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Scottish Parliament: Budget (Impact on Highlands and Islands) (27 Mar 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has undertaken of the impact of its 2024-25 budget on the Highlands and Islands region. (S6O-03275)

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Impact on Highlands and Islands) (27 Mar 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Budgets for Highlands and Islands Enterprise and VisitScotland have been slashed, with news breaking today that information centres across the region will be closing. Councils are facing severe strain on their budgets, and there are to be cuts to the housing budget across Scotland, with reports yesterday that housing association new-build starts were at their lowest level last year since...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Impact on Highlands and Islands) (27 Mar 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Answer the question I asked.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I draw members’ attention to my entry in the register of members’ interests: I am a partner in a farming business and the owner of a registered croft, and I am a member of NFU Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates and the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland. As such, I am in receipt of payments. I should also note that, as a substitute member of the Rural Affairs and Islands...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: There is considerable confusion from the minister on that point. I have spoken with the deputy—[ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: It is probably best for the minister if we move on from that relatively quickly. I am sorry that Tim Eagle could not be with us in the chamber today, and I am sure that all of us in the farming sector will appreciate—perhaps enviously—why he could not be. I was going to say that I was disappointed that he did not do his speech live from the lambing shed, but he did. That was great to see,...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Mar 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: — a lack of detail that impacts on farmers and crofters, on investment and on jobs—

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Industry (Support) (13 Mar 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what steps it is taking to support the fishing industry. (S6O-03189)

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Industry (Support) (13 Mar 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Last year, the fishing sector asked the Scottish Government to consider a derogation to the North Sea cod avoidance plan in order to allow fishing for squid inside 12 nautical miles. As the Scottish Government officials recognised in their correspondence with the fisheries management and conservation group on 5 July last year, it is a lucrative fishery that can take pressure off nephrops...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (13 Mar 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I am pleased to be able to speak in today’s debate. A strong, growing economy is vital for jobs, for sustainable communities and for successful, well-funded public services. I doubt that anyone here, bar perhaps the anti-growth Greens, would disagree with that. Others have spoken about the importance of economic growth more generally. I will focus on my region, the Highlands and Islands,...

Scottish Parliament: International Women’s Day ( 7 Mar 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I, too, welcome the minister to her new role. I am pleased to be able to speak in today’s international women’s day debate. For more than a century, this event has recognised the remarkable achievements of women and girls around the world. This year’s theme of “Inspire Inclusion” resonates deeply with our commitment to fostering a more equitable world by championing the inclusion of...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: As colleagues have said, the statement says nothing. It reveals nothing that is not already publicly known and certainly does not give any clarity to islanders, who should be at the heart of the Scottish Government’s considerations on the matter but seem to have been forgotten by most of the Scottish National Party contributions. It also gives no clarity on when Scotland’s ageing ferries...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2024-25 ( 1 Feb 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I join my fellow committee members in thanking our clerks, for their work in putting together the report; our adviser, Professor Mairi Spowage, for her guidance, which was particularly helpful for me, as a relatively new member of the committee; the witnesses who gave their time and expertise; and SPICe, for its support. During our scrutiny of the draft budget, I focused largely on how it...

Scottish Parliament: Crime and Antisocial Behaviour (Highlands and Islands) (31 Jan 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what its priorities are for tackling crime and antisocial behaviour in the Highlands and Islands. (S6O-03031)

Scottish Parliament: Crime and Antisocial Behaviour (Highlands and Islands) (31 Jan 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: In the past few years, police stations have been lost across the Highlands and Islands while concern has been growing in many local communities, rural and urban, that, despite the efforts of officers, there is a move away from local policing and a reduced police presence. After the cuts to the previous budget, are there fewer or more police officers in the Highlands and Islands today than...

Scottish Parliament: UK Covid-19 Inquiry (31 Jan 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Kevin Stewart was a minister during the Covid pandemic. In the interests of transparency, did he delete his emails and WhatsApp messages? Was he asked to supply them to the inquiry? Would he consider the deletion of emails wrong?

Scottish Parliament: Belford Hospital (Replacement) (25 Jan 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Following the announcement of the Scottish National Party-Green Government’s latest budget, NHS Highland has been forced to put on hold development of the much needed and already delayed replacement for the Belford hospital in Fort William. The current building will be 60 years old next year, and patients, staff and pretty much everyone—except, clearly, the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Technology (25 Jan 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Will the minister take a quick intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Technology (25 Jan 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I declare an interest in relation to farming. The minister has not mentioned some of the technology around agriculture. Gene editing is a real opportunity for Scotland. Given that he is a former rural affairs minister, what concerns does the minister have about Scotland’s block on the opportunities of that new technology?

Scottish Parliament: Technology (25 Jan 2024)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: This has been a very interesting debate so far, on a subject that we can all agree is of major importance. Much has already been said by others about Scotland’s proud history of science and innovation, from the television and the telephone to the tidal turbine and the modern toilet. In a world where innovation and technology increasingly shape our everyday lives, Scotland has played a proud...


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