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Results 121–140 of 4554 for speaker:Patricia Ferguson

Scottish Parliament: MUMs’ Last Big Challenge (18 Nov 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: It is always a pleasure to be able to speak in a debate about Malawi, but this particular one says everything about the relationship between Scotland and Malawi. As many members know and as Alex Fergusson so eloquently said in his motion—he deserves congratulations for lodging the motion and securing the debate—the child and maternal mortality situation in Malawi has been and still is...

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment Scotland Bill: Stage 3 (4 Nov 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: I, too, support Liam McArthur’s amendment 1, which is eminently sensible in the circumstances that we face. I am sure that we all know of historic and important buildings in our areas that, through a lack of maintenance, it has been impossible to conserve. I think that it is entirely sensible for us to look to make the definitions as clear as we can and to understand what we are trying to...

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment Scotland Bill (4 Nov 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: I thank the Education and Culture Committee for its work on the bill, which is soon to become an act of Parliament, and for its thorough scrutiny of it. I am not a member of that committee, but I watched its deliberations with great interest. I also extend my thanks to the committee clerks, who have been professional in their support of the committee. The cabinet secretary was correct to say...

Scottish Parliament: Ebola (28 Oct 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: I thank the cabinet secretary for his comprehensive statement. I agree with him when he says that the best way for us to protect public health in Scotland is to support the efforts that are under way in west Africa. Having recently visited Cameroon and having been screened on entry to that country, I can testify to the seriousness with which the countries in west Africa are taking this...

Scottish Parliament: Ryder Cup 2014 (1 Oct 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: Thank you, Presiding Officer. As the cabinet secretary said, like the Commonwealth games, the Ryder cup at Gleneagles was a long time coming, but it was worth the wait. With good weather throughout and a fantastic setting, all was set fair for an excellent competition, and we were not disappointed. It has to be said that, as captain, Paul McGinley made all the right calls in pairing his team...

Scottish Parliament: Ryder Cup 2014 (1 Oct 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Ryder Cup 2014 (1 Oct 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: Thank you, Presiding Officer. On girls and young women participating, I fully take the minister’s point that young women will come through in the same numbers as young men through clubgolf. However, girls’ experience of a club might be that they can be only an associate member or play only at particular times. Does the minister agree that that is not necessarily a way to encourage them to...

Scottish Parliament: Iraq (Humanitarian Aid) (30 Sep 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: What humanitarian support is the Scottish Government providing to Iraq, and has it offered to support the efforts of the UK Government in that respect?

Scottish Parliament: Accessible Tourism (25 Sep 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: I add my voice to those of other members in welcoming the BSL interpretation that is going on to make this debate about accessible tourism as accessible as it can be. We know that tourism is one of our biggest and most important industries, and it is a part of our economy that can continue to grow and develop over the coming years. However, the debate should not be about the contribution that...

Scottish Parliament: Cochlear Implant Processors (24 Sep 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: 11. To ask the Scottish Government what the average waiting time is for children who require an upgraded cochlear implant processor. (S4O-03521)

Scottish Parliament: Cochlear Implant Processors (24 Sep 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: The minister will be aware that young people who have profound hearing difficulties and use cochlear implants face a very challenging environment—not least in the classroom, which can affect their ability to learn. As new technology becomes available, their parents are obviously anxious to secure the best possible opportunity for them. Does the minister sympathise with the parents of one of...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Festivals (14 Aug 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: It is only right that we discuss in Scotland’s Parliament the Edinburgh international festival and the other important cultural events that are taking place this summer. I hope that we will consider the importance of festivals to our country and its artistic and cultural life. We should recognise the ways in which our lives and culture are strengthened by the contribution of visiting...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Festivals (14 Aug 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: This has been an interesting debate and it has been worth our while to hear colleagues talk about what interests them and what is happening in their local areas. I add my thanks to all the staff of Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council who worked so hard to make festival 2014 such a success. I also thank all the volunteers who participated in the games opening and closing ceremonies. At one...

Scottish Parliament: Gaza (12 Aug 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak on the humanitarian disaster that is the unfolding tragedy in Gaza. I am sure that members across the chamber will join me in thanking our colleague Drew Smith for securing the chance for Parliament to debate this most serious and deadly conflict. According to Amnesty International, since the Israeli military offensive started on 8 July, 1,948...

Scottish Parliament: Gaza (12 Aug 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: I shall do, Presiding Officer. Pressure must be brought on the Israeli Government to change its long-term strategy as regards Gaza and the Palestinian people. The United Kingdom Government must not be complicit in breaches of the fourth Geneva convention. We must agree with the STUC’s call for “immediate and comprehensive peace talks and a settlement in the region based on upholding...

Scottish Parliament: Gaza (12 Aug 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: Our recent history tells us that people do not make peace by talking to their friends. It is time for all of those who are involved to engage in proper dialogue and to bring to an end this on-going tragedy.

Scottish Parliament: Commonwealth Games (Legacy) (7 Aug 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: I am delighted with the announcement that the cabinet secretary made about the facility in Largs. As she knows, I have had a keen interest in disability sport for a long time. It is entirely fitting that we take that step, building on what happened at the Commonwealth games and recognising that, although para-sport has always been integrated into the games, it has never been integrated to...

Scottish Parliament: Commonwealth Games (Legacy) (7 Aug 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: I assure the member that, although on occasion I might have been a little tired after a nine-hour shift, I did not feel that the work was too difficult or too hard. Then again, I did not have the responsibility of the foam finger.

Scottish Parliament: Commonwealth Games (Legacy) (7 Aug 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: I am really starting to feel sorry for George Adam, given that he did not have any tickets for the games, but did he apply?

Scottish Parliament: Commonwealth Games (Legacy) (7 Aug 2014)

Patricia Ferguson: Follow that, if you will. Jackson Carlaw’s comments about the experience of Glasgow and about Glasgow being an inclusive city are right. He is also right to say that we need to begin the sporting experience in our primary schools. I go further than that and suggest that we need to begin that in our homes and in our nursery schools in order to ensure that our young people are physically...


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