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Meeting of the Parliament 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Rob Gibson (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross) (SNP)

Can the minister deal with the question of the international evidence gathering that needs to be carried out on public health and on methane emissions in a way that separates the worrying facts surrounding unconventional oil and gas extraction from the fictions that are out there about fossil fuel use being acceptable in this day and age?



Meeting of the Parliament 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Rob Gibson (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross) (SNP)

I welcome the cabinet secretary’s statement. The review group recognised that about one fifth of tenant farmers exist in what could be called a Victorian landlord and tenant relationship. Tenant farmers in my constituency and many others will be pleased that a pre-emptive right to buy can be triggered. In his statement, the cabinet secretary said that 1991 act tenants can force a sale of their holding

“where a landlord does not meet their obligations”.

Can he expand on the detail of those landlord obligations?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Rob Gibson (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross) (SNP)

Stuart Patrick has talked about being productive, while in its submission, CECA says:

“We would welcome the exploration of further powers which could allow for additional incentives to support and stimulate business research and development.”

The IOD has talked about research and development tax credits, and SCDI has talked about additional tax incentives. Has Smith clarified that issue, and is it likely to be delivered?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Rob Gibson

The other organisations appearing before the committee this morning have made it clear that those powers are key to dealing with productivity through better research and development. David Watt, do you have anything to add apart from your belief that that will not occur? Can you underline some of the points that you have made?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Rob Gibson

For example, the need for research and development in forms of energy other than oil and gas clearly goes with the need for more tax credits.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 15 January 2015 : Thursday, January 15, 2015
Rob Gibson (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross) (SNP)

I want to turn to universal credit—the practice, not the principle. The Scottish Parliament information centre has provided the committee with the following note:

“If a UC claimant is receiving any of the reserved benefits below, and they have been increased by the Scottish Parliament, then they will get a reduction in their UC award, pound for pound. This could mean a UC recipient is worse off. However, this eventuality could be offset if the Scottish Parliament decided to increase the UC award as well. A similar situation might arise if the Scottish Parliament introduced a new benefit, and in this case there would need to be a discussion between the two governments about how the new benefit would interact with UC.”

Do panel members agree that that would undermine the Scottish Parliament’s ability to improve outcomes for individuals by topping up reserved benefits?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 15 January 2015 : Thursday, January 15, 2015
Rob Gibson

Does anyone else wish to comment on that point?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 15 January 2015 : Thursday, January 15, 2015
Rob Gibson

I echo what the convener has said. Alistair Carmichael was unclear and unable to articulate the point. You would, of course, agree that we need to deal with any other complications that could be envisioned, and that we need clarity on this matter at an early stage.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 15 January 2015 : Thursday, January 15, 2015
Rob Gibson

We are talking about housing, and the questions about sanctions and so on have a particular bearing in that regard. Last year, the SFHA published a report that set out how benefits sanctions are compounding the impact of welfare reform in two important areas: directly, where sanctioned tenants are falling into arrears as a result of their housing benefit claims being suspended; and indirectly, where sanctions are leaving tenants destitute, with no money for rent, fuel or food.

What is your view on the impact that the UK-wide sanctions system is having on the ability of your members’ tenants to pay their rent?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 15 January 2015 : Thursday, January 15, 2015
Rob Gibson

I take it, therefore, that you would say that the control of the sanctions system should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

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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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-11898: Rob Gibson, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11647: Rob Gibson, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11102: Rob Gibson, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-10992: Rob Gibson, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-10805: Rob Gibson, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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