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  • Member for: Glasgow Provan
  • Region: Glasgow
  • Party: Scottish Labour

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Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 General Question Time and First Minister's Question Time : Thursday, October 30, 2014
6. Paul Martin (Glasgow Provan) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what control measures it is considering following its recent consultation on promoting responsible dog ownership. (S4O-03626)



Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 General Question Time and First Minister's Question Time : Thursday, October 30, 2014
Paul Martin

As the minister is aware, I want to work with the Government, as I am sure all members in the chamber do, to ensure that we take this issue forward. However, it has been over a year since Broagan McCuaig was attacked in my constituency. What action will the minister take so that we in the chamber can take forward proposals that will allow us to make an everlasting commitment to give our communities maximum protection from irresponsible dog owners and dangerous dogs?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Paul Martin (Glasgow Provan) (Lab)

I rise on behalf of the Labour Party to oppose the business motion that has just been moved by Joe FitzPatrick. Since the Parliament’s return after the referendum, business managers have repeatedly sought information from Joe FitzPatrick, the business manager, about when the Government will introduce its legislative programme.

It would appear that the only information that has been available to us so far is that that will happen after the Deputy First Minister’s coronation at the mid-November Scottish National Party conference. Surely the people of Scotland deserve better than that. Those who voted in record numbers deserve to hear from the Government about when the programme will be introduced.

I want to be constructive—[Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Paul Martin

—and recognise that the Government is being prevented from introducing the programme because it will be another six weeks before the Deputy First Minister is installed as leader. Therefore, we suggest that the First Minister steps aside—perhaps he could spend more time on the golf course and on radio programmes—



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Paul Martin

—and the new First Minister introduces her programme for Government on Tuesday 28 October. That will allow the current First Minister to spend more time doing the things that I mentioned.

It is time to stop looking at the issues that are not of concern to the people of Scotland and do something meaningful. The Government needs to stop the talking and do the walking. Let us move on and see a programme for government.

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Meeting of the Parliament 07 August 2014 : Thursday, August 07, 2014
Paul Martin (Glasgow Provan) (Lab)

6. To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to tackle antisocial behaviour in Glasgow Provan. (S4O-03446)



Meeting of the Parliament 07 August 2014 : Thursday, August 07, 2014
Paul Martin Perhaps the reduction in the reporting of crime has come about for the very reason that members of the public have been charged for calling the 101 service. Will the minister advise me whether there are any plans to ensure that the service is a freephone service, in order to ensure that people are encouraged to report antisocial crime in the first place?



Meeting of the Parliament 24 June 2014 : Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Paul Martin (Glasgow Provan) (Lab) With great pleasure I will confine my remarks to the motion in Bob Doris’s name, which I support. I can make your job much easier, Presiding Officer, by saying that I am the former MSP for Glasgow Springburn, which included Royston. Indeed, I was elected as a councillor for Royston on 16 December 1993. I was delighted to be Royston’s local representative during those years.

I can amplify many of the points that Bob Doris and Patricia Ferguson made about the good work of local activists in Royston. I can speak in particular of Charlie Lunn, Tilly McIlroy and Jackie Kerr. The three of them led the regeneration process to ensure that local people got access to good-quality housing. We have seen success in Royston and people speak volumes about that because the individuals I referred to ensured that the process was genuinely community led. I say very respectfully that they ensured that the community had its say during those years, particularly from the mid-1990s to 2005 and 2006, when we saw a number of investments that made a significant difference to the area that I would refer to as the Garngad. I was conditioned during my years as an elected representative of the area to call it the Garngad, and I welcome what Patricia Ferguson said about taking forward the issue of its name in 2022.

The challenge that the Rosemount Development Trust faced was the challenge that Bob Doris referred to: the unacceptable employment statistic that we faced. At that stage, 23 per cent of the local population were unemployed. The Rosemount Development Trust wanted to ensure local opportunities for development and opportunities for unemployed people. Challenging that unemployment statistic was a priority for the trust, which is why we developed the Rosemount workspace. As we speak, more than 300 people are employed on that site. That investment is welcome.

As other members have said, it is important that we continue to develop the process and challenge the unacceptable health statistics, but the other challenge that we face in the Garngad—or Royston, as it is referred to in the motion—is educational attainment. I was delighted to be one of the people who led the campaign to ensure that St Roch’s secondary and primary schools were retained in the Garngad. Ensuring that local youngsters have genuine opportunities to improve their educational attainment is absolutely crucial in the Garngad area. Anything that we can do in this Parliament to ensure that action is taken in that respect is extremely important.

This is a good example of local activists ensuring, with the professional support that they have received from the officers involved in the local area, that they genuinely make a difference. We should learn from those lessons. As Patricia Ferguson said, we need to learn from the negative examples of the multistoreys that we are demolishing—looking not that far away—and the positive examples that have been set out in the Garngad area of Glasgow.

17:35

Meeting of the Parliament 18 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Paul Martin (Glasgow Provan) (Lab)

7. To ask the Scottish Government what its assessment is of the impact of independence on funding available to creative organisations through the Big Lottery Fund. (S4O-03363)



Meeting of the Parliament 18 June 2014 : Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Paul Martin As the minister will be aware, funding is allocated via the Barnett formula. What discussions have taken place in respect of that funding arrangement, and what other discussions has the minister had with the national lottery organisation?

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S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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YesCarried

S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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NoCarried

S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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NoCarried

S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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NoCarried

S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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NoCarried

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Motion S4M-11253: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11203: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11202: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11201: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11200: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11199: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11198: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11082: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11081: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11080: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03626: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03559: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03530: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03446: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22180: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03363: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03344: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03320: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21063: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21054: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/05/2014 Show Full Question >>

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