Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has taken over five months to establish the steering group 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 what is the average salary for a newly qualified scientist in Scotland and how this compares to the same in the United States.
Shona Robison: I support amendment 26, which is one of the most important amendments that we will be discussing today. It goes to the heart of what the Scottish Parliament is about: the integration of equal opportunities into all policy development, legislation and implementation. Section 12A, however, undermines equal opportunities as it will be used to exclude disabled children from mainstream...
Shona Robison: I am running out of time. The amendment recognises the need for continued special education where that is the wish of the parents or child, or where the local authority can show that a mainstream placement would not be in the interests of the child. There is therefore a safeguard, and an independent conciliation service would resolve any disputes. Amendment 26 puts the interests of the child...
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to ensure that bus companies cannot withdraw services for purely financial reasons.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement about the safety of incinerators, taking into account recent reports from the USA that European standards on the levels of harmful chemicals which may be emitted into the atmosphere from industrial processes may not be sufficiently safe.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of financial support for medical research has been provided in Scotland in each year since 1990.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurses are expected to graduate from the College of Nursing at Ninewells Hospital in the year 2000 and how many of these graduates are expected to be employed by Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust in the year following their graduation.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers local authorities have to ensure property developers do not prolong or do not finish developments, and what action it plans to take to strengthen local authorities’ powers to deal with such situations.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport and the Environment will answer my letter of 28 March 2000 regarding the Tay Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to protect the current level of investment in specialist services provided by Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will recommend that local authorities standardise the criteria on which a person with reduced mobility is granted a disabled persons’ buspass and, if so, whether it will recommend that the defining criterion is a letter from a doctor rather than the receipt of mobility allowance.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7671 by Susan Deacon on 20 June 2000, how many nurses who graduated from the University of Dundee of Nursing and Midwifery in spring 2000 were employed in the NHSiS.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7671 by Susan Deacon on 20 June 2000, how many graduates of the University of Dundee School of Nursing and Midwifery have been employed by Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Tayside Primary Care NHS Trust and the predecessor trusts, for each year since 1995.
Shona Robison: Will the minister give way?
Shona Robison: Does the member acknowledge that, although some responsibility for the case that he mentions must lie with the local managers, the interim report also criticised the management executive, for which the Minister for Health and Community Care is responsible, for its handling of the situation in Tayside?
Shona Robison: The debate could be better entitled "Saving the NHS" if The Courier and Advertiser headlines are anything to go by: "Tayside patients face six years of 'austerity'"; "Another Tayside health chief goes"; "Health crisis: enough is enough, Deacon told"; "Don't blame me, says Minister". "Don't blame me" sums up the minister's attitude to the situation in Tayside. For months, she told concerned...
Shona Robison: I am sorry. As I said earlier, local heads have rolled. However, we cannot just change the people at the top, give them the same leaky bucket to carry, and expect all to be well. The continuation of the huge deficit in Tayside means that people in a new team would be starting with their hands tied behind their backs. The health minister could have given Tayside a fresh start by writing off...
Shona Robison: Will the member give way?
Shona Robison: Will the minister give way?