Results 101–120 of 729 for speaker:Hugh O'Donnell

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (30 Sep 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: It is only right that the first education debate since the recess should be on higher education. As we have heard from across the chamber, there is a considerable lack of consensus on the way forward. Liberal Democrat colleagues who have spoken have stated the Liberal Democrat position on the issue; there is no need for me to rehearse their comments. In her opening speech, Liz Smith referred...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (30 Sep 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I may have incorrectly picked up Elaine Smith, but I thought that her question was directed to the Presiding Officer. Is that the case?

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education (30 Sep 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Thank you for that clarification, Presiding Officer; I genuinely thought that her question was directed to you. In my view, the combination of the forthcoming spending plans and general uncertainty about what the economic future will be makes it inappropriate at this stage to consider an independent review. There have been many interesting speeches. Alex Johnstone's speech was well...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Equalities: Equalities (29 Sep 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has provided to support organisations working across all strands of the equalities agenda, broken down by (a) organisation and (b) strand, in each of the last three years

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Health and Wellbeing: People with a Visual Impairment (Health Information) (23 Sep 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting access to health information for people with a visual impairment. (S3O-11391)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — Health and Wellbeing: People with a Visual Impairment (Health Information) (23 Sep 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: In light of the minister's comprehensive answer, what action does the Government intend to take in relation to the Royal National Institute of Blind People's recent report on the implications of failing to provide health information in a suitable format to people who are partially sighted? What action will the Government take on the recommendations in that report?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Police: Police (23 Sep 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has provided to the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) under the heading of equalities in each of the last three years and how this was used.

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time: "Perspectives of Children and Young People with a Parent in Prison" (30 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Like other speakers, I congratulate Aileen Campbell on bringing this particularly important issue to the chamber for this evening's debate. It is clear from members' contributions that crime impacts on a wider section of society than simply the victim and the criminal. Speaker after speaker has indicated clearly the ill-considered way in which young people—children who are innocent...

Scottish Parliament: Deaf Awareness Week 2010 (24 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I might have reservations about whether members of our profession should have the ability to lip-read—it would have at least the potential to present some interesting scenarios—but, more seriously, I congratulate Bill Kidd on securing a debate on the motion. I also thank all the organisations that have contributed to the useful briefings that we have received. I notice that...

Scottish Parliament: Deaf Awareness Week 2010 (24 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: It should be said that we are all travelling towards old age at the same speed. As we move towards age, many of us will find that, when our relatives come into our houses, they will ask, "Why is your television volume at 105?" We might reply, "Oh, they speak a lot softer than they used to do when I was younger." That is often the reaction, even though we can see the ornaments bounce across...

Scottish Parliament: Deaf Awareness Week 2010 (24 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: That is a very good point. I grew this beard on the basis that it might help to develop what is lacking on the top of my head, but I am afraid that it did not work. Returning to the serious issue at hand, we are dealing very much with an equalities and access issue. Other members have spoken much more knowledgeably than I could about BSL, but I want to make a particular plea about another...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (24 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive who owns the intellectual property rights to the software that runs the Glow Scotland network.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (24 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority pays to be part of the Glow Scotland network and to whom this money is paid.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Asylum Seekers (Detention of Children) (17 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Will the First Minister clarify what contingency plans the Scottish Government has in place to deal with the responsibilities that it has in relation to such young people's health, education and general wellbeing when they are returned to mainstream society in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Schools (17 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Not entirely unexpectedly, this has been a fairly bad-tempered debate, and such exchanges shed more heat than light on the subject. Mostly, that is done for political effect. However, on this occasion, there can be little doubt that the debate has shown that there is a broad consensus—with the exception of SNP back benchers—that this Government has overpromised and underdelivered on...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (17 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: The Government has huffed and puffed—as its back benchers continue to do from sedentary positions—but it has failed to deliver. From the First Minister to the most recent Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, we have heard a tale of woe, full of sound and fury but signifying almost nothing. We have listened as SNP back benchers have stood up to try to defend the...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (17 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: The tax policies will be fully addressed in the forthcoming emergency budget. However, if we are talking retrospectively about parties' policies, I have to say that the SNP has no room to criticise anyone else, given its leaflets about dumping the student debt and mortgage grants for first-time buyers. This Parliament has news for the SNP Government, whose leader thinks that it is more...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (17 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I am sure that Rhona Brankin will know better than I that there has been a lot of debate and discussion around functional literacy and technology. Young people use text messaging and abbreviations. How does Rhona Brankin feel about that being part of an assessment process of what I regard as genuine literacy? There has been some debate about that, particularly in The Times Educational...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (17 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Schools (17 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Among the people to whom the cabinet secretary says that he speaks every day, has he had conversations with the many unemployed teachers and heard their reaction to the situation?


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