Shona Robison: As Maureen has already said, domestic violence affects all sections of society. It does not depend on class or whether people live in rural or urban areas; it affects all sections of society. As has been said, women's aid groups provide excellent services throughout Scotland, despite their piecemeal funding. Helen Liddell's Scottish Office campaign against domestic violence raised...
Shona Robison: To ask the Presiding Officer what plans there are for disability awareness training for staff and Members of the Scottish Parliament.
Shona Robison: To ask the Presiding Officer what plans there are for racial awareness training for staff and Members of the Scottish Parliament.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimated level of abuse exists of the use of Orange badge parking spaces within each local authority area.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate whether the recent increase in fuel costs has had a disproportionate effect on the financial wellbeing of disabled people.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it endorses the aims of the Scottish Human Rights Centre.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide an estimate of the amount of government resources saved through the unpaid efforts of carers of people with dementia.
Shona Robison: I am pleased—and I hope that John is too—that the SNP amendment has persuaded the Scottish Executive that the food standards agency should be based in the north-east. I hope that he will vote for the amendment. It is difficult for the Scottish public to understand why some Labour members will not be voting in favour of the amendment when it calls for exactly what the Minister for Health...
Shona Robison: As Kate knows, I am already on record as supporting Dundee in its bid to become the Scottish base of the food standards agency. However, if that bid is not successful, I would be happy for the jobs to go to Aberdeen—Kate has said the same thing. We want the jobs to go the north-east, although we all have preferences as to where exactly in the north-east they should go. The victory for the...
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive why £1 million has been earmarked to support people's juries rather than the existing network of local community and voluntary groups and whether it has any plans to increase funding for such groups. (S1O-333)
Shona Robison: Is the minister really saying that the vast network of community and voluntary groups with years of experience is unable to tell her what the local priorities of an area are?
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to monitor the effects of the introduction of legal aid fixed fee payments on those using the system, particularly those living in rural areas and young women on remand at Cornton Vale.
Shona Robison: Will Mr Gallie give way?
Shona Robison: As was said earlier, many of those who feel most unsafe live in our most deprived communities. The problems that they face are well known: people are unable to leave their homes without having someone to house-sit to prevent a break-in and the theft of their possessions; there is widespread vandalism; there is a fear of young people hanging about; and there is the scourge of drugs and...
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the high value of sterling was a major factor in the recent job losses at Agritay Ltd in Dundee. (S1O-361)
Shona Robison: I thank the minister for his acknowledgement that interest rates and the value of the pound were factors identified by Agritay's management, as well as by the convener of Aberdeen economic development committee and by one of the Administration's back-bench members. What is he going to do about making representations to the UK Government about the value of the pound and the high level of...
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to amend the Census format to include questions on caring responsibilities.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that there are disparities between the budgets of each health board area for health promotion work.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to continue legal aid fixed fee payments and, if so, what procedures are in place to monitor any impact on defence solicitors and the offices of the Procurator Fiscal.
Shona Robison: Will the member give way?