Results 161–180 of 3314 for speaker:Margaret Curran

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: Will Linda Fabiani take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: I have a point of information.

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: I think that, in fairness, Linda Fabiani should let me respond to that point.

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: Fiona Hyslop mentioned that point in a previous debate. The reason why I voted against that proposal is clear. When we consider community empowerment in the Scottish housing sector, we must do so in the context of an examination of the whole of Scottish housing, not just an examination of housing stock transfer. When it is published, I hope that the housing bill will strongly reflect my...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: Does the member agree with privatisation?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Social Inclusion: Social Inclusion (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: We are providing £150 million to fund 48 Social Inclusion Partnerships over the next three years. Over £1 million is being invested in "Working Together, Learning Together" a training programme to improve partnership working and support community involvement in partnerships. In addition, a £90 million Better Neighbourhoods Fund will be launched to improve delivery of services in our most...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (29 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: This is an important day for Parliament and an historic day for Scotland. Many members and I have worked and argued long and hard for this day. Today, for the first time, we have a national strategy to address domestic abuse in Scotland. That is a significant achievement, not only on the part of the members of the Scottish partnership on domestic abuse—whom I thank for their two years of...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (29 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: I apologise, but I do not have time. We have the first national strategy to address domestic abuse in Scotland. We have an action plan that sets out all the work that we need to do and identifies all those who need to be involved in carrying it out. We will emphasise good practice guidelines. We have an unprecedented funding package of £18.3 million, which is the largest amount of money...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Ethnic Minorities (14 Dec 2000)

Margaret Curran: Voluntary organisations in Scotland provide a wide range of services for the black and minority ethnic communities. A review of Executive support for the black and minority ethnic voluntary sector is under way and I expect to receive the consultants' report on 29 January 2001.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Ethnic Minorities (14 Dec 2000)

Margaret Curran: The example that Elaine Thomson has highlighted is unacceptable and I recognise the difficult issues that she flags up. The Executive is committed to ensuring high standards of translation, interpreting and communication across the public services in Scotland. In fact, we have convened a group to assist in the development of national standards in that area. I hope that the group will report...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Ethnic Minorities (14 Dec 2000)

Margaret Curran: According to recent figures, that proportion is 1.6 per cent of the population. We are undertaking a review of strategic funding to the voluntary sector, which will include the funding of black and ethnic minority organisations.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Ethnic Minorities (14 Dec 2000)

Margaret Curran: I do not understand the question.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Ethnic Minorities (14 Dec 2000)

Margaret Curran: I refer the member to Malcolm Chisholm's earlier reply. The Executive is committed to ensuring that there are proper services for asylum seekers within our communities. Having listened to Malcolm Chisholm's commitment on this issue, I have great confidence that he will deal with all the details and any anomalies.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Equal Opportunities: Equal Opportunities (14 Dec 2000)

Margaret Curran: The Scottish Executive’s Equality Strategy, which was launched on 6 November, sets out a framework of action for taking forward the Executive’s commitment to equality, including the mainstreaming of equality into policy development, service design and delivery. The Race Equality Advisory Forum will also present action plans to Ministers shortly with recommendations to tackle institutional...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Equal Opportunities: Equal Opportunities (14 Dec 2000)

Margaret Curran: Two Social Inclusion Partnerships (SIPs) have been established specifically to address the exclusion of people from minority ethnic communities. The Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance Social Inclusion Partnership and the Frae Fife Social Inclusion Partnership receive funding of £781,000 and £165,000 respectively in 2000-01 from the Scottish Executive’s Social Inclusion Partnership Fund. These...

Scottish Parliament: Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Jan 2001)

Margaret Curran: That is not what I was laughing at.

Scottish Parliament: Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Jan 2001)

Margaret Curran: It would be remiss of me not to congratulate Cathie Craigie on producing the bill. I, like many others in this chamber, used to be on the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee and witnessed the commitment Cathie Craigie gave to this area of work. Producing the bill involved a lot of work on her part and I genuinely want to record the thanks of the Parliament for the kind of...

Scottish Parliament: Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Jan 2001)

Margaret Curran: My understanding is that sheriffs will have the opportunity to consider people's particular circumstances. That may help to address some of the points that have been made. We recognise that the bill makes a contribution to the wider efforts to assist people in mortgage difficulties, and I take the points that have been made about the CML and other organisations. I am beginning to run out of...

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

Margaret Curran: Our core funding for SIPs in 2001-02 will total £53.9 million, which is an increase of £3.8 million over the provisional allocations that were announced previously. That will be supplemented by £1 million for drug misuse initiatives and around £1.8 million for support costs. Other partners will also contribute substantial sums to the achievement of SIP strategies. I expect that a...


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