Results 1–20 of 1548 for speaker:Jamie Greene

Scottish Parliament: Horizon Information Technology Prosecutions (16 May 2024)

Jamie Greene: Of course, the Post Office is guilty of the most egregious failures in this whole sorry saga, but let us not forget that it was the Crown in Scotland that prosecuted people here. Given that fact, and particularly in the absence of Police Scotland’s involvement in any evidence gathering or assisting the Crown’s prosecution, why did the Crown take or seek no evidence contrary to that which...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service Contract (Tender Process) (16 May 2024)

Jamie Greene: Whether it was by direct award or by tender, the previous tender process was little more than a beauty parade with an inevitable outcome. Before we again hand the tender to CalMac on a plate, can we ensure that it delivers on the 350 overt commitments that it made last time it won the contract, of which more than 30 are yet to be delivered?

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse of LGBTQ+ People ( 9 May 2024)

Jamie Greene: I pay tribute to Collette Stevenson for her relentless work on this issue and for bringing stakeholders to the Parliament earlier this year. I congratulate her on the longest motion that I have ever read in the Parliament; in fact, it reads more like a report, which is excellent and a testament to her office, too. There is a lot in that report to get through, but I will cover three specific...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Residential Rehabilitation Beds ( 9 May 2024)

Jamie Greene: To ask the First Minister whether he will provide an update on the Scottish Government’s progress towards its target to increase the number of residential rehabilitation beds in Scotland to 650 by 2026. (S6F-03107)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Residential Rehabilitation Beds ( 9 May 2024)

Jamie Greene: I thank the First Minister for his update. All our thoughts are with anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one due to drugs. I hear what the First Minister says, but the rhetoric and the reality on the ground are two very different things. The most recent Public Health Scotland audit of rehab beds showed that the £38 million that has been allocated produced only an...

Scottish Parliament: Unborn Victims of Violence ( 2 May 2024)

Jamie Greene: I thank all members for taking my interventions—I did not have a speaking slot in the debate, but it is a very important debate and I was keen to involve myself in it. I was struck by the responses to the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee’s small report on the petition, including from the Crown Office, which made it clear that the Crown was confident that it...

Scottish Parliament: Unborn Victims of Violence ( 2 May 2024)

Jamie Greene: I was listening intently to what the cabinet secretary had to say just there, but that relates to the manner in which the Crown prosecutes and which legislation it uses to prosecute. The petition specifically asks that some form of aggravator is involved in sentencing; therefore, it is sentencing that needs to be looked at. That is a matter that the Parliament has addressed in the past with...

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Direct Freight Routes (Europe) ( 2 May 2024)

Jamie Greene: There has been a lot of talk over the years about a passenger and freight service from Rosyth to Dunkirk. DFDS seems to be the only player in town in that conversation, and it is very keen to develop that route. However, a number of obstacles seem to stand in its way, some of which involve port infrastructure and Government support. Will the cabinet secretary write to members to...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Question Time: Sexual Crime (Dunfermline) ( 2 May 2024)

Jamie Greene: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Forgive me for not giving advance notice of this point, but I noticed that only three back benchers have been able to ask constituency or supplementary questions today. Unfortunately, that has become a bit of a pattern at First Minister’s questions. I know that a number of members on all sides of the chamber have very pertinent issues to raise. Are...

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Income Tax Divergence (Impact on Private Sector Recruitment) ( 1 May 2024)

Jamie Greene: To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has undertaken of how income tax divergence has impacted or may impact private sector recruitment. (S6O-03369)

Scottish Parliament: Portfolio Question Time: Income Tax Divergence (Impact on Private Sector Recruitment) ( 1 May 2024)

Jamie Greene: The minister is keen to quote figures that are four years out of date. Since then, we have seen massive tax hikes in Scotland. He talked about evidence and data. Well, here is some evidence and data. Someone who earns £50,000 or more in Scotland will pay 20 per cent more tax than they would in any other part of the UK. It is not a sustainable position that that is not affecting the private...

Scottish Parliament: General Question Time: Connectivity (Arran and Cumbrae) (25 Apr 2024)

Jamie Greene: To ask the Scottish Government how it will improve connectivity on the islands of Arran and Cumbrae ahead of the busy summer tourist season. (S6O-03350)

Scottish Parliament: General Question Time: Connectivity (Arran and Cumbrae) (25 Apr 2024)

Jamie Greene: It goes without saying that our islands are open for business, but the word “frustration” underestimates the strength of feeling on our islands. They are staring down the barrel of a summer of more chaos on their ferry network. The MV Loch Shira, which services Cumbrae, is out of action, which is causing a lot of consternation on that island. The MV Caledonian Isles will not be around...

Scottish Parliament: Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Apr 2024)

Jamie Greene: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Apr 2024)

Jamie Greene: I thank members for their valuable contributions thus far. It is fair to say that the bill has been on a bit of a journey, perhaps much like my own from the front to the back benches over the past year and a bit. It is one of the largest pieces of legislation that I have come across in this Parliament, in terms not just of its length but its content and perhaps even its controversy. Many of...

Scottish Parliament: Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Apr 2024)

Jamie Greene: I do not have time. I wish that I had an extra few minutes to do so. However, I am happy to discuss any of these matters after the debate. We always knew that, although the not proven verdict had a historical place, in today’s context, there was a clear lack of understanding of its use. It is for that reason that the committee has rightly said that it must be removed. However, I...

Scottish Parliament: Topical Question Time: LGBT Youth Scotland (School Youth Clubs) (23 Apr 2024)

Jamie Greene: I wish that there had been LGBT youth clubs when I was at school. If there had been, perhaps I would not have had such a miserable time of it or left school so early. I understand the importance of an inclusive environment. However, it is fair to say that all the material that children have access to should be age appropriate. Will the cabinet secretary explain how the Government...

Scottish Parliament: Prison Officers Association (68 Is Too Late Campaign) (18 Apr 2024)

Jamie Greene: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Prison Officers Association (68 Is Too Late Campaign) (18 Apr 2024)

Jamie Greene: I apologise to Pauline McNeill for missing the opening minute of her speech. There was a bit of a lunch stampede and it was hard to get back in the chamber. I am listening to the debate with great intent. It is an area of interest to me given my former role, and I am sympathetic to, and concur with, a lot of what has been said. On the issue of parity with other uniformed services,...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021 (17 Apr 2024)

Jamie Greene: Will the member take an intervention?


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