Results 21–40 of 1492 for speaker:Mark McDonald

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Education) (26 May 2020)

Mark McDonald: During one of the cabinet secretary’s recent statements, I spoke to him about the issues around transition, particularly for those children who have additional support needs and who might be transitioning from nursery to primary school—or, as is the case for my son, from primary to secondary school—and the potential for some special measures to be required. Given that we now have the...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Business Support) (17 Apr 2020)

Mark McDonald: Much of the very welcome financial support that the Scottish Government has announced is being channelled through local authorities. Yesterday, I was contacted by a business in my constituency that applied for grant support on 24 March but has not, to date, received a determination on its application. It was advised by the local authority that the team that is dealing with the applications is...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (24 Mar 2020)

Mark McDonald: My question is for the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. There are individuals with addiction issues who, until now, have been receiving treatment from the NHS or support from groups such as Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous. There are individuals with addiction issues who might not yet have sought treatment and who face the possibility of three weeks of...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Business Insurance) (19 Mar 2020)

Mark McDonald: On the subject of the Government not being able to do it alone, I have been contacted by a small business in my constituency that provides specialist inspection and training services to the energy industry. Over the past few weeks, its order books have ended up at less than 5 per cent of the pre-Covid-19 level. The owner tells me that he will have no alternative but to close operations next...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Education) (19 Mar 2020)

Mark McDonald: My question follows Monica Lennon’s point about transition. I declare an interest as the parent of a child with additional support needs who is moving from P7 to secondary 1. For children with complex additional needs, the transition process is often long and needs to be handled carefully to enable acclimatisation to a new school environment, timetable and way of working. My son recently...

Scottish Parliament: Dyce Clydesdale Bank Branch (Proposed Closure) (27 Feb 2020)

Mark McDonald: In November 2014, Clydesdale Bank trumpeted investment in and refurbishment of its branch in Dyce in my constituency, but yesterday the bank announced plans to close the branch in September of this year. That follows the closure of the village’s RBS and the significant reduction in the opening hours of the village’s TSB. Does the First Minister share my concern with the approach that is...

Scottish Parliament: Independent Care Review ( 5 Feb 2020)

Mark McDonald: One of the most distressing stories that I heard at the outset of the care review was of a public meeting at which the members of the community were up in arms at the possibility of a residential children’s home opening in their area. Does the First Minister agree that, as well as the legislative changes that are being made, politicians must lead attitudinal change across society to ensure...

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 4 Feb 2020)

Mark McDonald: Can Maurice Golden highlight whether any famous people have come through the state school sector? What evidence does he have that any of the people that he mentioned would not have achieved what they did by coming through the state school sector, as opposed to the independent sector?

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 4 Feb 2020)

Mark McDonald: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 4 Feb 2020)

Mark McDonald: I was not going to enter the debate, but, since Mr Kerr would not take my intervention, I will do so. How dare he make those slurs against the state school sector in Aberdeen? How dare he make those claims? I declare an interest in that I went through the state school sector in Aberdeen and my children are both in state schools in Aberdeen. How dare Mr Kerr suggest that the children in state...

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 4 Feb 2020)

Mark McDonald: Not a chance. How dare he suggest that children who are currently in independent schools—

Scottish Parliament: Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 4 Feb 2020)

Mark McDonald: We all heard Mr Kerr state that children who are currently being educated in independent schools would suffer were they to move into the state sector in Aberdeen, thereby implying that the state sector in Aberdeen is somehow providing an education that is of a lower quality than that which is being provided in independent schools. It may be that Mr Kerr did not mean to say those things. If...

Scottish Parliament: Palliative and End-of-life Care (Research Projections) ( 8 Jan 2020)

Mark McDonald: As a fellow deputy convener of the cross-party group in the Scottish Parliament on palliative care, I congratulate Miles Briggs on bringing the debate to the chamber. I have a very strong interest in the issue. He was right to say that the subject might not be cheery, but it is a necessary subject because it deals with life’s greatest certainty—the fact that it will end. Although we have...

Scottish Parliament: Palliative and End-of-life Care (Research Projections) ( 8 Jan 2020)

Mark McDonald: I absolutely hear what the minister says, but does he accept that part of the issue in the points that I highlighted is that, for a number of conditions, the increased complexity and the increased lifespan of individuals living with them mean that it will be difficult to commission services from the current models, so we need to think about different models of commissioning?

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (27 Nov 2019)

Mark McDonald: I begin by giving credit to Willie Rennie and the Liberal Democrats, because it is often the case that when Opposition parties use their debating time they choose to split it between two subjects, and that can often lead to debates that are truncated and feel rushed. I pay tribute to the Liberal Democrats for spending their entire time debating an exceptionally important issue, which should...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (27 Nov 2019)

Mark McDonald: I have a lot to get through, but I will take an intervention if it is brief. I want to say first, however, that a lot sits below the headline statistics on these issues. That is not to take away from the need to tackle them, but it is important that we understand what sits below those headline statistics.

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (27 Nov 2019)

Mark McDonald: I was about to come onto the issue of suicide, and discuss it in perhaps a slightly wider context than just young people. However, one suicide is a tragedy, let alone the number that we see on an annual basis. As MSPs, we recently we had the opportunity to undertake suicide prevention training, which was provided by SAMH. I attended a session with Liam McArthur and Finlay Carson. One of the...

Scottish Parliament: Transport (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 9 Oct 2019)

Mark McDonald: Will Mr Rumbles advise what the council leaders had to say about their intentions on the workplace parking levy when Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council set their budgets recently?

Scottish Parliament: Transport (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 9 Oct 2019)

Mark McDonald: I have listened carefully to the debate on the issue and I admit to being slightly confused by the arguments that are being deployed. On the one hand, we are told that this is a regressive tax that will hit workers; on the other hand, we are told that councils will not implement the measure because councils in England have not implemented it. On the one hand, we are told that councils are...

Scottish Parliament: Transport (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 9 Oct 2019)

Mark McDonald: My constituents do not live in the centre of Aberdeen; they live in the suburbs of Aberdeen, and many of them have to travel to work in the centre of Aberdeen and in Aberdeenshire. It is interesting that Mr Rumbles says that future administrations might decide to introduce a levy. I do not believe that we should give powers only when we agree with what the people who get the powers will do...


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