Results 81–100 of 536 for speaker:Jamie Halcro Johnston

Scottish Parliament: Education Governance (Island Proofing) (2 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Yesterday, a number of people protested outside Orkney Islands Council against proposed cuts to support for learning budgets, and the council has now decided not to proceed with those proposals. The cabinet secretary will be aware that because of their geography and demographics, island communities are often less able to collaborate and share among schools the costs of services such as...

Scottish Parliament: Flexible Workforce Development Fund (10 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the effectiveness of the flexible workforce development fund. (S5O-02078)

Scottish Parliament: Flexible Workforce Development Fund (10 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: In this first year, provision for the fund has centred on colleges. Would the minister consider opening up the fund, or any successor programme, to other suitable providers of training and skills in future years?

Scottish Parliament: Highlands and Islands Airports (Car Parking Charges) (10 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I congratulate Tavish Scott on bringing the debate to the chamber. I apologise to him and to you, Presiding Officer, for missing the start of his opening speech. I am an Orcadian, and Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd is my local operator. I declare an interest as a regular user of its services, alongside many thousands of local people, businesses and visitors who travel to and from—and...

Scottish Parliament: Remote and Rural Areas (Support for Older People) (16 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how it supports older people in remote and rural areas. (S5O-02091)

Scottish Parliament: Remote and Rural Areas (Support for Older People) (16 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Older people regularly find themselves the target of scams, mis-selling and pressurised door-to-door sales, and evidence from Age UK suggests that almost half of older people have been targeted in that way. Cracking down on scams has been raised by the Scottish older people’s assembly, which visited Parliament this month, and trading standards has agreed to look into the views of older...

Scottish Parliament: Erasmus+ (16 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I thank committee members and the clerking team for the work that they have done on Erasmus+ and for the report that we have before us today. The current Erasmus+ programme covers a period from 2014 to 2020, backed by a substantial budget of around €15 billion. Each year, the programme funds somewhere in the region of 16,000 exchanges for UK students to work or study abroad. Studying abroad...

Scottish Parliament: Disability Employment Gap (22 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The employment gap between people with disabilities and those without disabilities remains significant and substantial. Fewer than half of people with disabilities are in employment compared with well over 80 per cent of people without disabilities. Although change has been coming, it has been slow and the gap remains stubborn. As overall employment has grown, increases in the number of...

Scottish Parliament: Disability Employment Gap (22 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I have just made that point. In the past four years, the UK Government has made a real contribution by bringing 600,000 people with disabilities into work, and ther e have been increases in the living wage. A huge amount of progress has been made, and I am sure that that progress will continue. Fortunately, during our lifetimes, there has been a real shift in attitudes towards disabled people...

Scottish Parliament: Disability Employment Gap (22 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Would the member also recognise that the UN committee said: “at a national level, it appears that the welfare system together with a social and health care system provide a solid base for the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities”?

Scottish Parliament: Disability Employment Gap (22 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Does Gordon MacDonald agree that the Scottish Government should look to the example of the UK Government? After four years, 600,000 more disabled people are now in work.

Scottish Parliament: Education (Subject Choices) (23 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: First, I welcome Liz Smith’s remarks. She outlined in great detail why this debate is an important one. On these benches, we have sought answers from the Scottish Government over the past week on a significant change in our schools: the narrowing of subject choice. We were told that curriculum for excellence would “provide more choices and more chances” for young people. We were assured...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Northern Isles) (24 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I declare an interest as a partner in the business of J Halcro-Johnston and Sons, and I thank the minister for the advance sight of his statement. I welcome the outcome in the short term, but although the minister claims to have listened to local people it appears that he simply had his hand forced by the European Commission. The minister has made clear that he still wants to take the...

Scottish Parliament: Skills Development (Rural Economy) (31 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I declare an interest as a partner in the farming business, J Halcro-Johnston and Sons. I recently attended a National Sheep Association event and spoke to a young person there who is considering entering sheep farming as a profession, but faces a number of barriers. Such new entrants are vital to the sustainability of Scotland’s rural economy. What update can the cabinet secretary give on...

Scottish Parliament: Passenger Air Links (Islands) (31 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what assessments it has conducted of passenger air links to Scotland’s island communities. (S5O-02149)

Scottish Parliament: Passenger Air Links (Islands) (31 May 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I thank the minister for that reply and acknowledge the general surprise from the members on that side. Given the level of dependence of the island routes on a single operator and the effect that that has on competition, can the minister say whether he has had any discussions with any other potential providers of services on the routes, and whether he agrees, in principle, that competition...

Scottish Parliament: Celebrating Scotland’s Volunteers (5 Jun 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: This debate has been a positive way of marking volunteering week and highlighting the commitment of volunteers, from those in Scotland’s cities to those in our most remote and rural communities. Many members have spoken about their own experiences of volunteering in their constituencies and regions. The debate has shown just some of the breadth of activities that volunteer activity can...

Scottish Parliament: Sexual Harassment and Inappropriate Conduct Inquiry (14 Jun 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Following on from the words of our convener, Claire Haughey, I welcome the committee’s work on this important subject and the spirit in which my fellow committee members have approached our inquiry. The committee received a significant body of evidence and I extend my thanks to the clerking team for pulling it all together and to all those who wrote to us and attended evidence sessions. The...

Scottish Parliament: International Women in Engineering Day (19 Jun 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I congratulate Gillian Martin on bringing the debate to the chamber. The attention that has been paid in recent years to opportunities for women in STEM careers has been welcome. For too long, there has been not so much a gap as a chasm between the numbers of men and women entering those professions. The efforts of the Women’s Engineering Society will be welcomed across the chamber; this is...

Scottish Parliament: Moray Council (New Administration) (21 Jun 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Does the cabinet secretary recognise the figure that was published recently by the Scottish Parliament information centre, setting out that Moray Council has endured a £106 cut in funding for every man, woman and child in Moray over the past five years? When he met his new Scottish National Party colleagues on Moray Council, did they make representations to him about those cuts?


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