Results 81–100 of 3900 for speaker:Kenneth Gibson

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...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19: Preparing for Winter and Priorities for Recovery (2 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: I am pleased to speak on behalf of the Finance and Public Administration Committee about the priorities for pandemic recovery. Others have spoken about the devastating impact that Covid-19 has had and the work that the committees are doing to shine a light on the needs of the public sector and the economy as we look ahead to recovery. Whatever the impact on our lives, health, jobs, businesses...

Scottish Parliament: Public Finances (Transparency) (1 Dec 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: As I recall, the initial question was about transparency. The Scottish budget will be published in a week. How do financial transparency and scrutiny of public finances in the Scottish Parliament compare to the process at Mr Kerr’s beloved Westminster?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (30 Nov 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: I thank the First Minister and the health secretary for acting so swiftly to resolve the boosters issue on Cumbrae that I raised last Tuesday. My constituents greatly appreciated that. Figures show that vaccination levels in Scotland are lower in the often highly mobile 30 to 39 age group than in any other group. What steps are being taken to encourage people in that cohort to get vaccinated?

Scottish Parliament: Residential Rehabilitation (30 Nov 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: As the minister knows, Phoenix Futures—backed by the Scottish Government—plans to open a national drug rehabilitation centre on the site of the former Seabank care home in Saltcoats in my constituency. However, the organisation will not consult the local community; instead, it will contact neighbours and elected representatives to help them to understand what it does. I, for one, am still...

Scottish Parliament: Air Pollution (Mortality and Morbidity) (24 Nov 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what impact air pollution has on mortality and morbidity. (S6O-00426)

Scottish Parliament: Air Pollution (Mortality and Morbidity) (24 Nov 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Research from Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation found that 81 per cent of births in Scotland this past year were in local authorities with unsafe levels of air pollution, exceeding World Health Organization guidelines for fine particulate matter. Meanwhile, six roads—including the A737, which runs through my constituency—still exceed the legal limit for nitrogen oxide. When will...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (23 Nov 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: On 12 November, NHS Ayrshire and Arran advised that Cumbrae residents would receive their booster vaccine on Saturday 27 November in Millport. There was no indication that only folk aged 70 and over would be included. However, it now transpires that islanders under 70, many of whom have disabilities, are expected to travel by bus or car to catch a ferry and then traverse Largs—possibly in...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (17 Nov 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: The Lochranza to Claonaig ferry route is vital to the Isle of Arran, not least when the ferry from Brodick to Ardrossan cannot sail, but in the winter it is replaced by a once-a-day service to and from Tarbert. What steps will the minister take to extend and enhance that vital service?

Scottish Parliament: Marine Environment (Protection) (4 Nov 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: The only no-take zone in Scotland is in Lamlash bay, in my constituency. What is the difference between a no-take zone and a highly protected marine area?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (Decision Making) (3 Nov 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: The Tories rejected third-party right of appeal and supported the right of appeal for developers before the Parliament passed the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019. Although I believe that the Rigghill wind farm development in my constituency, which is what Mr Greene’s question is about, should not be approved, does the minister agree that independent reporters should be able to look afresh at...

Scottish Parliament: Social Housing Providers (Support for Retrofitting) (28 Oct 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Does the cabinet secretary agree that it makes sense to restore and refurbish empty homes in rural and island communities rather than to build new ones? Although costs can vary significantly from property to property, has any assessment been undertaken to look at the comparable costs and community impacts in relation to new build?

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Budget (Scottish Government’s Response) (28 Oct 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: 4. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the United Kingdom budget. (S6F-00368)

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Budget (Scottish Government’s Response) (28 Oct 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Millions face a squeeze on living standards over the coming year. While the Chancellor cut taxes on bank profits, he failed to introduce measures to help households that are already struggling with rising food and fuel prices. The tax burden is now at its greatest since the 1950s, with raised national insurance contributions and frozen personal income tax allowances, cutting people’s...

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