Results 1–20 of 678 for speaker:John Park

Scottish Parliament: St Andrew’s Day (27 Nov 2012)

John Park: Is Stewart Stevenson saying that the Scottish Government’s position is that it would create an extra holiday on this day if the powers were available?

Scottish Parliament: St Andrew’s Day (27 Nov 2012)

John Park: I will try my best to keep to that time, Presiding Officer. It is nice to have a few extra minutes in what has been an excellent debate. I will say a bit more about the spirit in which it has been conducted later. Twice in the past two or three weeks, I have stood in the chamber and realised that I should have stuck in at school a bit more. We had a debate about Malawi a couple of weeks ago...

Scottish Parliament: St Andrew’s Day (27 Nov 2012)

John Park: I am not brave enough to comment on people of Mr Stevenson’s generation. It is one of the benefits of devolution, with what has happened in the Scottish Parliament and the work that Dennis Canavan took forward to put the focus on St Andrew’s day as a holiday, that there is now a far greater awareness of the day. Everybody in the chamber should take credit for that, along with previous...

Scottish Parliament: St Andrew’s Day (27 Nov 2012)

John Park: I am not clear on the use of electronic devices during a debate—at this point, I would probably refer myself to Wikipedia. If the Scottish junior cup is the oldest cup, I have played in it, too, and I did not get booked, as far as I can recollect.

Scottish Parliament: St Andrew’s Day (27 Nov 2012)

John Park: I think that that shows that Mark Griffin consulted his electronic device in an appropriate manner before intervening. There has been a bit of debate about the Scottish Conservatives’ amendment to the Government’s motion. Given the effort that Annabel Goldie has put in through her interventions and the spirit in which the debate has been conducted, perhaps the SNP whips could change the...

Scottish Parliament: Training (Accessibility) (15 Nov 2012)

John Park: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what assistance is available for people with additional accessibility requirements seeking to undertake training or a modern apprenticeship. (S4O-01482)

Scottish Parliament: Training (Accessibility) (15 Nov 2012)

John Park: I highlight the case of a profoundly deaf constituent of mine who is trying to undertake periodic updating of his heavy goods vehicle and long goods vehicle training. He is paying for that training himself but is finding it impossible to pay for the sign language support that he needs to continue. We approached Skills Development Scotland, a training provider and eight agencies and...

Scottish Parliament: Training (Accessibility) (15 Nov 2012)

John Park: I believe that my constituent is falling between the gaps in the system. If I were to supply the minister with the specific details of the case, could she look into it and have her officials provide me with a response that might move the situation forward?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Relationship with Malawi (7 Nov 2012)

John Park: I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate. I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing about all the experiences that MSPs have had in Malawi and about their constituents’ involvement in Malawi. Most of my speech will be about an excellent example of an organisation in my constituency that has taken something forward in Malawi. I, too, welcome Humza Yousaf to his new role and wish him the best...

Scottish Parliament: Living Wage Week (7 Nov 2012)

John Park: Unfortunately, Kezia Dugdale is unwell and has apparently lost her voice—there is a joke in there that I am not prepared to make—so I will say a bit about Kez’s work. In the Official Report tomorrow, she will have a chance to read all the nice words that I will say about her in the next little while. If we had had this debate two or three years ago, anyone who was opening the debate...

Scottish Parliament: Employability (4 Oct 2012)

John Park: That support will obviously help the employee and employer at the time, but will the employee then have an opportunity to move into, say, a modern apprenticeship, or will they be barred from doing that because they have had the support of a wage subsidy?

Scottish Parliament: Employability (4 Oct 2012)

John Park: I welcome the opportunity to speak about employability, an issue that is close to my heart and one that I focused on in my first speech in the Scottish Parliament, which was five years ago, although it does not feel like it. I want to talk first about the nature of employment in Scotland, the calibre of employers that we have and the role of the public sector as an exemplary employer. We have...

Scottish Parliament: Employability (4 Oct 2012)

John Park: One of the biggest issues that we face is the fact that more than 95 per cent of our businesses in Scotland are small or micro. Has the Scottish Government considered how it might pull small employers together or provide a host employer so that they could have the benefit of training apprentices, which many of them do not have at the moment?

Scottish Parliament: Community Sport Inquiry (20 Sep 2012)

John Park: I declare an interest as a director of Scottish Women’s Football. I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate and congratulate the Health and Sport Committee on bringing it to the chamber. Much of what we have been talking about is to do with the challenges that we face at the moment and what we would like to see in the future, but we should consider some of the achievements that have...

Scottish Parliament: Agricultural Sector (Stakeholder Engagment) (19 Sep 2012)

John Park: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what recent engagement it has had with key organisations in the agricultural sector. (S4O-01301)

Scottish Parliament: Agricultural Sector (Stakeholder Engagment) (19 Sep 2012)

John Park: I ask the cabinet secretary about the engagement that he has had with organisations on employment in the agriculture sector. I know that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has done a bit of work on the issue and that the Scottish Government has been looking at certain work around the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board. In addition, the citizens advice bureau in Perth has raised concerns with me...

Scottish Parliament: Public Sector Pay Levels (Temporary and Agency Staff) (12 Sep 2012)

John Park: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it includes the rates of pay of temporary and agency staff when considering public sector pay levels. (S4O-01247)

Scottish Parliament: Public Sector Pay Levels (Temporary and Agency Staff) (12 Sep 2012)

John Park: I thank the cabinet secretary for that response. I welcome the decision by the Scottish Government to ensure that all directly employed employees are paid the living wage. I am sure that the cabinet secretary will agree with me that if employees who work for the Scottish Government—or for any other employer—are paid what is regarded as the going rate in terms of the living wage, that...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Steelworkers Memorial Fund (12 Sep 2012)

John Park: I congratulate Clare Adamson on bringing the debate to the chamber and I congratulate Mary Scanlon on reading her first edition of the Morning Star. Should we now call her sister Scanlon? [Laughter.] I nervously bring a bit of balance to the debate in the form of an east coast accent, because in my formative years working at Rosyth dockyard we faced similar struggles to those that were faced...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Steelworkers Memorial Fund (12 Sep 2012)

John Park: Sorry, but I have only a couple of seconds left. I hope that Community will work hand in glove with the Scottish Government and with parliamentarians across the board on the forthcoming procurement bill to ensure that there is a future for steelworkers in the renewables industry and that public sector interventions in the industry provide steelworkers and other workers across Scotland with...


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