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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Dave Thompson (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP)

I am the MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Dave Thompson

Good morning, everybody, and thank you for coming to the committee meeting. I would like some comments from witnesses round the table on a couple of points. One point concerns the comparison between the farm-gate price and the cost of production. People are getting a lot less than what it costs them to produce.

The second point concerns retailers’ margins. I have a graph here and some figures that show that the retailers’ margins have increased from 5 per cent in 1996 to 35 per cent in December 2014. That strikes me as a massive increase, and farmers and processors have been squeezed. Again, I would like people to comment on why that is happening and what we can do to redress things a wee bit and get some of the profit pushed back down the line to producers.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Dave Thompson

I have a small point. I notice that 12 member states have gone down the road of compulsory contracts. Is there any evidence that they are doing better or worse because of that? Perhaps we could get a bit more information on that; I do not know whether anyone round the table has any such information.



Meeting of the Parliament 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
2. Dave Thompson (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what data have been gathered on safety following the introduction of average speed cameras on the A9. (S4T-00912)



Meeting of the Parliament 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Dave Thompson

I welcome the publication of the data, which vindicates the action taken by the Scottish Government and the A9 safety group. Will the minister join me in urging critics of the scheme, such as Danny Alexander MP, to end their reckless and now discredited campaign to undermine what are valuable safety measures?



Meeting of the Parliament 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Dave Thompson

The Inverness Courier, which has shifted tack slightly, because I think that it supported Danny Alexander’s campaign until now, suggests this morning that the average speed cameras will affect the economy of the Highlands. According to its headline, journey times have increased by 14 minutes. Of course, journey times have increased by up to 14 minutes. The average increase is nine minutes, which means that some journeys have increased by only three minutes. Will the minister say what impact that will have on the economy of the Highlands? Will he talk in particular about the speed limits for heavy goods vehicles?



Meeting of the Parliament 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Dave Thompson (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP)

I, too, welcome the report and the statement by the cabinet secretary. Along with recommendation 13, which will improve family assignation rights by allowing a farmer to assign a farm in his or her lifetime for a secure 1991 act tenancy, we have recommendation 15, which makes provision to enable any secure 1991 act tenant to convert the tenancy into a new long-duration modern LDT with a minimum term of 35 years, and then to transfer it to anyone at open market value. That is as opposed to there being an open assignation on the market itself. Does the cabinet secretary believe that the combination of recommendations 13 and 15 strikes the right balance?



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
1. Dave Thompson (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government when it will next meet Ofcom to discuss broadcasting. (S4O-03921)



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Dave Thompson

Given that the Scottish National Party is the third-largest political party in the United Kingdom, what does the cabinet secretary feel about Ofcom’s position with regard to preventing the SNP from appearing in the general election broadcasts that are currently being discussed? The SNP is being excluded, along with parties including Plaid Cymru and the Greens, but Ofcom appears to be proposing that the UK Independence Party, which is tiny in comparison with the SNP, may be given a position in those debates.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Dave Thompson (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) (SNP)

Good morning, cabinet secretary and colleagues, and welcome to the committee.

I reinforce what Alex Fergusson said about sea fisheries. Small, remote communities in my constituency in the Highlands and Islands rely a great deal on fishing. As the cabinet secretary is well aware, over the past few decades there have been serious problems and a large reduction in effort. The industry needs all the help that it can get. You said that the inclusion of the words “wherever possible” is “balanced”. I am not sure that I agree with you. The SFF has raised a point about a presumption in favour of existing activity. Despite the fact that fishing has been here for ever, more or less—or perhaps because of that—it is important to emphasise fishing’s importance. The plan could be beefed up a bit in that respect. Do you have any further comments on what Alex Fergusson said?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12182.1 Alex Fergusson: The Chilcot Inquiry—As an amendment to motion S4M-12182 in the name of N
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NoDefeated

S4M-12182 Nicola Sturgeon: The Chilcot Inquiry—That the Parliament calls for Sir John Chilcot’s offi
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YesCarried

S4M-12176 John Swinney: Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the gene
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YesCarried

S4M-12160.2 Michael Matheson: Women Offenders—As an amendment to motion S4M-12160 in the name of Kez
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YesCarried

S4M-12160.3 Margaret Mitchell: Women Offenders—As an amendment to motion S4M-12160 in the name of Ke
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NoDefeated

S4M-12160 Kezia Dugdale: Women Offenders—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Scottish G
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YesCarried

S4M-12154.1 Lewis Macdonald: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) – Supporting Indivi
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NoDefeated

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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YesCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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Not VotedDefeated

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Motion S4M-12191.1: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
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 >>
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Question S4T-00912: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03921: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00870: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03807: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03665: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03637: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
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 >>

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