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Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Christian Allard

We are investing a lot, and in the north-east of Scotland the Scottish Government is moving forward. Local authorities are also playing their part, and we as a Parliament must support the great work of our teachers in classrooms here in Scotland.

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Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Christian Allard

Indeed—the needs of the economy. Tonight, in Edinburgh, the French ambassador to the UK will be meeting a lot of French companies that operate in Scotland. I suggest that Liz Smith suggests to Murdo Fraser that he changes his comments this morning. The economy is what it is all about, and our children need a well-rounded education to ensure that they can participate in the economy in Scotland. It is not only about STEM. This debate is about STEM and it is important, but we need a rounded approach, and French is part of that.

The last thing that this Government would do is to make it difficult for local authorities to fill the present vacant posts in classrooms across Scotland. Of course there is a problem of teacher numbers, which we have talked about. We have heard the call for a specialist science teacher in every primary school. To my mind, that is more wishful thinking than an answer. It ignores the reality at a time when many local authorities are struggling to recruit primary teachers. When I met members of the Peterhead parent council, who are concerned about attracting teachers to the blue toon, I said to them that we are looking to widen the recruitment pool, not to reduce it.

Another message that Liz Smith could take to the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition at Westminster is that we should act regarding the foreign students who are studying here in Scotland and consider how we can ensure that we retain them to work and—why not?—to teach here. It is important that we widen our net as much as possible. A few years ago, for example, Aberdeenshire Council recruited in Ireland and Canada. We do not want to prevent foreign students from working here. I would not want to have to go back to my country, but you never know: with the proposed referendum to take this country out of the EU, I might be in that position in a few years’ time.

The reality today is that, despite the backdrop of cuts from Westminster, the Scottish Government is investing in science education, providing £900,000 per annum to the Scottish schools education research centre to support the professional learning of teachers.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Christian Allard (North East Scotland) (SNP)

I welcome this Conservative debate on education.

I note that the Institute of Physics in Scotland has said that we should do more to encourage female science graduates, and I think that we are doing just that. Not only the Scottish Government but all of us in this Parliament, across the political parties, have done a lot to address gender and science, technology, engineering and mathematics participation.

However, it is not the be-all and end-all. I like the wording in the briefing from NUS Scotland, which states:

“STEM education is a crucial part of our education system in Scotland, however we must ensure that our focus in this area is not to the exclusion of other subject provision.”

Liz Smith talked about that, but I wanted to point it out and maybe to remind Murdo Fraser, who is sitting behind Liz Smith, that languages are important as well. The teaching of French in schools is important. We must ensure that we also promote that.



Justice Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Christian Allard

I seek clarity. Are the witnesses against the ending of automatic early release?



Justice Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Christian Allard

I wanted to—



Justice Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Christian Allard

Some interesting points have been raised that were not raised previously. I have a particular question on the spirit of the bill and how it was put forward in a staged manner to try to end automatic early release for all offenders. I think that that was welcomed by Sarah Crombie, for example. However, has the view changed, such that people around this table do not now believe that a staged approach should be accepted? I do not remember hearing that when witnesses gave us their views previously. We heard a lot about how a staged approach was maybe too little or not safe enough; whereas now some maybe believe that the Government is taking too big a step. I just want your views on whether we should have a step-by-step approach or whether we should stop that approach altogether and consider everything as a whole.



Justice Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Christian Allard

Are we more concerned about the people who are committing organised crime than about the type of crime? Have we identified that organised criminals are targeting not only rural areas but others?



Justice Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Christian Allard

We talked earlier about the manufacturers of the machinery. Could they not mark all the expensive parts with serial numbers? That is done with cars, so I cannot see why it would not be possible to do it with farm machinery.



Justice Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Christian Allard

My question is on food crime. To a certain extent, organised crime has been good at getting involved in the food industry. Apart from some isolated incidents, organised crime seems to be the main reason for an increase in rural crimes. If that is the case, how can we do better in regulations? We talked about manufacturers, but maybe there is a responsibility for the Parliament and some organisations to work differently. I remember being the victim of food crime to do with number plates. In this country, trailers do not have distinct number plates. Should we change the rules on that?

In Aberdeenshire, expensive pieces of machinery have been well protected, but organised thieves are now going after hydraulic arms. There is a big surge of thefts of parts of expensive machinery. Could we put numbers on them or otherwise ensure that they cannot be resold? I would like to hear some ideas about how we can help in relation to number plates, hydraulic arms or anything else.



Justice Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Christian Allard (North East Scotland) (SNP)

I am an MSP for North East Scotland.

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S4M-12423.1 Alex Rowley: Commission on Local Tax Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-12423 in the n
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S4M-12423 Marco Biagi: Commission on Local Tax Reform—That the Parliament supports the establishment
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S4M-12385 Liz Smith: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament agrees that a solid grou
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YesCarried

S4M-12395.1 Fergus Ewing: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in the
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S4M-12395.2 Patrick Harvie: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in t
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S4M-12395 Murdo Fraser: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the l
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S4M-12385.3 Alasdair Allan: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to motion S4M-12385 i
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S4M-12382.3 Mary Fee: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion S4
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S4M-12382.1 Gavin Brown: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion
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S4M-12382.2 Willie Rennie: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to moti
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Motion S4M-12474: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12210: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12006: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11964: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11853.1: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11822: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11821: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11753: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11693: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11692: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03943: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03809: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03725: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03609: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03544: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03489: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03193: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03037: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02997: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02980: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/02/2014 Show Full Question >>

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