Results 241–260 of 3314 for speaker:Margaret Curran

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (22 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: I welcome the fact that the SNP will support the Liberal Democrats' amendment, but does the cabinet secretary accept that part of the argument has involved questioning the achievements of the Scottish Ambulance Service? My concern about the SNP's amendment as it stands is that it takes those achievements for granted and does not indicate that they need to be thoroughly investigated. There...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (22 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: I make it clear that it is not an either/or issue. An independent process is not a substitute for parliamentary scrutiny—in that sense, I welcome Ross Finnie's amendment. However, it is vital that there is not simply a traditional ministerial statement that gives a lengthier version of what we have already heard. There should be evaluation and objective analysis of what is happening in the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (22 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (22 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (22 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (22 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: I am pleased to open this debate, because of the importance of the Scottish Ambulance Service to Scotland and the need to scrutinise recent changes, which could have—and are having—a significant impact on such an important public service. I am sure that all members will join me in paying tribute to and thanking ambulance staff throughout Scotland for the vital work that they do. The...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (22 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: I am grateful for that information from the minister. I am sure that in her contribution she will take us through that. However, I am also sure that she will agree that if the evidence was so strong, it is deeply concerning that we are receiving so many representations, that the public does not know anything about the changes and that there are still so many fundamental questions being asked....

Scottish Parliament: Smoking Prevention Action Plan (21 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: Will the Scottish Government introduce a debate on this subject, given that we have had a curtailed time in which to discuss it this afternoon? In the drive to target resources at those who are most in need of intervention, will health boards be directed to spend more in deprived communities and on deprived individuals? What specific actions is the Government introducing to tackle the gender...

Scottish Parliament: Free Personal Care (15 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: I asked in my speech whether the Government will meet COSLA to discuss funding issues that might arise this year and, indeed, whether COSLA had made any representations about such issues. Will the minister address those questions?

Scottish Parliament: Free Personal Care (15 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: Jamie Stone's premise is ours, but the attendance allowance is not the core of the problem. The wider issues that elderly people face should be at the core of our focus, rather than the way in which the Government has presented the debate.

Scottish Parliament: Free Personal Care (15 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: Christine Grahame must appreciate the argument that I am making today. I am not saying that the attendance allowance issue should not be addressed. My issue with the SNP is how it is being addressed. The most recent development—I have to make this point to Ross Finnie while I have the floor—

Scottish Parliament: Free Personal Care (15 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: With the greatest respect, Christine Grahame mentioned my name several times and I think that I have the right to respond. The point that is being made is that the attendance allowance issue is specifically highlighted in the review that has been conducted, and Lord Sutherland said that that is the proper context in which to take forward the debate. That is the way in which the debate...

Scottish Parliament: Free Personal Care (15 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: I reiterate what the cabinet secretary said: this debate is indeed important and welcome. I also reiterate what was said last week. We thank Lord Sutherland and the members of the review group for their work, which has produced a striking and commanding report that seeks to address fundamental issues that are germane to the stabilisation of the free personal care policy and its sustainability...

Scottish Parliament: Free Personal Care (15 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: I was just about to address the issue of attendance allowance directly. To some extent, Nicola Sturgeon has made my case for me. In her fairly lengthy speech, she focused entirely on attendance allowance at the expense of the strategic case. I am profoundly concerned by the Scottish National Party's approach, which I am not prepared to endorse. Labour will ensure that the SNP faces the...

Scottish Parliament: Free Personal Care (15 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: I ask Christine Grahame to let me make a point that I need to make. We accept and have argued consistently that the resources should come to Scotland, but I will not allow the SNP to use that argument to get into a narrow dispute with London. Rather, we should take a "fruitful"—to use Lord Sutherland's term—and constructive approach to the matter. We are much more likely to resolve...

Scottish Parliament: Free Personal Care (15 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: I will of course explain the substance behind our amendment in my speech. Does the cabinet secretary acknowledge that, in his report, Lord Sutherland recognises that the UK Government was within the letter of the law, that the UK benefits commissioner has ruled that the UK Government was right, and that a more constructive approach to ensuring that Scotland gets its proper resources would be...

Scottish Parliament: Equality and Diversity (15 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: I appreciate that the minister has made an overarching statement, but I am sure that he would acknowledge that the part that covered race equality was rather limited. What support is the Government giving to Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland as part of the one Scotland, many cultures campaign, which I hope will continue? Will the Government review the funding support to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Voluntary Sector: Voluntary Sector (15 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth last met representatives of the voluntary sector.

Scottish Parliament: Government Programme (14 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: You are shameless.

Scottish Parliament: Government Programme (14 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: The First Minister might be aware of a particularly grievous constituency case that I am dealing with, which relates to the ambulance service. In the interests of the family concerned, I hope that he will appreciate the substance of my question. All over Scotland and especially in Glasgow, which has the highest rate—39 per cent—of category A calls, there is significant evidence of a lack...


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