Results 101–120 of 1492 for speaker:Mark McDonald

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (National Plan) (24 Oct 2017)

Mark McDonald: There are a number of actions in the plan that relate to further and higher education, including ones to improve access and support. Application processes are matters for individual institutions and might be better taken forward as part of their local plans, which the Scottish Government and the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council will be working to support to ensure that...

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (National Plan) (24 Oct 2017)

Mark McDonald: I accept that entirely and we need to look at that area very carefully in prioritising the actions that we take forward. As I have said, we recognise that there are gaps in the general interpreting capacity and in specific areas of Scottish public life in which there is not the level of interpreters that we want to see to support the kind of work that John Finnie has highlighted. That is why...

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (National Plan) (24 Oct 2017)

Mark McDonald: I certainly think that the practice could be included in local plans, but I must be careful because I do not dictate or determine what goes into local plans. Where required, the Government will seek to support the development of local plans, which will be produced a year from now. As Richard Lochhead and Graeme Dey highlighted, we want to ensure that opportunities are available for BSL users....

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (National Plan) (24 Oct 2017)

Mark McDonald: Action 45 states that we will “Ensure that—in line with Scotland’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027—BSL users ... get the right help at the right time, expect recovery, and fully enjoy their rights, free from discrimination and stigma.” It commits us to ensure that, by 2020, “NHS Boards and Integration Authorities ... take action so that psychological therapies can be offered on a...

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (National Plan) (24 Oct 2017)

Mark McDonald: I look forward to visiting Dingwall academy next month. Maree Todd has, at every opportunity, assiduously highlighted the academy’s work on BSL, and I look forward to seeing its work. I had the opportunity to see the fantastic work that is being done by Stoneywood school, which is in my constituency. It was quite inspirational to watch primary 4 children acting as teachers to teach other...

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (National Plan) (24 Oct 2017)

Mark McDonald: First, I cannot give a blow-by-blow account of the discussions that are being had, but we are committed to ensuring that the barriers that prevent deaf BSL users in particular and BSL users more generally from becoming teachers are addressed as part of our approach to increasing the number of people who are able to access the teaching profession. I hope that that will go some way to address...

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (National Plan) (24 Oct 2017)

Mark McDonald: First of all, I commend Fulton MacGregor for highlighting Holly Kinsella’s work. I know that he brought her to Parliament as his local champion on the basis of her work to raise awareness of and campaign for improvements in relation to BSL. The plan sets out a wide range of actions on employment and underemployment. For example, we will look at working with Skills Development Scotland and...

Scottish Parliament: Helicopter Safety (North Sea) (24 Oct 2017)

Mark McDonald: Lewis Macdonald will appreciate that, given my ministerial office, I cannot make a speech in the debate. However, as the issue affects a number of my constituents, I ask him whether he agrees that, as well as communication with the workforce, which is essential, wider communication is required with the families of the workforce and with the communities—particularly those in Dyce and Bridge...

Scottish Parliament: Continuing Care (27 Sep 2017)

Mark McDonald: Since 1 April 2015, 16-year-olds who have been looked after in foster, kinship or residential care have been eligible for continuing care. Entitlement is being increased annually for that initial group of eligible young people until they reach the age of 21. Thereafter, all young people who are in these care placements will be eligible for continuing care between 16 and 21. The first full...

Scottish Parliament: Continuing Care (27 Sep 2017)

Mark McDonald: I am more than happy to meet Kezia Dugdale. I am aware that she has lodged a number of written questions on the issue and she worked constructively with my predecessor during the passage of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. I can therefore give her that assurance. We must remember that, as well as continuing care, there is after care. In the 2014 act, we estimated an...

Scottish Parliament: Dignity, Equality and Human Rights (19 Sep 2017)

Mark McDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Dignity, Equality and Human Rights (19 Sep 2017)

Mark McDonald: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Dignity, Equality and Human Rights (19 Sep 2017)

Mark McDonald: What does Jamie Greene think lies behind and drives those health and social inequalities?

Scottish Parliament: Dignity, Equality and Human Rights (19 Sep 2017)

Mark McDonald: The debate has been wide-ranging, as one might expect. Earlier today, I met pupils from Sciennes primary school in Edinburgh, who discussed with me the mural that they have created on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is the result of children’s rights seminars, and it is their distillation of how they see the issues that affect children and young people in...

Scottish Parliament: Dignity, Equality and Human Rights (19 Sep 2017)

Mark McDonald: We have made it very clear that we want to ensure that justice is accessible, in the broadest sense. We are committed to that. I take on board Pauline McNeill’s point. Where we can take a collaborative approach, we will do so, as I think we have demonstrated in some of our actions on the rights agenda. In her speech, Pauline McNeill made a point about being refused entry to a place of...

Scottish Parliament: Smyllum Park Orphanage (12 Sep 2017)

Mark McDonald: Clare Haughey highlights an important point. In relation to the unmarked graves that were reported at St Mary’s cemetery, the legislation that applied at the time was the Burial Grounds (Scotland) Act 1855, but that applied only to local authority burial grounds. Private burial authorities tended to follow the legislation voluntarily and there was no legal requirement for them to do so or...

Scottish Parliament: Smyllum Park Orphanage (12 Sep 2017)

Mark McDonald: The 2016 act gives ministers the power to appoint an inspector of burials, as Clare Haughey identifies. We currently have an inspector of cremation and an inspector of funeral directors. We will bring forward plans for the inspector of burials in due course. The inspector will also have the power to make recommendations and to report burial authorities that are not complying with the...

Scottish Parliament: Smyllum Park Orphanage (12 Sep 2017)

Mark McDonald: The information that has been disclosed about the unmarked grave at St Mary’s cemetery in Lanark where it has been reported the children from Smyllum Park orphanage were buried is of deep concern to many individuals and, particularly, to the families of those who are affected. It is a matter of great public concern and I will set out the steps that are being taken to address the issues. The...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 ( 7 Sep 2017)

Mark McDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Generations Working Together ( 6 Sep 2017)

Mark McDonald: I congratulate Christine Grahame on securing the debate for the chamber and I join members in welcoming our guests to the public gallery. I thank them for their hospitality earlier today, of which more later. I am pleased that Christine Grahame commended the intergenerational project between Newbyres Village and Newbyres Nursery in this evening’s debate. The Scottish Government is delighted...


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