Results 161–180 of 3900 for speaker:Kenneth Gibson

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Priorities 2021-22 (4 Feb 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: I thank the cabinet secretary for her comprehensive reply. How many applications have there been for the £10 Scottish child payment across Scotland, and in North Ayrshire specifically? I note that, in order to further increase uptake, the Scottish Government is writing to eligible families. By what date will that exercise be completed?

Scottish Parliament: Infrastructure Investment Plan and Capital Spending Review 2021-22 to 2025-26 (4 Feb 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: For safety reasons the construction of new roundabouts and a flyover at the junctions of the A737 and B777 and the A737 and B706 has been a priority for the communities of Beith, Gateside and the Garnoch Valley for years. Consultation has taken place and exhibitions have been held, with Transport Scotland to confirm that made orders were laid on 9 December with no challenge to them since....

Scottish Parliament: Pandemic (Cost of Lost Schooling) (3 Feb 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: 5. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the Institute for Fiscal Studies report that was published on 1 February, which suggests that the cost of lost schooling in Scotland due to the pandemic is at least £2.8 billion. (S5F-04784)

Scottish Parliament: Pandemic (Cost of Lost Schooling) (3 Feb 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: In recent years, much progress has been made in raising attainment, particularly among pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. That progress has inevitably been undermined by necessary restrictions that have been undertaken in response to the pandemic. The income lost to an individual over a lifetime could run into tens of thousands of pounds. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has suggested...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (2 Feb 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: I welcome the extension of the £500 self-isolation grant to people who earn less than the living wage. What additional resources would be required to extend that, as many of us would like, to people on average earnings or less, many of whom have families to support?

Scottish Parliament: Construction and Procurement of Ferry Vessels (2 Feb 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Although they make for uncomfortable reading, I welcome the conclusions and recommendations of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s “C onstruction and procurement of ferry vessels in Scotland” report and thank the committee for its sterling work over many moons. I speak as the constituency MSP for Cunninghame North, which includes Arran, the community that has been directly...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2021-22 (28 Jan 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: This morning, the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union presented figures to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee that showed that, after the financial crash, the arts sector led the country out of recession in terms of growth. Will the cabinet secretary look at providing additional support for the sector to help it to survive, which would aid...

Scottish Parliament: Post-mortem Examinations (Defence Time Limit) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: I thank my colleague Gil Paterson for introducing the bill and for his hard work and tenacity on behalf of victims and their families over many years. The bill is sympathetic and understanding of the grief and anguish felt by those who have lost a loved one, often in the most appalling circumstances, and it reflects a desire to reduce delays or difficulties in allowing grieving victims’...

Scottish Parliament: Place-based Economic Development Zones (21 Jan 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: I welcome the minister’s statement. Will Hunterston be considered as a potential green port, given the First Minister’s commitment to developing green energy and the circular economy there? Also, how will Scottish ministers ensure protection of the marine environment at our green ports?

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture Funding Review (Discussions with United Kingdom Government) (21 Jan 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the recommendations of Lord Bew’s agriculture funding review. (S5O-04923)

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture Funding Review (Discussions with United Kingdom Government) (21 Jan 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Does the cabinet secretary agree that we simply cannot trust the Tories to do right by rural Scotland? What impact would the loss of the Bew review funding have on our farmers and crofters? Where would that leave Scotland in comparison with UK other nations in terms of payment rates for farming and crofting?

Scottish Parliament: Culpable Homicide (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (21 Jan 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Culpable homicide legislation needs to be updated, and the bill has been introduced with the intention of doing that. Much of the case law and, indeed, the language that is used when talking about culpable homicide dates back to a time when we had the death penalty for murder. However, the bill, which seeks to amend the law by creating two forms of culpable homicide, deals with only one...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Evictions) (20 Jan 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Two constituents have contacted me as they are concerned about advice provided by North Ayrshire Council. Both households have private tenancies that end in March, and my constituents advised the local authority of that months ago, seeking social housing. In one instance, the elderly owners wish to move back into their property. The advice given, which quoted the Private Housing (Tenancies)...

Scottish Parliament: Drugs Policy (20 Jan 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Will the First Minister clarify how strategies on adverse childhood experiences and care-experienced young people tie into the Scottish Government’s prevention strategy? Those have been identified as major causes in pushing younger people into the path of drugs. The First Minister said in her statement that, for a clear majority of people who use drugs, getting the treatment that they need...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Care Workforce (20 Jan 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: There is no doubt that the on-going public health crisis, the like of which this country has not faced in generations, is the challenge of our lifetimes. Unfortunately, Covid-19 infections and mortality remain high across the UK, Europe and beyond, and the situation that we face in relation to the new variants of the virus is extremely serious. For the past 10 months, we have all had to...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Education Update (13 Jan 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Remote learning is key to ensuring that pupils continue their education. Can the Deputy First Minister confirm the minimum number of remote-learning hours that pupils will receive each week? Are enough supply teachers trained to deliver remote learning if they are required in the event of teacher illness? How will pupils with additional support needs be supported to learn remotely?

Scottish Parliament: NHS Ayrshire and Arran (Capacity) (13 Jan 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: Due to a combination of increased Covid-19 infections, 150 staff self-isolating and a rise in admissions due to winter pressures, hospitals in Ayrshire have been stretched beyond capacity and, as of last night, NHS Ayrshire and Arran has had to suspend elective surgery. As a matter of urgency, will the Scottish Government work with NHS Ayrshire and Arran and offer practical and financial...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (4 Jan 2021)

Kenneth Gibson: It is clear that vaccination is the key to defeating the virus, so having people trained to inoculate and assist that process is of great importance. In England, volunteers have been put off by having to complete 21 forms, including on such irrelevant topics such as deradicalisation and fire safety. Has the Scottish Government minimised the bureaucratic impediments to vaccination and, given...

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...


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