Results 1–20 of 9193 for speaker:Kenny MacAskill

Scottish Parliament: Caring in Craigmillar (1 Mar 2016)

Kenny MacAskill: I thank members from all sides of the chamber for supporting my motion. That is as it should be, because Caring in Craigmillar is an outstanding organisation that acts without fear or favour, political partiality or prejudice, for the welfare of the elderly not simply in Craigmillar but throughout east Edinburgh. The debate affords me an opportunity not just to praise an outstanding local...

Scottish Parliament: Public Petitions Process Review (19 Jan 2016)

Kenny MacAskill: I heartily endorse the comments that were made initially by the current committee convener, which have been endorsed by every member across the chamber who has spoken so far. To some extent, the chamber seems to be echoing the committee, where we tend to operate by consensus, which is a good thing. I was not aware of the precise history of petitions and I am grateful to David Stewart for his...

Scottish Parliament: Children’s Grief Awareness Week (25 Nov 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I, too, thank Gil Paterson for raising the issue and for his eloquent speech, which narrated the depth and complexity of the issue. It is not a high-profile one, but it is certainly high up in its consequence and effect and, indeed, its intensity for many people. As we are all aware, the issue is hidden in many ways. That is perhaps for two reasons. First, it can be hidden because of age and...

Scottish Parliament: Gaza (27 Oct 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I, too, congratulate Sandra White on bringing the debate to the Parliament and thank her for doing so. She has been a relentless campaigner for the cause of the Palestinian people, both here in Scotland and when visiting Palestine. It is important that she mentions the report, which is not from people who could be accused of being standard bearers for the Palestinian cause. It is by not...

Scottish Parliament: Social Responsibility Levy (9 Sep 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: 16. To ask the Scottish Government what its plans are for the social responsibility levy. (S4O-04563)

Scottish Parliament: Social Responsibility Levy (9 Sep 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: Given the significant shift in drinking patterns from on-sales to the off-sales trade, with 72 per cent now provided by the off-sales trade compared with 49 per cent in 1994, will the Scottish Government ensure that actions target where the major source of the problem of alcohol abuse lies?

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights Act 1998 (Amnesty International Campaign) (8 Sep 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I thank Christina McKelvie for her motion. It is an important issue that we have to discuss, especially today. Human rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 can challenge Governments and other public and private institutions, and rightly so. I required to deal with the consequences of the Cadder decision but we, as an Administration, accepted it, although we were probably rather begrudging about...

Scottish Parliament: Youth Football (2 Jun 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I declare an interest as the chairperson of Hibernian Supporters Limited, a company established for the ultimate ownership of Hibernian Football Club by its fans. I thank Chic Brodie for bringing this debate to the chamber. It is opportune, but I believe that the glass is half full, not half empty. Although there are issues troubling Scottish football, the game certainly remains strong at the...

Scottish Parliament: Constitutional Changes (27 May 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to meet the United Kingdom Government to discuss proposed constitutional changes. (S4O-04366)

Scottish Parliament: Constitutional Changes (27 May 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I welcome the declaration by the Scottish Government that it will defend the measures in the Human Rights Act 1998 and its principles. Will the Government now modify its position on prisoner voting, to adhere to the European Court of Human Rights rulings that it endorses?

Scottish Parliament: Islamophobia and Racist Graffiti (27 May 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I thank Hanzala Malik for bringing his motion to the chamber. He has an impeccable track record in pursuing such issues, although I take issue with some of his more political comments, which are, perhaps, undeserved. I occasionally disagree with the political position of many members on the left and the right, but we have always been united in condemning racism and Islamophobia. We did so...

Scottish Parliament: Liberton High School (13 May 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: 2. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the tragic event at Liberton High School in 2014, what additional support and resources have been and will be provided to the school. (S4O-04305)

Scottish Parliament: Liberton High School (13 May 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I welcome that. All who are associated with the school are grateful for the assistance given. It has been a trying time, but great courage has been shown by all. Because of the private finance initiative and public-private partnership liabilities that were incurred by the previous Labour council, funds for development at the school through the council are limited, so any support—whether for...

Scottish Parliament: Europe (Rescue of Migrants) (6 May 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: Alex Rowley deserves enormous credit for bringing the debate to the chamber. There is, as we have heard, a crisis of humanity that should—and does—unite all members in the chamber. I agree not just with the tenor of Alex Rowley’s speech but with his thoughts as he has narrated them. We are talking about a catastrophe of biblical proportions. We have probably not seen such an exodus, and...

Scottish Parliament: National Stalking Awareness Day (22 Apr 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: In the usual manner, I thank Rhoda Grant for securing this important debate and I pay tribute to her not simply for her speech—I echo the comments that she made—but for the work that she has carried out on the issue, particularly in 2010 and before that, and on matters relating to the protection of women, children and the vulnerable. I echo Rhoda Grant’s comments about and praise for...

Scottish Parliament: Post-study Work Visas (24 Mar 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: It would be useful to make three preliminary points. First, although the consensus in the debate is in many ways heartening, I hope that I am not being too churlish when I suggest that it might indicate that what is being sought is not earth shattering; it is certainly not a distinctive immigration policy. Post-study work visas are vital, and it is therefore helpful that we have unanimity...

Scottish Parliament: Post-study Work Visas (24 Mar 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: The initiative helped to give Scotland a slight edge, but it did not represent the changes that were sought by the universities north and south of the border. However, I do not seek to be too churlish. I think that Elizabeth Smith referred to the fraud and criminality that went on. The point is not that people abused the system by coming in to go to fictitious colleges. I felt a great deal of...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care Integration (19 Mar 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I join in with the spirit of consensus and agree with a great many of the points that John Pentland made. I put on record that integrating health and social care is the right thing to do. Arguably, it is long overdue. That is why we have such consensus. It is long overdue because it is a process that involves great difficulties and great complexities. The biggest driver for the integration of...

Scottish Parliament: Parental Imprisonment (26 Feb 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: I, too, thank Mary Fee for, in particular, bringing this debate to the chamber and, in general, her work not only on babies but on children. The topic is one that Aileen Campbell, who is on maternity leave from her post as Minister for Children and Young People, often raised in Parliament. Mary Fee has picked it up and run with it. I have no doubt that Fiona McLeod, the temporary Minister for...

Scottish Parliament: Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill (19 Feb 2015)

Kenny MacAskill: The debate is not about the principle of paying taxation; it is about the final burying of the poll tax. Like many members in the chamber, I have recently filed my income tax return and have paid my income tax. Although I was not ecstatic, I was happy to do so because the tax took cognisance of the ability to pay, it was banded, and it went towards the protection of necessary public services....

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