Results 1–20 of 508 for speaker:Jamie Halcro Johnston

Scottish Parliament: Economic Priorities (8 Jun 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: First, I echo the sentiments that my colleague Liz Smith expressed when she introduced today’s debate. Last week, the cabinet secretary made a major announcement on Scotland’s public finances in the chamber, but just 30 minutes of parliamentary time was given for her to speak and take questions. That is not treating the Scottish Parliament with respect, and it is not giving even basic...

Scottish Parliament: ScotRail Services (Financial Impact) (1 Jun 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Just over a week ago, Richard Lochhead told the BBC’s The Sunday Show that he hoped that the ScotRail crisis would be sorted soon. However, we have learned in the past hour that the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen has rejected ScotRail’s pay offer. Instead of being sorted soon, the disruption that is being experienced by rail users across Scotland could get a lot...

Scottish Parliament: Investing in Scotland’s Future (31 May 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Despite the Scottish Government receiving the biggest block grant in the history of devolution, it has overseen a litany of public spending disasters in recent years—such as £250 million, so far, on rusting hulls in the Clyde while local ferry services collapse; £150 million on a census that may be useless; and the unsold Prestwick airport, which is still a financial albatross. During a...

Scottish Parliament: Tackling Drug Deaths and Drug Harm (31 May 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: State Aid Rules (19 May 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 8. To ask the Scottish Government in what circumstances it would provide support to a business in situations where legal advice stated that doing so could breach state aid rules. (S6O-01117)

Scottish Parliament: State Aid Rules (19 May 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: In recent weeks, a national newspaper reported sources alleging that the Scottish Government had been advised that its deal with the GFG group for the management of the Lochaber smelter could be in breach of state aid rules. Although the Scottish Government has asserted that the arrangements are not in breach of the rules, it has not addressed the core point on whether advice to that effect...

Scottish Parliament: Farming (Technological Advances) (19 May 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: That is not on the subject of the question.

Scottish Parliament: Islands (Population) (19 May 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The on-going crisis with our ferries continues to impact on individuals, small businesses and the agricultural sector. As well as harming existing residents and businesses, it has made our islands less attractive places to live, work and do business in. Has the cabinet secretary made any serious assessment of the economic impact of the on-going issues with ferry routes that connect our islands?

Scottish Parliament: Carbon Neutral Islands (17 May 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Frantic speech rewriting is starting across the front benches, Presiding Officer. The ambition in the national islands plan to support carbon neutrality is a positive one. Our island communities have shown themselves to be aspirational in transitioning to net zero, and they have demonstrated the sort of leadership and approach that can serve as an example for the whole of Scotland and the UK....

Scottish Parliament: Labour Shortages (11 May 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: In his answer to Alex Rowley, the minister mentioned skills. In January, Audit Scotland set out a number of failings of and a lack of strategic direction from the Scottish Government on skills alignment. Given the importance of reskilling and upskilling, and a restricted labour market, will the minister outline what work the Government is undertaking to ensure that reskilling and upskilling...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Problems (11 May 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Public Ownership) (21 Apr 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I congratulate Katy Clark on bringing the debate to the chamber. I spoke in yesterday’s ferries debate on a number of overlapping issues: procurement, transparency and sustainability. One key ask was that the withheld project Neptune report be released. That is vital to ensure that communities served by the Clyde and Hebridean routes are not left in the dark but are partners in deciding the...

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Public Ownership) (21 Apr 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Public Ownership) (21 Apr 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Public Ownership) (21 Apr 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Public Ownership) (21 Apr 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Does the member think the current ferries network is fit for purpose, and, after 15 years, does he think that the current Scottish Government has any responsibility for the state that the Scottish ferry network is in?

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services (Public Ownership) (21 Apr 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I am from Orkney, and I use that service all the time, as I highlighted in my speech. I am yet to meet any more than a handful of people who want a nationalised northern isles contract. How many people has the member spoken to? Does she agree with me that people in the northern isles just want reliable ferries, and not an Orkney and Shetland version of CalMac?

Scottish Parliament: Review of Foundation Apprenticeship Provision (21 Apr 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to the findings of the HM inspectors of education review of foundation apprenticeship provision. (S6O-00978)

Scottish Parliament: Review of Foundation Apprenticeship Provision (21 Apr 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I am on record as being an enthusiast for foundation apprenticeships, but the HMIE review must give us all cause for concern. The review noted real weaknesses in the ability to access foundation apprenticeships across Scotland’s schools and in the promotion of apprenticeships to young learners and noted confusion among schools and providers about how the frameworks operate. It also...

Scottish Parliament: Construction Industry (Fair Work) (20 Apr 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The minister will be aware of the convention’s observations that the existing labour force in the sector is ageing and around 85 per cent male, with low numbers of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities represented. If the sector is to be expected to support significant goals such as meeting housebuilding targets and net zero commitments, a new generation will have to be brought in....


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