David has given his support to the following member’s motion
Access to Credit Union Services
That the Parliament congratulates the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church and the Capital Credit Union on their new joint credit union scheme, which aims to offer affordable loans and mortgages as an alternative to payday borrowing; welcomes the 22 commitment by the church staff and trained volunteers to offer weekly workshops that aim to provide access to credit union services to churchgoers and across the wider community, and further welcomes the plans by the Methodist Church in Scotland to work with the Church of Scotland and the Church of England to launch the Churches‘ Mutual Credit Union on 1 October 2014.
Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart questioned the Scottish Government in Parliament today over the possibility of rerouting the “Deliotte Ride Across Britain 2014” cycle tour which involved around 800 cyclists travelling from Land End to John O’Groats over a nine day period, which is due to include a stretch through the Lochaber area on the A82.
I congratulate Margaret McCulloch on securing this evening’s debate and on her thoughtful opening speech.
Presiding Officer, 1997 was a crucial year for international development. Labour was swept to power in the Westminster landslide victory and it was committed to a step change in both foreign aid and debt relief.
The Overseas Development Administration was scrapped and replaced by the Department for International Development, and the UK Parliament was one of the first in the world to have a fully fledged Cabinet minister for international development at the heart of Government.
At the time, I was a young, fresh-faced back bencher, strange as that may seem now, and I was on the all-party group for international development. I knew the Secretary of State for International Development, Clare Short, well.
David Stewart has responded to the request by Police Scotland to HM Inspectorate of Scotland to review its deployment of firearms officers.
He welcomed the news, saying,
“ The whole issue surrounding the arming of a small number of Police Officers has become very contentious, especially in the Highlands & Islands.
Highlands & Islands MSP David Stewart has stepped in to help residents and businesses in Muir of Ord rejuvenate their village.
The move comes after constituents of the village wrote to the MSP asking for his help after reading about his successful Defective and Dangerous Buildings (Recovery of Expenses)(Scotland) Bill, which gives Local Authorities the power to take action with regards to properties that have become defective or dangerous.
The Official Report of the proceedings of Public Petitions Committee on 5th August which David Stewart chairs is now online and can be downloaded at :
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