Results 141–160 of 1960 for speaker:James Kelly

Scottish Parliament: Tax and Public Spending (5 Feb 2020)

James Kelly: No. I am running out of time. The latest update to the Scottish index of multiple deprivation was published last week. If a Tory MSP was taken to some of the areas that have the highest levels of poverty—such as Springhall in Rutherglen, or Whitlawburn in Cambuslang—they would be strangers. They would be out of their depth and unable to relate to the situation that they would see before...

Scottish Parliament: Emergency Departments (Delays) (29 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce delays at accident and emergency departments. (S5O-04057)

Scottish Parliament: Emergency Departments (Delays) (29 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: The latest statistics for University hospital Hairmyres in the NHS Lanarkshire area are deeply concerning, with 95 people having had to wait more than 12 hours in the A and E department. It is difficult enough having to wait in an A and E department, but to wait for such a length of time is completely unacceptable. Is not the cabinet secretary embarrassed to be part of a Government that is so...

Scottish Parliament: Emergency Departments (Delays) (29 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: What did you just spend half an hour doing?

Scottish Parliament: Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (Solicitors’ Pay) (23 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: I draw the First Minister’s attention to the concerns of FDA union members in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service about the fact that, over a seven-year period, entry-level solicitors at other Scottish Government departments are being paid a total of £94,000 more than those working in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. That is deeply concerning, given the importance...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Preparation (Local Government) (22 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to local authorities in preparation for Brexit. (S5O-04022)

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Preparation (Local Government) (22 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: I draw the minister’s attention to the particular case of Glasgow City Council, in respect of funding. A 2019 report demonstrated that the cost of Brexit to Glasgow could be up to £2.35 billion and 38,000 jobs. A disorderly Brexit would therefore have a devastating impact on Glasgow. I urge the minister to ensure that appropriate consideration is given to Glasgow City Council’s funding...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland Budget (21 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: The issue is not just the number of front-line police officers, but the conditions in which they are having to work. The Scottish Police Federation has reported that 25 per cent of police stations are in poor condition. David Hamilton of the SPF tweeted a video of a police station in Paisley where water was leaking in through the roof. Does the cabinet secretary accept that it is completely...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Compensation Payments) (16 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: 6. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to reports that Police Scotland has spent £11.6 million in compensation over the last five years. (S5F-03853)

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Compensation Payments) (16 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: The fact that police compensation claims doubled between 2015 and 2019 demonstrates the scale of the problems that exist throughout Police Scotland. A recent survey revealed that, on the front line, nearly three quarters of officers had gone to work feeling physically unwell and that more than a third face mental health challenges. On resigning as chair of the Scottish Police Authority, Susan...

Scottish Parliament: Prisoners (Early Release and Breach of Licence) (16 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: On home detention curfew, why was there a significant breach of parliamentary rules? When the order was laid, Parliament was given only three days’ notice and not 28 days. Parliamentary protocol was therefore treated with absolute contempt.

Scottish Parliament: Independent Prison Monitors (15 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: I congratulate Alexander Stewart on securing this afternoon’s members’ business debate on the important issue of independent prison monitors. As Alexander Stewart pointed out in his contribution, the first important thing to recognise is that the prison monitors are volunteers. People are giving up their time to go into prisons, liaise with prisoners and assess conditions, so it is...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: Stage 1 (9 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: I am delighted to open the debate for Scottish Labour, and I confirm that Scottish Labour will support the general principles of the bill at decision time. As other members have done, I place on record my appreciation of the work of the Justice Committee—particularly that of the clerks in compiling the report. I also thank the witnesses who appeared before the committee. The bill that is...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: Stage 1 (9 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: It has been an interesting debate. There is a lot of consensus around the bill and a lot of support for its general principles and the establishment of a biometrics commissioner. In their speeches, Humza Yousaf and Liam Kerr emphasised the need for public confidence in the role of the biometrics commissioner. That is a good test for some of the arguments that played out during the debate....

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: Stage 1 (9 Jan 2020)

James Kelly: I agree that we do not want duplication. If we are setting up a biometrics commissioner with a specific code of practice that pertains specifically to the role, collection and retention of biometric data in Scotland, it seems logical that, if people were to have an issue with any of that process, they would want to go directly to the biometrics commissioner as opposed to the ICO.

Scottish Parliament: Financial Abuse (18 Dec 2019)

James Kelly: I congratulate James Dornan on securing this important debate and recognise the important contributions that we have heard from members. The debate brings an important issue to the chamber and reveals some of the difficult and unacceptable circumstances in which women have to live as a result of financial abuse. As the motion notes, the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 plays an important...

Scottish Parliament: UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill (17 Dec 2019)

James Kelly: I am pleased to speak in support of the passage of the bill, which is an essential part of supporting the infrastructure for the UEFA 2020 championships. The championships in Glasgow represent a major opportunity for the city and the country to hold and showcase a premier sporting event. It comes on the back of the successful 2014 Commonwealth games and the 2018 European championships. The...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Prison Service (Auditor General’s Report) (3 Dec 2019)

James Kelly: I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of his statement. The Auditor General’s report is serious and it highlights the overcrowding crisis in Scottish prisons. Our prisons are bursting at the seams and, at the same time, the revenue budget has been reduced by £50 million over the past four years. The Government’s response has lacked urgency. Recently, when the Justice Committee...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Stage 1 (28 Nov 2019)

James Kelly: I am pleased to take part in this afternoon’s debate on the general principles of the Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill. As others have done, I thank the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee for its consideration of some very important issues. A number of themes are already running through the debate. On the situation regarding foreign nationals, it...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill: Stage 1 (28 Nov 2019)

James Kelly: I have participated in a number of debates on the subject, having returned to the justice portfolio. One of the drivers that we consider in relation to reducing the prison population is reducing reoffending—and one of the ways of reducing reoffending is to ensure that people feel better about themselves, that they are more part of society and that they are making more of a contribution. One...


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