Results 21–40 of 521 for speaker:Jamie Halcro Johnston

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....

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (20 Apr 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The Audit Scotland report says that “There is no documented evidence to confirm why Scottish ministers were willing to accept the risks of awarding the contract to FMEL, despite CMAL’s concerns. We consider that there should have been a proper record of this important decision.” Why was there not a proper record of that decision? Does the minister agree that not to have proper record...

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (20 Apr 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Although we have discussed the ferries scandal a number of times before, I welcome today’s debate, as every week seems to bring further revelations and attempts by the Scottish Government to avoid its responsibility. As I am an islander, no one needs to tell me about the critical importance of ferries to the communities that they serve. It is something that simply cannot be overstated. I...

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (20 Apr 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: —a nd those who have seen SNP ministers desperate to try to cover up their responsibility for it.

Scottish Parliament: Technology Sector (19 Apr 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Scotland has spent many years lagging behind on STEM and entrepreneurship education, and it is vital that that is addressed, albeit belatedly. On the technology side, we saw during the pandemic that the issuing of laptops to schoolchildren across Scotland was plagued with delays and obfuscations, as has been the promise to provide internet-ready devices for young people in Scotland since the...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Vision for Trade (Annual Report) (31 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The minister has claimed that his Government seeks to reduce barriers to trade and has outward-looking principles, yet it remains the policy of his Government to put up hard barriers to trade with our closest neighbours and largest trading partners in other parts of the United Kingdom and to destroy the internal market that we enjoy. To focus on something that he can actually deliver, will...

Scottish Parliament: Maternity Services (Moray) (30 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Given the Scottish Government’s hope that a version of model 4 will be delivered in two years and that, as Douglas Ross rightly highlighted, there is no indication yet of how long model 6 will take to deliver, it is likely that there will be a considerable on-going reliance on the transferring of maternity patients to hospitals outwith Moray for the next few years. However, the cabinet...

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion (29 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I could not get the app to work. I would have voted yes.


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