Results 141–160 of 751 for speaker:Fulton MacGregor

Scottish Parliament: Radiologists (4 Oct 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I accept the member’s point, but that is why I started by giving some of the stats on what the Scottish Government has done to address the problem. What I am saying about Brexit is that it is not going to make things easier. It is not making it easier to attract highly skilled European staff to the country, and the Conservatives need to recognise that that is an issue. I am not a Highland...

Scottish Parliament: Institutional Racism (Police Scotland) (24 Oct 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Can the cabinet secretary provide any detail on how much confidence the Scottish public—across all sections—have in their local police force?

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (National Plan) (24 Oct 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I, too, welcome today’s announcement. I take the opportunity to praise Holly Kinsella, a young woman from my constituency who has campaigned on BSL issues through the National Deaf Children’s Society in Scotland. I invited her to come along today, but she could not make it because she is at university. How will the plan address unemployment and underemployment issues for BSL users? Will...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Safety at Work (26 Oct 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: The First Minister will be aware of the recent gas explosion at a derelict building in Lanarkshire that resulted in the tragic death of worker Pawel Urbanski, who was from Coatbridge. Will the First Minister outline how she will support the investigation and what steps she is taking to enhance health and safety at work regulations in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Disability Sport (26 Oct 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I pay tribute to Jeremy Balfour for bringing this important debate to the chamber. I know that he has always been passionate about the issue and he brings that into many of his speeches. For the issue to be brought to Parliament in the week in which a statement was made about our British Sign Language national plan is also important. It is an issue of equality. It is as simple as that. It is...

Scottish Parliament: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Annual Target 2015) (31 Oct 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Despite the ambitious approach to reducing emissions that has been outlined by the cabinet secretary, we will not be immune to experiencing the effects of climate change, which will be faced all over the world. What progress is the Scottish Government making specifically on climate change adaptation?

Scottish Parliament: Promoting Active Travel (31 Oct 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate. I welcome the Government’s motion, the £80 million pound investment and the appointment of an active nation commissioner. It is worth repeating that walking or cycling to work is active travel and it is good for our health and our environment. As the minister said, the positive impact that walking and cycling can have on physical and mental health...

Scottish Parliament: Health (1 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I remind Parliament that I am the parliamentary liaison officer for the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. I t beggars belief that we are once again listening to Anas Sarwar and the Labour Party talking down the hard work of staff in the NHS in Scotland and promoting a motion that is devoid of solutions or remedies. [ Interruption .] They all say at the start of their speeches that they...

Scottish Parliament: Health (1 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: No. I am running out of time.

Scottish Parliament: Health (1 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: No—I have a minute.

Scottish Parliament: Health (1 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Patient satisfaction in Scotland is at an all-time high, as members have said, and life expectancy and survival rates for chronic conditions are up. Staffing is also up, which is crucial. There are more than 12,000 additional staff since 2007, thanks in no small part to the Scottish Government’s policy of free tuition, supported with bursaries, for student nurses. As I have said, we cannot...

Scottish Parliament: Health (1 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Labour members should be congratulating the Scottish Government for acknowledging challenges while providing for the best and most progressive health service in the UK. I will leave it at that.

Scottish Parliament: Health (1 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Inclusive Education (2 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I support the motion and congratulate the Parliament and all Administrations on the presumption of mainstreaming. All children and young people are entitled to and deserve to receive adequate and ample support in order to reach their full potential. That sentiment stands regardless of the child’s needs or individual requirements, whether they complete their education at a mainstream school...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (7 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I welcome the cabinet secretary’s announcement and the role that the Scottish Government will play in leading on those key issues. Will the cabinet secretary advise members on the arrangements that are being made for the future of the forest research agency, which plays a key role throughout the UK in forestry science and expertise?

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (7 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Thank you, Presiding Officer. As a member of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, I support the general principles of the bill. It has been an interesting learning curve for me, with my background primarily in social work and social science. I learned a lot through the bill, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have done that. A strong forestry sector is important to a vibrant...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (7 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Am I? Thank you, John. It is a fantastic facility. Back in my constituency, I recently met with Charles Dundas from the Woodland Trust and had a walk around Drumpellier country park. I had not been aware prior to that that there is ancient woodland there but I am quite proud of that fact now. One per cent of Scotland is covered in ancient woodland, and now I have found out that some of it is...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (7 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I could not possibly comment on that, although he certainly managed to dig himself out of a hole earlier with his one and a half members point. On a serious note, I return to compulsory purchase orders. I mentioned my previous experience in social work because CPO reminds me of a child protection order, which is what we used to mean when we said CPO. John Finnie made an important point about...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (7 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I will develop the point anyway, which is that we would not want CPOs not to be there. When child protection or other processes go through, they work on the basis that such orders are in place and could possibly be used. I am coming to the end—

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (7 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I will leave it at that.

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