Results 1481–1492 of 1492 for speaker:Mark McDonald

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Broadcasting and the Scottish Digital Network (16 Jun 2011)

Mark McDonald: I would never assert any superiority complex for Scottish programming. I simply suggested that the cringe that we often have—the feeling that, because something has been produced and output from Scotland, it is inferior—does not apply. That was my point, not the one that Ken Macintosh describes.

Scottish Parliament: North Sea Taxation (16 Jun 2011)

Mark McDonald: I thank the members on all sides of the chamber who have signed the motion that I lodged. This is a topical and relevant debate. Although this Parliament has no direct locus in North Sea taxation, it is incumbent on us to speak in support of an industry that is vital for so many jobs and for our nation’s economy. In drafting the motion, I tried my best to construct a consensus approach on...

Scottish Parliament: North Sea Taxation (16 Jun 2011)

Mark McDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward: Justice (15 Jun 2011)

Mark McDonald: Thank you, Presiding Officer. We north-easterners are famous for being tight, so you do not need to worry on that score. I have a couple of interests to declare. Through my membership of Aberdeen City Council, I am the vice-convener of Grampian joint fire board—for the time being at least—and my brother-in-law is a retained firefighter and member of the Fire Brigades Union. Alison McInnes...

Scottish Parliament: Caring for Scotland’s Older People ( 9 Jun 2011)

Mark McDonald: Does the member accept the point that the private sector is good in some areas but there are other areas in which profit-driven motivation is neither required nor beneficial?

Scottish Parliament: Caring for Scotland’s Older People ( 9 Jun 2011)

Mark McDonald: I begin by declaring a number of interests. First, I am a member of Aberdeen City Council and, secondly, my grandmother is a dementia sufferer and my mother is her carer. I welcome the focus on this vital issue, which has had a great deal of prominence in the media lately due to the high-profile cases that have been mentioned in previous speeches. I want to mention the Mrs V case because...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Schools ( 9 Jun 2011)

Mark McDonald: Many small rural schools—some with no more than 20 pupils—achieve excellent results and obtain glowing reports from HMIE inspections. Does the cabinet secretary agree that the quality of the education provision at those schools overrides the often spurious argument that children will make more friends at a bigger school, which is put forward by those who seek to close small schools?

Scottish Parliament: Green Investment (Edinburgh) ( 8 Jun 2011)

Mark McDonald: Thank you, Presiding Officer. You caught me slightly on the hop as I was not expecting to be called quite so soon, but there we go. I begin by congratulating my colleague Marco Biagi on securing his first, and indeed this session’s first, members’ business debate. Some people will be asking why this man from the north-east is speaking in a debate that relates to locating the green...

Scottish Parliament: Green Investment (Edinburgh) ( 8 Jun 2011)

Mark McDonald: Absolutely, but the key point is that we want to headquarter as much of the renewables market, including the investment bank, here in Scotland. We are undoubtedly the nation that will lead the way in renewable energy. Before Kezia Dugdale intervened, I was just about to say that all too often in Scotland we can be tribal between our cities, with different cities claiming right over other...

Scottish Parliament: Green Energy ( 2 Jun 2011)

Mark McDonald: Thank you, Presiding Officer. Having congratulated you privately on your elevation to the role, I do so publicly today. Like Kezia Dugdale last week, Mark Griffin spoke today about his unexpected election to Parliament. I share that feeling, although they probably at least turned up to the count in appropriate attire. Nonetheless, I am delighted to be elected, and I am grateful to the 140,000...

Scottish Parliament: Sport ( 2 Jun 2011)

Mark McDonald: Does Liz Smith share my concern at the shortage of new referees coming into grass-roots football? Will she welcome the work that the Government and the SFA are doing on discipline? The professionals who hound and harass referees in games set a bad example and put people off going into refereeing at the grass-roots level.

Scottish Parliament: Sport ( 2 Jun 2011)

Mark McDonald: Having made my maiden speech this morning, I begin this speech by congratulating my colleagues from across the chamber on making their maiden speeches this afternoon. I echo the comments of other members who have commented on the high standard of speeches. I might not always agree with the content, but the standard of the speeches that have been given is exemplary. I begin by referring to...


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