Results 221–240 of 875 for speaker:James Dornan

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

James Dornan: Yes, I am happy to do so.

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

James Dornan: I appreciate that COSLA is there to represent its local authority members and will, therefore, make the best case it possibly can for the local authorities. I am surprised by the number of interventions—I thought that this was going to be one of my quieter speeches.

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

James Dornan: I will try my hardest to do so, Presiding Officer. Let me be clear: this is no criticism of the SPICe paper, which merely reflects the underlying confusion around local government financing. The paper carefully explains that whether we see a rise or a cut depends on how we classify new non-discretionary spending that is given to councils for specified purposes. In a letter that was published...

Scottish Parliament: First Bus (Meetings) (23 Jan 2019)

James Dornan: 8. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met First Bus. (S5O-02796)

Scottish Parliament: First Bus (Meetings) (23 Jan 2019)

James Dornan: The cabinet secretary may be aware that a growing number of my constituents have complained about the quality of the bus service from the south of Glasgow into the city centre. I asked First Bus to attend a public meeting that I had arranged, only for it to refuse. Does the cabinet secretary agree that, as First Bus receives substantial amounts of public money, it should be more accountable...

Scottish Parliament: Credit Unions (17 Jan 2019)

James Dornan: As a member of a credit union for more than 20 years, I am delighted to take part in the debate. Just as I have, the people of Glasgow have trusted and used the credit union to borrow, save and manage their money in a healthy fashion. The credit union has always been a trusted financial organisation that is known for always putting its members first. As other members have said, we live in an...

Scottish Parliament: Small Businesses (Climate Change) (16 Jan 2019)

James Dornan: Given Claudia Beamish’s supplementary question, can the cabinet secretary confirm that an important consideration for the Government’s just transition commission is that no one should be left behind in our move to a carbon-neutral economy?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future Economy (16 Jan 2019)

James Dornan: Do you want to back that up?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future Economy (16 Jan 2019)

James Dornan: There is no doubt that this is an important topic and I am delighted to participate in the debate. I, too, extend my best wishes to the employees affected by recent workplace closures, particularly to those who were made aware of their redundancy during the Christmas period. There is never a good time for someone to lose their job, but that is an especially cruel time of year to do so. I am...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Support for People in Need) (9 Jan 2019)

James Dornan: 9. To ask the Scottish Government how its draft budget aims to help people most in need. (S5O-02737)

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Support for People in Need) (9 Jan 2019)

James Dornan: Given that there has been a real-terms cut in the total Scottish fiscal budget by the United Kingdom Government over the past decade, what additional investment has this Government been able to generate through its tax and borrowing powers for Scotland’s public services, in order to support people who are suffering from on-going politically driven Tory cuts?

Scottish Parliament: ScotRail (Delays and Cancellations) (8 Jan 2019)

James Dornan: The cabinet secretary mentioned some of the improvements that ScotRail made over the festive period, but could he give us a bit more detail about the impact that those improvements have had and, more importantly, what more ScotRail is doing to help those passengers who have been inconvenienced?

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Homes (19 Dec 2018)

James Dornan: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making towards meeting its target of building 50,000 affordable homes. (S5O-02726)

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Homes (19 Dec 2018)

James Dornan: It is great that the Government made housing such a major issue and that it is on track to deliver its commitments for this parliamentary session. What work is being undertaken to assess housing need in the next parliamentary session and beyond?

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Services (19 Dec 2018)

James Dornan: More people than ever are spending a large amount of time on computers and personal devices, which we know can, in some cases, have a detrimental impact on an individual’s mental health. What work is the Scottish Government doing to determine the scale of the issue? What plans, if any, is it making to lessen the impact?

Scottish Parliament: Water Charges (Single-person Households) (19 Dec 2018)

James Dornan: As is normal, I thank Jackie Baillie for securing the debate. However, I am deeply disappointed in the tone of her motion, and I am also surprised that it was allowed in the first place. The motion talks as if it is a formal and proven fact that the Scottish Government is penalising Scots. However, Jackie Baillie knows that that is clearly not the case. In this fantasy motion, Jackie Baillie...

Scottish Parliament: Water Charges (Single-person Households) (19 Dec 2018)

James Dornan: Only if it is not coming of my time.

Scottish Parliament: Water Charges (Single-person Households) (19 Dec 2018)

James Dornan: I thought that Daniel Johnson had been here long enough to know the difference between a consultation and something that is not a consultation. The consultation process is still going on. Once a consultation process is completed, the Government looks at the results and makes its decisions. If a Government rules things out before a consultation starts, there is no point having the consultation...

Scottish Parliament: Water Charges (Single-person Households) (19 Dec 2018)

James Dornan: I reiterate that no decisions have been taken on the issue. However, when the decision is taken, it will be about ensuring that the help that we provide goes to the people who need it most. It appears to me that, just as it did during its better together days, Labour continues to try to scare our most vulnerable people in order to make political points.


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