Results 101–120 of 671 for speaker:Mary Fee

Scottish Parliament: Multilevel Teaching (19 Jun 2019)

Mary Fee: Teachers who gave evidence to the Education and Skills Committee noted that multilevel teaching is becoming commonplace. Every school that was represented in the evidence sessions had instances of it, and some teachers commented that teaching successfully in such circumstances is almost impossible. If the cabinet secretary is right that multilevel teaching poses no disadvantage, those...

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Standardised Assessments (11 Jun 2019)

Mary Fee: David Reedy concludes that it would be beneficial for the tests to continue, albeit with important modifications and the establishment of additional guidance and support for practitioners. Will the cabinet secretary give some detail on the important modifications that are required and the timescale for implementation?

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Mary Fee: I welcome the opportunity to participate in the stage 1 debate on the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill. Let me say at the outset that just because legislation is centuries old, that does not mean that it is right. Parliamentarians and politicians have a duty and an obligation to be progressive and to lead change, and that is what the bill will do. I am a member of the...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Mary Fee: I think that the minister more than adequately covered that point when Oliver Mundell intervened during her speech. I say to Oliver Mundell that I have struggled with people saying that we should not remove the defence of reasonable chastisement, when, if any one of us were walking down the road and saw a carer who was out with an adult who had a learning disability hit that person, I would...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Mary Fee: Any kind of assault is an assault. It cannot be justified by saying, “It was reasonable to hit.” If a person strikes another person, they are assaulting them. The bill seeks to drive cultural change in Scotland to discourage the use of physical punishment. Evidence that we heard in committee demonstrated that physical punishment is harmful to children. We consistently heard that it is...

Scottish Parliament: Universal Credit and Mental Health (28 May 2019)

Mary Fee: Our social security system should be available to all in times of need. It should guarantee a level of economic safety and assistance to people who cannot work, people who find themselves out of work and people who are struggling to make ends meet. Instead, under a cruel and unfeeling Tory Government, the system offers neither safety nor assistance. The Scottish Association for Mental Health...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (28 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: I want to use my time today to talk about the lived experience of families who live with disabilities. I begin with a fact: the average public toilet floor has, on average, 77,000 germs and viruses. I ask everyone in the chamber whether they would be content to lie on that public toilet floor, because, sadly, that is the only option available to many disabled children and adults when they...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (28 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: A brief intervention, yes.

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (28 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: I agree that installing changing places toilets, particularly in cinemas, shopping centres and theme parks, would encourage families to come out and would be beneficial to the businesses. Campaigner Lorna Fillingham states: “Inclusion means much more than building ramps. If we’re going to have an inclusive society, at least build toilets that everyone can use.” We must also consider the...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (28 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: A very brief intervention, because I am fast running out of time.

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (28 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: I absolutely welcome the pamiloo. As my campaigner said, sometimes, they have no choice but to abandon what they are doing and drive home, which, when they live in the Highlands, can be difficult and is not dignified. It is difficult for them to put into words the massive difference that a changing places toilet would make to their lives. It is important for all the family to be able to join...

Scottish Parliament: Best Start Grant (27 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made on delivering additional payments of the best start grant to help with early learning costs. (S5O-03067)

Scottish Parliament: Best Start Grant (27 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: To ensure that the nursery and early learning payments deliver for children, how will the Scottish Government assess what the payments are being used for? How will they reach the most vulnerable children, such as the children of prisoners, black and minority ethnic children and Gypsy Traveller children?

Scottish Parliament: Part-time Timetables (Pupil Support) (20 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to support school pupils on part-time timetables. (S5O-03019)

Scottish Parliament: Part-time Timetables (Pupil Support) (20 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: The Scottish Government is starting to collect information on the number of children who are on part-time timetables, and it needs to make clear the level of use of such timetables and the reasons for such action by schools. Does the cabinet secretary agree that pupils who are on part-time timetables should be on them for their own benefit, and that such timetables should be meaningful to...

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: Student financial support is in need of urgent reform. No one in the chamber can disagree with that, and many members across the chamber have expressed concern about the lack of progress on the issue. Scottish Labour welcomed the independent review of student support. Our motion today highlights the need for “a Minimum Student Income, tied to the Scottish Government’s living wage, as...

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: If the minister is going to give me a timescale, I am happy to do so.

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: I say with respect that “in early course” is not good enough. We require urgency and a plan. We do not want our young people to face having to balance education against debt. Instead of dumping the debt for students, as it promised, in 2007, it would do, the SNP in Government has delivered devastating cuts to student support, which has caused debt to soar by 169 per cent. Scottish Labour...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health and Incapacity Legislation (Review) (19 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: The scale of the review means that it crosses many portfolios. It is a massive task, given the importance of the existing legislation. I welcome the minister’s response to Alison Johnstone, but can she give further details of which stakeholders and other agencies will be involved in the review process? Who will oversee the work that they do?

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care in Prisons (13 Mar 2019)

Mary Fee: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the progress being made by the health and social care in prisons programme board. (S5O-02987)


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