Results 81–100 of 1548 for speaker:Jamie Greene

Scottish Parliament: Early Childhood Development Transformational Change Programme ( 2 Nov 2023)

Jamie Greene: N o matter what the Government says in its motion, we need to have more honest and frank conversations, such as the one that we are having today.

Scottish Parliament: Secondary School Teachers (Action on Numbers) (26 Oct 2023)

Jamie Greene: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the number of new secondary school teachers. (S6O-02638)

Scottish Parliament: Secondary School Teachers (Action on Numbers) (26 Oct 2023)

Jamie Greene: The cabinet secretary must be disappointed that, last year, more than 800 vacancies went unfilled in our secondary schools. There is widespread concern about the lack of science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers, particularly in rural areas. The golden hello, which is aimed at addressing shortages of rural teachers, has reaped disappointingly low levels of interest and...

Scottish Parliament: Culture Sector (25 Oct 2023)

Jamie Greene: This morning, I saw a social media meme on Facebook—it is clear that my phone listens to everything that I say in my office these days—that simply said: “Art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.” What does that mean? That will be the theme of my short contribution. I hope that this debate makes the Government’s front-bench members somewhat uncomfortable, not...

Scottish Parliament: Fatalities on Scotland’s Roads (28 Sep 2023)

Jamie Greene: Tragically, last year, there were 174 fatalities on Scotland’s roads. That number has increased by 23 per cent, year on year, and it is at its highest level since 2016. I am sure that many in the chamber, as well as our constituents, have been touched by those tragic accidents. However, that also comes against the backdrop of a 14 per cent drop in the number of police road traffic officers...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol and Drug Deaths (“See Beyond — See the Lives — Scotland” Campaign) (28 Sep 2023)

Jamie Greene: I am proud to take part in this debate with colleagues from across the chamber, for whom I have immense respect when it comes to this subject. I thank Miles Briggs, my colleague and friend, for being personal and open about his experiences. I also thank the stakeholders who brought the campaign “See Beyond—See the Lives—Scotland” to the Parliament. I will use the campaign’s title as...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol and Drug Deaths (“See Beyond — See the Lives — Scotland” Campaign) (28 Sep 2023)

Jamie Greene: I am grateful to the minister for her kind words. From my experience of living through this, trying to assist someone to get on the path to recovery, the reality is that you feel very alone. You are often signposted to so many different places, most of which are overwhelmed and overstretched. Some of them do not even exist any more—they have shut down. There needs to be a clear central...

Scottish Parliament: Largs to Cumbrae Ferry (Monthly Season Ticket) (21 Sep 2023)

Jamie Greene: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to any benefits to islanders of restoring the monthly season ticket on the Largs to Cumbrae ferry route. (S6O-02551)

Scottish Parliament: Largs to Cumbrae Ferry (Monthly Season Ticket) (21 Sep 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank the minister for her disappointing answer. The new ticketing system is supposed to make life better for islanders, not worse. I have been lobbying Transport Scotland, CalMac and numerous transport ministers for a year and a half for a decision on this. I do not understand what further consultation could possibly need to take place. All that the islanders want is a reliable ferry...

Scottish Parliament: Bank Branch Closures (Islands) (21 Sep 2023)

Jamie Greene: This week, we learned the disappointing news of more Bank of Scotland branch closures, including one in Millport, on Cumbrae, and another in Brodick, on Arran. Those are the last remaining bank branches in those island communities. It is disappointing news for elderly residents on islands and many businesses that operate in cash. I wonder, though, whether the devastating effect that it will...

Scottish Parliament: American XL Bully Dogs (Ban) (19 Sep 2023)

Jamie Greene: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to introducing a ban on American XL bully dogs, in light of a series of reported attacks involving such dogs. (S6T-01548)

Scottish Parliament: American XL Bully Dogs (Ban) (19 Sep 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank the minister for that update. Naturally, all our thoughts are with the families of those affected by the recent fatalities and attacks. In the light of the spate of attacks, urgent action must be taken, and I welcome the UK Government’s swift response to that end. However, there are many schools of thought out there about how we should deal with so-called dangerous dogs, ranging...

Scottish Parliament: American XL Bully Dogs (Ban) (19 Sep 2023)

Jamie Greene: I am sure that Parliament would appreciate that, as would the general public. There are many responsible dog owners out there who may also have reservations about forthcoming legislation and what that means for their pet ownership. Back in January this year, I raised with the former First Minister the serious issue of serious organised criminal gangs that use extreme breeding techniques to...

Scottish Parliament: Inverclyde Task Force (14 Sep 2023)

Jamie Greene: The Inverclyde task force has a wider remit to ensure that the region makes best use of all its maritime assets to achieve improved economic prosperity. To that end, is the cabinet secretary aware that local campaigners believe that its port facilities, including Inchgreen dry dock, are being vastly underutilised? Would he be willing to come to Greenock to meet those campaigners?

Scottish Parliament: Short-term Lets Licensing Scheme (13 Sep 2023)

Jamie Greene: First, I make the glaring observation about how empty the Government benches are today. That sums up the fingers-in-the-ears approach that many MSPs are taking to the important issue that we are debating today. Much has already been said, and members who know me will know that I am not in the habit of opposing just for the sake of it, so I will just make two valid points today. The fact is...

Scottish Parliament: Short-term Lets Licensing Scheme (13 Sep 2023)

Jamie Greene: I have a lot to get through. If industry estimates are accurate, and if up to 80 per cent of current operators have currently not yet applied for a licence, the Government must surely be scratching its head and asking itself why they have not—we certainly are. My inbox, like those of all members, tells the truth and shows the reality: these new rules are overly cumbersome, are expensive for...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s 999 Emergency Telephone Service (27 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what it can do to increase the resilience of Scotland’s 999 emergency telephone service, in light of United Kingdom-wide technical issues over the weekend that rendered the service unusable for many users. (S6T-01482)

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s 999 Emergency Telephone Service (27 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank the cabinet secretary for that helpful update, and I thank the call handlers and emergency service workers who responded so quickly to events. On the outage and resilience, has the cabinet secretary had any direct conversations with BT or Police Scotland in the past 48 hours about initial thoughts on what the cause was? I understand that, for obvious reasons, there will be a...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s 999 Emergency Telephone Service (27 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank BT for the information that it has provided, which is now on the record. We cannot overstate the importance of our 999 and 101 services or the importance of the public having full confidence in them and getting through when they need to. However, that trust has been eroded in many circumstances. Over the past five years, nearly 2 million calls to 101 have been abandoned by the caller,...

Scottish Parliament: Road Safety and Condition (22 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: 5. To ask the First Minister whether he will provide an update on whether the Scottish Government is fully committed to improving the safety and condition of all of Scotland’s major roads. (S6F-02273)


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