Results 1–20 of 3833 for speaker:Kenneth Gibson

Scottish Parliament: Green Transition (North Ayrshire) (13 Jan 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: 4. To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government will take to urgently progress the green transition in North Ayrshire, following the closure of Hunterston B power station on 7 January. (S6F-00650)

Scottish Parliament: Green Transition (North Ayrshire) (13 Jan 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: The closure of Hunterston B is the end of an era for North Ayrshire, regardless of one’s view on nuclear power. One hundred and twenty-five jobs have been lost, with more to follow over the next eight years, as the plant defuels and is then decommissioned. Significant investment that would bring 900 jobs is considered with regard to subsea solar energy cable manufacturing at Hunterston Port...

Scottish Parliament: Island Economies (Support) (13 Jan 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: Ferries are of crucial importance to Arran’s economy. So, too, are workers. The average house price of more than £272,000 puts houses beyond the reach of young families, and only 11 per cent of Arran’s housing is social rented housing. The Scottish Government allocated £2.38 million to North Ayrshire Council to build 34 council houses—£70,000 for each home. Given that 86 Arran...

Scottish Parliament: Car Travel (13 Jan 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: Car drivers, of which I am one, use that mode of transport because of its ready convenience in all weathers and 24 hours a day. Road and fuel taxes are reserved, and increasing the cost of driving will only disadvantage low-income households. What improvements to public transport will be made, particularly in rural and island Scotland, to persuade drivers to make the necessary modal shift,...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Support) (12 Jan 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: CalMac has admitted that some of its skippers are neither experienced nor competent enough to sail to Ardrossan or Gourock as port of refuge in moderate, not to mention bad, weather, which leads to sailings being cancelled needlessly. What discussions has the minister had with CalMac regarding the training of skippers to minimise that problem?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Update (11 Jan 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: Omicron has had a hugely adverse impact on foreign travel, with thousands of people understandably cancelling holidays over Christmas and beyond, resulting in travel agents spending more time and their own money, in terms of staff and utilities, on handing back money to customers rather than booking holidays. Will the First Minister advise what support the Scottish Government will provide to...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Budget 2022-23 (Stakeholders) (22 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Can the cabinet secretary advise the chamber on whether Ms Gosal has contacted her to suggest how much more in resources the Scottish Government should provide for the additional expenditure that she seeks, and how those resources should be paid for? They would need to be paid for either by transfers from other budget lines or by increased taxation.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (21 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: A number of constituents and even a member of my staff have visited pharmacies to collect lateral flow test kits, but were initially refused them as they were not registered with the pharmacy, even though the advice is that people do not have to be registered to receive test kits. Given that regular testing is essential to curb the spike in omicron cases, will the First Minister advise what...

Scottish Parliament: Hunterston Port and Resource Centre (16 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Does the minister agree that Hunterston Port and Resource Centre, which is in my constituency, is vital to the economic regeneration and green transition of North Ayrshire? Will the Scottish Government and its agencies redouble their efforts in pursuit of potential investors who will bring skilled and well-remunerated employment to the area?

Scottish Parliament: NHS Ayrshire and Arran (Hospital Visits) (16 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: NHS Ayrshire and Arran has suspended all but what it deems essential hospital visits, such as for those nearing the end of life or with a terminal illness diagnosis. That is despite the First Minister’s statement on Tuesday that it is really important that visiting goes ahead, albeit with a sensible limit of two visitors per patient. No attempt is being made to ascertain the Covid status of...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (16 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what preparations it is making for holding an independence referendum in the first half of the current parliamentary session. (S6O-00540)

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (16 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Although independence supporters understand the need to wait until we are clear of Covid, the chaos and ineptitude of the United Kingdom’s shambolic Government, which is clearly determined to undermine the existing devolved settlement, have increased the urgency of Scotland’s need to re-emerge as an independent, sovereign state that is equal among nations. Will the cabinet secretary...

Scottish Parliament: Global Recovery (Covid-19) (16 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: I welcome the compassionate approach to international co-operation and development that the Scottish Government has pursued in recent years. Can the minister provide any further detail about how Scotland’s ambition to enhance its reputation as a good global citizen will be served by the 2022-23 Scottish budget?

Scottish Parliament: Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (15 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Following last week’s budget statement, Douglas Lumsden said that local government should be “properly funded”. Concern from the Tories is touching, given that they have financially eviscerated council budgets in England over the past decade. Have they said at any time how much the proper funding of local government should be and where resources should come from to meet their demands,...

Scottish Parliament: Dalzell Historical Industrial Transaction (15 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Having worked at Dalzell 35 years ago and at Clydebridge briefly before that, I was heartened that the Scottish Government acted to save the remains of an industry that lost 16,000 jobs in Scotland in the 1970s, under Labour, and 10,000 in the 1980s and 1990s, under the Tories. In addition to the 140 direct jobs, how many people working in the supply chain have had their jobs saved by the...

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (14 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: A major wine distributor in my constituency with more than 50 employees—there would have been more than 70 without Brexit—has expressed a number of concerns about the deposit return scheme, including about labelling. Different labels will have to be applied for each of the four UK home nations. Thousands of lines mean a hugely bureaucratic and expensive task. It has been estimated that...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2022-23 (9 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: I thank the cabinet secretary for bringing her budget forward by a week to allow the Finance and Public Administration Committee to undertake greater scrutiny. I appreciate her difficulties, given that the resources that are available to her will decline further in the two years following the budget. Given the fiscal constraints, and as this Parliament has no powers over excise and fuel duty,...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Sector (West Scotland) (8 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Does the cabinet secretary agree that the renewable energy sector in West Scotland would be better placed to attract renewable investment if the United Kingdom Government did not continue to impose transmission charges that are higher than those anywhere else in the UK, which imposes an unfair financial burden on firms that are seeking to invest in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (7 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: A hugely disproportionate number of people who are being treated in intensive care units with Covid chose not to get vaccinated. That has a significant and on-going adverse effect on the NHS, including on its capacity to treat patients with other illnesses. We are the most vaccinated part of the UK but, despite the exhortations of ministers over the past year on the importance of everyone...

Scottish Parliament: Ardrossan to Brodick Ferry Services (2 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: The Ardrossan to Brodick ferry regularly has to berth overnight at Brodick due to the poor state of the Ardrossan harbour fenders, which leads to the cancellation of the 7 am service to Arran—a sailing that carries goods, workers and contractors to the islands. The next sailing arrives in Brodick at 10.40 am, which has an impact on the working day. Basic maintenance has been neglected by...

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