishment. Therefore, I can exclusively reveal that Jessie Chisholm organised the Christmas party for the Labour Party last year—which was provisioned by McDonald's, of course—at which there was a bran dip and the minister drew out the right to introduce a bill and get his...

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...

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