Results 101–120 of 1474 for speaker:Euan Robson

Scottish Parliament: Law Officers (17 Feb 2000)

Euan Robson: Friendships should not rule somebody out of an appointment. Appointments should be made on the ability of the candidate. We want the process to be more open and to allow candidates of quality to come through. The present system is not acceptable to the public in Scotland and should be replaced. On the role of the Lord Advocate within the Government, I understand that the Scotland Act 1998...

Scottish Parliament: Beaufort's Dyke (24 Feb 2000)

Euan Robson: Mistaken identity seems to be the flavour of the day. It is quite unjustified to take a sub-sea electricity cable across the Beaufort's dyke area. I do not see the need for the interconnector. In 1995, there was considerable disturbance as a result of the Premier Transco pipeline, which went from near Stranraer to Ballylumford in Northern Ireland. I recall that, at the time, the Gas Consumers...

Scottish Parliament: Beaufort's Dyke (24 Feb 2000)

Euan Robson: rose— [Laughter.]

Scottish Parliament: European Convention on Human Rights (2 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: We heard, earlier, that 39 of the 41 nations that signed the convention have incorporated it into their national law. I agree whole-heartedly with Roseanna Cunningham that Westminster is now the odd one out. David McLetchie made something of the Irish situation. My understanding is that Ireland has its own bill of rights that is in passage, as Michael Matheson so eloquently described it. I...

Scottish Parliament: European Convention on Human Rights (2 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: I accept Mr Aitken's explanation; but I still think that there was some contrast between the two remarks. This major constitutional change, which has been fought for for many years, first appeared in my party's manifesto in 1979, when we called for incorporation. The Conservative party manifesto of that year spoke of a "Bill of Rights . . . which we shall wish to discuss with all parties."...

Scottish Parliament: Post Offices (8 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: During last summer and autumn, my colleagues Archy Kirkwood MP, Michael Moore MP, Ian Jenkins and I visited a number of post offices in our two Borders constituencies to hear from practitioners what they felt about the Westminster Government's proposals for changing the way in which benefits were paid. We found that sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses, and their regular customers, were...

Scottish Parliament: Post Offices (8 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: I am partly reassured by what the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry said. For a while, the Westminster Government sleepwalked into a crisis. However, it has understood—because of representations from various quarters—that there is a significant threat to the rural post office network. We must not exaggerate that threat at the present time, but we must underscore the fact that the...

Scottish Parliament: Climate Change (9 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: The minister will know that methane is an especially powerful greenhouse gas. Will she contact the energy industry regulator to ask that public gas transporters have adequate resources to reduce, if not to rid the medium-pressure and low-pressure gas mains of leaks?

Scottish Parliament: Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (9 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: It will come as no great surprise to the Deputy First Minister to hear that Liberal Democrat members welcome and support the bill. The inclusion of a question on religion in the census is a necessary and welcome change. It is important that no penalty should be imposed on those who refuse to answer the question, and I am pleased that that concession has been made. It is pleasing to hear the...

Scottish Parliament: Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (9 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: I support the inclusion of a question on income in the census, although that is not strictly relevant to today's debate. I do so because I believe that it is important to draw out that information. If we are not able to obtain it from the census, we must gather it from other sources and by other means, because it would assist the definition of such important concepts as rural deprivation, to...

Scottish Parliament: Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (9 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: Will the minister take a brief intervention on the question of income? If there is no room in the census for an income question, can she say whether there are other methods for picking up such information, which is important to some of us in considering such concepts as rural deprivation, for example? There may be other methods of collecting that information, so I would be interested to hear...

Scottish Parliament: Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (15 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: I formally record the support of the Liberal Democrats for this bill.

Scottish Parliament: Rail Travel for the Blind (16 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: I am grateful for this opportunity to have a short debate on rail travel for the blind and, in particular, train operators' refusal to allow use of the travel card from Berwick-upon-Tweed station. On 1 December, the Minister for Transport and the Environment, whom I thank for being here today, announced the launch of the national concessionary travel scheme for the blind, which offers free...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Roads (Rural Areas) (16 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: Will the minister undertake to look into the maintenance problems of many old sandstone bridges that carry rural roads in the south of Scotland, including Tofts Barn bridge, near Lilliesleaf in my constituency? Will the Executive offer some help to local authorities that have a disproportionately large number of such structures in their care?

Scottish Parliament: Standards in Scotland's Schools etc Bill: Stage 1 (22 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: I would like to make four brief points about the bill, the general tenor of which I support. First, the minister said that the purpose of the bill is not only to raise standards in schools, but to promote social inclusion. Social inclusion in rural areas means being able to get to school. I would like the minister to consider whether the current statutory maximum distance for school...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Forestry: Forestry (23 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will invite the Forestry Commission to enter into sales or leases to community woodland trusts and other community bodies of small woodlands peripheral to its main holdings.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (24 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider adding an annual uplift for inflation to the proposed ceiling of £1,500 for small claims and £5,000 for summary causes.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Subordinate Legislation: Subordinate Legislation (27 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to lay before the Parliament the revised Small Claims (Scotland) Amendment Order 2000 and the revised Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Private Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2000 and what its timetable is for these Orders from laying to implementation.

Scottish Parliament: Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 1 — General principles and fundamental definitions (29 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: In common with previous speakers, I have little sympathy with the amendment. It would be dangerous to try to change the definitions on too many occasions, and this would be a change too far. We should not pre-empt the discussions of the Millan committee. We can return to this point at a later date. Critical to the debate is the fact that if we passed the amendment, there would be an...

Scottish Parliament: Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 2 — Applications and other proceedings and appeals (29 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: I simply want to record the support of Liberal Democrat members for the amendments and to echo the words of the convener of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee that these matters were first raised in that committee. I am glad that the minister has taken on board the points that the committee made.

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