Results 221–240 of 729 for speaker:Hugh O'Donnell

Scottish Parliament: Literacy Commission (14 Jan 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: First, I apologise for not being in the chamber when I was meant to be called earlier. The debate has been interesting and largely consensual. Many members have gone beyond the normal research that they do for speeches in such debates and have made significant contributions; I refer particularly to Hugh Henry's speech. Cathy Jamieson frightened me when she referred to learning Greek. As I...

Scottish Parliament: Literacy Commission (14 Jan 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Despite encouragement from Sandra White from a sedentary position, I will not name the newspapers. What I said is equally true of some broadsheets. We need to find a method of engaging all of society that allows us to address the challenges that we face. On a slight tangent, I ask the cabinet secretary to talk with the SQA about how the marking guidelines for qualifications such as standard...

Scottish Parliament: Literacy Commission (14 Jan 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I agree absolutely. That ties in nicely with the role of CPD and, probably, with that of teaching institutions that produce our teachers. I hesitate to say it—it is probably a bit risky—but I guess that young teachers are coming out of our institutions who might not be able to mark adequately, as a result of their school careers. Finally, I urge a little caution. Several members referred...

Scottish Parliament: Literacy Commission (14 Jan 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: In speaking to the amendment in the name of my colleague Margaret Smith, I add my thanks to the members of the literacy commission for their work in producing the report, which highlights the enormous problem of illiteracy in Scotland. We want the Government to continue to take action as quickly as possible to address the issues that are highlighted in the report, so it was encouraging to...

Scottish Parliament: Literacy Commission (14 Jan 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Thank you for that. We agree with the report's recommendation that there should be a sustained policy commitment at all levels of government to providing our young people with the best possible start in life. There are concerns that some local authorities are beginning to look at ways of saving money that involve the removal of classroom assistants, who play a vital role. A school in East...

Scottish Parliament: Literacy Commission (14 Jan 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Does the member recognise the value of the continuing examination of literacy that is available through the national assessment bank materials, particularly within primary schools, as a means of ascertaining children's skills in literacy and other subject areas?

Scottish Parliament: Literacy Commission (14 Jan 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I referred to primary schools.

Scottish Parliament: Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing (7 Jan 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I congratulate the committee on its fascinating and important report. I am of a nervous disposition and I hesitate to contradict Christine Grahame, but I think that the report will set the heather alight if we continue to talk about it in the way in which most members have done.

Scottish Parliament: Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing (7 Jan 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I took particular interest in the speeches by Dr McKee and Michael Matheson. Mr Matheson made a telling point about parents' abilities. It is regrettable that many parents of children who manifest the potential for mental ill health in their behaviour are themselves not capable of monitoring the situation. Dr Simpson talked about drug and alcohol abuse, which are always challenging issues. I...

Scottish Parliament: Allotments, Community Gardens and Grow-your-own Projects (17 Dec 2009)

Hugh O'Donnell: I congratulate my colleague Jim Tolson on bringing the debate to the chamber. It is a truism that we have a shortage of available land, but it seems, based on anecdotal evidence and some constituency work, that there is land available. One of the barriers that I seem to encounter occasionally, if not frequently, is the challenge that is posed by statutory consultees on planning applications....

Scottish Parliament: Education (16 Dec 2009)

Hugh O'Donnell: The statement was strong on bombast and disingenuousness, so I will cut to the chase. Will the cabinet secretary clarify how many extra nursery teachers our nursery schools now have as a result of this Administration? Are they actually present in the classrooms, rather than just being passed through the classrooms on an ad-hoc basis?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Domestic Abuse: Domestic Abuse (10 Dec 2009)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the fact that only 10 single outcome agreements contain a specific reference to children affected by domestic abuse in the area profile, despite the publication of the National Domestic Abuse Delivery Plan for Children and Young People .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Teachers: Teachers (9 Dec 2009)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected additional costs will be in respect of pension entitlements if all eligible teachers take up early retirement under the £10 million scheme it announced in its news release, Support for teacher employment , on 25 November 2009.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport (3 Dec 2009)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-26158, S3W-26159 and S3W-26160 by Stewart Stevenson on 31 August and 2 September 2009 respectively, for what reason various sections of the new M80 from Stepps to Haggs are being constructed to a capacity less than technically required by Transport Scotland’s own traffic projections as set out in the Congestion Reference...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy: Energy (2 Dec 2009)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure that all energy statistics collected at a UK level will also be collected and made available at a Scottish level.

Scottish Parliament: Education (Scottish History) (25 Nov 2009)

Hugh O'Donnell: As I listened to Murdo Fraser, I wondered how enthusiastic Mr Knox might have been about a party to celebrate the reformation, but we should perhaps gloss over that observation. As other members have said, the last time that we debated this subject was back in January 2008, when the SNP was bullish and on the front foot about what it claimed as its successes. The one thing that we have...

Scottish Parliament: Education (Scottish History) (25 Nov 2009)

Hugh O'Donnell: Given that I am not a history teacher or privy to the detail of classroom lessons, it is a little difficult for me to answer the question specifically. However, I observe that Scots in a variety of guises played a dramatic and significant role in the British empire and that should be taught. Two of our big cities were founded on the back of Scots involvement in some of the less savoury...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Bill (19 Nov 2009)

Hugh O'Donnell: Time is short after all.

Scottish Parliament: Clostridium Difficile (19 Nov 2009)

Hugh O'Donnell: My colleague Ross Finnie laid out more than adequately the Liberal Democrat position in this debate and it is not for me to try to outdo either his clear knowledge and understanding of the issues at hand or his entirely effective oratory. I simply observe that, as I understand it, were the Labour motion to be accepted by the Parliament, we could end up in a situation in which inspectors...

Scottish Parliament: Clostridium Difficile (19 Nov 2009)

Hugh O'Donnell: I would like to make some progress. Brian Adam mentioned the website, and I have some sympathy with his position. A relative of mine recently went into hospital. My concern was with her wellbeing rather than with infection levels in the hospital she was taken to. Patients—and their relatives—seldom have any choice in where they go, and I am not sure that a website with information about...


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