David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government what appraisal it has made of the economic impact in the Highlands and Islands of the oil and gas sector.
Celebrating World Book Day on Your Doorstep
That the Parliament celebrates World Book Day 2015, which will be held on 5 March 2015; notes that World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and that activities will take place in libraries, nurseries, schools and community halls across Scotland and in over 100 countries across the world, all aimed at encouraging children to explore the pleasure of books and reading;
Highland MSP, David Stewart the (Scottish Labour) Shadow Transport Minister is welcoming the North Highland Initiatives plan to introduce Scotland’s answer to Americas Route 66, the North Coast 500 (NC500), which will run to and from Inverness, northward along the West Coast route through Durness flowing into Caithness to John O’Groats and then looping southbound along the Eastern Coastal route.
The North Coast 500 is a project from the North Highland Initiative, a social enterprise established in 2005 in an attempt to develop economic growth in the North Highlands.
New Accessible Banking Cards for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired
That the Parliament welcomes the launch of new accessible debit and savings cards by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and NatWest for people who are blind or visually impaired; understands that this is the first banking product accredited by the Royal National Institute of Blind People; notes that the features of the new cards include braille identification marks to distinguish debit and savings and large print on the back; understands the frustrations of banking for the 180,000 people living with sight loss in Scotland, and thanks RBS and NatWest for responding to this need.
David Stewart MSP for the Highlands and Islands and the Shadow Transport & Islands Minister has expressed his “disappointment” that following a consultation, the UK government has ruled out using RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss barracks as potential sites for the UK’s first Spaceport because of their “vital role in defence”.
However , Mr Stewart has said that “Scotland is still in the running” with three of the five remaining options being located in Scotland.
The sites still competing to be awarded Spaceport status are Stornoway in the Western Isles, Campbeltown in Argyll and Prestwick in Ayrshire, whilst the other two sites still in contention are Newquay in England and Llanbedr in Wales.
Highlands & Islands MSP and Shadow Minister for Transport and Islands, David Stewart, has welcomed the announcement that one of the world’s biggest music acts is to play the UK’s only two day event at Aviemore.
The Gentlemen of the Road’s Stop over, will take place on the weekend of July 31 and August 1 2015,at The Dell of Rothiemurchus in Aviemor