Results 281–300 of 3314 for speaker:Margaret Curran

Scottish Parliament: Housing (1 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: I have been an MSP for quite a number of years, but I have rarely heard a debate in which the speeches of SNP back benchers lacked evidence and argument as much as they have in this debate. The minister finds himself not so much on "Firm Foundations" as on shaky foundations, because the housing sector today faces serious challenges. This welcome Conservative debate on housing follows...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (1 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: I apologise. I will repeat what I said. The minister was required to come back to Parliament and tell members what was happening with the first-time buyers grant. Where is that statement, minister? You should do that straightaway. There is also a lack of transparency. Where is the first-time buyers grant? It is reasonable, particularly in the current housing market, that first-time buyers,...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (1 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Housing (1 May 2008)

Margaret Curran: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS 24: NHS 24 (30 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve the quality of NHS 24 by delivering services through more local mini-centres co-located with out-of-hours services in each NHS board area.

Scottish Parliament: Hepatitis C (23 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: I, too, thank the cabinet secretary for advance notice of her statement. I acknowledge the experience and the pain and suffering—which has been referred to—of those who have been infected with hepatitis C and HIV. That acknowledgement has always been important to this Parliament. The cabinet secretary referred in her statement to the Skipton Fund. She is aware of the previous Executive's...

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Staff: NHS Staff (22 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each NHS board spent on (a) bank and (b) agency staff in the last year.

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Staff: NHS Staff (22 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of each NHS board’s budget was spent on (a) bank and (b) agency staff in each of the last five years.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (18 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent by NHS Scotland on stroke care in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

Scottish Parliament: Public Health etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: I apologise for that hiccup, Presiding Officer. I welcome the debate. I am sure that all members agree that we need new legislation on public health. As has been said, the bill was prepared under the previous Administration. As Christine Grahame said, some public health legislation dates back to 1897, and the face of public health has changed substantially since then. As the minister said, we...

Scottish Parliament: Public Health etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: I encourage the committee to do that, given that sunbed use is an important dimension of the debate. I will be interested to see the outcome of that. I hope that the minister can reassure us about the work that will be undertaken at stage 2 to address some of the significant detail of the proposals. We know that a number of amendments are required and that evidence will be further tested at...

Scottish Parliament: Voluntary Sector (17 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: It has been some debate—I have written in my notes that it has been interesting and challenging. We heard what I consider to be an excellent speech from Robert Brown, who gave a tight analysis of developments in the voluntary sector, as did Elaine Murray. I also pay tribute to Rob Gibson, who did the Parliament a service by letting the cat out of the bag and telling us exactly what the SNP...

Scottish Parliament: Voluntary Sector (17 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: Sit down. The central charge is that Stewart Maxwell, a minister of the Government, dismissed as scaremongering the litany of cuts that we have brought to the Parliament today. On one level, I am flattered by that. He clearly must think that the Labour Party is extraordinarily powerful if he thinks that we could organise all the organisations in Scotland that have concerns to operate at our...

Scottish Parliament: Voluntary Sector (17 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: Absolutely—and who knows what the future will bring? That is the hallmark of the SNP Administration, now that we are approaching one year into its time in office. Funding is under threat, services are being lost and there are cuts and uncertainty. That sorry situation is undermining the good work of previous Administrations on the voluntary sector—work that you supported when you were in...

Scottish Parliament: Voluntary Sector (17 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: I apologise, Presiding Officer—I will do my very best not to use it again. The previous Administration delivered the historic compact, sustained investment and a framework for volunteering. That work enabled the voluntary sector to innovate and create and to change and deliver, but there is now a real danger that that work is being undermined. Despite the denials that we hear from the SNP,...

Scottish Parliament: Voluntary Sector (17 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: I am not sure whether I followed the minister correctly. He will be aware that the voluntary sector has made strong representation about its exclusion from negotiations about the single outcome agreements. Is he now saying that the sector should be part of those negotiations?

Scottish Parliament: Voluntary Sector (17 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Voluntary Sector (17 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Multiple Sclerosis: Multiple Sclerosis (17 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting the development of a range of respite care opportunities appropriate for people with multiple sclerosis.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Respite Care: Respite Care (17 Apr 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what national advice and support is available to assist people to access respite care.


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