Results 161–180 of 671 for speaker:Mary Fee

Scottish Parliament: Childcare Provision (Expansion to 1,140 hours) (3 Oct 2018)

Mary Fee: Will the minister give an update on the size of the early learning and childcare workforce?

Scottish Parliament: Remand (3 Oct 2018)

Mary Fee: I thank the Justice Committee for the in-depth analysis that it has carried out in its inquiry into the use of remand in Scotland. During my time on the Justice Committee and through numerous meetings that I have had with organisations that are involved in the criminal justice system, I have heard about the long-standing issues around remand and the impact that its overuse has on individuals,...

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights Defenders (Support and Protection) (26 Sep 2018)

Mary Fee: I welcome the minister to her new post. I know that she will be a vocal and determined advocate across all areas of her portfolio. There is little time for me in closing for Scottish Labour to cover the excellent contributions from across the chamber. This has been a short but nevertheless powerful debate, showing what human rights mean to us as parliamentarians and as free citizens. We are...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Strategy: 2018 Annual Report (25 Sep 2018)

Mary Fee: I thank the minister for advance sight of her statement. Everyone wants mental health to be on an equal footing with physical health. However, the reality is that the Scottish Government is nowhere near achieving that parity, regardless of its warm words. We welcome the appointment of Dame Denise Coia as the chair of the children and young people’s mental health task force, but Audit...

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

Mary Fee: In closing for Scottish Labour, I thank the Conservatives for bringing the debate to the chamber today. I will be voting in favour of the motion to stop testing primary 1 children in our schools. I do so at the behest of parents and teachers from across West Scotland who have contacted me in the past week and the past few months. I repeat what Iain Gray said in opening the debate for Labour:...

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

Mary Fee: No—not at the moment. I would like to make a bit of progress. I will read out just a few of the comments that I have received. One teacher in Renfrewshire writes: “The best data on pupils is gathered by teachers while teaching, through the formative assessment that takes place every day in classrooms. I believe that the Scottish Government have chosen not to listen to teachers and even...

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

Mary Fee: I apologise to Mr Dornan in that case, because I will not be able to take his intervention. I wanted to make some progress with some of the comments that I wanted to make. In the few seconds that I have left, I want to pick up on a comment that Mr Dornan made in his contribution when he said that children cry all the time and it has got nothing to do with the tests.

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

Mary Fee: When a parent says that the tests made their child feel sick and cry and that their child was crying because they were made to go on a computer and they could not use it to do the test, that is not the supportive and nurturing environment that I want our children to be in. If the Parliament votes today to halt the assessments for P1 children, that is what the Scottish Government must do. The...

Scottish Parliament: Primary 1 Tests (19 Sep 2018)

Mary Fee: If he does not, it will tell teachers and parents that the cabinet secretary’s arrogance knows no bounds and that the Scottish Government knows better than they do. He should do what is right for four and five-year-olds and end this vanity project.

Scottish Parliament: Suicide Prevention (12 Sep 2018)

Mary Fee: Scottish Labour welcomes the opportunity to debate suicide prevention, following world suicide prevention day 2018 on Monday 10 September. I thank every organisation, family and individual that has contributed to the development of the suicide prevention action plan. Behind every statistic on suicide is a loved one, family and community that faces the sad reality that a suicide was not...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Standardised Assessments (5 Sep 2018)

Mary Fee: When discussing the pedagogic method in the Education and Skills Committee this morning, Larry Flanagan, the general secretary of the EIS, said: “If we spent half the time and energy on promoting formative assessment practice in our schools that we have spent promoting the Scottish national standardised assessments we would be in a much better place in terms of assessment practice in our...

Scottish Parliament: Education Reforms (26 Jun 2018)

Mary Fee: How will the cabinet secretary determine whether sufficient progress has been made in the next 12 months?

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (13 Jun 2018)

Mary Fee: I thank Alex Cole-Hamilton and the Liberal Democrats for lodging their motion on mental health. The motion recognises that there is a crisis in mental health in Scotland. No matter how often we debate and discuss mental health, our actions matter more than our words. The current Scottish Government has a record of platitudes, not performance, and Opposition members have rightly called on it...

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Lives of Scotland’s Gypsy Travellers (12 Jun 2018)

Mary Fee: Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Lives of Scotland’s Gypsy Travellers (12 Jun 2018)

Mary Fee: It is, Presiding Officer. The cabinet secretary is more than welcome to attend every meeting of the cross-party group on Gypsy Travellers.

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Lives of Scotland’s Gypsy Travellers (12 Jun 2018)

Mary Fee: I am grateful to have the opportunity to close this afternoon’s debate on behalf of Scottish Labour, celebrating the contribution of Scotland’s Gypsy Traveller community to our nation’s shared history. I, too, welcome the Gypsy Travellers to the public gallery. I hope not only that they have enjoyed the debate but that they have taken heart from the commitment that has been demonstrated...

Scottish Parliament: Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (6 Jun 2018)

Mary Fee: Thank you kindly, Presiding Officer. As a member of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee, I am pleased to have the opportunity to close on behalf of the Scottish Labour Party in this debate on this historic piece of legislation. I, too, would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow committee members and the committee clerks for their diligence throughout the legislative process....

Scottish Parliament: Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (6 Jun 2018)

Mary Fee: I am grateful that he took the opportunity to intervene today. I share the concern that Patrick Harvie raised about the pace of change and how long cultural change takes, and I, too, would like to see changes moving at a faster pace. However, we are on a journey, and I think that we are moving along apace. I do not think that I have ever stood to close a debate for the Labour benches and said...

Scottish Parliament: Child Obesity (5 Jun 2018)

Mary Fee: We know that, on top of diet, access to and participation in sport and physical activity play a vital role in tackling obesity. We must do everything that we can to support the uptake of physical activity, particularly by young people, yet, in the past few weeks, Scottish National Party councillors in Glasgow and Dundee have imposed charges on access to swimming, which impact most on those...

Scottish Parliament: Child Obesity (5 Jun 2018)

Mary Fee: —has been cut in real terms by the Government. Because of cuts that the SNP has imposed on local authority budgets, revenue spending on sport—

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