Results 161–180 of 1012 for speaker:Willie Coffey

Scottish Parliament: Global Capital Investment Plan (16 Mar 2021)

Willie Coffey: What steps can the Government take to ensure that investments will translate into high-quality jobs for the people of Scotland? In line with the questions of Bruce Crawford and Colin Smyth, I make a plea on behalf of my constituents in Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, which has high levels of unemployment, that we might reasonably expect a share of those quality jobs.

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change Plan ( 9 Mar 2021)

Willie Coffey: I am pleased to speak on behalf of my committee. We considered three aspects of the climate change plan update: electricity, industry and negative emissions technologies, which were mentioned earlier. I will highlight a handful of points under each of those headings. First, I will say something about an earlier piece of work by the committee. Last summer, we reported on the findings of our...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliamentary Elections 2021 ( 2 Mar 2021)

Willie Coffey: Many countries around the world have held elections during the pandemic. Can the minister confirm that the Scottish Government has been looking at what lessons can be learned from those elections and considering putting those lessons in place?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (23 Feb 2021)

Willie Coffey: Can patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis, which is otherwise known as ME or chronic fatigue syndrome, be included with those at the highest clinical risk on our shielding list?

Scottish Parliament: Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill (23 Feb 2021)

Willie Coffey: The aim of the bill is simple: to encourage greater use of local heat networks in Scotland and thereby move away from burning gas and fossil fuels to heat our homes and buildings; and to provide the supporting legislation, licensing and regulation to bind it all together. At the moment, over half of Scotland’s energy consumption is used to create heat and over 80 per cent of our homes burn...

Scottish Parliament: Post-Brexit International Relations (18 Feb 2021)

Willie Coffey: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how it will develop its international relations in the post-Brexit era. (S5O-05034)

Scottish Parliament: Post-Brexit International Relations (18 Feb 2021)

Willie Coffey: It is important that we continue to develop our strong business, economic and cultural links post-Brexit and that we do not allow Scotland’s ambitions to be thwarted by the actions of others. Can the minister provide any further details on how we can maintain and enhance those connections, for example through the digital single market, the Erasmus exchange programme and support for...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (16 Feb 2021)

Willie Coffey: Can the First Minister clarify when general patients who are in hospital over the medium-to-long term will get their vaccine?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 ( 9 Feb 2021)

Willie Coffey: The cabinet secretary mentioned a moment ago the four-nations or five-nations discussions that he is having with the UK Government and the Welsh and Irish Governments. What do we need to do to ensure that folk who land somewhere else in the UK and travel up to Scotland comply with the quarantine? Who will monitor that?

Scottish Parliament: Green Recovery Inquiry ( 9 Feb 2021)

Willie Coffey: I thank Gillian Martin and the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee for such a thorough and positive report. I wonder, though, whether Peter Chapman actually read a single page of the committee’s report. He could have done that instead of rubbishing the committee’s efforts on the report, including his own party members’ contribution to it. I am sure that they will have...

Scottish Parliament: Infrastructure Investment Plan and Capital Spending Review 2021-22 to 2025-26 ( 4 Feb 2021)

Willie Coffey: In light of the further expected disruption to Scotland’s exports to the European Union via the Channel routes that has been caused by the Tory Brexit shambles, does the Scottish Government support and encourage new ferry services to emerge that might connect ports in the west of Scotland directly to the European Union via Dublin port?

Scottish Parliament: High Streets and Town Centres (Support) ( 3 Feb 2021)

Willie Coffey: What action is the Scottish Government taking to address the serious challenges that our local high streets face in the current climate and to support regeneration of our town centres as we move out of the pandemic?

Scottish Parliament: Universal Support for Self-Isolation ( 3 Feb 2021)

Willie Coffey: The financial support that is being provided to people who are self-isolating is really important, and I have no doubt that it is much welcomed. As usual, our SNP Government is going further—as far as we can to help as many people as possible. Yesterday, as the cabinet secretary said, we extended the support to cover people on the real living wage or less. It now includes people who already...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2021-22 (28 Jan 2021)

Willie Coffey: The requirement for our businesses to close in order to limit the spread of Covid has had a substantial impact on our town centres, not least in my constituency of Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley. Can the cabinet secretary provide any further details of the funding that has been allocated to help our town centres and business improvement districts to get back on their feet? Will she consider...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Vision for Trade (26 Jan 2021)

Willie Coffey: We have increasingly focused on building our reputation and relationships globally around key products that represent our strengths and our values, not least the products of our food and drink industry. However, we have also seen how fragile global trade can be. How does the minister see the Scottish Government’s vision for trade helping to further promote Scotland the brand and create more...

Scottish Parliament: Serious Illnesses (Diagnoses) (20 Jan 2021)

Willie Coffey: Will the First Minister say whether there has been a drop-off in the number of diagnoses of cancers and other major health issues during the Covid pandemic? How is the Scottish Government encouraging people to come forward with such issues?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Education Update (13 Jan 2021)

Willie Coffey: I am delighted to hear of the considerable efforts that are being made by my former colleagues in Education Scotland to support learning and teaching at this time. In relation to online learning, is the Deputy First Minister able to provide an update on the Scottish Government guidance that will be published requiring daily interaction with young people in a live-learning context, which he...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (22 Dec 2020)

Willie Coffey: Can the First Minister elaborate on the discussions that her Government has had with the UK Government regarding temporary closure of our major ports and transport links? Will the First Minister call on the UK Government to take some responsibility and work to reach agreement with France on the protocol that she mentioned earlier, which will get freight moving again, in order to protect...

Scottish Parliament: Economy (Dumfriesshire) (17 Dec 2020)

Willie Coffey: It is important that our economic recovery is also a green recovery. Will the cabinet secretary provide an update on the steps that are being taken to ensure that Scottish Government investment delivers environmental returns?

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus Acts Report ( 9 Dec 2020)

Willie Coffey: The cabinet secretary w ill be aware of the importance of making as clear as possible any new arrangements for restrictions or relaxations for our small businesses, especially the many owners of barber shops and hair salons in my constituency, and across Scotland, who were delighted to hear that they can open from 6 am on Friday. Will he ensure that, as far as possible, any announcements on...


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