Hugh O'Donnell: I have to accept the minister's assurances on the timing. Far be it from me to suggest that the Government would do anything untoward in that regard. SDS may have been advised of the announcement, but those who answered the telephones certainly were not. A number of employers have made that observation to me since the £1,000 for a new apprentice—which, in fairness, is welcome—was...
Hugh O'Donnell: Those bring the total number of titles mentioned to 43.
Hugh O'Donnell: Out of interest, I have been keeping a note of the number of name checks for local newspapers that members have made; thus far, we are up to 21. I can see all the press releases that will come out. Such name checks are not illegitimate; nor will be the complaints from those of us whose press releases are not published. In Scotland, there is a tradition of reading newspapers. Newspaper...
Hugh O'Donnell: Will the member take an intervention?
Hugh O'Donnell: I accept what Mr Gibson said about the use of the internet, but does he recognise the internet offers additionality, not sole provision, and that, if the newspapers do not have that opportunity, we will end up with only the web, which is not readily accessible, as many members have said?
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what outcomes and objectives it has agreed with the Association of Scottish Community Councils in each of the last five years.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many and which agreed outcomes and objectives have been met by the Association of Scottish Community Councils in each of the last five years and where this is published.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive who the (a) chair, (b) treasurer and (c) secretary of the Association of Scottish Community Councils has been in each of the last five years.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has provided to the Association of Scottish Community Councils in each of the last five years.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what objectives and outcomes it has set the Association of Scottish Community Councils for the next three years.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Association of Scottish Community Councils is obliged to hold an AGM as part of its outcomes and objectives agreed with the Scottish Government and what the reason is for the Scottish Government’s position on this matter.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its funding to the Association of Scottish Community Councils (ASCC) is contingent on the ASCC holding an AGM, publishing certified accounts and being a registered charity under the oversight of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the financial management of the Association of Scottish Community Councils with regard to public funding and which directorate is responsible.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the exit signage at the push buttons for the recently installed security turnstiles at the Queensberry House and the Canongate entrances to the Parliamentary campus comply with recommendations on clear and visible signage from any of the organisations that represents people with a visual impairment, such as the RNIB Scotland.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the funding allocation distributed by the Scottish Funding Council in the (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09 funding rounds was awarded to the New Horizons Fund for skills development work.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29346 by Keith Brown on 9 December 2009, what measures it has put in place to limit or restrict local authorities from re-employing those who retire under the scheme.
Hugh O'Donnell: It is always a joy and a pleasure to engage in an intelligent debate and I look forward to my next opportunity to do so. I say that because, notwithstanding the seriousness of the issue, it was a piece of party-political mischief, six months out at the most from a general election, to lodge the motion. Equally, it was a piece of kite flying by the Labour Party at Westminster to publish a...
Hugh O'Donnell: There has to be a national care standard, but I am not sure that there can be a one-size-fits-all approach to delivering it. Care has to be person centred and based on the needs of the individual, but there have to be minimum guidelines and a benchmark against which the service is delivered, so that the individual can see whether they are getting what they would recognise as the minimum...
Hugh O'Donnell: Twenty-five minutes.
Hugh O'Donnell: Among the poorest people in our society are some whom we often forget—asylum seekers and refugees. Will the minister clarify their entitlement to the various measures that are available? What efforts has the Government made to ensure that they are protected from the impact of cold weather?