Results 41–60 of 870 for speaker:James Dornan

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Budget Update (9 Dec 2020)

James Dornan: While the Chancellor of the Exchequer was announcing a £27 billion increase in UK capital expenditure, he was cutting the Scottish Government’s capital budget by 5 per cent. What impact will that have on Scotland’s need for an infrastructure-led economic recovery to deliver new jobs and speed up the transition to net zero?

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus Acts Report (9 Dec 2020)

James Dornan: —[ Inaudible .]—until March 2021, but could the cabinet secretary outline what additional interventions the Government has made to protect renters during this difficult time?

Scottish Parliament: European Union Funding (Replacement) (3 Dec 2020)

James Dornan: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what its latest engagement has been with the United Kingdom Government regarding plans to replace EU funding. (S5O-04821)

Scottish Parliament: European Union Funding (Replacement) (3 Dec 2020)

James Dornan: That is a depressing answer. Scottish ministers have successfully delivered EU funding programmes for decades. Is there any further clarification of whether full control of replacement funding will be given to Scotland? Does the cabinet secretary agree that a failure to do so would clearly constitute a power grab?

Scottish Parliament: Violence against Women (26 Nov 2020)

James Dornan: Before I start, I will just say that I feel a bit embarrassed, if not ashamed, to be sitting here debating this, particularly after listening to the last four speakers—no disrespect to Stuart McMillan, but the three female members who have just spoken have, more than anything, highlighted the importance of women’s voices being heard on a regular basis, particularly on something that is so...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Advice (Publication) (25 Nov 2020)

James Dornan: Yesterday, we saw the Parliament at its finest, working across parties to pass an important piece of legislation for people across the whole of Scotland. It gave us a glimpse of what this place is capable of being and doing. Today, unfortunately, we are back to normal—political opportunism, point scoring and desperate attempts to gain some headlines as we head towards the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Advice (Publication) (25 Nov 2020)

James Dornan: Thank you, Presiding Officer—although I have to say that pointing out the hypocrisy of the Tories is very important to what the debate is all about. As my colleague Stewart Stevenson said, there have been a lot of examples in the Scottish Parliament of previous Governments not providing legal advice. It is a long-standing practice across the United Kingdom. The Deputy First Minister has...

Scottish Parliament: Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill (24 Nov 2020)

James Dornan: I am delighted to hear that, Presiding Officer. Thank you. As the only MSP who did not support the bill at stage 1, and as the convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee, I am delighted to speak today about my support for the bill as it is now, and about the committee’s work in scrutinising what has become a truly collaborative piece of policy making. It is always good to...

Scottish Parliament: Youth Football (19 Nov 2020)

James Dornan: As a non-member of the Public Petitions Committee, I place on the record my appreciation for the work of the convener, Johann Lamont, Gail Ross and the rest of the committee for their hard work on the issue. Most of all, however, I thank the petitioners, Willie Smith and Scott Robertson, who I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the past few years, and who have recently been...

Scottish Parliament: Green Recovery (Support for Communities) (11 Nov 2020)

James Dornan: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what support is available to communities to support a green recovery from Covid-19. (S5O-04739)

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