Results 41–60 of 695 for speaker:Ruth Maguire

Scottish Parliament: Education (17 Jan 2024)

Ruth Maguire: The Opposition motion focuses on the EIS’s stand up for quality education campaign. It is about three key areas—workload, ASN and pupil behaviour—which are all very important topics. I will focus my remarks on behaviour, and specifically on gender inequality and violence against women and girls in Scottish schools. Recently, the Education, Children and Young People Committee undertook a...

Scottish Parliament: Public Service Values (11 Jan 2024)

Ruth Maguire: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this debate on the importance of continued investment in delivering and reforming public services for Scotland’s people and communities. Although things have undoubtedly been challenging for quite some time—since the beginning of Tory austerity more than a decade ago, in fact—it is clear that the economic damage of Brexit, which means that up...

Scottish Parliament: Public Service Values (11 Jan 2024)

Ruth Maguire: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Public Service Values (11 Jan 2024)

Ruth Maguire: Jackson Carlaw’s remarks have been interesting—although I was not going to ask any of those things. I was wondering whether, more generally, the dialogue that we have in politics and in the media prohibits that kind of honest reflection on the part of leaders. I think that our discourse sometimes contributes to that. Does he agree?

Scottish Parliament: Sand Eel Fishing (Closure) (20 Dec 2023)

Ruth Maguire: 1. To ask the Scottish Government when it will report on its consultation on proposals to close fishing for sand eel in all Scottish waters. (S6O-02894)

Scottish Parliament: Sand Eel Fishing (Closure) (20 Dec 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Scotland is important globally for its large seabird colonies, which support more than 65 per cent of the British and Irish seabird population. Our seabirds, including the Manx shearwater, are under multiple man-made pressures, from predation and adverse weather conditions that may be a result of climate change to a lack of food as a result of climate change and fisheries. The RSPB described...

Scottish Parliament: Literacy and Numeracy (12 Dec 2023)

Ruth Maguire: This year’s Bookbug and “Read Write Count with the First Minister” campaigns encourage a lifelong passion for learning from the crucial early years. How will the Scottish Government ensure that parents and guardians are supported to make the most of such early years programmes so that more families can experience the transformative benefits of playing, reading, writing and counting together?

Scottish Parliament: Post-school Education and Skills Reform ( 5 Dec 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I agree with the minister that everyone must have the opportunity to succeed, and that community learning and development is crucial in supporting some of our most vulnerable people. How does the minister envisage community learning and development interacting with the post-school reform agenda?

Scottish Parliament: Terminally Ill People and Their Carers (Support) (30 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what Scottish social security support is available for terminally ill people and their carers. (S6O-02818)

Scottish Parliament: Terminally Ill People and Their Carers (Support) (30 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Members will have been moved by last week’s dying in the margins exhibition, which highlighted the crippling injustice and inequality that are faced by some of our citizens at the end of their life. Will the Scottish Government consider making additional support with energy bills available to those who have a terminal diagnosis? Further to that, will the cabinet secretary join me and Marie...

Scottish Parliament: Relationships and Behaviour Policy in Schools (29 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: The cabinet secretary highlighted the need for accurate recording of all incidents in school, even if that means that the figures rise. Does she agree that it is incumbent on all of us in the chamber not to demonise children and young people and to engage with those figures constructively rather than sensationalise them or use them to focus on individual schools, noting that that is precisely...

Scottish Parliament: Female Participation in Sport and Physical Activity (28 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Sport is so important, and I welcome the report by the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee. We know instinctively how important sport is for our physical and mental health and for social and cultural connectivity, but there is also extensive evidence of the benefits of regular exercise for physical and mental health and for wellbeing. We all need a tribe or a team to be part of. Sport,...

Scottish Parliament: Female Participation in Sport and Physical Activity (28 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Forgive me for going back a little to sportswear and uniforms. Does the member agree that the clothes that sportswomen are asked to wear are another element of telling young girls that women are there to be looked at, not to compete, and that, therefore, sorting that situation out has a deeper purpose?

Scottish Parliament: Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions to Adulthood) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I am grateful to Pam Duncan-Glancy for bringing the bill to our Parliament and keeping us focused on the important issue of the poor experience of transitions for many disabled young people. I make it clear to colleagues and the Government that there is a need to act promptly on the issues and to improve the experiences of transitions that disabled children and young people have. Pam...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions to Adulthood) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I acknowledge that amendments could be made at stage 2. In general terms, however, the bill is just not fit yet, and the amount of amendment that would be needed is just not practical. There are also issues with the financial memorandum, as we have heard. Without clarity on who exactly would be entitled to a transitions plan under the bill, it is impossible to get accurate estimates of cost...

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights Bill (16 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its plans for a human rights bill. (S6O-02737)

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights Bill (16 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Equal rights for men and women is a fundamental principle of the UN. Men’s violence against women and girls is both a cause and manifestation of inequality. The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women—CEDAW—is unequivocal: states must address trafficking and prostitution if they are to eliminate discrimination against women. How will the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Dying in the Margins Project (16 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Dying is not something that most of us want to talk about, but we must. As policy makers, we have a responsibility to all our citizens from cradle to grave. The cradle bit is easy to talk about—doing all that we can to make sure that every child who is born here arrives in safety, comfort and love. It is not everything, but the box of essentials to help parents to keep each new Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Youth Antisocial Behaviour ( 9 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Will the member accept an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Youth Antisocial Behaviour ( 9 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I invite the member to reflect on whether removing a child’s ability to travel might prevent them from attending work, or the youth clubs that he spoke about, which can be diversionary from antisocial behaviour.


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