Results 41–60 of 1960 for speaker:James Kelly

Scottish Parliament: Valuing the Third Sector (1 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: Is there time, Presiding Officer?

Scottish Parliament: Valuing the Third Sector (1 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: I will take the intervention.

Scottish Parliament: Valuing the Third Sector (1 Dec 2020)

James Kelly: I accept that, but I point the member to the fact that Covid has presented significant challenges for areas of South Lanarkshire such as Cambuslang, Rutherglen, Hamilton and Clydesdale; the area is in a level 4 lockdown, so the third sector will face much more demand than other areas of Scotland. The question that I keep posing must be posed: why is the funding that those areas have received...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Infection Rates in Areas of Greater Poverty and Deprivation) (26 Nov 2020)

James Kelly: 7. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to address concerns that Covid-19 rates are higher in areas with greater poverty and deprivation. (S5F-04597)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Infection Rates in Areas of Greater Poverty and Deprivation) (26 Nov 2020)

James Kelly: Yesterday’s Daily Record devoted substantial coverage to the scandal of poverty in Scotland. In particular, it highlighted that a quarter of kids will grow up hungry. In addition, a recent survey found that nearly half of people run out of money before they get to their next pay day. That is a really desperate situation for many people in the country to live in. Glasgow city, where there is...

Scottish Parliament: Amateur Football (Covid-19 Restrictions) (26 Nov 2020)

James Kelly: The minister is aware of the mental health benefits of the return to amateur football, as we have seen in the submissions from clubs including Rutherglen Glencairn. In light of the fact that amateur football is returning in England, when will that decision be reviewed? There is a great desire to see the same happen in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Nov 2020)

James Kelly: There has been a lot of huffing and puffing in the debate. Some people have been sitting on the fence so long that they are likely to have splinters in sensitive parts of their anatomy. However, let us hope that we can move the bill through stage 1 tonight. I begin by paying tribute to Neil Bibby for getting his bill to this stage. There is a lot of work involved in introducing a member’s...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Advice (Publication) (25 Nov 2020)

James Kelly: Here we go again. For the second time in three weeks, we are having a debate that concentrates on the release of legal advice pertaining to the judicial review by the former First Minister, Alex Salmond. It is deeply regrettable that parliamentarians from across the chamber are again calling for the publication of that evidence, and it is quite clear that the Scottish National Party and...

Scottish Parliament: Youth Football (19 Nov 2020)

James Kelly: I thank the petitioners, Scott Robertson and Willie Smith, for continuing to pursue the issues in the petition over a period of 10 years. I also thank the committee for the work that it has done on this important issue. We just need to go back to last Thursday to see how important football is in Scotland. Last week’s victory over Serbia gave the country a real lift, which shows the extent...

Scottish Parliament: Community Crisis Grants (12 Nov 2020)

James Kelly: I raise with the First Minister concerns about the disparity in community crisis grant payments, which are administered under the Scottish welfare fund. Data from the Poverty and Inequality Commission shows that the average level of payments in Glasgow is £146, which is the lowest in all council areas. That is of particular concern given the levels of deprivation in certain areas of Glasgow...

Scottish Parliament: Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Nov 2020)

James Kelly: Ben Macpherson said that the debate is a distraction. I do not think that it is a distraction. It is an important debate because it gets to the heart of the way in which the SNP Government operates. It poses serious questions about power, accountability, openness and transparency. I believe that equal access to data and statistics is important. I will cite the example that I used at First...

Scottish Parliament: Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Nov 2020)

James Kelly: It is a fair point, which I will address as I go through my speech. I commend the committee for introducing the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill. Jackie Baillie said that it is a relatively “timid” bill—that is not an adjective that I would usually associate with Jackie Baillie To address John Mason’s point, publication of statistics allows better...

Scottish Parliament: Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (5 Nov 2020)

James Kelly: Thank you, Presiding Officer. This is the first time that I have spoken virtually in a debate in the Scottish Parliament, so you will be glad to know that I have set my stopwatch running so as not to fall foul of your time restrictions. I support the general principles of the bill. As a member of the Justice Committee, I thank the clerks and all those who gave evidence on a bill that covers...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Suspension of Outdoor Amateur Sports) (4 Nov 2020)

James Kelly: 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will revisit its decision to suspend outdoor amateur sports such as football across the central belt, in light of the benefits that sport offers for participants’ physical and mental wellbeing. (S5O-04710)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Suspension of Outdoor Amateur Sports) (4 Nov 2020)

James Kelly: The minister will be aware of the extent of the stress and mental health problems that have been caused by the pandemic. When amateur football returned early in the summer, it was demonstrated that it was of great benefit to those who participated in relieving stress and mental health problems. I have received a number of representations from well-run amateur football clubs, such as...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Suspension of Outdoor Amateur Sports) (4 Nov 2020)

James Kelly: Does the minister agree that stress levels are helped by participation in sport? On what basis will a review of the decision be set out?

Scottish Parliament: Shielding (Supermarket Deliveries) (29 Oct 2020)

James Kelly: I draw the First Minister’s attention to research that was published yesterday from the Scotland in Lockdown project, based at the University of Glasgow, which highlighted the plight of forgotten shielders—those on the official shielding list who have had to shield because of long-term health conditions or disabilities. One particular problem for them is access to supermarket deliveries;...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Restrictions (Impact on Health and Economy) (27 Oct 2020)

James Kelly: Yesterday’s reports that North and South Lanarkshire are being considered for tier 4 restrictions have been met with anxiety across the region. A move to tier 4 would undoubtedly result in job losses and businesses closing. What financial support will be put in place to avoid a catastrophic impact on local communities? When will the decision be taken about Lanarkshire? What interaction will...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (7 Oct 2020)

James Kelly: I rise to speak in favour of the Government’s motion opposing legislative consent and against the Conservative amendment. There are two central issues that need to be addressed in assessing the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: the allocation of powers and the settlement of disputes. It is clear that, once the Brexit process is complete, powers will run from the EU to the UK. Any logical...

Scottish Parliament: Alexander Thomson Hotel (Deaths) (1 Oct 2020)

James Kelly: I raise with the First Minister the sad case of the eight deaths at the Alexander Thomson hotel in Glasgow. The hotel is used as temporary accommodation for homeless people. It was a tragic case in which people who were feeling isolated and living in difficult circumstances during lockdown lost their lives. What steps are being taken to establish the cause of death in the seven cases in which...


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