Results 61–80 of 1960 for speaker:James Kelly

Scottish Parliament: Social Housing (Affordable Rent) (24 Sep 2020)

James Kelly: Earlier in the week, Shelter Scotland revealed that 70,000 children are on social housing waiting lists, which is a completely unacceptable situation. That is compounded by years of Scottish National Party cuts to local councils in areas including Glasgow and South Lanarkshire. When will the SNP start taking housing seriously, reverse the cuts and allow councils to reverse the housing...

Scottish Parliament: Voting System (17 Sep 2020)

James Kelly: Everyone appreciates the hard work that staff are putting in to ensure the integrity of the voting system, but there is no doubt that it is causing anxiety. When somebody’s vote has not been recorded and they raise a point of order, the Presiding Officer deems that he can add on the vote accordingly. Is that consistent with the Parliament’s standing orders for the recording of votes?

Scottish Parliament: Staff Cost Provision (Review) (17 Sep 2020)

James Kelly: 4. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body when it will publish the terms of reference and timeline of its review into the staff cost provision. (S5O-04608)

Scottish Parliament: Staff Cost Provision (Review) (17 Sep 2020)

James Kelly: As was highlighted earlier, there is no doubt that there has been substantial growth both in the number of queries that members’ offices have received during the Covid-19 pandemic and in the complexity of those queries. I pay tribute to all parties’ staff for their work in serving our constituents. The pandemic has also highlighted the need for members to have capable, experienced staff...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Health Inequalities) (27 Aug 2020)

James Kelly: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle health inequalities arising from COVID-19. (S5O-04527)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Health Inequalities) (27 Aug 2020)

James Kelly: Yesterday’s report from Public Health Scotland highlighted the fact that high excess deaths over lockdown could result from the health service not being used by those who most need it. Given the high rate of deaths in the poorest communities, is the cabinet secretary concerned that a slow reopening of the health service will further escalate health inequalities?

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (26 Aug 2020)

James Kelly: 7. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to address concerns that the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill is an attack on free speech. (S5F-04319)

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (26 Aug 2020)

James Kelly: Action on hate crime is welcome and important, but it is clear that there is a serious problem with the offence of “stirring up hatred”, as proposed in the bill. The Law Society of Scotland, the Scottish Police Federation, the Catholic Church and a range of stakeholders have lined up to criticise the bill’s vague language and to express their concern that it is a threat to freedom of...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Aug 2020)

James Kelly: Scottish Labour will support all the amendments in group 1. The Government amendments, lodged by Ash Denham, build on amendments that I lodged at stage 2 in order to give voice to the child’s views in a court hearing. The bill, as originally drafted, was a bit loose. The stage 2 and 3 amendments give more consistency, ensure that a child’s view can be heard and give weight to the...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Aug 2020)

James Kelly: I support Rhoda Grant’s sensible amendments, which would bring more consistency to the bill as amended at stage 2. I, too, oppose Liam McArthur’s amendment 26. I understand why he lodged it. However, the issue for me is that, when having regard to a shared parenting order, what he proposes would potentially override the views of the child and what is best for them. We will not support the...

Scottish Parliament: Littering (20 Aug 2020)

James Kelly: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I ask that the Parliamentary Bureau reflect on how these sessions are run. There was no time in that session for supplementaries to be taken on important issues such as the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill and the Government’s failure to address spent convictions. It is important that members on the front and back benches have an...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Internal Market (18 Aug 2020)

James Kelly: The message that is coming out loud and clear from the debate is that the devolution process must be respected, and that the majority of parties in this Parliament will reject the attempt by the UK Tory Government, supported by those on the Tory benches in this chamber, to trample all over the devolution settlement and treat the devolution process with utter contempt and disrespect. That will...

Scottish Parliament: Fly-tipping (13 Aug 2020)

James Kelly: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking to tackle fly-tipping. (S5O-04469)

Scottish Parliament: Fly-tipping (13 Aug 2020)

James Kelly: Sadly, fly-tipping is a scourge on many local communities, with areas such as the Clyde walkway suffering from people dispersing litter at sites that people enjoy using for walks and leisure. I commend the Rutherglen Reformer for the work that it is doing to campaign against fly-tipping. What action is being taken to review the powers and resources that are available to local authorities to...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (11 Aug 2020)

James Kelly: Earlier in the pandemic, the Scottish Human Rights Commission raised concerns about prison service regulations that were introduced and the restrictions that were placed on prisoners’ bathing and exercise. Such limitations could have a negative impact on prisoners’ mental health, so I ask the Cabinet Secretary for Justice what action has been taken to ease those restrictions and move the...

Scottish Parliament: Internal Market (30 Jul 2020)

James Kelly: The devolution settlement must be protected, but any change to powers or trading relationships must have regard to economic impact. What tests does the Scottish Government propose in order to ensure that any changes to powers will also protect jobs and economies within the UK internal market and Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Court System (Backlog of Cases) (24 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: 7. To ask the First Minister what action is being taken to minimise the backlog of cases in the court system. (S5F-04251)

Scottish Parliament: Court System (Backlog of Cases) (24 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: The delay in court cases is particularly challenging for victims of crime, those who are on remand and witnesses. It is important to make progress but to safeguard the important principle of fair justice. Will the progress that has been announced today allow more buildings within the court system to open? Will the Government consider reducing from 15 the number of members on a jury, in order...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Qualifications Authority (Grading Process) (18 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that the SQA grading process is fair and transparent for all pupils. (S5O-04433)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Qualifications Authority (Grading Process) (18 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: As the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills will appreciate, for many young people throughout Scotland, the process of grading is a stressful and worrying time. It is important that our young pupils are able to achieve the maximum grades possible, consistent with their abilities. For pupils who stay in areas of social deprivation or attend schools whose...


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