Results 61–80 of 1031 for speaker:Maureen Macmillan

Scottish Parliament: Planning etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 5 — Initiation and completion of development (15 Nov 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Highland Council has given me no statistics on the matter, so I am grateful to the minister for undertaking to review the extent to which there is a problem. If the review identifies a problem, I look forward to the Executive taking action to address it. I seek leave to withdraw amendment 114. Amendment 114, by agreement, withdrawn. Amendment 115 not moved.

Scottish Parliament: Planning etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 5 — Initiation and completion of development (15 Nov 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Amendment 114 and its consequential amendment 115 were lodged to address an issue that Highland Council raised with me—other planning authorities may also have experience of it—which is that developers may not always inform contractors of the details of planning conditions. That can result in such conditions not being properly adhered to by contractors and can lead, for example, to...

Scottish Parliament: Planning etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 3 — Meaning of "development" (15 Nov 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I welcome the bill's provisions for marine planning as it pertains to fish farms. As the minister mentioned, those provisions were sought by the Transport and the Environment Committee in the previous session, when Robin Harper and I were reporters on agriculture. We were able to get provisions inserted in the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill that were intended to be...

Scottish Parliament: Violence Against Women (9 Nov 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I refer members to my entry in the register of members' interests. The motion is partly a tribute to the work done by local women's groups over the years to provide support for abused women and to raise awareness of this grievous cancer in society. Male violence against women is still ingrained in our culture. Women are still presenting at casualty, in surgeries, to the police and to Women's...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Homelessness: Homelessness (9 Nov 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what statistics it has on the number of migrant workers sleeping rough in Inverness.

Scottish Parliament: Severe Weather (1 Nov 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I thank the deputy minister for taking the time at the weekend to visit Dingwall and Maryburgh. It was much appreciated by Highland councillors and by the people who suffered the awful effects of the flooding. I add my sympathy for those who were affected and to the families of the fishermen who were lost. Will the deputy minister consider how we can plan for and prevent situations such as...

Scottish Parliament: Structural Funds Programmes 2007 to 2013 (1 Nov 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I am sorry that I have not had time to read the committee's report fully, but did the committee ask the minister about where the Highlands and Islands programme would be delivered from? Will that be done from the Highlands and Islands, or will the Executive's original intention of having it delivered centrally be pursued?

Scottish Parliament: Coastal and Marine National Parks (26 Oct 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I hope that my speech is more measured and more grandmotherly than Mr Ewing's. I refer members to my entry in the register of members' interests. I am a member of the strategy group of the Moray firth partnership, which seeks to promote integrated coastal zone management and sustainability from Wick to Fraserburgh. I note that the Moray firth is, deservedly, a possible candidate for coastal...

Scottish Parliament: Coastal and Marine National Parks (26 Oct 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: The Green party's amendment ends with the phrase, "believes that location should not be a barrier to the siting of a marine national park." Can Eleanor Scott explain that?

Scottish Parliament: Environment and Rural Development: Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants Scheme (26 Oct 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the future is of the crofting counties agricultural grants scheme. (S2O-10869)

Scottish Parliament: Environment and Rural Development: Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants Scheme (26 Oct 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Is the minister aware of the anxiety among small crofters and farmers about the possible loss of these ring-fenced grants? Those anxieties, together with the expense of the bull scheme, the uncertainty over payments from the less favoured areas support scheme and the imposition of inappropriate animal welfare transport regulations next year, are putting additional pressure on crofters at a...

Scottish Parliament: Caithness Economy (25 Oct 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I congratulate Jamie Stone on securing the debate and I welcome the chance to discuss the future of the Caithness economy, which, as we know, has been heavily reliant on Dounreay. I had cousins who went to Dounreay in the 1950s, and their children and grandchildren are still in Caithness. They have worked in Dounreay and are now working on the decommissioning. The accelerating rate of...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (5 Oct 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the housing needs of migrant workers in the Highlands.

Scottish Parliament: Food Supply Chain (4 Oct 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: The committee's inquiry and report on the food supply chain has confirmed what many of us believed: the policies of many, but not all, of the supermarkets could destroy food producers in Scotland. Something is badly wrong with the system when contracts are sometimes binding on the farmers' side, but not on the supermarkets' side; when the cost of the two-for-one offers is often borne by the...

Scottish Parliament: Food Supply Chain (4 Oct 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: That is not the point. What can be grown here should be grown organic; I do not object to importing organic cashew nuts. Importing produce in such a way if we can grow our own is not acceptable, but as far as I am concerned it is acceptable if we cannot grow our own. I do not object to our importing food that we cannot buy here, but I ask members to buy fair trade goods; I am sure they all...

Scottish Parliament: Right to Buy (28 Sep 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I refer the minister to the section of the report on right-to-buy resales in rural areas. It seems to indicate that not very much research has been done, but the minister must be aware of concerns that houses are being sold on to the second-home market. What research has been done or is being done in that area? What steps, if any, can be taken to redress the balance?

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Reform etc Bill: Stage 1 (27 Sep 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: As other members have done—although some of them were somewhat churlish—I thank the minister and the deputy minister for agreeing to the committee's proposal to establish an inquiry into the future of crofting and the Crofters Commission's role. The desire for that was strongly expressed by many witnesses who felt that the bill did not address the challenges that crofting now faces. Those...

Scottish Parliament: Elgin Bypass (21 Sep 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I thank the minister for being here tonight after such an arduous afternoon and those members who have stayed behind. I know that Richard Baker has to leave quite soon, because he has a train to catch and some constituency engagements. I am glad to see that Peter Peacock is here, although he cannot take part in the debate, because he is a minister. It is almost three years to the day since...

Scottish Parliament: Elgin Bypass (21 Sep 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: We all have dreams and aspirations for different projects in Scotland, and we might not all be able to realise them even in 20 years. However, if the member listens to the rest of my speech, he will get some idea of where I stand. According to figures obtained over five days, almost 20,000 vehicles pass through Elgin every day. Two thirds of them are local traffic, but one third—between...

Scottish Parliament: Greener, Fairer Scotland (21 Sep 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Has Richard Lochhead noticed that the Tories' tree logo for Scotland leans a little to the left, but the one for the rest of the UK leans a little to the right?


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