Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a gender audit of all appointments to Non-Departmental Public Bodies, by Body, which it has made since 6 May 1999.
Shona Robison: Overall, the tone of today's debate has been good, although it was unfortunate that some Labour members decided to take the line of political cynicism or to argue that there were other priorities. I hope that they will reflect on that. In particular, the comments of Mary Mulligan and Hugh Henry were a disgrace to the Labour benches. People in glass houses should never throw stones. We all...
Shona Robison: If Mrs Mulligan's feelings were so strong, I am sure that she would be working to remove Mr Campbell from the Labour party. This motion is important because we do not want Sam Campbell's comments—or those of anyone else—to be acceptable in modern-day Scotland. We want Scotland to be united in condemning discrimination against any section of the population. That is why this debate is not a...
Shona Robison: I say to Mr McMahon that some self-reflection is needed. The members of the Equal Opportunities Committee are hard working and I resent his comments. The Government cannot have it both ways. This Parliament has the right to discuss all matters, including the very important matter of equal opportunities, which I wish was not reserved. The fact that we have an Equal Opportunities Committee...
Shona Robison: rose—
Shona Robison: I also thank Sylvia for lodging this motion. As many members have said already, Cornton Vale has a lot of women who should not be there. Many of them are there for non-payment of fines. An analysis of the criminal justice system showed that women were more likely to be given custodial sentences for crimes such as non-payment of fines—if they can be defined as crimes. When we consider many...
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make additional resources available to Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust in the light of the Trust requiring to relax restrictions on overtime and use agency nurses to cope with the increasing number of flu cases.
Shona Robison: I say to Karen Whitefield that our concern is to protect the rights of tenants in Scotland. I sometimes have to pinch myself when I hear speeches in this chamber. Are these the same people who threw up their hands in horror when the Tories slashed housing support grant? Are they the same people who threw up their hands in horror when the Tories introduced clawback at 25 per cent and became...
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide a breakdown of resources allocated for services for people with dementia and their carers within each local authority area.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when the steering group was established to implement the recommendations of The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: An Action Plan for Scotland , as announced by Mr Jim Wallace on 20 July 1999.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings have taken place of the steering group to implement the recommendations of The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: An Action Plan for Scotland .
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received a letter from the Chhokar Family Justice Campaign requesting a meeting with the Minister for Justice and, if so, when a reply was sent to them.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when I will receive a reply to my letter dated 22 November to Jackie Baillie regarding Dundee Women’s Aid.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on the predicted £10 million overspend by Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports a policy of asking patients to pay for treatment deemed not essential, as outlined by Dr Maclean, medical director of Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Shona Robison: Does the member agree that the maintenance grant, which was abolished by the Labour Government when it came to power in 1997, would have assisted the very people he is talking about to go into higher education?
Shona Robison: Over the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to attend informal discussions at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, just outside Dublin. I would like to pay tribute to the work of the centre, particularly the work it does with young people in breaking down barriers. Perhaps we could take some lessons from the centre's groundbreaking work. Such off-the-record discussions...
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of the Home Office and what matters were discussed.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make a statement on the recent announcement by Professor David Nicholls of Dundee University that he and his team are to leave Scotland to continue his pioneering work into brain disorders in the United States.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Parliament will be asked to approve a Special Grant Order removing the legal hurdle which prevents the Home Office paying money to Scottish local authorities.