Alex Johnstone MSP

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Member of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit
Trustee of the Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

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Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014
Alex Johnstone What we have discovered is that the subcontractor responsible for assessments across most of central Scotland seems to have or believes that it has unused capacity, because it is offering appointments that are not being filled—or, at least, not being filled in a timely way.



Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014
Alex Johnstone I agree with the minister’s position on that, which is one reason why I am keen for universal credit to be fully implemented at the earliest possible opportunity.

As for other benefits that will be introduced, we have received evidence that those who are waiting to be assessed for persona...

Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014
Alex Johnstone When we visited Glasgow, we heard that the proportion of people who are going back to having their housing benefit paid directly to landlords is smaller than was initially expected and that the number of people who are able to engage online is higher than the initial expectation. As we go through th...

Welfare Reform Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014
Alex Johnstone (North East Scotland) (Con) Perhaps the reason for some of the problems that we are experiencing and discussing is that we are involved in a transition to the flagship universal credit scheme. A delegation from the committee visited the DWP in Glasgow to talk to staff about the experience of implementing universal credit, and ...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Alex Johnstone All of us in the chamber come from a diverse range of backgrounds and arrive here with political priorities that differ greatly. Our responsibility is to serve those who put us here and to serve the Scottish people as a whole.

Political principles often mean that individuals or parties in...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Alex Johnstone Sorry—I thought that I was still in time, Presiding Officer. I will bring my speech to a close.

My key point relates to the right to buy. I understand that I will have the opportunity to close the debate on behalf of my party, so I will leave that part of my speech until later.


Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Alex Johnstone (North East Scotland) (Con) It has been an exciting afternoon. I can say that because sitting on the front benches dealing with the amendments allows the time to pass rather more quickly than it does for the poor unfortunates who find themselves sitting at the back trying to do paperwork and watching the clock. It has been an ...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Alex Johnstone I was not going to say anything, but I decided to stand up merely to defend the negative procedure, which is much maligned in Parliament. Committees often argue that affirmative procedure is preferable to negative procedure, but I find the negative procedure very attractive and responsive. We should...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Alex Johnstone We often come across situations in which it turns out that local authorities have powers that they did not know about. When the amendment that was similar to amendment 62 was lodged at stage 2, the minister’s defence was that the powers already exist for local government. I was and remain content wi...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Alex Johnstone I am happy to support amendments 32, 33 and 34, because they make valuable improvements to the bill.

With regard to Sarah Boyack’s amendments, I am happy to support amendment 59. In all honesty, I am happy to support amendment 60 as well, as it simply requests the Government to provide c...
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Amendment 38 moved by Alex Johnstone on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—T
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Amendment 1 moved by John Lamont on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That
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Amendment 2 moved by John Lamont on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That
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Amendment 41 moved by Alex Johnstone on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—T
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Amendment 42 moved by Mary Fee on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That th
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Amendment 5 moved by Patrick Harvie on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—Th
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Amendment 45 moved by Drew Smith on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That
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Amendment 6 moved by Margaret Burgess on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—
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Amendment 7 moved by Claudia Beamish on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—T
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Amendment 46 moved by Malcolm Chisholm on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill
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Motion S4M-10185.1: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10051.2: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10003: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 08/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09747.1: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09593: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09447.1: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09209.2: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08900: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08540.2: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 09/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08490: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03383: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03350: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21385: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21386: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21384: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03258: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20938: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20939: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-01981: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03027: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10/03/2014 Show Full Question >>

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