Results 241–260 of 671 for speaker:Mary Fee

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

Mary Fee: No, I am sorry—I am not prepared to do that. The motion asks for Parliament to support “embedding a human rights-based approach” in our public services. Our amendment adds to that in calling for human rights to be viewed as a broad-based principle, encompassing workers’ rights. This is the right path to take and my discussions with equality, disability and human rights groups also...

Scottish Parliament: Homophobia in Sport (19 Sep 2017)

Mary Fee: In opening the debate, I take the opportunity to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights campaigners and activists to the public gallery, and I thank members from across the chamber for supporting my motion on tackling homophobia in sport and thereby enabling the debate to take place. Almost two decades since the formation of the Scottish Parliament, massive gains have been made...

Scottish Parliament: Community Justice (14 Sep 2017)

Mary Fee: With local authorities and partner agencies on the ground taking on a greater role in community justice, will the cabinet secretary provide an assurance that Scotland’s councils, which year after year have seen budgets cut by his Government, will receive funding for community justice that matches the real cost of delivering effective and meaningful community sentences, which the Convention...

Scottish Parliament: Air Pollution and Climate Change Targets (West Scotland) (13 Sep 2017)

Mary Fee: 4. To ask the Scottish Government how its newly announced innovation fund will impact on air pollution and climate change targets in West Scotland. (S5O-01228)

Scottish Parliament: Air Pollution and Climate Change Targets (West Scotland) (13 Sep 2017)

Mary Fee: As we know, the cost of air pollution is too high for our environment and our health, with around 3,000 deaths a year attributed to that cause. Does the minister agree that cutting air passenger duty in the hope of increasing air travel will do nothing to meet the objectives of the Scottish Government to reduce the emissions that pollute our air?

Scottish Parliament: Policing (12 Sep 2017)

Mary Fee: A leaked report last week confirmed what we already knew to be the case, which is that the Scottish National Party Government’s merger of the British Transport Police in Scotland into Police Scotland lacked a detailed business case and was politically motivated. The rail unions have called the merger “ludicrous” and the workforce does not support it, and the continuing disarray at the...

Scottish Parliament: Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (27 Jun 2017)

Mary Fee: I rise to speak in support of amendments 1, 3 and 4, in the name of Neil Bibby. The amendments are important because they would place trade unions on the face of the bill. In its present form, the bill makes no mention at all of the rail unions or collective bargaining. The amendments would require the membership of the proposed railway policing management forum to be expanded to include the...

Scottish Parliament: Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (27 Jun 2017)

Mary Fee: I raised concerns earlier about the omission of trade unions from the bill and I will also raise concerns about the omission of training. In its stage 1 report, the Justice Committee stated clearly: “There are areas of the railways that police officers should not enter without a Personal Track Safety Certificate.” It was a specific recommendation of the committee that Police Scotland...

Scottish Parliament: Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill (27 Jun 2017)

Mary Fee: The Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill is unnecessary and unwanted. Along with colleagues on these benches, I warned that the bill is an example of the Scottish Government attempting to fix something that is not broken. There is little support for this bill from those who are involved in the operation of our rail industry or the officers on the ground who protect passengers on a daily basis....

Scottish Parliament: Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (22 Jun 2017)

Mary Fee: In speaking to Oliver Mundell’s amendment 1, I will also mention former MSP Douglas Ross’s amendment at stage 2. I was unable to support Douglas Ross’s amendment then, because it would have required the Scottish Government to provide a full costing for the proposed legislation before it could be passed. That would have been difficult, as we were unsure of the full cost implication for...

Scottish Parliament: Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill (22 Jun 2017)

Mary Fee: I begin my speech by reaffirming the support of Labour members for the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill. I take this opportunity to thank the Government, the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs and the external organisations for their input throughout the Justice Committee’s evidence sessions. At stage 1 of the bill proceedings, I praised the outstanding bravery of...

Scottish Parliament: Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion (13 Jun 2017)

Mary Fee: I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of her statement. I agree that tackling hate crime in all its forms must be a priority and I welcome her announcement of funding through the equality budget to promote equality and cohesion across Scotland. However, I am disappointed that she has failed to refer to the recent Scottish Police Authority figures, which highlight a concerning rise...

Scottish Parliament: Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion (13 Jun 2017)

Mary Fee: There has undoubtedly been progress in improving the knowledge of police officers about the specific hate crime that is suffered by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community, and Police Scotland worked with the Equality Network to provide 91 police officers with bespoke LGBTI training. What plans does the cabinet secretary have to work with the Equality Network...

Scottish Parliament: Human Trafficking and Exploitation (13 Jun 2017)

Mary Fee: It would be remiss of me not to mention the contribution of my colleague Jenny Marra, who, as my colleague Claire Baker referred to, worked tirelessly to force the issue of human trafficking on to the Scottish Government’s agenda. The tone in the chamber has rightly been consensual. There is a clear commitment from parties of all colours to end the truly abhorrent crime of human...

Scottish Parliament: Violent Crime (Prevention) (7 Jun 2017)

Mary Fee: The minister will be aware that recorded serious-assault crimes increased by almost one third between 2014-15 and 2016-17, and that figures from the Scottish Police Authority show that murders have increased by 30 per cent. What specific action is the Government taking to tackle the rise in those most violent of crimes? Will the Scottish Government invest in more community policing, and can...

Scottish Parliament: Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (6 Jun 2017)

Mary Fee: As a member of the Justice Committee, I thank everybody who contributed to this important inquiry, including the witnesses who came to the committee, those who provided written evidence or gave private testimony and those we met on committee visits. Their valuable input has helped to shape the report that we are debating. I also thank the clerking team that supports the committee, as the...

Scottish Parliament: Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (6 Jun 2017)

Mary Fee: A specific concern that was raised about central marking was the loss of local knowledge from that process. Does the Lord Advocate accept that that is a legitimate concern? If he does, how will it be overcome?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Police Authority (Meetings) (30 May 2017)

Mary Fee: 1. To ask the Scottish Government when the Cabinet Secretary for Justice last met the Scottish Police Authority and what issues were discussed. (S5T-00571)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Police Authority (Meetings) (30 May 2017)

Mary Fee: As the cabinet secretary is aware, last week, the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing published its report on the governance of the SPA. That report says: “the Sub-Committee does not have confidence that the current chair is the best person to lead the Board.” That follows similar concerns from the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee. We know that, under the current...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Police Authority (Meetings) (30 May 2017)

Mary Fee: Andrew Flanagan has lost the confidence of MSPs from all parties, including back benchers from the governing party. It is clear that his position is untenable. It seems that Mr Flanagan and the justice secretary are the last two people to see that. We need a drastic overhaul of how the SPA is run, and that must start at the very top of the SPA board. We need leadership from the SPA, but we do...

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