Results 221–240 of 671 for speaker:Mary Fee

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

Mary Fee: Thank you, Presiding Officer. At preliminary stage, the committee took evidence from the promoters of the bill. The committee discussed the updated definition of “actuary” in section 1(1). The promoters confirmed that the definition was being updated in the light of the 2011 merger of the Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland and the Institute of Actuaries. The promoters considered that the...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (30 Nov 2017)

Mary Fee: I am grateful to the Presiding Officers for their co-operation in allowing me to conclude a meeting before attending the chamber for the debate. As a member of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee, I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the debate. I thank my fellow committee members, and I thank the committee clerks, who were of great assistance in arranging evidence...

Scottish Parliament: Policing (29 Nov 2017)

Mary Fee: I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of his statement. With officers at the top of Police Scotland having been suspended or placed on restricted duties and the chief constable having been placed on special leave, can the Cabinet Secretary for Justice explain what impact the disarray in the command structure will have on the merger with the BTP, with questions having already been...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Bakers’ Widows’ Fund Bill: Final Stage (21 Nov 2017)

Mary Fee: I thank the convener, Tom Arthur, for moving the motion, and I thank Alison Harris for her speech. I also thank the clerks to the committee for their help and support during the preliminary and consideration stages. Thanks must also go to the witnesses who presented evidence. Their helpful and co-operative approach made committee members’ jobs much easier. [ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Bakers’ Widows’ Fund Bill: Final Stage (21 Nov 2017)

Mary Fee: Thank you, Presiding Officer—I think. G iven the current interest in the art of baking—I cite the very popular “The Great British Bake Off”, which I have to say I have never watched, as evidence of the trend—it seems of particular relevance that the purposes of the new trust are to encourage and support training and education in baking-trade-related careers, to provide training...

Scottish Parliament: Gypsy Traveller Strategy and Action Plan (16 Nov 2017)

Mary Fee: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the implementation of the Gypsy Traveller strategy and action plan. (S5O-01474)

Scottish Parliament: Gypsy Traveller Strategy and Action Plan (16 Nov 2017)

Mary Fee: Gypsy Travellers are a protected group under equalities legislation. Despite that, they remain one of the most marginalised and discriminated-against groups in Scotland. Social attitudes studies show little change in the deeply entrenched views against them. The first inquiry into Gypsy Travellers that the Scottish Parliament carried out was in 2001, and subsequent inquiries have shown little...

Scottish Parliament: Pow of Inchaffray Drainage Commission (Scotland) Bill: Preliminary Stage (16 Nov 2017)

Mary Fee: I thank the convener, Tom Arthur, for moving the motion. As we have heard, how the annual budget will be determined each year is key to our considerations, because that is how each heritor’s individual charge will be calculated. The committee identified three factors that could have a significant impact on future budgets. The first is the fact that the cleaning and repair of the pow have...

Scottish Parliament: Prison Estate Modernisation (15 Nov 2017)

Mary Fee: The cabinet secretary will be aware that I work closely with Families Outside and I am keen to see progress on improving the relationships that prisoners have with their children. Does he have any plans to make improvements across the prison estate to the facilities that are available when children visit a parent, to make the visits less imposing and to help parents and children to maintain...

Scottish Parliament: Prejudice-based Bullying and Harassment in Schools, and Personal and Social Education (15 Nov 2017)

Mary Fee: I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to speak in today’s debate as a member of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee. I thank fellow members of the committee and the committee clerks who, as always, were of tremendous assistance in publishing the report on prejudice-based bullying and harassment of children and young people in schools. The committee’s inquiry was extensive...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Police Authority (14 Nov 2017)

Mary Fee: Media focus and attention on the SPA board have been ongoing issues that detract from the work of the board. What steps will the cabinet secretary take, in conjunction with the board, to ensure that all board members have proper training, and that they fully understand not only their individual roles but their collective responsibilities? In relation to governance, will the cabinet secretary...

Scottish Parliament: Preventing Sexual Offending Involving Children and Young People (14 Nov 2017)

Mary Fee: I thank the cabinet secretary for giving me advance sight of his statement. Any steps that are taken to prevent sexual offending against children and young people are to be welcomed. I am sure that the cabinet secretary will agree that education has a key role to play in that. The Equalities and Human Rights Committee, of which I am a member, recently carried out an inquiry into bullying and...

Scottish Parliament: Writers to the Signet Dependants’ Annuity Fund Amendment (Scotland) Bill: Preliminary Stage (9 Nov 2017)

Mary Fee: Thank you, Presiding Officer, and I apologise for the mix-up. I thank the convener, Alison Harris, for moving the motion. As this is only the second private bill that has been debated in the Parliament in this session, I thought that members might be interested in some brief information about private bills more generally and why they are necessary. A private bill is introduced by an outside...

Scottish Parliament: British Transport Police (Merger) (2 Nov 2017)

Mary Fee: Papers released this week by the joint programme board that is overseeing the British Transport Police merger show that work is still required to assess the merger’s cost. Does the First Minister agree that progressing the merger of the BTP and Police Scotland without doing a full cost analysis in the first instance demonstrates a shocking lack of financial prudence on the part of the...

Scottish Parliament: VAT Charges (Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service) (31 Oct 2017)

Mary Fee: I thank Ben Macpherson for bringing the debate to the chamber. I speak on behalf of Scottish Labour as deputy justice spokesperson. We support the aim of this members’ business debate, which is to protect the finances of our police and fire and rescue services. The VAT placed on our emergency services is a barrier to them recruiting more staff and providing greater protection for our...

Scottish Parliament: City of Culture Bids (Paisley and Dundee) (27 Sep 2017)

Mary Fee: I congratulate Paisley on making the shortlist for the UK city of culture. The fact that it has progressed this far is testament to the strength of the bid, and I know that Paisley has got what it takes to win the title. I commend the bid team for all their hard work to date and wish them every success in the months to come. I also commend Dundee’s bid to be the European capital of culture....

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Bakers’ Widows’ Fund Bill: Preliminary Stage (21 Sep 2017)

Mary Fee: Before I move to the main focus of my speech, I thank the clerks to the committee for the help and support that they have given not only to me but to my colleagues on the committee, Tom Arthur and Alison Harris. The convener outlined the bill’s objectives—in effect, the general principles—and, in closing the debate, I will focus on the second part of the committee’s role at the...

Scottish Parliament: Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Sep 2017)

Mary Fee: I once again thank the Scottish Law Commission for undertaking the work that has resulted in the Contracts (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill, which we are debating at stage 3. In ensuring that our legal system is fair, balanced and just, we must listen to the people who work daily in their legal fields. The Parliament took that approach with the bill. I also thank the Delegated Powers and...

Scottish Parliament: Community Sentences (Funding) (20 Sep 2017)

Mary Fee: Last week, the cabinet secretary told me in the chamber that “the funding formula for the allocation of resources has already been published.”—[ Official Report , 14 September 2017; c 45.] Will he explain to the chamber when and where that formula was published? The information that I have is that, although the formula has been shared with the sector, it has not been placed in the...

Scottish Parliament: Dignity, Equality and Human Rights (19 Sep 2017)

Mary Fee: I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate and I thank the Scottish Government for bringing these important issues to the chamber to discuss. Dignity, equality and human rights for all should be at the heart of all democratically elected Governments and Parliaments across the world. Unfortunately, in too many parts of the world, they are not. To me, “Dignity, equality and human rights...


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