Results 781–800 of 880 for speaker:Fulton MacGregor

Scottish Parliament: Early Years Workers (North Lanarkshire Council) (16 Mar 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: The First Minister might be aware of a recent decision that was taken by North Lanarkshire Council to downgrade early years workers, who are predominantly women, from grade 9 to grade 7, which represents a significant drop in income of up to £10,000 in some cases. I have been contacted by many of those workers, who are terrified of the impact that the changes will have, especially while we...

Scottish Parliament: Adult Disability Payment Mobility Component (Consultation) (16 Mar 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: 1. To ask the Scottish Government how it is promoting the current consultation on the mobility component of the adult disability payment, in light of reported concerns of campaigners that the eligibility criteria unfairly downgrade benefits for those with conditions such as multiple sclerosis. (S6O-02012)

Scottish Parliament: Adult Disability Payment Mobility Component (Consultation) (16 Mar 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: Does the minister agree with the view of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, which has been in touch with me on the issue, that an individual’s mobility cannot be evaluated solely on their ability to walk on a flat surface for 20m, as that does not take into account variable surfaces and the fatigue that takes hold after exertion. Will the analysis of the consultation take that into account?

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Mar 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: I am pleased to speak in the debate as a member of the Criminal Justice Committee and, as the convener has done, I place on record my thanks to all the people who gave evidence and to the committee clerks for their tireless work on what we all agree is an outstanding stage 1 report. The Scottish Government is wholly committed to transforming the justice sector, and we have been doing so over...

Scottish Parliament: Bail and Release from Custody (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Mar 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: Mr McArthur must have joined the cabinet secretary in having a look at my speech beforehand, because I am just coming to that. As I was saying, that requirement should also lead to even greater use of bail supervision, as a valued intervention that can provide the courts with more confidence that a person is being monitored closely while they await trial or sentencing. To go back to Liam...

Scottish Parliament: Football (Free-to-View Television) (30 Mar 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: I take this opportunity welcome to welcome the new First Minister to his seat. I know that he, like me, will have taken great joy in watching the Scotland men’s team triumph over Spain at Hampden on Tuesday in a famous victory. He will also be aware that, unlike fans in England and Wales, viewers in Scotland do not have access to watch their men’s national team on free-to-view television....

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living and Child Poverty (18 Apr 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: There is no denying that the impact that poverty has on families is being felt more than ever. The term “working poor” does not sit particularly well with me, but it has become more prominent. We are seeing in-work poverty, with individuals and families who are in work being left unable to make their pay packets stretch to meet all their needs. Those who were only just able to cope and...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living and Child Poverty (18 Apr 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: I was not going to take an intervention from a Conservative on this issue but, as I mentioned Stephen Kerr, I will take an intervention from him.

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living and Child Poverty (18 Apr 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: T he new First Minister, in one of his first acts, is ensuring that the Scottish Government triples the fuel insecurity fund to £30 million to support anyone who is at risk of self-disconnection or self-rationing their energy use. Thousands more low-income families will also benefit from free school-age childcare as part of a £15 million investment to help to tackle child poverty. As my...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: Section 35 Order (19 Apr 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: As the cabinet secretary has already touched on, offers to work with the UK Government on potential changes to the bill have been refused by the secretary of state, leaving a legal challenge as the only reasonable means of resolving the situation. Can the cabinet secretary say any more about the justification that the UK Government has provided for the complete lack of engagement?

Scottish Parliament: Illegal Migration Bill (25 Apr 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: I wonder whether the member thinks that the line that he is taking is in any way appropriate when we are dealing with such a serious issue.

Scottish Parliament: Illegal Migration Bill (25 Apr 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: Yet again, we have come to the chamber to discuss and object to another abhorrent policy decision made by the Tory-run UK Government. The aptly named Illegal Migration Bill will, as others have pointed out, place the UK firmly outside international law, put us in direct breach of the 1950 European convention on human rights and completely erode confidence that the UK is a good-faith actor in...

Scottish Parliament: Governing Party (Transparency) ( 3 May 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Governing Party (Transparency) ( 3 May 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: Do Murdo Fraser and his party have any self-awareness, at all? I have been sitting listening to the debate. His party took us all for mugs during the pandemic with contracts for its cronies—as the UK Labour Party has pointed out—and they partied the whole time. This is absolutely shameful.

Scottish Parliament: Highly Protected Marine Areas ( 3 May 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: I highlight at the outset that, as colleagues will know, I do not represent a coastal constituency. I know that my colleagues who do are much closer to the issue and much more knowledgeable. Indeed, I caught many of the speeches in last night’s members’ business debate and found them very educational. We can all agree that we need our fishing industry to be sustainable for the future....

Scottish Parliament: Highly Protected Marine Areas ( 3 May 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank Emma Harper for her intervention. I agree with her. I should have mentioned her earlier, as I know that she is a great representative and advocate in this area. I will conclude there.

Scottish Parliament: Free School Meals (Secondary Schools Pilot) ( 4 May 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the plans for a pilot scheme to provide free school meals in secondary schools. (S6O-02189)

Scottish Parliament: Free School Meals (Secondary Schools Pilot) ( 4 May 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: I say at the outset that I really welcome the initiative and think that it is making, and will continue to make, a huge difference across the country. The minister will know that North Lanarkshire, which includes my Coatbridge and Chryston constituency, has high levels of deprivation. Would she consider making that council area part of the pilot scheme? Initiatives such as club 365, which has...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Vaccination Programme (16 May 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: On 5 May, the World Health Organization declared an end to Covid as a global health emergency. Although that news was welcome, I stress that the WHO still considers Covid to be an on-going global health issue. Nevertheless, that was the first time that Covid’s status had been downgraded since 30 January 2020, which I think we all agree seems like a distant memory. It would probably be fair...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 Vaccination Programme (16 May 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: I will develop this point before I let the member in. We need to do more to work with, appreciate and understand people’s concerns and to understand the albeit rare but recorded adverse effects that I think the people in the gallery were talking about. We must understand the impacts on various groups, including those who have previously reacted to vaccination and pregnant women. We in here,...


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