Results 201–220 of 671 for speaker:Mary Fee

Scottish Parliament: Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018 (28 Feb 2018)

Mary Fee: I thank Clare Haughey for bringing this important issue to the chamber. I will touch on two main points in my speech: first, the importance of improving general awareness of the symptoms of eating disorders to help aid earlier detection; and, secondly, the support that is available to children and young people who experience mental health problems, particularly those around eating disorders....

Scottish Parliament: Draft Budget 2018-19 (Equalities and Human Rights Levers) (6 Feb 2018)

Mary Fee: As a member of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee, I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate. I thank my fellow committee members, the committee clerks and all the witnesses who gave evidence to the committee. The budget process is the Government’s single most important act each parliamentary year. It should be fully transparent. It should be possible to trace the process from...

Scottish Parliament: Cyber-resilience (Young People) (6 Feb 2018)

Mary Fee: I, too, thank Gillian Martin for bringing the debate to the chamber so that we can discuss the very important issue of cyber-resilience. The internet has been one of the greatest inventions in our history. It connects the world in many ways and offers many opportunities to all our citizens and their communities. The benefits of being online are far reaching. However, as with all things, there...

Scottish Parliament: Support to Study in Scotland (1 Feb 2018)

Mary Fee: I welcome today’s announcement by the minister of the Government’s intention to support Afghan interpreters—who risked their lives in their home country to assist our armed forces—to study in Scotland. Can the minister give us any indication of how many Afghan students the extension of support will apply to? What analysis has been done of the costs? What educational and financial...

Scottish Parliament: Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (30 Jan 2018)

Mary Fee: Given that the independence of the PIRC is set out in law, has the cabinet secretary examined whether there have been any breaches of the civil service code in relation to the incident? If not, will he do so?

Scottish Parliament: Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (30 Jan 2018)

Mary Fee: I am happy to support all the amendments in the group. As has been previously stated, amendments 1, 3 and 5, along with amendments 2 and 4, are minor amendments that will improve the clarity of the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill. By explicitly excluding individuals and including organisations, they add further clarity to the legislation. Amendment 1 amends the...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Mary Fee: As my colleague Monica Lennon said in her opening remarks, the Scottish Labour Party fully supports the bill. During the stage 1 debate, members from across the chamber recognised that there was a need to amend the bill, and I am glad that that need for change was recognised at stage 2. At stage 1, I highlighted the need for the definition of a woman in the bill to be amended to include a...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (Schoolchildren) (25 Jan 2018)

Mary Fee: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how schools identify and support children with mental health problems. (S5O-01696)

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (Schoolchildren) (25 Jan 2018)

Mary Fee: The cabinet secretary will be aware of the findings of a Scottish Association for Mental Health survey of teachers that showed that two thirds felt that they had insufficient training in mental health to carry out their roles. Seventy-three per cent of the teachers who were surveyed had low levels of confidence in their resources to respond to a pupil who raised concerns about mental health....

Scottish Parliament: Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2018)

Mary Fee: I am pleased to speak in favour of James Kelly’s bill to repeal the flawed and illiberal Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012, which is a piece of legislation that was forced through by the SNP Government and was the first act of the Scottish Parliament to gather absolutely no support from Opposition parties. It is clear that a wholly joined-up...

Scottish Parliament: Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2018)

Mary Fee: No other legislature anywhere else has passed a specific piece of legislation that is similar to this act. That was made clear to us throughout our evidence sessions. Repealing the act will allow the police to monitor football matches in the same manner as any other sporting event, using the exact same laws. I have great sympathy with Stonewall Scotland and other equality and religious groups...

Scottish Parliament: Women’s Football and Rugby (24 Jan 2018)

Mary Fee: Only one woman sits on the Scottish Football Association’s board of directors, and only one woman sits on the SRU’s board of directors. I am sure that the minister is aware that positive role models can have a significant impact. What will the minister do to improve and promote female participation at board level, which would have the knock-on effect of improving participation in sport?

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Local Authority Budgets) (17 Jan 2018)

Mary Fee: On Monday, when the Education and Skills Committee met teachers in Glasgow, we spoke to additional support needs teachers and heard their concerns about a range of issues affecting ASN education, which included funding issues. Has the Scottish Government assessed the impact on ASN education of its budget cuts in previous years and in the coming year?

Scottish Parliament: Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2018)

Mary Fee: I thank the Justice Committee and its clerks for the informative stage 1 report that was produced for the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill. As a member of the committee during the evidence sessions and the drafting of the report, I heard from a wide range of voices that supported the bill. I am no longer a member of it, but I take this opportunity to pass on...

Scottish Parliament: Developing the Young Workforce (11 Jan 2018)

Mary Fee: I welcome the opportunity to close the debate for Scottish Labour and to voice my support not only for our amendment, but for the Government motion and the other amendments that have been lodged. Ensuring that our economy works for young people should be a priority for our Government and our education system. Unfortunately, in today’s world, the odds are ever increasing against young...

Scottish Parliament: China (Engagement Strategy) (10 Jan 2018)

Mary Fee: 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the publication of its new strategy for engagement with China. (S5O-01656)

Scottish Parliament: China (Engagement Strategy) (10 Jan 2018)

Mary Fee: The Scottish China engagement strategy is a positive development, but its benefits are known only to the niche groups that are involved in the specifics of the strategy, whether those are small businesses, educational institutions, local government or the close-knit Scottish Chinese community. What work is the Scottish Government doing to encourage links between local Scottish community...

Scottish Parliament: Deployment of Armed Police and Tasers (19 Dec 2017)

Mary Fee: Following the integration of British Transport Police Scotland into Police Scotland, will those BTP officers who carry Tasers be included in the figure of 500 officers who are to be equipped with Tasers?

Scottish Parliament: Race Equality (14 Dec 2017)

Mary Fee: I absolutely agree with the comments of Gail Ross and other members about the discrimination that Gypsy Travellers face. Many members will know that I have a particular interest in the plight of Gypsy Travellers. The chamber has a strong record of members working together to tackle discrimination and inequality. Does Gail Ross agree that it is now time for the whole chamber to unite to tackle...

Scottish Parliament: Writers to the Signet Dependants’ Annuity Fund Amendment (Scotland) Bill: Final Stage (14 Dec 2017)

Mary Fee: I will do my very best, Presiding Officer. Like all committees considering legislation, it is the role of a private bill committee to consider the general principles of the bill at the first, or preliminary, stage and any amendments to the bill at the second, or consideration, stage.


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