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Scottish Parliament: Introduction (3 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Presiding Officer. Could you give me some advice on procedural matters? They arise out of the message from the Presiding Officer in business bulletin No 7. According to that very thoughtful message-I am not sucking up-Mr Gorrie's motion on the Holyrood Parliament site is unlikely to be taken until after the Parliamentary Bureau has met. I ask the First Minister,...

Scottish Parliament: Allowances (8 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: Will Mrs Mulligan give way?

Scottish Parliament: Allowances (8 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: Will Johann Lamont give way?

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (17 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: May I ask for a point of information?

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (17 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: Can I confirm that I have seven minutes?

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (17 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: I will attempt to summarise the debate and I will try hard to disregard John McAllion's friendly advice that we should all just keep quiet in our opposition. I do not mean to keep quiet, not because-I say this to Mr Watson-I am being opportunist, but because I was elected by people in this area. Just like Cathie Craigie, the member for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, I feel a sense of civic...

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (17 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: I will certainly give way; I have better manners.

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (17 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: I think that that is true, but it is also true that neither her constituents nor mine make a habit of reading Hansard . [Laughter.] However, I will move on. Several factors influenced this amendment. There is the concern that the Holyrood site is not the most suitable. I know that we are past the time when the then Scottish secretary was advised against choosing other than Calton hill. I...

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (17 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: I am delighted to hear that the wind-tunnel tests are in hand, although I am surprised that they were not in hand a bit earlier. What happens if the tests fail?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Holyrood: Holyrood (17 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer whether he will ensure that no further contracts are signed for the Holyrood Building Project until Parliament has considered the matter.

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: The ancillary staff of the Edinburgh royal infirmary have been transferred to the employ of Haden Young. Haden Young's pension scheme does not equate with the NHS scheme. Can Mr McConnell explain how the scheme is to be funded? Has he renegotiated the contract with Haden Young, or will the Health Service Executive pick up the bill for that group of workers who will lose their pension rights?

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: rose-

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: I just want Mr McNulty to take me seriously. He will forgive me for using high-falutin' rhetoric when I say that the Government could afford the schemes if it were willing to scrap nuclear weapons. However, that is by the bye. Let us return to the issue of the Edinburgh royal infirmary. Can Mr McNulty explain what plans are in hand for the so-called surplus land at Lauriston, which I...

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: I will take Jack McConnell's invitation at face value and put campaign rhetoric behind me; I will ignore the fact that Keith Raffan called me an unreconstructed Jurassic park socialist. Having got that out of the way, I apologise for not tackling the huge issues-the ideological issues-that are implicit in the private ownership of public services; PFIs involve a partnership, which implies...

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: I apologise to Jack McConnell, but I do not have the time to take interventions. We will talk about it at the Audit Committee, I hope. Angus Mackay went so far as to say that the medical staff at the royal infirmary were very pleased with the PFI plans. They are not. Here it is in their letter dated 31 May. They are anything but pleased; they are very concerned. They have lost all...

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: That is what I said.

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: Will Mr Galbraith give way?

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: I think that we are agreed on one point. This is too serious a matter to brandish about without a route out of what is still a huge dilemma. Let us not bother about how huge it is; it is a big dilemma. I did not go through the list of six points in the letter because there was not enough time, but Mr Galbraith will agree that the whole contract needs further examination. During the election...

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Margo MacDonald: rose-


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