Results 181–200 of 751 for speaker:Fulton MacGregor

Scottish Parliament: Race Equality (14 Dec 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I agree whole-heartedly with the motion. Scotland should be a country that is proud of its record of striving for equality. We should endeavour to be a country that nurtures good relations within communities, supports interfaith activities and tackles the prejudices and attitudes that foster intolerance and hate crime. Scotland should be a place where individuals from a variety of backgrounds...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol and Drug-related Deaths (20 Dec 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank Monica Lennon for securing the debate, and I quickly remind members that I am the parliamentary liaison officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. I acknowledge Monica Lennon’s story, which she bravely relayed to the chamber. My experience of working in social work for 12 years backs up a lot of what she said. I worked for a time in the child protection team, and a lot...

Scottish Parliament: Chief Constable (Leave of Absence) (10 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: Will the cabinet secretary expand on why there is a need for consultation with the PIRC regarding the chief constable returning to work?

Scottish Parliament: Carer Positive Employer Initiative (11 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I apologise to you and the Parliament: I did not intend to speak in the debate, but I decided to press my request-to-speak button. Thank you for letting me in. I declare that I am the parliamentary liaison officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. I thank Tom Arthur for bringing the debate to the chamber and pay tribute to Fiona Collie and the others...

Scottish Parliament: Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: I speak in this debate as a member of the Justice Committee and, like others, I want to put on record my thanks to those who provided evidence during the course of the scrutiny of the bill. I am pleased that the committee agreed to the general principles of the bill, and we have made some suggestions about how it can be improved. The balance of evidence that we heard suggested that there is...

Scottish Parliament: Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: I am not going to comment on that at this stage. My point was on QOCS and the David and Goliath situation. The David and Goliath argument really resonated with the committee and I note that that particular argument resonated with Liam Kerr. I think that we were all agreed on that issue and it was good that the committee was in agreement on that. We should be united in trying to restore a...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Sports Association (16 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank James Kelly for bringing the motion to the chamber for debate. I should state that I am the parliamentary liaison officer for the health portfolio. I also thank the Scottish Sports Association for its work, for which it is respected; other members have mentioned that. I agree with many aspects of the motion. I agree, too, with what James Kelly said about people getting involved in...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Sports Association (16 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: I respect that, Presiding Officer. I will not get into a debate with Johann Lamont about how I would vote on such a motion. There is no such vote tomorrow. We are discussing the issue in a members’ business debate and I am setting out my position. Sportscotland is mentioned in the motion, and I was simply reflecting the fact that the income for sportscotland has been cut through the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Sports Association (16 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: Does the member acknowledge that the motion refers to “withdrawal of funding for the SSA from both the government and sportscotland”? The motion mentions sportscotland, and I was talking about sportscotland funding.

Scottish Parliament: School Clothing Grants (17 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how many local authorities pay the minimum level for school clothing grants. (S5O-01678)

Scottish Parliament: School Clothing Grants (17 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: In my constituency, with enormous backing from the public, volunteers have launched the cool school uniforms service It can provide uniforms for those children in need in weeks, and it has already received around 200 referrals, and counting, from schools and other agencies. Does the cabinet secretary agree that councils should be paying the minimum level, and does he think that the fairer...

Scottish Parliament: Kyle Laird (18 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: This week, the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser brought to my attention the heartbreaking case of 17-year-old Kyle Laird from Coatbridge, whose mother unexpectedly passed away over the festive season. Kyle’s mother was a lone parent and he is now financially responsible for himself and his family home. Kyle is actively seeking work but is struggling to make ends meet due to gaps in the...

Scottish Parliament: Health Service Changes (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde) (23 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: I remind members that I am the parliamentary liaison officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. The cabinet secretary has mentioned several times the clinical advice that she received. Can she explain to the Parliament what weight she gave that advice from clinicians as opposed to the other advice that she heard?

Scottish Parliament: Children (Ill Health) (24 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: I remind the chamber that I am the parliamentary liaison officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. A recent report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has shown that Scotland is ahead of the rest of the United Kingdom on the progress that is being made on children’s health. What political commitments has the Government made to build on the improvements that...

Scottish Parliament: Railway Policing (24 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: T he next time I hear a Tory tell me that we should not have a referendum that was clearly outlined in our manifesto because we have had one already, I will remind them about this motion. Parliament decided less than a year ago to go ahead with the plans, and work is well under way on making it so after the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill went through the proper parliamentary process. I...

Scottish Parliament: Railway Policing (24 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: No, I will not take an intervention, because of the time limits. I am not sure what committee some members were referring to in their speeches. Yesterday, when I directly asked DCC Livingstone whether a pause would be prudent, he made it clear that if, at any time, he considers that a pause or delay is necessary, he will highlight that. At this time, however, plans are going as expected and...

Scottish Parliament: Railway Policing (24 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: Does Mr Mundell accept that it was the democratic will of the Parliament that the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill be passed?

Scottish Parliament: Railway Policing (24 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: Does Daniel Johnson not accept that the issue is for Police Scotland, as I said earlier? It is for DCC Livingstone to say to the minister and the Scottish Government that we need a pause; it is not for the Tory Party to bring the issue to the chamber after the bill has been passed. That is the point that I was making.

Scottish Parliament: Adverse Childhood Experiences (24 Jan 2018)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank Gail Ross for bringing this important debate to the chamber. I remind members of my entry in the register of members’ interests, which shows that I am currently registered with the Scottish Social Services Council. I have eight years’ experience of working in a busy child protection social work office. As Gail Ross highlighted, trauma is prevalent in the lives of children who are...


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