Results 141–160 of 1550 for speaker:Jamie Greene

Scottish Parliament: New Vessels for the Clyde and the Hebrides (Report) ( 8 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I will in a second. There was the incompetence of making payments for milestones, which had either been artificially reached or not met at all, and the incompetence of giving so-called loans, which would knowingly—clearly—never be paid back or were used for purposes other than those for which they were intended. The incompetence of insisting on a type of engine technology was the source...

Scottish Parliament: New Vessels for the Clyde and the Hebrides (Report) ( 8 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I suspect that they do not have the guts to show face, because they know that their actions and the actions of the Government and its agencies have paved the way for the disaster that we see now. I come on to the second charge that was set out in that evidence session—“vested interest”. That is relevant because we do not know what Alex Salmond promised Jim McColl back in the heady days...

Scottish Parliament: New Vessels for the Clyde and the Hebrides (Report) ( 8 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: I think that it is clear to everyone that one of the principal drivers of the catastrophic failings in the process was the breakdown in relationships between the main protagonists: CMAL, Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government, the manufacturers and probably CalMac as well. Did the committee consider what changes could be made to those relationships to ensure that such breakdowns do not...

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Act 2021 ( 7 Jun 2023)

Jamie Greene: On the 5,000 reports of abuse that the minister mentioned, what was lacking in her answer was how many people were prosecuted as a result.

Scottish Parliament: Deposit Return Scheme (30 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: Presumably the point of the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 is to identify what effect any regulatory divergence would have on the trade and flow of goods and products across the border. In that vein, is the minister willing to publish the Scottish Government’s analysis of what effect its DRS would have on Scottish drinks producers?

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (30 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I voted no. I am not sure whether that was registered.

Scottish Parliament: Fornethy House Survivors (25 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: I pay a warm tribute to Colin Smyth for his moving speech, and I warmly welcome the people who are in the public gallery. I know that it is not easy to listen to members recount your stories so publicly, but it is very important that we do so in order that the world can hear the wrongs that happened to you. There are few things in the Parliament that unite us as politicians of various...

Scottish Parliament: Fornethy House Survivors (25 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: I share that concern—it was one that I had when the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill was passed. We wanted to create a simplified process but, in doing so, we created a hierarchy. The scheme was designed to offer direct access without complex legal assistance, but we have heard that many people who go through the redress scheme still have to speak to...

Scottish Parliament: Fornethy House Survivors (25 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: I thank the cabinet secretary for that helpful progress on the issue. Is there not a wider point on the redress scheme, or any other scheme that the Government sets up, that we have to put trust and faith in the survivors who come forward? It is very traumatising for them. We are not talking about thousands of people applying for millions of pounds. In some cases, the eligibility bands are...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools (24 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: I am not sure which debate Jackie Dunbar has been in today, but it is not the one that I have been in, that is for sure. She can shake her head, but let me say to her that she should not confuse members on the Conservative benches sharing the real lived experiences of young people and teachers with storytelling and manufactured grievance on our part. Jackie Dunbar needs to hear the reality,...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools (24 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: In a second. I have important points to make. Members across the chamber have raised these issues repeatedly. They have raised very serious incidents. I raised one at topical question time, last week, as the cabinet secretary will recall. Every time we have raised these issues, we have been met with the same or similar responses—time after time. When we have raised these issues in the...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools (24 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: The G overnment will not like to hear it, but many factors are involved, and a perfect storm of events over the past couple of years has led to the situation. A reduction in behavioural support staff in schools, a failure to reduce classroom sizes, a loss of campus officers, a loss of locally funded police officers and the ratio between teachers and pupils are all factors that have come into...

Scottish Parliament: Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (16 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: Policy failures, actually.

Scottish Parliament: Violence in Schools (16 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to reduce violence in schools, in light of reports that three teachers and a 14-year-old pupil have been injured in a disturbance at a Renfrewshire school. (S6T-01384)

Scottish Parliament: Violence in Schools (16 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: Naturally, I will not comment on the specifics of the case. We wish those who are affected a speedy return to the classroom. However, I will comment on the sad reality that that incident is not unique. There have been 75,000 incidents of physical or verbal attacks by pupils against teachers and school staff over the past five years, not including this year. Last year, there were nearly 20,000...

Scottish Parliament: Violence in Schools (16 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: I say with respect to the cabinet secretary that the problem with that response is that 75,000 is not a “few” incidents. The incident that I mentioned is not unique or isolated. Such incidents are in the tens of thousands. If the cabinet secretary does not believe me, she should listen to the Educational Institute of Scotland, which represents a body of teachers. Its former president,...

Scottish Parliament: Ferguson Marine (16 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: I politely say to the cabinet secretary that his hubris today will be met with palpable anger on islands such as Arran on the west coast of Scotland. Of course, we need new vessels—we all agree on that—and, of course, we need jobs on the west coast of Scotland. However, it is not controversial to say that we also need the vessels to be built at value for public money, given that the...

Scottish Parliament: Prosecution of Criminal Cases (11 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: Justice delayed is, of course, justice denied. Many solemn cases in the High Court are taking up to four years to reach court. Survivors report self-harm, depression, anxiety and even attempted suicide, so it is clear that something is not working. What analysis has been done of why cases are taking so long? When will the horrendous court backlog finally be cleared?

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (10 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to recent research from the British Dental Association that shows that 83 per cent of dentists in Scotland expect to reduce the amount of NHS work they do in the year ahead. (S6O-02208)

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dentistry (10 May 2023)

Jamie Greene: That sounds like a temporary filling to what is a long-term cavity in their funding—no pun intended. I will be frank with the minister: NHS dentistry in Scotland is at crisis point, and everybody knows it. A person would need to be living in a cave not to. If members have not seen their inboxes, they are filled with constituents’ problems in accessing NHS dentists and with emails from...


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