June 3, 2020

In this week's exchange with the First Minister about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on youth unemployment, Kenneth has called for the UK Government to abolish the Apprenticeship Levy.

Scrapping the levy would make it more feasible for employers to be able to employ apprentices and limit an increase in youth unemployment due to the cris...

May 27, 2020

On Wednesday, Kenneth asked the First Minister whether she agreed that the UK Tory Chancellor should pay out the £60 million in Barnett consequentials promised on 02 May to assist businesses, in addition to a previously pledged £10 million for charities, now, following concerns that the UK will U-turn on that promise.

He first asked whether the...

January 17, 2020

At FMQs on 16 January, Kenneth asked about the impact of trans women in female-only prisons.

To view the exchange, click on the video.

December 23, 2019

At this week's FMQs, Kenneth asked the First Minister about austerity-induced homelessness and poverty across Scotland.

The First Minister agreed that the Tories have a lot to answer for, but was able to give reassurances that at least the SNP Government is doing what it can to help those who are struggling:

"This Government will continue to take...

June 26, 2019

At Portfolio Questions on Wednesday, Kenneth asked Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee MSP whether the SNP Government had received any clarity from the UK Government on its plans for replacing European Structural Funds with the Shared Prosperity Fund post-Brexit.

In his response, the Minister expressed his concern that the UK...

June 7, 2019

On Wednesday, Kenneth asked Trade, Investment and Innovation Minister Ivan McKee MSP what support will the Scottish Government provide to successfully deliver the Hunterston master plan, through the Ayrshire Growth Deal (AGD) and directly.

In his answer, the Minister alluded to the significant investment in housing, education and skills, transpor...

June 6, 2019

On Wednesday in Parliament, Kenneth asked Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP whether any aquaculture proposals that are taken forward will not impact adversely on businesses that work closely with the aquaculture industry, such as W & J Knox in Kilbirnie

Founded in 1778, it employs 130 local people who clean and repair nets, and it is a...

May 31, 2019

On Wednesday in the Chamber, Kenneth highlighted the fact that the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 has been a resounding success with, in the year following its introduction alone, an 86 per cent reduction in passive smoking in bars, a 17 per cent fall in heart attacks and an 18 per cent decline in child asthma hospital admis...

May 18, 2019

On Thursday, Kenneth asked Community Safety Minister Ash Denham MSP how many police officers are currently deployed in Ayrshire and how the impact of the increase in officers on crime levels in Ayrshire.

She replied that there were 826 officers in the Ayrshire division, supported by 1,512 officers who are deployed across the west region and by...

May 15, 2019

On Wednesday, Kenneth Gibson MSP asked Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse MSP to confirm the SNP Government’s commitment to delivering the Glen Sannox, the new vessel to serve the Ardrossan to Brodick ferry route.

In his response, the Minister reaffirmed his commitment to the completion of both the Glen Sannox and V...

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