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 (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 ...

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 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 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.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Alex Johnstone (North East Scotland) (Con) The purpose of amendment 38 is to remove section 1 of the bill. The effect would be to remove from the bill the attempt to end the right to buy.

The right to buy council houses has been the greatest driver for social change in Scotland in 50 years. It has created strong mixed-tenure commu...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Alex Johnstone I will press amendment 38. The right to buy has in recent years been a significant and positive influence on the development of communities. The Government’s attempt to remove that right from Scotland has been driven by political rather than practical aspirations. It is one of those things on which ...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Alex Johnstone Amendment 41 would have the unusual effect of putting back in something that the Government took out at stage 2. The consultation and the first draft of the bill contained a section to allow age to be taken into account as a criterion of allocations policy. The measure was removed by the minister at...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Alex Johnstone I will also be brief.

The success of the system that we are putting in place today will rely on the understanding that exists between landlords and tenants. We are trying to make all the landlords—and letting agents, for that matter—do what the good ones have been doing for years. When we...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Alex Johnstone Very briefly indeed, I thank Drew Smith for bringing the issue of party flats to my attention and to the attention of others when it was discussed at committee stage. However, I have concerns about the amendments, given that they specifically address houses that are let for holiday purposes. I am no...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Alex Johnstone I support amendment 6, in the name of the minister, and I accept her position on amendments 7 and 47. However, I confess that I have some attraction to amendment 46, in the name of Malcolm Chisholm.

I heard what the minister said about the repairing standard and how that process is availa...
Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

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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NoDefeated

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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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