Results 61–80 of 1550 for speaker:Jamie Greene

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)

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

Jamie Greene: The unintended consequences that we are seeing are a result not of the UK legislation, but of this Scottish Government failing to take action, which has led to the situation in which there is a huge amount of anecdotal evidence of rehoming across the border into Scotland. There is an online Facebook group with more than 20,000 members, where people are discussing the issue day in, day out. I...

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

Jamie Greene: I say to the minister that it has been under urgent review for months. I am going to be frank, because I have been raising the issue in the chamber for months. Everything that we warned might happen is, sadly, now happening. Over the weekend, we saw the utterly horrific story of a dog that was trafficked from England to Scotland. There was an unsuccessful attempt to sell it online and the dog...

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

Jamie Greene: Months ago.

Scottish Parliament: Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee Report: “How Devolution is Changing Post-EU” ( 9 Jan 2024)

Jamie Greene: Within two weeks of my joining this Parliament, in 2016, Scotland was thrust into its second constitutional referendum in two years. Many of us in the chamber bear the scars of debating amendments to the first incarnation of the EU continuity bill. I will not rehearse that saga or the Supreme Court finding on its legality, but that context is important because it created the post-EU...

Scottish Parliament: Loneliness, Isolation and Self-harm (21 Dec 2023)

Jamie Greene: 5. To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government can promote and assist organisations that tackle loneliness, isolation and self-harm over the festive period. (S6F-02673)

Scottish Parliament: Loneliness, Isolation and Self-harm (21 Dec 2023)

Jamie Greene: For most of us, the Christmas and new year period is a time to look forward to, but many people dread it. Grief, loss, depression, domestic abuse and, indeed, loneliness are the unwelcome gifts that the season too often offers. Sadly, last year, 762 of our fellow Scots completed suicide. This year, more than 100,000 will be eating their Christmas dinner alone. On that point, I commend the...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Building Closures) (19 Dec 2023)

Jamie Greene: The issue is not co-location but the risk that, if the new facilities are not true like-for-like replacements, facilities such as holding cells may be lost. For example, Greenock officers may have to go to Govan or Clydebank with arrested or accused people. Does the cabinet secretary share my concern that modernisation, or so-called rationalisation, must never come at the expense of public...

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Dec 2023)

Jamie Greene: Much of what I have to say today really does depress me, because it is three years since I first sat on the front bench, holding the education brief. It really depresses me because what we have heard discussed about the PISA rankings this week made for dire reading for those who really care about Scottish education—not those who dismissed the findings as simply not as bad as they could be...

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Dec 2023)

Jamie Greene: Let me finish. Every commentator worth their weight in academic salt has agreed with that. They made for utterly grim reading. The only rose-tinted glasses that I see in the whole debate are worn by those sitting in the middle benches of the chamber, as is evident from the speeches, the amendment and the reaction to the PISA results—a reaction that I have to say was as quick as it was...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill (Section 35 Order) (12 Dec 2023)

Jamie Greene: Some 86 MSPs from across the political spectrum supported the aims and underlying principles of the bill. Equally, many undoubtedly would not have supported any form of change to gender reform through legislation. Given that many of us who supported those principles did so in the face of firm reassurances from ministers that the legal advice that they had sought was sound, would it not now...

Scottish Parliament: World AIDS Day (30 Nov 2023)

Jamie Greene: Let us never forget that the H in HIV stands for “human”. There are not enough minutes in the day to name even a handful of the people the world has lost to AIDS over the past 40 years. Many suffered the illness in the face of prejudice, ignorance and bigotry, I am afraid to say. It is good to see that the science has come on so well in the past 40 years, but there is still so much more...

Scottish Parliament: Vessels and Piers Project (Update) (28 Nov 2023)

Jamie Greene: 2. To ask the Scottish Government, further to the finance secretary’s letter to the Finance and Public Administration Committee on 21 November, whether it will provide an update on the delivery of vessels and piers projects, including the small vessels replacement programme and the port works at Ardrossan and Gourock harbours. (S6T-01658)

Scottish Parliament: Vessels and Piers Project (Update) (28 Nov 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank the minister for the update. Let me probe a little bit about what “on track” means in the real world. The Scottish Government investment plan update from two years ago made categorical commitments that seven vessels of the small vessel replacement scheme would be serving island communities within the next five years—that is, by 2026. The CMAL chief executive responded by saying...

Scottish Parliament: Vessels and Piers Project (Update) (28 Nov 2023)

Jamie Greene: The funding is promised, but delivery of the vessels is what people are interested in. When will the vessels be sailing around their communities? It sounds as though we are talking about at least 2028, which I am sure will come as a huge disappointment to our island communities. The harbour improvements, which are also much needed, include the Ardrossan and Gourock upgrades. We were told that...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine (Chief Executive Bonus) (21 Nov 2023)

Jamie Greene: Obscene amounts of money have been paid to well-paid executives, directors and management consultancy firms, but the workers in the Ferguson Marine yard want to know what the future of the yard will look like. Is the minister, or anyone in the Scottish Government, aware of any future contracts that the yard has secured beyond hulls 801 and 802, and, if so, what do those contracts look like?

Scottish Parliament: Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service (16 Nov 2023)

Jamie Greene: The minister said that a direct award might not be welcomed by every community. There is good reason for that suspicion and nervousness. Among the benefits of the competitive tender process the last time CalMac won the award was that it had to make 350 commitments to improvement, as part of the contract. First, have all those 350 commitments been delivered over the past five years? Secondly,...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ministerial Code (First Minister and Deputy First Minister) (15 Nov 2023)

Jamie Greene: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Ferry Services ( 7 Nov 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank the committee for its work. It is a thoroughly decent and thorough report, all 161 pages and 74 recommendations of it, although I appreciate that not every one was a direct recommendation. It seems to me that it is a genuine cross-party effort, as these things very often are, and it made me quite nostalgic for my days on the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. It will come as no...

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