Canlyniadau 1–20 o 681 ar gyfer speaker:Màiri McAllan

Senedd yr Alban: General Question Time: Climate Targets (Legislation) (30 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: The Scottish Government’s commitment to achieving net zero by 2045 is unwavering. However, we must now base our actions on the Climate Change Committee’s long-standing position that the interim 2030 target, set by Parliament on a cross-party basis, is beyond what can be achieved. As soon as is practicable, therefore, we will introduce legislation to ensure that our emissions pathway takes...

Senedd yr Alban: General Question Time: Climate Targets (Legislation) (30 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: I understand Sarah Boyack’s point, but I absolutely confirm to her that the Government’s intention remains the same. Earlier in the week, I had a long evidence session on the subject at a meeting of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee. I want the legislation to be introduced as soon as possible, and the bill’s scope to be as narrow as possible, not only to address the...

Senedd yr Alban: General Question Time: Climate Targets (Legislation) (30 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: Bob Doris is absolutely right to point out the significant costs of moving to net zero and how our ability to make the required investments is being undermined by the UK Government’s failure to inflation proof its budget. I firmly believe that, done correctly, investment in net zero represents an economic win. Indeed, the chair of the Scottish Fiscal Commission, Professor Graeme Roy,...

Senedd yr Alban: General Question Time: Climate Targets (Legislation) (30 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: I absolutely will. I reiterate what I said in response to Sarah Boyack: I want the legislation to be introduced as soon as is practicable. That will depend partly on the capacity of the Parliament’s committees, particularly that of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee, which Edward Mountain convenes. I will be sure to engage with him on timetabling as part of the planning for the bill.

Senedd yr Alban: Topical Question Time: Flooding Resilience (Edinburgh) (28 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: I express my sympathy for those who were impacted by the heavy rain last week and my thanks to those who responded to the events. Extreme weather events are increasing as a result of climate change, which is why improving flood resilience is a priority for the Government. In response to the severe weather on Thursday and, in particular, the flooding on sections of the Edinburgh...

Senedd yr Alban: Topical Question Time: Flooding Resilience (Edinburgh) (28 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: I open my response by pointing out that more than a month’s rain fell in a 36-hour period on Thursday and Friday of last week. The Esk at Musselburgh rose to its second-highest level on record, and the Eddleston Water at Peebles reached its highest level on record. Those unusual events are exacerbated by climate impacts. Mr Choudhury raised the issue of transport planning and the...

Senedd yr Alban: Topical Question Time: Flooding Resilience (Edinburgh) (28 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: The tenor of that question pertains to water quality as opposed to flooding, but I am happy to answer it and to give an update to Parliament. On the one hand, 87 per cent of Scotland’s entire water environment is assessed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency as having good or high classification. That is up from 82 per cent six years ago. We are not complacent, however....

Senedd yr Alban: Topical Question Time: Flooding Resilience (Edinburgh) (28 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: I echo Miles Briggs’s comments about the hard work that our emergency services did last week and the impact that being stuck in traffic and flooding can have on people and families. On the question of transport infrastructure and the bypass transport infrastructure in particular, I will have to defer to my colleague the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, who I am sure will be happy...

Senedd yr Alban: Topical Question Time: Flooding Resilience (Edinburgh) (28 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: I am very sorry to hear that Christine Grahame was caught up in the events of last week. The question that she poses is not in my portfolio responsibility as it is largely about transport; it is also an operational question about what is best in the circumstances. The question is probably one for experts in Transport Scotland, BEAR Scotland and Police Scotland. I am sure that Fiona Hyslop,...

Senedd yr Alban: Topical Question Time: Flooding Resilience (Edinburgh) (28 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: I do. I mentioned previously that improving flood resilience is Scotland’s largest climate adaptation challenge. Our communities are facing increasing threats of climate change and want to see their parliamentarians working together. I ask all members across the chamber not only to engage with the consultation on the resilience strategy but to encourage their constituents to do likewise. I...

Senedd yr Alban: Topical Question Time: Flooding Resilience (Edinburgh) (28 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: Again, those are operational matters. I would not propose to circumvent the responsibility of not just the City of Edinburgh Council but BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland. From my constituency experience, I know that BEAR Scotland has been excellent in responding when drains have required clearing in my area because of flooding or the threat of it. I am sure that those organisations will...

Senedd yr Alban: General Question Time: Grangemouth Refinery (16 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: The Scottish Government continues to engage extensively on those matters. I most recently met representatives of Petroineos yesterday, alongside ministers of the United Kingdom Government from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and the Scotland Office. During the meeting, I made clear the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to engage constructively with the business and...

Senedd yr Alban: General Question Time: Grangemouth Refinery (16 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: I agree with much of what Richard Leonard has said. I will repeat what I have said before: my preference is that refining operations continue for as long as possible. In the meantime, it is also my expectation that we work to maximise future opportunities at Grangemouth, which the Scottish Government is doing. I agree with Richard Leonard that the production of sustainable aviation fuel at...

Senedd yr Alban: General Question Time: Grangemouth Refinery (16 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: Michelle Thomson is right that, as well as sustainable aviation fuel, as Richard Leonard has mentioned, we are exploring the opportunities for fuel switching and the production of hydrogen at Grangemouth. As I said, I welcome RWE’s announcement with Petroineos that they are taking forward that project together. The issues are multifaceted and responsibilities lie with the companies, the...

Senedd yr Alban: General Question Time: Grangemouth Refinery (16 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: I chaired my first meeting of the Grangemouth future industry board’s leadership forum recently and those matters were discussed. My officials and I are taking those issues forward. For the chamber’s interest, the membership of the board is broad and includes the Scottish Government, the UK Government, local colleges, local authorities, the companies and others. We are working together on...

Senedd yr Alban: Topical Question Time: Grangemouth Refinery (Support) ( 7 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: The Scottish Government continues to engage extensively with the owners of the Grangemouth refinery and is committed to securing a long-term sustainable future for the industrial cluster. The future configuration of the Grangemouth refinery is a commercial matter for the owners. However, we have a track record of supporting businesses at Grangemouth as they progress their low-carbon projects,...

Senedd yr Alban: Topical Question Time: Grangemouth Refinery (Support) ( 7 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: I am very pleased to join Stephen Kerr in recognising the work of Unite the union. By extension, I again put on record my thanks to the highly skilled workers at Grangemouth, who contribute so much to that asset of strategic importance to Scotland. I am of course aware of today’s media coverage, which explores the issue of the hydrocracker at the Grangemouth refinery. That is...

Senedd yr Alban: Topical Question Time: Grangemouth Refinery (Support) ( 7 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: I will be glad to share with Stephen Kerr a copy of the cast list for the Grangemouth future industry board. It is quite extensive, so I will do that in writing. Given the importance that Stephen Kerr places on the matter—as I do—I encourage him not to indulge in theories about political configuration on the one hand and, on the other, what are, in essence, commercial matters...

Senedd yr Alban: Topical Question Time: Grangemouth Refinery (Support) ( 7 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: Michelle Thomson is absolutely right to highlight biorefining as a potential transition opportunity for the cluster. Ministers have made several representations to the UK Government and have asked for engagement on issues regarding sustainable aviation fuel. Initial indications suggested that the UK’s post-Brexit SAF mandate would inhibit the use of hydrotreated esters and fatty acids and...

Senedd yr Alban: Topical Question Time: Grangemouth Refinery (Support) ( 7 Mai 2024)

Màiri McAllan: I agree with a great deal of what Sarah Boyack says. Our just transition plan for Grangemouth industrial cluster will be a truly first-of-its-kind vision for the site and will outline the long-term operations that we hope to see taking place by 2045. Beyond that vision, the plan will also set out and chart the series of actions required to secure that vision, focusing on securing long-term...


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