Results 41–60 of 751 for speaker:Fulton MacGregor

Scottish Parliament: Education (30 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: As I have said, I cannot take an intervention. I have four minutes, and I am nearly finished. The one-stop shop consistently got positive results. I have to mention my former colleague Councillor Rosa Zambonini and many parents who led a protest against the service’s closure. Unfortunately, the local Labour Party would not listen. That said, Hope for Autism, which I met at the caring for...

Scottish Parliament: Education (30 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: It seems that, on St Andrew’s day, the Westminster Government has no intention of reversing the cuts. There is no doubt that until such time as we in the Scottish Parliament make all our own decisions about our own priorities, there will be more strain to come for those who are most in need.

Scottish Parliament: Education (30 Nov 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: I welcome the Government’s commitment to increasing funding in ASN.

Scottish Parliament: Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (1 Dec 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: I welcome the increase in the age of criminal responsibility, which is a progressive step that brings Scotland in line with other European nations. Can the minister give further detail on why the decision was made to set the age of criminal responsibility at 12? What evidence is there that that is the most appropriate age? How will changing the law contribute to the Scottish Government’s...

Scottish Parliament: Education (Excellence and Equity) (6 Dec 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: As has been highlighted, progress on closing the attainment gap has been maintained and the impact of dep rivation is around the OECD average. Does the cabinet secretary agree that maintaining progress is not enough to make the changes that we all want and that we should strive for higher than the average?

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Charging (6 Dec 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: I join colleagues from across the chamber in congratulating Johann Lamont on securing this important debate. The motion makes a lot of good points. The Scottish Government has a proven track record on free personal care. The Scottish National Party campaigned on a promise to protect free personal care for the elderly and it will keep that promise. Of course, as others have pointed out, much...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Charging (6 Dec 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: The point has been made by all members who have spoken that we all need to work together on the issue. I accept what Johann Lamont says in that regard, but my focus was on the responsibility of local authorities. I do not do my job for my constituents if I come to the Parliament and do not say what is getting to them and what they are coming to my surgeries—

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Charging (6 Dec 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: I will not be able to take another one. North Lanarkshire Council also reviewed the garden assistance scheme earlier in the year. On the council’s behalf, the scheme charges through-the-roof prices for many elderly and disabled citizens to have their gardens done. I mention those charges because, when a charge is placed on a product or service that is absolutely required, it is a tax. Some...

Scottish Parliament: Doon Valley Boxing Club (8 Dec 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank Brian Whittle for bringing the issue to the chamber and for giving me the opportunity to speak on it. I also say well done to Doon valley boxing club for being acknowledged by Brian Whittle in the chamber. I will not pretend to be an expert on boxing, but when I saw that the debate was on the agenda, I felt that I had to speak in it because my constituency of Coatbridge and...

Scottish Parliament: Education (Improvement Plan) (13 Dec 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: I take the opportunity to thank the cabinet secretary and his ministers for recent visits to my constituency to see first hand some of the innovative work that goes on in the schools of Coatbridge and Chryston. I ask the cabinet secretary to outline how many schools have been built or refurbished since 2007-08 and how that compares with the number under the previous Administration and to...

Scottish Parliament: International Migrants to Scotland (13 Dec 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: I welcome my colleague taking the time to highlight the refugees who have settled in North Lanarkshire. She may be aware that, just a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of welcoming refugees from Coatbridge to the Parliament for a tour. Does she agree that, now that the refugees have been in Scotland for about a year, the priority for the UK Government, the Scottish Parliament and the...

Scottish Parliament: Walking (13 Dec 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: First, I thank colleagues who supported the motion and those who have decided to stay and speak in the debate. For the Scottish National Party, Ruth Maguire will mention initiatives on the topic in her constituency, and for the Tories, Graham Simpson took time out to speak to me about the debate. I am also delighted that, as is fitting, Elaine Smith, who is a fellow Coatbridger, has decided...

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Care Experience for Looked-after Children (20 Dec 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: I come to the debate having some experience of working with looked-after children. I have seen at first hand the effect that spending time in the care system can have, so like other members, I am delighted that the Government is committed to a full root and branch review of the system. I also welcome the decision to include at the core of the review people who have been looked after in the...

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Care Experience for Looked-after Children (20 Dec 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: The review may find room to address the need for improvements in that area. I had a lot more to say, Presiding Officer, but my time has elapsed. The review is the first of its kind anywhere in the world. It is ambitious and it will throw up questions.

Scottish Parliament: Improving the Care Experience for Looked-after Children (20 Dec 2016)

Fulton MacGregor: Okay. Thank you.

Scottish Parliament: STEP Physical Literacy Programme (11 Jan 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank Liz Smith for bringing the debate to the chamber. I also welcome Kenny Logan and his team to the gallery. It is fitting in some ways for me to speak in this debate, as the members’ business debate that I brought to the chamber at the end of last year highlighted the year of walking and the benefits that physical exercise can have for a number of health outcomes. Brian Whittle also...

Scottish Parliament: Education and Skills Organisations (Performance and Role) (12 Jan 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: As a member of the Education and Skills Committee, I have great pleasure in contributing to this debate, and I want to start my contribution by paying tribute and giving thanks to the many, many teachers, assistants and various other staff who work tirelessly, day in, day out, in our schools and in the wider education system, including in some of the bodies that have been mentioned by the...

Scottish Parliament: Education and Skills Organisations (Performance and Role) (12 Jan 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Thanks, Presiding Officer. On 16 November, I visited the SQA offices in Glasgow, along with my committee colleague Ross Thomson. Therefore, I think that it is fair that I use my time to talk a wee bit about the SQA, especially as it was, after all, our evidence session with the SQA that brought about this debate. Ross Thomson and I met Janet Brown and a number of senior officials. We heard...

Scottish Parliament: Education and Skills Organisations (Performance and Role) (12 Jan 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I would like to continue and to develop my point further, and I thank the member for making that intervention. I was going on to say that the views of those who contributed must be taken into account—I do not think that anyone would deny that. I was merely putting those views into the context of how many people responded to the survey. For the avoidance of any doubt, I would like to quote...

Scottish Parliament: Education and Skills Organisations (Performance and Role) (12 Jan 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Will Ross Thomson give way?


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