Results 101–120 of 1012 for speaker:Willie Coffey

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 May 2022)

Willie Coffey: Our Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee focused its attention on tenancy issues, which are contained in part 4 of the bill. The whole committee was content to support the proposals by the Scottish Government, including our Tory and Labour colleagues, who supported the provisions then but who will vote against the bill in about 20 minutes. That is very curious. There are two key...

Scottish Parliament: Convicted and Incarcerated Persons who Own and Control Property (11 May 2022)

Willie Coffey: 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it is considering any reforms to the justice system in relation to convicted and incarcerated persons who own and control property in Scotland. (S6O-01056)

Scottish Parliament: Convicted and Incarcerated Persons who Own and Control Property (11 May 2022)

Willie Coffey: I raise the disturbing local issue whereby a convicted and incarcerated murderer retains ownership and control of a house that is falling into disrepair, with no maintenance being carried out and access being denied to family members; they are also exempt from paying any council tax. Will the cabinet secretary consider what might be done to resolve such a problem? Neighbours are having to...

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing ( 4 May 2022)

Willie Coffey: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the delivery of affordable housing. (S6O-01031)

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing ( 4 May 2022)

Willie Coffey: I have seen promising signs that affordable house building is getting back into full swing in my area, with more than 1,500 low-cost and social homes now built by the Scottish National Party in East Ayrshire since 2007. Does the cabinet secretary agree that the house building sector is on track to a full recovery following the pandemic, which puts Scotland in a good position to achieve its...

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 Apr 2022)

Willie Coffey: I really enjoy speeches by my friend and colleague Fergus Ewing. He can certainly brighten up a dull day. He should be selling a course of 10 speeches. Many members would learn a lot if they came here to listen to him. I recall other colleagues’ speeches. I always came to the chamber to listen to David McLetchie’s speeches because they were excellent. I also used to come to listen to Tom...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Vaccination Certification Scheme Costs) (27 Apr 2022)

Willie Coffey: Given that a number of countries still require proof of vaccination before allowing individuals to enter, will the Deputy First Minister confirm that the app will continue to operate to ensure that people in Scotland can continue to travel internationally without issues?

Scottish Parliament: Digital Single Market (20 Apr 2022)

Willie Coffey: 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it has estimated the cost to Scotland of being removed from the European digital single market. (S6O-00973)

Scottish Parliament: Digital Single Market (20 Apr 2022)

Willie Coffey: Will the minister outline what the Scottish Government can do to overcome that ridiculously stupid and damaging decision, which was taken by the Tory Government, and help Scottish businesses to access the increasingly important digital markets that Europe provides?

Scottish Parliament: Technology Sector (19 Apr 2022)

Willie Coffey: How will the cabinet secretary ensure equal opportunities in access for children in our more deprived communities to benefit from technology education? Can we provide additional resources, where those may be required?

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (19 Apr 2022)

Willie Coffey: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I thought that I was closing the debate, so this is a closing speech, as I am sure members will soon hear. I am pleased to be opening this important debate on behalf of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee. First, I thank committee members for their contributions to the process, and our clerking team and the Scottish Parliament information centre...

Scottish Parliament: National Planning Framework 4 (19 Apr 2022)

Willie Coffey: I am pleased—finally—to be closing what is an important debate, on behalf of our committee. I reiterate my thanks to the committee members for their contributions, and to the clerking team and SPICe for their help along the way. Before reflecting on some of the excellent speeches that have been made this afternoon, I will cover a few of the points in our report that the convener did not...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Vision for Trade (Annual Report) (31 Mar 2022)

Willie Coffey: The minister has said that no trade deal that the UK Government can strike will make up for what Brexit has taken away from Scotland. It is clear that the UK Government is not delivering on our vision for trade but is instead bargaining away Scottish interests. Does the minister agree that, with the full powers of independence, Scotland would be able to make our objectives and values part of...

Scottish Parliament: Unsafe Cladding (30 Mar 2022)

Willie Coffey: Will the cabinet secretary detail what fire safety actions the Scottish Government has taken to enhance the safety of buildings, based on the work of the ministerial working group on building and fire safety?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Local Government Elections (Candidacy Rights of Foreign Nationals) Bill: Stage 1 (29 Mar 2022)

Willie Coffey: I intend to speak to the motion, unlike the unfortunate rants that we heard earlier from the first Tory speaker, which were a shame. Although the bill must be one of the shortest ever seen in Parliament, it is certainly significant because of what it does. All our speeches in the debate will probably be longer than the bill, but it is important to bring it to the attention of the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Mar 2022)

Willie Coffey: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in support of the bill and about the committee’s detailed scrutiny and report at stage 1. The aims of the bill are fairly straightforward: to produce good food nation plans and to have regard to those plans when exercising other functions. I particularly enjoyed reading the section of the committee’s report on exactly what “have regard to”...

Scottish Parliament: Ukrainian Refugees (17 Mar 2022)

Willie Coffey: 6. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the action it is taking to prepare for Ukrainian refugees arriving in Scotland. (S6O-00891)

Scottish Parliament: Ukrainian Refugees (17 Mar 2022)

Willie Coffey: Further to the statement made yesterday by the First Minister, can the minister confirm that work is going on to ensure that the Ukrainian people who come here will have access to general practitioners, dental services, childcare and language support services to add to the warmth of the welcome that they will surely get when they arrive in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Ayrshire Economy (Scottish Government Investments) (10 Mar 2022)

Willie Coffey: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how its investments have helped the wider Ayrshire economy. (S6O-00848)

Scottish Parliament: Ayrshire Economy (Scottish Government Investments) (10 Mar 2022)

Willie Coffey: Can the minister confirm that the investments that are being made by the Scottish National Party Government are making a positive impact on the Ayrshire economy, in particular at Prestwick airport, where financial intervention has saved many jobs directly and even more in the wider economy, and will support the potential for thousands more jobs across Ayrshire, in association with the...


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