Results 41–60 of 1492 for speaker:Mark McDonald

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

Mark McDonald: I have taken one intervention from Mr Rumbles, which is probably enough. Members have spoken about how unpopular the measures are. In considering how to vote on amendments, I am often guided by correspondence from my constituents and what they ask me to do. In relation to the workplace parking levy, which is supposedly the least popular piece of legislation or taxation ever introduced, the...

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

Mark McDonald: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2019-20 ( 3 Sep 2019)

Mark McDonald: I declare an interest as a parent of a child who is in receipt of disability living allowance. I welcome the announcement of the launch of disability assistance for children and young people. Ask any parent who claims on behalf of their child and they will tell you that the application and renewal process is onerous, bureaucratic and distressing. Ahead of the launch next summer, will the...

Scottish Parliament: Citizens Assembly of Scotland (26 Jun 2019)

Mark McDonald: The cabinet secretary alluded to the briefing that Irish officials gave last week, for which I thank him. Art O’Leary made the point that one of the things that defined the initial constitutional convention was that members of Parliament were involved through membership of that convention. That created a sense of ownership of the conclusions, which perhaps has not existed in other places,...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Mark McDonald: The recent development at Dubford in my constituency has been hit by the fact that inappropriate infrastructure was laid, which does not allow my constituents in that area to benefit from broadband internet connections. Although I am open-minded with regard to Alex Cole-Hamilton’s amendment, can the minister advise how such issues can be dealt with better in future to ensure that new...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Mark McDonald: Will Mr Cole-Hamilton take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Mark McDonald: I am grateful to Mr Cole-Hamilton for giving way. I was open-minded in relation to amendment 3. My concern is that, if we had been debating the issue, say, 10 years ago, we would have been talking about copper and exchange to premises, such as, for example, exists in Kingswells in my constituency. Retrofitting the infrastructure to ensure that properties there are adequately connected is now...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Mark McDonald: I listened carefully to the points that Graham Simpson made. When we were talking about third-party rights of appeal—although they fell, I backed those amendments—I was struck by the fact that much of the objection to them was on the basis that they would increase costs and potentially lead to greater complexity and to things taking a greater length of time. Graham Simpson said that we...

Scottish Parliament: Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers Ltd (Stoneywood Mill) ( 6 Jun 2019)

Mark McDonald: The Deputy First Minister will be aware that the administrators for Stoneywood mill have ended their discussions with the preferred bidder and the sale is no longer being taken forward. Although that is, understandably, a major disappointment, a management buyout has emerged as a potential means of securing the future of the business and the workforce. I plan to meet management tomorrow. I...

Scottish Parliament: Child Safety Week 2019 ( 5 Jun 2019)

Mark McDonald: I, too, congratulate Clare Adamson on the debate and echo Mark Ruskell’s comments that, for a number of years now, Ms Adamson has been leading the way in this Parliament in relation to safety and accident prevention. I hope that that continues to be the case. In her speech, she mentioned poisoning and I noted in the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s information the emerging and growing...

Scottish Parliament: Child Safety Week 2019 ( 5 Jun 2019)

Mark McDonald: I will just finish the point. The report highlights that grapes are “the third most common cause of food-related” incidents. My researcher wondered what the other two were, so she looked them up; they are hot dogs and sweets. I still cut up grapes before I feed my children and the chances are that I will do so until they are teenagers and tell me to stop it.

Scottish Parliament: Child Safety Week 2019 ( 5 Jun 2019)

Mark McDonald: I am grateful for that, Presiding Officer. I absolutely agree with the point that Clare Adamson makes, and I will return to it later, now that I have been given the time back. Clare Adamson also mentioned drowning. Members from the north-east might remember the tragic incident in 2016 when my constituent Julie Walker died at Aberdeen beach while trying to save her six-year-old son, Lucas,...

Scottish Parliament: Dementia (Alzheimer Scotland Report) ( 4 Jun 2019)

Mark McDonald: I congratulate Richard Lyle on securing the debate. The issue that we are debating is one that has long been of interest to me. My late grandmother had dementia up until her passing in 2011. As my mother cared for her for a large part of that time, I have seen at first hand the work that goes into supporting an individual who has dementia, or advanced dementia, which, as I think most people...

Scottish Parliament: Expanding Scotland’s Railways (29 May 2019)

Mark McDonald: Thank you very much, Deputy Presiding Officer—message received and understood. I congratulate Mark Ruskell on securing this important debate and bringing the issue to the chamber. At the very beginning of his speech, he rightly mentioned the shadow of the Beeching report, which hangs over much of the rail infrastructure—or lack of rail infrastructure—in parts of Scotland, not just in...

Scottish Parliament: Expanding Scotland’s Railways (29 May 2019)

Mark McDonald: Indeed. I believe that all three options that were assessed included the option of a station at Newmachar. I will make a point about urban expansion shortly. That would be a sensible step to take with the expansion that is taking place in Newmachar and other areas in the A947 corridor. I am sure that, in raising the particular issue of a station in Newmachar, Gillian Martin does not have an...

Scottish Parliament: Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 7 May 2019)

Mark McDonald: I am grateful to Alex Cole-Hamilton for the conversations that he had with me in advance of lodging his amendments in this group. I join him in paying tribute to Alison McInnes, who I enjoyed working with when she represented the north-east of Scotland. Just as the debate on the issue has evolved during the bill process, our thinking should do so, too, which is why I have come to support the...

Scottish Parliament: Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 7 May 2019)

Mark McDonald: Ruth Maguire made a point that is worth bearing in mind when she spoke about small numbers. The number of children who will be captured by the bill and who will require to be removed to a place of safety is small. Within that, the number of children who might find themselves in a position in which the only place of safety that is available is a police cell will be even smaller. Therefore, we...

Scottish Parliament: Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill ( 7 May 2019)

Mark McDonald: So far in the debate, a number of members have mentioned the idea of this legislation being overdue. It is perhaps worth pausing to reflect on the minister’s comment about the length of time that has passed since the age of criminal responsibility was increased from seven years to eight. During that span of 80-plus years, each of the parties in the chamber—with the exception of the...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit and Scotland’s Future (24 Apr 2019)

Mark McDonald: I welcome the First Minister’s proposal for a citizens assembly. I believe that it is a concept that could have a wider applicability in the future. What steps will the Scottish Government take to ensure that the assembly captures the widest possible range of voices from within Scotland—particularly from minority communities and communities of disadvantage and poverty, whose voices are...

Scottish Parliament: Children with Complex Needs and Medical Conditions (28 Mar 2019)

Mark McDonald: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that children with complex needs and medical conditions are appropriately supported in their education. (S5O-03076)


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