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Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: As someone who is not a member of the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee, I wanted today's debate to deal with the issues, which Labour members seem all too eager to avoid. That is no wonder, given the years of underfunding of Scotland's public sector housing, over which the Labour party and the Tories before it have presided. In 1979, housing support grant was £564...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: I agree absolutely. It comes down to political will and, unfortunately, there is no will in the Scottish Executive at the moment. It is clear to me, as it must be to anyone else who has read both the majority and minority reports, that the tone and content of the evidence that was gathered is not reflected in the majority report. For example, the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland and...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: Charlie Gordon's view may well be true, given that Glasgow City Council has been a Labour-controlled authority, over which the Deputy Minister for Local Government has presided in the past. However, that should not direct Scotland's public sector housing policy. There should not be a Glasgow-led housing policy of one size fits all. Again, the perception in Glasgow and elsewhere that debt is...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: Mr McAveety's self-justification and defensiveness says it all. The problem with the one-size-fits-all solution is that other areas will suffer. The minister's response to partial stock transfer is quite incredible. She states: "The danger of taking on partial stock transfer is that councils try to load more of the debt on to us without dealing with the worst parts of their...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: For the minister and her Labour back-bench fan club, of which Cathie Craigie is of course a member, there is a one-size-fits-all policy—take it or leave it. There has been a consistent refusal to tell the tenants what the alternative is if they vote no to stock transfer. The tenants are hardly being offered an informed choice by the so-called listening Government.

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (26 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many families are currently living in temporary accommodation awaiting housing allocation, broken down by local authority.

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Expenditure: NHS Expenditure (28 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive why Tayside Health Board spent 14% of their capital allocation in 1999-2000.

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (28 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (28 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: Will Hugh Henry give way?

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (28 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: Iain Gray's amendment talks about fairness and equity in the care of the elderly. I have not heard anything from Labour members about fairness or equity. Where is the fairness in someone having to use their life savings or to sell their home to pay for their personal care? Where is the fairness in someone who is confused and diagnosed with dementia having to pay for their care when others do...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (28 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: Thousands of pensioners will hear Iain Gray's words and act accordingly in the months to come. How can it be right that someone is compelled to sell their home or use their life savings to pay for personal care? Margaret Smith made it very clear that that fear permeates Scotland's elderly. Old people have told me of their fears that, in later years, their bank books will be checked or that...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (28 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: No—I do not have much time. Labour members have tried to portray this section of the elderly population as rich pensioners.

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (28 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: No, I have given way to the minister once. Those so-called rich pensioners have scrimped and saved all their lives, paid their taxes and probably bought their council homes. Are they the rich pensioners Hugh Henry was talking about? I think not. They have built a nest-egg, often for their funeral, and it is disgraceful that the Executive should want to take it away from them. Its arrogance...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (28 Sep 2000)

Shona Robison: Will the minister give way on that point?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Interpretation and Translation Services: Interpretation and Translation Services (4 Oct 2000)

Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on reviewing interpretation and translation services.

Scottish Parliament: Local Health Councils (4 Oct 2000)

Shona Robison: I commend Patricia Ferguson for securing this important debate to mark the 25 th anniversary of the establishment of Scotland's local health councils. I pay tribute to the work of Tayside health council, which has been very vocal on a number of local health issues. It is a good example of why health councils are so important. It has been involved in discussions surrounding the concerns...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cancer: Cancer (5 Oct 2000)

Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7086 by Susan Deacon on 26 June 2000, why, when Ninewells Hospital has 29.3% of oncology patient episodes, 8.9% of Scotland’s oncologists are working within Tayside University Hospital’s NHS Trust.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (5 Oct 2000)

Shona Robison: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Roads (A77) (5 Oct 2000)

Shona Robison: Tayside Contracts supplies approximately 60,000 tonnes of quarried material for road maintenance purposes. The tax will result in an additional cost of £96,000 to Perth and Kinross Council, Angus Council and Dundee City Council. Will the minister approach the chancellor—


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