Results 1–20 of 658 for speaker:Graham Simpson

Scottish Parliament: ScotRail (Proposed Timetable Changes) (16 Sep 2021)

Graham Simpson: Does the minister plan to keep the timetable cuts when ScotRail is nationalised?

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (15 Sep 2021)

Graham Simpson: When is the turnaround director going to turn anything around at the yard, and when is somebody’s head going to roll over this shambles?

Scottish Parliament: Vaccination Passports (14 Sep 2021)

Graham Simpson: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the announcement by the United Kingdom Government not to proceed with plans to introduce vaccine passports. (S6T-00146)

Scottish Parliament: Vaccination Passports (14 Sep 2021)

Graham Simpson: I thank the Deputy First Minister for his answer, although he did not actually answer the question that I asked. However, we will move on. At the weekend, the head of the Scottish Professional Football League, Neil Doncaster, said that the league was “hugely concerned” about the practicalities of delivering the scheme. After the league made it clear that the Government’s plan was...

Scottish Parliament: Vaccination Passports (14 Sep 2021)

Graham Simpson: The question is, what protections will be put in place to prevent that from happening?

Scottish Parliament: Vaccination Passports (14 Sep 2021)

Graham Simpson: The difference between the UK Government’s position and the Scottish Government’s position is that the Scottish Government has set a date for introducing the scheme, and the UK Government has not. The UK Government has said that it will do so if circumstances arise. There is a big difference there, and the Deputy First Minister knows it. It has been almost two weeks since the First...

Scottish Parliament: Low-emissions Ferries (Orkney) (9 Sep 2021)

Graham Simpson: The minister is well aware that the situation in Orkney is little different to that elsewhere in Scotland. When will we see a meaningful plan to start replacing Scotland’s ageing ferry fleet on the West coast and in Orkney?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Vaccine Certification Scheme (9 Sep 2021)

Graham Simpson: Will the cabinet secretary give way on that point?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Vaccine Certification Scheme (9 Sep 2021)

Graham Simpson: Will the cabinet secretary give way on that point?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (8 Sep 2021)

Graham Simpson: Earlier today, I was able to download my record of vaccination certificate. Within a minute, I managed to create a copy of the certificate in which I was able to change every single detail. That is not a particularly robust system, is it?

Scottish Parliament: ScotRail (Industrial Disputes) (7 Sep 2021)

Graham Simpson: We have seen cuts to services, a dispute that has now passed 130 days, 90 per cent of Sunday services cancelled, engineers now threatening strike action and the looming threat of all that continuing while world leaders visit rat-infested, SNP-run Glasgow in November. All of that is happening on the transport minister’s watch. When will he take control and get it sorted?

Scottish Parliament: ScotRail Service Reduction (1 Sep 2021)

Graham Simpson: Minister, is this a taste of things to come when ScotRail is nationalised?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government Agreement with Scottish Green Party (31 Aug 2021)

Graham Simpson: I will just quote from the coalition agreement. It states: “The current plan is to fully dual the A96 route between Inverness and Aberdeen.” It goes on to talk about having a “transparent, evidence-based review” to “include a climate compatibility assessment.” Can the First Minister say whether or not the A96 will be fully dualled?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (3 Aug 2021)

Graham Simpson: I want to ask about face coverings. The First Minister has made it clear that she thinks that the law on face coverings should remain. However, she will be aware that that restriction was removed in England a couple of weeks ago, and most people are choosing to continue to wear them. What needs to happen for the First Minister to change her mind on face coverings, so that we can enjoy the...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jun 2021)

Graham Simpson: I thank you, Presiding Officer, for accepting my amendment, which is the same amendment that I spoke to yesterday, when it was in a group with another amendment. It is not my practice to bring back amendments that have already been debated, but we ended up in a pretty strange situation yesterday. My amendment yesterday was on licensing boards. The other amendment, which was in the name of...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jun 2021)

Graham Simpson: I will press amendment 1 and I assure the Deputy First Minister that my career chances were over some time ago. [ Laughter .] My colleagues will, no doubt, testify to that. I am not a mind reader, but I was trying to delve into the Deputy First Minister’s mind from afar and I seem to have got that right. I welcome his comments. Amendment 1 agreed to.

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Jun 2021)

Graham Simpson: I had better say something, seeing as Murdo Fraser has teed me up. [ Interruption .] It is too late for that. I want to comment on amendment 11, in the name of Paul Sweeney. Mr Sweeney has got it completely wrong. The bill is classed as emergency legislation—we do not see it as that, but that is the way that we are dealing with it. Mr Sweeney seemed to want to introduce a wider transport...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2 (23 Jun 2021)

Graham Simpson: There are two amendments in the group—my amendment 12, which relates to licensing boards, and amendment 13, in the name of Alex Cole-Hamilton, which relates to meetings of councils, and which I support. Yesterday, the First Minister gave an unusually upbeat statement to Parliament, albeit with her usual caveats. If we are to take her at her word, life should return to something like normal...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2 (23 Jun 2021)

Graham Simpson: I will press amendment 12. I am slightly confused by the Deputy First Minister’s response. On one hand, I am encouraged that he agrees with Alex Cole-Hamilton’s amendment 13, but on the other I am utterly baffled as to why he would agree that councils should meet in public but not agree that licensing boards should do so. Licensing boards are made up of councillors, so they are,...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Travel Ban) (22 Jun 2021)

Graham Simpson: 1. To ask the Scottish Government on what basis it has introduced a ban on non-essential travel between Scotland and Manchester and Salford. (S6T-00090)


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