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Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Health and Wellbeing: Autism (Adult Diagnosis) (13 Jan 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: Who will be responsible for the gathering of the data that result from the consultation, and what use will the health department make of that information?

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Jan 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: I make an unusual offer. Given Christina McKelvie's comments with regard to the perfection of others, I am happy to give way to her if she wishes to identify which ministers she believes are less than perfect. She should bear in mind that I have only six minutes.

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Jan 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: I have only six minutes. The Government has a track record on education but, as members have indicated this morning, it is not one of which any Government would be especially proud, let alone a Government—and a party—that claims to stand up for Scotland. Speaker after speaker—the Conservatives, my Liberal Democrat colleagues and Labour members—has highlighted many examples of...

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Jan 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: I would like to make a little progress if the member does not mind. That is to be regretted. While the flowery rhetoric of the cabinet secretary seeks to divert attention from the failures of the Administration, the reality on the ground is far from the rosy picture that he paints in his somewhat extensive amendment to the motion. Slightly more than three and a half years in, we have reached...

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Jan 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: I thank the cabinet secretary for that clarification. Leaving aside the inevitability that members' speeches will reflect the fact that we are rapidly approaching the election, I think that Liz Smith made a very considered speech on the role of teachers and the issues on which we should focus. As we approach the election, it is incumbent on all parties in this Parliament, including mine, to...

Scottish Parliament: Education (13 Jan 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: I am not aware that that is a national policy, although I was interested to see that David Miliband has taken up a post as a non-teacher teaching in a school. That is an interesting reflection of the Labour Party's position on the issue. David Whitton made a well-considered speech on further and higher education, particularly on the role of our colleges. Having visited a number of colleges,...

Scottish Parliament: Autism (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Jan 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: First, I thank colleagues for their support and comments. However, I think that I will be disappointed at six o'clock this evening. That is the nature of taking forward a member's bill. Much as I would like to, I cannot let my contribution ignore Governments—I use that word advisedly to try to avoid making what I am about to say a dig at the current Government. Governments and ministers...

Scottish Parliament: Autism (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Jan 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: I am happy to acknowledge the work that was done by previous Administrations. What still concerns me is that that work was laid to one side until this bill was proposed. If things are worth doing, they are worth doing; they are not worth putting on the back burner, and the 50,000 or so people with autism, their carers and their families deserve the bill to go forward. I welcome the minister's...

Scottish Parliament: Autism (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Jan 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: Will Karen Whitefield acknowledge that there is an opportunity with the phrase "have regard to" for a judicial review and that that would have been the focal point for that aspect of the bill?

Scottish Parliament: Autism (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (12 Jan 2011)

Hugh O'Donnell: I welcome the opportunity to open the debate on the Autism (Scotland) Bill at stage 1. This is a simple bill with a simple objective. The intention from the outset has been to provide, in a legislative framework, a level playing field for the more than 50,000 people in the country who have autism and to give them the same opportunities to access appropriate support, education and employment...

Scottish Parliament: Education and Lifelong Learning: Scottish Baccalaureate (23 Dec 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many higher education institutions have recognised the Scottish baccalaureate. (S3O-12453)

Scottish Parliament: Education and Lifelong Learning: Scottish Baccalaureate (23 Dec 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Given the range of weighting that we have in relation to exams for the curriculum for excellence and the Scottish baccalaureate, how will the package come together to deliver a comprehensive range of examinations for our students?

Scottish Parliament: Violence Against Women (23 Dec 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: That is so unlike you.

Scottish Parliament: Violence Against Women (23 Dec 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: This debate has become something of an annual event. Scotland can be proud of the progress that we have made in this area and there is some comfort to be taken from the figures. I welcome the minister's announcement on funding. The successful work of the various women's organisations has contributed hugely to the impact that we are slowly beginning to make on this issue. Like other members, I...

Scottish Parliament: Time for Reflection: "Report on post-legislative scrutiny: the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003" (22 Dec 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: The Parliament has been effective, and over the years comparatively efficient, at passing legislation. However, it has not, as other members have said, been quite so good at reviewing and revisiting the laws that it has passed. A space must be created in the parliamentary framework for post-legislative scrutiny. I was pleased to be part of the committee that examined the 2003 act. I will...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (16 Dec 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: The cabinet secretary notes that 20 per cent of our higher education is delivered by colleges. However, I gently point out that, as far as I can see, having had a brief opportunity to consider the paper, there is no mention of the funding for colleges. Where will that figure into the issues that are under discussion?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Change Fund (16 Dec 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth will monitor the use of the change fund announced in the draft budget for national health service boards. (S3O-12356)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Change Fund (16 Dec 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I thank the cabinet secretary for that comprehensive answer. I am particularly concerned about the extent to which the monitoring will take account of the needs of carers and those for whom they care in the use of the funds. Following the commitments that the Minister for Public Health and Sport made in the chamber on 2 December, how will the cabinet secretary ensure in practice that the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Local Government Settlement 2011-12 (South Lanarkshire) (16 Dec 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Will the cabinet secretary clarify whether teachers' pay and conditions and the McCrone settlement are on the table in the discussions? What is COSLA's position on that?

Scottish Parliament: Forth Crossing Bill (15 Dec 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I am pleased to open on behalf of the Liberal Democrats in this debate. We will support the bill at decision time. Colleagues from the committee will perhaps recollect that I recounted a story about the history of the bridge of Arta in Greece in the early stages of our deliberations. The story simply concluded by saying that, if the bridge was not completed, the engineers who were responsible...


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