Results 41–60 of 1548 for speaker:Jamie Greene

Scottish Parliament: Housing (14 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to comments made by the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland, which described Scotland as being “in the midst of a housing emergency”. (S6O-03205)

Scottish Parliament: Housing (14 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: After 17 years in government, what a shameful response that is. In Scotland, 10,000 children are living in temporary accommodation and 130,000 households are waiting for social housing, and that response from the minister is the best that we get from the Government. Shelter Scotland accused this Government—not any other Government—of “gaslighting” the people of Scotland on the housing...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: I am extremely concerned about the vagueness in relation to the LNG system and whether that might cause further delays to the launch of the Glen Sannox. Islanders on Arran would rather have a vessel that runs solely on diesel than have no vessel running at all. Is the Government digging in on the original wording of the contract, or is there any flexibility in respect of launching the ship...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jamie Greene: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My vote may or may not have registered; I would have voted yes.

Scottish Parliament: Ardrossan to Brodick Ferry (29 Feb 2024)

Jamie Greene: What I did not hear in either of the cabinet secretary’s two responses was a firm commitment that Brodick to Ardrossan will be retained as the primary route. The Scottish Government did not build a ferry that was fit for purpose on that route, and neither has the Scottish Government invested properly in Ardrossan harbour since the 2017 campaign to save it as part of the primary route. Will...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health-related Incidents (28 Feb 2024)

Jamie Greene: 3. Presiding Officer, I draw your attention to the fact that we are having some technical issues with the consoles at the rear of the chamber. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported comments by Police Scotland’s chief constable that the force deals with over 100,000 mental health-related incidents each year. (S6O-03128)

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health-related Incidents (28 Feb 2024)

Jamie Greene: The chief constable made it clear that that volume of incidents equates to about 600 full-time officers’ worth of work. An immense amount of resource is involved in dealing with such incidents, and we would be better served if that resource was used to deal with or prevent crime. The reality is that the police pick up the pieces when other public services are not available out of...

Scottish Parliament: Ferries (Arran) (27 Feb 2024)

Jamie Greene: The minister said that the situation is “regrettable”. That is surely an understatement: it is catastrophic. The island is now being serviced by one vessel that is more than four decades old. If it breaks down, what else is there? The problem is that CalMac will need to take another ferry off another island route, thereby pitting one island against another. That is shambolic. I ask...

Scottish Parliament: Humanitarian Aid (Funding Criteria) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Jamie Greene: A ll of us despair about the on-going conflict and crisis that is happening the world over, but that is my point—there is conflict the world over. In that vein, what criteria does the Scottish Government use to decide where and to whom it sends financial aid and what due diligence does it undertake before and during such financial payments?

Scottish Parliament: UK Covid-19 Inquiry (31 Jan 2024)

Jamie Greene: Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” That is exactly what we did in March 2020. The events that ensued led to the loss of more than 18,000 of our fellow Scots and have left physical and mental scars on anyone who survived them. It is against that backdrop that I make my...

Scottish Parliament: UK Covid-19 Inquiry (31 Jan 2024)

Jamie Greene: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Defence Solicitors (25 Jan 2024)

Jamie Greene: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reported comments by the Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland that an exodus of defence solicitors has left the legal system close to collapse. (S6O-03017)

Scottish Parliament: Defence Solicitors (25 Jan 2024)

Jamie Greene: This is not a problem that has suddenly appeared this year—it is a decade-long issue, so it has been a long time coming. An estimated 70 defence advocates have left the profession and moved to higher-paid jobs in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. Unsurprisingly, that exodus and the shortage of solicitors, which the Faculty of Advocates has described as “unprecedented”,...

Scottish Parliament: Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 (25 Jan 2024)

Jamie Greene: I offer my apologies to my colleagues: I was not scheduled to speak today, because I have been off sick with a chest infection. However, I have made it to the chamber because how could I not speak in today’s debate? In a Parliament of 128 MSPs who are eligible to speak, this debate, given its importance, should have been oversubscribed. I will not take up too much of members’ time, but I...

Scottish Parliament: Out-of-hours General Practice Services (Inverclyde) (18 Jan 2024)

Jamie Greene: One of the problems with not having out-of-hours GP services is that people will simply present at A and E, adding more pressure to already overstretched departments, particularly at Inverclyde Royal hospital but right across Scotland. Will the cabinet secretary explain what additional resource support he can offer to A and E departments to deal with that influx of patients when no other...

Scottish Parliament: XL Bully Dogs (18 Jan 2024)

Jamie Greene: Sadly, lives and limbs have been lost as a result of the most horrendous dog attacks. Data that I have uncovered shows that there have been 9,500 hospital admissions in Scotland since the flagship 2010 act. Any action taken in Scotland should be proactive, not reluctant, as it may currently be. Nonetheless, I ask the minister this: given that five specific dog breeds account for more than...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Waiting Times (17 Jan 2024)

Jamie Greene: I congratulate Dame Jackie Baillie on the honours that she received today. I am disappointed that she did not wear the hat to the chamber. When Opposition parties debate those great pillars of devolved government, health and education, as we have done so well today, I think that they generally do so for good reason. The points that are made in such debates are often backed up with statistics...

Scottish Parliament: Bank of Scotland Mobile Branch Services (11 Jan 2024)

Jamie Greene: I have a similar motion in the system, for a debate raising the plight of customers of bank branches that have closed in my region, for example in Arran and Cumbrae. I thank members who have signed that motion. I encourage others to do so, so that we can continue the debate. On the member’s point about communication, I add that the response to my communications with many of the retail banks...

Scottish Parliament: Bank of Scotland Mobile Branch Services (11 Jan 2024)

Jamie Greene: I hope that the corporate comms and Government relations people of our big banks are watching the debate and squirming in their offices, because the cross-party consensus is powerful. The regulation of the industry is a reserved matter, and I know that the debate has been had in Westminster and that MPs from all political parties will say the same thing. In his meetings with the FCA or in any...

Scottish Parliament: XL Bully Dogs (Regulation of Ownership) ( 9 Jan 2024)

Jamie Greene: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will reconsider its position on further regulating the ownership of American XL bully dogs in Scotland, in light of reports that widespread rehoming from England to Scotland is raising public safety and animal welfare concerns. (S6T-01718)

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