Results 161–180 of 751 for speaker:Fulton MacGregor

Scottish Parliament: Preventing Sexual Offending Involving Children and Young People (14 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: The cabinet secretary confirmed that young people will be involved in the expert group’s work. Will there be a direct opportunity for young people who have been affected by sexual offending to engage with that work? If so, will their voices help to develop services that are designed to support the victims and perpetrators of such offences?

Scottish Parliament: Incontinence (16 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I thank Alex Cole-Hamilton for bringing forward this important debate. I remind members that I am the parliamentary liaison officer for the health secretary. I will focus specifically on care homes—my reason for that will become clear—although I completely accept what Alex Cole-Hamilton said about the condition affecting not just one group. Incontinence is common among care home...

Scottish Parliament: Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol (21 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Given the intricate relationship between alcohol use and poor mental health that can exist for some people, does the cabinet secretary expect that, in the longer term, the impact of minimum unit pricing on mental health will be just as positive as, if not more positive than, its impact on physical health? My apologies—I should remind members that I am the parliamentary liaison officer for...

Scottish Parliament: Suicide Prevention (21 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I remind members in the chamber that I am the parliamentary liaison officer to the health secretary. Given the new 10-year mental health strategy, it is clear that suicide prevention is a high priority for the Scottish Government. It is good to see that the overall suicide rate has fallen by 17 per cent over the past decade, but we can always do more. It is vital that we continue to break...

Scottish Parliament: Thyroid Conditions (22 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I did not intend to speak in the debate, so I might not need the whole four minutes. Members will be glad to hear that. Two things inspired me to contribute to the debate, one of which was the powerful contribution by my colleague Elaine Smith. As a fellow Coatbridger, I felt inclined to contribute, given what she said. The second thing that inspired me to contribute was that, just before the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Sports Association (29 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I put on record my apologies for coming in slightly late for the start of Lewis Macdonald’s question. National lottery income for good causes reduced by 14 per cent between 2015-16 and 2016-17. Does the minister agree that the United Kingdom Government’s lack of action to address that important issue is putting the delivery of sport at risk? [ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Policing (29 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: What discussions has the cabinet secretary had with the UK Government regarding the repayment of the £140 million in VAT that has been taken out of the pockets of our emergency services over the past few years?

Scottish Parliament: General Practice (29 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: As members know, I am the parliamentary liaison officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Health. I leave aside the outright brass neck of the Conservatives in criticising spending on health or any public service to say that it is important to recognise that general practice is a highly valued part of our healthcare system in Scotland. I agree that we should take measures to ensure that general...

Scottish Parliament: General Practice (29 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I am sorry but I do not have time. The practice operates a system in which GPs answer the triage line. It is often possible for a doctor to give advice over the phone, reducing the number of sick people in the waiting room. I recently visited another GP practice in my constituency, the Jamieson practice in Chryston, and had a useful and frank discussion with the doctors, nurses and support...

Scottish Parliament: General Practice (29 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: No. I am running out of time. It is shameful that the Tory UK Government refuses to guarantee the rights of EU nationals post-Brexit—[ Interruption ]. The Conservatives do not like hearing this, but it is one of the biggest threats to our current NHS workforce. EU nationals currently account for 3 per cent of the workforce in the health and social care sector, and around 5.8 per cent of...

Scottish Parliament: General Practice (29 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Superfast Broadband (30 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: 4. To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will provide an update on its plans to deliver access to superfast broadband to 100 per cent of premises by 2021. (S5F-01773)

Scottish Parliament: Superfast Broadband (30 Nov 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: What difference has the Scottish approach to rolling out fibre broadband made to my constituents in Coatbridge and Chryston, and how is the UK Government supporting the 100 per cent ambition, given that it is a reserved matter?

Scottish Parliament: Planning and Inclusive Growth (5 Dec 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: How does the Scottish Government intend to strengthen the planning system’s contribution to inclusive growth and growing the economy? How will local communities as a whole be able to affect plans for large-scale developments?

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority (6 Dec 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: It is disappointing that the Liberal Democrats are using the current situation to attack the entire police force. I agree with John Finnie saying that the motion is an attack. I feel that the motion is beneath someone such as Liam McArthur, who is usually constructive in committee. To use the alleged and, as yet, unproven actions of a handful of senior officers to try to tar the entire force...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority (6 Dec 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Town Centres (Support to Attract Businesses and Jobs) (13 Dec 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how it supports local authorities in attracting businesses and jobs to town centres. (S5O-01595)

Scottish Parliament: Town Centres (Support to Attract Businesses and Jobs) (13 Dec 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: Just last week, I held the second in my series of town centre regeneration meetings for Coatbridge town centre. There is a lot of goodwill towards the town centre and a strong desire for it to thrive again, but no single stakeholder seems to have the levers or strategy to make all the necessary changes. What measures are in place to help communities, including local authorities, elected...

Scottish Parliament: Bank Branch Closures (14 Dec 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: As others have done, I thank Kate Forbes. I echo what other members have said in stating how disappointed I am that RBS has taken the decision to close 62 branches across Scotland. I am grateful that the Coatbridge branch is not one of them, as I do not think that the high street in Coatbridge could take any more pain. There have been several high street bank closures in Coatbridge already,...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Spending and Tax Plans 2018-19 (14 Dec 2017)

Fulton MacGregor: I welcome today’s announcement that the Scottish police service and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be keeping all of the funds that they would have been paying in VAT. Will the cabinet secretary confirm that the SNP Government will continue to pursue the UK Government to get it to pay back the £140 million of VAT that it has already taken?


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