Results 1–20 of 1960 for speaker:James Kelly

Scottish Parliament: Wealthier and Fairer (30 May 2007)

James Kelly: I am proud to make my first speech as the newly elected Labour MSP for the Glasgow Rutherglen constituency, which covers Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Toryglen and King's Park. Like many new members, I have been bombarded with mail from helpful and interested organisations that are trying to guide me in my early days in the Parliament, urging me to take up certain causes. However, the cause that is...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Environment (Ministerial Responsibility) (31 May 2007)

James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive how reducing carbon emissions to protect Scotland's environment can be achieved when responsibilities for climate change and the environment have been allocated to separate ministerial portfolios. (S3O-52)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Environment (Ministerial Responsibility) (31 May 2007)

James Kelly: It is clear that one of the Executive's main challenges is to identify and implement production from energy sources that will bridge the 40 per cent gap in our energy supply that is currently filled by nuclear power. The Hunterston station alone currently produces 8TWh of energy. Once it ceases production, the equivalent of thousands of onshore wind farms throughout Scotland will be required...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Environment (Ministerial Responsibility) (31 May 2007)

James Kelly: The Scottish National Party manifesto included a commitment on community energy plans. Does the cabinet secretary accept that that will slow down the implementation of wind farms, which are required to secure Scotland's future energy supply?

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Well-being: Availability Status Codes (Abuse) (7 Jun 2007)

James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list any proven cases of abuse of the system of availability status codes in the last two years. (S3O-132)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Well-being: Availability Status Codes (Abuse) (7 Jun 2007)

James Kelly: I note that the cabinet secretary has not been able to give any specific examples. Does she agree that her failure to be specific about instances of abuse of availability status codes demonstrates an attempt to detract from the record of the previous Executive on reducing waiting times?

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Offsetting (14 Jun 2007)

James Kelly: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this morning's Scottish Green Party debate on carbon offsetting. There is no doubt that global warming presents a tremendous threat not just to Scotland but to the international community. We have a great opportunity to combat climate change and the increase in greenhouse gases in order to build a country that will be safe not only for our children but...

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Offsetting (14 Jun 2007)

James Kelly: It was not John Park.

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Offsetting (14 Jun 2007)

James Kelly: It was James Kelly.

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (21 Jun 2007)

James Kelly: I note the cabinet secretary's commitment to take immediate action to combat climate change, before the bill is published. The SNP manifesto contained a specific commitment in that regard. It stated that, in the first budget, plans would be announced to quadruple financial support for family and community microgeneration schemes. Is the cabinet secretary still committed to that proposal? If...

Scottish Parliament: Strategic Spending Review (28 Jun 2007)

James Kelly: The cabinet secretary has acknowledged that he will consider the Howat report as he prepares for the forthcoming spending review. On transport, I am sure that he welcomes the fact that the number of bus journeys has increased by 5 per cent since 2000-01, therefore will he give an assurance that he will treat with extreme caution the Howat report recommendation to remove £57 million from bus...

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Sep 2007)

James Kelly: I rise to support the Labour Party motion. I welcome the opportunity to put education on the agenda as we begin the new session of Parliament. It is important to have the opportunity to compare the SNP hype with the reality of what is happening on the ground. If the new glitzy Administration is looking for a theme tune, it should look no further than the Simon and Garfunkel song, "The Sound...

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Sep 2007)

James Kelly: I thank the member for his speech, but I point out that as recently as August, only 3 per cent of probationary teachers in Renfrewshire had a post. The SNP is in power, and it has to deal with that situation. I suggest to the SNP that, during the summer, it was absolutely galling for probationary teachers to watch this Administration spend £100,000 on sending teams of people round to scrape...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Strategic Spending Review (Efficiency Savings) (20 Sep 2007)

James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in identifying efficiency savings to be included as part of the strategic spending review. (S3O-680)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Strategic Spending Review (Efficiency Savings) (20 Sep 2007)

James Kelly: Will the cabinet secretary specifically rule out the suggestion in the Howat report that the bus route development grant be cancelled? That would cut bus services in my constituency and throughout Scotland. Furthermore, will he confirm whether the commitment in the Scottish National Party manifesto for a £4 million investment in modern buses is still under consideration or whether that is...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Waiting Times (27 Sep 2007)

James Kelly: I welcome the opportunity to take part in the debate on health, because it is an important issue that underpins many of the topics that we discuss in the Parliament. There is an important link between health and other issues that are crucial to Scotland, ranging from the economy to sport and from housing to education. The debate is focusing on waiting times and primary care because those...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Waiting Times (27 Sep 2007)

James Kelly: We are specifically discussing health. My colleague Margaret Curran was quite clear about our views on the waiting time guarantee. We have some reservations about increases in bureaucracy. As the health secretary acknowledged last week, the guarantee needs to be delivered within health boards' current budgets, which means that it could undermine other delivery priorities for local health...

Scottish Parliament: Europe, External Affairs and Culture: International Strategy and Agreements (Review) (4 Oct 2007)

James Kelly: I note the Administration's commitment to doubling the international aid budget. Will the minister ensure that, as part of the strategic spending review, a specific timetable is spelled out to ensure that those additional moneys flow to the most needy international communities?

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times (24 Oct 2007)

James Kelly: I seek further clarification on a point that was raised by my colleague Richard Simpson. In her statement, the cabinet secretary said that the new arrangements will be supported by better IT systems. Will those be new IT systems or existing IT systems that have been amended for purpose? What cost will be involved in those IT changes? Furthermore, will existing health board budgets be...

Scottish Parliament: Police Numbers (25 Oct 2007)

James Kelly: I welcome the opportunity to take part in the debate. The motion deals with two important areas: the continuing concerns throughout Scotland about crime and antisocial behaviour and the SNP's political response to those concerns, in particular the backtracking on its commitment on police numbers that has gone on since May. Crime and antisocial behaviour are big issues that continue to come up...


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