Results 101–120 of 1960 for speaker:James Kelly

Scottish Parliament: Ban on Public Gatherings (Impact on Sport) (28 Apr 2020)

James Kelly: I have been approached by a number of constituents who are golfers who have pointed out the benefits to physical and mental wellbeing of being able to play golf. Obviously, they are not able to do that due to the lockdown. What consideration have the minister and his officials given to whether golf can take place once the lockdown is lifted, bearing it in mind that social distancing can take...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Justice) (21 Apr 2020)

James Kelly: I thank the justice secretary for his statement and join him in thanking workers in the justice sector for keeping the public safe. I welcome the constructive discussions that have taken place to deal with the backlog of trials, with a view to finding a solution that does not involve judge-only trials. It is clear that the cramped and overcrowded conditions in prisons present a threat of the...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (1 Apr 2020)

James Kelly: It would have been unimaginable, even a few weeks ago, that the Parliament would be passing in one day the sweeping powers that are embedded in the bill. However, the circumstances in which we live—in which we fear for those in our communities and for those who are close to us—mean that the Government is right to legislate in these emergency circumstances. We will support the general...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Justice) (24 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: I thank the Lord Advocate and the cabinet secretary for their statements. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we live in unprecedented times, so it is important that we work together. However, Parliament also exists as an essential platform for members of Parliament to bring issues to Government ministers and the Lord Advocate, so that the response is as comprehensive as possible. I have two...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Prisons) (18 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: Given the confined conditions in which prison officers and prisoners operate within the prison estate, there is clearly a high risk of the spread of Covid-19. If any prisoner or prison officer presents with any medical condition, including symptoms of Covid-19, can the cabinet secretary guarantee that they will get an immediate and appropriate medical follow-up?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: Stage 3 (10 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: I support the amendments in the group. If the biometrics commissioner is to have the confidence of the public, it is important to have in place appropriate processes that will underpin the commissioner’s work. One of the gaps in the bill as introduced was the lack of a complaints procedure, but stage 2 amendments addressed that. I acknowledge the work that has been done with the cabinet...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill (10 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: I am pleased to open the stage 3 debate on behalf of Scottish Labour, and I confirm that we will support the bill at decision time. I have enjoyed this afternoon’s very consensual proceedings. With regard to the advance of technology, John Finnie was right to separate out technology and data when he spoke earlier on one of his amendments. There have been dramatic advances in technology that...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill (10 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: I am pleased to close the debate on behalf of the Scottish Labour Party. We will support the passage of the bill at decision time, which comes up shortly. It has been a useful example of a good way for a bill to progress through Parliament and the discussion this afternoon has been consensual. There were differences of opinion at the earlier stages, but they were exchanged in a collegiate...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (Pay and Conditions) (5 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: I have been approached by a number of members of the Fire Brigades Union who are concerned about the breakdown of talks between the FBU and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on the latest pay and conditions proposal. Due to pressures on the health and social care budget, firefighters have been asked to take on additional duties to deal with trips, slips and falls and medical emergencies....

Scottish Parliament: International Cyberattacks (5 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: 5. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what recent evidence has been received that its information technology systems have been subject to cyberattacks from international sources. (S5O-04194)

Scottish Parliament: International Cyberattacks (5 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: Is the SPCB security budget adequate to protect our systems from those attacks, and has it been increased to ensure that we keep up to date with developments in information technology security?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 (5 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: Does the cabinet secretary think that this is a fair budget if someone who earns less than the living wage will pay an above-inflation increase of 4.8 per cent in council tax while a Government minister earning £90,000 and above will pay less in income tax?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 (5 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 (5 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: We are at the final stage of the budget process. I have no doubt that Kate Forbes is glad to be nearing the finish line, having picked up the reins of the budget process in very difficult circumstances. Bruce Crawford made some interesting points about the budget process that should be taken seriously. They should certainly be taken seriously by the Government, which was criticised by the...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 (5 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: For a start, people such as Tom Arthur and I should be paying more tax. As I was going to say, if we look at the analysis in The Herald on Sunday , we see cuts to library services. Some councils will have to close libraries. Meanwhile, MSPs and Government ministers will, this year, actually pay less in income tax. That is totally unfair. [ Interruption .] It is not nonsense. Members should...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 (5 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: No, I will not take an intervention at this point. Mr Neil should read the SPICe blog. As The Herald on Sunday also pointed out, support for children with additional needs will have to be cut in a number of council areas. That is totally unacceptable. We face a situation where, all across the country, local councils will have to make cuts. When will SNP MSPs start standing up for the...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 (5 Mar 2020)

James Kelly: No, thank you. Some of those MSPs will not even be standing for re-election next year, so they do not have to worry about reselection. For once, they should discover a backbone and stand up for their constituents. At 5 o’clock, Scottish Labour will oppose the budget, because of its inherent unfairness. Government ministers, in the Holyrood bubble, in their chauffeur-driven cars—both Mr...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Draft Budget 2020-21) (26 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: How, in any way, can the cabinet secretary describe the capital budget allocation as adequate when the police told us that it was £56 million short? An additional £5 million will not address the fundamental issues with the capital budget.

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Draft Budget 2020-21) (26 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: I welcome the opportunity to take part in the debate, which the Scottish Conservative Party has brought to the chamber. At the outset of my remarks, I pay tribute to our police officers and police staff, who work so diligently in communities around the country to keep the public safe. The debate examines the serious matters of Police Scotland’s budget and its management of the challenging...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Draft Budget 2020-21) (26 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: You are the cabinet secretary, so you are responsible.


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