Results 1–20 of 573 for speaker:Rona Mackay

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Culture) (22 Jun 2022)

Rona Mackay: What steps is the Scottish Government taking to drive forward meaningful improvement and strengthen public confidence in the police?

Scottish Parliament: Deaths in Custody (22 Jun 2022)

Rona Mackay: What steps are being taken to improve the transparency of data on deaths in custody?

Scottish Parliament: Education Reform Update (14 Jun 2022)

Rona Mackay: We all want Scotland’s education system to compete with the best in the world. How will the Scottish Government ensure that we use this opportunity of reform to learn from the best globally?

Scottish Parliament: Neospora (9 Jun 2022)

Rona Mackay: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to help farmers to tackle the reported increasing problem of Neospora in livestock. (S6O-01202)

Scottish Parliament: Neospora (9 Jun 2022)

Rona Mackay: This month, I will meet a local constituent at his farm to discuss four calves that were aborted during pregnancy due to Neospora. Dogs are a primary host for the parasite, and it can take just one cow grazing on pasture that is contaminated by infected dog faeces for the entire herd to be infected. Can the minister tell me what is being done to educate members of the public that, when...

Scottish Parliament: Census (9 Jun 2022)

Rona Mackay: It is clear that the census field force staff made a huge effort to maximise census returns in the lead up to the deadline. Does the cabinet secretary hold any data at this stage on the effectiveness of that door-to-door method in increasing understanding of the census and boosting the return rate?

Scottish Parliament: Investing in Scotland’s Future (31 May 2022)

Rona Mackay: Today’s publications confirm this SNP Scottish Government’s priorities: the game-changing Scottish child payment, huge increases for front-line health services, free school meals for young people and money to decarbonise buildings and promote active travel, among many others. However, the cost of living crisis will be at the front of most people’s minds at the moment. Will the cabinet...

Scottish Parliament: Childcare Sector Omicron Impacts Fund (26 May 2022)

Rona Mackay: 4. To ask the Scottish Government how many early learning and childcare providers, including private providers, received funding from the £9.8 million childcare sector omicron impacts fund that opened for applications in March this year. (S6O-01145)

Scottish Parliament: Childcare Sector Omicron Impacts Fund (26 May 2022)

Rona Mackay: I hope that the minister will join me in celebrating our ELC workers, who are making a huge difference to our children’s lives, day in and day out. As we emerge from the pandemic, can the minister set out how the Scottish Government is supporting our ELC settings to continue to deliver high-quality care for our children?

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dental Patients (East Dunbartonshire) (19 May 2022)

Rona Mackay: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to dentists in East Dunbartonshire to allow them to take on more NHS patients. (S6O-01116)

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service Dental Patients (East Dunbartonshire) (19 May 2022)

Rona Mackay: Several of my constituents in Bearsden have raised concerns that a popular local dental practice in the area has ceased providing NHS treatment and is forcing existing NHS patients on to a private monthly payment plan. In light of the Scottish Government’s plans to move to free dental care for all, can the minister confirm how dental treatment can be accessible to everyone in their local...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Compensation Payments) (17 May 2022)

Rona Mackay: As the minister said, the Scottish Government has already taken steps to improve transparency by introducing the organisational duty of candour in 2018. Will the minister outline the further steps that the Scottish Government is taking to improve transparency and to further strengthen public confidence in the police? As she has suggested, when the standard of delivery in public services falls...

Scottish Parliament: Violent Crime (11 May 2022)

Rona Mackay: The Conservative Party’s motion reads a bit like a hit list of top Tory grumbles, with no coherent thread: it throws a multitude of subjects up into the air and lets them land to form a motion. I will try to address each area, but I have limited time to expand in detail. First, crime is down 40 per cent since 2006-2007, and it is at one of the lowest levels since records began in 1974. I...

Scottish Parliament: Violent Crime (11 May 2022)

Rona Mackay: No, thank you. That compares with £21,654 in England. The 2022-2023 policing budget provides a total investment of more than £1.4 billion, and a total of £3.1 billion will be invested in the justice system to strengthen front-line services. The motion claims that hours of community sentences have been written off or have not been carried out yet, which completely ignores the fact that we...

Scottish Parliament: Immigration Powers (4 May 2022)

Rona Mackay: 6. To ask the Scottish Government when it last held talks with the United Kingdom Government to discuss devolving immigration powers to Scotland. (S6O-01043)

Scottish Parliament: Immigration Powers (4 May 2022)

Rona Mackay: I thank the minister for that answer. My office manager and his husband have been asked by a Ukrainian family friend to sponsor their 16-year-old while his parents are trapped in the Donbas region. It has been 10 days since the application was submitted, and they are still waiting on an update from the Home Office. Does the minister agree with me that powers over immigration must be devolved...

Scottish Parliament: Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (3 May 2022)

Rona Mackay: As a member of the Criminal Justice Committee, I am pleased to be speaking in today’s stage 1 debate. The bill is a complex one, with many moving parts, so I thank the committee clerks and the bill team for turning the stage 1 report around so quickly. It truly was a herculean effort. I also thank the minister for responding to the report in time for today’s debate. We have heard in the...

Scottish Parliament: Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (3 May 2022)

Rona Mackay: Obviously, legislation will have to work, and we will have the chance for scrutiny at stage 2. It is quite clear that the public just want us to take action now. It is clear that something had to be done about the burgeoning use of fireworks, which were, at one time, set off only on 5 November but are now being used regularly throughout the year. Let us start at the beginning. The purpose of...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Census 2022 (28 Apr 2022)

Rona Mackay: To follow on from the last question, can the cabinet secretary confirm that community and stakeholder engagement to promote Scotland’s census will continue until the end of May?

Scottish Parliament: Solicitors (Domestic Abuse Cases) (26 Apr 2022)

Rona Mackay: In response to the Bellamy independent review of criminal legal aid, UK Government proposals include increasing legal aid rates by 15 per cent, as recommended by the report. How does that compare with the Scottish Government’s offer to the legal profession?


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