Results 1–20 of 1643 for speaker:Liam Kerr

Scottish Parliament: Bus Provision in Banffshire and Buchan Coast (Engagement with Operators) (28 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: A major issue in north-east bus provision is abuse of and violence against drivers and passengers. Following the tragic death of Keith Rollinson in Elgin, Unite published a 15-point blueprint to improve safety, and it has called for legislation to create a specific offence of committing a crime against transport workers. Has the minister read that blueprint? If so, which of the 15 points...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: I cannot imagine that anyone in the chamber would disagree that people who want to go to university as part of their life plan should be able to do so, regardless of means or circumstances. Aside from personal benefits, the consequences are social, economic and fair. I welcome the tone of the minister’s contribution, particularly on working together, because it inexorably follows that we...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: In two seconds, minister. Let us not forget that the fair access report says that progress has stalled and that the Scottish Government is not on track to meet its widening access targets. The minister is to be commended on his remarks that, as commentators including Professor Lindsay Paterson and Commissioner McKendrick have made clear, SIMD is something of a blunt instrument on which to rely.

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: I recognise that, and I very much welcome the approach to the portfolio that the minister is taking. For far too long, there has been a very restrictive approach and an absence of whole-systems thinking. That is demonstrated by what is being done to the college sector. Professor McKendrick, the commissioner for fair access, highlighted just yesterday how important colleges are to the fair...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: The Cabinet Secretary for Finance stood in the chamber and conceded that there were 1,200-plus fewer places available to students going forward. We can look at the official record on widening access. Shona Robison stood there and conceded the point. On the widening access agenda, Universities Scotland has pointed out that the cost of living crisis has the biggest impact on those who were...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: I certainly will. How will a £107 million cut to the Scottish Funding Council’s budget improve the situation?

Scottish Parliament: Audiology Assessment (NHS Grampian) (21 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: Devastating figures that came out this week reveal that people can be waiting up to two years for audiology assessments at NHS Grampian. The chief executive, Adam Coldwells, has laid the blame for that squarely at the door of the Government, which underfunds the service and fails to properly workforce plan. Precisely how does the Government intend to drive those waiting times down, and when...

Scottish Parliament: ASN Assistants (Qualification and Registration) (21 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: Statistics that came out on Tuesday showed that Scotland has 392 fewer ASN specialists than it did in 2013. Over the same period, there was a 96.8 per cent increase in the number of pupils identified with an additional support need. What solution can the cabinet secretary offer right now to address the falling ASN teacher numbers and reduce the number of pupils that each of those teachers is...

Scottish Parliament: Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: I am listening carefully to what the member is saying. If this is a framework bill, such that the Government can later bring back bits and tack extra things on to it, how can the Parliament adequately scrutinise the finances that are being proposed?

Scottish Parliament: 2030 Climate Change Targets (20 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: Given that the emissions targets are embedded in legislation and that the CCC says that they are impossible to achieve, what does the cabinet secretary propose to do to avoid breaching the law?

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Crime (13 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports of rising wildlife crime across Scotland. (S6O-03184)

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Crime (13 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: The Scottish Government is set, in the bill that was referenced, to grant additional powers to the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to investigate wildlife crime, but rural communities nevertheless expect Police Scotland to play a role, too. What research has the Scottish Government done on the impact of outsourcing policing on evidence and convictions, and what impact is...

Scottish Parliament: School-based Violence ( 7 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: Following the shocking EIS report on violence in Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council is introducing a whistleblowing form for teachers who feel that they are discouraged from reporting violent incidents by pupils. Does the cabinet secretary welcome that move, or does she have concerns?

Scottish Parliament: Rail Services (Safety and Accessibility) ( 7 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: The ScotRail high-speed trains reportedly contributed to the tragic outcomes at Carmont, as they are less safe than trains that meet modern standards. The Cabinet Secretary for Transport and her predecessors have consistently refused to give me a date for replacement. Many suggest that that is due to the cost of the break clause in the contract with the rolling stock company. Could the...

Scottish Parliament: Fife Circle Improvement Plan ( 7 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Earlier on, I asked the cabinet secretary a straight question on whether financial considerations were holding up the replacement of the class 43s. In her response, she suggested—in, dare I say, somewhat intemperate language—that I was wrong and that I was misrepresenting the findings of the Carmont board in relation to those trains. I am happy to...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: Presiding Officer, “Assaulted when 5 months pregnant—resulted in a bleed and hospital visit”; “I had a mild concussion last session, due to being struck with an object”; “PSAs are being used as punching bags and their and teachers mental health is awful.” Those are just three of the many terrifying quotes in the recent “Violence and Aggressive Behaviour” report by the...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: I do, but I also point out that I managed to get hold of the report. What concerned people was the cabinet secretary’s statement that said: “I don’t oversee education locally. That’s a matter for the local authority”; that “The appropriate response here is a matter for Aberdeen City Council”; and that the report was merely a local “snapshot”. We know that none of those is...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools ( 6 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: I absolutely share the cabinet secretary’s concern about misogyny and its impacts. Regarding the response to that, I was really interested by the cabinet secretary’s remarks at the weekend that she would support a move away from restorative justice and would back teachers who are prepared to exclude the most violent and unruly pupils. Can she give us more details on that, and on when we...

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Industry ( 6 Mar 2024)

Liam Kerr: Can the cabinet secretary remind the Parliament how much more of our emissions, proportionately, come from imported oil and gas than from oil and gas sourced locally?

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