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Scottish Parliament: Proposed Legislation (10 Mar 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: Do you wish me to start the question again?

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Legislation (10 Mar 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: —breaking procurement regulations by handing out PPE manufacturing contracts to unsuitable companies at inflated prices and breaking Covid regulations, all without any transparency.

Scottish Parliament: Local Authorities (Funding) (9 Mar 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: How credible is it for the Tories to complain about local government funding in Scotland when the UK Government has cut local authority funding in England by 37 per cent in real terms over the past decade? Can the minister ever envisage a situation in Scotland in which a local authority closed five children’s centres, as Labour-run Nottingham City Council did this week because of Tory cuts?

Scottish Parliament: Social Housing Waiting Lists (Central Scotland) (3 Mar 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: How many council houses have been built in Central Scotland under the Scottish National Party, and how many were built from 1999 to 2007 under Labour and the Liberal Democrats?

Scottish Parliament: Fishing (Firth of Clyde) (3 Mar 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: Will the cabinet secretary advise members how Firth of Clyde fishing businesses will ultimately benefit from an increase in the tonnage of fish that they will be able to catch in future years through the conservation that is being introduced by the Scottish Government and will she touch on the benefits to the marine environment?

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (Procurement) (2 Mar 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: Does the minister agree that the small vessel replacement programme, which is essential to enhance services to islands such as Cumbrae in my constituency, should be expedited, given the increasing number of breakdowns suffered by older smaller vessels, which impact on lifeline services to some of our most fragile island communities?

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund (2 Mar 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: I first wish to record my disappointment that such a short time has been allocated for an issue of such importance. That means that a full explanation of the relevant matters is not possible, but I will touch on a few of them. When the UK was in the European Union, Scotland was allocated €944 million in structural funding under the 2014 to 2020 budget framework. To be unlocked, the funding...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Fund (2 Mar 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: He was applauding what Daniel Johnson said.

Scottish Parliament: UK Ports (Sanctions) (1 Mar 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: The international community is right to take strong actions to cut off resources to Vladimir Putin. What is the Government doing to ensure that Scotland plays its part in enforcing formal sanctions and in ceasing trading outwith the sanctions regime? Does he agree that the full range of sanctions that are imposed on Russia should be extended to Belarus, given its despotic president’s...

Scottish Parliament: Veterans (Mental Health and Wellbeing) (1 Mar 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: The shocking events that are taking place in Ukraine, where soldiers and ordinary Ukrainians find themselves in a situation where they have no choice but to take up arms to protect their homeland against the unprovoked and unjustified invasion by a foreign army, must serve as a reminder of the debt of gratitude that we all owe to those who, over the generations, put their lives on the line to...

Scottish Parliament: Committee Announcement (National Performance Framework) (1 Mar 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: Members will be aware that the national performance framework, which was introduced in 2007, sets out the strategic outcomes that collectively describe the kind of Scotland that it aims to create. The NPF also aims to guide the decisions and actions of national and local government, but how well does it do that? That is the subject of a Finance and Public Administration Committee inquiry that...

Scottish Parliament: Ukraine (24 Feb 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: As events in Ukraine unfold, minute by minute, the appalling and occasionally unhinged announcements from Russia’s capricious President mean that we cannot know his endgame. Putin’s comments on Ukraine’s very right to exist, which mirror those of Hitler decades ago in relation to Czechoslovakia, Poland and the former Soviet Union, make one wonder whether it is the extirpation of...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Disruption) (22 Feb 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: Bad weather and what should be preventable breakdowns are disruptive enough to our island communities, but Covid protocols, although necessary, have been, and are, also very unhelpful. One crew member testing positive grinds a lifeline ferry service to a halt. Now that the pandemic is receding, how soon will those increasingly unnecessary protocols be reviewed and—one hopes—discontinued?

Scottish Parliament: International Development Programme (Climate Change) (10 Feb 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: I welcome the minister to his post. I am delighted that the United Nations children’s organisation UNICEF is to receive £1.5 million from the Scottish Government, as announced today, to support equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics in Rwanda, Zambia and Malawi. Does the minister agree that Scotland could do so much more if powers over international aid and development were...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: I hear much criticism of the Scottish Government, but I do not seem to hear anything of the Westminster Government, where many of those responsibilities actually lie.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: I warmly welcome the cabinet secretary’s happy personal news. I am delighted to support the Scottish budget and pay tribute to finance secretary Kate Forbes, her ministerial team and her officials, who have all worked so hard to produce a detailed and positive budget for Scotland at a time of great financial challenge and uncertainty, all within the parameters of the limits set by the...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: I would rather take interventions from members of one of the two major parties, if Mr Rennie does not mind. We have local government elections coming up and, the last time that we had them, for the 96 council seats that were contested in Ayrshire, the Lib Dems had not one candidate. In fact, the last time that they contested a council seat in my constituency, they came 10th—and only because...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: There has been a real-terms increase in council funding, as has been clearly expressed through the budget. Indeed, it is 3.5 per cent in North Ayrshire, before the addition of the £120 million. When Gerry Hassan wrote “The Strange Death of Labour Scotland” a few years ago, I doubt that even he imagined the precipitous decline of that once-dominant political force, following years of...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: Will the member take an intervention on that particular point?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2022)

Kenneth Gibson: I recall Labour voting for £30 billion in cuts before it lost 40 of its 41 MPs in 2015. However, we are talking about the Scottish budget today. What Daniel Johnson is talking about is a reserved matter. Is Daniel Johnson saying that he believes that Scotland should have the powers to decide whether to have a windfall tax? As for the invite, it seems to have got lost in the post, because I...


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