Results 81–100 of 1474 for speaker:Euan Robson

Scottish Parliament: Introduction (20 Jan 2000)

Euan Robson: On a point of order.

Scottish Parliament: Introduction (20 Jan 2000)

Euan Robson: No.

Scottish Parliament: Family Law (20 Jan 2000)

Euan Robson: I, too, welcome the statement. Is the Minister for Justice proposing legislation for the autumn, with the summer to review the white paper? Does he envisage a power of arrest being attached to the new domestic interdict?

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Euan Robson: This has been a welcome and necessary debate because all drugs, including alcohol, are central to some of the biggest problems in Scotland today. I begin by emphasising the point made by Keith Raffan and Donald Gorrie that total UK drug-related expenditure was about £1.4 billion in 1997-98 and that 75 per cent of that amount was spent on enforcement, 13 per cent on treatment and 12 per cent...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (25 Jan 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many supervised attendance orders for fine defaulters have been imposed in the current and last four financial years, expressed in total and as a proportion of all fine defaulters.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2000)

Euan Robson: This is a welcome debate on the first budget bill of our new Parliament. The Liberal Democrats congratulate the minister on delivering this bill, given that what we will come to know as our normal process was necessarily truncated this year. Doubtless next year we will also see fully costed budgets from the Opposition, including one from the chancellor of the exchequer for cloud-cuckoo-land....

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2000)

Euan Robson: When we speak, we do so as Liberal Democrats who are part of the partnership Government. Our plans are included within those of the Executive, because we are part of the partnership Government. I would have thought that that was self-evident to Mr Davidson. Nevertheless, the Liberal Democrats retain our independence in promoting our policies at a UK level and, as Keith Raffan said, we are...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2000)

Euan Robson: My understanding is that the figure is £215 million. We maintain our commitment to hypothecate extra tax on tobacco to go towards health spending and we welcome the potential increases, which the minister alluded to, in health and transport spending during the next financial year. It is important to draw attention to one major, looming problem in public expenditure: funding pay rises. I...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport (27 Jan 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive why its response to The Road Ahead consultation paper of April 1999 was published on the afternoon of 24 December 1999.

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Development (3 Feb 2000)

Euan Robson: The debate has been very welcome, and many members have made good, fundamental points. I was pleased to hear that the minister's priorities will be to cut waste, reduce energy use and make travel more sustainable. Revising building standards is a key way in which to improve the energy efficiency of housing. Even some newly built homes in Scotland have a poor national home energy rating and it...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Development (3 Feb 2000)

Euan Robson: I agree with the member. More could also be done to use recycled building waste in construction. I welcome the minister's comments on sustainable travel. She will not be surprised if I commend to her a railway for the Borders to reduce our dependency on cars and cut congestion in Edinburgh. We often struggle to find adequate resources for energy conservation. Standards of service schemes in...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Enterprise (10 Feb 2000)

Euan Robson: This is an interesting short debate. I welcome the inquiry of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, and especially its examination of the performance of local enterprise companies, local authorities, chambers of commerce and enterprise trusts. The minister's enterprise networks review issues paper asked a number of the right questions. It is time that we went through those questions...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Environment: Environment (16 Feb 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency plans to designate the catchment areas of the rivers Eden and Eye in the Scottish Borders as nitrate vulnerable zones and, if so, what assistance or compensation is available for farmers to adapt their working practices to comply with such a designation.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport (16 Feb 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish a Route Action Plan for the A68.

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

Euan Robson: rose—

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

Euan Robson: This has been an interesting debate. There is a clear need for a census. To base public policy on information that is 10 years old is to risk that policy's irrelevance, or even worse. A local example that comes to mind is the problems of the Scottish Borders economy. Some of the figures that we were consulting on, to cast policy for the future to get ourselves out of difficulties, were so out...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — scottish executive: Pringle of Scotland (17 Feb 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the First Minister what assistance the Scottish Executive can give to the new owners of Pringle of Scotland, Hawick to help retain the company's manufacturing presence in the town. (S1F-123)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — scottish executive: Pringle of Scotland (17 Feb 2000)

Euan Robson: Does the First Minister agree that the job losses at Pringle's, John Turnbull and Sons, dyers and finishers, and John Scott Knitwear demonstrate the continuing fragility of the Borders economy? Will he consider establishing a small task force to help those who have been made redundant and to review the capability of local agencies to match-fund EU objective 2 money?

Scottish Parliament: Law Officers (17 Feb 2000)

Euan Robson: I would like to state the Liberal Democrat group's appreciation to Mike Rumbles and the Standards Committee for allowing this debate to proceed this afternoon. It is appropriate that we should have this debate. The circumstances of the Lord Advocate going are exceptional. If Lord Hardie wants to go, it is appropriate that he goes now, before the opening of the Lockerbie trial in May. The...

Scottish Parliament: Law Officers (17 Feb 2000)

Euan Robson: I hear what the member says. The Liberal Democrats wish to make clear our belief that this should be the last judicial appointment of this nature. The partnership agreement included a clear commitment to consult on the arrangements for judicial appointments in Scotland; we look forward to that consultation taking place in the spring, as was stated in a written answer. We hope that "in the...


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