Results 181–200 of 1960 for speaker:James Kelly

Scottish Parliament: “Thematic Inspection of the Scottish Police Authority” (Response) (1 Oct 2019)

James Kelly: In setting the culture and tone of an organisation, leadership rules are important. Bearing in mind his first response, does the cabinet secretary agree that it is unacceptable for the chair and a number of board members to act outwith their non-executive roles? Will he immediately set out a timeline for the review of such roles, to ensure that the chair and board members carry out their work...

Scottish Parliament: Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 (Post-legislative Scrutiny) (1 Oct 2019)

James Kelly: I thank the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee for the work that it has undertaken on the issue, which highlights the important role of post-legislative scrutiny. We pass a lot of legislation in the Parliament, and we have a responsibility to ensure that that legislation achieves its purpose. The work that the committee has done with regard to the Control of Dogs (Scotland)...

Scottish Parliament: Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 (Post-legislative Scrutiny) (1 Oct 2019)

James Kelly: It has been an interesting debate. As I said in my initial contribution, the committee, under Jenny Marra’s stewardship, has done an excellent job in setting the scene for post-legislative reform around the control of dogs. As Alex Neil pointed out, the inquiry branched out into a much wider review. The various contributions to the debate from around the chamber have showed that there is a...

Scottish Parliament: Universal Credit Housing Element (25 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Social Security Committee’s recommendation that universal credit housing element should be paid directly to a landlord by default, with the option for a tenant to opt out. (S5O-03568)

Scottish Parliament: Universal Credit Housing Element (25 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: Research by Citizens Advice Scotland has shown that rent arrears have shot up by 40 per cent since 2012. That is why the Social Security Committee heard evidence that paying rent directly to landlords with an opt-out for tenants was a “no-brainer”. Will the cabinet secretary confirm whether officials have assessed the social return on investment of the £2.50 that is paid each time that...

Scottish Parliament: Supreme Court Judgment (Response) (24 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: Boris Johnson should resign as Prime Minister. His position is untenable, and he has treated the public, the courts and Parliament with utter contempt. Does the First Minister agree that we should send out a search party for the Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack, who has been posted missing since he took office and is nothing more than a puppet for the lawless activities of the...

Scottish Parliament: Common Frameworks (24 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: I thank the Finance and Constitution Committee for the work that it carried out in producing its comprehensive report on common frameworks. I recently left the committee, so I know how much work colleagues, clerks and the various witnesses put into the report. I also thank the convener, Bruce Crawford, for the way that he has convened the committee, not just on the issue of common frameworks...

Scottish Parliament: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Week 2019 (24 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: Like others, I thank Colin Smyth for bringing this important debate to the chamber. I genuinely thank him for telling his dad’s story, which shone a light on IPF and some of the issues that have come out during the debate. It is clear that not enough is known about the disease, and I hope that the debate will help to raise awareness. I am aware from the briefing that was provided by the...

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (Higher Education) (18 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how it supports students in higher education. (S5O-03535)

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (Higher Education) (18 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: On 20 March, Parliament voted to implement the recommendations of the independent review of student support—crucially, a minimum student income. Students throughout Scotland have had enough of delay on the matter, so I ask the minister when we can expect the plans for implementation to be introduced and when every student in Scotland will benefit from a minimum income guarantee.

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Sentencing (18 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this Conservative business debate, which has been brought to the chamber by Liam Kerr. I am not closed to the idea of a discussion or debate about the idea of ending automatic early release. However, any change to the policy would need to be evidence based and the result of proper engagement and discussion, and we have not reached that stage yet. I feel...

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Sentencing (18 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: I am a bit short of time. I am sorry.

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Sentencing (18 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: Yes—sure.

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Sentencing (18 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: There are different ways to look at reducing the prison population—some of them have come up in recent days—but if we consider the central thrust of Liam Kerr’s various proposals, the policy intent would be to increase the prison population, and I have not heard the Conservatives address how they would deal with that. The other issue that needs to be borne in mind is that the...

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Sentencing (18 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: Having reflected on the debate, I think that the Conservatives’ choice of subject is unfortunate. I have listened to the speeches from members across the chamber, and the Conservatives could have picked a topic that would have got more support and which we could have examined seriously. John Finnie’s speech is an example. I regret that the Green amendment on throughcare in the prison...

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Sentencing (18 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: I am sorry, but I am short of time—I have only four minutes. Prisons have been mentioned a great deal. There are clearly issues to do with how we address overcrowding and how we get the balance right between those who quite correctly serve custodial sentences and the use of community justice. What runs through all that is the issue of finance. Interestingly, at yesterday’s Justice...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Prison Service (17 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Auditor General’s comment that “the Scottish Prison Service faces a combination of severe pressures on many fronts; this poses a threat to operational safety, effectiveness and financial sustainability.” (S5T-01787)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Prison Service (17 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: The Auditor General’s report is, indeed, stark. It highlights issues such as overcrowding in prisons, budget shortfalls and the unavailability of fit and well prison officers. Those issues have been made worse by a 12.5 per cent reduction in the operating budget from 2014-15 to 2018-19 and a 60 per cent increase in the number of officers who are on sickness absence. It seems to me that the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Prison Service (17 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: One of the options that was previously available to the Government in trying to reduce the prison population was the use of the throughcare service, which, unfortunately, was suspended in July. This morning, the Justice Committee heard about the benefits of that service from organisations such as Sacro and the Wise Group. When will the throughcare service be re-established and the 42 officers...

Scottish Parliament: Credit Unions (17 Sep 2019)

James Kelly: It has been a good and consensual debate. As a number of members have said, it is key that we take the central points from the debate that will help with the extension of credit unions. I think that the cabinet secretary set the scene well when she described the benefits of credit unions and how important they are at a time when a lot of people feel financially vulnerable and could get pushed...


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