Results 41–60 of 1180 for speaker:Miles Briggs

Scottish Parliament: Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: If I can get some time back, I would be happy to take an intervention.

Scottish Parliament: Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: If we can get the national exemptions right, local exemptions will not be needed. It is a question of ensuring that those are included in the bill. Over the time that we have had in committee and in the limited time that we have had today, there has been an emerging consensus that the voucher scheme will not provide for that and that having those exemptions in the bill is important. It would...

Scottish Parliament: Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: Will Ross Greer take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Traditional Skills (Training Programmes) (11 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to address any challenges in relation to the accessibility of traditional skills programmes to ensure that young people have access to the same career opportunities. (S6O-02948)

Scottish Parliament: Traditional Skills (Training Programmes) (11 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: The closure of Edinburgh College’s stonemasonry programme has raised serious concerns about the future of stonemasonry in the capital and across Scotland. A recent stonemasonry survey report found that more than 200,000 buildings in Scotland were built before 1919, and it stated that we will “need a healthy supply of stonemasons to adapt” them “to ensure our buildings are fit for...

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: The United Kingdom has a proud history of supporting refugees. Since 2015, as a country, we have offered a home to more than half a million men, women and children who have sought safety, including those from Hong Kong, Syria and Afghanistan, as well as, most recently, those fleeing President Putin’s illegal attack on Ukraine. To put that in context, it is equivalent to the population of...

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: I will come to that point later in my speech. The briefings that were provided for the debate make a very important case for that extension and it is something that colleagues across the UK should look at. I am more than happy to assist in trying to find resolutions to improve that situation and create more safeguards. With regard to the minister’s comments about the 4,500 complex cases...

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: How verification can take place has changed. That process has seen reforms from the UK Government recently, which should be welcomed. Documentation is a key aspect of that. If someone arrives in a country without a passport, it takes time to verify who they are and their age. I think that even the member would accept that our systems must be able to verify people, particularly with regard to...

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: I want to make some progress. I have taken two interventions and I am not sure that the Deputy Presiding Officer would give me that much time back. Uncontrolled immigration and unchecked illegal immigration can have very serious consequences. We have seen that with the unacceptable loss of life in the English Channel. That is why it is right to find solutions to stop people putting their...

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I think that the minister needs to revisit her language. We are not representatives of the UK Government.

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Miles Briggs: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I think that Mr Doris needs to get a life and understand that we are in Parliament to represent people.

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness-related Deaths (21 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: I send my thoughts to the families and friends of people who have died while homeless, which relates to the question. Over the past decade, 2,175 people have been discharged from hospital with no fixed abode registered. I welcome the fact that the figure is coming down from a high of 336 in 2017 to 58 in 2022-23. Will the review of housing policy include a public duty that no one should be...

Scottish Parliament: Marie Curie (75th Anniversary) (21 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: I want to start by paying tribute to and thanking Bob Doris for bringing this debate—the final debate before recess—to Parliament and for his work chairing the cross-party group on palliative care. It is important to recognise the cross-party working that takes place in the Parliament on this issue. As we look forward to Christmas, which is just round the corner, it is quite telling that...

Scottish Parliament: Marie Curie (75th Anniversary) (21 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: One of the key issues that we need to address is the fact that, before health and social care integration, a chief executive’s letter provided the certainty and opportunity for our hospice sector to fund the work that it does. Is the minister considering whether that could be reformed as part of the national care service to achieve the sustainable funding that the sector desperately needs?

Scottish Parliament: Section 35 Order Judicial Review (20 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: When she announced the Scottish Government’s intention to take the UK Government to court, eight months ago, the cabinet secretary told Parliament that it was keen to be as transparent as possible on the matter. Now that the Scottish Government has abandoned its legal battle against the UK Government, will it publish its legal advice? Given that the Scottish Government has spent more than...

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2024-25 (19 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: In recent months, both the City of Edinburgh Council and Glasgow City Council have declared housing emergencies. Under the SNP-Green Government, we see a record number of homeless people in Scotland and children living in temporary accommodation. Will the Deputy First Minister explain to Parliament why cutting our housing budget by more than a third will help to address that situation?

Scottish Parliament: Ukrainians in Scotland (19 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: I welcome this debate and the opportunity, which the cabinet secretary mentioned, for Parliament to reaffirm in the strongest possible terms our solidarity with the people and Government of Ukraine. The United Nations human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine has estimated that, since President Putin and the Russian military launched their full-scale armed attack against Ukraine on 24...

Scottish Parliament: Cladding Remediation Programme (14 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: As has been stated, in Scotland only one such programme of works has been progressed. A huge amount of detail is not in the Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill, including on the single building assessment, the cladding assurance register and the responsible developers scheme. Does the cabinet secretary acknowledge that the continued absence of that detail in the bill creates risks...

Scottish Parliament: Parliamentary Bureau Motions (13 Dec 2023)

Miles Briggs: I rise to speak against the motion on the draft Council Tax (Variation for Unoccupied Dwellings) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2023. When the First Minister announced the policy in April, he stated that it would improve the availability of sustainable long-term housing opportunities. In the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee’s deliberations, we have heard very little...


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