Results 1–20 of 3436 for speaker:Des McNulty

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: A fortnight ago, we had a by-election in Clydebank—in the Duntocher, Faifley and Hardgate ward. The key issue in that by-election was buses, specifically the number 118. First had proposed to withdraw that service, which runs between Duntocher and Gartnavel hospital via Bearsden. In conjunction with my Labour colleague Councillor Douglas McAllister, I went to see First and made...

Scottish Parliament: St Margaret of Scotland Hospice (17 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: 11. To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde regarding future funding and co-operation with the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice. (S3O-13357)

Scottish Parliament: St Margaret of Scotland Hospice (17 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: Has the cabinet secretary given any indications to the chair of Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board about what she would like to come out of tomorrow’s meeting? We have waited a long time to get that meeting up and running. Does she want to give a sense to the chair of that board of the sort of outcome that she is looking for on how the board should conduct itself and take the discussions...

Scottish Parliament: Clydebank Blitz 70th Anniversary (17 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: In the past couple of weeks, we have seen some horrendous images of death and devastation from Japan on our television screens. There is no doubt that the scale of the natural disaster in Japan has been truly ferocious. We would not in any sense want to make a comparison between the Clydebank blitz and the scale of that destruction, but it is notable that such images of what happened in...

Scottish Parliament: Clydebank Blitz 70th Anniversary (17 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: I thank Margaret Curran very much for her intervention. I think that other Glasgow members are well aware that the Luftwaffe lightened its load as it escaped home and was under orders to wait until it was over a heavily populated area before it dropped its spare bombs, which destroyed Glasgow tenements in various places, from the west end of the city to the east. It was not just Clydebank...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Funding (16 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: I am pleased that the cabinet secretary now recognises that there is a funding gap as a result of the actions of the Con-Dem Government at Westminster in raising tuition fees to £9,000 and reducing teaching grant. His earlier stance, which was that there might not be a funding gap, was clearly delusional. I am also pleased that the Scottish National Party is following Labour in making a...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Funding (16 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: Answer the question, cabinet secretary.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Authorities: Local Authorities (15 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review or amend guidelines for local authority publicity, in light of recently published guidelines in England.

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Repairs) (10 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: Will the minister confirm that £18.8 million in capital funding is still available for Garnock academy? When will that funding be available? The original plan was that it would be available in 2013-14. Is that still the year in which that capital funding will be available?

Scottish Parliament: “Teaching Scotland’s Future” (9 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: I thank the Scottish Government for providing an advance copy of the minister’s statement although, in truth, there is so little substance in it that Michael Russell would not have been criticised for providing information in advance of the statement had he responded to the questioner who asked him about Donaldson at the TES hustings last week. The context of the statement is 3,000 fewer...

Scottish Parliament: Planning Application (Milngavie) (3 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: 6. To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost is to the inquiry reporters unit of the appeal by Tesco against the decision by East Dunbartonshire Council to turn down the planning application for an enlarged store in Woodburn Way, Milngavie, and when a decision on the matter is expected. (S3O-13146)

Scottish Parliament: Planning Application (Milngavie) (3 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: I was in contact with the minister’s predecessor on this particular application, and I confirm for the record that it was a ministerial decision to pass the appeal to the reporter. There was a possibility of not so doing, but the decision to do so was made in the minister’s name. In that context, I invite the minister to ponder on this issue. If a community feels that a planning...

Scottish Parliament: Railway Station Car Parking (3 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Is it in order for ministers to give misleading responses to questions? Earlier, I asked a question about Tesco’s appeal. It is quite clearly a ministerial decision to pass any appeal to the inquiry reporters unit. Ministers authorise expenditure on an inquiry and any decision that is reached is on the authority of the minister. That is quite explicit...

Scottish Parliament: Damages (Scotland) Bill (3 Mar 2011)

Des McNulty: Like others, I congratulate my neighbour Bill Butler on his outstanding work in introducing the bill. Like me, he has a very strong interest in asbestos issues, on which the Parliament has already passed two bills. The Damages (Scotland) Bill will extend some of the improvements that have been achieved for sufferers of asbestos-related conditions to a wider range of victims of industrial...

Scottish Parliament: Regeneration (24 Feb 2011)

Des McNulty: I agree with the minister, and I look forward to reading the document and contributing to the discussion around it. Does the minister agree that regeneration is not something that can be done in an area for a year or two years, as it requires a sustained programme of investment? In Clydebank, which I represent, we are halfway through a process of regeneration. We are not at the end of it yet,...

Scottish Parliament: Early Intervention (10 Feb 2011)

Des McNulty: I begin by thanking the Conservatives for choosing the topic for debate. It is an extremely important issue, and the debate allows the different parties to put forward their thinking in advance of the election in May. I assure the Parliament that during the election—and thereafter, whether we are in opposition or in government—early intervention in education and health will be a major...

Scottish Parliament: Early Intervention (10 Feb 2011)

Des McNulty: I welcome that, but I believe that we need to go further. The review makes some serious criticisms of what has happened to the health visitor service. As Shona Robison said, the guidance has been reissued, but we need to go a bit further. Health support and advice need to be available for longer, although perhaps not at a universal level until age five, as the Conservatives argue: until age...

Scottish Parliament: Early Intervention (10 Feb 2011)

Des McNulty: It is a way forward, but if we look at the distribution of budgets, we can see that there has been a decline in the numbers in nursery education and a reduction in the budget for care staff. We need to pay attention to that. It is about priorities, and young children should be more of a priority than they are at present. We need integrated resources, particularly for those who require...

Scottish Parliament: Early Intervention (10 Feb 2011)

Des McNulty: I will just make this point. It is important that we talk about the voluntary sector too, because it has a major role to play and it could play a much greater part than it does at present.

Scottish Parliament: Early Intervention (10 Feb 2011)

Des McNulty: I agree with both of those points. Teachers—particularly nursery teachers—make the same point. Intervention is too fragmented and too late. The parents, rather than the children who are brought up in chaotic circumstances, are often seen as the clients of the agency, and the child’s interest is not given the consideration that we—certainly, that I—would want it to be given. I do not...


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