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Scottish Parliament: Forced Marriage etc (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Bill (22 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: There is an oxymoron at the heart of the debate—it is “forced marriage”. If something is forced, there cannot be a marriage. The evidence that we took on the bill indicated that there are clearly cases of this abhorrent practice. Scotland needs to stand above the rest of the world and to send the message that we are not prepared to accept it. During debate on the bill it has been clear...

Scottish Parliament: Forced Marriage etc (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Bill (22 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: Perhaps they are someone else’s.

Scottish Parliament: Forced Marriage etc (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Bill (22 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: This has been a short and sweet, consensual debate. However, I suspect that another event later this morning, commonly known as First Minister’s questions, is likely not to take a lesson from the way in which we have conducted ourselves in dealing with the politics of this place. As other members have said, the bill demonstrates Scotland choosing a piece of legislation that is desperately...

Scottish Parliament: Public Records (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: This will perhaps be an easier task than is often the case with winding-up speeches. Many members who are not in the chamber have missed a trick in relation to the bill. All too often, bills that are allegedly big pieces of legislation get all the headlines, but the small, significant ones slip in below the radar. From my personal perspective, that seems to be the case in relation to the...

Scottish Parliament: Public Records (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: Thank you, Mr Gibson. It is apparent from such programmes that there are inconsistencies in how local authorities and other public bodies keep records. The Public Records (Scotland) Bill, which is small but perfectly formed—we hope—and significant, will add to our success in presenting a public record of Scotland and its people. At the heart of many of the documents that we are discussing...

Scottish Parliament: Denny Town Centre Regeneration (16 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: My congratulations go to Michael Matheson on bringing the issue to the chamber, and on his extensive knowledge of the locality. For my sins, or otherwise, I live in yet another carbuncle town: Cumbernauld. We were not desperately keen to get that award back, so I thank the people of Denny and Dunipace for hanging on to it. Cumbernauld also suffers from the problems that Denny faces and that...

Scottish Parliament: Denny Town Centre Regeneration (16 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: I apologise to the member. I did not see him sitting up there at the back.

Scottish Parliament: Denny Town Centre Regeneration (16 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: The distinction is an interesting one. It is not relevant, however. I apologise again to Mr McMahon. I did not see him sitting up there at the back. Given the extent to which the Labour Party claims to represent communities and the fact that it is the lead party on Falkirk Council, a Labour member could have been in the chamber to speak on behalf of their party. I have been involved in the...

Scottish Parliament: Denny Town Centre Regeneration (16 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: As Michael Matheson pointed out, the problem is long standing. It predates the current economic circumstances, regardless of who is to blame for them. Consequently, I am particularly interested in what steps the minister feels able to take to bring Falkirk Council to the table with the concerned residents of the communities in order to make some progress on the issue, despite the budget...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Funding (16 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: The cabinet secretary referred to articulation. Does he recognise that departments of adult education are critical to the prospect of articulation? How will decisions made recently at one of our major universities impact on articulation? On the international role and mobility, what impact will changes to the languages departments at our higher education institutions have on delivering the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — National Health Service: National Health Service (15 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the NHS has been of medication made up in pharmacies but not collected in each year since 2007.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Autism: Autism (14 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what (a) individuals and (b) organisations are represented on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Reference Group.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Autism: Autism (14 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive on what criteria members of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Reference Group are selected and who (a) sets the criteria and (b) selects the membership.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Autism: Autism (14 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget has been allocated to the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Reference Group; for what it has been specified; how it will be monitored, and by whom.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Autism: Autism (11 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit is of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Reference Group and who decided on that remit.

Scottish Parliament: “Teaching Scotland’s Future” (9 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: Would the minister be good enough to clarify a couple of things for me? Like my colleague Margaret Smith, I am supportive of the national partnership group. We must recognise that, obviously, teachers teach children. What input will there be from children and parents to the partnership group? There is a synergy in the relationship between teachers and pupils, and parents. It is a bigger...

Scottish Parliament: “Teaching Scotland’s Future” (9 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: Is the minister able to clarify the measures that are, or are likely to be, in place to tackle some of those issues?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Parliamentary Accommodation: Parliamentary Accommodation (8 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the monetary value was of parliamentary equipment that has (a) disappeared, (b) been lost and (c) been stolen in each of the last three years.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Planning: Planning (4 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the geographical area defined as Scottish territorial waters is in relation to offshore wind farm construction.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Ministerial Meetings: Ministerial Meetings (1 Mar 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met members of the Scottish Section of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain and Ireland.


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