Results 101–120 of 695 for speaker:Ruth Maguire

Scottish Parliament: Education (National Discussion) (31 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Presiding Officer, “What kind of education will be needed by children and young people ... in the future and how do we make that a reality?” That important central question guided the national discussion. I welcome the publication of “All Learners in Scotland Matter: The National Discussion on Education”, and am happy to speak in support of the Government’s motion, which...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 (Implementation) (24 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019. (S6O-02274)

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 (Implementation) (24 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: On Monday—which, incidentally, was United Nations biodiversity day—I visited Ardeer peninsula with the community council and friends of Ardeer. The special development order, which I amended the planning bill to revoke a number of years ago, remains in place, and development and commercial activity on the peninsula are not subject to the usual planning protections. A sand dune system is...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools (24 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Our schools, as workplaces and learning environments, must be safe. Physical force, verbal abuse or threats, including prejudice-related incidents, and damage to property are all forms of violence that are completely unacceptable. No one in our schools—no pupil, teacher or other member of school staff—should be abused, threatened or assaulted. The violence that is reported in the media...

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence in Schools (24 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I think that what Rachael Hamilton has said is perfectly reasonable. The points about culture that the cabinet secretary made in her opening speech are important and illustrate why the issue is about much more than what goes on in school buildings. Covid lockdown and school closures were very hard on some pupils and some parents. There was a complex mix of changes and disruptions for children...

Scottish Parliament: Fostering Friendly Employers Scheme (18 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I thank Rona Mackay for securing the debate on supporting foster carers in the workplace. I recognise and applaud her personal commitment in that regard. Foster carers provide care in a family setting for children who cannot live with their own families. There are many reasons why children come into care. Foster care can last weeks, months or for the rest of a childhood, depending on the...

Scottish Parliament: Culture and the Arts (Cunninghame South) (17 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting culture and the arts in the Cunninghame South constituency. (S6O-02232)

Scottish Parliament: Culture and the Arts (Cunninghame South) (17 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Many barriers prevent our citizens—particularly families on lower incomes—from accessing arts and culture, whether it is lack of expendable time, distance from events or festivals or affordability. How can the Scottish Government ensure that public money that is invested in arts and culture is used for the benefit of all, whether those who are attending or performers and artists who are...

Scottish Parliament: Sexual Entertainment Venues (Nil Cap) (17 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: The Government has long recognised, through its equally safe strategy, that commercial sexual exploitation in all its forms is both a cause and a consequence of men’s violence against women. Can the cabinet secretary give an update on legislation to tackle male demand and end that violence?

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioner Workforce (10 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the general practitioner workforce. (S6O-02209)

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioner Workforce (10 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I spoke with staff at one of my local GP practices, and they told me that their unsuitable premises are making recruitment and retention difficult. They are currently operating in a building that is too small. What capital funding is available for building, developing or improving primary care facilities in Ayrshire and Arran?

Scottish Parliament: Trauma-informed Justice for Victims and Witnesses ( 9 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I am happy to speak to the Government motion and to support the vision of a just, safe and resilient Scotland that puts victims and witnesses at the heart of our justice system. The publication “Trauma Informed Justice: A Knowledge and Skills Framework for Working with Victims and Witnesses” identifies six key aims of a trauma-informed justice system. They are to “Understand the...

Scottish Parliament: Firefighters Memorial Day 2023 ( 4 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I thank Bill Kidd for bringing this important debate to the Scottish Parliament chamber, allowing each of us to recognise the selfless acts of firefighters across Scotland and the world and to give them our thanks and the recognition that they deserve. Few jobs are more selfless than firefighting. Imagine what it takes for someone to throw on their protective equipment, override every human...

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness ( 2 May 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Social isolation and loneliness can affect anyone at any time in their lives. I strongly agree with the minister that this is a public health issue and that we have a collective responsibility as a society to address it. I last contributed to a debate on social isolation and loneliness in January 2019. During that debate, I reflected that Scotland was leading the way as one of the first...

Scottish Parliament: Government Priorities for Scotland (18 Apr 2023)

Ruth Maguire: During Scottish apprenticeship week, colleagues from across the chamber will have heard directly from apprentices about the high-quality learning and work experience that they receive. The First Minister will appreciate that apprenticeships also support economic renewal locally and nationally. When will Skills Development Scotland issue contracts for 2023-24 new starts, to enable local...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living and Child Poverty (18 Apr 2023)

Ruth Maguire: The most recent poverty statistics are not acceptable. We are a wealthy nation with all the resources required to ensure an equal and fair childhood for all. One child having their health, development and wellbeing impacted by poverty is one too many, but the fact that one in four children in Scotland find themselves in a situation where their future life chances are being impacted is at the...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living and Child Poverty (18 Apr 2023)

Ruth Maguire: It is astounding to be asked that question when I have just let members know how much money is being spent on mitigating Tory policies. I am astounded. I do not understand that. Here is something that may be of interest. Reversing those welfare reforms would put £780 million into the pockets of Scottish households and lift 70,000 people, including 30,000 children, out of poverty in 2023-24....

Scottish Parliament: Energy Developments (Community Benefit) (29 Mar 2023)

Ruth Maguire: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what community benefit citizens should expect from energy-related developments in their local area. (S6O-02082)

Scottish Parliament: Energy Developments (Community Benefit) (29 Mar 2023)

Ruth Maguire: I appreciate that energy regulation is reserved. Does the minister agree, in principle, that it might be time to consider updating some of the guidance so that it is not just companies that benefit from development, people in the vicinity of developments see reductions in their energy costs, and developments truly benefit the communities that they are in?

Scottish Parliament: Care of Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions (21 Mar 2023)

Ruth Maguire: Will the minister provide an update on the steps that are being taken to alleviate the demand on our acute hospitals and our emergency mental health services that is caused by alcohol use disorders?

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