Results 501–520 of 521 for speaker:Jamie Halcro Johnston

Scottish Parliament: Radiologists (4 Oct 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I congratulate my colleague Edward Mountain on securing this important debate. In June 2017, only 86.9 per cent of patients in Scotland who had been urgently referred with suspected cancer began treatment within the 62-day target time. That is significantly below the target of 95 per cent. In NHS Grampian, which covers part of my Highlands and Islands region, the figure was even lower, at...

Scottish Parliament: Garbh Allt Community Initiative (3 Oct 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests, in relation to the farming business of J Halcro-Johnston and Sons. I congratulate Maree Todd on securing the debate and giving the Parliament an opportunity to consider some of the practical elements of community ownership in the Highlands and Islands. The beauty of the Strath of Kildonan and the wider east coast of...

Scottish Parliament: Worker Ownership (28 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: First, I congratulate Richard Leonard on securing this debate on an issue that is clearly close to his heart. Employee ownership is a concept that can attract support from all sides of the chamber. Noel Skelton, the former Unionist MP for Perth, is best remembered for his advocacy of a property-owning democracy in relation to the understanding that advances in home ownership would give...

Scottish Parliament: Worker Ownership (28 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I support that. In his response to the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee, Mr Swinney indicated that business gateway provides consistent support and advice across Scotland on alternative business models and that the enterprise agencies are apprised of the Scottish Government’s objective of widening the models of business ownership, with Co-operative Development Scotland taking the lead....

Scottish Parliament: Flexible Working (28 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I congratulate Ruth Maguire on securing the debate. I welcome the support that the United Kingdom and Scottish Governments have shown for flexible working in recent years. Other members have spoken about the benefits of flexibility in the workplace, and I am sure that others will do so as the debate continues. It is positive that we are discussing the subject today. A step change in the...

Scottish Parliament: Foundation Apprenticeships (27 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I am glad that the minister mentioned the Highlands and Islands. Unlike in the two pilot projects, in which there were seven choices, there are only two subject choices for young people in Kirkwall, Lerwick, Stornoway and Thurso, and young people in Elgin currently have only three. Can the minister assure me that the Scottish Government is committed to increasing the subject choices that are...

Scottish Parliament: Nuisance Calls (21 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I refer members to my entry in the register of interests in relation to the business of J Halcro Johnston and Sons, which I will refer to in my speech. I also congratulate James Dornan on bringing the debate. I welcome the opportunity to debate an important issue for my constituents in the Highlands and Islands; one which is causing increasing frustration and, in many cases, alarm. Other...

Scottish Parliament: Nuisance Calls (21 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: These calls are not nuisance calls, and they are certainly not victimless.

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Despite the minister’s objections to the process of leaving, can members be assured that the Scottish Government is planning seriously for a future outside the EU? With the UK Government stating that we will be outside the customs union, can the minister confirm that work to internationalise Scottish business will focus beyond the EU market on which the new innovation and investment hubs...

Scottish Parliament: Youth Employment (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Does the minister agree that youth unemployment remains a significant challenge? If so, how does he justify the cuts to schools and training in this year’s budget?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests. I am pleased to speak in today’s debate as my party’s spokesman on jobs, employability and training and as a representative of the Highlands and Islands. I echo my colleague Dean Lockhart’s comments: where we can find common ground with the Scottish Government we are more than willing to work with the Government to...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I want to get on, please. We have been contacted by a businessman, who said: “Government is not making it easy for businesses to be competitive whilst affording our young people employment opportunities”. He warned that the way in which the Scottish Government has implemented the apprenticeship levy “puts the good employers at a disadvantage in terms of business development and...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I want to get on, please. We want the money that is raised by the apprenticeship levy to be spent on apprenticeships, not diverted by the Scottish Government to other programmes.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Although the Scottish Government’s announcement of 30,000 apprenticeship places by 2020 is welcome, it is not new.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: This is just another rehashed policy being reannounced, and it will still leave us falling behind other parts of the UK. The Scottish Conservatives want to go further. We want the new apprenticeship levy to be invested in 35,000 apprenticeship places by 2021.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I will.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I am glad that the minister admits that the Government is not investing money where it said that it would. We want to see 10 new skills academies across Scotland by the end of this decade, similar to the successful digital skills and coding academy, CodeClan. We would reverse the SNP college cuts, with an extra £60 million every year for the sector. Looking wider, we would encourage closer...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I will finish, if the minister does not mind. We should aim to create a system of taxation that recognises the distinct needs of sectors across Scotland. Meanwhile the traditional industries of farming and fishing are facing real challenges. Incomes in the rural economy have fallen over recent years and adequate support is essential. That support, however, needs to be paid on time and that is...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: We need a Scottish Government that is up to the challenge of addressing those issues. Unfortunately, yesterday’s programme for government suggests that the current Government is both out of touch and out of ideas.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (21 Jun 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: First, I declare an interest as a partner in the farming business of J Halcro-Johnston & Sons as well as the owner of a croft. It is with great pride that I make my maiden speech as a member of this Parliament and as a representative of the Highlands and Islands, an area that includes my own home of Orkney. I am particularly delighted that my parents have been able to make it here today....


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