Shona Robison: Will the minister give way?
Shona Robison: We have to hand it to Labour members for their ability to make speeches with a straight face. New Labour talks about the new politics with a straight face, but then we hear Irene Oldfather's speech. Jack McConnell talks about financial prudence with a straight face then spends more than £500,000 on special advisers to prop up the Labour Administration. We see financial prudence go out of the...
Shona Robison: I will address the equal opportunities recommendations of the CSG report. The area of equal opportunities will be of key importance to the work of this Parliament. It is unfortunate that equal opportunities legislation remains a reserved matter, because that will be a frustrating barrier to the work of this Parliament. However, that should not reduce the importance of making sure that...
Shona Robison: The issue concerns the principle of free education. Today, we are seeking to make a start on re-establishing free education, first, by abolishing tuition fees. Every member-Mike Rumbles-has the opportunity to do that today. We all know that tuition fees are a deeply unpopular measure introduced by the Labour Government. It was Pauline's Government that abolished the remnants of the...
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to resolve the growing problem of bed-blocking in Scotland’s hospitals and what resources it intends to make available.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to pursue any further prosecutions in the case of Sunjit Singh Chhokar who was killed on 4 November 1998.
Shona Robison: May I make a point of order?
Shona Robison: Thank you. Last week I attempted to submit an emergency question on the case of the Chhokar family. You said that it was not an emergency question, Mr Presiding Officer.
Shona Robison: If I can finish my question my point will become clear. You then suggested that I submit the question as a written question requiring an urgent response. That was fine, but my point of order is to seek clarification on when that urgent response should be given. As yet there has been no response and the chamber office has been attempting to get one. I raise this matter because I could not find...
Shona Robison: Thank you.
Shona Robison: I am not aware that I have received an answer. Do you know how it was communicated, Sir David?
Shona Robison: I have checked my mail, but I will double-check; as far as I am aware, it has not arrived yet. The Presiding Officer: Thank you very much.
Shona Robison: Will the member give way?
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to implement the recommendations of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry as contained in the Macpherson report. (S1O-126)
Shona Robison: The recent case of Ghulam Rabbani raises many issues relevant to Macpherson, such as the chronic underfunding of interpreting services in Scotland. What does the minister intend to do about that in relation to the criminal justice system?
Shona Robison: To ask the Presiding Officer who is responsible for the development of an equal opportunities policy for the Scottish Parliament.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many higher and further education students have fallen ill during their studies and been unable to continue with their course as a result, in 1998-99 and the previous three academic years.
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial provision exists to assist higher and further education students who become ill during their studies.
Shona Robison: There is nothing in what Susan Deacon said that any reasonable person could disagree with. Everyone wants to improve public health in Scotland. In "Towards a Healthier Scotland" we read about improving life circumstances and tackling inequalities in health. Stress is laid on working in partnership and the development of plans and projects is a key part of the health strategy. That is all...
Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many day care places are provided for people with dementia in each local authority area.