Results 1–20 of 848 for speaker:Donald Cameron

Scottish Parliament: Referendum (Powers of the Scottish Parliament) (31 Jan 2024)

Donald Cameron: On Monday, The National newspaper—one of my essential daily reads—reported the latest shock defection to Alba, Ash Regan’s party: the South Ayrshire Scottish National Party Facebook page. Does the minister accept that, as his party’s case for Scottish independence becomes ever more flimsy, support for the SNP is melting away?

Scottish Parliament: European Union (30 Jan 2024)

Donald Cameron: The title of this debate is “An independent Scotland in the EU”.

Scottish Parliament: European Union (30 Jan 2024)

Donald Cameron: I thank Jamie Hepburn for that very important intervention. Here we are, yet again, debating a hypothetical wrapped in speculation inside a misconception, to misquote Winston Churchill. As the Covid inquiry takes evidence at this very moment about the conduct of the SNP Government, its ministers and its civil servants, and tries to get to the bottom of what went on during the pandemic, what...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (30 Jan 2024)

Donald Cameron: Of course, an independent Scotland would incur huge costs and, like many of his fellow party members, Kevin Stewart is incapable of recognising the severe economic damage that independence would do to people in Scotland. There are not just glaring problems in our NHS, our schools and our justice system. On housing, in the previous parliamentary session, the SNP failed to meet its 50,000...

Scottish Parliament: Business Support (Highlands and Islands) (11 Jan 2024)

Donald Cameron: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support businesses across the Highlands and Islands region. (S6O-02952)

Scottish Parliament: Business Support (Highlands and Islands) (11 Jan 2024)

Donald Cameron: Last October, HIE’s chief executive, Stuart Black, told the Economy and Fair Work Committee that a projected cut of 4.8 per cent to HIE’s budget would affect its “ability to work with communities at local level”.—[ Official Report, Economy and Fair Work Committee, 4 October 2023; c 7.] Given that HIE’s total budget is now at its lowest level in more than a decade, following a cut...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government Independence Publications (Lessons from Parliaments with Unelected Members) (10 Jan 2024)

Donald Cameron: In reference to the question, which referenced “future publications on independence”, rather than commit to yet more papers on separation, which will inevitably end up out of date and in the political dustbin at a massive cost to the taxpayer, when will the Government focus its efforts on dealing instead with the issues that people actually care about?

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Donald Cameron: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Donald Cameron: W ould a future Labour Government—were the hypothetical situation to arise in which we had a Labour Government—process applications abroad?

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Donald Cameron: I am delighted to take part in this debate, but not because of the Scottish Government’s position in its motion. Its attack on UK Government migration policy was predictable and the minister’s conclusion was predictable, with its jarring and inappropriate reference to independence. I point out to Karen Adam that the SNP Government’s 2013 independence white paper said that an independent...

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Donald Cameron: My response to that is to point Bob Doris to the comments of his party colleague Susan Aitken, who said that she would fight plans to relocate more asylum seekers in Glasgow. I would like to develop one theme that has not been—

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Donald Cameron: I will just continue because I am running out of time, Deputy Presiding Officer. I would like to develop one theme that has not been covered: Ukraine and the supersponsor scheme. When the minister gave evidence to the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee last month, I asked her about the scheme and whether there was any intention to restart it. She said that the...

Scottish Parliament: Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee Report: “How Devolution is Changing Post-EU” ( 9 Jan 2024)

Donald Cameron: This has been a valuable and important debate, and it is a pleasure to close on behalf of the committee. I add my thanks to the committee’s clerks for all their work on the inquiry and to our advisers, Professor Michael Keating and Dr Chris McCorkindale, and to all those who gave evidence. I should also mention, as the convener has done, yesterday’s event at the University of Strathclyde,...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2024-25 (19 Dec 2023)

Donald Cameron: In last year’s budget, the Government eventually pledged £6.6 million to Creative Scotland. It then cut that funding entirely in September, before being forced to reinstate it and shattering the confidence of those who work in culture and the arts, U-turning not once, not twice, but three times. We now have a supposed commitment to Creative Scotland for next year, but how do we know that...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government Overseas Meetings (United Kingdom Government Support) (12 Dec 2023)

Donald Cameron: Although Scottish ministers clearly have a role to play in promoting Scotland abroad, that should never infringe on the devolution settlement, which of course reserves foreign affairs to the UK Government. By meeting President Erdogan—of all people—to discuss foreign policy, namely the situation in the middle east, the First Minister acted against both the spirit and the letter of an...

Scottish Parliament: Lorn and Islands Hospital (Haematology Services) ( 7 Dec 2023)

Donald Cameron: The First Minister might be aware of today’s reports that Lorn and Islands hospital in Oban is set to lose its only visiting consultant haematologist. That will mean that its patients, who in the main are elderly, will be forced to travel hundreds of miles to Glasgow. The charity Blood Cancer UK has said that the loss of that service could put patients at risk. What action will the First...

Scottish Parliament: Katharine Stewart-Murray ( 7 Dec 2023)

Donald Cameron: I thank John Swinney for securing the debate in the Parliament and for hosting the event that I attended last night. A huge array of different perspectives were shared about the life of Katharine Murray. She was a Scottish unionist and had a difficult relationship with the Conservative Party as time went on. She represented an important theme in my party’s tradition of patriotic, liberal...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Government (Meetings) ( 6 Dec 2023)

Donald Cameron: The cabinet secretary mentioned publication of the paper “Social security in an independent Scotland”. However, the Government has already missed its deadline of transferring new devolved powers to Social Security Scotland by 2020 and, earlier this year, it announced a further three-year delay to the transfer, which is now due in 2026—a full decade after the Scotland Act 2016. Is the...

Scottish Parliament: Situation in the Middle East (21 Nov 2023)

Donald Cameron: I begin in the spirit of the consensus that the First Minister achieved in his speech, during what is unequivocally a desperate and tragic situation. It is worth stating at the outset that there are broad areas of common agreement within the Scottish Parliament—more than many would admit to. I listened very carefully to the First Minister, and I found it very difficult to disagree with...

Scottish Parliament: Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service (16 Nov 2023)

Donald Cameron: Under the existing contract, it is island communities that continue to suffer from problems in our ferry service. The minister may be aware that there will be no Monday sailings from Colonsay to the mainland for the duration of the winter timetable. In effect, there will be a 25 per cent reduction in services over 21 weeks. What action will the minister take to ensure that Colonsay residents...

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