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Scottish Parliament: Land Settlement (Scotland) Act 1919 (23 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: Will the First Minister ensure that the current review of the Scottish planning system helps and does not hinder the much more diverse pattern of land ownership that will assuredly flow from the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill?

Scottish Parliament: Local Control (22 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: For my final speech as the member of the Scottish Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross since 2011, I will explore bringing more local control to the people whom I have had the immense privilege to represent. I will reflect on how the Highlands and Islands region, which I represented from 2003 to 2011, and my huge mainland constituency, which is the size of Northern Ireland, have...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: The negative influence of land agents is far wider than the few exceptions that Claudia Beamish mentioned, and a statutory code of practice for land agents would be a very good thing indeed. It would probably answer the concerns of many people around the country. Those concerns were expressed in the evidence that the committee took on the island of Islay, for example, where a tenant farmer...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: I am sure that SNP members across the country who have been following the debate will support our Government’s competent, sensible and legally competent approach. It is very concerning to me that it is suggested that the lengthy debates and discussions that have taken place during the passage of the bill, which have involved the members of my Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: Excuse me—I am not finished yet. [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: It is very important that we are able to hold to account people who have land. That is the practical aim of the bill. I hope that, eventually, when the land register is map-based, we will be able to tax those people. The aim of holding landowners to account is the heart of the matter—it is encapsulated in the word “transparency”, and it is what the Government’s proposals will do.

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: As the person who perhaps propelled to notice the issue of deer management groups and their lack of effect, particularly in the Assynt area in my constituency, it is interesting to see in what are probably the last days of how the voluntary system works the very mixed figures that are being collected by SNH. I have recently been given some figures. In March 2006, the density of deer in Assynt...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: Not at the moment, thank you. On the idea of looking at having SNH modify the rules to consent and so on, as proposed by the Government amendments, it is essential to realise that the groups that make up the Assynt sub-group include the John Muir Trust, private shooters, the Assynt crofters who make a small income, some woodland groups and others. Meeting all the needs of those groups in a...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: In tribute to Alex Fergusson, I have always championed his right to say what he believes to be correct, even if we disagree—very often fundamentally—about his proposals. It is in that spirit that I will comment on the way in which the RACCE Committee has worked, and I hope that everybody who took part in the committee recognises that they got a fair hearing. I wish Alex Fergusson well....

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: The member should realise that, when the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill was passed in 2003, there were more than 230 amendments to it, and I am sure that a similar number of amendments were made when the Parliament dealt with tenant farming issues. Perhaps we are learning a bit, because we have been able to slim down the number of amendments and make them more useful.

Scottish Parliament: Energy Strategy (15 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: Given the urgent need to better serve Scottish consumers with clean power, and the minister’s welcoming of the deployment of the Hywind floating turbines off Aberdeenshire by 2018, will the minister give us an update of the large-scale deployment of those floating structures? Will they take less time to build, and be less expensive, than sea-floor based offshore wind turbines in areas such...

Scottish Parliament: Music Tuition (Traditional Instruments) (9 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how traditional instrument tuition fits in with its strategy for Scottish traditional arts. (S4O-05628)

Scottish Parliament: Music Tuition (Traditional Instruments) (9 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: Although the youth music initiative offers traditional instrument tuition in some places, the delivery is patchy, as is the music tuition delivered by schools. Will the cabinet secretary review the spread of traditional musical instrument tuition with a view to offering students in Scottish schools a chance to play and understand their own indigenous musical riches?

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments (9 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: To try to put some perspective on what has been going on, we should consider a couple of quotations. Today, the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association produced a news release headed “CAP Relief Package Should Not Be Marred by Political Posturing”: “Many tenant farmers anticipated payment delays in their forward budgets. As tenants, they are at the sharp end unable to use rented land as...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments (9 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: What we have here is a motion that starts to discuss the problem that we face. Alex Fergusson’s motion “notes that Scottish farm income has fallen by 15% over the past year, which is only the second time this century when incomes have fallen in two consecutive years”. That issue is being conflated with the issue of CAP payments. For a start, I will dwell on the first issue. In my...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments (9 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: Well, we are awaiting that with great interest. In the meantime, because our farmers have less support and are getting lower commodity prices, they failed to get the £180 million that Scotland was due from the CAP. It might have helped our producers a little bit if they had got from the CAP settlement what was their due right. We also see, over our heads, that the agriculture department of...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Payments (9 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: We are talking at the moment about the cost of the IT system. The actual cost of the computerised system is 4 per cent of the whole cost over this particular CAP period. If anyone thinks that they can set up something as complex as that, in as simple a fashion, that is purely political posturing. I have heard far too much of that already, and many of my other colleagues will make sure that...

Scottish Parliament: Neonatal and Maternity Services (Review) (2 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: 16. To ask the Scottish Government what progress there has been on the review of neonatal and maternity services. (S4O-05610)

Scottish Parliament: Neonatal and Maternity Services (Review) (2 Mar 2016)

Rob Gibson: I thank the minister for her detailed answer. What recommendations are likely to be made on upskilling nurse practitioners and extra training for general practitioners to back up maternity services in rural and remote centres?

Scottish Parliament: Fiscal Framework (23 Feb 2016)

Rob Gibson: The First Minister has stressed the principles of no detriment. Will they apply to the multimillion pound cost of setting up the administration of Scottish welfare powers, which could take several years to work? The Deputy First Minister told the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee this morning that the Treasury’s best offer on set-up costs for welfare is a figure below the Department for...


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