Results 21–40 of 751 for speaker:Fulton MacGregor

Scottish Parliament: Children in Care (Support) (27 Oct 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: I am delighted by the First Minister’s commitment to a review. What other action is the Scottish Government taking to support care-experienced young people to have the best opportunities in life?

Scottish Parliament: UK Referendum on EU Membership: Justice and Security (1 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: The former director general of MI5 said that claims that the UK is safer outside the EU are “nonsensical and spurious”. W ill Margaret Mitchell comment on that?

Scottish Parliament: UK Referendum on EU Membership: Justice and Security (1 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: One would be forgiven for thinking that this had ceased to be the Parliament of Scotland if the Conservative amendment is anything to go by. I remind Douglas Ross and his colleagues that the Parliament is here to represent the people of Scotland first, last and always. The people of Scotland spoke loud and clear: we want to remain part of the European Union. Dare I say it, remain means...

Scottish Parliament: UK Referendum on EU Membership: Justice and Security (1 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: Scotland is known to be a country; it is a country and as a country we voted to remain. That is what this Government and this Parliament are trying to respect. That means that the Prime Minister must engage in constructive dialogue with the Scottish Government and that the Scottish ministers must be involved in negotiations with the EU. Over the past few months, the message from the Prime...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Audit Scotland Report and Service Development) (2 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: The Scottish Government announced the review—chaired by former chief medical officer Sir Harry Burns—of health and social care targets and indicators that was advocated by the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing and other medical colleagues. Can the cabinet secretary confirm that certain performance targets, such as 95 per cent of patients being seen in accident and...

Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meeting) (3 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: The First Minister might be aware of the tragic case in my constituency of Sean McKenna, whose body was found last week after he had been missing for almost three weeks. I pay tribute to Sean’s family for their bravery during this incredibly difficult time, and to the Coatbridge police and many hundreds of local people who dedicated their time to helping in the search for Sean. What support...

Scottish Parliament: Accessible Hospital Transport (10 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank Liz Smith for bringing this important subject to a members’ business debate. I agree with the first part of the motion. Bus services to and from hospitals are used by a variety of people and, as Liz Smith said, they are used by the most vulnerable in our society. My area of Lanarkshire has three major hospitals and on occasion members of the public need to be taken to one that is...

Scottish Parliament: Accessible Hospital Transport (10 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank the member for interjecting but, if he lets me continue, I will go on to describe how a local issue in Lanarkshire has been dealt with by a number of stakeholders. I am sure that the Minister for Transport and the Islands will summarise a lot of the stuff that the Scottish Government has been doing. During the recent NHS Lanarkshire health care strategy consultation, transport between...

Scottish Parliament: Accessible Hospital Transport (10 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: Thank you for that wee detour, Presiding Officer. Bearing it in mind that many stakeholders are involved in providing transport to and from hospital facilities, I contacted NHS Lanarkshire yesterday, which told me that it is committed to continuing to work with Strathclyde partnership for transport, as Liz Smith mentioned, to ensure that each of its sites is supported by appropriate public...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change Action (10 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: Tackling climate change is a major challenge that requires effort by each and every one of us. The cabinet secretary’s leadership is hugely valuable, but does she agree that every minister in our Government and every MSP in this chamber should see themselves as a climate change champion?

Scottish Parliament: Women Offenders (Custodial Sentences) (16 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the number of women being given custodial sentences and how it supports those who have been involved in offending. (S5O-00347)

Scottish Parliament: Women Offenders (Custodial Sentences) (16 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: Studies show that the impact of prison sentences on women is far greater in terms of family life and mental health, especially when they are imprisoned far from home, which causes severe disruption to outside family support. The Scottish Government’s plan for local detention centres for women, which the minister mentioned—

Scottish Parliament: Women Offenders (Custodial Sentences) (16 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: Does the minister agree that there should be in place a presumption that non-custodial measures will be used, including community payback orders and home detention curfews?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (17 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: I was glad to see the Scottish Government show how important this issue is by making the bill the first to be introduced to the Parliament in this session. I look forward to scrutinising it through the Justice Committee, to make sure that we get this right. In the gallery today, we have Sandra Brown OBE, founder of the Moira Anderson foundation. Today, Sandra described the trauma of Moira’s...

Scottish Parliament: Adoption and Permanence (22 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: It gives me great pleasure to speak in the debate. This is an area in which I have some experience and I hope to use that to contribute to a positive, cross-chamber discussion. However, the contributions so far have been excellent and much of what I say will echo what other members have said. I will follow in the footsteps of Jenny Gilruth and talk about my experience before becoming an MSP....

Scottish Parliament: Free Childcare (Access to Entitlement) (23 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: How much money has the Scottish Government provided to local authorities to deliver 600 hours of free early learning and childcare and how much of that funding have councils spent?

Scottish Parliament: Year of the Dad (23 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: Thank you very much, Presiding Officer. It gives me great pleasure to speak in the debate, and I thank Bob Doris for lodging the motion for members’ business and giving us the opportunity to discuss it here. When I first noticed the debate in the Business Bulletin , I thought that I just had to speak in it. That was because, as many of my colleagues know, earlier this week I was able to...

Scottish Parliament: Year of the Dad (23 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: Okay, sorry. Thank you.

Scottish Parliament: Education (30 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: It is a pleasure to speak in the debate, Presiding Officer, and I thank you and the Green Party for bringing the issue to the chamber and giving me the absolute honour of being able to stand up here in our Parliament on St Andrew’s day. It is a real privilege. As others have said, there is no doubt that the Scottish budget faces major challenges as a result of Westminster’s cruel cuts. We...

Scottish Parliament: Education (30 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: I do not have time. I have only four minutes. My personal value base and experience mean that I lean towards support for inclusion wherever possible. It is in everyone’s best interests for a child to be supported with his or her peers, and I believe that the Scottish Government has made good progress in that area. I saw as much in the work that I did before I became an MSP. Inclusion covers...


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