Results 181–200 of 521 for speaker:Jamie Halcro Johnston

Scottish Parliament: Police Custody Support Services (8 Oct 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how Police Scotland ensures that people held in custody have access to all appropriate support services that they require. (S5O-04674)

Scottish Parliament: Police Custody Support Services (8 Oct 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: A constituent has contacted me with concerns about disparities in how addicts receiving methadone are treated in different police custody suites. NHS Grampian, which covers Moray in my region, has said that it will not provide opiate replacements to people in custody. That is different to the position in much of Scotland and, apparently, runs contrary to wider NHS guidance. Regardless of...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Qualifications Authority National Qualifications 2020-21 (7 Oct 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The cabinet secretary will be aware of the unprecedented pressures that the further and higher education sectors face at this time. Throughout the pandemic, those sectors have faced the Government’s lack of clarity, and the mess that it made of this year’s exam grades significantly impacted them. What discussions has the cabinet secretary had with representatives from the university and...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Restrictions) (Education) (6 Oct 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The cabinet secretary will be aware that many vocational courses that are offered by the college sector include components that cannot be delivered through remote learning. Many of those courses have already been considerably impacted by previous and existing coronavirus restrictions. Can the cabinet secretary advise what further impact any circuit-breaker restrictions would have on delivery...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Students through the Global Pandemic (30 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The minister’s statement makes it clear that he had advice highlighting the “likelihood of Covid outbreaks when the new academic year got under way.” We know that at least one adviser to the Scottish Government advocated routine testing of students on arrival and again after a short interval. Only now is the Scottish Government exploring the merits of some targeted surveillance testing....

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Students through the Global Pandemic (30 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Seven hundred and fifty-nine identified cases later, does the minister now accept that his failure to introduce routine testing in halls of residence was a mistake?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Students) (29 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: What consultation did the minister hold with NUS Scotland about the restrictions on students and their potential impact ahead of their publication early on Friday evening?

Scottish Parliament: Complaints against MSPs (Committee Bill Proposal) (29 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Everyone who works in the Parliament has an interest in ensuring that the public can have confidence that we operate with a high level of integrity and propriety. That has been part of the Parliament’s ethos since it was created in 1999. Integrity is one of the four principles that are inscribed on the mace that has sat before Presiding Officers during every session, symbolising the...

Scottish Parliament: Prioritising Education (23 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I return to a subject that I have asked the cabinet secretary about many times before—the digital poverty gap and the technology that is required. I am still getting correspondence—as I am sure other members are—from teachers, pupils and parents about pupils who do not have access to digital learning because they do not have the facilities or the technology. Can the cabinet secretary...

Scottish Parliament: Prioritising Education (23 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Prioritising Education (23 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I am not sure where to start after that abysmal contribution to a debate about education. It probably left all members wishing that we had had an encore from John Swinney so that at least somebody from the education team had closed for the Scottish Government, because it really was woeful. The debate has been important. Over the year, Scotland’s schools have faced a double challenge. Most...

Scottish Parliament: Prioritising Education (23 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: My fellow Conservative Highlands and Islands MSP made an important and loyal point. Johann Lamont said that the Scottish Government’s action on education was making things worse and highlighted the impact of SNP cuts in Glasgow. At least for part of his speech, Kenny Gibson talked about education before enlightening us about his flirtations with the Labour Party. He also talked about...

Scottish Parliament: Migration and Care Workers (15 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Some of the problems with recruitment in our care home sector are not new: they predate both Covid and Brexit. Will the minister set out what was being done to address the problems that existed in the sector before those two issues arose?

Scottish Parliament: Migration and Care Workers (15 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: That is very generous of you indeed, Presiding Officer. Thank you. I join others in thanking our social care workers for their huge contribution and massive effort, particularly over the past few months. They have been absolutely fantastic. The social care sector in Scotland is diverse. As other members have outlined well, a significant number of social care workers here and across the rest...

Scottish Parliament: Migration and Care Workers (15 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I can assure members that I will certainly look into the issue and that, if there are areas in which Scotland is particularly impacted by the levy, and we as a party can take the matter forward on behalf of care workers and residents, we will do that. There is an urgent need to re-examine skills recognition and progression in relation to the sector’s workforce. A good example would be a...

Scottish Parliament: Migration and Care Workers (15 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The member is nine months ahead of herself. I am not a minister yet—he said cheekily. I would simply ask the member how a barrier of independence would help. If coming out of one social union is a barrier, how can we say that the solution is to come out of another? [ Interruption .] I notice that that has received great support from SNP members on the back benches. Joan McAlpine and Fulton...

Scottish Parliament: Migration and Care Workers (15 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: My intervention will not be as awkward to answer as Neil Findlay’s was. Given the importance, which we have talked about, of the gaps and the recruitment problems, there will be a need to increase skills and training in Scotland for the native population as well as for people moving to Scotland, as part of the attraction of it. Can the minister therefore tell me how many new training places...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Assistance for Political Parties) Bill: Stage 1 (10 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I am delighted that I do not have to tear up my speech and that this is the consensual debate that I thought that it was going to be. I welcome the progress of the bill and offer my thanks to those who have been involved—in particular, the members of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee and its staff. Bill Kidd has laid out the detail of the provisions, so I will not...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Industry (Wind Farms) (9 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: To ask the Scottish Government what assessment has been made of the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on tourism businesses in the Highlands and Islands.

Scottish Parliament: Universities and Colleges (Financial Sustainability) (3 Sep 2020)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what analysis the finance secretary has made of the financial sustainability of Scotland’s universities and colleges. (S5O-04551)


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