Results 141–160 of 671 for speaker:Mary Fee

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Services (19 Dec 2018)

Mary Fee: What specific support will the Scottish Government provide—or what support has the task force recommended that the Scottish Government provide—to families when a person with poor mental health has taken their own life?

Scottish Parliament: Demonstrating Leadership in Human Rights (13 Dec 2018)

Mary Fee: I am grateful for the opportunity to open this important debate for Scottish Labour. Scottish Labour is happy to support the Government motion and the Liberal Democrat amendment. I ask for support for the amendment in my name, which highlights the findings of the First Minister’s advisory group. That group highlights the fragility of human rights protection, in that “too many people are...

Scottish Parliament: Demonstrating Leadership in Human Rights (13 Dec 2018)

Mary Fee: I absolutely welcome the progress that has been made in the provision of changing places toilets, and I congratulate the service station that Oliver Mundell mentioned for installing one. However, the lack of access to adequate toilet facilities locks out people who are living with complex disabilities. It denies those individuals their dignity by forcing them to make the unacceptable choice...

Scottish Parliament: Pow of Inchaffray Drainage Commission (Scotland) Bill (13 Dec 2018)

Mary Fee: I begin by thanking the convener, Tom Arthur , and add my thanks to his to all the people who have contributed so valuably to our work over the past 18 months: those who have appeared before us, sent us their views—including drawings, maps and plans—and everyone who was involved in the interesting and informative visit that we made to the pow last September. I also thank the clerks for...

Scottish Parliament: Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework (12 Dec 2018)

Mary Fee: HIV Scotland estimates that 13 per cent of people with the virus are unaware of their status. What action can the Government take within the sexual health framework to raise awareness in that respect and reduce that worrying statistic?

Scottish Parliament: Litter (West Scotland) (6 Dec 2018)

Mary Fee: 7. To ask the Scottish Government how it will fund local authorities in the West Scotland region to help ensure that communities are kept clean and tidy. (S5O-02665)

Scottish Parliament: Litter (West Scotland) (6 Dec 2018)

Mary Fee: Between 2007 and 2011, when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work was leader of Renfrewshire Council, he cut more than 300 staff in environmental services. From 2011 until March this year, an additional 80 members of staff who cleaned the communities of Renfrewshire were axed. Does the minister agree that if those cuts of around one in six staff had not been made, it would...

Scottish Parliament: World AIDS Day (6 Dec 2018)

Mary Fee: I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this important debate and I thank Emma Harper for bringing it to the chamber. Last Saturday, 1 December, marked the 30th anniversary of world AIDS day. That landmark provides an opportunity for us, as parliamentarians, and for Scottish society more broadly, to reflect on the significant progress that we have made over the past three decades...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (Schoolchildren) (5 Dec 2018)

Mary Fee: Between July and September, almost a third of children looking to access mental health treatment waited more than 18 weeks to do so, and fewer children were treated within the target time this year than in 2017. When will the Scottish Government take its responsibility to young people seriously and act to meet the needs of schoolchildren with poor mental health?

Scottish Parliament: Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (13 Nov 2018)

Mary Fee: While welcoming the principles of the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill, I will say, at the outset, that I believe that it is ludicrous that, in Scotland, children as young as eight have been criminalised for over 80 years. No other country in Europe has such a low age of criminal responsibility. It is long overdue that we rectify what I consider to be wrong and make this change....

Scottish Parliament: Equalities Budget (7 Nov 2018)

Mary Fee: 12. To ask the Scottish Government how the United Kingdom budget will affect Scotland’s equalities budget. (S5O-02520)

Scottish Parliament: Equalities Budget (7 Nov 2018)

Mary Fee: This Parliament is a human rights guarantor and, as such, should be a bulwark against regressive, austerity-driven economic policies. What direct action will the cabinet secretary take to ensure a holistic approach to equalities, with focused, joint work across portfolios, to ensure the best outcomes for equality spend?

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Seekers (1 Nov 2018)

Mary Fee: The motion states: “the asylum system must treat people fairly and with dignity and respect at all times”. It should shame us all that we need to articulate that. However, that is the reality of what is happening in the UK and across much of western Europe. Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to seek ... asylum”. Sadly, the human...

Scottish Parliament: Early Years (31 Oct 2018)

Mary Fee: I thank Alison Harris for lodging her motion for debate. Childcare is an important issue that impacts on the lives of thousands of families up and down the country every day. Scottish Labour believes that childcare should be flexible, affordable and of high quality, and we support the extension of childcare provision to 1,140 free hours per year for all three and four-year-olds and vulnerable...

Scottish Parliament: Early Years (31 Oct 2018)

Mary Fee: I thank the minister for that clarification. We know that 11,000 more childcare workers are needed by 2020. I appreciate that the minister has updated us on how close the Scottish Government is to the target and I would also appreciate it if she could keep us informed of how that progresses. Nursery providers, both private and public, need assurance that the right staffing resources will be...

Scottish Parliament: Early Years (31 Oct 2018)

Mary Fee: I thank the cabinet secretary for that very helpful contribution and clarification. Confidence in the private sector about delivering the policy is plummeting. That is evidenced in the responses to freedom of information requests from the Conservatives. The chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association has warned: “Our members are very concerned that the current situation with...

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioner Access (Homeless People) (24 Oct 2018)

Mary Fee: Given the links between transmittable diseases, such as tuberculosis, and homelessness, how will the Scottish Government ensure that homeless people, including destitute and homeless asylum seekers, can reach out to health services, and thus prevent the spread of transmittable diseases?

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Performance) (23 Oct 2018)

Mary Fee: We know the impact of delayed discharge: 43,913 bed days were lost in August and there has been a 15 per cent increase in the number of patients whose discharge has been delayed due to issues with their health and social care package. Integration joint boards—

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Performance) (23 Oct 2018)

Mary Fee: Integration joint boards were set up to reduce delayed discharge. Can the cabinet secretary give a realistic date for when that might happen?

Scottish Parliament: Women and Girls in Sport Week (4 Oct 2018)

Mary Fee: I am pleased to be closing this afternoon’s debate for Scottish Labour, marking Scotland’s second annual women and girls in sport week. I am grateful for the support for our amendment from across the chamber. It has been a good-humoured debate, and we have heard a range of informative and interesting speeches that have reflected on how we can work together to make sport in Scotland more...

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