Results 141–160 of 1374 for speaker:Bob Doris

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

Bob Doris: The inquiry was a fishing exercise, and what a bunch of anglers we have on the Opposition benches today. I say to them that the inquiry was more about politicking and point scoring. They should not drag down our Parliament's committee system with those things—that is simply not acceptable. The length of time that the committee took is appalling. The investigation took 22 hours of committee...

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

Bob Doris: If that is not what we are here to debate, why is it mentioned in the report's conclusions—not just our version of it?

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill (30 Apr 2008)

Bob Doris: I begin by expressing my appreciation for all those who helped to secure the Commonwealth games for Glasgow and Scotland and all those who have been involved in the scrutiny of the bill. I welcome the Scottish Government's positive response to that scrutiny. A vital aspect of the bill that came up at committee and which I am pleased that the Government has taken seriously is the idea of the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Kinship Carers (Support) (1 May 2008)

Bob Doris: Does the minister agree that the Government anticipates that local authorities will make direct payments to kinship carers of looked-after children at the earliest opportunity during the three-year concordat? Does she also agree that that will mean additional support to kinship carers of 2,000 looked-after children—there are more than 550 in Glasgow alone—that the previous Executive...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Needs (8 May 2008)

Bob Doris: Does the member agree that a housing stock transfer vote in which tenants are told that they must vote yes or the council's housing debt will not be written off is UK Government blackmail, and that the Government should be prepared to write off the debt no matter what?

Scottish Parliament: Housing Needs (8 May 2008)

Bob Doris: I, too, will focus on the parts of the motion that relate to housing stock transfer in Glasgow. Like other members, I have read the Mazars report, which was commissioned by the Glasgow and west of Scotland forum of housing associations. It makes compelling reading, and raises serious doubts about how GHA has arrived at its figures on the valuation of housing for second-stage transfer. As...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Needs (8 May 2008)

Bob Doris: I appreciate the tone of Johann Lamont's intervention and ask her to be patient, because I will deal with the issues she raises later. The Mazars report represents to me the possibility that second-stage transfer is structured by GHA in a way that puts unfair financial barriers before community-based housing associations and undermines the principle of financial neutrality. According to...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Housing Associations (Glasgow) (8 May 2008)

Bob Doris: When the cabinet secretary meets housing associations in Glasgow to discuss the Mazars report, will she work with them to make sure that those that are ready to go to second-stage transfer and which might be paying inflated valuations are not held up by any review of the Mazars study?

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Elections 2007 (22 May 2008)

Bob Doris: To ask the First Minister what progress the Scottish Government is making to take forward the recommendations contained in the Gould report on the May 2007 Scottish elections. (S3F-798)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Elections 2007 (22 May 2008)

Bob Doris: After the complete hash that the United Kingdom's Scotland Office made of last year's elections, Ron Gould and the Scottish Parliament have clearly stated that they believe that legislative competence for the running of our elections should be taken from Westminster and given to Holyrood. Given that it would be unthinkable in England if, say, the European Union were to dictate to Westminster...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Early Years Framework: Early Years Framework (28 May 2008)

Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the names of the members of the task groups taking forward the early years framework.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (30 May 2008)

Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what decision it has reached regarding allocation of the Affordable Housing Investment Programme and what changes it intends to implement to Housing Association Grant in 2008-09.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Teachers: Teachers (6 Jun 2008)

Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish and respond to the report of the Chartered Teacher Review Group.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Class Sizes: Class Sizes (19 Jun 2008)

Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools in deprived areas of Glasgow have class sizes of more than 25 in primaries one to three.

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Passport Office (19 Jun 2008)

Bob Doris: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Passport Office (19 Jun 2008)

Bob Doris: Will the member give way on that point?

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Passport Office (19 Jun 2008)

Bob Doris: I will need a pair of sunglasses by the time that I have finished my speech, because the sun is shining straight into my eyes and blinding me. I thank Sandra White for bringing the debate to the Parliament and I thank the union that is involved for helpfully providing detailed information. The matter is reserved, but the debate should not give rise to a turf war about which matters should and...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (25 Jun 2008)

Bob Doris: I hope that the cabinet secretary agrees that the proposed housing transfer ballots on 17 November represent significant progress, in that they will present the first opportunity for GHA tenants to move to proper community-based social landlords. That is something that the Labour Party failed to achieve when it was in power. I welcome the cabinet secretary's assurance that more GHA tenants...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Ministerial Meeting: Ministerial Meeting (26 Jun 2008)

Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last had discussions with Glasgow City Council.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Kinship Care (26 Jun 2008)

Bob Doris: Does the minister agree that the best use of MSPs' time, if they care about direct payments to kinship carers, is to do what I have done in Glasgow? I felt that Labour-led Glasgow City Council was dragging its heels on kinship care payments, and that it was unprepared and giving misleading information.


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