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  • Member for: Clackmannanshire and Dunblane
  • Region: Mid Scotland and Fife
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 Business until 12:00 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Keith Brown

In the spirit of Christmas, I can say that the Scottish Government has already approved Falkirk Council’s tax increment financing business case, which envisages a £6.67 million contribution from the TIF towards the A801 Avon gorge upgrade. Further contributions are assumed from West Lothian Council and the Scottish Government.

The business case notes that, in due course, a review will be required to confirm that the upgrade is viable to commence. Any potential allocation of funding to the project by the Scottish Government will be determined by its fit with other ministerial priorities and, of course, the availability of resources in future spending reviews.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 Business until 12:00 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Keith Brown)

Since Mr MacDonald and I met to discuss the matter in April, Transport Scotland officials have met both councils to discuss the A801 project on several occasions.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 Business until 12:00 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Keith Brown

Cameron Buchanan will be aware that the Deputy First Minister, subsequent to his budget announcement, has already announced an additional £10 million for active and sustainable travel, so additional resources for cycling are certainly being considered.

The Conservative Party should really subject the consequentials that Cameron Buchanan mentions to further scrutiny because they have nominated them for all sorts of different uses, including health, an upgrade to the A1 and upgrades to roads in the north-east of Scotland. The money cannot be spent more than once.

On the basic point of his question, Cameron Buchanan should be assured that the Deputy First Minister has already committed an additional £10 million of funding in 2015-16 to support sustainable and active travel.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 Business until 12:00 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Keith Brown)

Yes. We are committed to delivering the shared vision of 10 per cent of everyday journeys being made by bike by 2020, which is set out in the cycling action plan for Scotland. To do so, we will continue to invest in new and improved on-road and off-road cycle routes and behaviour change initiatives that encourage people to choose cycling for shorter journeys.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 Business until 12:00 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Keith Brown

In this case, I think that I might be my own predecessor. However, I am more than happy to ensure that the Minister for Transport and Islands carries on that engagement, which is important to the local communities on that route. I will make sure that that is passed on to him.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 Business until 12:00 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Keith Brown

We are concerned with safety on the A78. For that reason, a range of measures has been put in place to manage vehicle speeds at points such as Fairlie, where we have included new vehicle-activated signs and improved road markings. We are also investigating whether a speed-reduction measure can be installed at Fairlie that will activate the traffic signals to red when vehicles approach them.

I take the point that Margaret McDougall makes about the wider issue of the transportation of radioactive waste. If she wants further information on that and wishes to have a meeting with the Minister for Transport and Islands on the issue, I am sure that that can be arranged. However, she should be reassured that we are taking measures on safety on the A78, not so much in relation to radioactive waste transportation, which might happen, but in relation to large heavy goods vehicles going through some of the areas that she has described.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 Business until 12:00 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Keith Brown)

The Scottish Government is currently progressing schemes in North Ayrshire at Dalry and Beith. Those will be taken forward to construction subject to satisfactory completion of the statutory process. Some £7.3 million-worth of structural maintenance works is also included in the current three-year rolling maintenance programme. [Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Keith Brown

I clarify for the member that it is ScotRail’s responsibility to ensure that there is public engagement, as it proposes the timetable changes. I will, of course, check that ScotRail went through the proper procedures when the consultation took place in the middle of the year. The issue has also been raised with the Minister for Transport and Islands, who is looking at it, and with the local member, Aileen Campbell.

I am confident that ScotRail went through the correct procedures, but we will check that. If Claudia Beamish would like to meet the transport minister, he would be happy to discuss the issues with her.



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Keith Brown)

As part of our commitment to improve transport connectivity for communities and businesses, the Scottish Government has provided more than £113,000 to third sector organisations for community transport services in South Scotland. It has also provided £353 million of funding for the Borders railway, to ensure that local people can connect directly to our capital city and the wider Scottish rail network. In addition, more than £1 billion is being invested annually across Scotland in public transport, including local bus services and other sustainable transport options, such as cycling.



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Keith Brown

I am well aware of previous efforts to allow local authorities to use pension funds towards infrastructure projects in their areas. In particular, the City of Edinburgh Council previously considered that in relation to the purchase of Edinburgh airport. Other authorities have done something similar.

We have no immediate plans to try to pressure local government pension fund authorities and their pension committees to invest pension fund money in infrastructure projects, because investment decisions are made by local government pension fund committees. Ministers have not intervened in the past; the matter is for local authorities.

Changes to the pension committees are coming in April next year, which will ensure that there is a 50:50 split in local authority representation on the committees. We believe that such investment decisions should remain with local authorities and their representatives on pension committees, in light of their fiduciary duties.

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S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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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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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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EventIdTypeSub TypeMSP NameParty NameConstituencyRegionTitleItemTextFormattedAnswer DateAnswerStatusIdExpectedAnswerDateAnsweredByMspApprovedDateSubmissionDateMeetingDateProductionStatusIdRecordStatusIdStatus DateOnBehalfOfConsideredForMembersBusinessCrossPartySupportRegisteredInterestSupportCountSupportDateIsEventLinkCurrentMinister
Motion S4M-10724: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10427: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10185: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10171: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09447: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08747: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08348.3: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08270: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08173.2: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07553: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/08/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S3O-05525: Keith Brown, Ochil, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/01/2009 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-19006: Keith Brown, Ochil, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/12/2008 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-19091: Keith Brown, Ochil, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/12/2008 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-18005: Keith Brown, Ochil, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/11/2008 Show Full Question >>
Question S3O-04813: Keith Brown, Ochil, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/11/2008 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-17553: Keith Brown, Ochil, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2008 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-17539: Keith Brown, Ochil, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2008 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-16864: Keith Brown, Ochil, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/10/2008 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-16691: Keith Brown, Ochil, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2008 Show Full Question >>
Question S3W-16623: Keith Brown, Ochil, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/09/2008 Show Full Question >>

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