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Scottish Parliament: Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (9 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: I welcome today's debate very much as the first, but by no means the last, opportunity to extract long-overdue answers to serious questions about the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. The motion has received support from 50 of the 107 non-Executive members across all parties. That should tell the minister something about the level of concern in the Parliament. Our concern is in addition to...

Scottish Parliament: Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (9 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: The logic of reviewing something is that one is willing to change aspects of it if one feels that they are not working. Therefore, is the minister not acknowledging this Parliament's ability to amend the pieces of the act that do not work?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Act 1986 (Section 2A) (10 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: I welcome the tone of Annabel Goldie's opening speech. I think she was let down badly by the tone of some of her Conservative colleagues. Today's debate has, unfortunately, been brought about for reasons of political opportunism. Whether we support or oppose the repeal of section 2A, it was clear that members would get their opportunity to give their view and cast their vote during the...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Act 1986 (Section 2A) (10 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: In some ways this is a false debate, because we will have the real debate in a few weeks' time. All of us are engaged in dialogue with the public about what has become an important issue. On some occasions one just does not exploit political opportunism—this is one of those occasions. This issue has been terribly distorted, but it must be said that it was naive in the extreme for the...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Act 1986 (Section 2A) (10 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: Something has gone wrong somewhere, given that we are in this position. I am trying to say that when the Executive makes announcements such as the one on section 2A, information must be put in the public domain that counteracts some of the negative and discriminatory arguments before they can be made. Unfortunately, that did not happen on this issue. We must all learn from that experience, so...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Act 1986 (Section 2A) (10 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: I must move on. Let us not fall into the trap of trying to prescribe the nature of those guidelines, or we might find ourselves open to further criticism. Rather, let us hear from people out there the kind of guidelines that will allay their fears. Repealing section 28 is the right thing to do—not the politically correct thing to do. For me, the main reason for its repeal is that it is a...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Home Office (Meetings) (10 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of the Home Office and what matters were discussed. (S1O-1095)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Home Office (Meetings) (10 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: As part of the discussions with the Home Office on the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, what views did the Scottish Executive give on the introduction of a more expensive and demeaning voucher system to replace the cash payments system, which worked well in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Draft Census (Scotland) Order 2000 (16 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: Given those statements, will the minister explain why he lent his support to the campaign to include a question on the Scots language in the census?

Scottish Parliament: Draft Census (Scotland) Order 2000 (16 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: As has been said, the strength of the Equal Opportunities Committee's motion was that it was agreed on an all-encompassing, all-party basis. It was based on principle and covered the three interrelated elements of ethnicity, religion and language, including the Scots language. As the committee's convener said recently, this is the first census that the Scottish Parliament has had to deal...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Census (Scotland) Order 2000 (16 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: I hope that he will listen more often, and that he will sometimes do so at an earlier stage. There are lessons to be learned from how this episode was handled. Since 10 January, the Executive has refused consistently to include any of the additional questions. When the Equal Opportunities Committee made its position clear, there were jitters all round about a possible defeat, so the Executive...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Employment: Employment (17 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be the reasons for the loss of 150 jobs at New South Mills Ltd, Dundee and, in particular, whether the recent rise in interest rates and the current strength of sterling were factors in the job losses as stated by Dundee Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scientists: Scientists (22 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many scientists it estimates have left Scotland to work elsewhere in each year since 1990.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish executive: NHS (Tayside) (24 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: I agree with the minister that the projected overspend is cause for concern. Given that, for months, the minister has refused to acknowledge that she has any locus on the problems with health services in Tayside, will she tell us at which point and for what specific reason she changed her mind and agreed to establish the task force?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Legislation: Legislation (28 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the terms of the Immigration and Asylum Bill, and whether the outcomes of such representations will be made public.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Legislation: Legislation (28 Feb 2000)

Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding amendments to the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968, the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 and the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 as specified under the terms of the Immigration and Asylum Bill.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Shona Robison: I want to concentrate on the two special grant reports, as they provide an opportunity to highlight the many deficiencies of the new financial arrangements under the Asylum and Immigration Act 1999. The funding levels in both special grant reports are regarded as sufficient to meet the needs of asylum seekers and Kosovan evacuees. That cannot be said, however, of the proposed levels of...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Shona Robison: Edinburgh is host to a growing number of families from Somalia, many of whom speak a minority language. The nearest interpreter is in Manchester. Little thought has been put into how those Somali families will be supported, given the language barriers. No resources have been allocated by the Home Office to address the problem. The SNP welcomes asylum seekers to Scotland, but recognises the...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Shona Robison: In his opening remarks, Jack McConnell said that the special orders were a good example of local and central Government working together. However, the minister must address the resource implications of the orders, particularly for health, education and interpreting, and be prepared to return to the Home Office and argue for additional resources.


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