Results 41–60 of 521 for speaker:Jamie Halcro Johnston

Scottish Parliament: Retail Strategy (24 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Will the minister advise members who will make up the new industry leadership group for retail, how much progress it has made in appointing a co-chair and when he expects the first meeting to take place?

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (23 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (23 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Will the minister take an intervention on that point?

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (23 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (23 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Given that the number of low-emission ferries has gone backwards in the past few years, because of the purchase of the northern islands boats and the fact that there are so many issues with regard to the replacement ferries, does Ariane Burgess support our call for a public inquiry into the Government’s mismanagement of our ferry network?

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (23 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: As my colleague Edward Mountain highlighted, the deal with Ferguson’s was based on a fixed price with milestone payments. That price spiralled out of control, and we have seen the delays—we heard all about them today. This week, the chief executive of CMAL advised me that, in relation to the agreement with the Turkish yard, the contract has been agreed on a fixed-price basis with agreed...

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (23 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: As an islander, I think that today’s debate has been an important one. It has been illuminating, although, I suspect, not in the way that the Scottish Government would have hoped. For far too many years, there has been a slow-blazing fire where a Scottish Government ferries strategy should be. That has had a real impact not only in my Highlands and Islands region but across other parts of...

Scottish Parliament: Subsidy Control Bill (17 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Subsidy control is a key part of ensuring an open, competitive and fair market economy. This UK bill tackles a vital missing part of the legislative framework for maintenance of a coherent UK market after our departure from the European Union. We were, of course, previously governed by the EU’s state aid rules requirements. It has been a lengthy and often complex process, so far, to bring...

Scottish Parliament: Subsidy Control Bill (17 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: No, I do not agree. I hope that Fiona Hyslop will make that point in a longer speech later. I do not agree with her, but I will come to my concerns about the bill a bit later. It is worth noting that the unanimous conclusion of the committee was that the Scottish Government’s “delay in lodging its legislative consent memorandum curtailed this Committee’s opportunity for scrutiny”, as...

Scottish Parliament: Subsidy Control Bill (17 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I advise the minister that I was referring to the chilling effect of uncertainty as being a reason why we must get the bill through and sorted.

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine (15 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The new vessels are being built overseas in a Turkish yard. That yard is increasingly exposed to changes in exchange rates, and to inflation, which hit 54 per cent in Turkey only two weeks ago. That is on top of increasing costs for raw materials and fuel resulting from recent events, most notably those in Ukraine. Will the minister confirm that it was agreed that the ferries would be built...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Legislation (10 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will ensure that any proposed legislation in the constitution, external affairs and culture portfolio is brought forward in a fair and transparent manner. (S6O-00841)

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Legislation (10 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Unfortunately, that response and the responses that he gave to my colleague Donald Cameron and to Willie Rennie strike at the very heart of fairness and transparency and suggest that what he says is not the case. If the cabinet secretary is to maintain the ridiculous position that, in his own Government’s words, it is “not in the public interest” for the people of Scotland to know about...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Legislation (10 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. As much as I enjoy Kenny Gibson’s interventions on these sorts of things, surely they should be relevant to the question that was asked.

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (Procurement) (2 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on the procurement of new ferries. (S6O-00800)

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (Procurement) (2 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: In February 2021, Michael Matheson admitted to me that the Scottish Government’s purchase of the existing ferries operating on the northern isles routes had made the target that 30 per cent of public ferries will be low emission by 2032 more stretching. What has the Scottish Government done over the past year to make achieving that target more realistic? Is the minister confident that the...

Scottish Parliament: National Strategy for Economic Transformation (2 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Having waited so long to see it, I find the report to be underwhelming. In response to its publication, Professor Ronald MacDonald said: “The kind of substantive issues we need to discuss are simply not there”, and “on solutions, it is simply a rehash of all the failed scripts we have seen since 2007”. Will the cabinet secretary accept that, after 15 years of SNP economic...

Scottish Parliament: UK Ports (Sanctions) (1 Mar 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: As an Orcadian whose home overlooks Scapa Flow and the Flotta oil terminal, I, too, congratulate local people in Orkney on their efforts to ensure that our community’s opposition to the visit was very clear. I also thank the office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, with which I was in contact over the weekend. The cabinet secretary will be aware of the concerns relating to a...

Scottish Parliament: Ports (24 Feb 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The statement claims that operators can expect a wider package of development support from Scotland’s enterprise agencies, local government and others. Given that the Scottish Government has squeezed the budgets of our enterprise bodies and local councils, is the minister suggesting that additional money will be made available to them to fund support and, if so, how much? Given the progress...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I add my congratulations to the cabinet secretary and her husband Ali on their wonderful news. Over the past two years, we have lived through a global crisis that would be almost unimaginable had we not experienced it. At times, it has brought nations to a standstill. It has emptied our streets of people and it has led to restrictions on our citizens that we have never seen before and that, I...


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