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Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery (22 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: I welcome the cabinet secretary to her role. In a portfolio that often talks about growth, it is good to see her leading by example with her expanding range of responsibilities. This is a very serious matter. The cabinet secretary was right to pay tribute to the workforce, who are highly skilled. This is, after all, a profitable site, and although she has asked us not to politicise the...

Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery ( 8 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: I wonder whether Stephen Kerr might reflect on two points. First, he is right about the investment that is required, but the site is still a profitable site according to both Petroineos and the trade unions. That is worth reflecting on. Secondly, would Stephen Kerr reflect on the fact that the global context includes a situation where the US already has a committed price for things such as...

Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery ( 8 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: I thank Stephen Kerr for securing time for us to speak about this important topic. He set out the basis for the debate incredibly well. It is about investment, about energy resilience and therefore the future of our economy, and about ensuring that we have a genuinely just transition, not a chaotic end to key elements of our economy. Michelle Thomson and Graham Simpson set out some very...

Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery ( 8 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: E xactly so. It is really important that we retain those skills. I pay tribute to the workforce’s focus and commitment to ensuring that there is a viable site at Grangemouth. Let us make no mistake—this is an incredibly important site. There are only six large refineries in the entire UK, so there will be a major loss of capacity. That is important for future requirements relating to...

Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery ( 8 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: I am very happy to give way.

Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery ( 8 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: I agree with that. We need greater clarity. I do not want to cast aspersions—the workforce is very clear about that—but, if we could understand the basis for the decision, we could provide help. We need a plan. Other countries have price commitments around products such as SAF, which are enabling investment. Likewise, we need stability around the regime in this area. Changes in policy...

Scottish Parliament: Grangemouth Oil Refinery ( 8 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: I wonder whether those two points come together in an important way. It is well and good to talk about just transition and the need for a plan, but unless the board considers things such as the HEFA decision, which the minister mentioned, and other decisions that might lie in other departments, we do not really have a plan. It needs to be joined up. There is an investment gap. Peak oil was 20...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1 ( 8 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1 ( 8 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: Does Ross Greer not recognise that a marginal tax rate of 60 per cent for those in the middle, which is higher than that for people who are on £70,000, £80,000 or £90,000, is the absolute inverse of progressive taxation?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1 ( 8 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: Let me attempt to salvage a note of consensus. One thing that we can all agree on, in line with what Stuart McMillan said, is that this debate has a déjà vu feel to it. We will probably all feel that we have left it with exactly the same position that we went into it with, which is perhaps a shame. However, if the Government wants such debates to be more rational, it needs to be a little...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1 ( 8 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: That is not how the process works. The Government puts forward a budget. We cannot even amend the budget bill and it is for the Government to defend its spending. We are scrutinising the consequences of the budget; it is for the Government to defend them. That is why the Government must defend why it is cutting £28 million from university budgets and must explain, if that will not lead to a...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1 ( 8 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: Kenny Gibson went further in his remarks, saying that the budget lacked strategic coherence. Everyone is looking at the back of the chamber; my speech must be having more of an impact than I realised.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1 ( 8 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: I am happy to.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1 ( 8 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: That is a very fair point. For that to be the component of the college budget that is cut at a time when we should be upskilling and reskilling flies in the face of economic reality and shows why Labour is absolutely committed to reform of the apprenticeship levy. Ultimately, we need growth: it is only through growth that we will be able to make changes. Alas, over the past five years,...

Scottish Parliament: Business Confidence and Promotion of Entrepreneurship ( 7 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: There is a good deal of concern about the impact that the draft budget will have on our enterprise agencies. Will the minister outline how many businesses were supported by enterprise agencies in the past year as compared with pre-Covid times?

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living Support (Engagement with United Kingdom Government) ( 7 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: On the topic of utility bills, water bills are going up by 8 per cent, despite Scottish Water’s reserves now sitting at almost £2 billion. How is that justified, given that Scottish Water could clearly absorb or defer that increase?

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: Does Tom Arthur not recognise that the very fact that the bill is an enabling bill, rather than one that sets out criteria, mechanisms and thresholds, makes it difficult for us to scrutinise it and consider whether it will deliver on the intent that he sets out? Does he recognise that that is a weakness, as Parliament considers the bill?

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: Does Murdo Fraser agree that there is an interesting contrast between public agencies and private businesses in the approaches that are being taken? The banks now take a much broader view about supporting people through financial difficulties, whereas councils can often be some of the most aggressive agencies in pursuing debts, which is something that we need to think about as we think about...

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: All too often, mental health and debt go hand in hand and lead to absolutely disastrous social consequences, both for the people who are immediately affected and for wider society. The need to legislate in that area is therefore clear. That is why Scottish Labour is broadly supportive of the bill and will support its general principles at stage 1. However, it is important to note that we have...

Scottish Parliament: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 6 Feb 2024)

Daniel Johnson: I will take the intervention in a second. The Royal Edinburgh hospital is in my constituency—I am contacted by people there, but very often, it is quite far down the line that they even have the means of communication to do so. If those are the people whom we are talking about, I question whether they have the capacity and, as I said, the physical means, to take up such a moratorium. I am...


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