Results 121–140 of 1012 for speaker:Willie Coffey

Scottish Parliament: Ukraine (24 Feb 2022)

Willie Coffey: I sincerely hope that the Scottish Parliament will unite this evening in solidarity with the people of Ukraine after their country was attacked this morning by the sleekit despot Vladimir Putin. Parliaments around the world will undoubtedly be holding similar debates. It is important that the voices of the people of Scotland are heard loud and clear. We support Ukraine, and we support its...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (Lifting of Eviction Ban) ( 9 Feb 2022)

Willie Coffey: The emergency measures on evictions were clearly effective during the height of the pandemic. However, does the cabinet secretary agree that the longer-term structural changes that are currently under way in the prevention of homelessness—[ Inaudible. ]—to ensure a fair—[ Inaudible. ]—system—[ Inaudible. ]—Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (25 Jan 2022)

Willie Coffey: Will the First Minister say something more about hybrid working opportunities as we slowly recover from the pandemic? Some of the surprising gains that we have experienced have been in the deployment of digital technology to enable hybrid working and home working and to help people to achieve a better work-life balance. Does the Government support that continuing? How can we guard against...

Scottish Parliament: Inequalities and Child Poverty (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (19 Jan 2022)

Willie Coffey: 1. To ask the Scottish Government how it is tackling inequalities and child poverty in Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley. (S6O-00634)

Scottish Parliament: Inequalities and Child Poverty (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (19 Jan 2022)

Willie Coffey: I thank the cabinet secretary for her detailed answer. On 11 January, the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee heard Unison join with the Tories to complain that the Scottish budget will do nothing to reduce inequalities in Scotland. Can the cabinet secretary confirm that the Scottish Government has spent £594 million on mitigating the budget cuts that the Tory Government imposed...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (12 Jan 2022)

Willie Coffey: 6. To ask the Scottish Government how it is tackling fuel poverty in Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley. (S6O-00605)

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (12 Jan 2022)

Willie Coffey: Scotland is an energy-rich nation, yet nearly a quarter of our households are still living in fuel poverty. Scottish Government initiatives are extremely important in helping us to drive fuel poverty down, but does the cabinet secretary agree that energy price hikes, raising the fuel price cap and continuing to charge VAT will have a severe impact, particularly on the poorest people in...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 ( 5 Jan 2022)

Willie Coffey: The First Minister will be aware that, in every constituency, a high number of businesses such as salons and barbers are experiencing a lack of footfall due to the necessary precautions. Many of those businesses have significant staff absences, too. Given that the Barnett formula means that Scotland gains access to its own financial resources only if the UK Government decides that England...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (14 Dec 2021)

Willie Coffey: Some hospitality groups are saying that the First Minister has just asked people to—I quote—“stay away” from their restaurants and facilities. Would the First Minister clarify what she said so that everyone is totally clear about what is being asked and what is not?

Scottish Parliament: Schools and Early Learning (Recovery and Improvement) (14 Dec 2021)

Willie Coffey: Throughout the pandemic there has been significant disruption to education here in Scotland, across the United Kingdom and throughout the world. It is clear that we are not at the end of this. Could the cabinet secretary outline what lessons we have learned and what steps are being taken to improve matters?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19: Preparing for Winter and Priorities for Recovery ( 2 Dec 2021)

Willie Coffey: I place on record my thanks to the COVID-19 Recovery Committee, which is convened by my colleague Siobhian Brown, and to all the committee conveners for their contributions today. All have made some important contributions to our understanding of how the public, whom we serve, are feeling about the current situation. I was privileged to serve on the COVID-19 Committee in the previous session...

Scottish Parliament: Services Outwith Usual Hours (18 Nov 2021)

Willie Coffey: 12. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what consideration has been given to providing parliamentary services outwith usual hours. (S6O-00421)

Scottish Parliament: Services Outwith Usual Hours (18 Nov 2021)

Willie Coffey: I thank my colleague for that answer. I am content with that response and am happy to allow us to move on to the next item of business.

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise Agencies (Ayrshire) (10 Nov 2021)

Willie Coffey: 7. To ask the Scottish Government how the enterprise agencies support economic growth in Ayrshire. (S6O-00351)

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise Agencies (Ayrshire) (10 Nov 2021)

Willie Coffey: As the cabinet secretary knows, Ayrshire trails behind the rest of Scotland on employment levels and is one of the three areas that the Scottish Government identified as requiring the most support for economic recovery. Will she outline what progress has been made towards identifying and supporting the important regional company growth pilots?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 ( 9 Nov 2021)

Willie Coffey: Is the Deputy First Minister aware that many young adults who have recently turned 18 and are now eligible for their double vaccination are losing out financially? They have purchased expensive tickets for concerts and other events, but cannot now use them because of the timing of the vaccinations and the requirement for certification. Might the Government look at whether we can persuade...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Technology Industry (Support) ( 4 Nov 2021)

Willie Coffey: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how it supports the climate tech industry. (S6O-00329)

Scottish Parliament: Climate Technology Industry (Support) ( 4 Nov 2021)

Willie Coffey: The “Innovation Critical” report by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, BT, ScotlandIS and the Royal Society of Edinburgh tells us that “Up to 75% of the emissions reductions we need to achieve net zero are dependent on technologies which are immature, have not been deployed at scale or have not even been invented yet.” Will the minister assure me that Scotland’s tech...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Producers (Support) (28 Oct 2021)

Willie Coffey: 4. To ask the Scottish Government how it can support Scottish food and drink producers, in light of reports of empty supermarket shelves. (S6O-00288)

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Producers (Support) (28 Oct 2021)

Willie Coffey: Many fabulous locally produced Ayrshire products do not feature on the shelves of our biggest supermarkets—for example, Dunlop cheese, Ballochmyle brie, Mossgiel and Coo Shed milk, many brands of Ayrshire tatties from Dowhill farm and others and the world-famous Kilmarnock pie, which only Sainsbury’s has the good sense to stock. Will the cabinet secretary encourage supermarket operators...


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