Results 1–20 of 357 for speaker:Craig Hoy

Scottish Parliament: Crystal FM Radio (28 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: I echo Clare Haughey’s thanks to Christine Grahame for securing this important debate. As Ms Grahame did, I offer my whole-hearted congratulations to all the volunteers at Crystal FM on winning—for the second year running—the best community radio broadcaster award at the SME News Scottish enterprise awards. I congratulate them on the energy that they bring to their work and Christine...

Scottish Parliament: Crystal FM Radio (28 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: I absolutely will. I have already suggested to the Treasury that it should cut VAT for our hard-pressed hospitality businesses in Scotland, and I will be happy to add community radio services to that request. Obviously, the Crystal FM service benefits hugely from the support of local businesses, patrons, listeners, friends and volunteers. It is their unwavering assistance and commitment that...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (Access) (26 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: Didn’t she do well?

Scottish Parliament: GP Surgery Closures (Highlands and Islands) (21 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: Will Mr Ross give way?

Scottish Parliament: GP Surgery Closures (Highlands and Islands) (21 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: Is Mr Ross aware that, in my region, NHS Borders is facing the prospect of cutting front-line budgets by 10 per cent and NHS Lothian faces a £120 million black hole? Dr Jo Smail, a GP at the Tranent medical practice, has written to inform me that NHS Lothian is now set to increase facilities management charges on the practice by 600 per cent. Doctors there have said: “In order to cover...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app has frozen. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Management and Muirburn (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My app is playing up. I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Rail Development Projects (14 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: The cabinet secretary will be aware that East Lothian is one of the fastest-growing areas in Scotland and that Haddington is one of the fastest-growing towns locally. The Rail Action Group, East of Scotland—RAGES—is campaigning for the reopening of Haddington’s branch line. Will she agree to look carefully at the campaign and its calls, and seek to get Haddington back on track and back...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: If this is such an important series of reports and if this is such a serious debate, why have only 10 of the cabinet secretary’s parliamentary colleagues turned up for it?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: I do not think that I commend Keith Brown often enough or warmly enough, but I commend him today, because although his Westminster colleagues flatly rejected his proposed boycott of the Westminster Parliament, judging by the number of SNP MSPs in the chamber today, they have taken his proposed boycott to heart and are sitting out this entirely irrelevant and fantastical debate.

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: I will tell you what I believed: Alex Salmond said that Scotland would be free by whenever it was, and that was 25 years ago. The SNP has still not achieved that, and it will not achieve it, because it is not Scotland’s number 1 priority. I spent nearly a decade in the Asia-Pacific region. In Hong Kong, one is never far from a Scottish connection. For example, the MacLehose trail is a...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: For a start, there is a replacement scheme, and we would not have had access to the UK vaccine programme in an independent Scotland. That meant that we could open up quicker than our international competitors. Furthermore, we are now involved in entering the trans-Pacific partnership, so that we can open up the whole of the region that I am talking about to Scottish companies that want to...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: I do not have time. At the same time, the Scottish Government would destroy our oil and gas sectors and dismantle our nuclear energy industry, which would make us yet more dependent on despots such as Putin. A person does not need to be a foreign affairs or defence analyst, or a cold war warrior, to realise that the paper is not a serious one. That is because this is not a serious Government....

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: Mr McKee is ignoring the point that I made. Scotland is not a sub-national entity. Scotland has a unique place in the world. We can leverage everything that is good about Scotland and everything that is good about the United Kingdom, and we can take both reputations to the world trading environment. Why does he not see that?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: Recently, the Parliament held a reception for young Scottish apprentices who are working at the cutting edge of Scottish science and innovation. Mr Greer was implicated in trying to block their access to the building, which caused concern to some of those who attended. He went on to describe those young people, who came to the Parliament to promote engagement, as being “a who’s who of...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in the World ( 5 Mar 2024)

Craig Hoy: I think that this is an apposite moment for my intervention. Does the member think that the dream has died for this Government, or is it simply that it is not up to the job?

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (Access) (21 Feb 2024)

Craig Hoy: Does the member share my concern about the news that emerged last week that NHS Borders is facing a mounting deficit and will have to cut its budget by 10 per cent next year? Does he share my concern that the SNP Government has failed to properly fund rural healthcare?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ministers (20 Feb 2024)

Craig Hoy: I echo the First Minister’s welcome to my newest colleague in Parliament, Tim Eagle. I also pay tribute to Donald Cameron. He was a fine parliamentarian, and I am sure that he will be a fine minister in the Scotland Office. This is a reshuffle that the First Minister did not want to make and one that was brought about by the actions of Michael Matheson, whom Humza Yousaf believed to be a...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ministers (20 Feb 2024)

Craig Hoy: Regardless of how far and how fast Nicola Sturgeon falls, the Government still cannot escape the long shadow that she cast. I welcome Fiona Hyslop’s appointment, and I recognise that the First Minister is blazing a trail in bringing more women into his Cabinet. It is good to see Fiona Hyslop in her role as Cabinet Secretary for Transport. However, such is the influence of the Greens that...


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