Results 121–140 of 532 for speaker:Jamie Halcro Johnston

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (31 Oct 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I am afraid that I do not have time. The Scottish Government has tried to shift the blame on to private operators, but the need for those discussions was well known in advance. The Government had ample time to discuss proposals with all stakeholders, but a mess was left when discussions were commenced only at a late stage in the process. The commitments were not simply a gift from ministers,...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (31 Oct 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: However, the islands still have no certainty about future funding of their internal ferries. They need the Scottish Government to meet its commitment to provide a settlement, with a clear indication that it will be regular and not simply a one-off win with a new fight every new year. In Orkney and Shetland, the security of our ferry services has been hard won by local action against what...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Digital Industries (20 Nov 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I welcome the debate, which allows us to focus on an area of crucial importance to Scotland’s economic future. We have heard from other members about some of the prospects for the growth of the digital economy in Scotland. That potential is significant, which is why it is right that we are giving the tech sector our attention today. In its existing position, the growth value added by head...

Scottish Parliament: Digital Industries (20 Nov 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Investment is key to this. The member seems to suggest that the Scottish Government is about to deliver on commitments that it has made and repeated again and again. As somebody who represents the Highlands and Islands, I can say that the picture created by members on the benches over there is very different from the picture in my area. I particularly highlight the committee’s work around...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economic Future and Economic Data (22 Nov 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Given that my previous attempts at humour have seemed to clear the chamber and, almost, the gallery, members will be delighted to hear that I promise to avoid making such attempts today. I am pleased to speak in today’s debate on our committee reports on our economic performance and on economic data. I will focus on the economic performance report. There have been a number of positive...

Scottish Parliament: Bank of Scotland (Branch Closures) (28 Nov 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I thank Sandra White for bringing the debate to the chamber. Although the bank branch network has been in decline for some time, it has become clear in recent years that the closing of branches has gained pace. That has left us in a position in which the very future of branch-based banking services is under threat. Those services are still utilised by a significant cross-section of our...

Scottish Parliament: Bank of Scotland (Branch Closures) (28 Nov 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I thank the member for that intervention. We have discussed that idea at the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee, and we covered it during our inquiry on the impact of bank closures. We recognised not only that a particular view needs to be taken when it is the last bank in town but that there needs to be recognition of the particular impact that such closures can have in communities in...

Scottish Parliament: Veterans (4 Dec 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Today’s debate is a welcome opportunity to discuss some of the positive work across the United Kingdom to support and expand opportunities for veterans. There have been positive speeches from around the chamber. I join members who have emphasised the importance of the new strategy. We owe to our veterans a responsibility to ensure that the duties that they have undertaken as part of their...

Scottish Parliament: Apprenticeship Levy (Additional Apprenticeships) (5 Dec 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Following my letter to the First Minister about the hurdles that are faced by small businesses in accessing apprenticeships, the minister replied that he had met with the Federation of Small Businesses in July and that his officials would work with Skills Development Scotland to explore the scope to focus apprenticeship week on small business opportunities. Given that the next apprenticeship...

Scottish Parliament: Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (Meetings) (6 Dec 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: T he cabinet secretary will perhaps be aware that, due to the range of discounts and differential charges that exist, airport charges are occasionally higher for flights to the islands. Indeed, at airports such as Inverness airport, it can be the case that the island flights are the only ones that pay the full charge. Does the cabinet secretary believe that that is fair? What assessment has...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: rose —

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I am not used to being missed, so I will take that as a compliment. I come to today’s debate having reflected on the future of an industry that has a long history in my region, the Highlands and Islands. We remain, after hundreds of years, a centre for fishing. There are more fish landed in Shetland than in England, Wales and Northern Ireland combined. The isles, with Scalloway and Lerwick,...

Scottish Parliament: Maternity and Paediatric Services (Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin) (12 Dec 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made in implementing the recommendations of the chief medical officer’s advisory group on maternity and paediatric services at Dr Gray’s hospital in Elgin. (S5O-02670)

Scottish Parliament: Maternity and Paediatric Services (Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin) (12 Dec 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The cabinet secretary will be aware that the advisory group’s report pointed out that communication with the women affected had been poor. Almost a month later, there are still regular complaints from patients, with cases arising of women being left not knowing who to contact if problems arise during their pregnancies, not knowing—even weeks away—where they will give birth and without...

Scottish Parliament: Damages (Investment Returns and Periodical Repayments) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (18 Dec 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I understood what you meant, even if others did not.

Scottish Parliament: Damages (Investment Returns and Periodical Repayments) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (18 Dec 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I join other members of the committee in thanking our clerking team for their typical diligence in preparing and supporting the drafting of the stage 1 report. I acknowledge the range of written and oral evidence that we have received as part of the process and I extend my thanks to all those who contributed. The evidence has proved extremely useful in scrutinising the technical aspects of...

Scottish Parliament: Damages (Investment Returns and Periodical Repayments) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (18 Dec 2018)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I thank Daniel Johnson for that intervention. He is right; in a number of cases, it can be the NHS that picks up the bill—not in all in cases, but certainly in some. In actions against businesses, the effects often extend more widely. Inevitably, insurance bears the burden of payment in such cases, spreading the consequences beyond the defender and rippling throughout the wider economy. We...

Scottish Parliament: Highland Youth Survey (16 Jan 2019)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I welcome the debate and congratulate Gail Ross on bringing it to the chamber. As a Highlands and Islands MSP, I am perhaps biased, but I think that our region is one of the most diverse, most beautiful and most friendly in Scotland. The region has drawn many in, charmed by our landscape and sense of community, and it is undoubtedly a spectacular place to live. However, it is certainly not...


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