Jamie McGrigor MSP

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Jamie McGrigor MSP

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  • Member for: Highlands and Islands
  • Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Jamie McGrigor (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

Will the minister give an update, please, on the success of the Malawi renewable energy acceleration programme, which is funded by the Scottish Government, and will he say whether it has met the aim of empowering the targeted communities?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jamie McGrigor

I will be brief. Protection order systems have wardens rather than bailiffs, although the wardens can become bailiffs if they have to work on migratory species. The committee should consider the difference between wardens and bailiffs.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jamie McGrigor

As I said earlier, I have been the chairman of the Loch Awe improvement association, which runs the protection order there, since 1992. I find it difficult to get anybody else to do it, which leads me to the point that these things rely to an enormous extent on voluntary management and volunteers. Whatever is done, that should be borne in mind because, if some things have to be paid for, who is going to pay for them?

The protection orders also deal only with non-migratory species. They deal with brown trout and coarse fish, but they do not deal with salmon and sea trout. That can lead to difficulties in management, especially when we are talking about environmental enhancement and that sort of thing. What is good for salmon and sea trout can also be extremely good for brown trout.

The protection orders are not perfect, but they are not a bad thing. Most people would agree that the whole environment of Loch Awe has improved dramatically since 1992 in many respects. However, there are lots of holes and anomalies in protection orders, which I will not go into now. They could easily be improved.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jamie McGrigor

I agree that far more research and development must be done on the subject of marine survival. Let us consider other species of fish—for example, mackerel. The vast number of mackerel that are now being caught in Icelandic waters, which were not there before, are all chasing the same food as the salmon.

There needs to be more research. For example, why have a great many rivers on the west coast lost their grilse runs, which make up the bulk of what people refer to as the salmon runs? It is all very well to say that we can do the work sitting on the bank, but what is happening at sea needs to be considered far more so that we get a true picture.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jamie McGrigor

I know, but from a local management point of view, protection orders cover only non-migratory species, not migratory species. There has always been a slight difficulty when it comes to management, because we are not looking at the whole picture.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jamie McGrigor

I have a small comment on protection orders.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jamie McGrigor (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

I am MSP for Highlands and Islands. I declare an interest: I am also chairman of the Loch Awe Improvement Association, which runs the protection order on Loch Awe and Loch Avich. I also sit as a member of Awe District River Improvement Association.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jamie McGrigor

Should organisations or councils wish to give out plastic bags to dog owners for them to pick up excrement, will the 5p tax be charged on those plastic bags?



Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jamie McGrigor (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

I, too, congratulate Bruce Crawford on securing this important debate, and I recognise the good work of Keep Scotland Beautiful and its clean up Scotland campaign.

Litter in our environment can seriously impact on our quality of life, and the presence of litter sends out an incredibly bad message to visitors and tourists, many of whom are attracted to our shores by what they expect to be our pristine natural environment and well-kept villages, towns and cities. The costs of remedying litter fall on hard-pressed taxpayers.

The motion is right to highlight the commendable efforts of those who volunteer to help to clean up their communities, including many thousands of residents in my Highlands and Islands region. I pay tribute to all those constituents who give up their time to undertake those activities, from Kintyre to Shetland.

I highlight the example of Sandra McMillan from Beachwatch Bute. She does sterling work on Bute to bring together local people and visitors to the island to remove litter from Bute’s coastline and beaches. She is a clean up Scotland hero, and I am delighted that she has won a number of small litter grants to assist her efforts.

Tackling litter on our beaches and coastlines is a massive challenge. The Scottish Association for Marine Science did a survey in 2010 and collected more than 53,000 pieces of litter from a sample of 22km of Scottish beaches. That is more than one item for every step trod. Litter can also do a lot of harm to our wild birds and animals and it can, of course, be lethal to farmers’ livestock.

The motion refers to the role of the business community. I am pleased that Coca-Cola Enterprises is one of a number of businesses that readily accept the part that they can play in the clean-up of their products’ packaging. It is encouraging that Coca-Cola Enterprises is helping to fund and support KSB and allowing it to back up local groups that wish to tackle the scourge of litter in their communities. Things do go better with Coke.

We need to see the behaviour change to which Bruce Crawford referred. Education is the key in that respect. I support the efforts to engage with primary and secondary school children on the impact of litter on their communities.

Education can help to alter adult behaviour, as well. ASH Scotland’s briefing for today’s debate says that almost 50 per cent of our streets have some form of tobacco-related litter, including cigarette butts, matches and packaging, and that that rises to 70 per cent in urban areas. Many smokers think that butts will biodegrade, but they do not. Discarded butts can also end up leaking harmful toxins into our water systems that can harm marine life and the environment. We need to get the message out that tobacco-related littering is unacceptable, as indeed all types of littering are. In my region, Highland Council is to be congratulated on its stub it, bin it campaign, which it launched last year.

I sometimes wish that some local councils would be more generous in aiding litter collection by volunteers. I have been chairman of the Loch Awe Improvement Association in Argyll since 1992. During that time, we have organised many clean-ups by volunteers, and our wardens pick up bags of rubbish off the loch shore every week. However, the association has to pay £380 each for the large bins, of which we have several, and we have to pay hundreds of pounds for black bags. We are then charged £2,300 for uplifting them. The association is doing a good job, and it feels that it is performing a valuable voluntary service by running a litter collection service locally. We feel that we should be helped by the council rather than charged for what we do. I would like to know the minister’s opinion about that.

The Scottish Conservatives are happy to give our backing to Bruce Crawford’s motion, which rightly has cross-party support. We recognise the continuing efforts of Keep Scotland Beautiful and all the volunteers throughout the country and the excellent work being undertaken. However, we acknowledge that the challenge that we face is to change the behaviour of some people and move towards the situation where littering is socially and culturally unacceptable.

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Meeting of the Parliament 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Jamie McGrigor (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

Does the minister agree that the waste management sector is important to the economy, that the vast majority of companies in the sector are committed to meeting the high standards that are in place and that a partnership approach between SEPA and business is therefore important to ensure that the standards are met?

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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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NoCarried

S4M-12423 Marco Biagi: Commission on Local Tax Reform—That the Parliament supports the establishment
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NoCarried

S4M-12385 Liz Smith: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament agrees that a solid grou
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NoCarried

S4M-12395.1 Fergus Ewing: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in the
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NoCarried

S4M-12395.2 Patrick Harvie: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in t
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NoDefeated

S4M-12395 Murdo Fraser: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the l
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NoCarried

S4M-12385.3 Alasdair Allan: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to motion S4M-12385 i
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NoCarried

S4M-12382.3 Mary Fee: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion S4
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NoDefeated

S4M-12382.1 Gavin Brown: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion
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YesDefeated

S4M-12382.2 Willie Rennie: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to moti
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YesDefeated

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