Results 101–120 of 2832 for speaker:Margo MacDonald

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

Margo MacDonald: Can the minister explain which factors guided the Executive's decision to abandon Cubie's relatively fair idea that graduates should start paying back their tuition fees only once they could afford to do so, and instead to go for a scheme under which people earning poverty wages—working in McJobs—will be asked to start coughing up once they earn £10,000? Those people will already be...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Does the concept of giving money to students when they most need it apply to postgraduate students who are trying to meet loan repayments and pay off credit cards while working for poverty wages in McDonald's?

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: I agree with what the member has said about students in FE colleges and so on. However, I was a student when the regulations changed. If I had been considering entering higher education at that point, I would not have done so. That is a personal testimony. I agree that we must change attitudes, but please do not move away from understanding that people from very low-income backgrounds will...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: In Mr Brown's concluding remarks, he suggested that this chamber should let Westminster off the hook for the new Labour Government's continuation of the mistake made by the past Conservative Government in introducing tuition fees. We should not be in the business of letting Westminster off the hook. Instead, we should make it realise the folly of its ways and we will not do that if we accept...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: With all due respect to Mike Rumbles, I will not give way because I do not have time. I have listened to everyone and agree with many of the comments that have been made. I am proud to associate myself with John McAllion's remarks, and I share the priorities that I think he and Pauline McNeill have. Furthermore, I appreciate that the compromise tries to reach areas that grants and loans have...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: I am sorry, but I must carry on. When this anomalous legislation was produced, did anyone consider—

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Proposed legislation—but because the coalition has to be preserved, it will unfortunately become legislation. The committee of which I am a member will be asked to clear up all the anomalies that we have already heard outlined this morning. I have no doubt that we will hear more this afternoon. What about the position of students who, like me, come from homes which would normally have...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: I am sorry, Nicol. I have a very short time. Are the Executive's proposals an equitable way to sort things out? Of course not. We have arrived at this situation because tuition fees have been kept by another name, and I greatly regret that.

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Health Boards (Meetings) (3 Feb 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Will the minister talk to his senior colleague when she gets back from Dunkeld and impress upon her the need to ensure that Lothian Health Board does not become the victim of the area's success in terms of population growth and of the number and quality of services that people have come to expect? The Arbuthnott report must be revisited and the amount of money that it will take out of...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive: Convention of the Highlands and Islands (3 Feb 2000)

Margo MacDonald: On a point of order. I crave your indulgence for some guidance, Presiding Officer. Which minister—it may be your own committee or bureau—is responsible for day-to-day expenditure on the Holyrood project? I find it extremely difficult to get anyone to own up to responsibility for the money that is being spent daily. Is that operational or financial?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (3 Feb 2000)

Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive an invitation to the official opening of the new Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (4 Feb 2000)

Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consult the Scottish Ambulance Service, the relevant trade unions and other appropriate medical specialists with a view to extending the categories of health professionals qualified to administer the drug Naloxone/Nacran, the antidote for heroin and methadone, to include ambulance technicians.

Scottish Parliament: Knowledge Economy (9 Feb 2000)

Margo MacDonald: I am happy to associate myself with almost every word the boilermaker who spoke before me said. I am glad that he said it, because my first thought, on reading the terms of today's motion, was, "Why?" It is not exactly what could be called a crowd puller—it is more like a time filler. It is a tribute to some of the folk in here today that we have managed to talk some sense, based on a...

Scottish Parliament: Knowledge Economy (9 Feb 2000)

Margo MacDonald: Everything that Maureen Macmillan said is absolutely true. The people who established the UHI are to be congratulated on providing that access. A third of people who are employed have never had any further education since they left full-time school education. From Maureen Macmillan's point of view, as a teacher who worked in the Highlands, what is the missing link in persuading them to take...

Scottish Parliament: Knowledge Economy (9 Feb 2000)

Margo MacDonald: David Davidson has described the objective. Does he agree that part of the strategy for achieving it is to persuade employers in Scotland that many people who are earning low wages and doing not very highly skilled jobs would benefit from lifelong learning? The Executive must show us how it intends to overcome that handicap.


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