Christian Allard MSP

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Christian Allard MSP

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  • Member for: North East Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Christian Allard

Does Murdo Fraser not think that plenty of other businesses, particularly in the north-east of Scotland, find it unacceptable that they have to pay business rates while large sporting estates do not?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Christian Allard

Will Murdo Fraser take an intervention?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Christian Allard (North East Scotland) (SNP)

I thank the First Minister for her truly inspirational programme for government, which sets out the legislation and policies that will shape our urban and rural communities and, indeed, our country. I believe that it will ensure that Scotland is both social democratic and socially just.

At the heart of the programme is the land reform bill. I must make it clear that for the many rural north-east constituents whom I represent, land reform is very much about social justice for the young people who are growing up in our rural communities. The issue is not as complex as Claire Baker made out. The First Minister has talked about a radical programme of land reform but, in the north-east, the programme will not be seen as radical.

In Banchory earlier this year, I witnessed a packed hall of people who had come to listen to Lesley Riddoch talk about her book, “Blossom”, and that audience made no apology for declaring their strong support for land reform. Looking back, I realise that the people who came to listen to Lesley Riddoch were not local farmers and that some, like me, were not born and bred in royal Deeside. However, all of them understood that in order for our rural communities to flourish, land reform is needed from this Parliament. There is a burning desire across rural Scotland to build more prosperous, fairer and better communities. Access to land is what our young farmers want in order to stay in the communities that they were born in, and it is about the right to live and work where one’s parents live and work. I meet too many young people who have the skills and expertise to farm but who, without access to land, cannot do so. Access to land is not all about land ownership; it is about having the mechanism to allow the land to be farmed by the people who live on it—some families have lived there for generations.

The land reform commitment that we talked about is as much about social justice, which Alison Johnstone mentioned, as it is about local democracy. Many people see the French revolution’s main legacy as being the land reform agenda that shaped what modern France is today: a country of villages—a modern country with vibrant rural communities where social justice and local democracy are thriving. We want a little bit of that in Scotland.

Many people are looking forward to the main legacy of this Scottish Parliament being its land reform agenda, which will bring many parts of rural Scotland into the 21st century. Sometimes I wonder why so little has changed in the attitudes of the people who live in our rural communities, and why old practices that belong to the 18th century still prevail. However, this is where we are. This Parliament has the opportunity to shape our country for the better; I look forward to debating the new land reform bill.

I look forward as well to any progress that this Government can make on the law of succession and I acknowledge the First Minister’s announcement of a succession bill. The feudal difference between land and other property still survives as part of Scotland’s law of succession, while other European countries have moved on. The introduction of feudal tenure in Scotland was 900 years ago. Some would call the addition of the succession bill radical. I disagree—900-year-old legislation is not fit for the modern Scotland in which I choose to live.

We need to be honest about our weaknesses and we need to be confident when we address them. We also need to be proud of our successes if rural Scotland is to be a place where ideas flourish, businesses locate and jobs are created.

I also represent many coastal communities in the north-east. Just as with our rural communities, anything that the Government can do to empower coastal communities is very welcome. I thank the First Minister for her announcement of the harbours bill and I look forward to debating it in Parliament. It is a great opportunity to reform aspects of current harbours legislation.

Legislation to remove Scottish ministers’ power to compel trust ports to bring forward privatisation proposals is more than welcome. I understand that the power has not been exercised by Scottish ministers since devolution, but for me privatisation is never the answer. I saw the UK manufacturing industry being decimated by privatisation, just as many of our public services have been eroded. Coastal communities are looking forward to keeping control of their future, their local economy and their harbours. The harbours bill is important for the future of our coastal communities, from Peterhead to Fraserburgh, for our booming energy sector in the north-east and, of course, for our fishing industry.

I thank the First Minister for responding to the needs of our rural and coastal communities. Her commitment to empowerment is reaching every part of the north-east of Scotland.

For many businesses in the north-east of Scotland that are paying business rates, the announcement of the withdrawal of business rates exemptions for shooting and deerstalking is welcome.

The programme, under this First Minister, will shape our communities and our country. Scotland can see that this First Minister is leading a Government that has purpose—a Scottish Government for all of us who live here. The result will be a Scotland that is both socially democratic and socially just—a society that is based on prosperity, participation and fairness.

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Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Christian Allard

If the regulations are only for clarification and do not change anything, I see no reason why we cannot agree to the motion today.



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Christian Allard

I understand that and it is important for public confidence, but there must be transparent dialogue so that people can see the progress and the vision.



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Christian Allard

Thank you for that important clarification, which relates to the question of public confidence in policing and, in particular, the public’s expectation of what policing is for. That leads me to my last question. We heard that Mr Matheson’s predecessor had some meetings regarding the future of policing in five, 15 and 20 years’ time. I would like to know whether he is aware of those meetings and what he thinks Police Scotland will look like in five, 10 and 15 years’ time. Are we talking about the police sharing budgets and perhaps buildings with the national health service, for example, or social services?



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Christian Allard

Rod Campbell mentioned the VAT bill. There are other bills that seem to be unpaid, such as bills for policing events. Can you help Police Scotland to redefine its policy on charging for some events? Do you understand Police Scotland’s concern about the stress that policing events places on the budget?



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Christian Allard

Mr Matheson talked about a 12 per cent increase in sexual crimes. Many people who have given evidence to the committee have said that the issue for the courts is not the increase but the complexity of cases. As Rod Campbell said, that might continue to be an issue in the coming year. Do you have any plans that might help in that regard?



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Christian Allard

Thank you.



Justice Committee 25 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Christian Allard

Are you considering sharing budgets with other services such as social care and the national health service? Are you considering sharing buildings?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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YesCarried

S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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NoDefeated

S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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YesCarried

S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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NoDefeated

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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 >>
Motion S4M-11019: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10952: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10900: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10892: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10785: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10781: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10741: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10725: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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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 >>
Question S4O-02941: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/02/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02836: Christian Allard, North East Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/01/2014 Show Full Question >>

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