Results 141–160 of 1031 for speaker:Maureen Macmillan

Scottish Parliament: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (2 Feb 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: We have had a consensual debate, and that reflects the deliberations of the committee, which were also consensual—for the most part. The committee endorsed the Executive's proposals to legislate to set up the Scottish police services authority, which would oversee the Scottish crime and drug enforcement agency. We did that despite objections from representatives of the police and local...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1: "Forests for Scotland" (26 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I thank the minister for the Highland locational premium, which will go a fair way towards raising the profile of biomass and the need to create an industry based on it in the Highlands. Such an industry would allow us to develop our own little businesses growing, chipping and pelletising biomass. I hope that we can get the engineering industry to create devices in which to burn it. That...

Scottish Parliament: Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport: Child Protection (26 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to improve child protection. (S2O-8806)

Scottish Parliament: Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport: Child Protection (26 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Will the minister assure me that he will use the forthcoming bill on the Bichard recommendations to close any loopholes in current legislation and to streamline bureaucracy? Will such legislation enable private employers, such as parents who want to employ tutors for their children, to access relevant information on child protection issues?

Scottish Parliament: Cultural Commission (19 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: My question follows on from what Rob Gibson and Cathy Peattie asked about. The minister mentioned the possibility of bodies other than the present national companies aspiring to become national companies. Does she envisage that that possibility could be extended to the traditional sector so that the national fiddle orchestra or the national Gaelic choir might be established, or will national...

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Broadband Coverage (19 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the Deputy First Minister's statement on 29 December 2005 that the Executive is developing the next steps for providing solutions to the clusters of households that are still out of reach of broadband, what solutions are being considered and what the criteria for inclusion will be. (S2O-8702)

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Broadband Coverage (19 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Is the minister aware that I am e-mailed almost daily by people who are desperate for broadband but cannot access it? Yesterday, I was contacted by a couple in the Black Isle who run an information technology service for clients across the Highlands. On moving to a new house only half a mile from their previous house, they find that they cannot now get access to broadband. Does the minister...

Scottish Parliament: Air Route Development Fund (19 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I remember very well the day that the route development fund was announced because I had to go on to the Lesley Riddoch show and talk about it.

Scottish Parliament: Air Route Development Fund (19 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Not the late Lesley Riddoch but Lesley Riddoch's late show. What I remember most about the show was that another item on the programme was about bats in the attic. I say to Mark Ballard that I am very tempted to make the connection between bats in the attic and some of the things that we have heard today from certain members in the chamber. Mark Ballard knows that I have sympathy with him...

Scottish Parliament: Air Route Development Fund (19 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Either Mark Ballard is against air transport or he is for it; he cannot pick and choose.

Scottish Parliament: Air Route Development Fund (19 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: We cannot pluck a figure out of the air. We have to take action internationally by negotiating first with our partners in Europe and then, I hope, over time, with other countries around the world. We cannot say unilaterally that we are going to stop using aircraft.

Scottish Parliament: Air Route Development Fund (19 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Basically, the member is indeed saying that. He talks about the road equivalent tariff but that would mean that people would have to go by ferry. If an oil rig worker wants to get from Stornoway to Aberdeen to catch a helicopter, he will not go to Aberdeen by ferry.

Scottish Parliament: Air Route Development Fund (19 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Yes—by canoe or whatever. I agree about the balance between, say, a flight from Edinburgh or Glasgow to London and the train. The journey time is about the same and it is more convenient to go from city centre to city centre rather than go to the airport, hang about waiting for a flight, be processed at both ends and then have to get to the centre of London. However, the fares are...

Scottish Parliament: Air Route Development Fund (19 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Yes, I agree with Tommy Sheridan. Perhaps I should also point out Ryanair's policy of flying old-age pensioners to Hamburg and leaving them there.

Scottish Parliament: Air Route Development Fund (19 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Do not be cheeky. Budget airlines come with a health warning, but they have a strong part to play in our business sector and tourism industry. I want to concentrate on Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd because it has achieved considerable success in route development in recent years through new routes in the Highlands and Islands and the new, cross-border UK services to London, Belfast,...

Scottish Parliament: Air Route Development Fund (19 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Does Mark Ruskell think that if no airlines flew out of Scotland, Scots would all stay at home and not go to Blackpool, for example, for their holidays? He is not making a good argument.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Renewable Energy: Renewable Energy (18 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement on the proposal to increase the generating capacity of the existing wind-powered generating station at Paul’s Hill in Moray.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Environment and Rural Development: Scottish Water (Development Constraints) (12 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the quality and standards III investment programme for Scottish Water will address the water and sewerage needs of housing developments in the Highlands and Islands. (S2O-8634)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Environment and Rural Development: Scottish Water (Development Constraints) (12 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Neither Scottish Water nor Highland Council seems to be acting as if it is aware that that is the case. Is the minister aware that almost 50 communities in the Highland Council area alone are presently experiencing development constraints for both private and social housing, for larger developments as well as for single houses, and that particular concerns have been expressed in the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Environment and Rural Development: Scottish Water (Development Constraints) (12 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: Will the minister give a strong signal to Scottish Water to begin discussions with those communities on their needs in the light of the coming into effect of Q and S III in March?


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