Results 1–20 of 1522 for speaker:Jamie Greene

Scottish Parliament: XL Bully-type Dogs (Definition) (28 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: Much of the current confusion could have been avoided if Scotland had kept pace with other parts of the UK on regulations of this nature. Yesterday, the Minister for Victims and Community Safety reiterated the Scottish Government’s position that it’s concern is about deed, not breed. However, the legislation is, by its very nature, breed specific. Over a number of weeks, we have seen...

Scottish Parliament: Crystal FM Radio (28 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: I ask members to forgive me—I was not scheduled to speak in the debate, so I am going to subject them to one of my “I wrote it during First Minister’s questions” speeches. However, I feel that this is a really important debate to participate in, not least because I have a huge personal interest in local and community radio. I thank Christine Grahame for bringing her motion to the...

Scottish Parliament: Crystal FM Radio (28 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: I apologise to Julia Child for the reference. I want to make some important points about community radio. There are more than 300 community radio stations operating across the UK. Many have tried and failed over the years, for reasons such as have been eloquently illustrated. My experience takes me right back to being a teenager, when I got involved in local radio. I was heavily involved in...

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax (27 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: 6. To ask the Scottish Government at what specific annual income any individual would start to pay more income tax in Scotland than they would elsewhere in the United Kingdom under its new Scottish income tax levels. (S6O-03273)

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax (27 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: Buried away in that answer was the figure of £28,867. According to this Scottish National Party Government, the richest in society should pay more tax. I wonder what people who are earning £28,000 a year would have to say in response to that. In fact, when we get to £50,000 in income, there is a 20 per cent differential between what we pay in tax in Scotland and what is paid elsewhere in...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine (Chief Executive) (27 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: To be clear, we are getting a new turnaround chief at the yard, who is replacing the existing turnaround chief, who was brought in to turn around the work of the previous turnaround chief—all at a cost of about £2 million or £3 million in taxpayers’ money. I have not heard any answers to the real questions, which are these. Why was Mr Tydeman fired? If he was fired, why is he getting a...

Scottish Parliament: Accessibility Options (21 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: Given that it is British Sign Language week, I find that response slightly disappointing, as I am sure many BSL users will. It is not for us or the corporate body to make editorial decisions about what committee business BSL users might or might not be interested in. Surely, in this modern day and age, we could make better use of technology to ensure wider participation in parliamentary...

Scottish Parliament: Parliament Campus Safety (21 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: 11. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what steps it is considering to ensure the safety of the public, MSPs and staff entering or exiting the Scottish Parliament campus, in light of a number of recent events of concern. (S6O-03249)

Scottish Parliament: Parliament Campus Safety (21 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: Despite all of that, in recent weeks, we have seen a spate of attempts to disrupt democracy in the Parliament. There has been interference from the gallery during First Minister’s question time; members of the public have been harassed or even prevented from entering the building during protests; members, as well as our staff, have been accosted by protesters upon exiting various points of...

Scottish Parliament: Creative Industries (20 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: It was not long ago that politicians from across the political spectrum came together to lobby against plans to privatise Channel 4. We were successful in that, but we are now concerned about plans that could mean just 9 per cent of production quotas taking place outside England. Does the minister agree that one way to grow Scotland’s creative industries is to grow our screen sector, and...

Scottish Parliament: Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Act 2022 (20 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how many individuals have been charged and successfully prosecuted under any of the provisions in the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Act 2022. (S6O-03226)

Scottish Parliament: Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Act 2022 (20 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: I thank the minister for her update. I am pleased that the aggravator that I introduced to the act is being used successfully to support our emergency services workers. However, since the 2022 act was passed, there has been a continuation of, and a rise in, the antisocial behaviour that it was designed to eradicate. Pyrotechnics and flares are still being used at football games, and it seems...

Scottish Parliament: Teacher Induction Scheme (14 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: 5. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government will take in response to reported statistics showing that nearly one in five probationary teachers left the teacher induction scheme in 2023. (S6F-02921)

Scottish Parliament: Teacher Induction Scheme (14 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: I agree that the number fluctuates. However, the drop-out rate was 13 per cent before Covid and was nearer 19 per cent last year, which is an alarming rise. The Educational Institute of Scotland believes that, once teachers enter the workplace, they face the harsh realities that many in the profession have known for some time—increased workload, less support for teachers and pupils and a...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (14 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to comments made by the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland, which described Scotland as being “in the midst of a housing emergency”. (S6O-03205)

Scottish Parliament: Housing (14 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: After 17 years in government, what a shameful response that is. In Scotland, 10,000 children are living in temporary accommodation and 130,000 households are waiting for social housing, and that response from the minister is the best that we get from the Government. Shelter Scotland accused this Government—not any other Government—of “gaslighting” the people of Scotland on the housing...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: I am extremely concerned about the vagueness in relation to the LNG system and whether that might cause further delays to the launch of the Glen Sannox. Islanders on Arran would rather have a vessel that runs solely on diesel than have no vessel running at all. Is the Government digging in on the original wording of the contract, or is there any flexibility in respect of launching the ship...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My vote may or may not have registered; I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Ardrossan to Brodick Ferry (29 Feb 2024)

Jamie Greene: What I did not hear in either of the cabinet secretary’s two responses was a firm commitment that Brodick to Ardrossan will be retained as the primary route. The Scottish Government did not build a ferry that was fit for purpose on that route, and neither has the Scottish Government invested properly in Ardrossan harbour since the 2017 campaign to save it as part of the primary route. Will...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health-related Incidents (28 Feb 2024)

Jamie Greene: 3. Presiding Officer, I draw your attention to the fact that we are having some technical issues with the consoles at the rear of the chamber. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported comments by Police Scotland’s chief constable that the force deals with over 100,000 mental health-related incidents each year. (S6O-03128)

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