Results 101–120 of 1031 for speaker:Maureen Macmillan

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (8 Jun 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Does the member realise that it will be possible to put in a biomass boiler at a later date?

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (8 Jun 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Does the member agree that if we use nuclear power it is unlikely that there will be investment in green renewables?

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (8 Jun 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: It has taken us two centuries to reach what many believe could be a tipping point for the earth, but we do not have that amount of time, nor anything like it, to counteract what has been done. I hope that nobody here will deny that climate change is the greatest challenge that faces us and that we must address it swiftly. We need to persuade our fellow Scots that that is the case and we need...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (8 Jun 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Yes. I will come to that later in my speech. In the Highlands, the development of wind farms became the object of a vociferous and infectious paranoia that resulted in a quite wrong general perception that every hill would be covered in turbines and every valley would have a line of pylons. The death of Highland tourism was predicted in much the same way as it had been when the dams and...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (8 Jun 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: That is the point. We have a unique opportunity to develop the technology in Scotland and so to lead the world. We need to build up local supply chains for a biomass industry. Renewables obligation certificates for carbon-neutral heating will help, as will the £3 million for micro-renewables. Balcas, of Enniskillen, recently gave a presentation at Parliament on its wood pellet manufacture....

Scottish Parliament written answers — Recycling: Recycling (5 Jun 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, when considering funding for community recycling projects, it takes into account the social and health benefits delivered by community organisations through the employment of vulnerable people.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Marine Legislation (1 Jun 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Will the advisory group address the issue of whether planning departments will have sufficient capacity and training to deal with marine spatial planning? As a forerunner to that, will the minister say what progress is being made on the transfer of planning powers over aquaculture from the Crown Estate to local authorities?

Scottish Parliament: Education (1 Jun 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I endorse the member's comments. In fact, the BBC filmed the hut that I taught in to highlight the desperate state that the school estate had reached under the Tories.

Scottish Parliament: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 21 — Animal fights (31 May 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Amendment 7 seeks to make it an offence to possess a video recording of an animal fight. As the minister said, it reflects the view of the Environment and Rural Development Committee. At stage 2, the Executive lodged amendments that make it an offence to show, supply or publish a recording of an animal fight or to possess such a recording with an intent to supply it to a third party....

Scottish Parliament: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: After section 20 (31 May 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Amendment 6 seeks to make it an offence knowingly to attach an electric shock collar to a protected animal, or permit the use of an electric shock collar on a protected animal. It will also make it an offence to possess, control, offer for sale or supply an electric shock collar. These collars are freely available on the internet with no restriction on or regulation of their use. The use of...

Scottish Parliament: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: After section 20 (31 May 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I am grateful for that intervention and I realise that there is a debate to be had about the different types of electric shock collars that are in use. The one that I have in my hand is a remote-control one that is used for training purposes. As I said, I believe that dogs can be retrained using positive training methods. I point out that the police and the Army have given up using the...

Scottish Parliament: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: After section 20 (31 May 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I thank the minister for his undertaking. I understand the requirement to consult further on the matter and to legislate by regulation. The animal welfare organisations will be content with what is proposed because they believe—as I do—that the merits of the case will lead to regulation in due course. I therefore seek the Parliament's agreement to withdraw amendment 6. Amendment 6, by...

Scottish Parliament: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 1 — Slaughter for preventing spread of disease (31 May 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I feel as though I am taking part in a beauty contest to decide which is the best way of reassuring the public that an appropriate decision has been made on controlling disease when ministers exercise their power of slaughter rather than, for example, order vaccination. My suggestion is in amendment 14, which proposes the introduction of a new section 32F in the Animal Health Act 1981. My...

Scottish Parliament: Human Trafficking (Prostitution) (25 May 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Does the member agree that we should stop talking about sex workers and the sex industry because those terms legitimise what is happening to women?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Environment: Environment (18 May 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in giving appropriate support to the production of bog myrtle oil, given that the plants need to be grown in time to fulfil orders next year.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (18 May 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what safeguards and arrangements it considers should be in place for nervous children who are called as witnesses in sheriff courts to give evidence in domestic violence cases when their parents are both the alleged victim and the accused and the accused is present in court, in light of the provisions of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004 and guidance...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Marine Environment: Marine Environment (15 May 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any public meetings on the UK Marine Bill are scheduled to take place in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Environment: Environment (10 May 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to encourage Scottish people to respond to the UK Marine Bill consultation.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Toddlers March to Parliament (4 May 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will welcome the Barnardo's Scotland toddlers march to Parliament on 4 May 2006—which, of course, is today—which aims to raise awareness of Barnardo's call for more support for children's opportunities to play. (S2O-9694)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Toddlers March to Parliament (4 May 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I am glad that the minister confirms the importance of play for children, and I hope that he will agree that the Parliament's garden has been greatly enlivened this morning by the presence of young children. Does the minister agree that, as well as promoting children's physical well-being, play also promotes their mental well-being? It builds their motor, language and social skills. Does he...


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