Results 41–60 of 671 for speaker:Mary Fee

Scottish Parliament: Funded Childcare (Expansion) (11 Mar 2020)

Mary Fee: What does the minister have to say to the childminding sector, which is already expressing grave concerns about the delay in issuing guidance and where the sector fits into the expansion, given that it is already losing children to council settings?

Scottish Parliament: Funded Childcare (Expansion) (11 Mar 2020)

Mary Fee: I welcome the opportunity to open the debate for Scottish Labour. We have long supported the ambitions behind the early learning and childcare expansion to 1,140 funded hours. With only five months until the expansion’s deadline, the Audit Scotland report is a timely intervention. Scottish Labour welcomes the finding of the follow-up report into early learning and childcare, as we welcomed...

Scottish Parliament: Funded Childcare (Expansion) (11 Mar 2020)

Mary Fee: I am grateful to Jamie Greene for his intervention. It is obvious that funders and providers need to be able to pay their staff the living wage and that they need to be properly supported and funded by local authorities. That issue needs to be examined further, as we go forward. The anecdotal evidence is that some staff are returning to the private sector after a few months. That might be...

Scottish Parliament: Funded Childcare (Expansion) (11 Mar 2020)

Mary Fee: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Funded Childcare (Expansion) (11 Mar 2020)

Mary Fee: Does the member agree that flexibility is crucial to lone parents, 91 per cent of whom are women?

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Update) (10 Mar 2020)

Mary Fee: I am grateful for the update on the increase in intensive care beds. Can the cabinet secretary assure us that additional intensive care staff will be in place as bed capacity increases?

Scottish Parliament: Whitburn Academy Be Herd Group (5 Mar 2020)

Mary Fee: I, too, thank Neil Findlay for lodging the motion and securing the support to debate an important topic. The success of Whitburn academy’s be herd group has rightly been recognised in Parliament, and by awards that the group has won from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and West Lothian Council. The young people who are behind the campaign to raise awareness and remove the...

Scottish Parliament: International Cyberattacks (5 Mar 2020)

Mary Fee: 2. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what assessment has been made of the level of threat to information technology systems from international cyberattacks. (S5O-04192)

Scottish Parliament: International Cyberattacks (5 Mar 2020)

Mary Fee: How does the corporate body stay apprised of current cybersecurity developments?

Scottish Parliament: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Early Years Education (4 Mar 2020)

Mary Fee: I thank the Education and Skills Committee for its work on STEM education. Its inquiry and subsequent report have shown the scale of the challenge that is ahead. I hope that the committee will continue to press the Government to take the necessary steps to address the issues and to improve equity in and the availability of STEM education. I welcome the recommendations made by the committee...

Scottish Parliament: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (27 Feb 2020)

Mary Fee: Children and young people with inflammatory bowel disease are often misdiagnosed, which results in multiple hospital admissions and absences from school. An early diagnosis is a significant factor, given the huge rise in paediatric inflammatory bowel disease, which is mainly driven by Crohn’s disease. What steps will the Scottish Government and the NHS take to improve diagnosis for children...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health First Aid Training (School Staff) (26 Feb 2020)

Mary Fee: A survey by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers in Scotland found that nearly two thirds of teachers feel that their job has adversely affected their mental health in the past 12 months. Can the cabinet secretary tell the chamber how the Scottish Government expects teachers to go further in supporting the mental health of pupils when they already face increasing...

Scottish Parliament: Social Prescribing (18 Feb 2020)

Mary Fee: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate on something that might not be at the top of the political agenda but that, when utilised effectively, can change lives and deliver long-term health and wellbeing benefits. There might be different views across the chamber about how to utilise and maximise social prescribing, but we should all agree that it has the potential to change lives...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Issues (Young People) (6 Feb 2020)

Mary Fee: Studies from across the United Kingdom have shown that a significant proportion of individuals who are being treated with antidepressants actually have undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Given the Government’s failure to tackle long waits for CAMHS, what will the Government do to ensure that young people receive appropriate mental health diagnoses and the specialist support that they need?

Scottish Parliament: Good Food Nation Bill (6 Feb 2020)

Mary Fee: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when it will publish its good food nation bill. (S5O-04104)

Scottish Parliament: Good Food Nation Bill (6 Feb 2020)

Mary Fee: We know that food bank use has soared in the past decade and that the Government cannot rely on donations and people’s good will to feed the poorest people. What does the cabinet secretary envisage the bill will do to tackle food poverty? Will it include a statutory right to food?

Scottish Parliament: Digital School Registration (23 Jan 2020)

Mary Fee: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how many local authorities offer digital school registration. (S5O-04037)

Scottish Parliament: Digital School Registration (23 Jan 2020)

Mary Fee: I thank the cabinet secretary for that response. In West Scotland, only two out of seven councils have an online option to register a child for primary school. What further work can the Scottish Government do to encourage more local authorities to offer online registration, thereby making it easier for parents, especially those who might lose hours at work and, in some instances, income, in...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2020)

Mary Fee: I thank the Education and Skills Committee for its work throughout stage 1, which has provided us with an informative stage 1 report. I also express my gratitude to all the individuals and organisations who provided such valuable input to the committee’s inquiry and, prior to that, to the Scottish Government’s consultation on its proposed changes to the disclosure scheme. As my colleague...

Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (15 Jan 2020)

Mary Fee: On Education, the First Minister once said, that she would “put her neck on the line” and asked “to be judged on” it. Five years on, the First Minister and her party are doing all that they can to backtrack on that commitment. Education appears to be low on the SNP priorities list, which means that children, parents and teachers continue to be let down. Member after member has today...


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