Ross Finnie: Mr Johnstone is obviously very persistent in pursuing the matter, on which Lewis Macdonald gave what I thought was a comprehensive reply. I remind the member that the whole purpose of our aggregates tax is to increase the use of recycled materials, with regard to meeting our environmental objectives. The cost to the Scottish economy of not improving our environmental use of finite resources...
Bill ordered to be brought in by Sir Cooper Rawson, Lieut.-Commander Ken-worthy, Mr. Malcolm MacDonald, Captain Peter Macdonald, Mr. Mander, Mr. Philip Oliver, and Mr. Womersley.
Mr. William Nicholson further reported from the Committee; That they had added the following 10 Members to Standing Committee A (in respect of the Visiting Forces (British Commonwealth) Bill [Lords]): Sir Reginald Mitchell Banks, Mr. Duff Cooper, Mr. Dingle Foot, Viscount Knebworth, Mr. Malcolm MacDonald, Captain Peter Macdonald, Major Milner, the Solicitor-General. Mr. Donald Somervell, and...
Mr Ramsay Macdonald: (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald): The hon. and gallant Member for South-East Leeds (Major Milner) has read an extract from a private letter which was published—
Bill ordered to be brought in by the Prime Minister, Mr. Ramsay MacDonald, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secre- tary Sir John Simon, Mr. Secretary Malcolm MacDonald, Mr. Secretary Elliot, Mr. Secretary Ormsby-Gore, Mr. Attorney-General and Mr. Butler.
Brian Adam: Mr Macdonald referred to the partnership agreement and to its principles. It is fairly obvious which particular principles the Liberal Democrats have given up to reach that partnership. For the benefit of the rest of us, would Lewis Macdonald care to elucidate which principles the Labour party is giving up to enter the agreement?
Ian Jenkins: The magnificence of the Subordinate Legislation Committee is almost wholly due to the magnificence of its convener, Margo MacDonald. I did not intend to speak in the debate and I am doing so only because business is running early, but I must leave soon. I support not only Margo MacDonald's convenership, but the substance of her motion.
Tom McCabe: As I said, we would do our best to accommodate Mrs MacDonald, but as it stands, the law prevents us from doing that. If the prospect was a photograph of Mrs MacDonald on a ballot paper, we would move heaven and earth to make that possible.
Alex Fergusson: I will deal with Margo MacDonald's point of order first, if I may. The matter is one that is entirely for me, and I am not minded to accept such a motion. You could lodge such a motion in your own time, Ms MacDonald. George Foulkes has a point of order.
Trish Godman: We move to the open debate. There will be four-minute speeches, which will be tight. I have already had to tell a member that he will not be called and I may have to tell another member the same thing. I call Margo MacDonald, to be followed by Bill Wilson. You have four minutes, Ms MacDonald.
Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, during any discussions the First Minister has had with Mr Donald Macdonald, the issue of the planning application in Aviemore in which Mr Macdonald had an interest was ever raised and formed any part of such discussions.
Michael Russell: The Minister for Community Safety, acting in his capacity as constituency MSP, met with representatives of Mr Donald Macdonald on a number of occasions. Th Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism met respresentatives of Mr Macdonald in Aviemore on 26 October 2007.
Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the First Minister has had with other ministers following and concerning any issues raised by Mr Donald Macdonald or his representatives or others on his behalf in respect of a planning application in Aviemore in which Mr Macdonald had an interest.
Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any minister raised issues with any public agency which had a locus in the planning application in Aviemore in which Mr Donald Macdonald had an interest, following representations received from Mr Macdonald, his representatives or others to the First Minister and, if so, which agencies these were.
Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Chief Planner or any other Scottish Government official had any contact with Mr Donald Macdonald or his representatives during which discussion took place on the planning application in Aviemore in which Mr Macdonald had an interest; if so, on what dates and what issues were discussed.
Stewart Stevenson: Mr Macdonald and I will continue to disagree about the state of preparedness that we inherited when we came into government in 2007. If targets of the nature that Mr Macdonald has referred to were indeed set, they were not matched by any plans that this Government inherited.
Elaine Smith: I call on Lewis Macdonald to speak to and move amendment S4M-00902.3. You have nine minutes, Mr Macdonald.
Lewis Macdonald: During the debate, the minister heard calls from Nigel Don, Mark McDonald and Margo MacDonald, as well as from Labour members, for a single point of contact for witnesses in dealing with the justice system. At this juncture, can the minister tell us—
Patrick Harvie: Does Mr MacDonald agree with the Minister for Environment and Climate Change’s acceptance that Scotland cannot afford to use all the fossil fuel reserves that we have? How much unburnable carbon does Mr MacDonald think that Scotland has? How much must we leave in the ground unused?
Mark McDonald: Does the minister agree that Lewis Macdonald should listen to the Labour leader of Aberdeen City Council, who has accepted the Scottish Government’s timescale for the project, and that when Lewis Macdonald was the minister with responsibility for transport in the Scottish Executive he did nothing to advance the Haudagain roundabout?