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Housing Debate 13/9/17

Andy Wightman MSP Thu 14 Sep, 2017

“The current housing system is broken. We need a new approach to new build, to building maintenance, to accelerating energy efficiency measures, to creating more nuanced use classes for domestic property, to reform housing taxation and to homelessness.”

Yesterday Andy spoke in the Housing debate below is a link to the Official Report.

FOI Debate

Andy Wightman MSP Wed 14 Jun, 2017

Yesterday Andy spoke in Neil Findlay's Member's Business debate on FOI. 

Andy said 'The FOI regime needs serious scrutiny. It has performed well, as have the two commissioners to date, but the performance of some public authorities leaves much to be desired. The Scottish Government, in particular, has questions to answer. The public are entitled to answers to the questions that were raised by the journalists, and I hope that ministers will provide them soon'

Edinburgh Airport Debate 27th April

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 12 May, 2017

On the 27th of April Andy spoke in the Members' debate on the current Edinburgh Airport flight path consultation.

Although speaking time in the deabte was short and MSPs were only able to deal with high level issues the concerns raised by residents from the Lothians and Fife were represented by all those who spoke.

Link to the official report:


Short Term Lets

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 7 Apr, 2017


Today I have published a Briefing detailing the scale of the problem with “short-term lets” in Edinburgh. 

The Briefing reveals that there are more than 6200 properties available in Edinburgh for short term letting and that more than half of these are entire homes where the owner is not present.

Scotland's Choice Debate

gma16133 Thu 30 Mar, 2017

"We can puts as much power in the hands of the Scottish people to decide for themselves what path they choose."

On Tuesday the 28th of March Andy spoke in the Chamber during the Scotland's choice debate on behalf of the Green MSPs. Below is a link to the official report.

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Local Government Finance Order

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 10 Mar, 2017

Yesterday Andy spoke in the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2017 [draft] debate. 

He said, 'Not only is it important to have more transparent reporting... we need a completely new approach to local government finance' 

The link to the Official Report is below.  

Social Enterprise Debate Closing Speech

gma16133 Thu 16 Feb, 2017

Last week Andy spoke in the Social Enterprise debate. Above is his closing speech, his amendment and a link to the official report. 

Andy's amendment:

Social Enterprise Debate Opening Speech

gma16133 Thu 16 Feb, 2017

Last week Andy spoke in the Social Enterprise debate. Below is his opening speech, his amendment and a link to the official report. 

Andy's amendment:

Planning Debate

gma16133 Thu 9 Feb, 2017

On the 26th of January Andy spoke on behalf of the Green MSPs in the 'Improving Scotland's Planning' debate.

Andy said 'we support a third party right of appeal in order to equalise the power relationship in the planning process' and that the existence of any right of appeal is an anachronism hanging over from the 1947 Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act. 

Forestry Debate- Opening Speech

gma16133 Wed 1 Feb, 2017

On Tuesday the 24th of January Andy spoke in the debate on Forestry and tabled an amendment to the Scottish Government motion.

Government motion: