Results 1–20 of 3359 for speaker:John Home Robertson

Scottish Parliament: The Future of Scotland (29 Mar 2007)

John Home Robertson: Here comes another swan-song, and I am happy to endorse some of the final comments that Brian Monteith made. I appreciate the opportunity to reflect on a long time in two Parliaments and to look to the future of Scotland. I suppose that I have been a foot soldier in the long fight to achieve Scotland's Parliament. I joined the Labour Party to support John P Mackintosh, who was a very special...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy: Energy (15 Mar 2007)

John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value to the economy is of exports of electricity to other parts of the United Kingdom through the national grid, in both financial and employment terms.

Scottish Parliament: Code of Conduct (14 Mar 2007)

John Home Robertson: The principle of parliamentary democracy is rather important, as it guarantees the accountability of Government, provides for the enactment of legislation and underpins our citizens' liberty, and we cannot have parliamentary democracy without electing members of Parliament. There is something quintessentially Scottish about wanting to have a Scottish Parliament but then not trusting the...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 8A — Food and drink: guidance about sustainable development (14 Mar 2007)

John Home Robertson: I will be moving amendment 28, but before doing so I draw members' attention to a declaration of interest—I am a sleeping partner in a family farming business. My amendments 28 to 30 would add consideration of the carbon footprint and food miles to the agenda for the guidance on the procurement of food for schools. There is a depressing assumption that European competition rules require...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Edinburgh City Bypass (8 Mar 2007)

John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to reduce congestion on the Edinburgh city bypass. (S2O-12282)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Edinburgh City Bypass (8 Mar 2007)

John Home Robertson: The minister was certainly right to use the phrase "long-term". However inconvenient the fact might be for Liberal Democrat candidates in Fife and elsewhere, will the minister confirm that, for four long years, transport in Scotland has been the inescapable responsibility of Liberal Democrat transport ministers? In view of the conspicuous failure to do anything about the daily gridlocks at...

Scottish Parliament: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 23 — Close times for freshwater fish (1 Mar 2007)

John Home Robertson: That comment goes to the heart of this issue. How much longer are we going to have to wait for accountable management of fisheries? Is not it absurd that some landlords get the benefit of statutory protection without maintaining reasonable access for local angling clubs and visitors with appropriate permits?

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Local Income Tax (1 Mar 2007)

John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it estimates would be payable in local income tax by a household with two people earning average wages and how that compares with the average band D council tax in Scotland. (S2O-12223)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Local Income Tax (1 Mar 2007)

John Home Robertson: Sixpence ha'penny in the pound, to use the old terminology. Am I right in thinking that it would cost a fireman and a nurse who were living in a band D house in East Lothian a very nasty £934 extra in tax every year if the Liberals or the nationalists had their way? Will the minister comment on the Liberal view that a fireman and a nurse are a rich family that can afford to pay more, and on...

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

John Home Robertson: I welcome the minister's reference to the number of houses that are being built. He might recall joining me in a members' business debate during which we tried to persuade Malcolm Chisholm to do something about the acute difficulties in areas such as East Lothian, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire and Edinburgh. What can the Executive do to help release land to enable local authorities...

Scottish Parliament: Environment (21 Feb 2007)

John Home Robertson: It is a pleasure to listen to Rosie Kane, Richard Lochhead and other members kowtowing to rulings by higher authorities in London. The English court passed a judgment on a narrow point relating to detailed procedures for consultation. The problem in question can, should and must be corrected, but the judgment has absolutely nothing to do with the big issues of global warming, carbon emissions...

Scottish Parliament: Coeliac Disease (14 Feb 2007)

John Home Robertson: Since the debate has been largely inspired by Yvonne Murray, and since I am one of the constituency members for her home town of Musselburgh, I feel enthusiastic about making a contribution to the debate. I confess that, until the debate came on to the Parliament's agenda, I had never heard of coeliac disease. I am, therefore, grateful to Yvonne Murray, Gordon Banks, Coeliac UK and Margo...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Housing Policy (8 Feb 2007)

John Home Robertson: Has the minister noticed that East Lothian Council has had to spend £13 million to buy houses at the full market value to try to comply with the Executive's homelessness regulations, after selling those same houses at massive discounts under the right-to-buy legislation? In view of the fact that that could be seen to raise questions about the consistency of Government housing policies, will...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (24 Jan 2007)

John Home Robertson: Nutrition in schools has been high on the agenda in my family this week, because my wife has spent the past three mornings dishing up healthy, locally produced breakfasts in primary schools as a volunteer with the Royal Highland Education Trust. I commend that organisation's excellent work to the minister. Good nutrition and healthy eating for children are a very high priority. However, I...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Justice and Law Officers: Small Claims Procedure (18 Jan 2007)

John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has given any further consideration to the case for increasing the threshold for claims by consumers that can be dealt with under the small claims procedure. (S2O-11691)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Justice and Law Officers: Small Claims Procedure (18 Jan 2007)

John Home Robertson: I refer the minister to the replies that I received from her predecessors since first I raised the issue with Jim Wallace in 2002. In November 2004, Hugh Henry said: "We need to act sooner rather than later"—[Official Report, 11 November 2004; c 11830.] In June 2005, he said: "There is no excuse for the delay"—[Official Report, 23 June 2005; c 18358.] I could go on. The threshold for...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Act of Union (300th Anniversary) (18 Jan 2007)

John Home Robertson: As the constituency successor of Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun and a family descendant of another of the 67 members of the old Scottish Parliament who were not bought or sold for English gold, I ask the First Minister to highlight the crucial distinction between the incorporating union of 1707, which abolished Scotland's Parliament, and our new constitutional settlement, which combines home rule...

Scottish Parliament: Trident (21 Dec 2006)

John Home Robertson: The SNP timetabled it.


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