Results 61–80 of 1492 for speaker:Mark McDonald

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

Mark McDonald: The prevalence of children with life-limiting conditions in Scotland is increasing, and such children are surviving longer, meaning that many schools are now encountering complex medical conditions, which was not previously the case. Although the new guidance to which the cabinet secretary alluded addresses the issue of the liability that falls on individual staff members who support...

Scottish Parliament: Stoneywood Mill (28 Mar 2019)

Mark McDonald: I have previously raised the issue of Stoneywood mill in my constituency entering administration. Since then, a phenomenal collective effort involving the workforce, management, the trade unions and local and national agencies has sought to present a clear message that the mill has a positive future. It is reported today that a preferred bidder has been identified. While there is still some...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (28 Mar 2019)

Mark McDonald: Like George Adam, I am a member whose life is affected substantially by disability, albeit not my own, as I am a parent of a disabled child. In that respect, many of the families and individuals I come into regular contact with also have their lives touched by disability, so I will reflect on some of the issues that they have highlighted as well as some that have been highlighted by the...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (28 Mar 2019)

Mark McDonald: I will take a short intervention if I can have time back for it.

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (28 Mar 2019)

Mark McDonald: It is clear that the member has read the rest of my speech, which is good, because I have not. I agree entirely with his point, which I will come back to. My experience is that my son cannot use a communal public toilet, because the noise of a hand dryer sends him into a sensory meltdown. When we take him out, we must use disabled toilets. That often leads to questioning looks, because my son...

Scottish Parliament: Employer Pension Contributions (Funding) (21 Mar 2019)

Mark McDonald: On 1 April, employer contributions to national health service pension schemes will increase from 14.9 to 20.9 per cent. Children’s hospices across Scotland have estimated that the increased cost to them will be equivalent to the salaries of nine full-time nurses. The United Kingdom Government has stated that funding for charities and hospices is included in the funding that has been...

Scottish Parliament: Men’s Sheds (21 Mar 2019)

Mark McDonald: I congratulate Christine Grahame on securing this debate and on opening it in her usual inimitable style. There are two men’s sheds in my constituency. I will say a little bit about each of them, because their stories are somewhat different with regard to the progress that they have made. Following the election in 2016—after going home, then dropping my kids off at school—I went...

Scottish Parliament: Health (Role of Sport and Leisure) (21 Mar 2019)

Mark McDonald: Danestone medical practice in my constituency is one of more than 700 park run practices in the United Kingdom where patients and staff are encouraged to get active at their local park run, whether by walking, jogging or running. Does the minister agree that it was great to see more medical practices taking on the status of a park run practice? Will he join me in congratulating the volunteers...

Scottish Parliament: Traffic Management (A90/A944 Junction) (13 Mar 2019)

Mark McDonald: 1. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider traffic management options for the A90/A944 junction. (S5O-02973)

Scottish Parliament: Traffic Management (A90/A944 Junction) (13 Mar 2019)

Mark McDonald: I echo the cabinet secretary’s remarks in relation to yesterday evening’s tragedy. The A90/A944 Kingswells south junction at the Aberdeen western peripheral route has caused concern for my constituents. Although the AWPR has been a great boost to the area and has reduced journey time significantly, there are issues at peak times with the queuing of traffic and the difficulty of...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Feb 2019)

Mark McDonald: Much as I accept the mathematical irrelevance of my position, I state at the outset that I will be backing the budget at 5 o’clock this evening. I will, however, offer a few thoughts in the hope that they might be well received—or, at least, received—for consideration in future years. First, on taxation, I have long held the view that the step from £43,430 to £150,000 is too great,...

Scottish Parliament: World Cancer Day 2019 ( 5 Feb 2019)

Mark McDonald: I congratulate Emma Harper on securing this important debate. She listed the ways in which we can protect ourselves against cancer, for example by not smoking, by cutting down on alcohol, by losing weight and by taking more exercise. As a non-smoking teetotaller who has managed to lose three stone in the past year and is currently in training for two marathons, I appear to tick plenty of...

Scottish Parliament: Education (Presumption to Mainstream) (30 Jan 2019)

Mark McDonald: I declare that I am a parent of a child with additional support needs. My son has been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. Just over three years ago, I asked Alasdair Allan, who was then the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, whether the Scottish Government would consider a review of the presumption of mainstreaming, because of concerns that I had received about...

Scottish Parliament: Accused Persons (Anonymity) (23 Jan 2019)

Mark McDonald: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what steps are in place to prevent disclosure of an accused’s identity from compromising the safety of innocent parties. (S5O-02806)

Scottish Parliament: Accused Persons (Anonymity) (23 Jan 2019)

Mark McDonald: The cabinet secretary will be aware that I wrote to him, the Lord Advocate and the Solicitor General about a case in my constituency in which a young victim could have been identified inadvertently as a result of the accused’s identity being disclosed. I am grateful for the support that was provided to prevent that from happening, but there other cases in which it occurs. For example, the...

Scottish Parliament: Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers Ltd (Stoneywood Mill Closure) (17 Jan 2019)

Mark McDonald: Stoneywood mill in my consti tuency has been producing paper for 250 years and employs nearly 500 people. This week the business was placed in administration after a takeover deal collapsed. It is clearly a worrying time for the workforce and their families. I have spoken with the company and with union representatives and will continue that dialogue this week. The resolve to secure the...

Scottish Parliament: General Revenue Funding (Aberdeen City Council) ( 9 Jan 2019)

Mark McDonald: In my constituency, Northfield has a child poverty rate of 33 per cent while Bridge of Don has a child poverty rate of less than 5 per cent. When the city is looked as a whole, the affluence of the latter community masks the poverty of the former. Does the minister agree that, as well as looking at local authority revenue-raising powers, it is time that we looked at how local authority...

Scottish Parliament: General Revenue Funding (Aberdeen City Council) ( 9 Jan 2019)

Mark McDonald: I mentioned two communities in my constituency: Northfield and Bridge of Don. One has a child poverty rate of 33 per cent; one has a child poverty rate of less than 5 per cent. When the city is looked at as a whole, the affluence masks the poverty. When looking at local government finance, as well as the debate that is taking place on local authority revenue-raising powers, is it not time...

Scottish Parliament: Rail Transport (Festive Period Performance) (18 Dec 2018)

Mark McDonald: This morning, passengers arrived at Dyce station in my constituency to be notified that the 7.26 to Aberdeen had been cancelled, the 7.59 to Aberdeen was delayed and the 8.31 to Aberdeen had been cancelled. Those are important services for commuters in my constituency. Moreover, trains often run with too few carriages, which causes discomfort and inconvenience for passengers. My constituents...

Scottish Parliament: Oral Health (Adults) (12 Dec 2018)

Mark McDonald: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve adult oral health. (S5O-02672)


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