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Scottish Parliament: Equally Safe (28 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: On Saturday last, I had the privilege of speaking at the women’s centre in north-west Glasgow, at an event to mark the launch of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. I turned up with my wife and my wee boy, not in my capacity as an MSP but just as a member of the community supporting a local event. Cameron enjoyed the face painting, the bubbles and the goodie bag, and...

Scottish Parliament: Building Regulations (Fire Safety) (23 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: In June this year, we all watched with horror as fire engulfed Grenfell tower. Our thoughts and sympathies were then, as they are now, with those affected by that tragic event. At that time, the Local Government and Communities Committee was conducting an inquiry into building regulations more widely. As a committee, we felt that we must broaden our work to include fire safety to ensure that...

Scottish Parliament: Building Regulations (Fire Safety) (23 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: Mr Simpson suggested that the private sector could be brought in in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling after a year. That deviates from the committee’s recommendation. Would Mr Simpson consider the idea of bringing in other local authorities to the three councils in question? We do not have to have a private sector solution—another local authority could perform that role.

Scottish Parliament: Building Regulations (Fire Safety) (23 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: I am delighted that it is not 5 o’clock and I think that everyone else is, too. On behalf of the Local Government and Communities Committee, I thank the clerking team, SPICe, which has helped to inform us, all those who gave written and oral evidence, and fellow MSPs. I also thank building control officers the length and breadth of Scotland who do a difficult job in challenging...

Scottish Parliament: Building Regulations (Fire Safety) (23 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: I thank the minister for that information. Generally, across the board in the chamber, we have identified that clerks of works drive up standards in the construction sector. I note Andy Wightman’s contribution on the conflict over who the clerks of works would be accountable to, which needs to be ironed out, and I appreciate the point that he made about the private sector. The minister...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn (Cultural History) (15 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what support it offers communities in the Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn constituency to celebrate the area’s cultural history. (S5O-01459)

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn (Cultural History) (15 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: I draw the cabinet secretary’s attention to plans for a Maryhill museum, which is to be based at the stunningly restored Burgh Halls in my constituency, which was mentioned by the cabinet secretary. I extend an invitation to the cabinet secretary to join me and see for herself, perhaps some time in the new year, the importance of the excellent work that has been undertaken by the...

Scottish Parliament: Building and Fire Safety (Ministerial Working Group) (15 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: The Local Government and Communities Committee did, indeed, conduct an inquiry into buildings and fire safety. I hope that the Scottish Government will be in a position to respond formally to the committee’s inquiry report ahead of next week’s debate. One conclusion in our report is that there should be a national high-rise inventory with regard to fire safety and that it should...

Scottish Parliament: Railways (Funding for Improvements) (8 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its discussions with the United Kingdom Government regarding a fair funding deal for Scotland for railway improvements. (S5O-01421)

Scottish Parliament: Railways (Funding for Improvements) (8 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: The minister will acknowledge that changes that are due to be introduced by the UK Government will lead to a real-terms cut in funding of railway investment, and will do serious damage to Scotland’s railways as well as to future enhancement projects. Reports suggest that the Glasgow Central station improvement works might have to be rescheduled, delayed or cancelled. Can the minister...

Scottish Parliament: Inclusive Education (2 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: I have a very strong constituency interest in this area, because I am working with a number of families with children of primary school age who are on the autistic spectrum. It is in the context of the challenges that they face that many of my comments will be made. I am delighted that the Deputy First Minister says at the start of the ministerial foreword to the draft guidance that “we...

Scottish Parliament: Inclusive Education (2 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: You have to choose your language very carefully, Presiding Officer. I thank the member for being complimentary about my speech. I was supportively critical of Glasgow City Council, but there are some wonderful specialist units in my constituency. In my speech, I did not praise some wonderful practice there, so I will talk about the hearing unit in St Roch’s school in Royston.

Scottish Parliament: Inclusive Education (2 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: Finally—

Scottish Parliament: Inclusive Education (2 Nov 2017)

Bob Doris: Thank you, Presiding Officer. You are so supportive. D oes the member agree that there are excellent examples of support in special needs education, including in my constituency at the hearing and visual unit at St Roch’s primary school and the autism unit at High Park school in Ruchill?

Scottish Parliament: Combustible Cladding (Glasgow) (21 Sep 2017)

Bob Doris: Everyone who resides in an impacted property—that means tenants, not just owners—has a right to know as soon possible. I hope that the cabinet secretary agrees with that and agrees that there should be an absolute duty on local authorities to inform residents and the fire service. Does the cabinet secretary agree that the fragmented nature of records across local...

Scottish Parliament: Repatriation of Bodies (20 Sep 2017)

Bob Doris: 2. To ask the Scottish Government how it can support people to repatriate the bodies of family members who have died abroad. (S5O-01266)

Scottish Parliament: Repatriation of Bodies (20 Sep 2017)

Bob Doris: My constituent Julie Love and I recently met Colin Bell, who, following the tragic death of his son, established the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust in Ireland. Through using a global network of fundraising groups, the trust pays the repatriation costs for all those from Ireland who die overseas. Will the minister meet me and Julie Love, whose son tragically died overseas, to discuss how a...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (19 Sep 2017)

Bob Doris: Turning Point Scotland is actively involved in piloting the housing first model and, according to its initial evaluations, 50 per cent of participants have demonstrated positive change. How can the Scottish Government assist in potentially upscaling the housing first model? That would involve significant upfront expense but, in the longer term, it might improve outcomes and save public money.

Scottish Parliament: Combustible Cladding on Public Buildings (14 Sep 2017)

Bob Doris: Fire safety goes beyond issues of combustible cladding. The Local Government and Communities Committee has heard a suggestion from the Fire Brigades Union that there should be a series of intrusive inspections of high-rise buildings in Scotland to interrogate fire safety procedures and to take the opportunity to improve fire safety further. Is that something that the Scottish Government will...

Scottish Parliament: Barclay Review of Non-domestic Rates (12 Sep 2017)

Bob Doris: I welcome that the Scottish Government will consult before any reforms of rates relief to ALEOs. I ask the cabinet secretary to approach any change with great caution to ensure that people using leisure facilities such as those that are run by Glasgow Life do not suffer any unintended or detrimental consequences. I also ask him to be similarly wary of any blanket exclusion of ALEOs applying...


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