Results 1–20 of 1281 for speaker:Bob Doris

Scottish Parliament: Wealthier and Fairer (30 May 2007)

Bob Doris: The idea of a wealthier and fairer nation is surely one on which all of us can agree. We might have different perspectives on how we can best create wealth for our nation and what constitutes the best way to spend to achieve fairness in society, but we should all warmly welcome the tying together of the ideas of wealth and fairness as a foundation on which to build cross-party consensus. I...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Social Rented Housing (31 May 2007)

Bob Doris: To ask the First Minister whether extending the provision of good-quality, local social rented housing will be a priority for the new Scottish Government. (S3F-20)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Social Rented Housing (31 May 2007)

Bob Doris: I inform the First Minister that the guarantees that were given to the former tenants of Maryhill's Butney area back in 2001 by Glasgow City Council and, subsequently, by Glasgow Housing Association, which promised them new local housing within two years of their old homes being demolished, remain unmet. Will the First Minister monitor the situation—significant further demolitions of social...

Scottish Parliament: Skills and Vocational Education (7 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: I am sure that each of John Paul academy in Glasgow's Maryhill, Oban high school and Greenfaulds high in Cumbernauld deliver a vital service to students, parents and the wider community. Those schools are but three of 381 publicly funded secondary schools in Scotland. I am confident that every one of those schools is an asset to its community. Indeed, I am happy to describe them all as skills...

Scottish Parliament: Skills and Vocational Education (7 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: No thank you.

Scottish Parliament: Skills and Vocational Education (7 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: If Mr Henry does not mind, I would like to continue without being shouted down. Only recently, the Conservatives in England got their cravats in a twist over grammar schools, and now new Labour in Scotland may be offering us the converse—ghetto grammars by stealth in some of our most vulnerable communities. Labour's ghetto grammars would not be about selection but about deselection by...

Scottish Parliament: Skills and Vocational Education (7 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: No thank you. New Labour's motion could even be a TARDIS to take us back to the dreaded days of junior secondaries and the "quali". If the Labour Opposition wishes to work constructively with our new SNP Government, I am sure that it will want to engage with the Scottish skills strategy. If so, I am sure that we will see an expansion of the school-college partnerships and links, and that we...

Scottish Parliament: Skills and Vocational Education (7 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: I am sure that Mr Purvis will put his views forward strongly during the spending review that is about to take place. Of course, we would all like more funding for schools; indeed, some funding might be available if we do not go ahead with the tram system in Edinburgh. If, right now, youngsters had access to a worthwhile training course or job, they would be accessing that training course or...

Scottish Parliament: Skills and Vocational Education (7 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Trident (14 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. As a new member, I would like some clarification for those who might intend intervening in subsequent debates. If a member gives way to an intervention, can they stand up again if they do not like what the intervening member is saying? I understood that Jackie Baillie had given way.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Free Nutritious School Meals (Pilot) (14 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards finalising plans for its £5 million pilot scheme to provide free nutritious school meals. (S3O-258)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Free Nutritious School Meals (Pilot) (14 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: I know that the cabinet secretary agrees that the pilot scheme should eventually be rolled out across Scotland, starting in the most deprived areas. With that in mind, I ask her to examine closely the deprivation figures for Glasgow in general and for north Glasgow in particular. In north Glasgow, only 8 per cent of people consume the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day,...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (21 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: I start by turning my thoughts to another system of taxation that we have already heard a little about this morning. It was brought in by the Conservatives—first in Scotland in 1989, and a year later in the rest of the United Kingdom. It was, of course, the loathed poll tax. I was at secondary school at the time, and my personal protest against the poll tax was the wearing of a T-shirt to...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (21 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: No, thank you. We have limited time. I remember the pressure that the poll tax put on the relationship between my father—the head of the household—and me, over whether the poll tax should be paid and over whether we could even afford to pay it. The poll tax led to pressure and conflict in homes, and to anger, direct action and riots in society. I think that it was Tavish Scott who said...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (21 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: No, thank you—unless Mr Brown wants to defend the poll tax.

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (21 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: If, after this debate, Mr Brown would like a little synopsis of who was to blame for the poll tax, I will give him such a synopsis in the members' lounge. He really needs his memory jogged. A clear majority in our nation was against the poll tax. Ultimately, it was abolished. It is gone, but not forgotten—or forgiven. It was replaced by another form of taxation that, on one level, bore an...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (21 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: What about the poll tax?

Scottish Parliament: Housing (21 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Housing (21 Jun 2007)

Bob Doris: Will the member give way?


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