Results 41–60 of 1031 for speaker:Maureen Macmillan

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

Maureen Macmillan: It is generally agreed that the specialist domestic abuse court has been of benefit in dealing with the perpetrators of domestic violence. Does the minister agree that domestic violence occurs in rural areas as well as in urban areas? Will she agree to meet the Minister for Communities and me to discuss how a pilot for a rural domestic violence court could be progressed, possibly through the...

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Higher Education Funding (18 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: Will the minister turn his mind to the University of the Highlands and Islands Millennium Institute, which is seeking university designation and has particular challenges because its network of colleges is so far flung? Will the minister assure us that he will give the utmost support—in funding and otherwise—to facilitate the designation of UHIMI as a university in the near future?

Scottish Parliament: Dennistoun Dispersal Order (17 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: One of the first dispersal orders—perhaps the first—was made not in a city in the central belt but in the Highland town of Dingwall in Ross-shire. That happened very soon after the legislation was enacted. The local area police commander saw that the order would be a useful tool to deal with a particular situation in the town at the time. That situation did not involve young people...

Scottish Parliament: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (11 Jan 2007)

Maureen Macmillan: The present system of automatic and unconditional early release of prisoners is rightly discredited; the system alarms victims and communities because they cannot understand why a person who has been sentenced to four years can be released after only two and kept under supervision only in particular circumstances—for example, if the person is a sex offender. The Custodial Sentences and...

Scottish Parliament: Trident (21 Dec 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I welcome the debate initiated by the UK Government on the future of Trident. This is the first time that a Government has called for a national debate on the independent nuclear deterrent and I hope that many people throughout the country will take part in it and will contact their Westminster MP to make their views known. After all, in spite of what the SNP would like us to believe, the...

Scottish Parliament: Trident (21 Dec 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: No. This should be a debate not about the constitution, but about Trident. The UK Government will make the decision on Trident in due course, and Scotland is ably represented by MPs who will take part in that decision. They will have to consider our national defence needs and our international obligations in the light of changing world circumstances. The argument is about whether our defence...

Scottish Parliament: Trident (21 Dec 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I will come to that in a minute, if Alex Neil does not mind. I want to talk first about our opportunities to influence the debate. We must use the opportunity to engage internationally with other nuclear powers at every level to bring about a reduction in nuclear weapons. Like Joan Ruddock, I believe that we now have a large window of opportunity to do that. The first decision that the...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol-related Crime (Highlands and Islands) (20 Dec 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: The police told me that they think people drink more now than they did in the past because they have more leisure time and more money in their pockets.

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol-related Crime (Highlands and Islands) (20 Dec 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I did not mean to be the Christmas killjoy when I lodged my motion, but I am conscious that many of my Labour colleagues are having their Christmas party tonight and, almost at this very moment, our admirers in the media are offering MSPs festive cheer in another place. However, let those of us who are in the chamber be part of the annual campaign for sensible drinking. I lodged the motion...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol-related Crime (Highlands and Islands) (20 Dec 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I have spoken to the area commander on this issue and he is confident that the police can cope with the situation. I know that it is tough for them, but they are well used to dealing with such situations. Unfortunately, the problems that we are discussing are not new in the Highlands; they have been going on in Inverness and other Highland towns and villages for a long time. We should ask...

Scottish Parliament: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Dec 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: It gives me great satisfaction to speak in support of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill, which is the culmination of years of hard work by all those with an interest in the industry, including members and clerks of two parliamentary committees—the Transport and the Environment Committee in the first session, and the Environment and Rural Development Committee. In 2000, petition...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency: Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (15 Dec 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the key performance targets set for the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency for 2006-07.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 12 — Power to monitor compliance with directions under section 8(2) (14 Dec 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: We have been discussing one of the most contentious parts of the bill, which, as others have said, has been well debated in and out of committee. Forceful assertions have been made on both sides about ECHR compliance if there were to be no right of appeal to the commission. Amendment 3 seeks to ensure that the concerns of the Law Society, the Faculty of Advocates and others are addressed. I...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (13 Dec 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: This debate on fishing is a seasonal feast. Like Christmas, it is predictable. It has become an institution, but it is none the less important for that. The issue remains the same—the need to sustain a viable fishery and a viable fishing industry. We cannot have the latter without the former, no matter what the SNP and the Tories say. The industry has made huge sacrifices but,...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (13 Dec 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I am sorry, but I am in my final minute. I have listened to what SNP members—including Richard Lochhead, who is not in the chamber—have said. They have again ignored the scientific advice, maintained that all stocks are healthy and that cod do not matter. I fear that they are, as usual, speaking with forked tongue. A party that aspires to government cannot cherry pick where and when it...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Broadband (7 Dec 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning will be aware of my long-term interest in this matter. I note that the announcement of the general proposals for providing access to the presently unserved areas will be made soon. It cannot come soon enough for the people I represent. I ask the minister for some indication of when we will know where the further roll-out of broadband...

Scottish Parliament: Redundancies (Young's Bluecrest Ltd): Broadband (23 Nov 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I thank the minister for the information that he has given. Does he accept that businesspeople in, for example, the Black Isle feel enormous frustration? Broadband and the Dingwall exchange are impossible to access because, it seems, of the quality of the copper wiring. Does the minister accept that the frustration has been exacerbated by the prolonged wait for a resolution? I was pleased to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Freight: Freight (23 Nov 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in moving freight from the A9 onto rail.

Scottish Parliament: Health and Community Care: Dental Services (Highlands) (16 Nov 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest position is regarding the provision of national health service dental services in the Highlands. (S2O-11112)

Scottish Parliament: Health and Community Care: Dental Services (Highlands) (16 Nov 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I thank the deputy minister for that welcome news. Many people in Caithness have had to register, against their will, with private dentists and they are keen to transfer to the national health service. Such people include pregnant mothers who are entitled to free treatment on the NHS. How might patients on the NHS dental waiting lists be prioritised so that those who are in greatest need...

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