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Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (26 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: Can the minister tell us what impact there would have been on child poverty in Scotland if the Scottish Government had cut taxes by £561 million, as was called for by Labour as part of the Scottish budget? Has there been any indication that a future UK Labour Government, if elected, would replicate the Scottish child payment of £26.70 per child per week from April?

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Rail Development Projects (14 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: Does the cabinet secretary believe that the London to Birmingham high speed 2 rail project, which is now expected to cost an eye-watering £583 million per mile, benefits Scotland in any way whatsoever? If so, how?

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Empty Properties) (14 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: In much of rural and island Scotland, derelict and empty properties litter the landscape. Does the minister agree that bringing such properties back into habitation is both vital to reinvigorate communities and, in most instances, considerably less expensive than new-build housing? What progress has been made over the past year and will be made in the next year to deliver on that objective?

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Spring Statement ( 7 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: 4. To ask the First Minister what impact the spring statement will have on Scotland. (S6F-02887)

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Spring Statement ( 7 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: I thank the First Minister—[ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Spring Statement ( 7 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: Thank you, Presiding Officer , and I thank the First Minister for his answer. The toxic Tory legacy of Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak is that, for the first time, per capita incomes at the end of this UK Parliament will be lower than at its start. Does the First Minister agree with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce that the “overriding impression” is that the chancellor’s...

Scottish Parliament: MV Caledonian Isles ( 7 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: In tourism, perception is critical. Irresponsible comments by Tory list MSPs that the ferry service is catastrophic do nothing to convey the reality that Arran is open for business. CalMac is making 11th-hour efforts to maximise capacity on the Ardrossan to Brodick route with the MV Isle of Lewis berthing trials, the results of which will not be known until next week. Does the cabinet...

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax ( 6 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: Can the minister confirm that the net migration figures of working-age people from the rest of the UK are positive; that housing costs and council taxes are lower in Scotland; that there is free personal and nursing care and there are no dental or eye test charges, tuition fees or prescription charges; that the national health service and the quality of life are better here; and that the...

Scottish Parliament: Autumn and Spring Statements ( 6 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact on its financial planning process of the United Kingdom Government having autumn and spring statements, in light of reported calls for a multiyear budget approach. (S6O-03160)

Scottish Parliament: Autumn and Spring Statements ( 6 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: I thank the minister for that comprehensive reply. It is clear that the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s two UK Westminster budgets in less than four months, which are desperately aimed at holding on to a few extra seats, can only play havoc with Scotland’s budgeting processes. Nevertheless, the Accounts Commission has long argued that, even in such circumstances, long-term budgeting will...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Children’s Homelessness) ( 5 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: The cabinet secretary has confirmed that, over the past 17 years, the Scottish Government has built more affordable homes per capita than the other UK nations. Given that the Tories have cut Scotland’s capital allocation by £1,600 million over three years, their council group leader in Edinburgh is keen on homelessness provision, but not in his ward, and, under Michael Gove, London has...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine ( 5 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: I welcome the delivery of the Glen Sannox in late spring, but it is deeply disappointing that the £41 million small vessels replacement programme is being reprofiled—that is, delayed. Ferguson’s has previously delivered high-quality hybrid small vessels on time and on budget—including the MV Catriona, which sails out of Lochranza—and the yard is crying out for orders. Does the...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time ( 5 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. The system is rubbish and I could not even connect. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time ( 5 Mar 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Ardrossan to Brodick Ferry (29 Feb 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: I thank the cabinet secretary for meeting me and North Ayrshire representatives to discuss this important issue at such short notice. When are the final report on Ardrossan harbour from the consultants Turner & Townsend and the structural report from Peel Ports expected?

Scottish Parliament: Teaching Bursaries (Unused Funds) (29 Feb 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: A decade and a half of Labour, coalition and Tory UK Government austerity has impacted across the Scottish budget. What impact has that had specifically on education? How is the Government working to support the teaching profession in such a challenging financial climate?

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I apologise for missing the first minute of the minister’s opening speech. I also convey my thanks to the Finance and Public Administration Committee’s clerking team, who have been very strong in their support of our deliberations. Following on from Clare Haughey’s contribution, I note that our committee reached consensus in our deliberations, which I am...

Scottish Parliament: National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Feb 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Clearly, the member is trying to mislead the chamber. I, too, made such comments about the first iteration of the financial memorandum. The member should be clear about that to the rest of the chamber.

Scottish Parliament: Screen Machine (28 Feb 2024)

Kenneth Gibson: I, too, welcome the minister to her place. The Screen Machine is very much loved in my island communities—Brodick is the busiest venue anywhere, averaging 63 seats out of a capacity of 78 per screening. It is also much missed in Cumbrae, which is one of seven islands that the currently on-loan French cinemobile is too large to visit. The funding landscape has changed, and we have heard the...


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