Results 21–40 of 671 for speaker:Mary Fee

Scottish Parliament: Rent Affordability (2 Dec 2020)

Mary Fee: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken since 2019 to ensure that tenants can afford their rent payments. (S5O-04806)

Scottish Parliament: Rent Affordability (2 Dec 2020)

Mary Fee: I thank the minister for that answer. However, the reality is that, between 2010 and 2020, private accommodation rents in Scotland have increased above consumer prices index inflation. Last year, rents for two-bedroom properties increased above the CPI inflation rate of 0.5 per cent in 11 out of 18 areas, with the largest increase being 4 per cent in East Dunbartonshire. Nothing short of real...

Scottish Parliament: Valuing the Third Sector (1 Dec 2020)

Mary Fee: It is a pleasure to close the debate on behalf of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee. The importance of the work that the third sector carries out has shone through members’ speeches. Many of our constituents rely on the services and advocacy that the voluntary sector provides to lead their lives or to help them when they face particularly difficult times. That has been evident in my...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Support for Young People (1 Dec 2020)

Mary Fee: On behalf of Scottish Labour, I welcome the committee’s report. We agree that mental health provision for young people in Scotland is complex and fragmented, and for that reason I welcome the conclusions and recommendations that have been offered by the Public Petitions Committee. I thank the many organisations and young people who voiced their concerns and spoke of their experiences of...

Scottish Parliament: Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill (24 Nov 2020)

Mary Fee: There are many people and organisations to thank for bringing the bill to stage 3. My colleague Monica Lennon has worked hard and diligently to secure the bill’s passage, and women and girls across Scotland will be grateful to her for her commitment to ending period poverty. I thank colleagues from across the chamber for their contributions to this short but nonetheless important and...

Scottish Parliament: Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 (Implementation) (18 Nov 2020)

Mary Fee: 3. To ask the Scottish Government when the full provisions of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 will be implemented. (S5O-04755)

Scottish Parliament: Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 (Implementation) (18 Nov 2020)

Mary Fee: The 2019 act was passed more than a year ago. Many key features, such as low-emission zones , a pavement parking ban and the passing to local authorities of powers over municipal bus companies have yet to be actioned. The 2019 act has made little or no difference to anyone’s life, at a time when bus companies are cutting more routes, air pollution is rising and parking on pavements remains...

Scottish Parliament: Veterans and Armed Forces Community (17 Nov 2020)

Mary Fee: I thank Graeme Dey for bringing the debate to the chamber. Last week, I had the privilege of taking part in the remembrance day debate and speaking about some charities that assist our veterans, ensuring that support is available for serving and ex-service personnel. The Scottish Government has a responsibility to veterans on several devolved issues, including housing, health and social care,...

Scottish Parliament: Children’s Mental Health (12 Nov 2020)

Mary Fee: 7. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government is doing to support children’s mental health throughout the pandemic and subsequent restrictions. (S5F-04565)

Scottish Parliament: Children’s Mental Health (12 Nov 2020)

Mary Fee: I thank the First Minister for that response. Earlier this week, Childline reported an increased number of calls to its helpline. In April, Young Scot reported that 77 per cent of children and young people surveyed were concerned about their mental wellbeing. Dr Justin Williams, vice-chair of the CAMHS faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, recently said: “We have suffered from many...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Businesses (Support) (12 Nov 2020)

Mary Fee: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what financial support is available for tourism businesses. (S5O-04746)

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Businesses (Support) (12 Nov 2020)

Mary Fee: Many tourism businesses depend on visitors travelling from across Scotland. Given the travel restrictions placed on cross-boundary travel, how will the Scottish Government tailor support for tourism businesses in a way that takes account of the level of restrictions that they find themselves in?

Scottish Parliament: Remembrance Commemorations (10 Nov 2020)

Mary Fee: Thank you, Presiding Officer, for the opportunity to speak today. I thank Graeme Dey for bringing this important debate to the chamber. Freedom is a gift, as many generations have acknowledged during the year 2020. Watching the remembrance service on television made me reflect that the global pandemic has removed the opportunity for our veterans, young and old, to visibly honour and recognise...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Guardianship Service (10th Anniversary) (4 Nov 2020)

Mary Fee: I, too, thank Angela Constance for bringing the motion to Parliament and securing the debate. At a time when the world is an increasingly scary place for our children to live in, it is more important than ever before that we do all that we can to protect them. I congratulate Aberlour, the Scottish Refugee Council and the Scottish guardianship service for reaching such a monumental...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan (8 Oct 2020)

Mary Fee: I, too, thank the minister for advance sight of her statement. The statement would have been more welcome back in March or April. The statement and the transition and recovery plan lack urgency, with many of the deadlines being set for next spring and summer. The Scottish Government has not grasped the enormity of the mental health crisis that the country faces. I want to raise two specific...

Scottish Parliament: Flooding (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) (1 Oct 2020)

Mary Fee: What is the Scottish Government doing to improve the maintenance standards for sustainable urban drainage systems, which is a vital aspect of sustaining their longevity?

Scottish Parliament: Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (1 Oct 2020)

Mary Fee: I welcome the opportunity to take part in the stage 1 debate on what I know to be an important and essential bill. First, I thank the Health and Sport Committee for its thoughtfulness and diligence in producing its stage 1 report on the Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Bill. Secondly, I am very grateful to the individuals and organisations that provided such...

Scottish Parliament: Prioritising Education (23 Sep 2020)

Mary Fee: The debate is a wasted opportunity from the Conservatives. Rather than use their time for a real focus on education, the debate is a proxy for an argument on constitutional questions. The debate is nothing more than a press opportunity for the Tories, because they know that it would force the Scottish Government to amend their motion in favour of independence and divert the topic of the...

Scottish Parliament: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill (9 Sep 2020)

Mary Fee: Let me be clear from the outset that hate crime must be tackled and that, along with my Scottish Labour colleagues, I am supportive of the overall principles that are contained in the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. Minority and protected groups have been facing growing attacks year on year and it is right that we say loudly and clearly today that an attack based on someone’s...

Scottish Parliament: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill (2 Sep 2020)

Mary Fee: I thank the cabinet secretary for early sight of his statement. As a long-standing supporter of incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, I welcome the announcement that the First Minister made yesterday, and the statement and commitment that the cabinet secretary has given today. The bill has widespread support not just in Parliament, but in civic society, and...

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