Results 281–300 of 671 for speaker:Mary Fee

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (8 Dec 2016)

Mary Fee: What is the First Minister’s response to Tuesday’s announcement of 270 job losses at Doosan Babcock in Renfrewshire? How will her Government assist the local economy, as that latest announcement follows on from the recent announcements that Chivas Bros and Scottish Enterprise are moving out of Paisley?

Scottish Parliament: Gypsy Traveller Sites (Minimum Standards) (7 Dec 2016)

Mary Fee: 4. To ask the Scottish Government when it last received an update from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities or the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers regarding the enforcement of minimum standards for Gypsy Traveller sites. (S5O-00432)

Scottish Parliament: Gypsy Traveller Sites (Minimum Standards) (7 Dec 2016)

Mary Fee: Across Scotland there are numerous examples of minimum standards still not being enforced at Gypsy Traveller sites since the Scottish Government published its guidance in May 2015. For example, Duncholgan Gypsy Traveller site near Lochgilphead is one that I have visited. Despite residents raising numerous concerns over lack of basic provisions for years, no action has been taken and no...

Scottish Parliament: Paisley for City of Culture 2021 (7 Dec 2016)

Mary Fee: As we have heard, Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is quoted as saying “keep your eye on Paisley”, and I am glad that the Scottish Parliament is doing that today. I thank George Adam for lodging the motion and helping to promote the Paisley bid for 2021 UK city of culture. I am proud to support Paisley, which is a town that I have represented for nearly 10 years as a councillor and as an...

Scottish Parliament: Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (1 Dec 2016)

Mary Fee: I, too, thank the minister for the advance copy of his statement. As he is aware, I have a keen interest in children and families who are affected by imprisonment. The advisory group points out that children who get involved in serious harmful behaviour do so because of a range of difficulties in their home lives, including parental imprisonment. What actions will the Government take, in line...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (16 Nov 2016)

Mary Fee: 3. To ask the Scottish Government when it will next meet the United Kingdom Government regarding the result of the European Union referendum. (S5O-00337)

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (16 Nov 2016)

Mary Fee: As the minister is aware, the result of the EU referendum almost certainly guarantees the end of the Human Rights Act 1998, which the Tory Government is set to repeal and replace with a British bill of rights. What discussions have taken place to ensure protection of all the rights that are guaranteed through the European convention on human rights and the Human Rights Act 1998?

Scottish Parliament: Women Offenders (Custodial Sentences) (16 Nov 2016)

Mary Fee: It will soon be two years since the cabinet secretary announced that the plans for a new women’s prison in Inverclyde would rightly not go ahead, and it is over four and a half years since Dame Elish Angiolini reported to the Scottish Government on female offending. Does the cabinet secretary agree that those lengthy delays in taking further action to reform the way in which we deal with...

Scottish Parliament: Gypsy Travellers (Discrimination) (3 Nov 2016)

Mary Fee: 1. To ask the Scottish Government how it tackles discrimination against Gypsy Travellers. (S5O-00291)

Scottish Parliament: Gypsy Travellers (Discrimination) (3 Nov 2016)

Mary Fee: The “Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2015” highlighted that Gypsy Travellers continue to be one of the most marginalised groups in Scottish society and that they still face disproportionately high levels of discrimination. Thirty-one per cent of people stated that they would be unhappy if a family member was in a relationship with a Gypsy Traveller, while a further 34 per cent of people...

Scottish Parliament: Sectarian Behaviour and Hate Crime (2 Nov 2016)

Mary Fee: Sectarianism is an intolerable form of human behaviour that should never be treated with acceptance or ignorance. I thank the Conservatives for bringing this debate to the chamber this afternoon, because I think that their motion reflects the mood of the Opposition parties, football fans, academics and law bodies. We want to tackle sectarianism through education and prevention and to work...

Scottish Parliament: UK Referendum on EU Membership: Justice and Security (1 Nov 2016)

Mary Fee: In closing for Scottish Labour, I welcome the opportunity to debate the serious consequences of the referendum on EU membership and I reiterate our support for the Scottish Government throughout the negotiations to protect our shared interests and in particular the national interests of security and justice. The Government motion spells out clearly the benefits that we have come to expect...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crimes against Polish Migrants (4 Oct 2016)

Mary Fee: I apologise for my croaky throat.

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crimes against Polish Migrants (4 Oct 2016)

Mary Fee: I thank Kenny Gibson for lodging the motion and for the work that he has done on raising awareness of the rise in hate crimes against the Polish community in Scotland. Sadly, in Scotland as well as throughout the rest of the UK, we have witnessed a rise in hate crimes motivated by race and particularly aimed at Polish migrants, since Britain’s vote to leave the European Union on 23 June. It...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse Law (15 Sep 2016)

Mary Fee: I thank all members who have taken part in this worthwhile debate and emphasise to the Government that we fully support its aims in creating a specific domestic abuse law. We have heard many thoughtful speeches in support of the Government. Although we will vote in favour of the motion, we ask for support for our amendment, which seeks to roll out domestic abuse courts across Scotland. In my...

Scottish Parliament: Policing and Security (16 Jun 2016)

Mary Fee: I thank the cabinet secretary for an advance copy of his statement, and I put on the record my support for the commitment and dedication of our police force. The breaking news at lunch time about my colleague Jo Cox casts a dark shadow over today’s statement and highlights the need for safety and security in all our communities. Given the ever-changing threat and nature of terrorism and the...

Scottish Parliament: Children (16 Jun 2016)

Mary Fee: Our debate today must be the re-ignition that our Parliament needs in its continued battle against poverty, deprivation and inequality. Children are not created poor or unequal, only born into the “giant evils” in society: squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease. The words are shocking. However, the five “giant evils”, as William Beveridge labelled them, continue to haunt too...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Attainment Fund (West Scotland) (15 Jun 2016)

Mary Fee: I welcome the announcement that the Cabinet Secretary of Education and Skills made last week that Renfrewshire Council will now have access to greater funding to tackle educational inequality and raise attainment after the local authority was categorised as a challenge authority. However, the statistics do not paint a good picture. In 2008, the Scottish survey of mathematics and core skills...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Attainment Fund (West Scotland) (15 Jun 2016)

Mary Fee: 15. To ask the Scottish Government what targets it has set to measure the impact of the Scottish attainment fund in West Scotland. (S5O-00045)

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future in the European Union (26 May 2016)

Mary Fee: No. I apologise, but my time has been cut today. I am really sorry. There is nothing progressive about continuing austerity. If we wish to tackle gender inequality and have a progressive economy that invests in people and in our public services, it is vital that we stay in the EU. I will touch briefly on the European convention on human rights before coming to a close. The ECHR was drafted in...

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