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Scottish Parliament: Drug-related Deaths (15 Dec 2020)

James Dornan: The minister is aware of the good work that is done by LEAP UK, and he will be aware that LEAP Scotland now exists. Will the minister tell us what discussions the Scottish Government has had with LEAP Scotland? If there have been none, does the Scottish Government intend to have such discussions in the near future?

Scottish Parliament: Support for Businesses (Brexit) (27 Jan 2021)

James Dornan: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on its discussions with the United Kingdom Government regarding support for businesses in Scotland that have been impacted by Brexit. (S5O-04945)

Scottish Parliament: Support for Businesses (Brexit) (27 Jan 2021)

James Dornan: The EU has set up a Brexit adjustment reserve fund to counter unforeseen adverse consequences for the sectors that are worst affected by Brexit in member states. Scotland appears to be receiving no extra funding for such a purpose, but I understand that Ireland is set to receive about €1 billion in support. Does the cabinet secretary agree that, at a time when the EU continues to show...

Scottish Parliament: European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (4 Feb 2021)

James Dornan: As the convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee, I am pleased to speak in support of the bill, which was introduced by Andy Wightman, our colleague on the committee. The comments that follow reflect the collective view of the committee, which—minus Andy—considered the bill at stage 1. Before I go on to them, I thank my fellow committee members, all the witnesses who took...

Scottish Parliament: Malicious Prosecutions (9 Feb 2021)

James Dornan: Having previously been a precognition officer, I am surprised to see that the lack of precognition appears to have been a major failing in this case. Further to your statement, Lord Advocate, can you give some detail to help provide reassurance that the Crown is, indeed, equipped to deal with complex financial crime going forward?

Scottish Parliament: Sexual Abuse in Scottish Football (16 Feb 2021)

James Dornan: I first called for a review of sexual abuse in Scottish football back in 2016. I am delighted that the long-awaited report has now been published. I pay tribute to all those who campaigned on the matter. Although I warmly welcome the SFA’s report, we must now see it drive positive change throughout football. What steps can be taken by the SFA or by the Scottish Government to ensure that...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Community Safety) (18 Feb 2021)

James Dornan: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how additional funding announced in its draft budget will be used to keep communities safe. (S5O-05029)

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Community Safety) (18 Feb 2021)

James Dornan: I note that David Crichton, the interim chair of the Scottish Police Authority, said that the budget represented a strong vote of confidence in the authority and Police Scotland, and that it particularly recognises the outstanding performance of the police service in protecting the country’s safety and wellbeing during the pandemic. What further actions is the Scottish Government taking to...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (Resourcing) (18 Feb 2021)

James Dornan: It has been reported that Downing Street is looking to hire up to 50 taxpayer-funded advisers for its anti-independence campaign unit. I suggest that that is quite an allocation of financial and personnel resources. Does the cabinet secretary agree that that looks like a panicked attempt by the UK Government to gear up for a referendum and suggests that the Tories may finally be coming to the...

Scottish Parliament: Young Person’s Guarantee (24 Feb 2021)

James Dornan: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made towards implementing the young person’s guarantee. (S5O-05043)

Scottish Parliament: Young Person’s Guarantee (24 Feb 2021)

James Dornan: Surely the parties in Parliament will not be mad enough not to pass a budget that would give an extra £70 million to help every 16 to 24-year old in my constituency and constituencies across Scotland. The guarantee should surely help us to recover from the loss of opportunity that has been brought about by the pandemic. How does the cabinet secretary see the guarantee helping to prevent...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Funding (24 Feb 2021)

James Dornan: It is good to see Annie Wells back at work, and I hope that she is feeling better. It is just a shame that she was landed with this desperate motion on her return. It is clear that an election is due. I was a bit surprised that Willie Rennie made the case for independence in his speech. Ensuring a fair funding settlement for local government is one of the key tasks of any Government’s...

Scottish Parliament: Sectoral Funds (Ring Fencing) (3 Mar 2021)

James Dornan: This subject comes up fairly regularly at my Local Government and Communities Committee. Will the minister outline what changes the SNP Government has made to previous ring-fenced funding streams to provide local authorities with greater flexibility in deciding how best to allocate their total resources to services?

Scottish Parliament: Low-income Households (3 Mar 2021)

James Dornan: 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how its social security measures will support low-income households. (S5O-05073)

Scottish Parliament: Low-income Households (3 Mar 2021)

James Dornan: I noticed that the Northern Ireland Executive decided to provide a winter payment to recipients of disability benefits and pension credit. Would the Scottish Government consider a similar scheme?

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change Plan (9 Mar 2021)

James Dornan: I welcome the opportunity to talk on behalf of the Local Government and Communities Committee about the climate change plan update. Initially, we agreed to focus on the buildings chapter in the updated plan, which centres around planning and building. Our scrutiny also looked at how local government plays a role in helping to achieve the net zero target. I would like to take this opportunity...

Scottish Parliament: Flapper Skate Protection (10 Mar 2021)

James Dornan: 1. I am delighted that I came in at that point, Presiding Officer. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what action it is taking regarding the consideration of protection for flapper skate. (S5O-05090)

Scottish Parliament: Flapper Skate Protection (10 Mar 2021)

James Dornan: Yes, I hope so. Can the minister explain why it is important that we take that action urgently? What is the scientific basis for the designation?

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill (17 Mar 2021)

James Dornan: I am delighted to take part in today’s incredibly important stage 3 debate—all the more so because improving support for survivors of domestic abuse is a subject that I care very much about. Since I was elected, it has been an honour to work with and to learn from two brilliant community organisations: Waves (Women Against Violent Environments) and the Daisy Project in Castlemilk, which...

Scottish Parliament: European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill (23 Mar 2021)

James Dornan: I wish—[Inaudible]—for the future, and hope that the three pigs story was not about something that he saw somewhere up in the north of Scotland. Before I start—


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