Results 321–340 of 3314 for speaker:Margaret Curran

Scottish Parliament: State Hospital (Redevelopment) (6 Mar 2008)

Margaret Curran: I thank the cabinet secretary for the advance copy of her statement and, having asked that such a statement be made, I welcome the fact that that has now happened. Can the cabinet secretary confirm that no recommended transfer of appropriate patients will be delayed as a result of a lack of resources or a lack of places? My second question is more complex. On 21 February, the First Minister...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Older People: Older People (6 Mar 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when ministers last met representatives of organisations representing elderly people.

Scottish Parliament: Organ Donation Task Force Report (5 Mar 2008)

Margaret Curran: I welcome the minister's speech. Labour wants to play a full and constructive part in the debate and we acknowledge the issues that she has laid out. This is an important debate for Scotland and the minister has made it clear that it will continue. It is, undoubtedly, a matter of great sensitivity and there is an onus on us, as parliamentarians, to appreciate that sensitivity. We must be...

Scottish Parliament: Organ Donation Task Force Report (5 Mar 2008)

Margaret Curran: That is an interesting point; I know that Mike Rumbles made similar points during the recent members' business debate. I will argue strongly that we need to hear the cases for and against presumed consent and that the issues must be thoroughly tested, as must the language that we use, which is critical. There is no point in thinking that presumed consent is an easy solution while masking some...

Scottish Parliament: Justice and Law Officers: Strathclyde Police (28 Feb 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Strathclyde Police. (S3O-2404)

Scottish Parliament: Justice and Law Officers: Strathclyde Police (28 Feb 2008)

Margaret Curran: I hope that the minister enjoyed his lunch. How many new police officers will there be in Strathclyde in 2008-09? Specifically, how many will there be in my constituency of Glasgow Baillieston?

Scottish Parliament: Accident and Emergency Units (Ayr and Monklands Hospitals) (27 Feb 2008)

Margaret Curran: I will try to be as co-operative as possible, Presiding Officer. I thank the cabinet secretary for advance notice of her statement. Inevitably, there is much to pursue in the range of issues that has been raised this afternoon. I have no doubt that the issues will continue to be pursued in the forthcoming parliamentary debate. I want to press the cabinet secretary on primary health care...

Scottish Parliament: Democracy in Local Health Care (21 Feb 2008)

Margaret Curran: I welcome the debate. Nicola Sturgeon was correct to contextualise it as she did. We acknowledge formally that, when Labour requested a subject debate on the issue because we felt that it was appropriate, it was readily agreed by the SNP business manager. As the cabinet secretary has outlined, the performance of the health service and all the things around it is of critical importance to the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Well-being: National Health Service Boards (Deficits) (21 Feb 2008)

Margaret Curran: Is the minister aware of financial pressures that certain health boards and services are facing? Does she acknowledge that certain services are now under pressures that they have not experienced to date? I recently visited Albyn house in Aberdeen. I am sure that the minister will agree—because Kenny MacAskill is on record as doing so—that Albyn house provides a very important service in...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (21 Feb 2008)

Margaret Curran: Is the First Minister aware of a report in The Herald today that 100 patients are to be transferred from the state hospital? We on the Labour benches appreciate the significance of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and understand that its implementation requires considerable investment in the delivery of mental health services in Scotland. I ask the First Minister to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (19 Feb 2008)

Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is being undertaken on stroke issues and which organisations are involved in such work.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: General Medical Services Contract (7 Feb 2008)

Margaret Curran: If the First Minister answers my question without insulting me, I might be in need of a GP service, although I should warn him that if his insult is too gratuitous, he may be in need of a GP service. I am sure that members throughout the Parliament support proposals to improve access to GPs. Will the First Minister give a specific assurance that the current proposals to extend GP hours will...

Scottish Parliament: Survivors of Institutional Abuse (7 Feb 2008)

Margaret Curran: In light of the minister's response to Des McNulty's question, I ask him to meet me and a constituent of mine who is a survivor of sexual abuse. My constituent will be deeply disappointed that the minister is not moving on the issue of the time bar. What he and other survivors want is justice. I ask the minister to meet him to explain his next course of action.

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (31 Jan 2008)

Margaret Curran: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (31 Jan 2008)

Margaret Curran: Could the minister confirm that the target that we had for 2010 will still be part of the framework that the Government is proposing?

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (31 Jan 2008)

Margaret Curran: Go on, take the intervention.

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (31 Jan 2008)

Margaret Curran: From Mr Brown's considered speech, can I draw the conclusion that he believes that it is vital that we continue to recognise the geography of poverty in Scotland and target resources at those areas that share multiple deprivation?

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (31 Jan 2008)

Margaret Curran: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (31 Jan 2008)

Margaret Curran: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (31 Jan 2008)

Margaret Curran: I understand the logic of the member's argument, which is that only an independent Scotland could tackle those issues. I do not agree with that, but I understand the logic. Given that the Scottish National Party wants powers to deal with the minimum wage in Scotland, does the member think that the minimum wage should be increased to deal with low pay?


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