Results 1–20 of 822 for speaker:Graeme Dey

Scottish Parliament: Queensferry Crossing (9 Jun 2021)

Graeme Dey: Ice accretion and precipitation sensors were installed on the towers and deck in 2020. Weather forecasting, bridge monitoring and traffic management procedures have been continuously improved, and the mechanism for ice accumulation specific to the Queensferry crossing is now much better understood. A working group comprising Transport Scotland, the bridge operating company BEAR Scotland and a...

Scottish Parliament: Queensferry Crossing (9 Jun 2021)

Graeme Dey: As members will know, I cannot speak for the weather—weather interventions are beyond our control. What I can offer is some comfort on the extent to which we are working to find solutions. It is worth noting that no single solution has been identified for any bridge that faces similar problems anywhere in the world. We are getting into the issue in great detail. Potential options that have...

Scottish Parliament: Road and Rail Infrastructure (South of Scotland) (9 Jun 2021)

Graeme Dey: Consideration of potential improvements to all strategic transport infrastructure, including road and rail, across the whole of Scotland continues to be undertaken through the second strategic transport projects review. That work will create the evidence base for transport investment decisions by the Scottish Government for the next 20 years. STPR2 will conclude later this year, with...

Scottish Parliament: Road and Rail Infrastructure (South of Scotland) (9 Jun 2021)

Graeme Dey: STPR2 is taking a two-phase approach, due to Covid-19. The first phase, published this February, identified short-term priorities. Phase 2 will make longer-term recommendations to ministers. There will be a public consultation, with the draft programme that will emerge from that being launched towards the end of the year. The results of the south-west transport study have been fed into the...

Scottish Parliament: Road and Rail Infrastructure (South of Scotland) (9 Jun 2021)

Graeme Dey: I expect that we will have a set of detailed proposals to consider later this year. This is a 20-year programme that is designed to deliver for the whole of Scotland, and it will do so.

Scottish Parliament: Road and Rail Infrastructure (South of Scotland) (9 Jun 2021)

Graeme Dey: I note the chuntering from the Conservatives at the mention of the union connectivity review. As those members should be aware, Emma Harper knows that transport infrastructure is devolved to the Scottish Government. Decisions on investment will therefore be taken by the Scottish Government, following evidence-based processes such as the capital spending review and the infrastructure...

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport Connectivity (Glasgow) (9 Jun 2021)

Graeme Dey: The Government is already making significant investment in public transport connectivity in the Glasgow city region. That includes rail enhancements from Glasgow to Barrhead and East Kilbride, and work to reallocate road space on parts of the Glasgow motorway network for buses as part of a £500 million investment in bus priority infrastructure across Scotland. Applications to the bus...

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport Connectivity (Glasgow) (9 Jun 2021)

Graeme Dey: No, we are not. We are considering the case for a Glasgow metro with a link to Glasgow airport as part of STPR2. In phase 1 of the review, which identifies 20 strategic transport investment interventions for the short term, we set out that the progression and development of the business case for that was a Government priority. The Government supports Glasgow City Council’s approach to...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (3 Jun 2021)

Graeme Dey: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was unable to vote and I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Lifeline Ferry Routes (26 May 2021)

Graeme Dey: We recognise communities’ frustration at the current disruption and the impact that it is having. We are doing everything that we can to support CalMac to maximise available capacity across the network and to ensure the timely resolution of the issues. Since becoming Minister for Transport, I have prioritised the matter. I have already met CalMac representatives and local MSPs, including Dr...

Scottish Parliament: Lifeline Ferry Routes (26 May 2021)

Graeme Dey: I entirely recognise the intolerable nature of the situation for islanders, from individual and economic perspectives. I also realise that people want action rather than warm words, hence the work that is going on to improve matters in the short, medium and longer terms. With regard to the vessel that is at the centre of the matter, CalMac is, rightly, fully focused on resolving the issue and...

Scottish Parliament: Lifeline Ferry Routes (26 May 2021)

Graeme Dey: As I have said, we are actively looking at accessing additional tonnage in order to take care of the immediate future. Activity is also in hand on orders that are due to be placed, with a view to having one in particular—the one to which Dr Allan referred—well in train by the end of the financial year.

Scottish Parliament: Lifeline Ferry Routes (26 May 2021)

Graeme Dey: As I think I have already indicated, I am willing to work constructively with any MSP who is likewise willing to engage constructively. In the short to medium term, we need a solution that does not involve robbing Peter to pay Paul and which will add to our assets in helping to begin properly to tackle the issue.

Scottish Parliament: Lifeline Ferry Routes (26 May 2021)

Graeme Dey: Again, that touches on the answer that I just gave, which was that we need an emergency plan, if you like, so that when such incidents arise, we can respond in a way that does not—again, as I said earlier—rob Peter to pay Paul. Kenneth Gibson will understand that, because I have been in post for only a few days, it is very much a work in progress, but I give him the assurance that it is...

Scottish Parliament: Lifeline Ferry Routes (26 May 2021)

Graeme Dey: I seem to recall from last week that Green MSPs were very critical of transport sitting in the net zero portfolio, but it is self-evidently there for a reason, because transport is such a large emitter. Everything that we do is with a view to tackling the climate emergency and driving down emissions.

Scottish Parliament: Oaths and Affirmations (13 May 2021)

Graeme Dey: made a solemn affirmation.

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion (23 Mar 2021)

Graeme Dey: It is a stage 3 timetable, Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Parliamentary Bureau Motion (23 Mar 2021)

Graeme Dey: I am sure that members will miss this decision time highlight as much as I will. For the final time in this parliamentary session: the regulations remove provisions relating to festive gatherings, as they have now served their purpose. The provisions regarding end-of-term households are adjusted so that they remain fit for purpose. The regulations remove the requirement for child contact...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit (Impact on Opportunities for Young People) (17 Mar 2021)

Graeme Dey: Our analysis makes it clear that the UK’s exit from the EU is extremely damaging for Scotland. Our further and higher education students, schoolchildren and young people will be particularly affected by the UK Government’s decision not to participate in the Erasmus plus mobility programme, through which, between 2014 and 2018, 13,957 participants from across Scotland gained valuable...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit (Impact on Opportunities for Young People) (17 Mar 2021)

Graeme Dey: The replacement scheme for Erasmus plus falls considerably short of what we have lost. In fact, it offers no provision whatsoever for youth work or projects such as those that are undertaken by Royston Youth Action, nor does it offer support for adult education or staff mobility. That loss of opportunity for our most vulnerable communities is deeply concerning. Throughout our discussions with...


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