Results 181–200 of 3902 for speaker:Kenneth Gibson

Scottish Parliament: Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union (30 Dec 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: A’ that for a’ that. The promised land is but 48 hours away—the UK’s new awakening, free of Eurocrats and straight cucumbers. Or was that just a myth created by Boris Johnson many moons ago? Still, we will not have to worry about EU citizens coming over here, picking our fruit and vegetables, processing our fish, caring for our old folk and working in our universities—nah. We will...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Vaccine and Testing Programmes) (23 Dec 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: I welcome the cabinet secretary’s statement. I appreciate her comments regarding the difficulties in distributing the vaccine to remote and island communities, and that they have now been resolved. Such communities, including those in Arran and Cumbrae in my constituency, often have a high percentage of older people. Is a catch-up programme being implemented to ensure that vulnerable...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Specialist Support Staff) (23 Dec 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: Since 2009, the number of pupils with additional support needs has rocketed from 37,000 to 208,000—to 27 per cent of primary school children and 35 per cent of secondary school children. It is no wonder that the provision of support staff cannot keep pace. Have additional support needs changed markedly over the past decade, and are they consistent across all schools and local authority...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (23 Dec 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes, wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to request more funding from the UK Government following the announcement of a £400 million post-Brexit support package for Northern Ireland, which has already been given a comprehensive advantage over Scotland in Brexit deliberations. Pro rata, Scotland should receive £1.4 billion. What has been the UK...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (22 Dec 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: Given that no ferries will run on Christmas day, will islanders and their loved ones on the mainland be allowed to visit one another from Christmas eve to boxing day ? Only a very small minority of people will travel, so the risk must be tiny. It is surely unfair that that minority of islanders and their families will be denied the same opportunity as everyone else is getting to spend...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: I would have voted no, but I was unable to access the platform.

Scottish Parliament: Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Dec 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: As we know—and to our collective shame—over several generations, many Scottish children who were placed in the care of organisations or boarded out by the state were victims of widespread, serious, systemic and societal failings. Those trusted organisations badly let down many of our most vulnerable children in their basic duty of care. Because of the systemic nature of the abuse and the...

Scottish Parliament: Rewilding (Rural and Island Economies) (16 Dec 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what it considers the potential economic impact will be on rural and island economies of rewilding measures. (S5O-04838)

Scottish Parliament: Rewilding (Rural and Island Economies) (16 Dec 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: Has the United Kingdom Government discussed with the Scottish ministers the level of post-Brexit support that it will provide for the common agricultural policy’s replacement, to assist with making agriculture more environmentally sustainable, or a timetable for agriculture’s transformation?

Scottish Parliament: No-take Zones (15 Dec 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: I thank Scottish National Party, Labour, Green and Independent colleagues for supporting my motion to enable tonight’s debate to take place; colleagues who have stayed to listen to the debate after many delays this afternoon; and Howard Wood and Jenny Stark from the Community of Arran Seabed Trust—COAST—for their excellent briefing. On 3 December, the Scottish Government announced the...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Readiness (8 Dec 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: Three weeks ago, I asked about the impact of Brexit on road haulage and logistics. The UK Tory Government’s chaotic handling of arrangements has been described as a “shambles”, “incomprehensible”, “nonsense” from the start, “sleepwalking to disaster” and “bonkers”. Given the critical importance of the logistics sector, which employs 2.54 million people in the UK, and on...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Developments (Delays) (2 Dec 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: As a direct result of the chancellor’s spending review, Scotland is seeing its capital budget cut by 5 per cent going forward, with no explanation given. What impact is that likely to have on capital investment not just in schools but in hospitals, housing, roads and so on?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Investment Bank (2 Dec 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: I welcome the cabinet secretary’s statement, which comes at a perfect time, given the economic burdens of Covid-19 and the impending effects of Brexit. How will the Scottish National Investment Bank boost regional economies across Scotland and the momentum that is created by the respective growth deals?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Vaccination) (26 Nov 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what the impact on Scotland might be of the United Kingdom health secretary not ruling out mandatory Covid-19 vaccination, and to what extent it considers that such a position could be exploited by conspiracy theorists and so-called anti-vaxxers. (S5O-04793)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Vaccination) (26 Nov 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: At this time, when we know at last that there is light at the end of the tunnel because of the imminent distribution of three safe and effective new vaccines, what steps will the Scottish Government take to encourage widespread uptake across Scotland, in particular among usually marginalised groups, who might not normally have a high level of vaccination cover?

Scottish Parliament: Independent Review of Grouse Moor Management (26 Nov 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: I welcome the minister’s long-awaited statement. She will be aware of the killing and disappearance of birds of prey during the lockdown. Will she expand on how the measures that she has announced today will deter further raptor persecution? Will she outline when all 40 recommendations will be fully implemented and the full consultation taken forward?

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Support for Small Businesses) (19 Nov 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: What impact will the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s decision to scrap the job retention bonus have? The decision has been condemned by the Federation of Small Businesses, many of whose members had factored into their cash-flow forecasts the £1,000 given for each worker kept on until January. Meanwhile, the six largest supermarket chains have awarded £1.3 billion in dividends to their...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (19 Nov 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: Of course, for Murdo Fraser, the time will never be right. The Tory UK Government continues to stand in the way of Scotland’s people having a say through an independence referendum that takes into account the new post-Brexit landscape. Does the cabinet secretary agree that decisions on Scotland’s future should be made by the people who live in Scotland and that the UK Government’s...

Scottish Parliament: Road Haulage and Logistics Sector (Impact of Brexit) (19 Nov 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what the impact of Brexit will be on the road haulage and logistics sector. (S5O-04774)

Scottish Parliament: Road Haulage and Logistics Sector (Impact of Brexit) (19 Nov 2020)

Kenneth Gibson: A “shambles”, “incomprehensible”, “nonsense” from the start, “sleepwalking to disaster” and “bonkers” a re just some of the comments made at a recent Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee meeting by Rod McKenzie, the managing director of policy and public affairs for the Road Haulage Association, who was describing the UK Tory Government’s chaotic...

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