Results 181–200 of 671 for speaker:Mary Fee

Scottish Parliament: Child Obesity (5 Jun 2018)

Mary Fee: —on facilities and on parks and community spaces has been reducing every year since 2014. Given that, will the minister explain to the chamber how budget cuts and the introduction by SNP councillors of charges for children’s swimming will help to lower obesity levels?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Gypsy Traveller Community (24 May 2018)

Mary Fee: I welcome members of the Gypsy Traveller community who have travelled across Scotland to be in the gallery for this afternoon’s debate, and I thank the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities for her commitment to eradicating all forms of discrimination that is experienced by the Gypsy Traveller community in Scotland. The Scottish Government’s decision to...

Scottish Parliament: Education (Subject Choices) (23 May 2018)

Mary Fee: I thank the Conservatives for bringing this debate to the chamber and for allowing us to debate the choices that are available to children and young people to allow them to follow whatever path they choose. The debate has also been an opportunity to discuss the attainment gap, as we recognise in the Labour amendment, which I ask members to support. In their opening speeches, both Liz Smith...

Scottish Parliament: Everyone’s Business Campaign (17 May 2018)

Mary Fee: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this afternoon’s debate on the everyone’s business campaign. I, too, thank Clare Haughey for securing the debate. Mental health problems affect everyone, directly or indirectly, and the campaign on perinatal mental health raises specific issues that must be addressed for the sake of pregnant women, new mothers, their children and their wider families....

Scottish Parliament: Erasmus+ (16 May 2018)

Mary Fee: The debate has been mostly a consensual one in which members across the chamber have expressed a clear commitment to the continuation of Scotland’s involvement with the Erasmus+ programme. In closing for Scottish Labour, I will touch on what members have said and the benefits of the Erasmus programme, but I also want to focus on the personal experiences of a member of my staff. The convener...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Strategy (Implementation) (9 May 2018)

Mary Fee: To ensure that the mental health strategy, which covers the period from 2017 to 2027, is delivering for people, it would be beneficial to know when each action should be implemented. Why are very few timescales attached to the actions that are set out in the strategy?

Scottish Parliament: NHS Tayside (Mental Health Services) (9 May 2018)

Mary Fee: In closing the debate, I begin by thanking the families and campaigners who have been at the heart of the debate. Their dedication to tackling and highlighting the problems in NHS Tayside will help to save lives. I also thank members throughout the chamber for their thoughtful and considered contributions to what I think has been a powerful debate. The Government’s amendment to the motion...

Scottish Parliament: Education Maintenance Allowance (2 May 2018)

Mary Fee: This morning, the Education and Skills Committee heard evidence that families lose access to clothing grants and tax credits when a pupil applies for education maintenance allowance. Families are falling into poverty and debt, due to the gap in processing applications. What action will the Scottish Government take to prevent families from falling further into debt as a result of applying for EMA?

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (1 May 2018)

Mary Fee: I thank the minister for advance sight of her statement. There is a £214 million difference between what the Scottish Government has committed in capital funding and the £690 million that councils said that they need. How will the disparity be met? Can the minister assure the chamber that local authorities will not have to find money from core budgets to provide the infrastructure needed?

Scottish Parliament: Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (1 May 2018)

Mary Fee: I am p leased to have the opportunity to speak in this debate on the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill. During the early stages of the bill, I was a member of the Justice Committee and heard evidence from a range of individuals during the early evidence sessions. I take this opportunity to commend the current members of the Justice Committee and the...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland and British Transport Police Merger (25 Apr 2018)

Mary Fee: 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the timetable of the merger between Police Scotland and the British Transport Police. (S5O-01997)

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland and British Transport Police Merger (25 Apr 2018)

Mary Fee: A paper written by the British Transport Police Federation that was reported on last week found that the merger of the BTP into Police Scotland not only risks creating life-threatening safety issues, but could cost between £225,000 and £500,000 per officer. Does the cabinet secretary agree with those costings? If not, what has the Government estimated that the cost per officer of the merger...

Scottish Parliament: Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (18 Apr 2018)

Mary Fee: As a member of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to open, for Scottish Labour, this afternoon’s debate on the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill. I take the opportunity to express my gratitude to the men who gave evidence to the committee. Their testimonies were revealing and brave, so I thank them. The...

Scottish Parliament: Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (18 Apr 2018)

Mary Fee: I absolutely agree with Christina McKelvie. Disclosure Scotland has an important—almost pivotal—role to play in terms of the legislation and how the disregard system will progress. In establishing a framework for the disregard system, the Scottish Government should guarantee sufficient financial resources for that purpose. Without a properly established, structured and funded framework...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (Workplace) (22 Mar 2018)

Mary Fee: Access to mental health support for young people has been spoken about many times in the chamber. We are all aware of the poor statistics, particularly on access to child and adolescent mental health services. That is why Scottish Labour has pledged to ring fence mental health budgets, to guarantee access to mental health support in every workplace, college and school and to develop mental...

Scottish Parliament: Licensing Boards (Role in Tackling Alcohol Issues) (8 Mar 2018)

Mary Fee: Alcohol Focus Scotland reported that a number of licensing boards have difficulties in assessing and determining overprovision. The difficulties appear to centre round two interlinked issues: the relationship between outlet density and alcohol problems, and the standard of evidence that is required for a licensing board to find that an area is overprovided. What steps will the minister take...

Scottish Parliament: Crèche (8 Mar 2018)

Mary Fee: 1. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what information it collects on the use of the Parliament crèche, and whether there has been any analysis of its use. (S5O-01874)

Scottish Parliament: Crèche (8 Mar 2018)

Mary Fee: I thank Kezia Dugdale for that very helpful and full answer. Given the growing pressure on working families, the rising cost of childcare and the size of the Parliament’s staff, what consideration has the Parliament given to expanding the crèche service into a nursery that could serve both the needs of visitors to the Parliament and the childcare challenges that its members and staff face?

Scottish Parliament: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Apprenticeships (7 Mar 2018)

Mary Fee: Cutting more than 800 STEM teachers will not help to promote opportunities in STEM to young people, especially those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. What specific action is the Scottish Government taking to support children and young people from our most deprived communities to enter STEM apprenticeships?

Scottish Parliament: Early Years and Childcare (28 Feb 2018)

Mary Fee: In closing for Scottish Labour today, I want to thank the Conservative Party for bringing this important debate to the chamber. The Audit Scotland early learning and childcare report is a crucial analysis of where we are as a country in delivering for the needs of children, and of parents. Although the report highlights some good aspects, it does not make good reading for anyone who is...


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