Results 81–100 of 2832 for speaker:Margo MacDonald

Scottish Parliament: scottish executive: Oban Hospital (13 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: It is the same all over.

Scottish Parliament: Social Workers and Violence (13 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to a debate on a subject on which I am not an expert—having heard some of the speeches, I feel quite ashamed. I take small issue with the motion, which says that "having to face the threat of violence is not an acceptable feature of any profession." As Lord James Douglas-Hamilton pointed out, firemen and many other public servants who work on our...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (13 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, given the almost 50% increase in bed usage in the Lothian Universities Hospital Trust for the first week of January, whether it will confirm that all hospital trusts in Scotland will be able to engage extra staff and to utilise whatever facilities are required to cope with the possible influenza epidemic.

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Do locally sensitive drugs strategies include locally sensitive punitive measures, which might involve the criminal justice system? We should hear more about how that could be done.

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: I, too, come from Lanarkshire and appreciate Mr McMahon's concern, but I wonder whether we are well served by those statistics. For example, in the part of Lanarkshire that I come from, the preferred drug of choice is not heroin or cannabis but cocaine, which is being used not by young, high-flying, high-earning executives, but by young kids like we were.

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: I welcome the opportunity to have this debate. I am almost tempted to follow Richard Simpson's line and say that I would like to vote both for the Executive's motion and for my party's amendment. However, I am slightly concerned that, although tribute has been paid to the huge amount of voluntary agencies and drug action teams and so on, we are in danger—unless we start rationalising...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: I thank the member. On a point of information, such a service does operate. Perhaps that relates to what I have said about the ineffectiveness of some of the existing agencies.

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: rose —

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: rose —

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Breast Screening (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: I should perhaps declare an interest—I am a patron of the Scottish Breast Cancer Campaign. Will the minister work in partnership with that organisation, which can reach the women that very often official bodies cannot? That might prove a very cost-effective way of spreading the message.

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Does Mr Gorrie consider the use of cannabis to be alongside the use—or misuse as I see it—of alcohol and nicotine?

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Does Fiona Hyslop agree that the terminology that she used, with all due respect, can be confusing? The person who makes a profit from selling drugs is not someone whom we want anything to do with, except in terms of punishment. On the other hand, often the dealer is the user is the supplier. That is why we need to look clearly at who is taking drugs, why they are doing so, where they are...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: What David Mundell has just said illustrates perfectly a general point that SNP members are making—that we must consider the abuse of substances other than "drugs". Many more people cannot turn up for work on a Monday because they have been drinking.

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Is the minister's strategic objective to eradicate all drug misuse in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: On that point, if the minister finds after consultation that, because of the pressure of work on members, the route that Keith Raffan has described is not the most advisable, will he consider having a commission outwith Parliament that could assume the work load and report to Parliament?

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (26 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: I realise that it is not my job to provide answers, but George Lyon asked for a legal settlement to Henry McLeish's dilemma. I have the answer—it is called independence. [Laughter.]

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (26 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Please tell those bad boys to be quiet. They are terrible.


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