Results 1–20 of 1952 for speaker:Margaret Smith

Scottish Parliament: New Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Edinburgh) (17 Mar 2011)

Margaret Smith: I share the concerns about the delay in the project. Given that the Scottish Government is continuing to give £850 million in capital to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for the Southern general hospital, will the cabinet secretary give an assurance that, if the SNP is in power after May, the Government will provide NHS Lothian with the £25 million in revenue that it will require for the new...

Scottish Parliament: Public Records (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2011)

Margaret Smith: I add my thanks to those already expressed to the clerks to the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee for their assistance during the passage of the bill. It is probably fitting that I add my thanks to them for their work over the course of the parliamentary session. Their assistance to me since I joined the committee in 2008 is much appreciated. My thanks also go to Karen...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Funding (16 Mar 2011)

Margaret Smith: I welcome and share the cabinet secretary’s commitment to free education with no fees and no graduate contribution. Our position builds on our record of scrapping Labour’s fees in government and the graduate endowment in opposition. We share, too, a commitment to fund the gap. Therefore, we welcome the announcement on fees for students from the rest of the United Kingdom, which is...

Scottish Parliament: Employment Services (Edinburgh) (9 Mar 2011)

Margaret Smith: I add my thanks to Sarah Boyack for securing this important debate. I also thank the unions, the partnership workforce, the people from the connected service, real jobs, Four Square, Jumpstart, Impact Arts and the various service users and staff who are with us today. I thank them all for their engagement with all local members, as we jointly make efforts to make progress on this issue. They...

Scottish Parliament: Employment Services (Edinburgh) (9 Mar 2011)

Margaret Smith: Will the minister give way?

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

Margaret Smith: I thank the minister for her statement and I thank Graham Donaldson and his team for what is a comprehensive piece of work that will help the next Scottish Government to improve Scotland’s teaching workforce. We welcome many of the recommendations around selection and on-going professional development and the focus on leadership and literacy and numeracy. We also welcome the announcement of...

Scottish Parliament: “Report on preventative spending” (9 Mar 2011)

Margaret Smith: As a non-member of the Finance Committee, I thank Andrew Welsh for his contribution to the Parliament, and the committee for its very useful report. The committee’s strong support for preventative spending is welcome. As the report states, such spending “has the potential to deliver great social and financial benefits to Scotland.” The early years sphere is one in which the potential...

Scottish Parliament: Forth Replacement Crossing (Procurement) (24 Feb 2011)

Margaret Smith: Can the minister assure us that the Government is doing everything it can to afford opportunities to Scottish businesses to get involved not only in those tenders, but in smaller pieces of work in this unique project? Does he accept that a range of concerns exist about the project? For example, why has the Government decided to go ahead with contract announcements during purdah, given the...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill: Stage 3 (9 Feb 2011)

Margaret Smith: This is not the budget that we would have chosen to put before the Scottish people had we been in government, but the duty of a reasonable, responsible Opposition at this time, of all times, is to work with Government to try and deliver an improved budget that we can support. That is what the Liberal Democrats—and, indeed, the Conservatives—have sought to do. As we emerge from recession,...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill: Stage 3 (9 Feb 2011)

Margaret Smith: No. Bursary funding is not a new problem. There have been problems for many years and there have been understandable calls for a new, guaranteed approach to bursary funding, so that students and potential students can have certainty about the funds that they will receive to get them through the academic year and their course. NUS Scotland said that we face a £14 million shortfall in bursary...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill: Stage 3 (9 Feb 2011)

Margaret Smith: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill: Stage 3 (9 Feb 2011)

Margaret Smith: I will ask Des McNulty a clear question: did the Labour Party make any representations to the Government to ask for any improved funding for bursary support students? Did it, or did it not?

Scottish Parliament: Further Education Colleges (3 Feb 2011)

Margaret Smith: I thank Andrew Welsh for securing the debate. Like Stewart Stevenson and Elizabeth Smith, I pay tribute to him for his great service to the Parliament and to his colleagues. He has always been a tremendous support to his colleagues in the work that he has done on the corporate body and as the Finance Committee’s convener. I add my congratulations to Angus College’s staff and students. Not...

Scottish Parliament: Further Education Colleges (3 Feb 2011)

Margaret Smith: Last year, we fought in our budget negotiations to secure additional college places. In those negotiations this year, we hope to obtain a better deal for colleges. I sincerely hope that we will do that, because they certainly deserve it. Colleges deserve our thanks and appreciation today.

Scottish Parliament: Young People (Opportunities) (20 Jan 2011)

Margaret Smith: The debate is welcome and we are supportive of the concept of microfinance and, indeed, of entrepreneurial education as a whole. We have heard that unemployment in Scotland has fallen by 5,000 from September to November and the labour market statistics show that employment in Scotland increased by 18,000 over the three months to November. We all welcome those developments, but we all agree...

Scottish Parliament: Young People (Opportunities) (20 Jan 2011)

Margaret Smith: Will Hugh O’Donnell take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Young People (Opportunities) (20 Jan 2011)

Margaret Smith: One great aspect of volunteering that involves a large time commitment is that it helps to build a work ethic as well as skills. Those qualities are utterly transferable to people trying to get jobs. If the DWP and others do not understand that, they are not doing their jobs properly.

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Jan 2011)

Margaret Smith: I got so carried away listening to Ted Brocklebank that I did not realise that it was my turn next. I thank all those who have been involved with the bill, particularly those who gave evidence to us and have continued to contact us about the bill to offer their opinions. The committee clerks deserve our thanks for their efforts in making the bill process run smoothly, and I thank the minister...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Health and Wellbeing: Royal Hospital for Sick Children (13 Jan 2011)

Margaret Smith: Can the cabinet secretary assure members that the Scottish Futures Trust will not discard the significant work that contractors and others have done, which was paid for by the national health service, as it tries to secure the new funding source? Can she assure us that the SFT will not go back to the drawing board on the project as a whole, which would potentially lead to worrying delays...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Health and Wellbeing: Terminal Illness (13 Jan 2011)

Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to allow terminally ill patients to choose to die at home rather than in a hospital or hospice. (S3O-12580)


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