Results 141–160 of 3902 for speaker:Kenneth Gibson

Scottish Parliament: Knife Crime (North Ayrshire) (17 Mar 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how many knife crimes there were in North Ayrshire in the most recent year for which information is available, and how this compares with the peak year for such offences since 1999. (S5O-05118)

Scottish Parliament: Knife Crime (North Ayrshire) (17 Mar 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: The fear of knife crime has plummeted under the Scottish National Party Government by more than 75 per cent, as the cabinet secretary said. Can he advise the Parliament of the measures that have been implemented by the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and others that have delivered that success?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Railway (17 Mar 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Will the cabinet secretary advise the Parliament what targets will be set for improvements in rail services by the new arm’s-length company and over what timescale they will be set?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (16 Mar 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: The First Minister will be aware that the UK Government is again failing to practise caution when it comes to air travel, thereby leaving us potentially more exposed to new strains of the coronavirus. The safeguarding of international entry routes is vital, but is the Scottish Government’s approach working when travellers can arrive—and are arriving—at English airports then simply...

Scottish Parliament: Global Capital Investment Plan (16 Mar 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: I warmly welcome the statement. Scotland has long suffered from chronic underinvestment, which impacts on productivity, employment growth and prosperity, as the minster touched on. Which factors does he believe have most contributed to that? How will they be tackled if Scotland is to build a much more resilient economy?

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport Providers (Financial Support) (11 Mar 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: I welcome the Scottish Government’s above-inflation increase in financial support for bus, rail and ferry services, all of which Mr Balfour voted against on Tuesday. How will the increase in ferry resource of nearly 13 per cent help to improve both the service and its resilience?

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Sector (Summer Holidays) (10 Mar 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Will the Scottish Government provide additional support for travel businesses that have been devastated by the current crisis? Will it also outline a road map for the eventual reopening of the industry, given that travel has been the service sector of our economy that has been hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (9 Mar 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: In my constituency, specialist luxury food and drink shops rely on the passing tourist trade not just to thrive but to survive. Such trade all but vanished during lockdown. North Ayrshire Council has denied grants that are vital to the survival of such businesses and has said that Scottish Government guidance deems specialist food and drink retailers to be essential and therefore not required...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill (9 Mar 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: During the past year, public services, businesses and families have faced unprecedented challenges, so recovery has to be our core focus during the coming financial year. I am glad that that is the approach that the Scottish Government is taking with the budget, which meets the needs of the nation. First and foremost, I welcome the fact that the health portfolio will receive additional...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill (9 Mar 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: I will do so. That was backed by £1.1 billion of investment in jobs and skills. Although the coming year will be difficult, the budget puts us on a clear path to a fairer, greener and more prosperous post-pandemic Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Care Home Visits (Safety Measures) (4 Mar 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: I am pleased about the resumption of care home visits this month, not least because my mother resides in one. Safety is obviously important, but so is human contact between loved ones. What risk assessment has been made to ensure that safety measures do not overwhelm vulnerable residents to the extent that they are unable to recognise their visitors?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Housing) (4 Mar 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Over this parliamentary session, what has been the per capita spend on affordable housing in Scotland compared with south of the border, where Mr Balfour’s party is in office?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (Support) (3 Mar 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Has the Labour party approached the cabinet secretary to say from whence additional funding for local government should be sourced—perhaps from the national health service, justice or education budgets? If additional funding is to come through increased taxation, has Labour said who would pay and by how much taxes should be increased?

Scottish Parliament: Value for Money (Investment in Private Companies) (24 Feb 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: The cabinet secretary will be aware that the Prime Minister wasted £940 million on vanity projects while he was the mayor of London, including £57.5 million on the subsequently cancelled garden bridge, the Thames estuary airport and so on. As Prime Minister, he has authorised expenditure of £252 million on unusable face masks and £14.3 billion on botched outsourcing projects. Does the...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (23 Feb 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Across Scotland, the vaccination programme has been remarkably successful. However, some vulnerable 16 and 17-year-olds who are at very high risk from Covid-19 have yet to be invited for vaccination, despite the best efforts of parents and guardians. Only the Pfizer vaccine is licensed for that group, and it cannot be administered at home or in general practice surgeries. What reassurance is...

Scottish Parliament: Men’s Sheds Movement (18 Feb 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: I congratulate Maurice Corry on securing debating time. I am delighted to be speaking about the crucial role that men’s sheds play in communities across Scotland. After a lifetime in full-time employment, retirement can be daunting for many. Without the daily routine and social circle that most jobs entail—or used to, pre-lockdown—newly retired men often face loneliness, social...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Logistics Sector) (17 Feb 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Only this morning, a survey by Logistics UK of its members, most of whom are hauliers or manufacturers, showed that, since Brexit, almost half—48.4 per cent—had transport operations to deliver goods to the European Union or Northern Ireland cancelled or postponed. An astonishing 88 per cent of them cited problems with customs. A significant proportion of them do not expect to return to...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (16 Feb 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Will the First Minister expand on how the phased reopening of schools that she outlined in her statement reflects the need to balance the harms associated with keeping children out of school with the latest clinical and scientific advice? How will the Scottish Government continue to support childcare providers who have experienced financial pressure due to the pandemic and the restrictions...

Scottish Parliament: Budget Update (16 Feb 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Additional consequential funding is always welcome. However, does the cabinet secretary agree that this Parliament should not have to find out about consequentials weeks or even months after the UK Government’s associated policy decisions have been made? Does she therefore agree that it is now urgent that further fiscal flexibilities are provided to Scotland to enable us to respond more...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (10 Feb 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Only yesterday, scientists from Harvard University and University College London announced research findings that showed that fine particles from burning fossil fuels were responsible for up to one in six deaths in the United Kingdom pre-Covid-19. That is in addition to a study that was published a fortnight ago on accelerating global ice loss, which matches the worst-case scenarios of the...


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