Results 61–80 of 8786 for speaker:Shona Robison

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths Task Force (26 Sep 2019)

Shona Robison: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what specific issues were discussed at the inaugural meeting of the drug deaths task force. (S5O-03595)

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths Task Force (26 Sep 2019)

Shona Robison: Will the minister say how the work of the task force will link to the work already undertaken by the Dundee drugs commission and how he will ensure that the people who are directly affected and their families are kept centre stage in that important work as it is taken forward?

Scottish Parliament: Tesco Metro Dundee (Lease) (19 Sep 2019)

Shona Robison: Has the Government been made aware of Sports Direct’s sudden decision to terminate Tesco’s lease on its Dundee city centre Metro store? Its refusal to grant a short-term extension, to help Tesco support affected staff, will lead to the needless loss of 74 jobs. Has the Government been in contact with the companies concerned about that worrying situation?

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Scotland (First Anniversary) (19 Sep 2019)

Shona Robison: It is a privilege to bring this debate to Parliament. I thank my colleagues from across the parties who have supported the motion, giving us the opportunity to mark Social Security Scotland’s first anniversary. I look forward to listening to their speeches and I hope that they will help to shape the future of social security in Scotland, as they helped to shape its beginning. It was a proud...

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Sentencing (18 Sep 2019)

Shona Robison: I think that we all agree that public trust in our justice system is essential and that facts, as opposed to assertion, are important. My first facts are that automatic early release was introduced by the UK Tory Government in 1993 and that the previous system of the automatic early release of long-term prisoners was ended by the Scottish Parliament from 2016. I have never been one to support...

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Sentencing (18 Sep 2019)

Shona Robison: The cabinet secretary has laid out very clearly the position on automatic early release. Other survey results show that 90 per cent of people believe that prisons should help prisoners to change their behaviour rather than be used just to punish; that 92 per cent believe that prisons should provide support to prevent people from committing more crime; and that 89 per cent believe that prisons...

Scottish Parliament: Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation (Residential Services) (12 Sep 2019)

Shona Robison: On those new approaches, can the First Minister say what communication the Scottish Government has had with the UK Government on the drug deaths crisis, including the use of supervised overdose prevention rooms to help to reduce drug deaths in Scotland? Does she believe that the approach of the UK Government reflects the spirit of working together on this important issue?

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths (12 Sep 2019)

Shona Robison: I welcome Monica Lennon’s debate and the powerful speech that she made at the outset. I also welcome the proposals that the Scottish Government set out in last week’s statement on tackling drug-related deaths. Everyone in the chamber—and those who are not in it—cares deeply about the issue, whether it affects our communities or many of our friends and families. I echo the sentiment...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Deaths (12 Sep 2019)

Shona Robison: No, thank you—I have only four minutes for my speech. The idea that there is one simple solution is not being suggested. We have to look at all the potential solutions, some of which are radical and may not even have been raised as a possibility 10 years ago in this place but are now being discussed openly and have support across the chamber. It is absolutely the time for radical action. We...

Scottish Parliament: Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (Post-legislative Scrutiny Reports) (12 Sep 2019)

Shona Robison: I thank fellow members of the committee for their contributions during our deliberations in the lead-up and their input into the reports’ final content. I wish Daniel Johnson well in his new committee; he has been a thoughtful contributor to the Justice Committee and has just delivered yet another thoughtful speech—he will be missed. I also thank the clerks and support staff for all their...

Scottish Parliament: Universal Credit (Payment of Housing Element) (26 Jun 2019)

Shona Robison: T he report also showed that the five-week delay in claimants’ receiving their first payments of universal credit has greatly increased rent arrears. Ineffective communication and poor exchange of information on the part of the Department for Work and Pensions has inevitably had a human cost. Does the cabinet secretary think that that is yet further evidence of the mishandling of universal...

Scottish Parliament: Tackling Child Poverty (Progress Report) (26 Jun 2019)

Shona Robison: I, too, warmly welcome today’s announcement. The UN special rapporteur said that, for devolved Administrations, mitigation was not sustainable. Does the cabinet secretary agree that having full powers over all social security, employment and other areas would ensure that we could use all available levers to pull more people out of poverty and not have to use resources to protect people from...

Scottish Parliament: Equally Safe (20 Jun 2019)

Shona Robison: For a long time, coercive, controlling behaviour has been a hidden aspect of domestic abuse. Does the minister believe that the first conviction under the new Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 sends a clear signal that domestic abuse in any form will not be tolerated? I hope that it will provide assurance for victims and give them greater confidence to report all forms of abusive behaviour.

Scottish Parliament: Space Industry (20 Jun 2019)

Shona Robison: The First Minister will be aware of the importance of Scotland’s space industry, its potential for growth and our expertise in satellite technology. Does she, therefore, share my disappointment with the decision by the Natural Environment Research Council, overseen by the United Kingdom Government, to withdraw funding for Scotland’s only satellite receiving centre at the University of...

Scottish Parliament: World Environment Day 2019 (13 Jun 2019)

Shona Robison: I, too, thank my fellow champion, Gillian Martin, for securing this important debate. I declare an interest as the species champion for the wild cherry—a tree with white flowers, as distinct from the more common pink cherry tree. When we think of Scotland’s natural heritage, our biodiversity and the threats faced by many species across our land, it is the threat to our native fauna that...

Scottish Parliament: World Environment Day 2019 (13 Jun 2019)

Shona Robison: I ask the minister, when she responds, to outline the Government’s current thinking on funding for such projects.

Scottish Parliament: Poverty (22 May 2019)

Shona Robison: Today, a damning report on United Kingdom Government policy was published by the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. On welfare reform, the rapporteur said: “the Department of Work and Pensions has been tasked with designing a digital and sanitized version of the nineteenth century workhouse, made infamous by Charles Dickens”. I acknowledge that the...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Welfare Reforms (Impact on Women) (27 Mar 2019)

Shona Robison: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what impact UK Government welfare reforms have had on women in Scotland. (S5O-03065)

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Welfare Reforms (Impact on Women) (27 Mar 2019)

Shona Robison: Is the cabinet secretary concerned, as I am, that the lack of transitional protection for those who naturally migrate to universal credit, for example when they have a change of address, could have an adverse impact, and that it may force women to stay in abusive relationships, so that they do not lose those funds for them and their families?

Scottish Parliament: Diet Products (Celebrity Endorsements) (27 Mar 2019)

Shona Robison: I thank the many MSPs across the chamber who have added their names to my motion. It shows that the issue and, importantly, the need to confront it has overwhelming support from across this Parliament. My motion highlights the petition, “LET’S STOP influencers and celebrities working with products promoting speedy weight loss”, which can be found on It has already gained...

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