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Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Alex Fergusson

I congratulate Michael Matheson on his elevation to the Cabinet.

Despite the figures that have been given, rural crime cost Scotland almost £2 million in 2013. Ayrshire seemed to be a particular hotspot and the cost to its local economy was almost £0.5 million in that same year. Last weekend, goods worth £6,000 were stolen from a farm near Hawick. Oil, tools, quad bikes, machinery and garden equipment seem to be the top items that are targeted.

Greater geographical distances and a lower concentration of police resources in rural areas make tackling crime more difficult. On top of the steps that the cabinet secretary has detailed, what more might the Government do to ensure that the barriers of rurality are overcome?



Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
2. Alex Fergusson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con)

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making on tackling rural crime. (S4O-03752)



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Alex Fergusson

If we remove all the criteria that we have been talking about, how do we ensure that this is the policy of last resort that Mr Peacock referred to in his opening remarks?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Alex Fergusson

I am sure that we will explore the matter in due course.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Alex Fergusson

It might be a bit unfair to ask for a lot of detail on the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer, but I have a question with regard to a constituency issue that I very much hope will become the subject of proceedings under the community right to buy. My understanding is that, since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, land that falls to the ownership of the QLTR effectively falls to the Scottish Government, as Scottish ministers now have control—if that is the right word—of the QLTR. Am I wrong about that?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Alex Fergusson

In that case, I will leave my question until later. I am sorry—I thought that that was what you were referring to.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Alex Fergusson

I was going to raise this issue later, but Mr Peacock has raised it just now. Community Land Scotland has suggested that the 2003 act could be amended to state that

“eligible land would be land, the sale of which to a community body, would contribute to the achievement of a greater diversity of ownership of land in Scotland.”

I assume that that is the additional test that he just referred to.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Alex Fergusson

That is fine. I just wanted you to clarify that.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Alex Fergusson

Correct me if I am wrong, but you said that we are adding amendment on amendment to existing legislation and that that is not very satisfactory.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Alex Fergusson

I thank any of you who have found something positive to say about the 2003 act, as I was convener of this committee’s predecessor when the act was passed. I assure you that any impediments were not placed there on purpose. That is just a light-hearted comment.

What Duncan Burd just said highlighted that it might have been better to introduce the proposed provision as a separate piece of land reform legislation rather than to tack it on to the bill.

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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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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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Motion S4M-11093: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10562.1: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 09/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09617: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09572: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 01/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09425: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08943: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08857.1: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08278: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07892.2: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07061: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03416: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4O-03197: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20685: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 08/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20316: Alex Fergusson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21/03/2014 Show Full Question >>

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