Canlyniadau 1–20 o 495 ar gyfer speaker:Maggie Chapman

Senedd yr Alban: Gender Representation on Public Boards (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Meh 2024)

Maggie Chapman: I thank everyone who has contributed to the bill reaching stage 3 today, including my fellow committee members, Scottish Parliament information centre researchers, Scottish Government officials, the bill team and civil society organisations. Sadly, there has been a certain amount of misunderstanding about what the bill does and why it has been introduced. As we have heard, all that...

Senedd yr Alban: Housing Emergency (20 Meh 2024)

Maggie Chapman: Currently, almost 100,000 residential homes across Scotland stand empty. Those homes must be rapidly brought back into use. Some councils are leading the way on that, and the minister talked about the work that is under way to share good practice, but it is clear that a lack of funding is holding many of them back. Does the minister agree that the provision of a match fund to...

Senedd yr Alban: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (18 Meh 2024)

Maggie Chapman: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. For some reason, my app did not work. I would have voted yes.

Senedd yr Alban: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill ( 6 Meh 2024)

Maggie Chapman: I thank all those who contributed to the debate this afternoon and to the discussion of amendments earlier. The Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill might not be the most exciting piece of legislation and this debate is not the most politically heated, as Murdo Fraser suggested. It has not attracted a great deal of attention. However, it does some very important, if small, things to...

Senedd yr Alban: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill ( 6 Meh 2024)

Maggie Chapman: I am pleased to speak on behalf of the Scottish Greens in support of the bill. I express my sincere thanks to my colleagues on the Economy and Fair Work Committee and to the clerks and SPICe researchers who supported our scrutiny of the bill during its earlier stages. I also thank Tom Arthur, as the minister who was previously responsible for the bill, and Ivan McKee for their willingness to...

Senedd yr Alban: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 6 Meh 2024)

Maggie Chapman: We need a clear statement in law that arrestment of benefits is not competent. I hope that I am not the only member who believes that it should not be possible to take away from people child or adult disability payments, Scottish child payments or any other benefits to which they are entitled. My amendment 24 seeks to make that clear in the bill because, as Colin Smyth has already...

Senedd yr Alban: Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 6 Meh 2024)

Maggie Chapman: Before I speak to my amendment 25, I put on record my thanks to the Minister for Public Finance, to Tom Arthur, the minister who previously had responsibility for the bill, and to all those I have had conversations with over the past few weeks about amendments. I am also very grateful to all those who have provided briefings and information in advance of this afternoon’s discussion. ...

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Universities’ Activities (Palestine Conflict) ( 6 Meh 2024)

Maggie Chapman: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on any discussions that it has had with universities across Scotland about how public money is used, including in relation to any activities that may impact the on-going conflict in Palestine. (S6O-03535)

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Universities’ Activities (Palestine Conflict) ( 6 Meh 2024)

Maggie Chapman: The minister will be aware of several Palestine solidarity camps on campuses across Scotland. Supported by Aberdeen University Students Association and folk across Aberdeen, the encampment at the University of Aberdeen is calling for the university to divest from all investments relating to the arms industry. No money intended for education should be used to fund war, directly or indirectly....

Senedd yr Alban: Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill (30 Mai 2024)

Maggie Chapman: I will be brief in my closing remarks, because what matters today is not the party-political points that we make or our speeches in support of the bill. What matters is that we all support it, and what matters even more is that those who were wrongly convicted in the egregious Post Office Horizon scandal will have their convictions quashed. I am grateful that the bill will pass...

Senedd yr Alban: Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill (30 Mai 2024)

Maggie Chapman: I am pleased to speak on behalf of the Scottish Greens in support of the Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill. It is right that we take this extraordinary step and exonerate those who were wrongly convicted as part of the Post Office Horizon scandal. We have come to stage 3 of this important bill even more quickly, perhaps, than some of us had expected, but I am...

Senedd yr Alban: Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (30 Mai 2024)

Maggie Chapman: I thank the cabinet secretary and her team for all their work on the bill over the past couple of weeks. I am grateful to her for the conversations and correspondence that we have had on various issues and I am grateful to the legislation team for all their work on this emergency legislation. My amendments deal with three principal issues. The first issue is the legal avenues that...

Senedd yr Alban: Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (30 Mai 2024)

Maggie Chapman: I will be brief. First, I thank Martin Whitfield for his supportive comments. I am disappointed that the cabinet secretary has taken the position that she has taken. This emergency legislation is about justice for those who are wrongly convicted in the Post Office Horizon scandal, but justice does not begin and end with the quashing of their convictions. We believe that it is right that we...

Senedd yr Alban: Portfolio Question Time: Disabled People (Treatment as Benefit Claimants) (30 Mai 2024)

Maggie Chapman: It is clear that our social security and benefits ambitions in Scotland have a quite different foundation from those elsewhere on these islands, but we must continue to improve. What work is being undertaken to ensure increased and improved understanding of chronic but very variable conditions across our social security system, so that people do not have their needs judged based on their best...

Senedd yr Alban: Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2 (23 Mai 2024)

Maggie Chapman: I understand the reason for amendment 22. We support subsection (1) of the new section that the amendment proposes to add, and paragraphs (a) to (e) of proposed new subsection (2). However, by requiring information about the legal process in relation to each individual conviction, as proposed under paragraph (f), we would be doing exactly what I believe the bill is trying to avoid, which is...

Senedd yr Alban: Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2 (23 Mai 2024)

Maggie Chapman: I understand the reason for amendment 20, which is to encourage compliance, but I do not feel that a punitive approach would be helpful. If the necessary information is not provided, that is more likely to be an operational problem than a deliberate omission, and other avenues already exist in our law to ensure compliance. I believe that adding penalties would only compound the problem...

Senedd yr Alban: Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2 (23 Mai 2024)

Maggie Chapman: As I highlighted in my opening speech in our stage 1 debate, we need to pay attention to the causes, as well as the consequences, of this scandal of injustice. Like other members in the Parliament, I am extremely anxious to ensure that those responsible for this heartbreak are properly called to account, and I am not entirely optimistic as to whether that will be done adequately at a UK-wide...

Senedd yr Alban: Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2 (23 Mai 2024)

Maggie Chapman: I hear what the cabinet secretary says, but we have a responsibility in the Parliament to do whatever we can to ensure that those who are responsible are brought to justice in the different arenas that they might be in. I will therefore press amendment 21.

Senedd yr Alban: Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2 (23 Mai 2024)

Maggie Chapman: I have listened carefully to the cabinet secretary’s position on the two different sets of amendments in the group. On her position on the amendments from Pauline McNeill and me on extending the definition to include a family member, I am partly persuaded by what she has said—I take her view on that—but I hope that, between now and stage 3, we might have further conversations so that I...

Senedd yr Alban: Post Office (Horizon System) Offences (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2 (23 Mai 2024)

Maggie Chapman: I am pleased to second the amendments and to speak to them. I submitted virtually identical amendments on precisely the same point, as I indicated I would in my opening speech in the stage 1 debate. Our amendments were lodged at exactly the same time, so I was pleased to be able to withdraw mine and support those in the name of the cabinet secretary. I am pleased that the...


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