Maureen Macmillan: Mr Hamilton has spoken quite a lot; it is my turn to speak now. At the heart of the debate about Cowal is a crisis of self-confidence. This sort of crisis has happened in the Highlands time and again-we need only think of Corpach, Invergordon, Machrihanish and Benbecula. When a large employer leaves an area, that causes a crisis of self-confidence. People are afraid that things will go...
Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support the continuing professional development of teachers in Scottish schools.
Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on devolving responsibilities to schools as part of an overall drive to push up school standards. (S1O-103)
Maureen Macmillan: How far will the responsibility for target setting be devolved to schools?
Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans a review of the Crofters Commission.
Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop Gaelic-medium education. (S1O-33)
Maureen Macmillan: Will the minister examine the funding for local development officers working for Comhairle nan Sgoiltean Araich to see if the method of funding can be improved?
Maureen Macmillan: I want to express my appreciation for what the forthcoming legislation will do for the Highlands and Islands, in particular for Gaelic-medium education and in the plans for land reform. Tha mi duilich. Chan eil moran Gàidhlig agam. That means, "I am sorry. I do not have much Gaelic"-when I was a child, it was educated out of me. I went to a school where there were four Gaelic-speaking...
Maureen Macmillan: Proposals for Gaelic-medium education are contained in the general education legislation, but it was reported in the Inverness Courier last week, I think, that Gaelic was being given secure status. That was mentioned by Alasdair Morrison.
Maureen Macmillan: I am not giving way again. I want to talk about other aspects of cultural regeneration, particularly land reform. What is the use of regenerating culture in crofting communities through the language if those communities do not own their land and have to live and work at the whim of some cash-heavy individual who wants a bit of Highland hill to impress his friends? We have to examine the...
Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will arrange a meeting with the Fish Merchants Association (FMA) to discuss the treatment of effluent from the Scottish fish processing industry.