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  • Member for: Highlands and Islands
  • Region: Ar
  • Party: Scottish Labour

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Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : 18 December 2014
David Stewart

At Christmas a little more than 10 years ago, I was an observer on a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter, which was flying a few hundred feet over Loch Ness. It was sent by the centre to save a Swiss tourist who had fallen off the mountain in Glen Coe, so I know at first hand the experience, the expertise and the excellence of the staff at Kinloss.

I believe that closing the centre defies the military maxim that if it ain’t broke, why fix it? Will the First Minister join all the party leaders today to make an eleventh-hour bid to save the Kinloss centre and provide some Christmas cheer for the civilian and military staff who are acknowledged by mountaineers and offshore workers alike as a beacon of light on the hill?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : 18 December 2014
5. David Stewart (Highlands and Islands) (Lab)

To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Government has had with the Ministry of Defence regarding the closure of the Kinloss rescue co-ordination centre. (S4F-02486)



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : 17 December 2014
David Stewart

Does the minister share my view that the exemption of children from APD in 2015 and 2016 will reduce costs to air passengers with children who are travelling to Scotland? That is obviously good news for Scottish airports such as Inverness, which is in my region, and, of course, it is good news for tourism. As the minister hinted, it is also a taster for the full devolution of APD when the Smith commission proposals are enacted in full.



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : 17 December 2014
7. David Stewart (Highlands and Islands) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact on the economy of abolishing air passenger duty for young people. (S4O-03827)



Public Petitions Committee 09 December 2014 : 09 December 2014
The Convener

We will draw to the attention of the Education and Culture Committee the work that we have done in this area.

Do members agree with my recommendations?

Members indicated agreement.

Meeting closed at 12:14.  

Public Petitions Committee 09 December 2014 : 09 December 2014
The Convener

The final agenda item is consideration of the Scottish Government’s national action plan on tackling child sexual exploitation in Scotland. Members have a note by the clerk, a copy of the action plan and, for reference, a copy of the Scottish Government’s initial response to the committee’s report on the plan’s recommendations.

As someone who is particularly interested in the issue, probably because of my background in social work, I welcome the action plan and I will just highlight some issues that are of particular interest to me. It is important to have refuges for young people at risk of child sexual exploitation and it is crucial to have specialist services in every region, as we recommended. I acknowledge the work that the third sector in particular is carrying out in this area. I believe that the risk of sexual harm orders must be used more comprehensively. I understand that it is a complicated area involving the police, the fiscal service and so on, but we asked for a bit more work to be done on that.

The action plan adopted most if not all of our 26 recommendations. I put on the record my thanks to Barnardo’s Scotland for taking the time and trouble to raise a petition on the issue. I think that the committee went an extra mile on it by undertaking a major inquiry, and I thank everyone who has been involved in it.

I think that we have now achieved our objectives. For that reason, I believe that there is merit in now closing the petition on the issue, unless committee members think that there are other steps to take.



Public Petitions Committee 09 December 2014 : 09 December 2014
The Convener

I thank members for their views. Do we agree to close the petition under rule 15.7 for the reasons that I gave?

Members indicated agreement.



Public Petitions Committee 09 December 2014 : 09 December 2014
The Convener

Are members agreeable to taking that course of action?



Public Petitions Committee 09 December 2014 : 09 December 2014
The Convener

The final current petition is PE1526 by Jack Fletcher, on behalf of Sexpression:UK, on making sex and relationships education in Scotland statutory for all schools. Members have a note by the clerk, the Scottish Parliament information centre briefing on sex and relationships education in other European Union countries, and the written submissions.

Members might have other views, but it seems to me that we have two main routes forward on the petition: to refer it to the Education and Culture Committee for it to consider whether the provision of sex and relationships education in schools should be mandatory, or to close the petition under rule 15.7 on the basis that the Scottish Government will shortly issue revised SRE guidance that the petitioners support; that the Scottish Government has given a commitment to raise the profile of SRE when it publishes its revised guidance; that Education Scotland will monitor and assess the implementation of the new guidance; and that those who gave views to the committee were supportive of SRE continuing to be non-mandatory.

Which of the two options do committee members think we should pursue? Are there other options?



Public Petitions Committee 09 December 2014 : 09 December 2014
The Convener

I thank Mike Russell for coming along today.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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NoCarried

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Motion S4M-11939: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11933: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11927: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11818: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11796: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11781: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11523: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11483: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11388: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11346: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-23751: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02486: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03827: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23433: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23432: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23431: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03790: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23303: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23302: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23304: David Stewart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Question >>

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