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Meeting of the Parliament 01 March 2012 : Thursday, March 01, 2012 view accessible version view PDF version
Bill Walker (Dunfermline) (SNP) As a member of the Local Government and Regeneration Committee, I was pleased to take part in the inquiry into the living wage in December and January. I wholly support the committee report, and I would like to address both the wider economics and the morality of the living-wage argument.

Meeting of the Parliament 01 March 2012 : Thursday, March 01, 2012 view accessible version view PDF version
Bill Walker Will the member give way?

Local Government and Regeneration Committee 21 February 2012 : Tuesday, February 21, 2012 view accessible version view PDF version
Bill Walker I will have another go—you heard us discussing this with the previous panel—at the idea of local commanders. In Fife, we have a good relationship at the lower levels—by which I mean wards, area committees and so on—between communities and the police. That works very well and involves constables, ser...
Local Government and Regeneration Committee 21 February 2012 : Tuesday, February 21, 2012 view accessible version view PDF version
Bill Walker (Dunfermline) (SNP) I declare an interest as an elected member of Fife Council.

Local Government and Regeneration Committee 21 February 2012 : Tuesday, February 21, 2012 view accessible version view PDF version
Bill Walker This might be the final question. I was heartened to hear Kevin Smith mention earlier that an inspector or chief inspector would be the local commander to look after Clackmannanshire. I live near there, and that is good.

The position of local commander will be at the heart of the system a...
Local Government and Regeneration Committee 21 February 2012 : Tuesday, February 21, 2012 view accessible version view PDF version
Bill Walker Good afternoon. I want to follow that up at a local level. In Fife, we have a pretty good relationship between Fife Council and the police, especially at local level. We have wards, area committees and so on, and as a councillor I regularly meet constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors...
Local Government and Regeneration Committee 21 February 2012 : Tuesday, February 21, 2012 view accessible version view PDF version
Bill Walker I will ask a question that is similar to the one that I put to the police. I am pleased to say that in Fife, or certainly in west Fife, which is my part of the world, there is a pretty good relationship between the fire and rescue service and the communities, although in recent years the relationshi...
Local Government and Regeneration Committee 21 February 2012 : Tuesday, February 21, 2012 view accessible version view PDF version
Bill Walker I hope that David O’Connor will remember that I said to the previous panel that superintendents are all very nice people.

I am very much in favour of the whole thing, but its success on the ground will revolve around the local commander. In Fife, we have good relationships through our str...
Local Government and Regeneration Committee 21 February 2012 : Tuesday, February 21, 2012 view accessible version view PDF version
Bill Walker As I have said, in Fife we have a pretty good relationship with all ranks in the matrix structure, from that of chief constable downwards, and I am sure that the same is true in Dumfries and Galloway. A look at those relationships might be worth while.

I should say also that I am pleased...
Meeting of the Parliament 09 February 2012 : Thursday, February 09, 2012 view accessible version view PDF version
Bill Walker (Dunfermline) (SNP)

6. To ask the Scottish Government what measures are in place to support dairy farmers. (S4O-00684)

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