Results 1521–1540 of 1550 for speaker:Jamie Greene

Scottish Parliament: Digital Strategy ( 3 Nov 2016)

Jamie Greene: Wow! Okay—therein lies the answer. That leads nicely into my next point—

Scottish Parliament: Digital Strategy ( 3 Nov 2016)

Jamie Greene: I shall respond to the Presiding Officer in writing on that intervention. Stewart Stevenson makes a good point. Networks are not just physical things. We should build networks of people—human networks of digital innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, developers and content creators. I refer, for example, to people working together to solve a problem such as identifying and removing the...

Scottish Parliament: Digital Strategy ( 3 Nov 2016)

Jamie Greene: If they can get a signal. Today, those predictions sound amusing to us but, 16 years ago, they were like predictions from “Tomorrow’s World”—like the Sinclair C5 only a bit more useful. Progress has come much faster than we ever anticipated. My amendment is important for two reasons. First, we must acknowledge the challenges that face us in achieving 100 per cent high-speed broadband...

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise and Skills Support (26 Oct 2016)

Jamie Greene: I am glad that the cabinet secretary mentioned digital skills in his speech, because as many as 1 million Scots face social inequality because of digital exclusion, according to the Carnegie UK Trust. The growing digital divide between those with internet access and those without is felt most acutely in Scotland’s remote and rural areas. That has far-reaching social and economic...

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise and Skills Support (26 Oct 2016)

Jamie Greene: I take on board the point. STEM subjects are important, but the lack of computing teachers in Scotland has an immediate effect on the skills that are available to employers. How can we attract new businesses to rural communities, if they are the last communities to benefit from the roll-out of high-speed broadband? In a recent report, Audit Scotland highlighted the lack of measurable targets...

Scottish Parliament: BBC Royal Charter and Framework Agreement ( 6 Oct 2016)

Jamie Greene: We have enjoyed an interesting debate with some excellent contributions from around the chamber highlighting the importance of the BBC’s role in Scotland’s creative industries. Having worked for 13 years in television, including a stint at the BBC, I must share with members the fact that I was always struck by the dedication of BBC staff in creating innovative programming for the whole of...

Scottish Parliament: BBC Royal Charter and Framework Agreement ( 6 Oct 2016)

Jamie Greene: Thank you. I will remember that. Like the cabinet secretary, I welcome advances in the charter, such as the board member for Scotland and the setting of tangible targets that this Parliament can monitor. The cabinet secretary made some excellent and relevant points about the importance of regional radio in Scotland and the spend on it as compared with England for example. My colleague Jackson...

Scottish Parliament: BBC Royal Charter and Framework Agreement ( 6 Oct 2016)

Jamie Greene: The important thing is to ensure that the commissioning commitments are honoured and that more commissioning takes place in Scotland. I am happy to agree with that point. Claire Baker made an interesting point about the potential federalisation of the BBC, which does not work in the spirit of the licence fee. I am happy to associate myself with those comments. My colleague Rachael Hamilton...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Jamie Greene: Joan McAlpine will be pleased to learn that I will meet Mr Hancock next Sunday and will be happy to pass on to him any questions that she has.

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Jamie Greene: We welcome this debate on the Scottish rural economy and Brexit. It is good to see that some parties are not afraid to have a debate on Brexit. However, believe it or not, not everyone who lives in rural Scotland is a farmer, a fisherman or a forester. Many are, of course, but our perception of rural Scotland is often clouded by the funds, grants, subsidies and quotas that tend to dominate...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Jamie Greene: The Westminster Government is doing the right thing by exploring all options, and all options will be considered. That is why I said that laws may be repealed, retained or reinvented. That is the right thing to do in the situation. We have no crystal ball today. The purpose of a debate such as this should be to lay ideas on the table. If the Scottish Government seriously wishes to have a...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

Jamie Greene: I have not heard anyone say that people who are in Scotland are required to leave. No one has said that. Have members heard anyone say that? People who have come to make Scotland their home make a valuable contribution to Scotland, and I welcome that. Emma Harper talked about Tory Brexit. We have heard that phrase used a lot in the past hour or so. She might be surprised to learn that, the...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Staffing (21 Sep 2016)

Jamie Greene: From listening to the speeches today, it sounds as though Sandra White and her colleagues on the SNP benches really like facts, so here are some facts—there are shortfalls in GPs; consultant vacancies are up; nursing vacancies are up; and agency use is up. The problem is that those are facts that the SNP members do not like and do not want to listen to. I would like to talk about what...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Staffing (21 Sep 2016)

Jamie Greene: I would like to make some progress, please. It is clear that a culture of poor workforce planning is contributing to the staffing bill. Temporary staff are not just an occasional requirement, as the cabinet secretary claimed in her opening speech. A third important area in the west of Scotland is wellbeing. The results of the 2015 Scottish health survey, which were released yesterday, show...

Scottish Parliament: Broadband Coverage (15 Sep 2016)

Jamie Greene: Does the First Minister accept that broadband access is far from adequate for many across Scotland? Will she heed Audit Scotland’s recommendation that the Scottish Government should publish more information on the programme’s performance and particularly data on speed and coverage?

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (14 Sep 2016)

Jamie Greene: When I talk about “a distant, centralised and monumentally complex process, which produces exactly what might be expected from such a structure – ... a continuous stream of largely dysfunctional rules and regulations”, what pops into members’ heads? Members might be forgiven for thinking that we have gone back in time in this chamber, and that I am talking about the EU in its...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (14 Sep 2016)

Jamie Greene: I shall not; I would like to make progress. Members here are talking about the “least-worst option” for Scotland. What sort of defeatist language is that, as we go into negotiations? There is an opportunity here to make up our own minds about the thousands of EU acts that we in the farming business must adhere to. Are they all relevant? Are they all in Scotland’s interests? There is the...

Scottish Parliament: Homophobic Bullying (Schools) (13 Sep 2016)

Jamie Greene: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to tackle homophobic bullying in schools in light of the recent survey by the time for inclusive education group. (S5T-00059)

Scottish Parliament: Homophobic Bullying (Schools) (13 Sep 2016)

Jamie Greene: Clearly, there is broad consensus across this place on the need to tackle this issue. The survey paints a deeply worrying picture of homophobic and transphobic bullying. It reveals that 27 per cent of respondents have attempted suicide, that more than 90 per cent have experienced bullying and that only 4 per cent thought that the Scottish Government was doing enough. Will the Government...

Scottish Parliament: Homophobic Bullying (Schools) (13 Sep 2016)

Jamie Greene: I thank the minister for his clarity on the matter and for telling us that he intends to meet the group that conducted the survey. The survey highlights that we are not getting it right for every child. The current postcode lottery means that some schools are training teachers while others are not. Given that the majority of teachers who were polled in the survey feel that they have not been...


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