Results 141–160 of 875 for speaker:James Dornan

Scottish Parliament: Educational Attainment (Glasgow City Council) (17 Apr 2013)

James Dornan: Although I share the minister’s welcome for the improvement in attainment in Glasgow City Council, I believe that it was mostly at the lower end of the attainment scale. Does he agree that, for Glasgow’s young people to flourish, the city must improve attainment dramatically at the top end? Will he outline what action he can take to assist Glasgow City Council in achieving that objective?...

Scottish Parliament: National Trust for Scotland (Governance etc) Bill: Preliminary Stage (23 Apr 2013)

James Dornan: Scotland has some of the finest cultural and natural heritage to be found anywhere in the world, and protecting it for future generations is something that we should all strive for. The work of the National Trust for Scotland is integral to achieving that aim. The influence of the National Trust for Scotland is clear in constituencies across the country. I am delighted that in my constituency...

Scottish Parliament: Access to Justice (24 Apr 2013)

James Dornan: I do not think that anyone would disagree that Scotland needs a court system that is fit for the 21st century—one that takes account of the changing nature of crime and the technological advances of the past decade. The plans that are outlined in the Scottish Court Service paper “Shaping Scotland’s Court Services” appear—by its own admission—stark at the outset but, as the report...

Scottish Parliament: Access to Justice (24 Apr 2013)

James Dornan: In my view, it is probably budgetary restraints that have brought us to this point. However, the modernisation of the justice system will certainly come out of the process. If the proposals are implemented, they will save money; they will also modify our court system to reflect the changing nature of crime and, just as important, the tools that we have to make the system even better. We need...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (Campaign Funding) (25 Apr 2013)

James Dornan: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the Electoral Commission regarding campaign funding and donations in relation to the independence referendum. (S4O-02037)

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (Campaign Funding) (25 Apr 2013)

James Dornan: In The Daily Telegraph of 26 September 2012, the Labour MP John Mann described Mr Ian Taylor’s donations to the Conservative Party as “dirty money” and was reported as demanding that the Tories hand the money back. The minister will be aware of the public concern about the donation and might have seen the petition by national collective about it.

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (Campaign Funding) (25 Apr 2013)

James Dornan: I have signed the petition and urge others to do so. Does the cabinet secretary agree that Scotland’s referendum must be conducted to the highest possible standards and that therefore the no campaign should hand Mr Taylor’s £0.5 million back pending a full internal investigation of that dodgy donation?

Scottish Parliament: Early Years Strategy (16 May 2013)

James Dornan: 10. To ask the Scottish Government what impact the Save the Children report, “State of the World’s Mothers 2013”, will have on its early years strategy. (S4O-02134)

Scottish Parliament: Early Years Strategy (16 May 2013)

James Dornan: Will the minister join me in congratulating Finland on being named the best country in the world in which to become a mother? Does she share my disappointment that the United Kingdom has fallen from joint 10th to 24th? Will she outline what steps the Scottish Government can take with the powers that it has to emulate the work that is being done in Finland and other small, independent...

Scottish Parliament: National Trust for Scotland (Governance etc) Bill: Final Stage (23 May 2013)

James Dornan: It has been a great privilege to be a member of the National Trust for Scotland (Governance etc) Bill Committee and to have worked closely with my colleagues Fiona McLeod, Jayne Baxter and Jamie McGrigor, as well as the clerking team, which has been of great assistance to committee members. My one complaint is that we never took the opportunity to go on a couple of visits. I also compliment...

Scottish Parliament: Having and Keeping a Home (28 May 2013)

James Dornan: As a substitute member of the Equal Opportunities Committee, I have played no part in producing its report, “Having and keeping a home: steps to preventing homelessness among young people”, but I am delighted to take part in the debate on the report and to state how helpful it is. What struck me about the report was that there is clear evidence on how effective targeted multi-agency...

Scottish Parliament: Shia Community (Sectarian Attacks) (28 May 2013)

James Dornan: Although it is with no pleasure that I and other members come to the chamber this evening to debate the appalling attacks on innocent people across the world, I thank Sandra White for bringing the issue to our attention. Sectarian violence, murder and terrorism against a religious minority—in this case, the international Shia community, many of whom live in Scotland and most of them in the...

Scottish Parliament: Measuring Wellbeing (27 Jun 2013)

James Dornan: 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its strategy for measuring wellbeing, in light of the publication of “Shifting the Dial in Scotland” by the Carnegie UK Trust. (S4O-02314)

Scottish Parliament: Measuring Wellbeing (27 Jun 2013)

James Dornan: The report supports the view of Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who commended the Scottish Government’s efforts to develop better measures of performance, and notes that Scotland is a world leader in having wellbeing as a policy consideration. Does the cabinet secretary agree that it would be better if all policy decisions that affect Scotland had the wellbeing of our...

Scottish Parliament: Oxfam’s “Our Economy” Report (4 Sep 2013)

James Dornan: I thank John Wilson for securing the debate on Oxfam Scotland’s “Our Economy” report, and I wish happy 50th birthday to Oxfam Scotland. As this important report says, “Poverty is unjust and unacceptable” and “there is nothing inevitable about Scotland’s level of poverty” particularly in the west of Scotland where, as has been noted by the World Health Organization, there is a...

Scottish Parliament: Oxfam’s “Our Economy” Report (4 Sep 2013)

James Dornan: Oxfam’s blueprint is its aspiration for Scotland, period. I share that aspiration, but to me it is clear that only one Parliament will be able to use the blueprint to make a fairer, more just and more equal Scotland, and that is this Parliament, elected by the people of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (5 Sep 2013)

James Dornan: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I was part of the committee meeting that Mrs Scanlon was speaking about. This is not something that I would like to raise in the chamber, but I have to be honest: her comments were so rude that I had to disassociate myself from them at the first opportunity at the committee. I agree with Mrs Scanlon that respect is very important. It should be given to...

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment Strategy (10 Sep 2013)

James Dornan: Voltaire famously said, “We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation”, and we can see why when we look at the extraordinary historic environment from the Athens of the north—that is Edinburgh—to the wilds of the Highlands. There is not a corner of this country that is not teeming with history. My Glasgow Cathcart constituency has a rich historic legacy. Much of it is...

Scottish Parliament: Red Meat Levy (11 Sep 2013)

James Dornan: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what recent progress has been made in discussions with the UK Government on repatriating the annual £1.4 million of red meat levy income paid by Scotland’s farmers. (S4O-02352)

Scottish Parliament: Red Meat Levy (11 Sep 2013)

James Dornan: Given the UK Government’s negative response on this important issue, on which the Scottish Government has the support of Quality Meat Scotland and NFU Scotland, does the cabinet secretary share my disappointment at the Prime Minister’s unwillingness to change tack, although Scotland is so clearly losing out?


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