Results 1–20 of 2334 for speaker:Donald Gorrie

Scottish Parliament: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill (28 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: I congratulate the committee, which has clearly done a good job, and which, by studying the issues intensively, has done what committees are supposed to do. I congratulate the Executive—which I do not often do—and the Parliament on the positive attitude that we now have to rail infrastructure and improving rail services of all sorts. That contrasts with the situation in the mid-1980s....

Scottish Parliament: Education (22 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: James Douglas-Hamilton and I go back to the early 1970s, when we were both councillors on Edinburgh Town Council. I will draw a veil over that. I am happy to support the motion, which sets out the Executive's position on education, but I would like to add to it. The motion, like many motions for debate on education, deals with young people as learners. We do not consider trying to make young...

Scottish Parliament: Education (22 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: I am sure that there are good points in the SNP amendment but, for reasons that the member will appreciate, I will not be voting for it. My first point is that we are denying our young people ordinary, civilised human contact. We have tried to approach the issue through the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill, which improved as it went through Parliament. I am arguing not about...

Scottish Parliament: Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill: Stage 1 (21 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: I am an assiduous watcher of "Yes, Minister" DVDs. Unfortunately, today I am in the position of the Sir Humphrey brigade, who often say, "Yes, of course I support this radical reform in principle," but then find all sorts of objections to it in practice. I find the position slightly uncomfortable. If the debate had terminated at the end of John Swinney's speech, I would have been even more...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Commission for Public Audit (15 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: In case any member is confused, this debate is not on the issue about which the Procedures Committee wrote to the Presiding Officer to say that it was concerned that the Parliament will not get a chance to debate a major report that we produced. This debate is on a different issue. It is also important, but it is quite separate. The Scottish Commission for Public Audit is a committee, in...

Scottish Parliament: Code of Conduct (14 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: I have a problem in that the two parliamentary committees on which I serve—the Standards and Public Appointments Committee and the Procedures Committee—are both housekeeping committees for the Parliament and, for whatever reason, it is difficult to excite members about housekeeping issues, many of which are important. However, we must live with that. The Standards and Public Appointments...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 6 — School meals and snacks (14 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: I seek clarification from the minister. Obviously, there are political arguments about these issues, but I suggest that we should try to pass laws that are reasonably sensible whatever the politics behind them. The bill will introduce the new concept of time-ism, rather like ageism and racism. Activities that are carried out at certain times of the day will be considered good and worthy,...

Scottish Parliament written answers — British Sign Language: British Sign Language (12 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to recruit and train more teachers of the deaf.

Scottish Parliament written answers — British Sign Language: British Sign Language (12 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to help to develop a curriculum for users of British Sign Language.

Scottish Parliament written answers — British Sign Language: British Sign Language (12 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the policy of regarding the 70,000 deaf people who use British Sign Language as belonging to a different language and cultural group, rather than as having a disability or communication impairment.

Scottish Parliament: Complaint (8 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: The Standards and Public Appointments Committee contacted Brian Monteith and said that it wished to take further representations from him so that he could clarify any points that he wished to make. He had already dealt with the matter fully with the Scottish parliamentary standards commissioner. Mr Monteith wrote to the committee at considerable length and set out interesting arguments about...

Scottish Parliament: Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport: Outdoor Education (8 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: In addition to council-operated centres, the national centres, to which the minister referred, could be funded much more generously. Their facilities are not much used. Given the great benefit that outdoor and residential education brings, will the minister consider Charlie Gordon's plea for a fund that could help more use to be made of all centres by people from all orders of life?

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Before section 87 (8 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: The amendment is excellent but I would like the minister to tell us what would happen during the rest of the year, not just when the annual report is published. Experience shows that it is not always as easy as it should be for an MSP to get information from ministers about the operation of boards, quangos and so on that are carrying out Government policy but are not part of Government...

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 67 — Fees (8 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: I support the thrust of Adam Ingram's argument. Many voluntary organisations are greatly concerned about fees. I accept the minister's rebuke that we should not speak about the voluntary sector as though it were a homogenous globe, but many small organisations greatly fear that fees will go up. All history justifies that fear. POCSA was a complete shambles—it was a disaster in financial and...

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 34 — Organisations not to use barred individuals for regulated work (8 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: Many of the issues around the bill are to do with proportionality. Rules that may be reasonable to impose on someone who has one-to-one contact with children or vulnerable adults and in situations in which great care needs to be taken should not be applied in exactly the same way to those who are only in the presence of a group of young people along with other adults. There seems to be no...

Scottish Parliament: Football (Sectarianism) (7 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: I congratulate Alasdair Morrison on securing the debate and on his speech, which covered the ground well. Kenny MacAskill also made many good points. We are all subject to prejudices. Considering a sport that involves a ball of a different shape, I think that many Scottish rugby supporters who were rather bruised after our appalling performance against Italy took great comfort in the fact...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Funding: Scottish Executive Funding (7 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding it has provided to faith institutions including, but not exclusively, the Church of Scotland, Catholic Church and Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, in each of the last four years, broken down by institution.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Football: Football (1 Mar 2007)

Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with local authorities to create a co-ordinated programme to improve the quality of football pitches and changing facilities in response to concerns illustrated by the march to the Parliament on 14 February 2007.

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

Donald Gorrie: I will crack straight into the main point that I wish to make. Five major bodies that are involved in the same sector of activity agreeing is a big event in Scottish history. That is what has happened: the five main organisations with a housing interest—COSLA, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland and the Scottish Council for Single...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Homelessness: Homelessness (22 Feb 2007)

Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many affordable rented homes it intends will be built by 2012 to meet its aim of abolishing all unintentional homelessness by then.


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