Results 81–100 of 729 for speaker:Hugh O'Donnell

Scottish Parliament: Children's Hearings (Scotland) Bill (25 Nov 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: You missed the Law Society.

Scottish Parliament: Children's Hearings (Scotland) Bill (25 Nov 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: During the debate, I watched members nod their heads almost unanimously when someone referred to the complicated, tricky, zig-zag nature of the bill. I have always held to the principle that, if we have not satisfied everyone who has lobbied us, we have gone some way towards being on the right page as far as the outcome is concerned. That certainly seems to be the case with the bill. I...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions: Scottish Coal (Opencast Coal Reserves) (25 Nov 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of its policy on renewable energy, what its best estimate is, at current prices, of the amount and value of the opencast coal reserves remaining in the land transferred to Scottish Coal at privatisation. (S3O-12102)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions: Scottish Coal (Opencast Coal Reserves) (25 Nov 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: That kind of shoots my fox. Thank you, Mr Mather. In light of that, I suspect that I will get a similar answer to my follow-up question. Will the minister ascertain the information and write to me at a later date with it? Also, who would receive any royalties resulting from the extraction of the said coal? For example, would the Scottish Government be a beneficiary? What could be the impact...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy: Energy (22 Nov 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on how much opencast coal has been produced in each of the last 10 years.

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2011-12 (17 Nov 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: The cabinet secretary referred to Scotland's people being its greatest asset, and many of them work in the voluntary or third sector. In his negotiations with COSLA, to what extent has he sought assurances that those people will be protected from the trickle-down effect of any cuts that may be imposed by the local authorities, so that those in the voluntary sector who provide front-line...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Disclosure Scotland: Disclosure Scotland (17 Nov 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs have been incurred by Disclosure Scotland in preparing for the introduction of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Disclosure Scotland: Disclosure Scotland (17 Nov 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive who was employed by Disclosure Scotland to write the 136-page guidance to the new rules for the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme and what the cost was.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy: Energy (16 Nov 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29201 by Jim Mather on 2 December 2009, whether it will issue a Scottish energy key facts publication before the end of 2010.

Scottish Parliament: Curriculum for Excellence (11 Nov 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I start by congratulating the cabinet secretary, Mike Russell, on his flexibility, as his ability to pat himself on the back while simultaneously attacking his opponents is much to be admired. However, from the tone of the debate, I think that there is still considerable concern about the progress that is taking place. It is disappointing that Mr Russell does not appear to take these concerns...

Scottish Parliament: Carers and Young Carers Strategy (28 Oct 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I note what the member says about statutory provision of services. Generally, does she agree that, if there is a strategy in any area of activity for which a Government is responsible, there should be a statutory obligation to ensure that the strategy is applied?

Scottish Parliament: Carers and Young Carers Strategy (28 Oct 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: As always, it is a privilege to speak in a debate about carers, because they are the unsung heroes of the society in which we live. It might not sit comfortably with the Parliament, and I do not ignore the progress that we have made, but I think that we have made progress too slowly since 1999—otherwise, we would not have to have a brand-new shiny document. The publication is useful,...

Scottish Parliament: Carers and Young Carers Strategy (28 Oct 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I have some sympathy with the member's point. All too often, and despite the person-centred planning approach, which many members in the chamber will know about from experience, professionals present plans to service users as a fait accompli. It is a case of, "This is what we can offer" or "This is what we are prepared to offer." There has to be a mechanism to get round that, notwithstanding...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Obesity and Diabetes (28 Oct 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. In the course of your deliberations with regard to the Official Report , will you consider the abusive use of medical terms and disparaging terms in relation to people with mental health issues, which are bandied about in the chamber as a means of disparaging colleagues?

Scottish Parliament: Literacy Action Plan (27 Oct 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: In his statement, the cabinet secretary referred to CPD, which is an important element of the overall plan. What consideration have he and the other partners that will be involved in implementing the plan given to teacher training? Teachers who are not specific English teachers are responsible for addressing literacy, but they might not feel confident about that. Has the cabinet secretary...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Youth Unemployment (7 Oct 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Can the cabinet secretary clarify the situation with regard to winter leavers and access to colleges? How many places are there? What capacity is available in the college sector to address the challenges of winter leavers?

Scottish Parliament: Supported Employment Workplaces (7 Oct 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: As other members before me have done, I recognise fully the role that is played by supported employment in giving access to employment opportunities to people with disabilities. I support the role that it can and does play in meeting the aspirations of those who seek to move into mainstream employment through supported employment. I have visited a number of the organisations, and the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Futures Trust: Scottish Futures Trust (7 Oct 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the £111 million that has been reported as being saved by the Scottish Futures Trust has been or will be deployed.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Police: Police (5 Oct 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-36304 by Kenny MacAskill on 23 September 2010, whether it will provide the specific information requested in the question.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Police: Police (5 Oct 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has provided funding to the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) in respect of equalities work undertaken outside of Scotland in the last three years and, if so, how much funding; in what circumstances, and when.


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