Results 101–120 of 3314 for speaker:Margaret Curran

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Lifelong Learning (15 Jun 2000)

Margaret Curran: I welcome those announcements. The emphasis on child care is particularly important. We must recognise that the causes of exclusion are profound and complex. Can the minister reassure me that the Executive recognises that to maximise participation in post-school education we must emphasise informal learning strategies and community education services and suchlike?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Equal Opportunities: Equal Opportunities (22 Jun 2000)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote equal opportunities and tackle racism.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (6 Jul 2000)

Margaret Curran: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — National Health Service: Child Poverty (6 Jul 2000)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is monitoring progress in combating child poverty. (S1O-2148)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — National Health Service: Child Poverty (6 Jul 2000)

Margaret Curran: I welcome the minister's answer. However, does she share my concern at recent reports, by UNICEF and others, showing the persistently high numbers of Scottish children living in poverty? I recognise the progress that the Scottish Executive is making, but will the minister assure us that every effort will be used to reduce the extremely unacceptable number of children living in poverty?

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — scottish executive: Drugs (7 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: To ask the First Minister what measures are being taken to ensure that Scotland works together with the rest of the United Kingdom in tackling drug trafficking and drug dealers. (S1F-514) On behalf of my Labour colleagues, I welcome the First Minister back to question time.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — scottish executive: Drugs (7 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: I thank the First Minister for that reply and welcome the determination behind those concerted efforts. Does he agree that the most effective way in which to pursue the drug dealers who so ruthlessly exploit our communities—as is graphically demonstrated in my constituency in the east end of Glasgow—is to use assertively the powers of Parliament and to work in partnership and...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scotTish executive: Landfill (14 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the level of monitoring by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency of the Paterson's landfill site. (S1O-2227)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scotTish executive: Landfill (14 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: Perhaps the minister should not be so satisfied. Does she appreciate the deep frustration that is felt locally at SEPA's failure to ensure that Paterson's fulfils the conditions of its licence and deals with the pernicious odour emanating from the site? Does she appreciate that life in the vicinity of the odour is intolerable? Will she direct SEPA to take decisive action to eradicate the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scotTish executive: Landfill (14 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: I appreciate what the minister is telling us, just as I appreciate the fact that SEPA has taken some action, but deep frustration is felt locally because every time Paterson's says that it is taking action, the problem persists. There is a condition in Paterson's licence that stipulates that it must deal with the odour. Time and time again, the company has been told to deal with the problem....

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (14 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: I want six minutes, because Tommy Sheridan got six. I am delighted to be summing up on behalf of the Labour party. This is a new year for the Parliament, and it is important that we all take some responsibility for the way in which the Parliament is perceived. It is important that we focus on the issues of real concern to the people of Scotland and that we deliver on the ground. That is the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (14 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: Yes, but will the time that the intervention takes be added on to my time?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (14 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: Let me make it clear that I am here to talk about the legislative programme. I will not duck questions about my views on the Sutherland report. I will answer them at the proper time. From the proposals for funding higher education, to proposed bills on regulation of care and on evidence in sexual offences, the programme covers many important issues. I say to Alex Salmond and Roseanna...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (14 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: That is absolute nonsense and it is time that Fiona Hyslop grasped that. Next Thursday, we will be debating housing stock transfer and we shall be going through all the arguments surrounding it. I commend the report of the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee to members and, believe me, I shall be at my assertive best when I deal with some of the tactics of the SNP in...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: I am delighted to present to Parliament the committee's report on housing stock transfer. I thank my colleagues, particularly John McAllion, who was our housing reporter, for all their hard work. I also thank our adviser Mary Taylor, who put in many hours of hard work; Stephen Curtis from the Scottish Parliament information centre, who was of great assistance to the committee; the staff of...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: That was said in evidence to our committee. If Sandra White bears with me, I will take members through what the committee considered. If she wants to intervene again on that, I will take an intervention then.

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: If Sandra White bears with me, I will go through the logic—I hope—of my contribution. The Edinburgh Tenants Federation and the Scottish Tenants Organisation were among those who expressed a counter-argument. A range of views was expressed. The counter-argument was that the Executive should lift the debt but not link it to stock transfer. The committee heard evidence from various witnesses...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: There were a lot of questions in that. I was just trying to explain what I thought the answer that we had was and to give the committee's perception—or the perception of at least the majority of committee members—of it. The big issue that we face in Scottish housing is investment—there is unanimous agreement about that. Either housing has to compete with education and health for...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: May I answer one question before I take another, please? Then I will let the member in. Other people have to come on board. People can be persuaded by an argument.

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Margaret Curran: I refer people to the text of the evidence that we took. We scrutinised the evidence and looked at the figures in depth. Given the scale of investment that is needed in Glasgow and elsewhere, it seems to us that stock transfer is a viable way of producing higher levels of investment. People might not like the answer that they received but, after searching through the evidence, the committee...


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