Results 61–80 of 1012 for speaker:Willie Coffey

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change and Just Transition (20 Apr 2023)

Willie Coffey: The plans and strategies that the Government has laid out are certainly ambitious for Scotland, as they should, and must, be if we are to achieve our ambitions for 2030 and 2045. Running alongside those plans are the views and recommendations of the Climate Change Committee, which are robust and challenging, as well as those of Audit Scotland, which released a report this morning. Let us not...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change and Just Transition (20 Apr 2023)

Willie Coffey: I totally agree. It will take time to get back to anything like the normal levels of bus usage, but I agree that we need to do everything that we can to encourage it. I am no expert, though, so I will go back to the CCC’s view of the road map and what is still required. If it is to quantify the impact of the measures as we go along, then fair enough. Perhaps the cabinet secretary might say...

Scottish Parliament: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (19 Apr 2023)

Willie Coffey: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is, regarding agriculture and the food and drink industry in Scotland, to the comprehensive and progressive agreement for trans-Pacific partnership. (S6O-02105)

Scottish Parliament: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (19 Apr 2023)

Willie Coffey: Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, has said that the UK has joined a trade bloc in which food, farming and environmental standards are lower than our own. That raises concerns about the impact on consumer health and farm businesses in the UK. NFU Scotland and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have also cited similar concerns about animal welfare...

Scottish Parliament: Government Projects (Value for Money) (29 Mar 2023)

Willie Coffey: The National Audit Office has reportedly warned that the revised plans for the high-speed 2 Euston terminus would cost almost £5 billion, and the trains are not expected to run into Euston until 2041, which is 15 years late. Crossrail was late, and the Elizabeth line was billions of pounds over budget, too. Does the minister share my view that we do not take lessons from the Tories, who are...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Government Digital Strategy (29 Mar 2023)

Willie Coffey: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether Scotland’s digital economy will benefit from the UK Government’s revised digital strategy. (S6O-02074)

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Government Digital Strategy (29 Mar 2023)

Willie Coffey: As the minister will know, the digital single market that we were part of in Europe is worth £400 billion each year, and it provided access for Scottish companies to huge opportunities to develop their tech sectors. The UK Government’s digital strategy does not make a single reference to establishing the promised digital single market in the UK, and its claims for growth in the tech sector...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine (16 Mar 2023)

Willie Coffey: Does the Deputy First Minister agree that in any construction project, whether for ferries, bridges, roads or even rail infrastructure, it is crucial to apply recognised quality and management standards, particularly at the outset, so that clear design specifications are established in advance of agreeing estimated project costs? Does he agree that that should all be agreed before...

Scottish Parliament: Agricultural Support (Ayrshire) (15 Mar 2023)

Willie Coffey: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how it supports agriculture in Ayrshire. (S6O-02000)

Scottish Parliament: Agricultural Support (Ayrshire) (15 Mar 2023)

Willie Coffey: The cabinet secretary will be aware that Ayrshire plays a prominent role in farming in Scotland and that the quality of our beef, sheep and dairy sectors is among the best in the world, with produce of the highest standard. With significantly rising costs affecting production, our farmers are facing an extremely challenging task simply to keep pace. Will the cabinet secretary outline the...

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme ( 1 Mar 2023)

Willie Coffey: Can the minister clarify the arrangements for returning cans and bottles for people who have to do their weekly shop online from home, by reason of infirmity or disability that prevents them from returning their recycling materials in person?

Scottish Parliament: International Day of Women and Girls in Science ( 9 Feb 2023)

Willie Coffey: I, too, start by celebrating the achievements and successes of women in science, some of whom were pioneers in the field of computer science—my area of interest, which still sees far too few women studying it and going on to carve out a career in it. The first of those pioneers was perhaps Ada Lovelace, who was born in 1815 and is regarded as the world’s first computer programmer. She...

Scottish Parliament: International Day of Women and Girls in Science ( 9 Feb 2023)

Willie Coffey: I sincerely hope that we can make big changes, so that we might, one day, celebrate 50:50 representation of women and girls in branches of science. After all, that is long overdue.

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Recovery (Assessment of Policies) ( 8 Feb 2023)

Willie Coffey: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what cross-Government assessment it has made of the impact of its Covid recovery policies, including whether any might continue into the future. (S6O-01870)

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Recovery (Assessment of Policies) ( 8 Feb 2023)

Willie Coffey: I thank the Deputy First Minister for that answer, which provided a useful contrast to the earlier question. The Deputy First Minister will be aware of some of the more positive outcomes from Covid, such as the digital transformation of the workplace—and the Parliament—and local project initiatives that initially emerged as emergency support, but which have become an important part of...

Scottish Parliament: Strategic Transport Projects Review 2 (26 Jan 2023)

Willie Coffey: I cannot say that I am impressed with the description in STPR2 of the Glasgow to Carlisle line, which runs through my constituency, as a “diversionary” route. It is key to the people of Ayrshire and beyond that the same level of investment is afforded to the line, so that more communities along the line can benefit from the economic and social advantages that rail travel brings—which...

Scottish Parliament: Green Freeports (18 Jan 2023)

Willie Coffey: Does the Deputy First Minister recognise the economic disparity that already exists between the north and east of Scotland and the south-west of Scotland, and does he think that this announcement might exacerbate that divide? Does the Scottish Government see any merit in exploring the potential of developing the port infrastructure in Ayrshire to boost economic activity there, particularly...

Scottish Parliament: Renewables Revolution (Benefits to Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (24 Nov 2022)

Willie Coffey: 1. To ask the Scottish Government how its proposed renewables revolution will benefit the Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley constituency. (S6O-01589)

Scottish Parliament: Renewables Revolution (Benefits to Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (24 Nov 2022)

Willie Coffey: The renewables revolution is certainly under way and Scotland has well and truly hit the jackpot. Local people in my constituency support the programme, welcoming the impact on the climate, but look to see what the direct benefits for them will be beyond the obvious. Can the minister offer a glimpse of what a net zero future will look like, in terms of offering more local jobs for local...

Scottish Parliament: National Drugs Mission (24 Nov 2022)

Willie Coffey: As I start, I gently remind the Tories that there were 3,000 drug poisoning deaths in England and Wales last year, and nearly 5,000 drug-related deaths in total, which is the highest since 1993 in those areas. However, no one in Parliament will stand up and say that that is all the Tories’ fault: it is a little bit more complex than that. Forlornly, I wish that the Tories might recognise...


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