Results 141–160 of 600 for speaker:Marilyn Livingstone

Scottish Parliament: Forth Crossing (15 Jan 2009)

Marilyn Livingstone: The one issue on which most of us can agree is that the case for a new Forth crossing has been made. Having represented a Fife constituency since the Parliament's inception in 1999, I believe that this debate is crucial to the people whom I represent. Nobody should be playing games this afternoon. The project must be our number 1 priority, and of course it must go ahead. Surely this debate...

Scottish Parliament: Forth Crossing (15 Jan 2009)

Marilyn Livingstone: I thank the member for his intervention. I will address the issue that he raises. Another question that we should ask is whether there is a robust engineering case for saying that the Government's current plan is the optimum solution. Although we have some information, it would be really good for Parliament to have the detail. The new bridge must be fit for purpose; otherwise, we will be...

Scottish Parliament: National Qualifications ( 7 Jan 2009)

Marilyn Livingstone: Today's debate has proved just how intertwined the new Scottish national qualifications framework and the curriculum for excellence are in delivering on our aspirations for all learners in this and following generations. In government, Labour began revitalising the curriculum in light of the conclusions of the important national debate on education in 2002. There was consensus that...

Scottish Parliament: National Qualifications ( 7 Jan 2009)

Marilyn Livingstone: I will give way after I have developed this point. Langside College's concern, which I am sure is reflected throughout the sector, is that the same staff and curriculum development opportunities should be available to colleges as are available to schools. There is deep disappointment at the fact that national certificates and progression at intermediate levels 1 and 2 are being ignored.

Scottish Parliament: National Qualifications ( 7 Jan 2009)

Marilyn Livingstone: The cabinet secretary will be aware why I raised the issue. The point needs to be recognised across the board. The Association of Scotland's Colleges points out that more adults—as many as 100,000—study for intermediate awards in colleges than do pupils in Scotland's schools. Curriculum for excellence is about preparing our children and young people for life after school as well as about...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: People with Mental Health Problems (Carers) (18 Dec 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available to carers of people in the community with mental health problems. (S3O-5281)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: People with Mental Health Problems (Carers) (18 Dec 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: The minister is aware of the concerns of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship Scotland regarding the abolition of the Mental Welfare Commission and NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, which are to be replaced by a new scrutiny body. Can the minister tell me what consultation with stakeholders took place prior to that announcement? How will she be able to guarantee the continued independence of...

Scottish Parliament: Audit Committee (Title and Remit) (10 Dec 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: Along with my colleague, Gil Paterson, the convener of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, I thank the clerks to the committee, who have given me so much support as the new deputy convener. Indeed, I thank all members of the committee. It is important that our thanks are a matter of public record. Like most of my colleagues on the committee, I joined the committee...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing: NHS Fife (Whyteman's Brae Centre) ( 4 Dec 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: I will meet NHS Fife and staff at Whyteman's Brae later this month. The centre at Whyteman's Brae provides GP and community health services to some of the most disadvantaged communities. Does the Scottish Government have any plans to make additional resources available to support health practices such as Whyteman's Brae, to give them the additional support that is needed to provide a wide...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Rail Services (Fife) (27 Nov 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve rail services for passengers to and from Fife, from both the north and south. (S3O-4986)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Rail Services (Fife) (27 Nov 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: I have written to the minister on this issue. Does he agree that many Fife commuters are being disadvantaged by the changes to the service? Many people who are trying to get to Dundee and Aberdeen cannot get to work in time because of the changes. I have just received a 200-signature petition on the changes. Will the minister take the issue back to the drawing board, and will he discuss, with...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Construction Industry Skills Base (20 Nov 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support the construction industry to retain its skills base during the economic downturn. (S3O-4888)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Construction Industry Skills Base (20 Nov 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: The construction industry has been particularly hard hit and, in all probability, it will lose 20,000 jobs before Christmas. The industry is concerned that if the situation is not addressed urgently, its ability to respond to any upturn will be impossible because of the flight of skills across the board in the construction industry. I accept that the oil and gas industry is doing well, but...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Construction Industry Skills Base (20 Nov 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: The construction industry is concerned that it will be unable to retain the skilled staff necessary to train the workforce of the future. Minister, urgent action is required and the industry is asking the Scottish Government and local authorities to—

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Construction Industry Skills Base (20 Nov 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: I am, Presiding Officer. The industry wants the Scottish Government and local authorities to propose large and small infrastructure projects to ensure the sustainability of this vital industry.

Scottish Parliament: Energy Efficiency (13 Nov 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: Thank you for the opportunity to take part in the debate, Presiding Officer. I think that I can confidently say that everyone in the Parliament agrees that Scotland's ambition should be to lead the world on climate change. Scottish Labour has a strong record on tackling climate change. The Labour-led devolved Government set ambitious targets for renewables generation in Scotland and...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Efficiency (13 Nov 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: I warmly welcome Gordon Brown's commitment to work towards the 80 per cent target across the UK. The measures in Sarah Boyack's member's bill on microgeneration, which proposed incentives to encourage the use of small-scale renewables technology, were supported by the SNP when they were in opposition, but now that they are in power, they seem to be backing away from many of them. I pay...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (18 Sep 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: I am pleased to be able to contribute to the debate, and welcome the Scottish Government's remarks on the professionalism of the committee's work. I thank the clerking team, the committee adviser, fellow members of the committee—I should say past and present members—and, of course, everybody who took time to give evidence to us. The committee's sixth report clearly describes the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regeneration: Regeneration ( 1 Aug 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14103 by Stewart Maxwell on 19 June 2008, what funding and resources will be (a) provided by it and (b) transferred from Scottish Enterprise to local government to support town centre regeneration in each of the next three years.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regeneration: Regeneration (28 Jul 2008)

Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-14103 by Stewart Maxwell on 19 June 2008, what steps it is taking to meet the challenges faced by town centres.


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