Angus MacDonald MSP

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Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 Business until 12:00 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Angus MacDonald

As the cabinet secretary will know, the A801 forms a key strategic link between the M8 and M9 corridors and provides a strategic freight route between Grangemouth docks and various distribution centres in West Lothian. The business communities in both council areas are keen to see the project move forward with an agreement to proceed. On the basis of a 25:25:50 split in funding and in the spirit of Christmas, can the cabinet secretary give any indication of when funding might be available to ensure that this long-overdue project proceeds?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 Business until 12:00 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
7. Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Falkirk Council and West Lothian Council regarding the upgrading of the A801 River Avon gorge crossing. (S4O-03847)



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Angus MacDonald

Given that a number of strands to the petition have, I reckon, been properly addressed, I am minded to close it. Marine Scotland has adequately or satisfactorily addressed the seal control issue, and the salmon industry is evolving, with the increased use of high-tension predator exclusion nets and the introduction and roll-out of onshore tank systems, which the committee saw when it visited Lochaber. That is another aspect of the petition, which, as I said, contains a number of strands.

The only issue raised in the petition that has not been satisfactorily addressed is that of the salmon netting stations, but the committee still has to look at that issue in light of the report of the wild fisheries review. Given that a fair bit of work has already been done on the issues, I am, as I said, minded to close the petition.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Angus MacDonald

Okay. That is good. Thanks.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Angus MacDonald

Sticking with the financial memorandum, I note that an issue was highlighted in the written evidence from sportscotland, which stated:

“We would not wish to see liabilities handed to community groups who then need to seek financial or other support from national organisations such as ours which funding rules do not allow us to give. As a distributor of National Lottery resources ... we are required to ensure we protect the additionality principle.”

Are you in a position to clarify how rules relating to lottery funding might impact on the community right to buy?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East) (SNP)

You will be aware of the Crichel Down rules, which provide for situations where land that has been compulsorily purchased by a public authority is then deemed surplus and subject to disposal by that public authority. In such cases, it is Government policy for the previous owner to have right of first refusal. Do you have a view on how the extension to the community right to buy might interact with the Crichel Down rules?



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Angus MacDonald

The new £10 million empowering communities fund is very welcome, and I will certainly encourage communities in my Falkirk East constituency to take advantage of it.

For communities to be engaged, however, requires local bodies such as community councils to be active. As the minister will be aware, there are some areas of Scotland without community councils. What can the Scottish Government do to encourage participation and ensure that every square mile of Scotland is represented by a community council?



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
4. Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what benefit it expects the additional £10 million being invested in funding and empowering communities to bring. (S4O-03804)



Public Petitions Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Angus MacDonald

I am happy to go with the recommendations that have been made so far.



Public Petitions Committee 09 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Angus MacDonald

In addition to the supply of T3, what has struck me throughout this whole saga—for want of a better term—is the failure to prescribe natural desiccated thyroid hormone. I do not see why that is not happening. I hope that we can get answers to that question and that it will be prescribed in the future, as it is a no-brainer to me. It just looks like a solution to the problem.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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NoDefeated

S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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NoDefeated

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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YesCarried

S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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YesCarried

Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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NoDefeated

S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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NoDefeated

S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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NoDefeated

S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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YesCarried

S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-11904: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11882: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11751: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11750: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11745: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11678: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11677: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11671: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11667: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11658: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-23696: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23616: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03847: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23515: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03804: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03764: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23395: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23168: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23143: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23137: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Question >>