Results 1–20 of 415 for speaker:Michelle Ballantyne

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (2 Mar 2021)

Michelle Ballantyne: One of my constituents, who is a merchant seafarer who left Scotland to join his cargo ship before the quarantine rules were introduced, now finds himself unable to continue his job unless he accepts not returning to his home and family, and pays most of his salary in quarantine costs between ships. Today, he arrived at Edinburgh airport to be told that he could not be quarantined in...

Scottish Parliament: Parliamentary Bureau Motions (3 Feb 2021)

Michelle Ballantyne: It gives me no pleasure to take up members’ time to speak against the motion, but I feel that it is important to raise how unsatisfactory it is that SSIs are presented to the Parliament with a broad range of elements that we have either to support or reject en masse. I have raised the matter at the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee and hope that, in the next session of Parliament,...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Care Workforce (20 Jan 2021)

Michelle Ballantyne: The emergence of the coronavirus and its subsequent variants has resulted in decisions being made that would have been unthinkable a year ago. The idea that our liberties could be restricted, our livelihoods threatened and our children’s education disrupted is the stuff of nightmares. As a population, we have been asked to step up. Many people have had to make sacrifices that they did not...

Scottish Parliament: Parliamentary Bureau Motions (20 Jan 2021)

Michelle Ballantyne: I wish to speak against motions S5M-23910 and S5M-23911. With only a couple of minutes allocated to explain my objections, I start by saying that my concerns in no way dismiss the dangers of the Covid virus, nor do they suggest that decision makers do not care or are not trying to do their best. However, on examining a wide range of available data and analysis on the impact of the Covid virus...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (20 Jan 2021)

Michelle Ballantyne: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I did not connect to the digital voting system, but I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: I want to set out the reasoning for lodging my amendments. I will try to keep my remarks on each group short and to the point, because I am conscious that this will be a long day. My amendments throughout stage 3 speak to the fact that, fundamentally, it is for the Parliament to legislate. I welcome the changes that have been made at stage 2, particularly with regard to limiting the duration,...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: Mike Russell is correct that I did not have any meetings with him about those amendments, but they were all back and forth from the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee’s report and he has responded to those, so they are not new. He has seen that committee’s thoughts on those amendments. We had not had time to hear the Government’s position on them, and I felt that it was important...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: My intention was to limit the powers that the bill provides to the next two parliamentary terms. However, I do not intend to move amendment 42.

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: Mr Lockhart has covered very well the issues that my amendments try to cover. It is wrong to think that everybody out there who is doing business and living their lives is watching every move that is made in this Parliament. Scottish statutory instruments are passed on a daily basis when the Parliament sits, and sometimes even members do not really know what they are voting for. If we are to...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Dec 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: In the light of the amendments that Liam McArthur has lodged and his explanation of them, I intend not to move amendments 52 and 17, because they overlap with head (1) of amendment 18. However, I will move amendment 16, because it would strengthen the way in which the statement was laid. The amendment would require slightly stronger approval of the statement when it comes to the Parliament. I...

Scottish Parliament: Trade Arrangements (Post-Brexit) (16 Dec 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on which post-Brexit trading arrangements between the United Kingdom and European Union would be best for Scotland. (S5O-04861)

Scottish Parliament: Trade Arrangements (Post-Brexit) (16 Dec 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: Although I thank the cabinet secretary for that answer, the reality is that the democratic decision to resign the UK’s membership of the EU was supported by more than 1 million Scottish voters, and that we officially left the EU in January of this year. Therefore, does the cabinet secretary want a trade deal that returns control of our territorial fishing waters and gives us sovereignty...

Scottish Parliament: Offensive Weapons (26 Nov 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: 6. To ask the First Minister for what reason crimes involving offensive weapons reportedly continue to be on the rise, and what action the Scottish Government is taking to tackle this. (S5F-04595)

Scottish Parliament: Offensive Weapons (26 Nov 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: We have seen a downturn in the number of crimes. That has no doubt been brought about partly by the pandemic that we are experiencing. However, although there has been a decrease in crime in most local authorities, Midlothian is rare, in that there has been a 5 per cent increase, even if we discount crimes that are counted under the new coronavirus legislation. For comparison, I note that...

Scottish Parliament: Union Connectivity Review (18 Nov 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what engagement Transport Scotland has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the union connectivity review. (S5O-04753)

Scottish Parliament: Union Connectivity Review (18 Nov 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: What I really want to understand is whether the cabinet secretary is going to take part in the independent review. For those of us who live, work and run businesses in the south of Scotland, connectivity across the border is extremely important. It is not a political matter—it is just a necessity. Is the cabinet secretary taking part in the review? If not, why not?

Scottish Parliament: Veterans and Armed Forces Community (17 Nov 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: Many years ago, there was a saying that, if the Army wanted you to have a wife, it would have issued you with one. When I was a young Army wife, one of my first experiences was giving evidence to an inquiry into how to improve life for families and prevent soldiers from leaving the forces earlier than they might have done. I am glad to say that the past 38 years have seen positive change, not...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Support (Tourism and Hospitality) (11 Nov 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests. Last week, the South of Scotland Destination Alliance conducted a flash survey of the sector on the impact of the new tier system and the lockdown in England. The results are stark: 90 to 100 per cent of bookings are cancelled, and there is an estimated loss of over £1 million. Some £500,000 of that is directly due to our...

Scottish Parliament: Flu Vaccinations (Completion) (29 Oct 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: 6. To ask the First Minister whether all flu vaccinations will be completed on time. (S5F-04486)

Scottish Parliament: Flu Vaccinations (Completion) (29 Oct 2020)

Michelle Ballantyne: When I previously asked the First Minister whether she could guarantee that everyone who is due a flu vaccine will receive one and what percentage she hoped to achieve by the end of November, she was not able to offer that guarantee. However, the health secretary wrote to me to give me the figure of 1,072,237 people—or 52 per cent of the people in that phase 1 group—whom she said would be...


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