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Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Colin Keir

Does the Deputy First Minister agree with me that local authorities such as the City of Edinburgh Council would today have far more money to spend on local services if they were not saddled with billions of pounds of debt because of the failed PFI agenda of the previous Labour and Liberal Executive? Is it not about time that those parties owned up to their part in creating this mess?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
8. Colin Keir (Edinburgh Western) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government whether there is an up-to-date estimate of private finance initiative and public-private partnership costs in the Edinburgh Western parliamentary constituency. (S4O-04058)



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Keir

Okay. You are obviously satisfied with the management of the takeover bid and the way that it is proceeding.



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Keir

I am glad that you keep saying that a reasonable way of working has been adopted. I do not think that there is anything particularly controversial about the decision that the Government took. It came down to a political angle—the Government wanted to save jobs and protect the economy. I think that it had its hands tied behind its back.

I appreciate the difficulties that the airport has but, from what I can see in the report, the general—



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Keir

There is an awful lot in the report that I find quite good. Identification of the problems that the airport has had over the past few years is not a state secret, is it? We all know what it has been like and how important the airport is for the economy, particularly in Ayrshire and south-west Scotland.

There are some things that I want to know, because things have changed even since the report was written and there have been changes of airport ownership in Glasgow and Aberdeen. Glasgow is a commercial entity that is fighting against an equally big entity in Edinburgh airport and has changed ownership, so there is a real competitive fight going on. One thing that could be discussed, and which also ties in with the question of air passenger duty, are the reports by the likes of York Aviation and PricewaterhouseCoopers that came out about two and a half years ago. They explain that air passenger duty adversely affects Prestwick airport, compared with Edinburgh and others.

We have seen more dynamic management from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, compared with Prestwick. The new management set-up will be strongly seeking new business. Are you content that the airport’s current management set-up is able to look for new business, particularly given the competitive edge that Edinburgh and Glasgow have, at the minute?



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Keir

Whether it is within the remit of the present management group or a future one, that stuff has to happen, because of the age of the facility and the way in which it has been handled in the past. Is it not fair to just accept that that investment will have to happen anyway and that, in order to keep the airport at a functioning level, the present management has to consider it?



Public Audit Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Colin Keir (Edinburgh Western) (SNP)

Instead of going into the detail of the capital investment programme, perhaps we could consider something that has come up on numerous occasions in the cross-party group on aviation, which I chair. Every airport is having to upgrade quite dramatically. Is it not within the realms of probability that, to keep pace with other airports, that capital investment must be factored in? If it does not happen, Prestwick’s customer experience will be diminished in the eyes of passengers and carriers, and the airport will go into a terminal decline.



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Colin Keir

Thank you. That is heartening.

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Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Colin Keir

I have one more question, which relates to your comments on the replies that you have had from health boards across Scotland. You said that three quarters of the recommendations have been dealt with. What is the timescale within which the health boards anticipate that all the recommendations will be put into practice?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Colin Keir

In light of the report, do you have any plans to enhance the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate’s inspection and monitoring process? Do you have anything in mind that is a “must do”?

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Amendment 2 moved by Ken Macintosh on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 3 moved by Ken Macintosh on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 4 moved by Ken Macintosh on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 5 moved by Ken Macintosh on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 7 moved by Margaret McDougall on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotlan
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Amendment 8 moved by Margaret McDougall on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotlan
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S4M-12423.1 Alex Rowley: Commission on Local Tax Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-12423 in the n
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S4M-12423 Marco Biagi: Commission on Local Tax Reform—That the Parliament supports the establishment
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Motion S4M-12431: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12284: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10902: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08902: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08809: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08591: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08377: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08329: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08292: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07752: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-04058: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03909: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03792: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03750: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03718: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03675: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03655: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03488: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03472: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03213: Colin Keir, Edinburgh Western, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/05/2014 Show Full Question >>

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