Canlyniadau 1–20 o 8499 ar gyfer speaker:Richard Lochhead

Senedd yr Alban: International Workers Memorial Day 2024 ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: I thank Maggie Chapman for bringing the debate to the chamber, and I thank all the members who have taken part for their thoughtful and powerful contributions. I, too, am proud to join others in highlighting the significance of international workers memorial day—May day, as we call it, or labour day, as they call it in many countries around the world—to commemorate the historic...

Senedd yr Alban: International Workers Memorial Day 2024 ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: Even in this country, of course, in the 1800s, there was not universal suffrage. I put that on the record. The brave and tragic acts of protest that I and others have referred to, alongside rising trade unionism, led to a major movement within labour and workers’ rights. Others have referred to the Haymarket massacre in Chicago. Although May day had a huge impact on the trade...

Senedd yr Alban: International Workers Memorial Day 2024 ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: We do believe in the real living wage—and I highlight the opposition from some Conservative members to the conditionality that we are looking at attaching. We are promoting the real living wage. Scotland is in a very good place compared with the rest of the UK in terms of the proportion of employees in our country to whom the real living wage is being paid. We should be proud of that, and...

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Carbon Emissions Targets ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: As the member is aware, the Scottish Government proposed a 70 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 in the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill, and a Scottish Labour amendment proposed a 75 per cent reduction, which the Climate Change Committee advised was likely to be unachievable. Although the cross-party ambition of Parliament was clear, there is no doubt that Parliament understood the...

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Carbon Emissions Targets ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: It is really important that we all work together to look at the impact on humanity and, I hope, ensure that this Parliament unites around the measures that are required to reduce emissions and achieve our overall net zero targets in Scotland. I think that we can all agree on that. All members are obviously aware that, when some proposals are made, political bandwagons are often...

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Small Vessel Replacement Programme (Direct Award) ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: As ministers have advised Parliament previously, a direct award of public contracts is possible only in strictly limited circumstances under public procurement rules. Ministers are currently evaluating the business case for the small vessel replacement programme, and all ministers with a portfolio interest in the programme are connected to that in the normal way.

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Small Vessel Replacement Programme (Direct Award) ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: As, I am sure, Graham Simpson is aware, ministers have also informed Parliament that they are currently considering the business case for further investment. That is an on-going process within Government. Ministers are committed to updating Parliament as soon as there is any progress with that or any news to give to MSPs in Parliament. We are, of course, taking that seriously. We want to do...

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Small Vessel Replacement Programme (Direct Award) ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: The procurement law requirements under which a contract can be directly awarded are set out in the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015. The question of subsidy control compliance also has to be considered separately. Our consideration of a direct award has, to date, not necessitated engagement with the UK Government. Of course, that may arise—I cannot predict what the...

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Small Vessel Replacement Programme (Direct Award) ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: I will certainly draw Paul Sweeney’s point to the attention of the cabinet secretary, and I am sure that it will be taken into account. All the issues are being considered at the moment. As I said before, a number of specific issues have to be considered in relation to the business case, and Parliament will be updated in due course.

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Net Zero Targets (Green Economy) ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: The need to amend the statutory trajectory towards our ambitious net zero target is driven by legal necessity. It follows all parties setting a target that was considered beyond what could reasonably be achieved. Our recent announcements in no way detract from the scale of our ambitions for tackling climate change, including via our energy transition, which presents enormous...

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Net Zero Targets (Green Economy) ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: Only a Tory could intervene by calling for there to be more attention and focus on nuclear when Scotland is in the middle of a green energy revolution in terms of jobs from offshore wind. [ Interruption .]

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Net Zero Targets (Green Economy) ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: I draw members’ attention to an edition of The Press and Journal from around a week ago, in which Ian Wood said that the decision on the offshore floating wind farm that has been given consent “will unlock around £3bn of investment, generate hundreds of jobs and ... effectively result in Europe’s first commercial scale floating wind development.” ...

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Net Zero Targets (Green Economy) ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: The energy skills passport is a key building block in getting towards a just transition, and ministers have devoted a lot of resource and time to it. However, it is an industry-led initiative and, as Sarah Boyack is aware, it has been quite a complex process. The good news is that we are expecting an announcement soon, so we will hear about the progress that is being made. It is an...

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Net Zero Targets (Green Economy) ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: John Mason makes a perfectly valid and powerful point. It is hypocritical of the Conservatives to cut Scotland’s capital budgets at a time when we want to address the climate emergency and invest in the green energy revolution—[ Interruption .]

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Net Zero Targets (Green Economy) ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: —and to then come here and complain about the lack of progress towards those targets. That is utter hypocrisy.

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Common User Charge ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: The United Kingdom Government recently published its common user charge fees for Government-run border control posts in England. Currently, there are no Government-run BCPs in Scotland, but it is anticipated that that charge sets a market price signal, and Scottish traders who use English ports will clearly be affected. We will of course monitor any impacts on businesses and...

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Common User Charge ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: I heard Conservative members sigh when Collette Stevenson mentioned the impact of UK Government policies on hospitality businesses in Scotland. I remind them that the business insights and conditions survey stated that the top factors affecting businesses are inflation and energy costs, both of which are at the door of the UK Government at the moment—[ Interruption .]

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Common User Charge ( 1 Mai 2024)

Richard Lochhead: Colette Stevenson is quite right. Recent press reports have highlighted concerns that an increase in costs will lead to a further price increase for consumers who are already struggling with the cost of living crisis. It is entirely because of Brexit that the latest raft of import controls has been introduced. Scotland did not vote for Brexit, but we are paying a huge price. Although no one...

Senedd yr Alban: Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Ebr 2024)

Richard Lochhead: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app would not connect. I would have voted no.

Senedd yr Alban: Topical Question Time: Contracts for Difference Allocation (Climate Targets) (23 Ebr 2024)

Richard Lochhead: The Government’s commitment to ending Scotland’s contribution to global emissions as soon as possible remains unwavering, and Scotland is making progress towards our 2045 target, being about halfway to that goal already. A significant part of that success has been driven by our renewable energy industry. Scotland is becoming a renewables powerhouse, with 87.9 per cent of electricity...


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