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Scottish Parliament: Miners’ Strike (Pardons) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Jun 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I welcome the debate that we have just had. However, I am disappointed that, despite my efforts, I have not received the Conservatives’ support for my amendments. As this is my last chance to get their support, I say to them that my amendments represent common sense. They extend eligibility to people to whom it would already apply if they had lived in the same household. I say that as a...

Scottish Parliament: Miners’ Strike (Pardons) (Scotland) Bill (16 Jun 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: My constituency of Coatbridge and Chryston has a very rich history of mining, as I have mentioned countless times in the chamber. Mining has been central to the lives of so many in my constituency, even decades after the mines were closed, and I would be hard pushed to find someone who did not have a family member who was a miner or at least know of someone who was one. Members will perhaps...

Scottish Parliament: Miners’ Strike (Pardons) (Scotland) Bill (16 Jun 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I ask, as Christine Grahame and others have asked, for us to unite, and I also welcome Alex Rowley’s call on that basis. Presiding Officer, I will wind up. I fully support the bill and a pardon that recognises the disproportionate consequences that have been suffered by many miners. It is well overdue and very welcome.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Aid (22 Jun 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: We can all agree that fair access to justice is vitally important, so I welcome the £13.9 million investment that the minister has outlined. How does the legal aid system in Scotland compare to other jurisdictions in Europe on scope, access and eligibility?

Scottish Parliament: Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (23 Jun 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I will not speak for long, because I know that we have quite a long day as it is. I will not be supporting the amendments in this group in the name of Katy Clark. As the minister said in her intervention, the licensing scheme is a primary aspect of the bill, and I wonder how close some of these amendments come to being wrecking amendments. As members who sit on the committee with me will...

Scottish Parliament: Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (23 Jun 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I am pleased to speak to the amendments in my name. They are technical in nature, but I believe that they are important in providing clarity about the types of condition that can be attached to a fireworks licence. I thank the minister for engaging with me on my amendments in advance of stage 3—I greatly appreciate it. Section 10 already makes reference to additional licence conditions and...

Scottish Parliament: Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (28 Jun 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I could not connect. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (29 Jun 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: The cost to families of uniforms is specifically cited in the tackling child poverty delivery plan. How does the Scottish Government intend to raise awareness about the school uniform guidance consultation, which opened recently, and how it fits in and interacts with other investment that the Scottish Government is making to help to deliver the main aims of the plan?

Scottish Parliament: Ukrainian Refugees (Support) (8 Sep 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: 7. To ask the Scottish Government in what ways it will continue to ensure refugees arriving from Ukraine will be provided with adequate shelter and support on arrival in Scotland. (S6O-01338)

Scottish Parliament: Ukrainian Refugees (Support) (8 Sep 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: Along the same lines as the previous question from Sarah Boyack, I note that it is important that people who come here get as much support as possible. Therefore, can the minister provide an update on the increased support that local charities in my constituency, Coatbridge and Chryston, are likely to receive in order to manage the increased workload that is associated with the arrival of...

Scottish Parliament: Displaced People from Ukraine (8 Sep 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: Given that the vast majority of displaced Ukrainian people who have come here are women and children, and given that many of them are being housed together in high-rise flats such as those in Coatbridge, in my constituency, what steps are being taken by the Scottish Government to ensure that that vulnerable group of people are being afforded the best security and support as they settle in...

Scottish Parliament: Tributes to Her Late Majesty the Queen (20 Sep 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: It is a great honour and privilege to speak in today’s debate, at the end of a historic period in our country’s history. As other members have done, I begin by passing on my heartfelt condolences to the royal family following the passing of Her Majesty. The past week to 10 days has demonstrated the profound love that the people of Scotland have for the Queen and the love that she had for...

Scottish Parliament: Bill of Rights Bill (6 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is regarding the impact on Scotland of the United Kingdom Government’s reported plans to withdraw the Bill of Rights Bill. (S6O-01430)

Scottish Parliament: Bill of Rights Bill (6 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: Will the minister outline what steps the Scottish Government is taking to ensure the protection of European Union, international and domestic human rights law in Scotland, as the right-wing UK Government, whether through the Bill of Rights Bill or its general approach to inequalities in the UK, continues to threaten them?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry Chair (27 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I n relation to the previous two questions, I welcome the Deputy First Minister’s commitment to the long Covid issue, as that is an issue that has been raised with me. It is right that bereaved families should be at the forefront of all our minds as the inquiry progresses. How will the Scottish Government ensure that their voices are kept central to the inquiry’s work and that their...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: It is a great privilege to speak in this debate.? As a member of the committee scrutinising the legislation, I can assure members that our process has been robust. As the convener has mentioned, we heard from a range of people and organisations with varying views about the bill. I thank everyone who gave us evidence. Despite what we might sometimes see on social media, I am sure that all...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I might come back to that, but I direct the member the committee’s report, which is very detailed. As I said, in our evidence, we heard quite widespread support for the removal of the need for a gender recognition panel and medical diagnosis. That support came from the Scottish Human Rights Commission, Rape Crisis Scotland, the Church of Scotland and many others. The approach is also very...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: I apologise; I have already taken one. I think that it is fair to say that that was one of the most contested areas of the bill, with strong arguments made in favour of both ages. I was pleased that the cabinet secretary reflected on that in her evidence to us when she spoke about how the Government came to its decision. As we have heard from Alex Cole-Hamilton, the bill also introduces a new...

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Oct 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: My apologies—I do not have time. If we vote for the bill at stage 1 today, I know that the committee and the Government will have an open door ahead of stage 2, as we all want to build consensus and make law as good as it can be. For any of my colleagues from all parties who are thinking of not voting in support of the bill today, I would simply ask them why that is the case. Yes, there is...

Scottish Parliament: Hospitality Sector (Support) (2 Nov 2022)

Fulton MacGregor: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to businesses in the hospitality sector, in light of the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and the cost of living crisis. (S6O-01489)


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