Results 81–100 of 751 for speaker:Fulton MacGregor

Scottish Parliament: Play Scotland (Play Charter) (14 Mar 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I am delighted to speak in the debate. I, too, thank Ruth Maguire for bringing it to the chamber and giving us all the opportunity to participate. Like other speakers, I fully welcome the promotion of Scotland’s first inclusive play charter by Play Scotland and I agree that play for all children and young people is vital. Play is fundamental in allowing children to develop and grow and it...

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (Minority Ethnic Groups) (22 Mar 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: 10. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in light of the findings in the report, “Shifting the Curve”, that people in minority ethnic groups are often the most disadvantaged and can face additional barriers when trying to get out of poverty. (S5O-00806)

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (Minority Ethnic Groups) (22 Mar 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Given the Scottish Government’s on-going anti-poverty work, and the aspirations of the race equality framework to tackle poverty for minority ethnic communities, will the cabinet secretary consider asking the independent adviser on poverty and inequality and the race equality framework adviser to meet and discuss the intersections of race and poverty and what could be done to address the...

Scottish Parliament: Early Learning and Childcare (23 Mar 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: It is important that all children are able to benefit from free early learning and childcare. Will the minister provide more detail about what the access fund that was announced yesterday will provide and how it might help more disabled children to take up their entitlement?

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (Draft National Plan) (23 Mar 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: First, I echo what others have said over the past 24 hours and offer my sympathy to those who were affected by yesterday’s events in London. It is a pleasure to speak in this important debate. I will start by telling the story of my local hero, Holly Kinsella, who I am delighted to say has joined us in the public gallery today. I met Holly during my recent election campaign and, as anyone...

Scottish Parliament: Coatbridge and Chryston (Jobs and Economy) (29 Mar 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to boost the economy and create jobs in Coatbridge and Chryston. (S5O-00838)

Scottish Parliament: Coatbridge and Chryston (Jobs and Economy) (29 Mar 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Coatbridge town centre has suffered multiple setbacks recently, including the closure of two banks, the proposed closure of the Department for Work and Pensions processing unit and major fires in some of the empty buildings. People are rightly concerned about the future of their main street. Having hosted a well-attended public meeting recently, I am in the process of establishing a steering...

Scottish Parliament: Education (29 Mar 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: First, I would like to apologise for my hoarse voice. I have had the flu that has been going around—or, as I have been told by my partner several times this week, the man flu. Apparently, she had it a couple of weeks ago and was neither up nor down, which says it all really. As has been said many times, there are improvements to be made to the Scottish education system. The governance...

Scottish Parliament: Education (29 Mar 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: No—there is not a lot of time. My constituency contains some of the most deprived areas in Scotland, according to the Scottish index of multiple deprivation, and it voted yes in the referendum—Johann Lamont mentioned the referendum. It is an area that wants change and wants to see everybody doing better, so the Government’s investment to help young people has been very much welcomed by...

Scottish Parliament: Education (29 Mar 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I do not have time. Education Scotland already runs independently of Government, but I would support a review of the processes that are in place—as Ross Greer and other members mentioned—to ensure that things are being done as well as they can be. The SQA has had its problems and those should be addressed, but we should support it as it attempts to make the necessary improvements to...

Scottish Parliament: Education (29 Mar 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Those are just some of the positives, which we should all welcome. I put on record again my appreciation of the teachers and assistants involved.

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Strategy (30 Mar 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: In the chamber, we have previously discussed concerns over children or young people with mental health problems being admitted to non-specialist wards, not least in relation to the issues that the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland raised last year. Will the minister outline how she intends to address the matter through the strategy? I advise those in the chamber that I am the...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Strategy (30 Mar 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Yes. [ Laughter .]

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Workforce (Morale) (20 Apr 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: How have staff representatives, such as the RCN, been involved in the development of the new iMatter system for addressing staff experience? For the benefit of members, I note that I am the parliamentary liaison officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.

Scottish Parliament: International Workers Memorial Day (20 Apr 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I am pleased to speak in this important debate and, as others have done, I thank Clare Haughey for bringing it to the chamber. International workers memorial day, which is an international day of remembrance and action for workers who have been killed at work, is an opportunity for reflection and commitment to change. Although, as has been said, the numbers are reducing year on year, last...

Scottish Parliament: Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week 2017 (26 Apr 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: It is great that we have this opportunity today to talk about MS during MS awareness week, and I thank George Adam for bringing this members’ business debate to the chamber. I know how much the issue means to him and his family, and it is clear from what he has said, here and to others, that he is recognised across the country as a champion for people with MS. I first met George long before...

Scottish Parliament: Children and Young People (Online Protection) (27 Apr 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: 5. To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to protect children and young people online. (S5F-01206)

Scottish Parliament: Children and Young People (Online Protection) (27 Apr 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I welcome that development. It is vital that we all do what we can to keep children safe in every aspect of their lives. What role is envisaged for service providers and technology businesses, which clearly also have a key responsibility to protect children from harm online?

Scottish Parliament: Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 Apr 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: As a member of the Justice Committee, I support the bill, and I agree with other members that it will improve access to justice for survivors of historical childhood abuse. I thank the minister and the Government for introducing the bill, and I thank the convener and all the members of the Justice Committee for agreeing to the general principles of the bill in such a consensual and sensitive...

Scottish Parliament: Forensic Examination (9 May 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Given the urgency of addressing the issue that the cabinet secretary described, what are the task force’s immediate steps?


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