Results 1–20 of 14633 for speaker:John Swinney

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Rosebank Oil and Gas Field (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: The issues in connection with the Rosebank oilfield have been the subject of a very active case, which is influenced by a decision in the Supreme Court today, so I will need to be careful about what I say in relation to the Rosebank development. As Mr Ross will acknowledge, the Scottish Government believes that any new application for oil and gas developments has to have associated...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Rosebank Oil and Gas Field (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: I think that one of the reasons why Douglas Ross is leaving the leadership of the Conservative Party—

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Rosebank Oil and Gas Field (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: I suspect that one of the reasons why Douglas Ross is leaving the leadership of the Conservative Party is that he is not presenting an accurate picture of the remarks that I have made. [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Rosebank Oil and Gas Field (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: The specific remark that I made was that a commitment by the Prime Minister to undertake 100 new oil and gas licences without any scrutiny was climate change denial of the first order, and utterly and totally reckless. Those were my words, and I will not have them misrepresented by Douglas Ross. We have a rational and considered process, which we have argued for, which is that...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Rosebank Oil and Gas Field (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: I think that if Mr Ross were to look at the material that the Government has published and the process that we believe should be taken forward in a rational and considered way, he would find that the Government’s position is anchored around a number of principles. First, we have to assess the compatibility of any oil and gas licence application with the journey towards net zero, and a...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Rosebank Oil and Gas Field (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: I am not sure that Douglas Ross is on his strongest ground—

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Rosebank Oil and Gas Field (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: —in taking me to task about honesty.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Rosebank Oil and Gas Field (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: I do not think that Douglas Ross is in a particularly strong position today to raise issues of honesty with me, when the Gambling Commission is investigating the alleged conduct of senior figures in the Conservative and Unionist Party. I think that Douglas Ross is on thin ground. I also do not think that—

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Rosebank Oil and Gas Field (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: I also do not think that Douglas Ross is on strong ground in attacking me about the rational and considered position that the Scottish Government is taking, when the Prime Minister is ignoring the climate emergency by sanctioning 100 oil and gas licences without any questions being asked. That is irresponsible. That is action that will accelerate the climate emergency. This...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: National Health Service Treatment (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: As Mr Sarwar will know, the issues and challenges in the national health service today are driven by a number of factors. One of them is the increase in demand in the aftermath of Covid, which the national health service is doing its level best to try to address. We are wrestling also with the challenges of our hospitals being significantly congested because of the challenges...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: National Health Service Treatment (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: In my earlier answer, I set out some of the issues that are driving that particular situation and I will repeat them: the increase in demand after Covid; the congestion in our hospitals, which now have in excess of 95 per cent occupancy, which is far too high and should be about 10 per cent lower for ordinary activity; and the absence of adequate social care capacity in the community, because...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: National Health Service Treatment (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: I have explained the challenge and the difficulty. The Government has taken the action of increasing taxation for higher earners in order to invest more in the national health service than would have been the case had we just passed on the consequentials from United Kingdom funding. We have taken the hard decisions, and there was, of course, a time when Mr Sarwar would have supported us, but...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: National Health Service Treatment (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: Mr Sarwar obviously does not understand what he was saying at his press conference on Tuesday. The consequences of his stance will be to reduce public expenditure in Scotland. It is, quite simply, beyond credibility to come here and ask me to invest more money in the national health service, in order to tackle the issues that Mr Sarwar is concerned about, when he wants to cut public...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: National Health Service Treatment (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: My answer to that nurse is that we must have an end to austerity, and she will not get that from the Labour Government.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Tax (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: There are two aspects to answering that question. The first is the actions of the Scottish Government, and Mr Harvie will be familiar with these points. We have taken a range of decisions to vary the tax position in Scotland and, in some circumstances, to ask higher earners to pay more in taxation where that is appropriate. The Government has set out its position and its fiscal approach to...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Tax (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: There are obviously a lot of fiscal choices involved in Mr Harvie’s question. He knows me well enough to know that the budget does not get written from here randomly during question time on a Thursday afternoon. There will be a process of engagement across the parliamentary spectrum to enable that to be undertaken. However, I agree with Mr Harvie that the conspiracy of silence...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Remote Visa (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: The UK Government’s own Migration Advisory Committee described our rural visa pilot proposal as “sensible and clear in both scale and deliverability”, and it highlighted that it is in the UK Government’s interest to trial it. Despite that, and despite the harm that has been caused to our rural and island communities by a hard Brexit, the current United Kingdom...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Remote Visa (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: The issues that Clare Adamson puts to me are very real. Over the weekend and at the start of this week, I spent several days in the north-east, the Highlands, the north-west and our islands on the west coast. Everywhere that I went, I heard about the challenges of availability of population, which is at the heart of Clare Adamson’s questions. The initiative that the European...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Nuclear Power (20 Jun 2024)

John Swinney: The Scottish Government does not support the building of new nuclear power stations in Scotland. We have abundant natural resources and a highly skilled workforce that enables us to take advantage of the many renewable energy opportunities. Evidence shows that new nuclear is more expensive than renewable alternatives. Nuclear energy also creates radioactive waste, which must be...


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