Results 81–100 of 1960 for speaker:James Kelly

Scottish Parliament: Justice Sector Response, Recovery and Renewal (17 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of his statement, and I echo his comments in complimenting those in the police, prison and court sectors who continue to work in very difficult circumstances to keep people safe. As we emerge slowly from lockdown, it is essential that we keep our communities safe and protect people. To achieve that, we need clarity in public messages. I have two...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Family Contact for Prisoners) (11 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what arrangements are being made to enable prisoners to have contact with their families during the Covid-19 outbreak. (S5T-02245)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Family Contact for Prisoners) (11 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: As the cabinet secretary noted, the current restrictions are very challenging for prisoners and their families due to the lack of contact. Visits have been cancelled since 24 March. Why has the introduction of virtual visits taken nearly three months? What steps will be taken to deal with those who do not have the information technology capability or adequate data on their devices to be able...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Family Contact for Prisoners) (11 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: The Scottish Human Rights Commission has identified that restrictions placed on prisoners leaving their cells and the lack of exercise can potentially compromise a prisoner’s mental health and wellbeing. What arrangements are being made for health and mental health checks to be carried out on prisoners to ensure that there is no undue deterioration in their health during the current...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Prisoners) (Family Contact) (9 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what arrangements are being made to enable prisoners to have contact with their families during the Covid-19 outbreak. (S5T-02245)

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus Acts Report (9 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: For emergency legislation to be effective, proper consultation with stakeholders and with the Parliament is required. It is therefore regrettable that, in its submission to the Parliament’s Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, the Scottish Police Federation said that there was too little consultation on the new regulations. Does the cabinet secretary therefore accept that, as we move through...

Scottish Parliament: Older People (Support during Covid-19 Outbreak) (4 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support older people during the Covid-19 outbreak. (S5O-04371)

Scottish Parliament: Older People (Support during Covid-19 Outbreak) (4 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: What is being done to support older people with Covid-19 medical conditions—[ Temporary loss of sound. ]—to ensure that those can get monitored and do not deteriorate—[ Temporary loss of sound .]—and get appropriate follow-up?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Reform) Bill (3 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: I understand that the priority of the Government and everyone else is tackling issues around the pandemic. However, bearing in mind that the Electoral Commission stated that any changes around the arrangements of a poll must be in place six months before the election, surely consideration of those matters needs to start to take place now.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Reform) Bill (3 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: I rise to speak in favour of the bill, which Scottish Labour will support at decision time. As Mark Ruskell said, the bill is largely technical, but there are some good parts in it. It is important to avoid clashes between elections for local government and for the Scottish Parliament. Those of us who were candidates in the 2007 elections will remember the confusion that was created when two...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Reform) Bill (3 Jun 2020)

James Kelly: I do not think that that was a helpful intervention, to be honest. I will mention some of the other aspects of the bill. It is important that the provisions on donations for local government elections bring the legislation into line with that in the rest of the UK. The provisions that allow younger voters to be able to register at 14 are very welcome, because we should be doing all that we...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 May 2020)

James Kelly: I thank the Justice Committee clerks for putting together the report under very difficult circumstances, particularly towards the end of the process, when the Covid-19 pandemic started to have an impact. I also thank the many witnesses who came to the committee and those who submitted written evidence. As has already been said, there are a lot of issues at stake, and people have strong and...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 May 2020)

James Kelly: That is a very good point. The committee took substantial evidence on contact centres, the importance of the right infrastructure around them, ensuring that there is proper health and safety provision, and the training of people who work in contact centres. The debate is not just about the legislation; it is also about the infrastructure. If we are to get things right, we need to ensure that...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 May 2020)

James Kelly: As Pauline McNeill pointed out, it has been a very high-quality stage 1 debate. Members have come to the chamber after looking not just at the Government’s bill, the general principles of which everyone agrees with, but at the evidence and the Justice Committee’s stage 1 report. There have been many good speeches and interventions, and there has been good interaction and an exchange of...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 May 2020)

James Kelly: The Government has drafted the bill in such a way as to emphasise the rights of the child, which is correct. However, given the number of members who addressed the subject and the amount of correspondence that we have received on it, it is clear that there are issues to do with grandparents’ rights, and the Government needs to examine the subject closely. We support the general principles...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Referral to Health and Safety Executive) (20 May 2020)

James Kelly: I draw the First Minister’s attention to the referral of Police Scotland to the Health and Safety Executive by the Scottish Police Federation for inadequate protection of officers carrying out breath tests. The Police Federation states that the procedures do not represent “best risk management practices”. A referral to the Health and Safety Executive is clearly a serious matter, and it...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Update) (13 May 2020)

James Kelly: No one should lose their life as a result of going into the workplace, and it is particularly tragic that workers in the NHS, the care sector and other public services have lost their lives to Covid-19 in trying to protect others. Does the Lord Advocate accept that, as a matter of public interest, those who have lost their lives in the NHS, care homes and other public service roles should be...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (13 May 2020)

James Kelly: That today the number of deaths in Scotland from Covid-19 has exceeded the 3,000 mark is a sobering thought to bring to the Parliament’s consideration of this second set of emergency legislation. I return to an issue that was in the original draft of the first emergency bill, which Murdo Fraser mentioned in his contribution: no-jury trials. The Government withdrew from that bill its...

Scottish Parliament: Recycling Centres (Reopening) (5 May 2020)

James Kelly: The closure of the local recycling centre in Cambuslang, where I live, has resulted in an increase in fly-tipping and in householders holding excess waste within their properties. What routes exist for local communities to make their views known to councils and the Government on the safe reopening of recycling centres?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Legislation (28 Apr 2020)

James Kelly: Presiding Officer, I seek to raise a point of order in relation to the conduct of this afternoon’s business. I have serious concerns that the Parliament is being sidelined and that we are not being given ample opportunity to discuss important issues such as the exit from lockdown, testing and the provision of personal protective equipment. What is the point in members coming through to...


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