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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 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Keith Brown

I am aware of the range of issues that are experienced by households and businesses with poor internet connectivity, and I am sympathetic in that regard. We are working to address the issue and to provide improved connectivity to as many premises in Scotland as possible in the shortest possible time, including in the most rural areas.

The Government’s digital Scotland superfast broadband programme complies with European state-aid rules, under which an intervention can be made only in areas where commercial market failure is demonstrated. The scheme is designed to optimise coverage and efficiency while ensuring that there is equity across Scotland and that no areas are left behind. When the programme is complete in 2017, more than 95 per cent of Scotland will have access to fibre broadband.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Keith Brown)

The Scottish Government is working with its local authority investment partners and BT to bring fibre broadband to more than 600,000 homes across Scotland over the next three years. Given the scale of the engineering challenge and the major infrastructure works that are required, not all areas can benefit at the same time. There are no changes to report on the dates for the works that are scheduled for Kirkliston and South Queensferry. However, the programme is focused on maximising the efficiency of the roll-out to optimise fibre coverage and improve deployment timescales across all areas of Scotland.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Keith Brown

In our discussions with veterans organisations, they have concentrated on ensuring that disadvantage to veterans is eliminated, rather than on creating advantages for veterans. Alex Johnstone knows well enough that some local authorities—including Aberdeen City Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council, to mention but two—have been proactive in the matter. We keep the issue under review.

Perhaps the biggest issue, however, is to do with the armed forces. The Ministry of Defence can, on the day on which a person joins the armed forces, tell them that they are entitled to put their name down for a house when they leave the service, but that still does not happen. People still come out of the armed forces and have to start from scratch on a waiting list. More could be done by the MOD. Of course, we continually review what we can do with our partners in local authorities in order to ensure that we get suitable housing for all our veterans.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Keith Brown

The Scottish housing quality standard is a target that ministers have set for all social landlords, including registered social landlords that are also charities. If a landlord is not a social landlord, it will probably be subject to the repairing standard that applies to most private landlords. Private landlords who are subject to the repairing standard are required by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 to meet the standard throughout the life of a tenancy. Tenants of such landlords can apply to the Private Rented Housing Panel for assistance if their landlord fails to carry out repairs that are needed in order to meet the repairing standard. The panel can enforce repairs by issuing a repairing standard enforcement notice. If the properties that are causing concern are not subject to the SHQS, I encourage George Adam and his constituents to consider raising their concerns with the panel.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Keith Brown)

There is a wide range of help and support available to help veterans to access housing.

The Scottish Government has provided funding and support to a variety of new projects and housing developments for veterans, such as the veterans’ housing facility at Cranhill in Glasgow, which was opened last month.

We have produced a tailored housing guide for veterans and have supported organisations that provide advice and support to veterans to help them to understand their housing options.

Other sources of help include the Scottish Government’s LIFT—low-cost initiative for first-time buyers—scheme, which helps people on low to moderate incomes to access home ownership, and is available to veterans. In addition, serving members of the armed forces and veterans who have left the armed forces in the past two years are provided with priority access to the LIFT schemes.



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
Keith Brown

As I said to Rhoda Grant, that is the responsibility of Highland Council. It is for the council to take forward such discussions and consider the options.

Both members are right to suggest that the site is very constrained. The railway is right next to the road, which is right next to the water, and the adjacent land is very steep. It is a difficult situation. We will do what we can, but it is right that Highland Council should explore all the options.



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
Keith Brown

As I said, we have had a discussion with Highland Council about the matter—at least twice, because we discussed the issue with the council after an earlier rockfall. We will continue to liaise with and to offer support to Highland Council on the matter.

Highland Council is the roads authority for the area. In addition to demands to spend more resources in every area of Scottish Government activity and demands to spend resources to mitigate what the Westminster Government is doing, we are getting demands to do things that are the legitimate responsibility of local government. It is impossible to see where the resources would come from—unless Rhoda Grant wants to identify exactly where the resources should come from.

The approach that we have taken so far, which is to discuss the matter with Highland Council to see what support we can offer, is the right one. The relevant local authority is the roads authority, and in this case the matter is Highland Council’s responsibility, albeit that we will work with it.



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Minister for Transport and Veterans (Keith Brown)

On 20 May I met the leader of the Highland Council to discuss a number of issues, including potential funding options for Stromeferry. My officials at Transport Scotland continue to offer support to and to liaise with the Highland Council on the matter.



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
Keith Brown

As we have said many times, we have made sure that the companies that bid for those contracts and others are not involved in the practices that Neil Findlay mentioned. We have taken our responsibility seriously and made sure that we have discharged it.



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
Keith Brown

I understand of course that there were and remain competing views on the best option. However, as I have said, they were examined exhaustively by ministers and the public local inquiry. The Scottish Government is determined to achieve the speediest possible completion of the AWPR as the project moves to financial close. We would not want to risk in any circumstances the potentially huge costs and disruption, the necessity of a further public consultation process and possibly even a further public local inquiry, all of which would be inevitably associated with changing the route at this very late stage.

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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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 >>
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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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