Results 201–220 of 875 for speaker:James Dornan

Scottish Parliament: Sectarianism (Reduction and Prevention Funding) (13 Mar 2019)

James Dornan: It is clear from the cabinet secretary’s answer that third sector organisations are undertaking a lot of work to eradicate sectarianism in Scotland. They include the aforementioned Nil By Mouth as well as the West of Scotland Regional Equality Council and North Kelvin Sports Development Group, all of which are members of my cross-party group on combating sectarianism in Scottish society....

Scottish Parliament: Football (Sectarianism and Violence) (5 Mar 2019)

James Dornan: The cabinet secretary will be aware that I have been a vocal critic of sectarianism that is associated with any football club or wider society for a number of years. He will also be aware that I am proposing a member’s bill on strict liability, which could include the use of the licensing system. The cabinet secretary clearly agrees that it would be preferable for the clubs and football...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

James Dornan: I say before I start my speech, Presiding Officer, that if anyone is holding voters in contempt, it is the Conservatives, who are holding in contempt the 1.7 million voters in Scotland who voted to remain in the EU. When the people of Scotland go to the polling station, they expect their will to be carried out by their elected representatives to the best of our ability. That is the very...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

James Dornan: That is probably the only time the whole chamber has agreed with me since I was elected in 2007. I have another friend who came here 40 years ago. She worked hard, became a social worker, had a good career and has one child and three grandchildren. Her daughter is now a councillor. She has been a great benefit to the community of Glasgow and Scotland. She is the sort of person we should be...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

James Dornan: It is nice to bring the Parliament together. However, I am limited by time. I would echo many of the sentiments of my colleagues who have spoken. More so, I would echo the voices of the Scottish people, who voted to remain. They have made it absolutely clear that a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for Scotland culturally, socially and economically. We are, potentially, only 24 days away...

Scottish Parliament: Carers Allowance Supplement (27 Feb 2019)

James Dornan: I do not think that anybody in the chamber would argue against the fact that carers are an invaluable part of our society and that, if we could not count on them, lots of people would be costing us a lot more money through having to be looked after in institutions and hospitals. As Fulton MacGregor said, we are talking about something that happens all the time. Many of us will have been...

Scottish Parliament: Carers Allowance Supplement (27 Feb 2019)

James Dornan: Children are having to look after people in their house when they get up in the morning and then get to school for their education. We have a responsibility to do everything that we can for them, and we are trying to do our best. This Government has done more than any other Government in Scotland has ever done to raise the profile of carers and look after them. We should be looking to get a...

Scottish Parliament: Carers Allowance Supplement (27 Feb 2019)

James Dornan: Please do not give me, “Do you know what a couple of hundred pounds a year means to the poor?” I do, because I have been poor. It would be much better to get a long-term solution to the problem.

Scottish Parliament: Carers Allowance Supplement (27 Feb 2019)

James Dornan: CPI is a more sensible measure to use, because it is more stable. RPI is much more volatile—almost all the experts say that. I had to laugh when Johann Lamont said that she could not believe that the Bank of England was being used. She spent two years standing up with others, defending what the Bank of England was saying, when she was trying to ensure that we did not get to run our own...

Scottish Parliament: Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2019 (27 Feb 2019)

James Dornan: As Emma Harper’s co-convener on the cross-party group on mental health, I am grateful to her for securing today’s important and timely debate. As we have heard, we are in the middle of eating disorders awareness week 2019, a campaign expertly organised by the charity Beat, which acts as a great opportunity for society to reflect on how we can better support those who live with an eating...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Feb 2019)

James Dornan: I am pleased to open the stage 1 debate on the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill on behalf of the Local Government and Communities Committee. I thank the minister for responding to our report last week in time for today’s debate. As the minister stated, the bill primarily sets a target to reduce fuel poverty to no more than 5 per cent of Scottish households by...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Feb 2019)

James Dornan: My apologies, Presiding Officer. Recent statistics show that fuel poverty affects 24.9 per cent of households in Scotland, with some individuals and families struggling to pay their fuel bills or heat their homes to an acceptable and comfortable level. Living in a cold, draughty home can have a negative impact on people’s physical health and mental wellbeing and can impact children’s...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Feb 2019)

James Dornan: I assure the minister that the committee will be happy to liaise with him regarding those letters. The bill requires the Scottish ministers to lay periodic reports on the progress that has been made towards reaching the 2040 target alongside the steps that will be taken in the next reporting period to meet the target. It is welcome that the Government will report on progress in relation to...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Services Budget (7 Feb 2019)

James Dornan: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what financial support it has provided for mental health services in the current parliamentary session. (S5O-02873)

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Services Budget (7 Feb 2019)

James Dornan: Would the minister agree that the proposals in the draft budget to invest an additional £250 million over the next five years to improve mental health outcomes for children and young people are a step in the right direction? Would she also agree that it is deeply disappointing that the Liberal Democrats, who have championed mental health services over the past few years, will not support...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Airport Access Project (7 Feb 2019)

James Dornan: Given the problems with the tram-train options that were mentioned in the statement, not least those that might hinder people coming into Glasgow to work, does the cabinet secretary agree that Labour councillors could learn from the SNP’s commitment to not wasting taxpayers’ money on major projects that have not been properly costed? One would have thought that it would have learned from...

Scottish Parliament: Committees’ Pre-budget Scrutiny (24 Jan 2019)

James Dornan: I am pleased to speak in the debate on behalf of the Local Government and Communities Committee. The local government and housing budget is vast. This year, the committee decided to focus on three issues: first, the biggest spend in our remit, which is the local government annual settlement; secondly, what is, in relative terms, a small spend—funding for housing adaptations for older and...

Scottish Parliament: Committees’ Pre-budget Scrutiny (24 Jan 2019)

James Dornan: We heard from a number of witnesses who accepted the fact that local government has the ability to access money that would protect its budget, including through raising council tax and other methods of raising finance. Although they may have been complaining that the budget that comes directly from the cabinet secretary is not to their liking, they accepted that, if they took all the...

Scottish Parliament: Committees’ Pre-budget Scrutiny (24 Jan 2019)

James Dornan: I will.

Scottish Parliament: Committees’ Pre-budget Scrutiny (24 Jan 2019)

James Dornan: The cabinet secretary is spot on. COSLA said that it did not want to go down the route of the mess that local authorities in England are in through funding under the Westminster Government.


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