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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
1. Dave Thompson (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on replacing the two hospitals on Skye. (S4O-03591)



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Dave Thompson

I am sure that the cabinet secretary will be aware that NHS Highland is to suspend the endoscopy services that it currently operates on Skye. Given that good progress is being made on planning the new facilities, which will offer enhanced services for Skye, Lochalsh and south-west Ross, does the cabinet secretary agree that, in the interim, all should be done to ensure that existing local surgical facilities continue if at all possible? Can he tell us when the new hospital is likely to be built?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dave Thompson (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP)

Good morning, minister. My point is about transport. A number of years ago, the Royal Mail experimented with running hydrogen-fuelled vehicles in the north-east of Scotland from—I think—Peterhead to Inverness. It put in place the various bits and pieces to allow it to do that, but I am not sure where that experiment got to.

However, given our capacity to generate electricity and given that there is also plenty of water here, it strikes me that developing the hydrogen economy could help greatly in achieving long-term reductions in emissions. Given that a lot of the electricity has been produced in the north, that is where I would like to see a hydrogen economy based, with all the jobs and so on that would flow from that. How much is that playing in your thoughts? Is it a sci-fi type of thing that is 10, 20 or 30 years away? Alternatively, is it something that we should pursue in the short term?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dave Thompson

My questions are about what you include in property value. Do you value the sea bed only where you have issued a licence to somebody, or do you value the total amount of sea bed that you have? Around Scotland’s shores, you own a massive amount of sea bed, which has massive potential. Should that be valued in some way rather than valued purely when somebody asks you whether they can do something on it and you get the rent?

11:00  

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dave Thompson

That is fair enough—I understand and accept what you say. However, an estate in the Highlands is worth whatever it is worth almost irrespective of what happens on it; if little happens on it, it still has a value, which would change if other things happened.

Your report says that your current total property value is £267 million, which represents 3 per cent of the UK total. However, because you have so much shoreline in Scotland, I imagine that the potential value of your sea bed in Scotland—your estate, if you like—is pretty large in comparison with that for the rest of the UK. Would it be useful for us to measure that, even if you only quantified the area, in comparison with the rest of the UK? That would give us an idea of the potential value if further development occurred.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Dave Thompson (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP)

Good morning, minister, and welcome to the committee. I have a general question. Is there a mechanism to ensure that the criteria are the same in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales, or is it a matter of the first country deciding and the rest falling into line? Are there discussions to agree a common approach? How does it work in practice?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Dave Thompson

I have a broader point about taking the public with us. An awful lot of the public out there will not understand the intricacies of this very complex subject. If we just stick to the targets knowing that it is virtually impossible to meet them, we will create a situation in which a lot of expenditure is needed to move forward. The public will see money being spent on the issue at the same time as money is perhaps being cut from local government services and various other things, yet the headlines every year will be, “Government misses target again.” That is all very negative.

Is there not a danger that there might be a backlash from the general public, who might think, “You’re spending all these millions to meet the targets, but you’re not succeeding, so you’re obviously not getting it right. Something is really wrong here.” If the targets were made more realistic to take account of what has happened and, as a result, we met them or got very close to meeting them, we would encourage people to believe that what we are doing is worth while. If we do not change the targets, is there not a great danger that we will alienate many members of the public, who will decide that they would rather have the money spent on schools, hospitals and so on than on activity that is patently not working?

10:45  

Meeting of the Parliament 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014
Dave Thompson (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP) Has Willie Rennie spoken recently to Alan MacRae, the Lib Dem candidate who stood against me in 2011, or Dr Michael Foxley, the erstwhile Lib Dem leader of Highland Council? They would not classify themselves as nationalists, as Mr Rennie says, but both have decided to vote yes.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 20 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Dave Thompson (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP) Good morning, gentlemen. I remember attending a meeting in the Tore hotel in 2002 on the right to buy. Andrew Thin was there as an adviser. It was the inaugural meeting of the campaign for the right to buy.

I lodged a motion on that very subject at the Scottish National Party conference later that year, which I think may have helped to move the SNP’s position on the issue. I am very interested in the subject. That was 12 years ago, and we are still talking about it.

I believe that, when it comes to issues such as investment, improvements, compensation, waygo, retirement, the releasing of land and succession, many of them—or a good few of them—could be dealt with through assignation. I know that it is not a magic bullet, but Christopher Nicholson of the STFA said in oral evidence to the committee:

“Assignation is potentially a real game changer”.—[Official Report, Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, 6 August 2014; c 3955.]

It may not be a magic bullet, but it is pretty important for the viability of secure tenants and for ensuring that investment continues in the future.

We have already touched on the issue of assignation, but I would like the panel to elaborate on it. Assignation, along with certain other changes to, for example, the need to register and the right to buy, may well be a way forward that would allow us to deal with the right to buy.

I agree with the cabinet secretary—I have not heard anybody, other than some members of NFU Scotland, say that the right to buy would apply to non-secure tenants. Every political person I have talked to, apart from one or two on the landowners’ side, has made it clear that that would not be the case. I have certainly never talked about any kind of right to buy other than in relation to secure tenants, and no one at the inaugural meeting did, either.

Would assignation be a game changer? Could it deal with much—if not all—of the problem?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 20 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Dave Thompson Thank you. That is fine.

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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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YesCarried

S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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YesCarried

S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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YesCarried

S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Motion S4M-11004: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10559: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10123: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10093: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09259: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09077: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09012: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09011: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08836: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07209: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, On Behalf of Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, Date Lodged: 01/07/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03591: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03497: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03433: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03319: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02128: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03161: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-18780: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/12/2013 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-16611: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/08/2013 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-16129: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/06/2013 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02287: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/06/2013 Show Full Question >>

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