Results 121–140 of 875 for speaker:James Dornan

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (19 Feb 2020)

James Dornan: What would Alex Cole-Hamilton do now with the hospital? He has to accept that we are where we are, and he has not answered John Mason’s question. We need to get the money from somewhere, now.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (19 Feb 2020)

James Dornan: I say to Jeremy Balfour that I agree that the health service in Scotland has been devolved for 20 years, which is probably the precise reason why it is the best in the UK. Before I make my next comments, I want to exempt Anas Sarwar and Daniel Johnson from them. Both those Labour members made very good speeches. Nobody can fault Anas Sarwar for his consistent campaigning on behalf of the...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (19 Feb 2020)

James Dornan: Alex Cole-Hamilton is not in the Labour Party. That party seems to have no consideration for the morale of a workforce that daily goes above and beyond to improve the lives of each and every one of us here, and the life of every individual who chooses to make Scotland their home. The service is still free at the point of need, and is the envy of countries across the world. It was shameful,...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (19 Feb 2020)

James Dornan: It is not often that I am asked to do that, Presiding Officer. Thank you very much. [ Laughter .] I see that it has not been met by universal approval. In the last budget, the finance secretary committed an extra £454 million to NHS front-line services to improve waiting times and patient outcomes. That was welcomed by staff and patients across Scotland. We all receive NHS complaints; it is...

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (5 Feb 2020)

James Dornan: In my role as convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee, I thank our clerks, the team at the Scottish Parliament information centre, the Government and the many people and organisations that provided us with evidence. I also thank my fellow committee members. I remind members that the committee was working to a pretty strict remit, and what came out was well worth the work...

Scottish Parliament: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Oversight Board (28 Jan 2020)

James Dornan: I thank the cabinet secretary for her statement. I was pleased to hear the commitment to improving communication with families. Can she assure members that the parents of affected children will be fully involved in the review of their own children’s cases, to ensure that the insight that they can offer is fully utilised?

Scottish Parliament: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016 (23 Jan 2020)

James Dornan: 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the implementation of the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016. (S5O-04045)

Scottish Parliament: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016 (23 Jan 2020)

James Dornan: Citizens Advice Scotland has reported a 50 per cent increase in traffic to its web pages that offer advice for people who have been affected by the sharing of intimate images or videos without their consent. The news that the cabinet secretary has just given us on the failure of the UK Government to make the necessary changes is disappointing. What impact will the delay have on the victims in...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (Funding) (22 Jan 2020)

James Dornan: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (Funding) (22 Jan 2020)

James Dornan: Just for the record, I say that I have absolutely nothing to declare. I like to think that my speech will be of interest, but I have nothing to declare—I got that in before Neil Findlay said it. One of the most disappointing aspects of politics in this place is that parties continue to suggest spending without costings. Honestly, those parties will never be seen as a serious alternative...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (Funding) (22 Jan 2020)

James Dornan: Was it not the Government that extended the bus pass scheme?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (Funding) (22 Jan 2020)

James Dornan: The Government extended the bus pass scheme.

Scottish Parliament: Empty Homes (7 Jan 2020)

James Dornan: I am pleased to open this debate on empty homes in Scotland, on behalf of the Local Government and Communities Committee. Today’s debate reflects on the findings of a short inquiry that we began in spring 2019, and on which we reported on 10 November 2019. I thank the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning for responding to our report in time for today’s debate. I note that...

Scottish Parliament: Empty Homes (7 Jan 2020)

James Dornan: Does the member accept that the evidence from some local authorities was that it is not as complicated as some other authorities made out? Often, just the fear of taking owners to court causes the problem.

Scottish Parliament: Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (18 Dec 2019)

James Dornan: I have a members’ business debate tonight on a completely different type of abuse of women—financial coercive control—but female genital mutilation has always struck me as a particularly brutal and extremely harmful type of abuse. Some religious sects call the practice “sunnah” and refer to FGM as a religious cleansing. However, the practice is strongly condemned in all religions,...

Scottish Parliament: Financial Abuse (18 Dec 2019)

James Dornan: I start by thanking everybody who signed my motion, and I thank members who have stayed for the debate. Financial abuse is an aspect of coercive control. It is a pattern of controlling, threatening and degrading behaviour that restricts the victim’s freedom. It is important to understand that financial abuse seldom happens in isolation; in most cases, perpetrators use other abusive...

Scottish Parliament: Financial Abuse (18 Dec 2019)

James Dornan: I could not agree more with my colleague. That situation just highlights the problems that we have when dealing with organisations and agencies. In many cases, they are looking to stick to the rules, or are looking for the easy way out to get the money. Women have said: “He ran up Council Tax arrears when he was in control of the finances and the council have now allocated the whole amount...

Scottish Parliament: Financial Abuse (18 Dec 2019)

James Dornan: I appreciate the final point that the minister made. What serious work will be done to ensure that housing associations, the DWP and local authorities understand the mechanisms when couples split up, whereby the male tends to be the person with control of the finances and the woman tends to be the one who gets the bills?

Scottish Parliament: Job Start Payment (11 Dec 2019)

James Dornan: 1. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to promote the new job start payments to young people. (S5O-03907)

Scottish Parliament: Job Start Payment (11 Dec 2019)

James Dornan: Does the cabinet secretary have any suggestions about what more the Department for Work and Pensions could do to promote and signpost Scotland’s social security benefits through its channels in Scotland, such as jobcentres?


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