Results 181–200 of 1550 for speaker:Jamie Greene

Scottish Parliament: Court Maintenance Backlog (29 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I say to Ms Clark, who is clearly defending the SNP this afternoon, that the Government does not need to borrow money. Instead, it should stop wasting money on failed projects; it is notorious for wasting money, as my colleagues know. If the Government spent its money better, it would not need to borrow more in the first place. The reality is that, every time a public service has asked for...

Scottish Parliament: Court Maintenance Backlog (29 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I will do so in a second. The letter came from a freedom of information request, and the brave soul who had the guts to write to the Government at St Andrew’s house on the subject made it starkly clear what the problem was. I will partly paraphrase the letter. As a result of SCTS’s capital budget being “severely stretched”, it had to divert money “from estates backlog maintenance to...

Scottish Parliament: Court Maintenance Backlog (29 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I would have loved to give way. I am sure that the minister will have plenty of opportunity to do so in her closing speech. All that I will do now is make a plea that we need our courts to function well. They need to be fit for purpose and they must not retraumatise victims of crime. Ultimately, they are there to serve a vital purpose, and no amount of whataboutery will detract from the fact...

Scottish Parliament: Employment Support for Veterans and their Families (23 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I totally agree with the point about getting the families and spouses of serving personnel into work or employment. However, in my most recent couple of visits to RAF Lossiemouth, the biggest problem that was highlighted concerned childcare. The real issue that is stopping people getting back into work is not lack of opportunities in the workplace but lack of childcare. Surely, that will have...

Scottish Parliament: Employment Support for Veterans and their Families (23 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: That is very generous, Deputy Presiding Officer. I thank the cabinet secretary and all members who have contributed thus far in what I think has been a very good debate. It is not without its politics, but nor should it be—after all, we are in Parliament. It goes without saying that there genuinely is a cross-party sentiment that we owe a great amount of thanks to those who serve our...

Scottish Parliament: Employment Support for Veterans and their Families (23 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: Yes—in one second, as I want to make a point. The reason why it is so important is that, since 2001, an estimated 2,000 former soldiers or veterans are believed to have taken their own lives. That is a stark statistic. I wanted to mention it because, although our understanding of mental health and PTSD has improved over the years, those numbers are still depressingly high.

Scottish Parliament: Employment Support for Veterans and their Families (23 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I appreciate that. The cabinet secretary makes two very important points, which I would like to reflect on. If it is the case that members of the Scottish Government are struggling to get appropriate communication from their counterparts in the UK Government, Keith Brown is right to raise that. It is also right that we feed that back in any way that we can. I am not a member of the UK...

Scottish Parliament: Misogyny (Criminal Law Reform) (22 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: Unfortunately, one way in which many women experience misogyny is through interaction with the criminal justice system itself. We have all heard stories of how the whole process can retraumatise them, and they are often met with very outdated views on their allegations of abuse, domestic violence and, unfortunately, rape. Might the upcoming criminal justice reform bill that the Government...

Scottish Parliament: Sign Language Week (British Sign Language) (16 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: Presiding Officer, I know from your own contributions that you will be aware that this week is sign language week. I say, in BSL, thank you, Presiding Officer. What is this week? It is sign language week. The First Minister will be as relieved as I am that I will finish the rest of my question in English. I thank our wonderful parliamentary interpreters. Will the First Minister join me in...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine (16 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I am sure that people as far away as the Isle of Arran could hear SNP back benchers applaud Mr Swinney on his statement, which is more devastating news for islanders, who are simply scunnered at the endless delays to their lifeline services. The current vessel that serves the Arran route is nearly 30 years old. It has been in dry dock for three months, and there are still problems with its...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I am pleased to open for the Conservatives in this afternoon’s debate on the Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill. I thank my committee colleagues, our clerks and advisers, and the many witnesses who gave evidence to us during the creation of what I think is a forensic report. As the convener rightly pointed out, every member of the committee played a constructive part in its...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: It is not just a reflection of the backlog; it has been exacerbated by the backlog over recent years. I am about to come on to the question of what underpins the Government’s approach in this bill. As a result of legislation that we have passed, such as the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, and a raft of historical sexual allegations that are now coming to light and seeing their day in...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I do not have time; perhaps the cabinet secretary could respond to that point when he sums up. Whichever way it is spun, the bill narrows the parameters within which bail can be granted, and I think that that is why there is opposition to it. We have heard unusual but really stark criticism of the Government’s approach from the judiciary itself. In evidence, the Crown argued that...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: Collette Stevenson will have noted that the summary of the discussion by the committee was that, although that might be a welcome element in sentencing, there should not be a formula when it comes to judges’ decision making, and the decision should be left solely to the discretion of judges. That is the right place to leave that power.

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I have watched many such hearings. Judges always give clear and valid reasons for their decisions, which would also be put in writing if the decision were appealed. Their concern is that cases might be delayed if absolutely everything that is said in court has to be transcribed. We know already how expensive that is.

Scottish Parliament: Misogyny (Criminal Law Reform) ( 9 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank the cabinet secretary for supporting our amendment to the motion. Over the years, members might have spotted that I am a fairly middle-class, fairly—now—middle-aged, white male. The middle-aged bit came as a huge shock to me when it happened, but it happened nonetheless. I do not really have to worry about where to sit on a train. I do not have to move seats when, on an otherwise...

Scottish Parliament: Misogyny (Criminal Law Reform) ( 9 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I will if I can get my time back, as I have a lot to get through.

Scottish Parliament: Misogyny (Criminal Law Reform) ( 9 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: I will come on to the proposals. Of course, the law is not the only way to tackle the scourge of misogyny. There is no guarantee that any of this will be an effective or true deterrent. That is why our amendment says that wider reform of the justice sector is also required. The cabinet secretary is right. What of the proposals? It is important that we hear what people think of them—that we...

Scottish Parliament: Misogyny (Criminal Law Reform) ( 9 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: One thing that struck me during the passage of that bill was that there was clearly a parallel debate, which was the build-up to the debate that we had last year about gender reform. How do we ensure that, as we conspire, if you like, to work with the Government as productively and constructively as we can, we do not allow those other, parallel debates to happen this time, in relation to this...

Scottish Parliament: Misogyny (Criminal Law Reform) ( 9 Mar 2023)

Jamie Greene: Education at an early stage in life is useful and important, but many adult males who come across the horrific situations that we have heard about today do not know what to do. The problem is that they do not know how to intervene. They want to intervene in a situation, but they do not know how to do it safely and in a way that does not put themselves or the women concerned at risk. Will the...


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