Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Results 1–20 of 341 for speaker:Ben Macpherson

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Sector (Impact of Proposed Immigration Controls) (6 Feb 2020)

Ben Macpherson: Current UK immigration policy does not recognise the needs of Scotland’s key industries. James Withers, chief executive officer of Scotland Food & Drink, has stressed that the food and drink sector employs 40,000 European Union nationals, with a further 46,000 roles needing to be filled by 2030. The UK Government’s proposals will restrict labour market access and could leave many of those...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Sector (Impact of Proposed Immigration Controls) (6 Feb 2020)

Ben Macpherson: The Scottish Government has consistently sought to be constructive and solution focused in respect of the clear deficiencies within the UK Government’s approach to the rights of EU citizens. We have long argued that, in place of the EU settlement scheme, the UK should adopt a declaratory system with the option of physical proof for those who desire it. That would avoid the need for people...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Scottish Visa (Impact on Rural Economy) (6 Feb 2020)

Ben Macpherson: The current migration system is not working for our rural communities. The Scottish visa and rural migration pilot schemes, in line with the recommendation from the Migration Advisory Committee, could have a significant positive impact on the growth and sustainability of our rural economy. Those measures would allow Scotland to attract and, crucially, retain people with the skills and...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Scottish Visa (Impact on Rural Economy) (6 Feb 2020)

Ben Macpherson: I very much share Keith Brown’s concerns. The example that he cites shows that the fact that we have now left the European Union makes us less attractive to migrant workers. We are competing with EU countries that want to attract the same individuals to work in their economies. As Keith Brown said, and as I mentioned in my previous answer, pilots should be hosted here in Scotland. We have...

Scottish Parliament: Christmas and New Year Celebrations (Edinburgh) (22 Jan 2020)

Ben Macpherson: I n 2019, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay received a £160,000 award from the EventScotland international programme to support the torchlight procession on 30 December, together with £48,500-worth of international marketing support. The EventScotland winter festivals fund awarded £3,000 to the Edinburgh International Magic Festival’s hogmanay house at Lauriston castle. Between 2019 and 2021, City...

Scottish Parliament: Christmas and New Year Celebrations (Edinburgh) (22 Jan 2020)

Ben Macpherson: Responsibility for Underbelly’s contract to produce Edinburgh’s Christmas resides solely with City of Edinburgh Council. For clarity, the Scottish Government has never provided any funding support for that festival. As Alison Johnstone has alluded, City of Edinburgh Council is debating the future of all the winter festivals, including the use of Princes Street gardens for Edinburgh’s...

Scottish Parliament: Christmas and New Year Celebrations (Edinburgh) (22 Jan 2020)

Ben Macpherson: Questions about City of Edinburgh Council’s provision of marketing are for the council to consider. I reiterate what I said in my initial answer. As part of the award for Edinburgh’s most recent hogmanay celebrations, the Scottish Government provided £48,500-worth of international marketing support through the EventScotland international programme.

Scottish Parliament: UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Dec 2019)

Ben Macpherson: Amendment 1 will make a change to section 20(2) that I believe will be beneficial as a result of changes to section 20(1) on the use of reasonable force that were made at stage 2. The stage 2 amendments resulted from constructive discussions that I had with Ross Greer about the important role of the police constable where the use of reasonable force is being considered. The amendments, which...

Scottish Parliament: UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Dec 2019)

Ben Macpherson: I simply ask all members to support amendment 1, which will improve the consistency of the approach in section 20 and ensure that the police constable is central to the authorisation of force. Amendment 1 agreed to.

Scottish Parliament: UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Dec 2019)

Ben Macpherson: This group contains Government amendments related to the commencement of the regulation-making powers in the bill. Amendment 5 extends the sections of the bill that it will be possible to commence through commencement regulations to include the sections required to permit regulations to be laid on the extent and dates of operation of the event zones, trading and advertising, compensation for...

Scottish Parliament: UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Dec 2019)

Ben Macpherson: I urge all members to support amendments 2 and 5 so that businesses, charities and the public as a whole can, in good time, have certainty about the restrictions and enforcement processes that will be in place during the championship period before it begins on 1 June. Amendment 2 agreed to.

Scottish Parliament: UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Dec 2019)

Ben Macpherson: This group contains Government amendments that will make minor and technical changes to the bill. Amendments 3 and 4 replace the references in the bill to “Police Scotland” with its proper statutory name, “the Police Service of Scotland”. “Police Scotland” is only that body’s common name, rather than its formal legal name as set out in the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act...

Scottish Parliament: UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (17 Dec 2019)

Ben Macpherson: I simply urge Parliament to support the amendments in the group. Amendment 3 agreed to.

Scottish Parliament: UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill (17 Dec 2019)

Ben Macpherson: It is a great pleasure to address the chamber this afternoon at this key milestone for the UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill. First of all, I thank my officials, the committee clerks, committee members and, indeed, all the other members who have engaged on the bill. I think that we have collaborated well; the parties coming together to make legislation stronger and more effective...

Scottish Parliament: UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill (17 Dec 2019)

Ben Macpherson: Many thanks to all members for their contributions to the debate. It is clear that there is consensus across the chamber in recognising the significant opportunity in hosting Euro 2020 and what it will bring to Glasgow and Scotland as a whole. From the introduction of the bill, there has been consensus that none of us wants to see match tickets being sold at inflated prices. The provisions on...

Scottish Parliament: UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill (17 Dec 2019)

Ben Macpherson: There is a complicated balance between the specific application of the provisions to this event and the general considerations around consumer protection for a range of events, which we would need to look at if a framework bill were to be effective. We will want to consider that as an outcome of this bill. The Scottish Government wants to see this bill succeed, and that will help inform our...

Scottish Parliament: Migration Advisory Committee (11 Dec 2019)

Ben Macpherson: I met the Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee in November 2018. Scottish Government officials most recently met the MAC on 25 September. The Scottish Government submitted a formal response last month to the MAC’s call for evidence on salary thresholds in the UK immigration system and on the dynamics of a points-based immigration system. In our engagement with the MAC, the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Migration Advisory Committee (11 Dec 2019)

Ben Macpherson: I share Linda Fabiani’s sentiments in condemning the Prime Minister’s remarks, and I support her important words about the net contribution of EU migrants not only to our economy and our public services, but in terms of the wider enrichment of our society. Scotland is a welcoming and open nation, and we want it to remain so. As Linda Fabiani is, the Scottish Government is grateful to...

Scottish Parliament: Migration Advisory Committee (11 Dec 2019)

Ben Macpherson: The number of applications for the EU settlement scheme continues to rise. As we anticipated, there was a significant uplift in October this year, before the Brexit deadline. We continue to invest in our support services through the Citizens Advice Scotland network of bureaux, where individuals who would like support and, crucially, advice on the EU settlement scheme can get it face-to-face,...

Scottish Parliament: St Andrew’s Day (28 Nov 2019)

Ben Macpherson: I am delighted that my Europe, migration and international development portfolio includes celebration of Scotland’s winter festivals, including St Andrew’s day. It is great to have this opportunity in Parliament, thanks to Tom Arthur and all the members who supported his motion, to debate the importance of St Andrew’s day. I also thank members of the cross-party group on St Andrew’s...


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 > >>

Create an alert

Did you find what you were looking for?

Advanced search

Find this exact word or phrase

You can also do this from the main search box by putting exact words in quotes: like "cycling" or "hutton report"

By default, we show words related to your search term, like “cycle” and “cycles” in a search for cycling. Putting the word in quotes, like "cycling", will stop this.

Excluding these words

You can also do this from the main search box by putting a minus sign before words you don’t want: like hunting -fox

We also support a bunch of boolean search modifiers, like AND and NEAR, for precise searching.

Date range

to

You can give a start date, an end date, or both to restrict results to a particular date range. A missing end date implies the current date, and a missing start date implies the oldest date we have in the system. Dates can be entered in any format you wish, e.g. 3rd March 2007 or 17/10/1989

Person

Enter a name here to restrict results to contributions only by that person.

Section

Restrict results to a particular parliament or assembly that we cover (e.g. the Scottish Parliament), or a particular type of data within an institution, such as Commons Written Answers.

Column

If you know the actual Hansard column number of the information you are interested in (perhaps you’re looking up a paper reference), you can restrict results to that; you can also use column:123 in the main search box.