Results 21–40 of 1012 for speaker:Willie Coffey

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

Willie Coffey: I definitely acknowledge that. The minister has said in his responses to the committee’s questions and in writing that there is an open door to discuss many of those issues at stage 2 and beyond. Councils will not have to use the power but, if they do, they will be able to apply it across their whole council area or to parts of their area that they consider to be appropriate for the levy....

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom-Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership (21 Dec 2023)

Willie Coffey: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact that the United Kingdom-Rwanda migration and economic development partnership may have on its new Scots integration strategy. (S6O-02911)

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom-Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership (21 Dec 2023)

Willie Coffey: The Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill, which the Tories are passing at Westminster, is an extremely dangerous piece of legislation. It is needless, dehumanising and legally unsound. What communication has the minister had with her UK Government counterparts to underline how strongly the people of Scotland reject that appalling bill?

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation Programme (14 Dec 2023)

Willie Coffey: 4. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its cladding remediation programme. (S6O-02889)

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation Programme (14 Dec 2023)

Willie Coffey: At our recent Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee meeting, we heard that, of the 105 buildings in the pilot programme, only 27 have had assessments commissioned, only one building has had remediation work and only one building has had mitigation measures. Will the cabinet secretary explain that progress and give an assurance that the work will proceed at a much faster pace?

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Directorate (Impact of Spending) (29 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: 1. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the budget for its mental health directorate having increased substantially in the past three years, how it plans to measure the impact of this spend, including outcomes for people with mental health conditions. (S6O-02806)

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Directorate (Impact of Spending) (29 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: As the minister will be aware, my question relates to one of the central recommendations in Audit Scotland’s report on adult mental health. In the Public Audit Committee’s evidence sessions, it has been noted that people are unclear about the range of options that are available to them and are rarely surveyed about the quality of service that they receive and whether they feel that their...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (22 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: It is always good to begin a contribution to a debate with some positives, and there are plenty to share in this debate. By 2032—only nine years from now—this SNP Administration will have overseen the building of 234,000 social and affordable homes in Scotland. Some 124,000 have been delivered since 2007 and another 110,000 are on the way, 70 per cent of which are earmarked for social...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (22 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: There is more to follow. I will let the member in if I have time. Since 2010, East Ayrshire Council, under the SNP, has built 585 council houses. When we include other registered social landlord builds, the total is around 1,000. That is a remarkable achievement and, having seen the quality of the builds, I think that the council and its partners should be commended for that work.

Scottish Parliament: Housing (22 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: I absolutely do, but the member may want to have a word with his Labour councillors in East Ayrshire, because they have not got the message. [ Interruption. ] Members can laugh if they like, but those councillors did not mention it. However, it is not just the numbers that matter. The issue is also about things such as regeneration, wellbeing, climate change and energy efficiency. The council...

Scottish Parliament: Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service (16 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: My understanding is that the last time that the contract was put out to tender, Transport Scotland received only one compliant bid for the Clyde and Hebrides ferry contract. What determines whether a bid is compliant, and what due diligence does the Scottish Government undertake to arrive at its determination?

Scottish Parliament: HMP Kilmarnock (Public Ownership) ( 2 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: Mr Findlay’s comments are completely at odds with what I have heard from the project director and the staff at Kilmarnock prison over many years. Will the cabinet secretary confirm that arrangements for transfers under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 for all the staff and prison officers are well under way and that the overall impact of their...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Tram Inquiry Report ( 2 Nov 2023)

Willie Coffey: The Edinburgh tram inquiry has to lead to good governance in urban infrastructure projects and not to any hesitation to invest in the public transport networks that our cities and towns need. What assurance can the cabinet secretary give that the Government will continue to support mass transit projects, such as further Edinburgh tram expansion or the proposed Clyde metro?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Inquiries (Scottish Government’s Provision of Information) (31 Oct 2023)

Willie Coffey: Can the Deputy First Minister provide any more information about the steps that are being taken to ensure that there is a comprehensive understanding of the Scottish Government’s records management policy across the Government, including any further guidance on use of messaging apps or other apps for any relevant purposes?

Scottish Parliament: Embedding Public Participation in the Work of the Parliament (26 Oct 2023)

Willie Coffey: There has been quite a bit of discussion about the online element and the part that digital technology can play. Like me, the member will recall that it is only a few years since the Parliament embraced—at long last—the use of digital technology to aid participation, including for members to vote in our proceedings. It was always possible to do that, but it was embraced only because Covid...

Scottish Parliament: Gaza and Israel (24 Oct 2023)

Willie Coffey: Robert Burns has been quoted often since this tragedy unfolded. He said: “Man’s inhumanity to man, Makes countless thousands mourn.” Can the First Minister give the people of Scotland an assurance that he will focus on humanitarian support, reconciliation and peace in order to save the countless thousands of innocent lives that are still at risk?

Scottish Parliament: Rail Services (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) ( 5 Oct 2023)

Willie Coffey: 1. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to improve rail services in the Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley constituency. (S6O-02608)

Scottish Parliament: Rail Services (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) ( 5 Oct 2023)

Willie Coffey: I particularly welcome the reduced peak-time fares that came into effect this week, which will help thousands of my constituents and more people across Scotland. That is in sharp contrast to the shambolic U-turns on rail service commitments down south. Can the minister give an indication of any further improvements to the service that we might expect over the coming years, particularly in...

Scottish Parliament: Trusts and Succession (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 Sep 2023)

Willie Coffey: First, I thank the committee for the considered and detailed work that it has carried out at stage 1, which has sought to update us on two important areas of Scottish life: the management and administration of trusts, and the law as it relates to succession. I want to focus on part 2 of the bill, which relates to succession, and to share with the Parliament some views on the benefits of the...

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