Results 181–200 of 1012 for speaker:Willie Coffey

Scottish Parliament: Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 3 Dec 2020)

Willie Coffey: I think that Daniel Johnson has just condemned Gordon Lindhurst to banishment by describing him as a municipal socialist—but there we go. I welcome the chance to say a few words in this stage 1 debate on the Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill. Before I say anything about the bill, it is worth saying something about the public perception—or the lack of perception—of what this is really all...

Scottish Parliament: Older People in Level 4 Areas (Family Visits) ( 2 Dec 2020)

Willie Coffey: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what arrangements are in place to allow older people in areas subject to level 4 restrictions to be visited by their family. (S5O-04809)

Scottish Parliament: Older People in Level 4 Areas (Family Visits) ( 2 Dec 2020)

Willie Coffey: To maintain contact with families is vital for the wellbeing of our older people, particularly when grandchildren are involved, and for those older people who might be in care homes. That contact is made much more difficult when families live across different boundaries. Can the minister offer further hope for families that allowing that contact will be among our priorities as we, I hope,...

Scottish Parliament: UEFA Euro Championships (25 Nov 2020)

Willie Coffey: 5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on preparations for Scotland hosting the UEFA Euro championships in June 2021. (S5O-04781)

Scottish Parliament: UEFA Euro Championships (25 Nov 2020)

Willie Coffey: The cabinet secretary might be aware of comments about the championships possibly not taking place in multiple countries as planned because of the Covid situation. Can she shed any light on that and perhaps offer the necessary assurances to UEFA? Will she also congratulate Steve Clarke, his squad and the whole management for taking Scotland back to our first championships since 1998?

Scottish Parliament: Youth Football (19 Nov 2020)

Willie Coffey: As somebody who watches football and has watched Kilmarnock Football Club for over 55 years, I am happy to offer a few words on the subject of youth football. First, however, congratulations must surely go to the national team under Steve Clarke, who is a Kilmarnock legend, for taking our country back to a major championship next year. That will be our first since 1998. Our bonus of reaching...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (17 Nov 2020)

Willie Coffey: I wanted to ask the First Minister about support for long Covid sufferers, but in the light of the announcements relating to East, North and South Ayrshire, will she please say a little more about the reasons why East and South Ayrshire are to move to level 4 while North Ayrshire remains at level 3? I am being inundated with inquiries about that, as the meeting continues.

Scottish Parliament: Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Nov 2020)

Willie Coffey: We have heard some away-with-the-fairies speeches this afternoon. It is strange that pre-release access to Government statistics was enjoyed for eight years by our predecessors, who are now sitting over there on the Labour benches, and still is by the Tories in another place, but it is only when the SNP Government has the same privilege that it becomes a problem. What has taken them so long...

Scottish Parliament: Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Nov 2020)

Willie Coffey: No, thank you. The chief statistician also said that pre-release access has been working well since the 2008 order, and long before it; that the Scottish Government statisticians manage it successfully and in line with that order, and comply in full with the UK Statistics Authority’s code of practice; and that the notion that was led by some members of the committee—that there was a...

Scottish Parliament: Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Nov 2020)

Willie Coffey: No, I have hardly any time left—my apologies. It is part of the day job that ministers do for the whole country. People expect them to get facts and figures correct when challenged. The risk is that hurried statements, made with little time to assess the significance of data or the messages that it contains, can lead to inaccurate interpretation and ultimately may bring into some disrepute...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (10 Nov 2020)

Willie Coffey: My question on vaccines has been covered, so instead I have a question that follows up on Bruce Crawford’s earlier question. Can the First Minister tell us about the 6 pm restriction that applies to restaurants in level 3 areas? They are still losing all their early evening dinner trade, and the recent relaxation has not really altered that very much. Will the Government give some...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Restrictions (Local Government Funding) ( 3 Nov 2020)

Willie Coffey: The Chancellor of the Exchequer has committed to open-ended support for businesses in England, and is essentially writing them a blank cheque. Has the Treasury provided any assurances that funding for business support in Scotland will be similarly open ended?

Scottish Parliament: Contact Tracing (Target Time) (29 Oct 2020)

Willie Coffey: What is the target time for contact tracers in our test and protect scheme to contact someone who has received a positive test result, so that the test and protect app can be updated as quickly as possible?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Support for Central Scotland Businesses) (28 Oct 2020)

Willie Coffey: Last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer made an open-ended commitment to support businesses in England for as long as is necessary. He can do that because he can borrow to pay for it, whereas the Scottish Government cannot. Does the cabinet secretary agree that the United Kingdom Government must provide the same funding guarantee to Scottish businesses or, if it will not do that, that it...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Inquiry (28 Oct 2020)

Willie Coffey: As the deputy convener, I am happy to sum up on the committee’s behalf. I will pick out a few areas that I hope will be of interest to members and to the public. I thank our clerks, all those who contributed evidence and all our fellow committee members, past and present, who contributed to the report. As the convener said in his opening remarks, the committee wanted to consider the Royal...

Scottish Parliament: Prestwick Airport (Job Losses) ( 8 Oct 2020)

Willie Coffey: Does the First Minister agree that Peter Chapman’s outrageous comments on the future of 300 direct jobs at Prestwick airport and countless other associated jobs, and Ayrshire Tory councillor Tom Marshall’s call for the airport to be shut altogether, display a callous disregard for the Scottish aviation industry, and are further proof that the Tories cannot be trusted to stand up for...

Scottish Parliament: Ayrshire Tourism Recovery Plan (Digital Technology) ( 7 Oct 2020)

Willie Coffey: 1. To ask the Scottish Government how it will take forward a tourism recovery plan for Ayrshire, and what role it believes digital technology can play in assisting with this. (S5O-04657)

Scottish Parliament: Ayrshire Tourism Recovery Plan (Digital Technology) ( 7 Oct 2020)

Willie Coffey: The cabinet secretary will be aware of some of the new ideas for using digital technology that have emerged out of necessity during the current health emergency, such as online ordering of food for delivery by restaurants and shops, online performances by musicians and even online broadcasting of and participation in the Parliament. Does the cabinet secretary recognise that digital solutions...

Scottish Parliament: South-west Scotland Transport Infrastructure ( 7 Oct 2020)

Willie Coffey: I welcome the debate. It is always good to start with some good news. In a parliamentary question that I asked around this time last year, I asked how much the SNP Government had spent on transport infrastructure in south-west Scotland in the 10 years since 2009. The total was around £800 million. The work included major interventions on the A77 at Symington and the A75 at Dunragit and...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Students through the Global Pandemic (30 Sep 2020)

Willie Coffey: Will the minister provide an update on uptake of the £5 million fund that was provided to universities to tackle digital exclusion and to support students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds with their online studies, particularly during this time?

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