Results 181–200 of 3314 for speaker:Margaret Curran

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Social Inclusion Partnerships (18 Jan 2001)

Margaret Curran: Yes. This has been a good week for Glasgow. The recent announcement of £90 million over three years for the better neighbourhood services fund demonstrates our commitment to tackling poverty, promoting inclusion and enabling regeneration. As the Minister for Health and Community Care said, the Executive recognises Glasgow's problems and welcomes the progress that we have made this week. I...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Social Inclusion Partnerships (18 Jan 2001)

Margaret Curran: I believe that Sandra White has pursued this matter on several occasions. She has made serious allegations and I hope that they can be substantiated. I am confident that we have vigorous mechanisms in place to ensure monitoring of SIPs, which is a matter that I take very seriously. I am well acquainted with SIP issues. I have met the local constituency member to discuss allegations about SIPs...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Social Inclusion Partnerships (18 Jan 2001)

Margaret Curran: I assume that Mr Gorrie is referring to the better neighbourhood services fund. The focus will be on delivering outcomes, innovative services and working in partnership. I take Mr Gorrie's point. The money will be negotiated by local authorities, but there will be an emphasis on working with local communities so that their priorities are funded. We have made progress in developing innovative...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Social Inclusion Partnerships: Social Inclusion Partnerships (22 Jan 2001)

Margaret Curran: We announced recently that we are providing provisional funding allocations of £105.5 million to Social Inclusion Partnerships in 2002-03 and 2003-04. This figure does not include allocations for any of the three former New Life Partnership areas – Castlemilk, Wester Hailes, and Ferguslie Park. Future funding for these areas is currently being considered.

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Protection from Abuse Bill (24 Jan 2001)

Margaret Curran: This has been a significant debate. To start where Christine Grahame finished, I say that it marks a milestone in the development of the Parliament. It is to the credit of the entire Parliament that committees can introduce such bills in an atmosphere of innovation. We have great hopes for the committees. In my previous role, I was very committed to the efforts of the committees. I know the...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Protection from Abuse Bill (24 Jan 2001)

Margaret Curran: I understood that Mike Rumbles's argument was that the committee used sexist language—that is his definition—by referring to women rather than to people. I understand why the committee got the evidence that it did—we must all make an attempt to understand that. The point to which Johann Lamont alluded was that the vast majority of people who work in this area work with women; I say to...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Protection from Abuse Bill (24 Jan 2001)

Margaret Curran: I ask Mike Rumbles to bear with me and allow me to finish my point. In 93 per cent of the cases in which the sex of the victim was recorded, the victim was female. [Interruption.] I ask Mike Rumbles please to bear with me. Equally, in those cases in which the perpetrator's sex was recorded, 93 per cent of the perpetrators were male. Incidents involving a female victim and a male perpetrator...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Protection from Abuse Bill (24 Jan 2001)

Margaret Curran: I ask Mike Rumbles to bear with me and to listen to my point. Then I will let him back in.

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Protection from Abuse Bill (24 Jan 2001)

Margaret Curran: I was about to tell Mike Rumbles that the Scottish Executive has commissioned research to examine male abuse. If there is a problem that we are not understanding, I would be the first— [Interruption.] We have commissioned research to look into that issue and we will give Mike Rumbles the results of that research. However, he cannot deny the gender-based nature of domestic violence in...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (2 Feb 2001)

Margaret Curran: The number of new, affordable houses for rent and purchase that have been constructed with assistance from Scottish Homes in each local authority area from April 1996 to March 2000 is as follows: Local Authority Rent Ownership Total Aberdeenshire 437 316 ...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (2 Feb 2001)

Margaret Curran: The information requested is set out in the following table. The funding includes the support provided both for construction and improvement of houses: Year Rent Ownership Total (£ million) 1994-95 42.669 13.485 56.154 ...

Scottish Parliament: United Nations International Year of Volunteers (7 Feb 2001)

Margaret Curran: This has been a very good debate. I am delighted to indicate the Executive's support for Cathy Peattie's motion and welcome the support of other MSPs for the UN international year of volunteers 2001. I add my congratulations to Cathy on securing the debate and on her commitment to volunteering over many years. I think that members are aware that she is a well-known figure in the volunteering...

Scottish Parliament: Local Authority Housing (8 Feb 2001)

Margaret Curran: I thank Tommy Sheridan for bringing this matter to the Parliament's attention. I am always more than happy to bring to the attention of Parliament our strong commitment to investment in housing. Of course, this is a strange debate, and I am not entirely sure why Tommy Sheridan has organised it in this way, although my mind suggests one or two ideas that I will not mention. We will barely...

Scottish Parliament: Local Authority Housing (8 Feb 2001)

Margaret Curran: It is frustrating that we have so little time for the debate. I am staggered every time I listen to SNP members such as Linda Fabiani and Andrew Welsh. I know that they are going through a rolling programme of changing their policies in the lead-up to the election—I am desperately looking forward to hearing their policy on housing, because perhaps we will get final clarification. Are they...

Scottish Parliament: Local Authority Housing (8 Feb 2001)

Margaret Curran: If Kenny Gibson listened, he might learn something for a change. We have a completely different approach, because we are dealing decisively with the debt. Councils try to leave the debt with the tenants, but the Executive will help out the tenants of Glasgow and of Scotland. The Executive does not use the fantasy economics of Tommy Sheridan, who would bankrupt Scotland if he could get away...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Housing (8 Feb 2001)

Margaret Curran: In order to address housing needs, an approach that crosses administrative boundaries is often required. The Housing (Scotland) Bill will allow two or more local authorities to work together to draw up local housing strategies that reflect the cross-border dimension. Those strategies will be supported by regional housing context statements, produced by the executive agency that will take on...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Housing (8 Feb 2001)

Margaret Curran: Mr McAllion will appreciate that I was not aware of the slide show, but I take on board the points that he made. Situations such as those to which he referred are the reason why we are taking powers in the Housing (Scotland) Bill to ensure that we have a strategic approach to housing need and that we meet all forms of housing need, so that local authorities work together to ensure that the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Housing (8 Feb 2001)

Margaret Curran: That is a value-based interpretation of this morning's events. I did not say that municipal housing was a failure. We are moving into a new generation to maintain new patterns of investment. It will not be a surprise to Linda Fabiani that in the Executive we are determined to work in partnership with local authorities, which we intend to do through our housing strategies, so that housing need...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Housing Stock Transfer (8 Feb 2001)

Margaret Curran: Last month, the Scottish Executive published the "Code of Practice for Tenant Participation in Stock Transfers", which sets out a framework for tenant participation throughout the transfer process. Ultimately, transfer will proceed only if tenants vote for it in a secret ballot.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Housing Stock Transfer (8 Feb 2001)

Margaret Curran: I strongly agree with that. In Glasgow in the past few months, there has been enormous involvement in such issues on the part of tenants. I strongly welcome that. The Executive emphasises that tenants need to be at the heart of the process. We are getting the process right, will go on to win the prize and will get housing investment improved in Glasgow.


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