Results 61–80 of 695 for speaker:Ruth Maguire

Scottish Parliament: Education and Skills Reform ( 7 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: We currently have inequality between outcomes for the children from our richest areas and those for children from the poorest areas. With that in mind, what role will the centre for teaching excellence play in reducing the poverty-related attainment gap?

Scottish Parliament: Nuclear Weapons ( 2 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Nuclear Weapons ( 2 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Peace is obviously more than the absence of war; it is about justice and safety. Would the money that is spent on these weapons of mass destruction and indiscriminate killing not be better invested in things that truly make people safe in this country?

Scottish Parliament: Nuclear Weapons ( 2 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Peace and stability are precarious, and safety and security are about more than the absence of violence and war. The number of conflicts around the globe and the accompanying human suffering are horrific. It is hard to witness, even from our position of comfort and safety. Many of the citizens whom I represent feel entirely helpless watching from afar the violence and destruction unfolding in...

Scottish Parliament: Early Childhood Development Transformational Change Programme ( 2 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I welcome the opportunity to discuss our shared ambition for making Scotland the best place in the world to grow up in. I understand and believe that everyone who is contributing to this debate is doing so in good faith and with that aim in their hearts and heads as they speak. Pre-pregnancy to three years is a unique and critical period of child development, during which experience and the...

Scottish Parliament: Early Childhood Development Transformational Change Programme ( 2 Nov 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I do not diminish anything that Meghan Gallacher is saying, but does she share my feeling that employers need to do a bit more to support families with children in their workplace in terms of flexibility?

Scottish Parliament: Embedding Public Participation in the Work of the Parliament (26 Oct 2023)

Ruth Maguire: The minister described some individuals as being seldom heard. Does he agree that it is not necessarily that they are seldom heard but that, often, they are found to be easy to ignore, and that Government and Parliament have a responsibility to make it easy for them to come to us?

Scottish Parliament: Embedding Public Participation in the Work of the Parliament (26 Oct 2023)

Ruth Maguire: That is the one area of the report that made me raise an eyebrow a little, because I wondered whether it was children themselves who had said that they needed more education on the Parliament. My experience from going out to schools has been that children often know how things work a lot better than many intelligent adults in my community do, because they are looking at democracy in the round...

Scottish Parliament: Embedding Public Participation in the Work of the Parliament (26 Oct 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Embedding Public Participation in the Work of the Parliament (26 Oct 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I appreciated what Martin Whitfield was saying about the Presiding Officer intervening, and the evidence—or lack thereof—that she would have to go on for that. I wonder whether there is also a bit about personal responsibility. Each individual member is responsible for their contribution. Asking someone else to come in and referee—to use his term—does not sit right.

Scottish Parliament: Embedding Public Participation in the Work of the Parliament (26 Oct 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Democracy is not just about putting a cross in a box every five years. The mandate that is given to political parties once the votes are counted is substantial, but the folk whom we represent should feel that they have trust in our institution and a stake in the decisions that we take. Election campaigns and polling days should not be the end of our interactions with citizens on policy. With...

Scottish Parliament: Embedding Public Participation in the Work of the Parliament (26 Oct 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I absolutely agree. I do not think that anything should be coming out of our Parliament that is not in those formats. That would not be acceptable. In addition, people were able to write to or email the committee in the usual way, which provided three additional submissions from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Scottish Election Study team and Media Education. I am sure that committee members will...

Scottish Parliament: Embedding Public Participation in the Work of the Parliament (26 Oct 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Michelle Thomson mentioned trust, which lets me wedge in the bit of my speech that I did not get to. Could not the whole process build trust in our Parliament and in our institutions if we get it right and, as Jackson Carlaw said, if we listen properly and reflect not what people want us to do but the reasons why we are not doing that?

Scottish Parliament: Centre of Teaching Excellence (24 Oct 2023)

Ruth Maguire: How will the Government ensure that the world-leading expertise of Scotland’s academic community informs the work of the centre of teaching excellence?

Scottish Parliament: Gaza and Israel (24 Oct 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I have been contacted by constituents who feel distressed and concerned about the unfolding situation in Gaza, and who have asked me to speak up. I can do that here. I condemn the barbaric terrorism of Hamas and urge it to release all hostages unharmed. I urge the Israeli Government to operate within international law and cease the dehumanising, genocidal language towards and collective...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care (Winter Planning and Resilience) (24 Oct 2023)

Ruth Maguire: The additional funding for the Scottish Ambulance Service this year to support increased demand is very welcome. Will the cabinet secretary say more about how that investment will be directed to improve things for patients and to reduce winter pressures on our health services?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Prison Population ( 3 Oct 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Many offenders absolutely should be in jail. However, we know that family relationships, housing and work are all affected by short sentences and that that can increase the risk of reoffending. What has the Scottish Government done to encourage more community justice sentencing to help people sustain their family relationships and employment?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government (North Ayrshire Economy) (27 Sep 2023)

Ruth Maguire: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what impact the measures in its programme for government 2023-24 will have on the growth of the economy in North Ayrshire. (S6O-02556)

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government (North Ayrshire Economy) (27 Sep 2023)

Ruth Maguire: A quality job that pays well is one of the primary routes out of poverty. Will the minister outline what action the Scottish Government and partners are taking to ensure that all sizes of companies in my constituency are able to contribute to tackling inequality while growing their businesses?

Scottish Parliament: Summit on Tackling Violence in Schools (21 Sep 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Preventative action is crucial in order to tackle this issue. I note that £2 million was provided to support prevention activity in 2022-23. Will the cabinet secretary outline what projects the Scottish Government is supporting to deliver that?


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