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Scottish Parliament: Supply and Demand for Medicines (24 Nov 2020)

Lewis Macdonald: I am delighted to open, on behalf of the Health and Sport Committee, the debate on the report of our inquiry into the supply and demand for medicines. I start by thanking all those who gave evidence to our committee in person or in writing, the committee’s clerks, the Scottish Parliament information centre researchers and other parliamentary staff who assisted. We could not have made the...

Scottish Parliament: Pre-release Access to Economic Statistics (Committee Bill Proposal) (19 Sep 2019)

Willie Coffey: ...ministers are expected to respond to the publication of statistics immediately. She said that Parliament needs to focus its energies on more pressing economic matters. My colleague Dean Lockhart started off by telling us about FOI issues and the culture of secrecy that he feels is prevalent in some Government circles. He argued that PRA is contrary to the principle of equal access for all...

Scottish Parliament: Music Tuition in Schools (30 Apr 2019)

Clare Adamson: ..., which my colleague Johann Lamont will cover in her closing speech. The committee held focus groups with young people, practitioners and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Gordon MacDonald and I attended a North Lanarkshire schools music group evening practice session at Coatbridge high school, where all pupils who are engaged with North Lanarkshire’s bands and...

Scottish Parliament: Space Nation (14 Mar 2019)

David Stewart: ..., with the first in 2020. David Oxley, who is an HIE director, has stated that the jobs target is 400, with the aim of sending 2,000 small satellites into orbit by 2030. As the minister said, start-up firm Orbex has opened a base in Forres, with the promise of 40 jobs this year and plans to expand to 150. Professor Malcolm Macdonald, who is the director of the Scottish centre of excellence...

Scottish Parliament: Unconventional Oil and Gas (24 Oct 2017)

Angus MacDonald: ...fracking has been a contentious issue in my Falkirk East constituency since about 2012, when fracking in the Falkirk district first appeared on the radar. Coal-bed methane extraction had already started in the area—it came in under the radar, as planning permission was granted by Falkirk Council officers under delegated powers before the subject ever appeared on a council planning...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (28 Mar 2017)

Lewis Macdonald: ...the will of the people and majorities in Parliament, and about the accountability of ministers, here and elsewhere. As far as Europe is concerned, Alex Neil’s contribution is a good place to start. I do not share his constitutional objectives, but he demonstrated a clarity of analysis that has been largely missing from his party’s front bench contributions. He said: “A yes vote in an...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Climate Change Plan (16 Mar 2017)

Angus MacDonald: ...Scotland. During our evidence-taking session with the cabinet secretary, I suggested that there should be a levy or tax on the use of peat for horticultural use, in line with the campaign that was started in 2011 by the RSPB, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Buglife and Plantlife, to name just a handful of the non-governmental organisations involved. The cabinet secretary will recall that she...

Scottish Parliament: BBC Scotland Digital Channel (1 Mar 2017)

Lewis Macdonald: ...ever. Public service broadcasters need to be unafraid of those in power, to be willing to ask hard questions and to be free to do their job, and that puts an obligation on politicians, too. Our starting point in debating the BBC should be that no party and no Government should tell a public service broadcaster what to say or how to say it. Instead, we should seek to build a consensus that...

Scottish Parliament: International Migrants to Scotland (13 Dec 2016)

Joan McAlpine: ...that Scotland could have its own migration system. I ask Alexander Stewart to pay attention to the work of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee and the comments that Lewis Macdonald made in his considered speech. I am delighted to speak in this debate on such an important topic. International migrants day on 18 December gives us the chance to pause and reflect on...

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

Gordon MacDonald: ..., what will happen to their access to public services—will they be able to access them on the same basis as UK citizens? If salary thresholds are in place for tier 2 visas, researchers at the start of their academic careers would fall beneath those thresholds. Alastair Sim said that we need to ensure that the many early-career people who have modest salaries but huge talent to offer can...

Scottish Parliament: BBC Royal Charter and Framework Agreement (6 Oct 2016)

Fiona Hyslop: At the start of the debate, I was desperately and frantically trying to think whether any of the TV programmes that were important to Jackson Carlaw were also important to me. I really struggled until he hit upon “I, Claudius”. Perhaps when I was a teenager, I shared with Jackson Carlaw a liking for political skulduggery and salacious storylines. A number of important points have been...

Scottish Parliament: Refugees (8 Sep 2016)

Angela Constance: .... Ross Greer was of course right to argue for the creation of safe and legal routes for refugees, because more people are dying now than last year among those who are seeking a place of safety to start a new life and raise a family. It will not come as a surprise to members to hear that I have some issues with the Tory amendment, but what I have absolutely no issue with and what I feel is...

Legal Aid — Motion to Take Note (10 Dec 2015)

Lord Howarth of Newport: ...disempowered and unable to pursue their case without help—so they don’t try, and the result is that they don’t have any contact with their children at all. That’s disastrous”. Alistair MacDonald QC, chairman of the Bar Council, told readers of the Times on 26 March 2015: “Recently the legal aid agency denied support to a mother with learning difficulties as she fought for...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (Progress) (8 Sep 2015)

Chic Brodie: ...not possible to assess whether the National Performance Framework will be able to measure the success of the new strategy.” The Sunday Herald article calls on such a luminary as Professor Ronald MacDonald, the professor of macroeconomics at the University of Glasgow, and quotes him as saying that “an economic strategy that omitted measurable targets was ‘really quite bizarre. If you...

Scottish Parliament: Creative Industries (Economic Impact) (3 Sep 2015)

Lewis Macdonald: ...sustained long-term benefit for production companies that have staff based here permanently. It is also important that commissioners be based here. Those who commission programmes will always start with high-quality producers whose work they already know.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Bill (18 Jun 2015)

Bruce Crawford: ...will find out later in my speech, I am certainly not speaking as the convener of the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee when I speak in a way that is slightly controversial, shall we say. I will start in convener mode, by thanking first of all the clerking team, particularly Heather Galway, who helped us to steer the bill through as quickly as we could—as Lewis Macdonald noted in his...

Scottish Parliament: Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 May 2015)

Mary Scanlon: It is just over a year since Margo MacDonald passed away. It is on days such as these that I expect to turn around and hear her intervening on a subject that she cared so passionately about. Indeed, very few speeches reached their allocated five minutes without an intervention from Margo. Although I signed Margo’s original motion to get her bill debated in Parliament, I always told her that...

Scottish Parliament: Education (Equity and Excellence) (26 May 2015)

Gordon MacDonald: ...UK Government should at the very least honour the spirit of the Smith commission agreement and devolve meaningful powers over welfare and the minimum wage to the Scottish Parliament so that we can start to tackle poverty and boost the closure of the attainment gap. If we can do that, I will accept that what the Scottish Secondary Teachers Association stated could be true for every pupil:...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (14 May 2015)

Alex Fergusson: Like Claudia Beamish, I had not come across the concept that we are debating until the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee started looking at it in 2013. However, I have to say that at first sight the idea of a circular economy seems such a simple no-brainer of a principle that one wonders how any other type of economy could have emerged over the decades and centuries that...

Construction Industry — Motion to Take Note (23 Oct 2014)

Lord Popat: ...industry lost 360,000 skilled workers, with the training and recruitment of graduates and apprentices also significantly reduced. We are now forecasting more than 14,000 construction apprentice starts this year, the highest for four years. Ideally, as the noble Lords, Lord Macdonald and Lord Young said, we should have a lot more—maybe as many as the 100,000 mentioned by the noble Lord,...


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