Results 1–20 of 1031 for speaker:Maureen Macmillan

Scottish Parliament: Education (22 Mar 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: One of the schools that Malcolm Fraser took exception to is a school in the Black Isle that I visited recently. I found that his comments on the school are nonsense. I will show Robin Harper the photos to prove it, if he wishes.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Affordable Housing (Highlands) (22 Mar 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will address the shortage of affordable housing in the Highland Council area. (S2O-12455)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Affordable Housing (Highlands) (22 Mar 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: I thank the minister for her commitment to address the housing shortage in the Highland Council area and, particularly, for introducing an innovative way of promoting affordable home ownership. Is the minister aware of the successful studies that are being carried out on the Ormlie housing estate in Thurso into the use of microrenewables to cut carbon emissions and to provide more affordable...

Scottish Parliament: Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill: Stage 1 (21 Mar 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: Would the member not say that the House of Bruar is quite a good visitor experience?

Scottish Parliament: Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill: Stage 1 (21 Mar 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: I thank the committee's clerks for their invaluable support and I thank all those who supplied written and oral evidence. In particular, I thank the people of Blair Atholl for their hospitality and the excellent evidence that they gave. The Environment and Rural Development Committee was made aware that Scottish Natural Heritage recommended that highland and eastern Perthshire communities...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Community Care: Small Pharmacies (Medicine Distribution) (15 Mar 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the proposal by Pfizer to distribute its medicines through a single United Kingdom wholesaler will have on small pharmacies, particularly those in rural areas of the Highlands. (S2O-12372)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Community Care: Small Pharmacies (Medicine Distribution) (15 Mar 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: The minister will be aware of my letter to him about the difficulty that Mr David Raeburn, the pharmacist in Strathpeffer, had in accessing a painkilling drug prescribed for a patient, which meant that the patient was, distressingly, without pain relief for a whole week. I understand that the matter will ultimately be decided by the OFT, but in the meantime will the minister tell me what...

Scottish Parliament: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill (1 Mar 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: The bill has been a long haul, not just from when it was first introduced in Parliament or even from when the first consultation began, but from when the Parliament, in the shape of the former Transport and the Environment Committee, and the Executive began to interrogate and bring together fish farmers, river proprietors, local communities, non-governmental organisations and others with a...

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: As the minister is aware, the provision of affordable homes in the Highlands and Islands has not been easy or straightforward in the past 10 years. We have had to contend with the sale of council houses—even in areas that had only a handful and no land on which to build more—and landlords' reluctance to provide land for rural housing if they thought that housing would be sold at a profit...

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: I do not agree. People cannot have their cake and eat it. I ask the Executive to examine what can be salvaged in Highland from the no vote. Already I note a worrying trend of cost cutting by the Highland Council. The concierge service in the flats at the Ferry in Inverness, which protects vulnerable people such as young mothers who have escaped domestic abuse, has been cut. If community...

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: I accept that absolutely. The same happened in Argyll and Bute, where there was a successful stock transfer. There is increasing pressure on housing in urban and rural areas of the Highlands and Islands. The excellent homelessness legislation has given new rights to those who were previously the hidden homeless, and the increase in the Highland population has added to the pressure, although,...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Environment and Rural Development: Waste Management (Island Communities) (22 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: The minister will be aware that in Shetland waste is turned into energy in a combustion plant. Does he have a view on whether that would be appropriate for other islands?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Services: Rail Services (22 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to concerns regarding toilet facilities on Highland trains.

Scottish Parliament: Environment (21 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: The Scottish National Party seems to be committed to renewables only until the going gets tough and its members think that they might lose a vote or two. For example, the SNP has completely sold the pass on wind farm development. It initially called for an upgrade of the Beauly to Denny power line, but now, since the matter has become contentious, it has sold the pass on that, too. Richard...

Scottish Parliament: Environment (21 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: No. I agree that we can have subsea cables down the east and west coasts and underground land cables when necessary, but that will require a lot of visible engineering work. Members cannot demand that cables are run underground and then object to the building of a large converter station. Subsea and underground cables carry direct current, so they cannot link to further wind or marine...

Scottish Parliament: Environment (21 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: The member should stop shouting, for goodness' sake. I urge members to speak up for wind turbines, for marine power and for the necessary upgrading of the grid to carry the power. I would sooner have a handful of pylons at Drumochter than see South Uist disappear under the sea.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Network: Rail Network (16 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are in place to clean the railway tracks and station environments in Inverness and the north of Scotland and what plans there are for improving such arrangements.

Scottish Parliament: Finance and Public Services and Communities: Affordable Housing (Highlands) (15 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: Is the minister aware of what Communities Scotland's housing inspection report said about Highland Council's provision of houses for homeless people? It gave the council only a fair mark for that provision. One area in which the council fell down was the need to provide appropriate temporary accommodation and to eliminate breaches of the Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) Order...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Level Crossings (Safety) (8 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: I wonder whether local authorities can also be included in the consultations, because rumble strips or sleeping policemen on the approach to barrier-less level crossings can help to slow down traffic, particularly people who are in a hurry. I know, for example, that people approaching the three level crossings in Dingwall try to dodge around them if they think that it is safe to do so, and...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Off-sales (8 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: On that point, given the success of the scheme in flushing out off-licences that are prepared to sell drink to under-age children, will the minister consider running a similar scheme in the Highlands and Islands where, as he well knows, under-age drinking is as much a problem as it is in the rest of Scotland?


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