Results 61–80 of 671 for speaker:Mary Fee

Scottish Parliament: Secondary Education (15 Jan 2020)

Mary Fee: The issue is not the teachers. We can talk about the theory of how the senior phase should work, but practice in schools is completely different, and the Government must acknowledge that. As the committee noted, there is a lack of data on use of multilevel teaching. In order to assess why fully, it is right to ask questions of Education Scotland on its handling and knowledge of multilevel...

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Lives of Gypsy Travellers (14 Jan 2020)

Mary Fee: I am grateful to the minister for taking an intervention on that. The minister will be aware that each local authority has a Gypsy Traveller liaison officer. Will the minister briefly tell Parliament how the Gypsy Traveller liaison officer will feed into the programme that she has just mentioned?

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Lives of Gypsy Travellers (14 Jan 2020)

Mary Fee: That would be helpful.

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Lives of Gypsy Travellers (14 Jan 2020)

Mary Fee: As a long-term advocate for Gypsy Travellers, I am delighted that such an important debate is taking place. In opening for Scottish Labour, I thank the Scottish Government for lodging the motion and confirm that we will support it at decision time. The motion allows us to address the array of issues that impact on the daily lives of Scotland’s Gypsy Traveller community. That community is...

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Lives of Gypsy Travellers (14 Jan 2020)

Mary Fee: Thank you, Presiding Officer. It gives me real pleasure to speak again to close for Scottish Labour in this debate on improving the lives of Gypsy Travellers. The debate has been informative and consensual—on some occasions, it was fairly convivial. It has been a debate in which all of us have made a commitment to improve the lives of a group of people who need our support, our backing and...

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Lives of Gypsy Travellers (14 Jan 2020)

Mary Fee: I thank Mr Stewart for that intervention. There is little that I can add to what he said, apart from saying that I agree absolutely with all of it. Many Gypsy Travellers have influenced our music, our culture, our traditions and our storytelling, and we should take every opportunity to celebrate the experience and wealth of knowledge that they bring. It was crucial that the action plan was...

Scottish Parliament: Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain (14 Jan 2020)

Mary Fee: I thank Richard Lyle for securing this debate on the 130th anniversary of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. I also congratulate Philip Paris on becoming the first Scottish president of the guild since the 1950s. I offer a very warm welcome to the showmen in the gallery. I hope that they enjoy the celebration of their history and culture in Parliament. It is an...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Treatment for Children and Young People (Waiting Times) (18 Dec 2019)

Mary Fee: Looked-after children are a group for whom CAMHS support can be vital. When children move placements and into new areas, they can drop off already-long waiting lists and end up at the back of the queue. What assessment has the Government carried out of that situation, and what action is it taking to ensure that all looked-after children can access appropriate mental health support when they...

Scottish Parliament: Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (18 Dec 2019)

Mary Fee: I thank the Scottish Government for introducing the bill for consideration in the Parliament. I also thank the witnesses, including women and girls who are affected by FGM, who assisted the Equalities and Human Rights Committee in its stage 1 inquiry. Without their input, it would be difficult to fully understand the effects of FGM and the harm that it causes. Their evidence was invaluable....

Scottish Parliament: Education (Performance) (10 Dec 2019)

Mary Fee: Although the marginal improvement in narrowing the attainment gap is welcome, statistics show that the gap still increases as children progress through school. What specific steps will the Scottish Government take to tackle that damaging trend?

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights Defenders (10 Dec 2019)

Mary Fee: Enshrining and protecting human rights is one of the most important duties of an elected politician. We are duty bound to stand up and speak out for people when it comes to human rights. The work of parliamentarians would not be possible without the work of human rights defenders. Those are the individuals who put their own lives at risk in order to protect others and highlight human rights...

Scottish Parliament: Disability Sport and Participation (5 Dec 2019)

Mary Fee: As Scottish Labour’s spokesperson on sport and equalities, I am delighted to speak in today’s important debate on disability sport and participation. Tuesday 3 December was international day of people with disabilities, and purple light-up day—a global movement designed to draw attention to the economic empowerment of disabled people. Empowering disabled people must be at the heart of...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (27 Nov 2019)

Mary Fee: I thank the Liberal Democrats for lodging today’s motion on mental health. I associate myself with what has been said about the frankly shocking statistics on police mental health, which Willie Rennie so eloquently covered in his opening speech. It is worth reminding ourselves that the police are more often than not first responders at an increasing number of incidents, and are dealing with...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (27 Nov 2019)

Mary Fee: I would like to make some progress, please. Despite the higher profile of mental health, it is still not discussed as much as, and treated on a par with, physical health. The Liberal Democrat motion raises many important points, simply because there are so many concerns around mental health across the board. It is right to say that there is a mental health crisis, although our colleagues on...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (27 Nov 2019)

Mary Fee: I agree with the cabinet secretary. I will come on to that kind of approach. We need to move the initiative along as quickly as we possibly can—the longer we delay, the more people we fail. That holistic, joined-up approach, with good community support, is crucial, as the point of release—I am sure that the cabinet secretary will agree—is often the point of crisis for many offenders....

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (27 Nov 2019)

Mary Fee: What impact does the member think the very high number of rejected referrals to CAMHS has on children’s attainment?

Scottish Parliament: Wi-fi Service (Access) (21 Nov 2019)

Mary Fee: 1. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what steps it is taking to ensure that there is access to the wi-fi service across all of the estate. (S5O-03813)

Scottish Parliament: Wi-fi Service (Access) (21 Nov 2019)

Mary Fee: Given the steps that have been taken to improve wi-fi coverage across the parliamentary estate, will any work be done to improve mobile phone coverage?

Scottish Parliament: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (20 Nov 2019)

Mary Fee: I heard the cabinet secretary’s response to Mr Cole-Hamilton’s question. The recommendation from the United Nations is clear; the age of criminal responsibility should be 14. Incorporation of the UNCRC would require us to comply with that. I press the cabinet secretary to tell the chamber when the age of criminal responsibility will be raised to 14.

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care (Investment) (20 Nov 2019)

Mary Fee: The national health service is our most beloved and essential public service. It looks after us regardless of race, gender, social status or wealth. In the 71 years since its creation, it has faced an array of challenges and obstacles, but it strives to care for and treat all of us. Personally, I have a lot to thank our NHS for and I will never apologise for standing up for it and for people...

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