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Scottish Parliament: Mental Health-related Incidents (28 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: Not only has research attributed declining trends in mental health to a decade of Tory austerity, but the United Kingdom Government continues to slash Scotland’s funding for public services, which massively undermines our ability to respond to people in crisis. In that deeply challenging context, what work is the Scottish Government undertaking with Police Scotland and other partners on the...

Scottish Parliament: Qualifications and Assessment (28 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: The SNP Government has an excellent track record of investing in Scottish education. We have significantly more teachers per pupil than Tory-led England or Labour-run Wales. Likewise, Scotland has more schools per pupil than Wales or England. Scotland has the highest level of school spend per pupil anywhere in the UK—it is £1,300 higher per pupil—and it has shielded students from...

Scottish Parliament: Qualifications and Assessment (28 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: No—I do not have enough time. Sorry. That has gone some way to reducing the poverty-related attainment gap, which is a massive issue in my constituency. At the start of my speech, I put on record my thanks to all staff and pupils in schools across Coatbridge and Chryston for their on-going hard work and commitment. Turning to the substance of the motion, I welcome the final report of the...

Scottish Parliament: Prison Population (27 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: When she last gave a statement on the issue, I asked the cabinet secretary about the increase in social care needs of prisoners, following on from the governor of HMP Glenochil’s calls for bespoke facilities to be considered for that group. I am pleased that today’s statement includes a commitment to review and analyse the situation with the SPS, but what will the review entail? Will it...

Scottish Parliament: Palestine and Israel (22 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank Ivan McKee for bringing this debate to the chamber. It is fair to say that he has always championed the issue, including before the current crisis that is unfolding. On 21 November last year, I stood in the chamber and fully condemned the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel and the following collective punishment of the Palestinian people by Israel. I said that all hostages must be...

Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: As others have said, reform in this area is overdue. Proposals to change the current regulation of legal services began nearly a decade ago in 2015, when the Law Society of Scotland’s case for change paper was submitted. What followed was an independent review of the regulation of legal services in Scotland, which made 40 recommendations that sought to modernise the current regulatory...

Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: I urge members to agree the bill’s general principles. There is much work to do to get the bill to where we want it to be at stage 2, and the minister has committed to doing that. I hope that, today, we will agree to those principles, as that will allow us to move forward.

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Immigration Rules (Agriculture Workers) (21 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: 3. To ask the Scottish Government how proposed United Kingdom immigration rule changes will potentially affect overseas workers in the agricultural sector in Scotland, in light of the recent letter from Scotland Food and Drink, and industry partners, to the Home Secretary. (S6O-03088)

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Immigration Rules (Agriculture Workers) (21 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: As the newly published “Supporting and enabling sustainable communities: action plan to address depopulation” indicates, tackling the issue of the lack of people, and the lack of powers to attract them to live and work in rural areas, as well as in urban areas such as my constituency, is urgent. What is the Scottish Government’s understanding of the Labour Party’s policy intent around...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Capital Projects) (20 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: I appreciate that the cabinet secretary has just answered Graham Simpson’s question on the new Monklands hospital. Nevertheless, he will be aware, as I am, that there is great concern among constituents, given the news yesterday. He will also be aware of the urgent need for a new Monklands hospital. I, too, was on the call with NHS Lanarkshire, which seems to be confident that the project...

Scottish Parliament: Psychological Services (Availability) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure the availability of psychological services for all who need them. (S6O-03079)

Scottish Parliament: Psychological Services (Availability) ( 8 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: The minister will be aware that I have recently written to her about the Lanarkshire Counselling and CBT Centre, which is based in Coatbridge. Set up in 2019, the service has already provided therapy to more than 9,000 people across Lanarkshire. It has more than 100 therapists on hand and can provide individual counselling and group work sessions. Crucially, there is no waiting list, so...

Scottish Parliament: Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol ( 8 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: We all know that alcohol is a major problem for this country, and I find some of the lines of questioning from the Tories today to be quite dangerous. As we have heard, evidence from Public Health Scotland’s evaluation of the policy is that it has had a positive impact on health outcomes, by reducing deaths that are directly caused by alcohol consumption, as well as hospital admissions. Can...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Prison Service (Overcrowding) ( 6 Feb 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: We have just heard from the cabinet secretary that the prison population is ageing, which has increased the need for the prison service to buy in social care. I heard Natalie Beal, the governor of HMP Glenochil, discuss that very issue on the radio at the weekend. Has the cabinet secretary considered suggestions to set up a specific facility for such prisoners to take the pressure off our prisons?

Scottish Parliament: Breastfeeding (23 Jan 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: Approximately 20 years ago, a younger me, as a trainee social worker, attended a parents group setting with my then practice teacher. When I returned from the session, I was apologised to for the fact that one of the mothers had been breastfeeding during it. If I am absolutely honest, I had not even noticed, but I started to reflect on that experience—the fact that I can still remember it...

Scottish Parliament: Breastfeeding (23 Jan 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: I could not agree more. The member knows that the cross-party group on shared parenting often looks at such issues, and I know that he is very active in that group. It is the goal of the Scottish Parliament and, I hope, of all parties in the chamber—I have not heard anything today to suggest otherwise—that Scotland should be a breastfeeding-friendly place for all. Although the trends are...

Scottish Parliament: XL Bully Dogs (18 Jan 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: I am disappointed that we have to replicate the UK Government legislation, which has been widely criticised by animal welfare organisations and experts, such as the Scottish SPCA and Blue Cross, as being rushed through and having the potential to make the situation more dangerous, not safer. That said, this is not a criticism of the Scottish Government or the minister, who, I know, has worked...

Scottish Parliament: Swimming Lessons (Primary School Curriculum) (11 Jan 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it has evaluated the extent to which swimming lessons are part of the school curriculum for primary school-aged pupils. (S6O-02943)

Scottish Parliament: Swimming Lessons (Primary School Curriculum) (11 Jan 2024)

Fulton MacGregor: Learning how to swim is a life skill that has numerous physical, social and mental health benefits. I, and others, fully believe that every child should leave primary school having had the opportunity to learn to swim. Does the cabinet secretary agree that teaching our young people how to swim is an important skill that must be easily accessible to all across Scotland? Does the Government...

Scottish Parliament: Personal Independence Payment (Eligibility Criteria) (21 Dec 2023)

Fulton MacGregor: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the MS Society’s reported call for personal independence payment applications to end the so-called 20m rule and replace it with a 50m threshold until an alternative is found. (S6O-02916)

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