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Results 41–60 of 4554 for speaker:Patricia Ferguson

Scottish Parliament: City Building (Glasgow) (12 Nov 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: As City Building is based in my constituency, obviously I have a particular interest in its operation. It was set up at the time of stock transfer, to ensure the future of maintenance jobs attached to city council housing. Of course, Mr Kidd is absolutely right to focus on RSBI—

Scottish Parliament: City Building (Glasgow) (12 Nov 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: You certainly can, Presiding Officer. Mr Kidd is absolutely right to focus on RSBI, particularly since the closure of the Remploy factory that was almost next door. Does the minister agree that, if Glasgow’s funding settlement was as it should be, Glasgow City Council would be able to do even more with City Building and make sure that that organisation employed even more apprentices in future?

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Workers from Violence and Abuse (12 Nov 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: I add my congratulations to those of my colleagues to Cara Hilton on securing this debate at a very opportune moment. I also congratulate the USDAW trade union on its imaginative campaign, its clever keep your cool slogan for Christmas and its very arresting campaign materials. No one should face abuse, intimidation or violence at work. The figures that we have on shopworkers in the UK are...

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Workers from Violence and Abuse (12 Nov 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Trade Union Bill (Implications for Scottish Parliament Staff) (12 Nov 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: 2. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what consideration it has given to the implications for its employees of the proposals in the United Kingdom Government’s Trade Union Bill. (S4O-04758)

Scottish Parliament: Trade Union Bill (Implications for Scottish Parliament Staff) (12 Nov 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: I have to say that I find the answer from the corporate body very disappointing indeed. The bill is regressive in nature and will do nothing to facilitate good working arrangements within this Parliament. I would have hoped that the corporate body might have been willing to take the route that many local authorities in Scotland are now taking. Is the SPCB willing to guarantee that, regardless...

Scottish Parliament: Refugees (Housing) (10 Nov 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: Does the minister agree that a welcome change in this round of refugee settlement is that so many local authorities are coming forward? In the past, it seemed as though only Glasgow City Council was responsible for rehousing refugees, because no other local authority would come forward. Does she welcome the efforts being made not only by local authorities across the country but by...

Scottish Parliament: Trade Union Bill (10 Nov 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: I rise to support the amendment in the name of my colleague Iain Gray, but first I declare an interest as a trade union member since 1976, a former shop steward and a member of the GMB union since 1990. Having listened carefully to Murdo Fraser’s speech, which consisted mainly of him telling the Parliament how reasonable it was for the Conservative Government to introduce its Trade Union...

Scottish Parliament: Trade Union Bill (10 Nov 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Trade Union Bill (10 Nov 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: I thank Mr Brown for giving way, but he has made my point about his party’s amendment being disingenuous, because it is not possible to say those really good things about trade unions, all of which are true, and at the same time be part of a party that is trying to pass legislation that will completely and utterly neuter them.

Scottish Parliament: Support for Young People (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn) (5 Nov 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to young people in Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn. (S4O-04750)

Scottish Parliament: Support for Young People (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn) (5 Nov 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: Glasgow Kelvin College, like many other colleges in Glasgow, has had its number of student places slashed in recent years. The Scottish Government’s decision to slash bursaries by 36 per cent will have a disproportionate effect on the ability of young people in constituencies such as mine to make their way successfully through university and college. Scottish Labour has pledged to increase...

Scottish Parliament: Trident (3 Nov 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: I welcome the opportunity to take part in this debate on a subject of such significance to the future security of the UK and indeed the world, and I thank the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities for bringing the matter to the chamber. It is essential that, as a Parliament, we attempt to arrive at a balanced and credible position that will positively inform any decision...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Re-regulation (29 Oct 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what its views are on bus re-regulation. (S4O-04720)

Scottish Parliament: Bus Re-regulation (29 Oct 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: I thank the minister for that answer, but I find it very disappointing. I am sure that I am not the only constituency or list MSP whose communities have been blighted over the years by the relatively fast withdrawal of bus services from local communities, including most recently the M3 and 10 buses in my constituency. It seems to me that transport authorities are also hidebound in this...

Scottish Parliament: General Practices at the Deep End (Healthy Life Expectancy) (28 Oct 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: I thank colleagues from across the Parliament who have signed my motion and made this debate possible. General practitioners at the deep end are those who work in the 100 most deprived populations in Scotland, based on the proportion of their patients with postcodes in the most deprived 15 per cent of Scottish data zones. I apologise now for the fact that my speech will contain an awful lot...

Scottish Parliament: General Practices at the Deep End (Healthy Life Expectancy) (28 Oct 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: I would surely echo the point that Mr Doris is making about continuity of care. I am sure that he will agree with me that the fact that another GP has now resigned from that practice makes the situation all the more critical.

Scottish Parliament: General Practices at the Deep End (Healthy Life Expectancy) (28 Oct 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: I think that we would all recognise that this is not a problem just for GPs and that the multifaceted approach that Mark McDonald described needs to be adopted, but the problem that I have is that although Balmore practice already has a pharmacist, has employed additional nursing staff, has links with the financial inclusion service, has signed up to a new alcohol initiative and now has a...

Scottish Parliament: Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (24 Sep 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: Like the committee convener, I would welcome that move. However, does she agree that the final report of perhaps a yearly return should be laid before the Parliament?

Scottish Parliament: Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (24 Sep 2015)

Patricia Ferguson: As we have heard, it is now seven years since the Scottish Government commissioned Lord Cullen to review the system of fatal accident inquiries, and it is some six years since he delivered his report, so I am genuinely very glad that we are now in a position where a bill based on his report is being debated. My member’s bill—the Inquiries into Deaths (Scotland) Bill, which also considers...


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