Results 1–20 of 1151 for speaker:Graham Simpson

Scottish Parliament: Rail Travel (Safety) (28 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: Surely, if there are developments on the issue, the cabinet secretary should tell us what they are. After all, she is the Cabinet Secretary for Transport. Will those developments please the RMT?

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: I apologise—I am a little bit hoarse today. I also apologise for having to leave as soon as I have spoken. I have already spoken about that with the Presiding Officer and the Cabinet Secretary for Transport. We have been waiting a long time for the fair fares review. It is way overdue. If it had been the equivalent of waiting for a train, we would have jumped in a car and got there quicker....

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: Of course I accept that. Some people like using their car. However, some people have to use their car, because there is no bus. I have to point out the shortcomings of the review, but I want to help the debate by suggesting things that we could do. We are at a starting point, and we need to continue the conversation. Although I might be critical in this debate, we should continue to talk. I...

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: I will do, if I can have the time back.

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: Transport Scotland should have sought data on that from Lothian Buses, but it does not appear to have done that. That would be the starting point.

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: No. I have taken two interventions already. I have been calling for a bus fare cap across the country, as has Labour, but that proposal was not even considered. How is that even credible? Such a cap should be considered straight away. That would help people across the country. In particular, it would help people who are living in poverty; more importantly, it would help people who are living...

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: The cabinet secretary knows that I am in a rush today, and she knows why. I have been discussing the idea of a bus fare cap with my friends in the Poverty Alliance. One of the more interesting ideas in the review is the idea of giving free bus travel to addicts, although the review does not say on what basis that would be done. Mention is made of another pilot. Would that apply to all travel...

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: S mashing. I don’t have any time in hand. [ Laughter .] I was keen to work with the Government on developing costings for such a scheme, and I still am. If the Government thinks that people with substance issues should get free bus travel—which is an idea that we can look at—what about unpaid carers and other groups, such as the unemployed? The review could have promised an expansion of...

Scottish Parliament: Public Transport (Fair Fares Review) (28 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: That is encouraging. If someone could use a bank card to tap on and off a train service—as happens on the London underground, which I am sure the cabinet secretary has used—that would be the way to go. It is certainly worth investigating. The advisory board should speak to companies such as Fairtiq and others whose technology is being used across Europe to make travel easier and, in many...

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

Graham Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the chief executive of Ferguson Marine had his contract of employment terminated yesterday.

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

Graham Simpson: David Tydeman was brutally sacked yesterday. He was the man with the impossible job of turning things around where the previous turnaround director had failed. In fact, to show what he was up against, last October, he told the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee that the design of the Glen Sannox was “more complex than a type 26”—[ Official Report , Net Zero, Energy and Transport...

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

Graham Simpson: Well, of course the union will work with whoever the boss is. At least the union had the guts to turn up on GMS this morning, unlike the cabinet secretary. The new interim CEO is apparently based in Canada. I hope that he is in British Columbia, where they have an excellent ferry service that we could learn from. How is that arrangement actually going to work? The cabinet secretary has said...

Scottish Parliament: Events (Scheduling) (21 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: 6. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will give further consideration to allowing events to start in the Parliament building while members’ business debates are on-going. (S6O-03258)

Scottish Parliament: Events (Scheduling) (21 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: I got a written response because, at the time, I was not able to ask my question verbally. I am asking for a review of the policy. I did not want to know what the policy is—I know what it is. People look forward to visiting this Parliament and they can go to a lot of time and expense in order to be here, so I think that we should do better by them. Some events have had to be cancelled. The...

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

Graham Simpson: I find myself today in a state of déjà vu. I recently spoke in the stage 1 debate on the cladding bill on issues around cladding and fire safety. I said in that debate that I would very reluctantly support the general principles of what I saw as a deficient bill but that that support would expire if improvements were not made. That is also my view of this bill, hence the sense of déjà vu....

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

Graham Simpson: I heard the minister earlier, so I take the point that she wants to make on board. The minister is giving me a thumbs up to that—good. Indeed, Consumer Scotland said: “Additional support may be needed for local authorities with higher levels of geographic isolation or deprivation.” The point about geographic isolation has already been made. Perhaps the most damaging aspect of the bill...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: One of the criticisms of the responsible developers scheme, and of the bill in general, is a lack of clarity. For example, we do not have enough information on how the scheme might work and who would be covered. Can the minister tell us that, and how open is he to dealing with sensible amendments to the bill to clear up some of the confusion around it?

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: Does Miles Briggs agree that it is not just about ministers having reporting duties but about action, so that people actually get work done on their properties? I am less interested in hearing from the minister on how he is doing; I want to know what is happening on the ground.

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: What does Willie Coffey understand by the phrase “tolerable risk”?

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Graham Simpson: Let us start at the beginning. Other members have rightly said that the whole issue began when Grenfell tower turned into an inferno in June 2017, killing 72 people. It was a scandalous mass tragedy that could have been avoided had inflammable cladding not been on the building. One would think that there would have been a UK-wide response to find out which other buildings had unsafe cladding,...


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