Results 61–80 of 521 for speaker:Jamie Halcro Johnston

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Local Authorities) (3 Feb 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether its draft budget will enable local authorities to deliver a consistent level of core services. (S6O-00716)

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Local Authorities) (3 Feb 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: At a time when public services, including those that are provided by councils, have been stretched to breaking point, the Scottish National Party-Green Government’s cuts to council budgets are nothing short of an insult. Trumpeting an additional £120 million after cutting £371 million requires some brass neck from the minister—it is still a cut. What will the minister tell constituents...

Scottish Parliament: Coastal Communities (3 Feb 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I congratulate Ariane Burgess on bringing the debate to the chamber. As a fellow Highlands and Islands MSP, she will know that our region’s relationship with our seas is long, often complex and sometimes difficult. Standing as they do in the way of communication, travel and interaction, our seas have at times been an obstacle to be overcome. However, as Ariane Burgess suggested and...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (3 Feb 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: It might be worth noting that Norway’s national debt is forecast to be more than $200 billion in 2026. I appreciate Labour’s use of its time today to debate a significant issue that should be at the top of the agenda of every member in the chamber. The cost of living touches households across Scotland—I am sure that we have all been looking at it with concern over recent months. We are...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (3 Feb 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I do. I am just coming to that, actually. That is, of course, not a conclusive argument against the policy. The chancellor has today announced proposals to smooth price fluctuations over longer periods. I note that approaches such as that are addressed in the Labour motion. On a wider scale, little progress has been made, sadly, towards diversifying domestic heat supplies. We are still...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (3 Feb 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: That means that, although a young person on the mainland can travel from Berwickshire to Caithness for free, a young person in Orkney or Shetland, whether travelling for education or work, will still be liable for any ferry fares that made up part of their journey.

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (3 Feb 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Following the announcement this morning that there are likely to be Barnett consequentials, where does the member think that those consequentials should be spent by the Scottish Government?

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times (Conditions other than Covid-19) (19 Jan 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce waiting times for patients with conditions other than Covid-19. (S6O-00626)

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times (Conditions other than Covid-19) (19 Jan 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The cabinet secretary pointed to the “NHS Recovery Plan 2021-2026”, which the British Medical Association warned on its release contained “worrying gaps”, and towards which little progress was made in the months before the omicron variant emerged as a significant concern. In many areas, the pandemic has not created new problems but has exacerbated pre-existing issues. Weekly accident...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (5 Jan 2022)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: More than £100 million of the business support that was announced by the Scottish Government is still to be allocated. While it sits in the Government’s bank account in Edinburgh, that money is clearly not supporting Scotland. Can the First Minister tell us when her Government will allocate that money and when it will start hitting the bank accounts of businesses across Scotland that need it?

Scottish Parliament: Dalzell Historical Industrial Transaction (15 Dec 2021)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I thank the minister for advance sight of his statement. In this parliamentary session and in the previous one, I have questioned ministers about transparency regarding the Scottish Government’s exposure in the form of guarantees and support to the GFG Alliance. We have seen the extended attempts by the Financial Times newspaper to access figures, which it should have been relatively...

Scottish Parliament: Dalzell Historical Industrial Transaction (15 Dec 2021)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Answer my questions.

Scottish Parliament: Superfast Broadband (Orkney) (9 Dec 2021)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Will the cabinet secretary confirm that the number of premises that will be reached by 2026 under the lot 1 contract has fallen by more than a third? Will she further confirm, as her Government appears to be giving both dates, whether the target for delivery of lot 1 has been delayed from the end of this year to the end of the 2026 calendar year or to the end of the 2026-27 financial year?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (9 Dec 2021)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The cabinet secretary will want to ensure that new offshore wind developments do not interrupt established fishing operations. Earlier this week, the Shetland Fishermen’s Association highlighted a number of concerns around data use, noting a lack of reflection on movements of non-Scottish vessels and a lack of consideration of issues caused to fishing activity outwith bottom trawling. Will...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2022-23 (9 Dec 2021)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The cabinet secretary has spoken about the need to invest to rebuild our economy but, as she will know, infrastructure issues across Scotland, and particularly in the Highlands and Islands, remain a barrier to growth. Given that the cabinet secretary did not answer the question from my colleague Liz Smith, can she confirm that the funding that is outlined in the draft budget will ensure that...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Loves Local (8 Dec 2021)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Obviously, there have been successful examples of that across Scotland, although others are less successful. How many new jobs does the minister hope might be created through some of the work that the Scottish Government and local councils are doing to regenerate high streets?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Loves Local (8 Dec 2021)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: We all agree that active travel and saving rural bus services are vital, but our high streets need people to access them, particularly in our more remote and rural communities. Does the member agree that people who rely on a car, because they are older, are isolated or live in remote communities, need parking on high streets to be able to access them?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Loves Local (8 Dec 2021)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: The Presiding Officer was throwing free minutes around earlier—there is a far more rigid approach now. Never has the support and promotion of local businesses across Scotland been more essential. The pandemic and the associated restrictions that have been brought in on public health grounds have created untold worry and uncertainty for businesses of all sizes. Even those whose doors...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Loves Local (8 Dec 2021)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I think that the minister has forgotten geography, so I will ask him the question that I asked Ariane Burgess. How can we ensure that those who rely on cars because of their rurality can also access our town centres?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (7 Dec 2021)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: What assurances can the First Minister give to Scotland’s small businesses that her Government’s upcoming budget will help insulate them from any loss of business caused by the omicron variant?


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