Results 121–140 of 8788 for speaker:Shona Robison

Scottish Parliament: Special Educational Needs (11 May 2000)

Shona Robison: I certainly agree with that, and hope that the minister will address that point. My fear is that the disproportionate cost argument could be used as an opt-out to continue the poor record in Scotland of including children with special educational needs in mainstream education, whereby there has been no increase in numbers in 13 years. Cathy Peattie alluded to some of the reasons for that. The...

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (17 May 2000)

Shona Robison: I take it from the member's comments that he believes the coalition will stand or fall on the issue of PR in local government.

Scottish Parliament: Community Care (18 May 2000)

Shona Robison: Yesterday, I spoke to an elderly woman who was part of the lobby by Strathclyde elderly forum outside this building. She wanted me to tell the chamber this morning about her experience of community care. For many people, the reality is different from the self-congratulatory smugness and complacency of the Deputy Minister for Community Care and the Minister for Health and Community Care, who...

Scottish Parliament: Community Care (18 May 2000)

Shona Robison: I listened very carefully to the figures. The minister cannot escape the fact that there has been a drop of 25,000 hours. Those hours had been given to elderly people in the communities who required them. The figures confirm what we all know is the case, that many elderly people are having their home care services reduced and that many receive no services at all. The funding problem is not...

Scottish Parliament: Mike Tyson (24 May 2000)

Shona Robison: Does the member believe that this Parliament has any locus on the matter of violence against women, which is what this debate is about?

Scottish Parliament: Mike Tyson (24 May 2000)

Shona Robison: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Mike Tyson (24 May 2000)

Shona Robison: The minister has seriously lowered the tone of the debate with his comments. He should, perhaps, have taken some time to rewrite his speech during Roseanna Cunningham's comments. Given his comments on judicial review, does he also condemn the moves that are afoot by women's groups throughout Scotland to consider judicial review as a course of action?

Scottish Parliament: Mike Tyson (24 May 2000)

Shona Robison: I congratulate Margaret Curran on addressing the key issue of this debate—violence against women. All of us in the SNP support that position. I hope that others will address the key issue, because unfortunately, so far, debate has not.

Scottish Parliament: Mike Tyson (24 May 2000)

Shona Robison: I would like to get started. The issue is whether Jack Straw made the right decision or the wrong decision when he granted Tyson, a convicted rapist, a visa—nothing more, nothing less. If members agree that he made the wrong decision, the question is what they are prepared to do about it. The debate is about the way in which Jack Straw made his decision and the conclusion that he came to....

Scottish Parliament: Mike Tyson (24 May 2000)

Shona Robison: The problem is that Jack Straw's decision has real implications for the issue of violence against women. Unlike Ian Jenkins, I believe that the fight is not yet over. I believe that we can get a reversal of the decision, which is what I am going to talk about. Jack Straw's decision was reached in accordance with rule 320 of the UK immigration rules, which states that admission will not...

Scottish Parliament: Mike Tyson (24 May 2000)

Shona Robison: This Parliament has a locus because justice and crime are devolved issues. I would support a call that Tyson should not be allowed into Scotland, England, Wales or Ireland—it does not matter where. I support Maria Fyfe and others at Westminster who have been vociferous on the issue. That does not mean that this Parliament should not debate the matter. If anything, we should be encouraged to...

Scottish Parliament: Mike Tyson (24 May 2000)

Shona Robison: Will Jackie Baillie give way?

Scottish Parliament: Race Relations (25 May 2000)

Shona Robison: Will the minister clarify how far this Parliament is able to put duties on authorities to promote equal opportunities in race relations or any other areas, as there has been some confusion in the Education, Culture and Sport Committee about that?

Scottish Parliament: Race Relations (25 May 2000)

Shona Robison: The debate is welcome. There have been few occasions to discuss this crucial area of race relations. Like Kate MacLean, I hope that we will have the opportunity to debate the issues in more detail and, in particular, to examine the steering group's findings and the Macpherson report. The wishes of the CRE have been granted in part. It said: "we hope that the Scottish Parliament will have a...

Scottish Parliament: Race Relations (25 May 2000)

Shona Robison: I will move on, as I do not have much time. The message is clear: public authorities must not discriminate directly or indirectly in carrying out any of their functions. The bill gives important new powers to the CRE, which have been covered. The Executive memorandum states that the UK Government will consult the Executive during the coming months and that the Executive will contribute to the...

Scottish Parliament: Race Relations (25 May 2000)

Shona Robison: The CRE has described the Government's omission as giving a higher priority to immigration control than good race relations. The Scottish Refugee Council is equally concerned about the omission. I welcome Jackie Baillie's clarification that the Parliament has the ability to place duties on public bodies, because there was confusion about that following Peter Peacock's evidence to the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Health Department (25 May 2000)

Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what the explanation is for the time taken by the health service funding authority and its health gains division to give notification of 2000-01 budgets for health councils. (S1O-01762)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Health Department (25 May 2000)

Shona Robison: The minister will be aware that there was a delay in the announcement of funding to Tayside health council that resulted in its not knowing whether it could produce and distribute its regular newsletter. Does the minister agree that health councils are the patients' voice in the health service and that funding should have been sorted out in early April? Can she assure me that there will not...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish executive: National Health Service (1 Jun 2000)

Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how interpretation and translation services required by refugees using NHS services are funded. (S1O- 1808)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish executive: National Health Service (1 Jun 2000)

Shona Robison: The minister may or may not be aware that there are severe problems with the funding of interpreting and translation services in the health service. In one health centre in Glasgow, 27 languages are now registered, which costs the service over £30,000 in one month, in payments for private interpreting and translation services. In the light of those figures, will the minister agree to take up...


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