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Results 141–160 of 334 for speaker:Ben Macpherson

Scottish Parliament: United Nations International Day of Peace 2018 (18 Sep 2018)

Ben Macpherson: It is a privilege to conclude this illuminating and important debate. As other members have done, I thank Bill Kidd for securing the debate. It is important for all of us to think about not just the day of peace, but the wider points that have been described and commented on by several members. The subject of the motion is of interest to me not just in my capacity as Minister for Europe,...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

Ben Macpherson: For my generation, the conception and realisation of this institution—our Scottish Parliament—heralded the beginning of a more positive era for our country, and an exciting new chapter in our nation’s story. Since 1997, 1998 and 1999, when I watched Donald Dewar, Winnie Ewing and others turn a new page in Scotland’s democratic story, we have, as a country, achieved so much together...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I was reluctant to take Mike Rumbles’s intervention, because I expected the same sort of debasing intervention that has been made on other members. While we are in the devolved framework, we all want to protect and enhance devolution. Until the Scottish people, through their sovereign right, vote for independence, we in the SNP will proudly and strongly stand up for the powers of this...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Will Mr Kelly take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service 70th Birthday (26 Jun 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Like others, I welcome the debate as a chance to speak positively and constructively about the huge achievements of our NHS on this important anniversary. As the motion says, “each and every day, … there are countless examples of the importance and success of the NHS”, and the Parliament “thanks all health service staff, past and present, for their compassion and dedication in...

Scottish Parliament: Freedom of Information (Scottish Government Request Handling and Record Keeping) (20 Jun 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Like other members, I welcome the debate and its generally serious tone because, as has been said already, the transparency of the Government, public agencies and, indeed, private companies matters to us all. It is in the public interest that appropriate information can be obtained, analysed and considered. Media scrutiny of the Government is an essential part of our democratic process. I...

Scottish Parliament: Freedom of Information (Scottish Government Request Handling and Record Keeping) (20 Jun 2018)

Ben Macpherson: That proactive response is outwith the freedom of information system. I have been in touch with the minister with a written question about the draft order to extend freedom of information legislation to the register of social landlords, and received today a comprehensive response outlining the process to progress the draft order, for which I am grateful. The Scottish Information Commissioner...

Scottish Parliament: Freedom of Information (Scottish Government Request Handling and Record Keeping) (20 Jun 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I look forward to seeing the action report in September.

Scottish Parliament: Miners’ Strike (Impact of Policing on Communities) (7 Jun 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Will the cabinet secretary explain why the independent review will not consider political interference?

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 May 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Like others, I very much welcome the bill and the debate on how we might strengthen and simplify our planning system. Planning is about places, place making and, most important, people. It is about the places where we live, work and visit, so planning has a real impact on all our lives. Although it is a complex area of policy and law it is, of course, crucial, which is why the bill is so...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 May 2018)

Ben Macpherson: That is where a local place plan could play an important role, because it could bring different community groups together to ensure that there is a cohesive position and that different views are heard on various matters. I think about how that has already happened in my constituency. Here + Now CIC, a company that is based in Edinburgh, does that work, and the Leith creative project has...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 May 2018)

Ben Macpherson: —building standards. It is important that we get this right. We must emphasise design and quality because, as has been said, our focus should be on “securing the development of great places that will stand the test of time”.

Scottish Parliament: Housing (23 May 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I, too, very much welcome the use of this time for this important debate, which builds on the momentum of the Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004, the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014, my members’ business debate in January and the establishment and work of our working group thereafter. It is always good to start with a definition. Other members have talked about how inclusive the idea of a tenement...

Scottish Parliament: Police Call Handling (22 May 2018)

Ben Macpherson: What steps are being taken to increase and improve collaboration between the emergency services and other partners to strengthen the gazetteer global positioning system that is used by police call handlers?

Scottish Parliament: Energy Efficient Scotland (10 May 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I am pleased to speak in this debate as a member of the cross-party group on energy efficiency and the cross-party group on housing, but most of all as a constituency MSP. I warmly welcome the Scottish Government’s “Energy Efficient Scotland” route map. I vividly remember that, after a public meeting when I was standing for election, a young lad came up to me and said, “Ben, it’s...

Scottish Parliament: Education Maintenance Allowance (2 May 2018)

Ben Macpherson: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what role the education maintenance allowance plays in encouraging young people to stay on at school. (S5O-02028)

Scottish Parliament: Education Maintenance Allowance (2 May 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I welcome that the Scottish National Party Government continues to recognise the importance of the EMA programme in allowing our young people to make learning decisions that are based on their abilities and aspirations rather than their financial circumstances. What proportion of EMA recipients live in our most disadvantaged areas?

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Apr 2018)

Ben Macpherson: Like others, I very much welcome the right to advocacy within the bill and I rise to speak in favour of all the amendments in the group in the name of the minister. I speak particularly to amendment 35, which I support for a number of reasons. First, in my view it is important that amendment 35 is passed so that Parliament—MSPs—will have the opportunity to scrutinise the regulatory...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Apr 2018)

Ben Macpherson: I lodged amendments 111A and 111B to extend the definition of “terminal illness” to ensure that regulations are framed to include anyone under the age of 18 who has a progressive disease that is likely to cause death. The amendments sought to make sure that special rules would apply to those young people so that they got the highest rate of benefit quickly and with no assessment. Doing...


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