Results 1–20 of 1247 for speaker:Bob Doris

Scottish Parliament: “Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain (2018)” (27 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the report by Crisis, “Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain (2018)”. (S5O-02271)

Scottish Parliament: “Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain (2018)” (27 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: As the minister knows, the Crisis report is a weighty document that contains substantial recommendations. I will pick out just the first one, which is: “Introduce a statutory duty to prevent homelessness for all households who are at risk of becoming homeless within 56 days, regardless of priority status, local connection, intentionality or migration status”. As the member of the...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (27 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: I welcome the substantial recommendations in the report on reforming the funding system for temporary accommodation, which is often high cost and low quality. The recommendations include the devolution of housing benefit and greater support for those who are homeless. How will the Scottish Government map out with COSLA how that will work in practice and when does the Scottish Government...

Scottish Parliament: World Refugee Day (21 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: On Sunday, I had the delight of being the manager—I use the word in its loosest sense—of a football team in a tournament during the refugee Scotland festival at the wonderful facility in Toryglen on the south side of Glasgow. I had a team full of star talent, with the captain being Alison Thewliss MP and Gavin Newlands MP, Ronnie Cowan MP, Stuart McDonald MP and Councillor Allan...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Associations (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn) (14 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: 4. To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting housing associations in the Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn constituency to help to deliver its target of 50,000 new affordable homes. (S5O-02230)

Scottish Parliament: Housing Associations (Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn) (14 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: I welcome the minister’s answer, and I draw his attention to the 50 new units that will be completed by Cadder Housing Association around the turn of this year. Cadder Housing Association wants to contribute to the wider regeneration of the community and is developing a Cadder vision strategy for an area of significant deprivation and disadvantage, as is acknowledged in the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Giorgi Kakava (14 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: My constituent 10-year-old Giorgi Kakava tragically lost his mother Sophie in February, while going through the United Kingdom asylum process. Giorgi knows only Springburn and Scotland, having been here since he was three years old. He attends the local school and has good friends and the community wants to protect and support him. Some 70,000 people have signed a petition calling for Giorgi...

Scottish Parliament: Child Obesity (5 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what proposals it is considering to tackle child obesity. (S5T-01135)

Scottish Parliament: Child Obesity (5 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: Buy-in from students, parents and staff will be essential. How will people be encouraged to feed into the consultation on healthier school food and how will the Scottish Government ensure that proportionate steps are taken to deliver beneficial outcomes?

Scottish Parliament: Child Obesity (5 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: Sometimes what happens outside the school grounds is as significant as what goes on in the school canteen. How will the Scottish Government address the wider issue—this is something that I see in my constituency—of many students having easy access, close to their schools, to the fast food outlets that offer the most unhealthy food of all?

Scottish Parliament: Celebrating Scotland’s Volunteers (5 Jun 2018)

Bob Doris: On Friday last week, with my colleague Patrick Grady MP I had the privilege of opening the Maryhill “Drink wise, age well” support hub in Maryhill burgh halls. The hub strives to help older adults to reduce their alcohol consumption where it has the potential to cause harm. The Maryhill facility demonstrates that people who have come through recovery often emerge with a passion to...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (31 May 2018)

Bob Doris: It was a privilege to be the convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee as the bill was making its way through the committee stages. I thank my fellow committee members and everyone who gave evidence to the committee, including Mr Stewart, for their constructive and collegiate approach to this rather technical bill. The bill must be passed. If it is not passed, as we heard,...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 May 2018)

Bob Doris: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate as the convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee. As the lead committee on the bill, we reported our views on it on 17 May. Our report was 103 pages long, so I will forgive members if they have not had time to digest all of it. Equally, I will not be able to do justice to all our recommendations in this speech, so I will focus...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 May 2018)

Bob Doris: It will not surprise the member that I will make reference to equal right of appeal when I get to that part of my speech. I can certainly give my own thinking, but I am here to speak on behalf of the committee, not for myself personally. That is an important principle in the stage 1 debate. On local place plans, we also remain to be persuaded that there is adequate funding and resource...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 May 2018)

Bob Doris: Yes. The committee looked at that issue in some detail. Just because a body has an interest does not mean that it is a wider community interest. There has to be much more clarity on how we ensure that a community body is truly representative, and we hope that we will get some clarity on that at stage 2. Mike Rumbles makes a very reasonable point. We heard very similar points on equal right of...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 May 2018)

Bob Doris: The member says that he objects to the general principles of the bill because he objects to centralisation. Does that mean that Liberal Democrats would scrap the right of ministers to call in applications? That is centralisation, is it not?

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 May 2018)

Bob Doris: I am really pleased that you are focusing on that area, as local place plans are fundamental. On what “take account of” means, do you agree that it is vital that local authorities have strong evidence of how they have taken account of a local place plan and changed their local development plan? Do you also agree that, if they have rejected aspects of the local place...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 May 2018)

Bob Doris: Apologies, Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (29 May 2018)

Bob Doris: I am interested in the reference to financial pressures on planning departments. A fees review is taking place, which includes the idea of full cost recovery. Does Alex Rowley support the vast majority, if not all, of the moneys that are raised going directly to planning departments to fund the measures that he suggests?

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Complaints Process) (24 May 2018)

Bob Doris: In 2015, a constituent of mine underwent surgery at the Queen Elizabeth university hospital and was readmitted twice with serious post-surgical complications. She has lasting health issues and serious concerns about the treatment that she received and the ensuing national health service complaints process. I welcome the fact that the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport has requested...


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