Results 121–140 of 1374 for speaker:Bob Doris

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Poverty (13 Mar 2008)

Bob Doris: Is Jim Tolson aware that in 2004 Mike Weir MP tried to amend the UK Energy Bill to ensure that additional tariffs in prepayment meters would not be allowed? In 2008, Alistair Darling has again refused to act. Does the member agree that, as a one-stop shop to tackling fuel poverty, competence for energy prices should be returned to this Parliament so that we can tackle fuel poverty?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (18 Mar 2008)

Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the development of the early years framework.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Schools (Catchment Areas) (20 Mar 2008)

Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what rules are in place to allow the alteration of catchment areas for schools where more than one local authority is involved. (S3O-2682)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Schools (Catchment Areas) (20 Mar 2008)

Bob Doris: The minister will be aware of an on-going dispute between Glasgow City Council and East Renfrewshire Council over whether students who attend St Angela's primary school in Glasgow can continue to attend St Ninian's secondary school in East Renfrewshire, as they always have done. Depending on which local authority we speak to, catchment areas have been changed without consultation, or they...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Charities and Voluntary Organisations (New Futures Fund) (20 Mar 2008)

Bob Doris: I have been working closely with the Realise Community Project, which is an employability project in Maryhill in Glasgow that was formerly funded by the new futures fund. I met Glasgow community planning partnership, which has moneys under the fairer Scotland fund from the new futures fund. Does the First Minister agree that community planning partnerships must be independent of Government...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Carers: Carers (27 Mar 2008)

Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in providing payments to kinship carers.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (27 Mar 2008)

Bob Doris: Many will be aware of a health care issue that has strong local government links. Symptoms include increased temperatures, denial, angry verbal outbursts and serious bouts of nausea. Those who are immune to the condition must avoid feeling smug or gloating. The condition can be cured simply by ensuring that the words "historic" and "concordat" are not used in proximity to each other and that...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (27 Mar 2008)

Bob Doris: According to Lewis Macdonald, only Aberdeen MSPs are allowed to talk about Aberdeen, so I could not possibly comment—I apologise. For the first time, local government will receive an increased share of the spending cake rather than a smaller slice, as it did under the previous Executive. That spending cake will not be top sliced as it was by the previous Executive, which demanded efficiency...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (27 Mar 2008)

Bob Doris: No, thank you. The previous Executive would have denied local authorities that money, but we will ensure that local authorities keep it. Let us have an end to scare stories. They cheapen the Opposition and the Parliament itself. We should support councils and hard-pressed council tax payers by approving the order.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (27 Mar 2008)

Bob Doris: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (27 Mar 2008)

Bob Doris: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (27 Mar 2008)

Bob Doris: During local government reorganisation, I was fighting against Labour-led Glasgow City Council, which had council tax increases during its first three years of 20 per cent, 22 per cent and 12 per cent. Will Mr McAveety welcome for the third year running a council tax freeze in Glasgow, with the one difference this time being that there is a 3.4 per cent increase in funding from the SNP Government?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (27 Mar 2008)

Bob Doris: Does the member accept that those 425 posts are being lost because of a restructuring of services in Glasgow and that it has nothing at all to do with the council tax freeze?

Scottish Parliament: Local Income Tax (17 Apr 2008)

Bob Doris: On 21 June 2007, the Parliament stated its view that a local income tax based on the ability to pay was a much fairer system of local taxation than the discredited and unfair council tax. It is time to take the next step and move to the delivery of that parliamentary position. That is what the parties that wish the council tax to be abolished are trying to do.

Scottish Parliament: Local Income Tax (17 Apr 2008)

Bob Doris: No thank you. I have only four minutes and I want to make my points clearly. What we have from the Labour Party this morning is an attempt to turn back the clock and defend the council tax. It is pretending that the Parliament has not already taken a view, that all is rosy with the council tax and that the Scottish public support the council tax. Such pretence and self-delusion will not help...

Scottish Parliament: International Education (24 Apr 2008)

Bob Doris: I have relatively recently returned from my first trip to Poland, where I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, which made a deep impact on me. Does Ken Macintosh think that every time that England decides to act on something, we should be bound by a direct Barnett consequential? The amendment is well meant, but does it play politics with a serious matter?

Scottish Parliament: Planning Application Processes (Menie Estate) (24 Apr 2008)

Bob Doris: As a member of the Local Government and Communities Committee, I participated in the Menie estate inquiry. During the inquiry, I asked the chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council whether the council had the power, at the beginning of the planning application process, to vary the council's scheme of delegation. In other words, could the full council consider the planning application? Mr...

Scottish Parliament: Planning Application Processes (Menie Estate) (24 Apr 2008)

Bob Doris: No. The member had six minutes. I have only got four. Please sit down. I and the two other SNP members of the committee made the fatal mistake of drawing conclusions that were based on facts and evidence. If only the other committee members had attempted to do likewise. I asked the First Minister what would have happened if the Menie estate application had been approved and he had been...

Scottish Parliament: Planning Application Processes (Menie Estate) (24 Apr 2008)

Bob Doris: You are fantasising if you think that you are getting in.


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