Results 141–160 of 729 for speaker:Hugh O'Donnell

Scottish Parliament written answers — Community Councils: Community Councils (2 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community councils are members of the Association of Scottish Community Councils.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Community Councils: Community Councils (2 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many community councils have had their membership of the Association of Scottish Community Councils rescinded by the association in each year since its inception.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (1 Jun 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were for the production and distribution of the A Leading Change DVD, which is being sent to every secondary school in the country.

Scottish Parliament: Employment and Support Allowance (27 May 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I thank the members who have supported the debate by signing up to the motion and those who are here to contribute to it. I must also thank Citizens Advice Scotland for its help in providing the information that I needed, and congratulate it on the report that it has published—"Unfit for Purpose"—which shows clearly the stark reality of why the employment and support allowance needs to be...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Teachers (Abuse) (27 May 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government is doing to support teachers who are subject to abuse in the classroom or school. (S3F-2427)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Teachers (Abuse) (27 May 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I am sure that the First Minister will agree that even shouting can be a form of abuse in the workplace. [ Laughter .] How will the Government ensure that therapeutic crisis intervention training, class management and behaviour management are at the heart of any changes that come about as a result of the review of teacher training?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time: Curriculum for Excellence (20 May 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has that all teachers are being given adequate support in the lead up to the implementation of the curriculum for excellence. (S3O-10549)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time: Curriculum for Excellence (20 May 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Is the cabinet secretary aware of the results of a workload survey that was conducted by the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association, which revealed that nearly 54 per cent of teachers are working in the order of 400 hours extra for their employers each year? Does he regard that as acceptable? What action does he intend to take to ensure that the implementation of the curriculum for...

Scottish Parliament: Protection for Workers (20 May 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: This important debate on attacks on workers has been largely consensual. As other members have done, I congratulate Hugh Henry on bringing the issue again and again to the Parliament. For most of my working life, I have been engaged in public-facing work, whether as a labour exchange clerk back in the late 1960s or when working for a big retail company, so I am well acquainted with some of...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time: "The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland" (13 May 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: We have heard various views from members, but the debate has been reasonably consensual thus far. I would not dare to expand on the comprehensive account that Ross Finnie gave of the Liberal Democrat position, but I will pick up a couple of issues. Members will have heard me bang on about them before. Before I do that, however, I want to refer to something that Mary Scanlon said about...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time: "The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland" (13 May 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I have been to a number of board meetings of the same organisation and I have had the same assurances. I take on board the point that Mary Scanlon makes. As other members and, indeed, the cabinet secretary have said, we need to be clear that the quality of care extends beyond the medical treatment of the patient and into the whole patient experience. I apologise for lurching into management...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: National Health Service Funding (5 May 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: As the Government has a record of interfering in local health board decisions, will the First Minister ensure that Lanarkshire's out-of-hours service, which is currently under threat, is protected? Will he urge the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to intervene in the matter?

Scottish Parliament: First ScotRail (Industrial Relations) (5 May 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: First ScotRail (Industrial Relations) (5 May 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: The day before the country has a general election, it is refreshing to hear Labour members return to their party's roots given the extent to which many have moved away from those origins, particularly down south. I congratulate Elaine Smith on bringing back to this Parliament what I remember as the roots of the Labour Party.

Scottish Parliament: First ScotRail (Industrial Relations) (5 May 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I am trying not to join losing organisations at the moment. In all seriousness, it is encouraging that we take such a liberal approach to the world that people have the right to go on strike and withdraw their labour and organisations and companies have the right to make the case against that. On indemnity, regardless of the circumstances and the history of the dispute about which we speak...

Scottish Parliament: First ScotRail (Industrial Relations) (5 May 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: The strange truth is, yes, I agree with the member. That might come as quite a surprise, but given the current state of the railways in the United Kingdom and the mess that the Conservative party made of deregulation, I have no issue with renationalising the railways. Returning to the subject of the debate, I do not believe that it is acceptable for any company to be protected from the...

Scottish Parliament: Social Services Workforce (29 Apr 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: This has been for the most part a consensual debate, but I am acutely aware that the minister will have listened closely and will wish to respond to some of the comments and observations that have been made, so I will keep my contribution brief. The social care workforce is in many ways an unsung hero, considering the expectations that our society places on it. It is valuable and useful and...

Scottish Parliament: Social Services Workforce (29 Apr 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I see that the cabinet secretary was so entranced by the thought of hearing me speak that he left the building, which is not necessarily a bad judgment on his part, but that is another matter. I start my contribution on behalf of the Liberal Democrats with a specific thank you to approximately 100,000 members of the workforce in Scotland—those in the voluntary sector, statutory services and...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Curriculum for Excellence (Implementation) (29 Apr 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: Will the First Minister clarify how the plan that he has spoken about will encourage—or perhaps, dare I say, champion—the cause of the curriculum for excellence with local authorities, which will play a substantial role in driving the issue forward?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Football Museum (21 Apr 2010)

Hugh O'Donnell: I congratulate Charlie Gordon on bringing the motion to the chamber. Like other members, I have visited the Scottish Football Museum on several occasions. As Bill Aitken rightly said, it is a microcosm of Scotland's social culture, so it is good to see that its influence extends beyond its location in Glasgow. My colleague, Liam McArthur, referred to that. The museum goes beyond simply the...


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