Results 1–20 of 1191 for speaker:Bob Doris

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (31 Jan 2018)

Bob Doris: Like others, I congratulate Ross Greer on securing the debate. When I saw his motion come through, I was preparing to lodge a motion of a similar nature. However, the issue concerned is something on which we do not compete with motions: we sign up to the motion and get cross-party support for it and—I hope—consensus on how we can influence the forthcoming transport bill to improve...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (31 Jan 2018)

Bob Doris: No, thanks—not on this occasion. I suggested that they could vary the 128 route to serve all the communities, because the 128 was a subsidised route. However, I was told by both SPT and First Glasgow that that is not how things work. If there was ever justification for some kind of integrated public bus service—perhaps a franchise—that was it. The current service is not...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services (31 Jan 2018)

Bob Doris: My constituents would never forgive me if I did not make this point. One of the things that Glasgow City Council is doing to deal with congestion is having fewer bus stops, which means that there are fewer places to get off. That is having an impact on the quality of the service for a lot of my constituents. There are contradictions in some of the public policies that happen at local level.

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness (18 Jan 2018)

Bob Doris: To be fair, the previous speech was a little bit out of tone and step with the rest of the debate. We heard a lot of rhetoric about the budget yesterday. I will not take the bait on empty rhetoric and words without policies after Mr Kelly’s statement yesterday in the chamber. We will leave that sitting there as gently as we possibly can. A lot of members have drawn on good examples of...

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness (18 Jan 2018)

Bob Doris: I might not take up the cudgels on behalf of equalised rights of appeal, as that is a wider debate that we must have, but Monica Lennon is absolutely right about local place plans, for example, which feed into local development plans. I was going to say a bit about those, but I will move on to the next section of my speech, which is a little bit about local place plans. For those who stay in...

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness (18 Jan 2018)

Bob Doris: I can take an intervention. How much time do I have left, Presiding Officer?

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness (18 Jan 2018)

Bob Doris: I see that Mr Rowley has still got the tone wrong. In my constituency, the places where young people might go include Young People’s Futures, in Possilpark, North United Communities Limited, in Wyndford in Ruchill, and Royston Youth Action. A plethora of such organisations exist—they always want more money, but they exist—and I support them. Alison Johnstone mentioned the...

Scottish Parliament: Jobcentre Closures (11 Jan 2018)

Bob Doris: Tomorrow, Maryhill jobcentre will close its doors for the final time after being axed by the United Kingdom Government. That will have a damaging impact on many vulnerable families in communities that I represent, not least due to the longer journeys that they will face to other jobcentres and, as we have just heard, costly and rising bus fares. The UK Government’s approach is deeply...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow 2018 European Championships (10 Jan 2018)

Bob Doris: As other members have done, I start by warmly welcoming the inaugural European championships, which are coming to Glasgow. That is a huge coup for the city and for Scotland at large, just as the 2014 Commonwealth games were for our city. As a Glasgow MSP, I take great pride in that. My Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn constituency has significant health needs and has been greatly impacted by...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow 2018 European Championships (10 Jan 2018)

Bob Doris: The legacy of the championships must be to deliver for those who are least likely to be physically active in the first place.

Scottish Parliament: Civil Aviation Authority (Medical Certification) (14 Dec 2017)

Bob Doris: A constituent of mine is close to securing a training placement with a commercial airline but, because they are HIV positive, the Civil Aviation Authority will not issue the required medical certification. It cites European Aviation Safety Agency rules. I understand that a deviation from those rules can be permitted. If my constituent stayed in the USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia, or...

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)


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