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Scottish Parliament: Scottish Water (1 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: I did not.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Water (1 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Water (1 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: The member has seen the manifesto, has she?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Water (1 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: There is no pressure to privatise Scottish Water coming from this side of the chamber. Scottish Water is a publicly owned company that is subject to tight regulation to ensure economic rigour, environmental rigour and drinking water quality. Its social remit is determined by Executive ministers under the scrutiny of the Parliament. That is why, for example, funding is being provided by...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Water (1 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: The situation in Scotland is different from that in Wales. Wales might have some rural areas, but Scotland has some very remote rural areas. Scottish Water's objectives are challenging, whether they are about improving the environmental status of rivers and coastal waters; tackling odour from sewage farms; tackling development constraints; or dealing with leakage from the existing...

Scottish Parliament: Green Procurement (1 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Would Donald Gorrie care to reflect on a term he used that might prove offensive to Native Americans or First Nations people?

Scottish Parliament: Green Procurement (1 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: Will the member join me in congratulating Inverness high school on the fact that its pupils grow their own vegetables on the school grounds and prepare them and eat them in special celebratory school meals?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Recycling: Recycling (1 Feb 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how voluntary and not-for-profit waste recycling organisations are being supported.

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (25 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. My console would not work and I was not able to get to one that worked on time. I am extremely concerned that I have not been able to vote in favour of the Crofting Reform etc Bill.

Scottish Parliament: Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport: Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Visit to Inverness) (25 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport will make a statement on her visit to Inverness on 12 January 2007. (S2O-11773)

Scottish Parliament: Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport: Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Visit to Inverness) (25 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: I welcome the minister's remarks—it was indeed a fantastic evening. I say to the minister that this is the Scottish—I emphasise Scottish—year of Highland culture. The whole of Scotland is invited to take part. I ask the minister to promote this great festival, which showcases the modern Highlands, not only to visitors from outwith Scotland—plenty of whom were at the launch on 12...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform etc Bill (25 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: It is good to see the Crofting Reform etc Bill completing its passage through the Parliament. It is important that we have legislation that is fit for purpose, and the minister, the former deputy minister, the present deputy minister in her role as convener of the Environment and Rural Development Committee, the committee itself and the Parliament have worked hard to ensure that crofting...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform etc Bill: Stage 3: Section 41 — "Crofting community" (25 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: I thank the minister for amendment 18, which will remove ambiguity from the definition of "crofting community". Will he confirm that two or more crofts that are in close geographical proximity constitute a township, given that the application of a more formal definition of a crofting community seems to have been at the root of the Taynuilt decision?

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform etc Bill: Stage 3: Schedule 2 — Minor and Consequential Amendments (25 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: I support the intention behind Rob Gibson's amendments. As an ex-English teacher, when I looked at amendment 38A I realised that we could not substitute "convening" for "chairing" and retain the same meaning. I will therefore not support that amendment.

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform etc Bill: Stage 3: Section 11 — The statutory conditions (25 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: Amendment 33 seeks to ensure that a crofter who neglects his or her croft, for example by not draining it or by allowing nettles or whins to grow, will not have that neglect legitimised by section 11. To some people, the provision on refraining from activity for the purpose of conserving natural beauty could be a licence to do nothing with a croft, which would lead to its becoming degraded....

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform etc Bill: Stage 3: Section 11 — The statutory conditions (25 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: I thank the minister for those assurances. It is important to have them on the record so that people know exactly what section 11 means, and that they cannot get away with doing nothing and then pleading that they were carrying out nature conservation. I seek leave to withdraw amendment 33. Amendment 33, by agreement, withdrawn.

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform etc Bill: Stage 3: Section 2 — Discharge of functions (25 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: Amendment 26 would reinsert an important phrase that appears in previous crofting legislation, such as the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993. The phrase was removed from the bill when sections of the bill that dealt with the role and restructuring of the Crofters Commission were deleted at stage 2. The Environment and Rural Development Committee requested the removal of those sections to address...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform etc Bill: Stage 3: Section 2 — Discharge of functions (25 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: I take comfort from what the minister said, but emphasise that the eyes of crofters will now be on him to ensure that there is flexibility. I seek to withdraw amendment 26 as a result of the reassurances that I have been given. Amendment 26, by agreement, withdrawn.

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform etc Bill: Stage 3: After section 2 (25 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: I have great sympathy with John Farquhar Munro's amendments. It is absolutely crucial that we get the planning situation right. I do not know whether he is aware that the Environment and Rural Development Committee received a letter from the Deputy Minister for Communities on 11 January, in which it was made clear that the Crofters Commission would become a consultee. The deputy minister...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Justice and Law Officers: Domestic Abuse Courts (18 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment its Justice Department has made of the impact of the Glasgow domestic abuse court. (S2O-11697)


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