Results 1–20 of 1012 for speaker:Willie Coffey

Scottish Parliament: Prestwick Airport (27 Mar 2024)

Willie Coffey: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the importance of Prestwick airport as a strategic asset for Ayrshire and Scotland. (S6O-03262)

Scottish Parliament: Prestwick Airport (27 Mar 2024)

Willie Coffey: The cabinet secretary is well aware that it was this Government that saved Prestwick airport and the jobs there, which brought certainty to the wider aerospace industry. All that was despite claims from the Tories that the airport was a failure, that money was being wasted and that the airport should be closed. Will the cabinet secretary give me and the thousands of workers who are associated...

Scottish Parliament: HMP Kilmarnock (Transfer to Public Ownership) (19 Mar 2024)

Willie Coffey: The proposal to bring Kilmarnock prison into the public sector has been there for 17 years, so I wonder where the Tories have been hiding on the issue until now. Does the cabinet secretary agree that the Government has a great record on and commitment to delivering more and better public services, unlike the Tories, who would sell off anything and everything to bail themselves out of the...

Scottish Parliament: E-health Strategy (13 Mar 2024)

Willie Coffey: 6. To ask the Scottish Government how it will develop its e-health strategy in the coming years. (S6O-03195)

Scottish Parliament: E-health Strategy (13 Mar 2024)

Willie Coffey: One of the few benefits of the Covid pandemic was that we were able to embrace digital technology much more, which came to the rescue in many fields, not least in telehealth. Does the cabinet secretary agree that we must continue to develop and exploit the power of digital technology in our health service to help us to improve things such as general practice appointment systems, e-health...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Waiting Lists (13 Mar 2024)

Willie Coffey: We can always rely on Labour to put up a motion complaining about the management of the NHS, full of negativity, with not one word of encouragement to the thousands of staff who are working extremely hard day in, day out to deliver healthcare and keep us all safe. The SNP amendment commends those staff, and I am happy to put on record my thanks to the NHS staff whom I know personally, and to...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Waiting Lists (13 Mar 2024)

Willie Coffey: I support the Government’s amendment and ask the Parliament to reject the relentlessly negative Labour motion and Tory amendment.

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Willie Coffey: I thank our committee convener and our hard-working clerks, who provided much-needed advice and guidance in the preparation of the committee’s stage 1 report, which was unanimously agreed by all members. It is worth remembering that cladding remediation is principally an issue for the developers and builders who built the homes that have this cladding, and there has been nothing really to...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Mar 2024)

Willie Coffey: It provides a degree of risk, so that a building is not just “safe” or “unsafe”. The feeling was that that could have brought many buildings within the register that might in fact be safe. Giving a degree of risk was felt to be much more helpful and appropriate. An important part of the bill’s provisions is to establish the cladding assurance register, which is a document that will...

Scottish Parliament: M77 Bus Lane Corridor ( 7 Mar 2024)

Willie Coffey: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will revisit the feasibility of a bus lane corridor on the northbound M77 into Glasgow. (S6O-03167)

Scottish Parliament: M77 Bus Lane Corridor ( 7 Mar 2024)

Willie Coffey: With the news confirmed yesterday that more than £1 billion has been cut from our capital budget by the UK Government, and with no prospect of that being reinstated by any future UK Government, how can we in Scotland make progress with such projects, including park-and-ride facilities, that would help to encourage more commuters out of their cars and on to the excellent bus services that we...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Problems (Household Debt) (22 Feb 2024)

Willie Coffey: Will the First Minister outline how increased funding—for example, on discretionary housing payments, which impact on mental health issues in Scotland—will help make up for the chronically insufficient UK housing benefits funding? Will he also outline how we in Scotland can maximise support for low-income households?

Scottish Parliament: Vacant and Derelict Land and Buildings (21 Feb 2024)

Willie Coffey: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what role the Scottish Land Commission will play in tackling the legacy of vacant and derelict land, including in relation to examining the issue of empty and derelict buildings within an urban setting. (S6O-03089)

Scottish Parliament: Vacant and Derelict Land and Buildings (21 Feb 2024)

Willie Coffey: T he cabinet secretary will be acutely aware of the long-standing problem that we have of vacant and derelict land and buildings that blight the appearance of our countryside, cities, towns and villages. Such land and buildings are mostly owned by absentee private owners who, by their inaction, have shown that they could not care less about the impact that that has on our local communities....

Scottish Parliament: University and College Courses (Skills Matching) ( 1 Feb 2024)

Willie Coffey: 4. To ask the Scottish Government how it matches up the skills required in the economy with the courses on offer at Scotland’s colleges and universities. (S6O-03041)

Scottish Parliament: University and College Courses (Skills Matching) ( 1 Feb 2024)

Willie Coffey: We know th e self-inflicted, damaging effect that Brexit is having in this area, and the refusal by Labour and the Tories to support returning to the European Union any time soon will not help that one bit. Could the minister give some indication of what more we can reasonably do to help bridge the gap between what our local economies need and the capacity of our colleges and universities to...

Scottish Parliament: HMP Kilmarnock (Public Ownership) (31 Jan 2024)

Willie Coffey: When I visited the prison on Monday, the director assured me that the transition process is going well. Will the cabinet secretary provide an update on the engagement process that has taken place between staff and the SPS to ensure that the transition programme is delivering on its objectives for everybody who is concerned?

Scottish Parliament: Local Authorities (Provisional Revenue Allocations) (17 Jan 2024)

Willie Coffey: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its provisional revenue allocation is for local authorities for 2024-25. (S6O-02966)

Scottish Parliament: Local Authorities (Provisional Revenue Allocations) (17 Jan 2024)

Willie Coffey: The figures independently reported by the Scottish Parliament information centre clearly show a 5 per cent increase on last year’s provisional budget—one of the largest increases seen over the past decade—but the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and others regularly challenge the figures and claim that they do not include additional obligations that arise or additional cash that...

Scottish Parliament: Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2024)

Willie Coffey: I thank the convener, who captured the issues very well on behalf of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee, and our clerks, who steered us through some choppy waters during our consideration of the bill at stage 1. The visitor levy proposal has been around for a while, and it is part of the new deal that offers councils more powers, more flexibility and the opportunity to raise...


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