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Scottish Parliament: Fairtrade Fortnight (3 Mar 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Fairtrade Fortnight (3 Mar 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: As other members have done, I congratulate Bill Butler for lodging the motion during Fairtrade fortnight, which we are coming to the end of, as Gavin Brown said. I would like to widen our consideration and suggest that fair trade should be, like ethical foreign policies, our resting position—I refer to the practice, not just to the brand. That view is partly founded on the moral aspect....

Scottish Parliament: Fairtrade Fortnight (3 Mar 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Cathy Jamieson makes a good and pertinent point, which ties in nicely with the issue of what we call the all-inclusive holiday. Many big tour companies are at pains to encourage us to take such holidays. Unfortunately, the people fly into the resort and the money flies out and the workers earn the minimum wage. I have experience of that in Europe. As I said at the outset, we must widen our...

Scottish Parliament: Justice and Law Officers: Police (Arms Policy) (25 Feb 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a Scottish national policy on the arming of police forces. (S3O-9625)

Scottish Parliament: Justice and Law Officers: Police (Arms Policy) (25 Feb 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I declare an interest in that my son is a serving police officer. Notwithstanding the cabinet secretary's response, the Scottish Government has responsibility in relation to firearms, particularly those that are used by public bodies, in the context of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European convention on human rights. What steps has the cabinet secretary taken, or what steps will he take,...

Scottish Parliament: Tasers (25 Feb 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Curriculum for Excellence (25 Feb 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: It is Thursday morning once again, and we are having an education debate once again, which is not wrong. I support the motion in the name of my colleague Margaret Smith. It is entirely appropriate that we review the curriculum for excellence situation. We take comfort from the words of the minister in relation to the timeframe. As Margaret Smith rightly said, we do not want to get into...

Scottish Parliament: Curriculum for Excellence (25 Feb 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I thank the cabinet secretary for that. I hear disturbing rumours about the number of classroom assistants that are being cut back in our education system. We cannot expect teachers to have access to CPD, to work and understand fully what is expected of them in the curriculum for excellence if at the same time local authorities, because of financial pressures, are withdrawing the additional...

Scottish Parliament: Curriculum for Excellence (25 Feb 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Or easily.

Scottish Parliament: Curriculum for Excellence (25 Feb 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Female Offenders in the Criminal Justice System (11 Feb 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I have a hypothetical question. What would happen if a female was obliged under pressure to carry a knife or bladed weapon for her boyfriend? Would she be prosecuted under the mandatory sentence system?

Scottish Parliament: Female Offenders in the Criminal Justice System (11 Feb 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I thank the committee clerks for their hard work in marshalling our thoughts and us and for their work on the report. I also put on record my thanks to all the people who gave us evidence. I will avoid this becoming like the Oscars by trying to name them all; I simply say thank you to all those who contributed. The inquiry was difficult and occasionally harrowing, even for me, who, albeit...

Scottish Parliament: Female Offenders in the Criminal Justice System (11 Feb 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: The cabinet secretary said that the mental health issue is gender neutral, but then said that it affects a higher proportion of women prisoners. Could he clarify the position?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Equalities: Equalities (9 Feb 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive who paid for the race equality conference held at the Beardmore Hotel in Clydebank on 15 December 2009 and what the cost was.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Railway Museum (4 Feb 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I was fortunate to be guided by Mr Burnie on my tour of the museum. As was clear from his enthusiasm, he felt that the museum's role should be of national significance. If we consider the history of the industrial revolution as it manifested itself in Scotland, we can see the role of the communities along the Forth—in shale oil, and in the transition from shale oil to the Anglo-Persian...

Scottish Parliament: Skills Strategy (28 Jan 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I am well acquainted with the work of Rathbone, so I endorse David Whitton's comments. Given that Rathbone also tries to address the needs of cared-for and looked-after children, does he agree that we must also not ignore that issue, given our various bad records as corporate parents across the country? Does he agree that those young people also need to be included in the skills strategy?

Scottish Parliament: Skills Strategy (28 Jan 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Had I known that time would be so generous, I would have brought my spinning plates or juggling balls. This has been an interesting and largely consensual debate.

Scottish Parliament: Skills Strategy (28 Jan 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Yes, indeed. I wish to focus on something that David Whitton and my colleague Iain Smith referred to: Skills Development Scotland and its corporate plan. To be fair, the plan is the closest thing that we have to a revised skills strategy, given that the Government's previous attempts at a strategy were rejected by the Parliament. I was a little perplexed by what seemed to be the coincidence...

Scottish Parliament: Skills Strategy (28 Jan 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I would accept that if it were the case that that work is adding to what advisers do, but I understand that SDS is moving careers advisers out of their positions to manage contracts with external providers. I am not convinced that we are using people's skills to the best advantage. Given that there have been wholesale exits of staff since SDS was established, there are serious questions about...


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