Results 161–180 of 876 for speaker:James Dornan

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People in Politics (17 Sep 2013)

James Dornan: I welcome the many visitors here tonight, including those from the British Deaf Association Scotland, West Lothian College, Inclusion Scotland, Renfrewshire Council and, of course, a couple of my Twitter friends, who are up in the gallery as well. It is nice to see you here. I thank those in the independent living in Scotland project—Pam Duncan in particular—for all the hard work that...

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Projects (Community Benefits) (26 Sep 2013)

James Dornan: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions ministers have had with local authorities regarding the community benefits that arise from environmental projects. (S4O-02437)

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Projects (Community Benefits) (26 Sep 2013)

James Dornan: Does the minister agree that it is imperative that local authorities consider that any community benefits from such projects should support the local community first and foremost? In Castlemilk and Carmunnock, in my constituency, the community has been informed that most of the profit from the local wind park, which was originally to be used for local community benefit, will now be made part...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (2 Oct 2013)

James Dornan: A people carrier.

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (2 Oct 2013)

James Dornan: I have been intrigued by the debate so far. I never realised that there were so many closet nationalists on the other side of the chamber; every argument I have heard has been an argument for independence. Members have talked about the evils of welfare reform, the low level of child benefit and the issue of energy controls, which are all things that are outwith our control. It is because...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (2 Oct 2013)

James Dornan: I am sorry, but that is not an argument for anything. Kezia Dugdale is saying that things are bad at the moment, but let us just keep them that way. What we are saying is this: let us get the powers and then change things. We do not have the powers to change payday loan regulation just now, but we will have them after next September. [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (2 Oct 2013)

James Dornan: The motion asks the UK Government and the Scottish Government to do what they can urgently to tackle the underlying issues that increase the cost of living, so I want to focus on specific measures that the Scottish Government is taking in reaction to the rise in cost of living. Although the costs of childcare, which have been mentioned a number of times, are rising far above the increase in...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (2 Oct 2013)

James Dornan: When we get told by the rich Conservative minister Lord Freud that he cannot say whether the rise in people presenting at food banks is because of failures by the Department for Work and Pensions or because food banks provide an opportunity to get free food, we realise just how far removed from reality those who make the decisions about welfare are. The Scottish Government is clearly making...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (2 Oct 2013)

James Dornan: The Scottish Government cannot, however, continue to mitigate the situation indefinitely. I believe that the time is coming when the people of Scotland will look for change, and that they will vote yes to independence next year to ensure that Parliament has the power to make the policy changes that are needed to ameliorate the worst effects.

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Jobseekers Allowance) (3 Oct 2013)

James Dornan: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what impact the additional seven-day wait for new claimants of jobseekers allowance will have on its welfare reform mitigation measures. (S4O-02465)

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Jobseekers Allowance) (3 Oct 2013)

James Dornan: I thank the minister for that answer. Michael Gove, the UK Secretary of State for Education, has suggested that people use food banks because of “decisions that have been taken by those families which mean that they are not best able to manage their finances”. Does the minister share my view that that increased food bank use is caused by ill-thought-out welfare reforms, such as this...

Scottish Parliament: Play Strategy Action Plan (31 Oct 2013)

James Dornan: There is no doubt that there are clear long-term economic and social benefits attached to play, and that investing in children’s play is one of the most important things that we can do to improve children’s health and wellbeing across Scotland. Play is good for the child, as it gives them confidence and the ability to communicate and share with other children. When Jayne Baxter spoke...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Women’s Aid (5 Nov 2013)

James Dornan: I also start by welcoming Angela and Marie to the chamber, and I thank Sandra White for bringing the motion for debate, because it gives us the opportunity to debate and celebrate the great work that Glasgow Women’s Aid has done during the past 40 years, as well as, unfortunately to look forward to its necessary and continuing role in the coming years. As we have heard, the first refuge in...

Scottish Parliament: Homecoming 2014 (7 Nov 2013)

James Dornan: 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the 2014 year of homecoming. (S4O-02556)

Scottish Parliament: Homecoming 2014 (7 Nov 2013)

James Dornan: The minister will have noted that recently Scotland was named one of the best places to visit next year by the Lonely Planet guide. I am currently working with local organisations to see what we can do to highlight all that the south side of Glasgow has to offer tourists and residents in the run-up to the Commonwealth games and beyond. Does the minister agree that the 2014 year of homecoming...

Scottish Parliament: Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Nov 2013)

James Dornan: We are all hugely influenced by our early experiences. I was fortunate in mine: I come from a conscientious, working-class, Irish Catholic family steeped in social awareness and was taught from an early age that perceived difference mattered not a jot and that we were all Jock Tamson’s bairns. That maxim has stood me in good stead over the years, and that is why I will support the bill at...

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (27 Nov 2013)

James Dornan: Presiding Officer, I would like to raise a point of order under standing order 7.3.1. In this afternoon’s debate on the white paper, Johann Lamont stated: “This is a Government that promises better childcare if we vote for independence but which in six years has not been able to deliver an extra hour of physical education for our children.” I have had the opportunity to check that and...

Scottish Parliament: “First Aid? Count Me In” (27 Nov 2013)

James Dornan: I start by welcoming Stuart Callison and Helen Forrest of St Andrew’s First Aid to the gallery, and by thanking the charity for the essential work that it does throughout Scotland to raise awareness of first aid. St Andrew’s First Aid has provided access to the highest standards in first aid training and services in Scotland for more than 100 years. From its creation in 1882, St...

Scottish Parliament: Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technologists (4 Dec 2013)

James Dornan: I thank Linda Fabiani for securing the debate and, like her, would like to welcome to the Parliament her guests from the field of maxillofacial prosthetics, as well as those who have benefited from their work; I hope that they have enjoyed their day so far and that they are enjoying the debate. It is clear that the work of maxillofacial prosthetists and technologists can be life changing. As...

Scottish Parliament: Violence against Women (17 Dec 2013)

James Dornan: It is important to recognise that, although we have taken huge strides towards eliminating violence against women and towards changing a culture that had accepted it for centuries, there is still a long way to go before we eradicate it completely. We cannot become complacent. I hope that every member across the chamber will welcome the steps that the Government is taking to put in place...


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