Results 1–20 of 935 for speaker:Willie Coffey

Scottish Parliament: Renewables Revolution (Benefits to Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (24 Nov 2022)

Willie Coffey: 1. To ask the Scottish Government how its proposed renewables revolution will benefit the Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley constituency. (S6O-01589)

Scottish Parliament: Renewables Revolution (Benefits to Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (24 Nov 2022)

Willie Coffey: The renewables revolution is certainly under way and Scotland has well and truly hit the jackpot. Local people in my constituency support the programme, welcoming the impact on the climate, but look to see what the direct benefits for them will be beyond the obvious. Can the minister offer a glimpse of what a net zero future will look like, in terms of offering more local jobs for local...

Scottish Parliament: National Drugs Mission (24 Nov 2022)

Willie Coffey: As I start, I gently remind the Tories that there were 3,000 drug poisoning deaths in England and Wales last year, and nearly 5,000 drug-related deaths in total, which is the highest since 1993 in those areas. However, no one in Parliament will stand up and say that that is all the Tories’ fault: it is a little bit more complex than that. Forlornly, I wish that the Tories might recognise...

Scottish Parliament: National Drugs Mission (24 Nov 2022)

Willie Coffey: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Antisocial Behaviour (Kilmarnock Bus Station) (16 Nov 2022)

Willie Coffey: I asked a similar question a few weeks ago and Police Scotland gave me an assurance that measures were in place with key stakeholders to manage the issue and that no additional resource was required. The Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans recently told me that he and colleagues would give further consideration to the suggestion to withdraw bus passes, should that be established as...

Scottish Parliament: Antisocial Behaviour (Bus Network) (26 Oct 2022)

Willie Coffey: 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider additional measures to deal with the reported increase in antisocial behaviour, including on the bus network. (S6O-01456)

Scottish Parliament: Antisocial Behaviour (Bus Network) (26 Oct 2022)

Willie Coffey: The cabinet secretary will be aware of the incidents of antisocial behaviour that have occurred recently in Kilmarnock on the bus network and in the bus station, some of which have been extremely serious and have resulted in the bus station being closed. What can the cabinet secretary do to help to tackle the problem and to liaise, where necessary, with other portfolios in Government to...

Scottish Parliament: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (Food Safety and Quality) (5 Oct 2022)

Willie Coffey: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the rural affairs secretary has had with the public health minister regarding how it will ensure the safety and quality of food sold in Scotland in the event that the United Kingdom Government proceeds with its Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill proposals. (S6O-01416)

Scottish Parliament: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (Food Safety and Quality) (5 Oct 2022)

Willie Coffey: I thank the cabinet secretary for that detailed answer. As she is well aware, Food Standards Scotland has already warned about the risks to consumers here. The UK bill will result in removal of consumer protections related to food that have applied in Scotland under the protection of this Parliament for years. Does she agree with me that the bill is another example of the UK Government...

Scottish Parliament: Community Payback Orders (Monitoring) (21 Sep 2022)

Willie Coffey: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what conclusions it has reached through its monitoring of the community payback order scheme on its effectiveness at reducing reoffending. (S6O-01355)

Scottish Parliament: Community Payback Orders (Monitoring) (21 Sep 2022)

Willie Coffey: A key part of the vision for justice is shifting the balance from use of custody towards greater use of justice options in our communities. What action is the Scottish Government taking to achieve that and to make further progress in reducing reoffending?

Scottish Parliament: International Office Network (Programme for Government) (8 Sep 2022)

Willie Coffey: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what next steps the programme for government proposes for Scotland’s international office network. (S6O-01337)

Scottish Parliament: International Office Network (Programme for Government) (8 Sep 2022)

Willie Coffey: The Copenhagen office is tightening our ties with our Nordic neighbours. The proposed Warsaw office promises to facilitate our dialogue with central Europe. Will the cabinet secretary elaborate on how the expanded international office network will amplify Scotland’s distinct voice on the world stage? How does the global affairs framework guide such work?

Scottish Parliament: Retained European Union Law (22 Jun 2022)

Willie Coffey: In the lead-up to the European Union referendum, Brexiteer Tories insisted that they were not seeking a race to the bottom on food, environmental standards and workers’ rights, despite all the evidence to the contrary. We are now seeing undeniable proof that our standards and rights are being eroded with dodgy trade deals and the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020, undoing decades of...

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Jun 2022)

Willie Coffey: I am grateful for the opportunity to say a few words in support of the bill. I note that there have been no further amendments lodged at stage 3. The stage 2 amendments were minor and our committee supported the bill unanimously. It is only a few weeks ago that I spoke in the stage 1 debate. It is worth reminding ourselves that the bill’s purpose is fairly straightforward: it is to ensure...

Scottish Parliament: Residential Care (Future Funding) (15 Jun 2022)

Willie Coffey: 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers it possible in the future for all residential care to be provided as a fully funded public service. (S6O-01219)

Scottish Parliament: Residential Care (Future Funding) (15 Jun 2022)

Willie Coffey: The minister will be aware of the huge cost of private residential care in Scotland. It can run into thousands of pounds per week and often requires families to sell their homes in order to pay for it. Does he think that we can look forward to a system in Scotland in which families, who have paid their dues throughout their working lives, do not have to lose their life savings, pensions or...

Scottish Parliament: Food Shortages and Food Prices (9 Jun 2022)

Willie Coffey: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the impact of food shortages and rising food prices in Scotland. (S6O-01201)

Scottish Parliament: Food Shortages and Food Prices (9 Jun 2022)

Willie Coffey: We have heard stark warnings about food price inflation from the Bank of England, the chairman of Marks and Spencer and, recently, from the chief executive of the British Retail Consortium. Does the cabinet secretary agree with the comments of the former chief executive of Sainsbury’s, Justin King, who has said of the current pressure that “Well in excess of 40 per cent of our food comes...

Scottish Parliament: Census (9 Jun 2022)

Willie Coffey: Although the cabinet secretary has made it clear that paper copies of the census forms could be requested, I believe that the field force staff continued to recommend online submission during those doorstep reminder visits. Could the cabinet secretary explain why there was still the emphasis on online submission during the collection period and why no paper forms were issued directly as part...


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