Michael Russell MSP

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Michael Russell MSP

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  • Member for: Argyll and Bute
  • Region: Highlands and Islands
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Michael Russell) I point out that I am in the process of losing my voice, so I am sure that people will be gentle with me this afternoon, surprising as that may sound.

The Wood commission has made a number of recommendations to facilitate increased levels of interaction between education and industry. The...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Michael Russell I always recognise a piece of special pleading when I hear one, and of course, knowing Ayrshire very well, I am sympathetic to Ayrshire College. My colleague Angela Constance announced yesterday that the Government will provide £1 million to support the establishment of regional, industry-led invest...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Michael Russell) I acknowledge that the member has pursued this matter over a long period of time. I have to tell him that the Government is not in discussion with the Scottish funding council regarding the European regional development fund contribution to Woodburn house. However, we are discussing what is a comple...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Michael Russell I am happy to write to the member with the detail of the case, which was and remains a complex issue. It relates to the funding of Woodburn house to provide additional training facilities—the funding came from the western Scotland European regional development fund programme 1997 to 1999, which was ...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Michael Russell) Education has a key role in improving regional economic activity by ensuring that all our young people can contribute to and benefit from a strong economy. Our ambitions for economic growth will not be realised without a higher level of employment among young people. As the commission for developing...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Michael Russell As a former representative of the South of Scotland, I know that Dumfries and Galloway has an unusually low level of qualifications in the workforce. That is why there has been significant investment in the Crichton site to ensure that there are a number of institutions of strength and significance ...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Michael Russell) We received a wide range of responses to the engagement on the draft guidance and will publish finalised guidance later this year. We fully recognise the importance of the guidance and want to ensure that we strike the right balance. The majority of comments made in feedback were in relation to teac...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Michael Russell The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 makes a legislative commitment to wellbeing. It is far from the case that we are establishing high-quality education in these matters, because that is already established in Scotland and is under way. We now need to ensure that, as the guidance chang...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (Michael Russell) Scottish Government officials meet the Scottish funding council regularly to discuss matters relating to universities and colleges. The last strategic liaison meeting between the Scottish Government and SFC officials was on 27 May. In addition to that, I meet the chair and the chief executive of the...

Meeting of the Parliament 25 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Michael Russell There are two parts to that question. I certainly believe that the college sector should be encouraged to work right across the community to provide opportunity for all who come to colleges, including those with additional needs, who require to be accommodated in and supported by colleges.

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Amendment 38 moved by Alex Johnstone on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—T
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Amendment 1 moved by John Lamont on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That
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Amendment 2 moved by John Lamont on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That
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Amendment 41 moved by Alex Johnstone on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—T
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Amendment 42 moved by Mary Fee on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That th
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Amendment 5 moved by Patrick Harvie on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—Th
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Amendment 45 moved by Drew Smith on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That
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Amendment 6 moved by Margaret Burgess on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—
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Amendment 7 moved by Claudia Beamish on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill—T
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Amendment 46 moved by Malcolm Chisholm on motion S4M-10438 Margaret Burgess: Housing (Scotland) Bill
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Motion S4M-10645: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10643: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07108: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/06/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06843.2: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/06/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06059: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/03/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-05652: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/02/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-05506.1: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/01/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-04914: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/11/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-04787.2: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/11/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-03155: Michael Russell, Argyll and Bute, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31/05/2012 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S1W-34795: Michael Russell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/03/2003 Show Full Question >>
Question S1W-34790: Michael Russell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/03/2003 Show Full Question >>
Question S1W-34794: Michael Russell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/03/2003 Show Full Question >>
Question S1W-34796: Michael Russell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/03/2003 Show Full Question >>
Question S1W-34793: Michael Russell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/03/2003 Show Full Question >>
Question S1W-34797: Michael Russell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/03/2003 Show Full Question >>
Question S1W-34791: Michael Russell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/03/2003 Show Full Question >>
Question S1W-34792: Michael Russell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/03/2003 Show Full Question >>
Question S1W-34798: Michael Russell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/03/2003 Show Full Question >>
Question S1W-34799: Michael Russell, South of Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/03/2003 Show Full Question >>

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