Results 41–60 of 1012 for speaker:Willie Coffey

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

Willie Coffey: The committee’s convener has explained how tricky and difficult the matter still remains, but I am pleased that the Government is working on it. I hope that we will see that coming through at stages 2 and 3. I hope that the bill will prevent any circumstances from arising in which a murderer can indirectly benefit from the future sale of his victim’s property. Dealing with that is...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Education Exchange Programme (21 Sep 2023)

Willie Coffey: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what opportunities the development of a Scottish education exchange programme would present for young people in Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley. (S6O-02541)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Education Exchange Programme (21 Sep 2023)

Willie Coffey: The knowledge education exchange programme forms a core part of our commitment to engage with further learning institutions in the EU. Does the minister agree that the best way—indeed, the only way—for Scotland’s young people to receive the full benefits of EU further education is for us to rejoin the European Union rather than to continue to reject it as Scottish Labour, the Tories and...

Scottish Parliament: Decarbonisation of Buildings (Assistance Schemes) ( 7 Sep 2023)

Willie Coffey: 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on progress towards the decarbonisation of buildings and the schemes of assistance that are available to the public to help them make the transition. (S6O-02472)

Scottish Parliament: Decarbonisation of Buildings (Assistance Schemes) ( 7 Sep 2023)

Willie Coffey: I thank the minister for that update, which confirms that Scottish households have access to the most generous grant support in the UK when it comes to increasing the energy efficiency of their homes. Will the minister note that public awareness and participation is crucial if that record support is to be granted effectively amid rising costs? Does the minister agree that Scottish Government...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture Bill (Views of Ayrshire Farmers) (21 Jun 2023)

Willie Coffey: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how it will take account of the views of Ayrshire farmers as part of its proposed agriculture bill. (S6O-02393)

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture Bill (Views of Ayrshire Farmers) (21 Jun 2023)

Willie Coffey: I recently met Ayrshire farmers in Kilmarnock and heard about some of their issues as well as their hopes for the new agriculture bill. One of their recurring concerns is that they feel powerless to influence the behaviour of the supermarkets when it comes to getting fair prices for their quality products. Does the cabinet secretary recognise that? Although we have no powers in that regard,...

Scottish Parliament: Heating Systems in New-build Homes (15 Jun 2023)

Willie Coffey: Does the First Minister agree that the many benefits of the new-build heat standard will be fully realised only when the United Kingdom Government does what it has been promising to do for many years now and rebalances fuel prices to stop electric heating, the price of which is over three times the price of gas, being penalised?

Scottish Parliament: New Vessels for the Clyde and the Hebrides (Report) ( 8 Jun 2023)

Willie Coffey: I think that you will find that the SNP members on the committee agreed with substantial critical elements of the reports. The offensive comments made by Mr Hoy and Mr Bibby are pretty disgraceful but, sadly, not unexpected these days from their two parties. Mr Hoy could have said what he said about me and my colleague Colin Beattie at any time at all, but he said not a word. That is tawdry...

Scottish Parliament: New Vessels for the Clyde and the Hebrides (Report) ( 8 Jun 2023)

Willie Coffey: No—I listened to you without making any comment, Mr Hoy, so I ask you to do me the same courtesy for once. Just for once, show some courtesy and respect.

Scottish Parliament: New Vessels for the Clyde and the Hebrides (Report) ( 8 Jun 2023)

Willie Coffey: My abiding memory of the evidence sessions that we had on the issue was of the conflicting nature of most of the evidence and the difficulty that we all had in deciding who and what to believe.

Scottish Parliament: New Vessels for the Clyde and the Hebrides (Report) ( 8 Jun 2023)

Willie Coffey: Did the member hear me say, “No, thank you”?

Scottish Parliament: New Vessels for the Clyde and the Hebrides (Report) ( 8 Jun 2023)

Willie Coffey: I have only started. Inevitably, the risk is that we end up citing and emphasising the evidence that suits the political narrative that developed around the project. That is a loss to the overall purpose of audit and our obligation to the public to try to get to the bottom of things. When we met them last October, the workers’ representatives at Ferguson’s agreed that the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) ( 1 Jun 2023)

Willie Coffey: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce child poverty in Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley. (S6O-02311)

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) ( 1 Jun 2023)

Willie Coffey: When you come to this place, one of your key hopes is that you will make a difference to the lives of the people you represent—and what a difference the Scottish child payment is making for families in my constituency. Instead of deliberately driving more families into poverty like the Tories do, the Scottish Government is putting hard cash into the hands of families and helping around...

Scottish Parliament: Green Jobs Fund (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (25 May 2023)

Willie Coffey: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what it anticipates the impact of the green jobs fund will be on the Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley constituency. (S6O-02279)

Scottish Parliament: Green Jobs Fund (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (25 May 2023)

Willie Coffey: I advise the cabinet secretary that, with its partners and employers, East Ayrshire has launched a net zero accelerator programme to focus on gaining knowledge on how best to move to net zero and to gain the required skills and accreditation. Does she agree that it is vital that every part of Scotland both participates in and benefits from the transition to net zero—in particular, through...

Scottish Parliament: Police Patrols (Public Perception of Frequency) (17 May 2023)

Willie Coffey: The results of the Scottish household telephone survey that were published last month showed that 84 per cent of respondents trust the police, as the cabinet secretary just said, and that neighbourhood safety levels were rated highly. With that in mind, what steps is the Scottish Government taking to ensure that neighbourhood safety remains a priority?

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine (16 May 2023)

Willie Coffey: W orkers’ representatives have acknowledged that the Scottish Government has saved the yard and the jobs of hundreds of workers at Ferguson Marine. To look forward, I understand that Ferguson’s has said that it will look to offset any cost increases through income that is generated from commercial work. Will the cabinet secretary provide an update on the yard’s progress in securing that...


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