Results 161–180 of 1031 for speaker:Maureen Macmillan

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Development (11 Jan 2006)

Maureen Macmillan: I congratulate the Executive on the publication of "Choosing Our Future". In my view, it is the most important document that the Executive has published because it is the blueprint for our aspirations for a sustainable future. I note the welcome that the environmental non-governmental organisations have given the document. Those organisations, like all of us—even Alex Fergusson, bless...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport: Sport for Young People (Highlands) (22 Dec 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how young people in the Highlands are being encouraged to take part in sport. (S2O-8541)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport: Sport for Young People (Highlands) (22 Dec 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: Is the minister aware of concerns on the part of the Camanachd Association that physical education teachers are no longer trained in how to teach shinty, which means that shinty is not being mainstreamed, even in schools in the shinty heartlands? Is she aware that the Camanachd Association fears that that is having an impact on the long-term viability of shinty? I would be grateful if she...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Fresh Talent Initiative (15 Dec 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the First Minister what impact the United Kingdom Government's adoption of a similar scheme will have on Scotland's fresh talent initiative. (S2F-2010)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Fresh Talent Initiative (15 Dec 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: I am sure that the First Minister is aware of the significant number of migrant workers and their families who are moving into the Highlands, mostly from eastern Europe. He will recall my interest in language support in school for the children of those migrant families. I thank him for his recent letter outlining the work that has been commissioned on that. However, does he agree that the...

Scottish Parliament: Family Law (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 10 — Divorce: reduction in separation periods (15 Dec 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: I cannot quite match John Swinburne's record in marriage, but I have been married for 40 years. A good marriage and a happy family life are above price. I have been very fortunate, but some women have not been as fortunate as I have been. In last week's debate on domestic violence, Malcolm Chisholm spoke about having met a woman who had suffered the violence of an abusive husband for 40...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Biodiversity: Biodiversity (15 Dec 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the lists of (a) species and flora and fauna and (b) habitats considered by the Scottish ministers to be of principal importance for the purposes of section 1(1) of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Fisheries: Fisheries (14 Dec 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will announce the key performance targets it has set for Fisheries Research Services for 2005-06.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Community Care: Carers (8 Dec 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is working in partnership with national health service bodies, local authorities and other agencies to help to assist and support carers. (S2O-8389)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Community Care: Carers (8 Dec 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: I draw the minister's attention to the wonderful exhibition of photographs of carers by Fin Macrae—commissioned by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers—which will tour the Highlands over the next few months and, I hope, reach the Parliament in due course. I understand that Highland Council will no longer centrally fund the Highland Community Care Forum, at whose recent conference the...

Scottish Parliament: Violence Against Women (7 Dec 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: I declare an interest as a director of Ross-shire Women's Aid. In the area that I represent, new refuges have been built and Highland Council, the Northern constabulary and the Procurator Fiscal Service have given their whole-hearted commitment to treat domestic violence with the seriousness that it deserves. We have a zero tolerance campaign in the Highland region that addresses our rural...

Scottish Parliament: Vertex Call Centre (Dingwall) (30 Nov 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: I am glad to be able to speak tonight on behalf of the workforce at the Vertex call centre in Dingwall. Most members present in the chamber will know Dingwall well. However, for the record, I will say a few words about this ancient royal burgh, the county town of Ross and Cromarty. As its name tells us, the burgh was founded by Viking settlers. It once boasted a royal castle as important as...

Scottish Parliament: Micro-renewables Technologies (23 Nov 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: Will the minister look specifically at the situation in the islands, where oil-fired central heating that has been installed for old people is now becoming too expensive, because of the transport costs of the oil? Will he consider whether new central heating systems could use micro-renewables instead?

Scottish Parliament: Micro-renewables Technologies (23 Nov 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: I thank Sarah Boyack for giving us the opportunity to debate the issue. We are at a point when we must make a huge step change by deciding to use small household renewables together with energy efficiency measures to address climate change and fuel poverty and, for some of us, to salve our consciences. Too much of the debate on renewables has been about the size of wind farms and the impact...

Scottish Parliament: Micro-renewables Technologies (23 Nov 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: That would be excellent. We need to make micro-renewables part of all new developments. Sarah Boyack noted some good examples of where that has happened. We have a huge opportunity to do more in the next few years, given that we plan to build thousands of new houses. We must react quickly, because we cannot let the opportunity slip by. The Executive's central heating scheme for pensioners is...

Scottish Parliament: Micro-renewables Technologies (23 Nov 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: I beg your pardon, Presiding Officer. The Executive has a chance to make a difference by investing in micro-renewables in that scheme. Support and encouragement for micro-renewables will lead to other benefits. There is currently a chicken-and-egg situation. The market for micro-renewables is not yet big enough to tempt businesses to invest and small wind turbines are still too expensive,...

Scottish Parliament: Waste Strategy (17 Nov 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: We last discussed the national waste plan in January 2004 in a debate on the Environment and Rural Development Committee's report on its inquiry into the issue. The then Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development said: "We intend to increase our dependence on reuse and recycling".—[Official Report, 21 January 2004; c 4980.] He also said that the Executive was committed to working...

Scottish Parliament: Waste Strategy (17 Nov 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: That company is in Argyll, so it is nearer to the markets than we are up in Highland. That makes a difference. I know people in the Highlands who, because they regularly drive south on business trips, save up their plastic debris and pop it into an Edinburgh recycling skip when they are in the city, thus enhancing Edinburgh's recycling figures. Where is the crossover between business waste...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Renewable Energy: Renewable Energy (17 Nov 2005)

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 Causeymire in Caithness.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Renewable Energy: Renewable Energy (17 Nov 2005)

Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make an announcement on the proposal to build a three megawatt hydro-powered generating station at Douglas Water, near Inveraray.


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