Results 1–20 of 729 for speaker:Hugh O'Donnell

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Hospitals: NHS Hospitals (23 May 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposed new local health services it will suspend or curtail in each of the Lanarkshire NHS board areas in order to retain the consultant-led accident and emergency unit at Monklands Hospital.

Scottish Parliament: Post Office (23 May 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: I thank the minister for bringing the issue to the chamber. It is obviously important but, as he said at the outset, it is primarily a battle that should take place at Westminster. I have two questions. First, has the minister spoken to Alistair Darling about the proposals? Secondly, does he believe that the absence of the MP for Banff and Buchan from five Westminster debates on post...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Roads: Roads (30 May 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will revisit both the route and the scale of the proposed upgrade of the A/M80 where it passes through Cumbernauld.

Scottish Parliament: Wealthier and Fairer (30 May 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: I welcome the opportunity to make my maiden speech on such an important matter. I thank the Executive for bringing the issue to the Parliament, especially as it is particularly relevant to my region of Central Scotland. I am also grateful that the Executive has chosen to make life a little easier for me as a new member by having the same cabinet secretary speak as has spoken when I have...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (4 Jun 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many additional affordable homes it plans to build across central Scotland over the period of the next comprehensive spending review.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (4 Jun 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it considers are necessary to make the right to buy more responsive to local needs.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Employment: Employment (6 Jun 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to support people who will lose their jobs as a result of the closure of Bath Press Ltd in Blantyre and to encourage other businesses into the area so that new, local employment opportunities can be created.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Communities Scotland: Communities Scotland (7 Jun 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to transfer the functions of Communities Scotland to local authorities.

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

Hugh O'Donnell: The debate has been excellent and it is clear from all the speeches that we have heard that everyone recognises—albeit from slightly differing perspectives—the importance of skills training and education. There is undoubtedly a skills shortage in Scotland and the latest report from the Scottish technology survey reinforces the fact that work still needs to be done in that sector if it is...

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

Hugh O'Donnell: As a member who is making only his second speech in the Parliament, I am slightly disturbed that Robin Harper has pinched some of my next lines; I will address his point.

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

Hugh O'Donnell: He may well be. We must ensure that the prospect of learning enthuses our young people and that everyone who is involved in educational provision offers a curriculum that not only enthuses our young people, but equips them with skills for work and life. Around 14 per cent of the young people in Scotland between the ages of 16 and 18 face significant obstacles in education, employment and...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Voluntary Sector: Voluntary Sector (11 Jun 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with voluntary sector providers of education services about the development of closer working ties with statutory providers.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (12 Jun 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to increase the current level of claim in relation to small claims actions; what form such steps will take, and in what timeframe it will bring forward proposals for any changes it may make.

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (13 Jun 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: Will the minister give a commitment to Parliament, now or in the future, to introduce a widening-access unit in her department so that a wider range of the potential student population in Scotland can access universities? In that regard, I seek assurances of the continuing support of the minister and her department for the greater opportunity of access and learning with...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (14 Jun 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the role of nursery school provision, in both the public and private sectors, in relation to providing educational services for pre-school children and early years formal education.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Young People: Young People (15 Jun 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to involve the voluntary and commercial training sectors in addressing training needs for those young people referred to as NEETS.

Scottish Parliament: Smarter Scotland (20 Jun 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Smarter Scotland (20 Jun 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: There is much in the cabinet secretary's speech—on the surface, at least—that we can commend. However, it is inevitable in situations such as this that the devil is in the detail, or rather, the lack of detail, as has been the case in most recent subject debates and announcements from the Executive. I was disappointed to hear Alex Johnstone's somewhat sweeping observation about pupils...

Scottish Parliament: Smarter Scotland (20 Jun 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: I am aware that there is a vast amount of research in education. No doubt, even the previous Executive did not manage to tick all the boxes in that regard. On class sizes generally, even the most cursory review of the available international academic research reveals a general consensus that reducing class sizes is the most expensive option available in improving attainment. Further, there...

Scottish Parliament: Smarter Scotland (20 Jun 2007)

Hugh O'Donnell: The study to which the member refers is only one of more than 150 on the University of Glasgow's academic research site's review of literature. As many say, "yes it works" as say, "no it doesn't", so we have to say that there is no clear evidence that reducing class sizes automatically produces an increase in attainment. The issue is much more complicated than that.


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