Results 121–140 of 1474 for speaker:Euan Robson

Scottish Parliament: Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: After section 48A (29 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: The amendment is undesirable. Sections 1, 44 and 74 address the situation adequately, as has been spelt out time and again, particularly in committee. In addition, this afternoon the minister made clear the Executive's position. My understanding is that legal cases can refer to ministerial statements, such as in the case of Pepper v Hart. That adds an extra dimension to the assurances that...

Scottish Parliament: Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: After section 48A (29 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: Another reason I cannot vote for the amendment is that in some respects it is not competent. It introduces terms that are not defined anywhere in the bill, such as "basic care". Even death is not defined in the bill, and it would need to be. Not only would the amendment add text in the wrong place in the bill; it would have other implications. The terms that are used in the bill are not...

Scottish Parliament: Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill (29 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: I do not intend to repeat much of what has been said—especially the minister's masterly summary of the bill's provisions. I confirm that the Liberal Democrats support the bill, which was promised in our manifesto. I would like to add to the tributes to the convener of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee, to the clerks and to the ministers who appeared before the committee. They took us...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Energy Efficiency (30 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: We should recognise that we have come quite a long way in the past 20 years in dealing with energy efficiency and fuel poverty. During my previous, professional career, I talked to ministers about fuel poverty in the '80s and '90s.

Scottish Parliament: Housing Energy Efficiency (30 Mar 2000)

Euan Robson: Yes, and in the '70s, too. At that time, there was little understanding of the concept of fuel poverty and an absolute denial of the existence of excess winter deaths. It took a long time for that concept to be understood and appreciated by government. Every year, 430,000 Scots die from the cold. That is hardly understood in Scandinavia; Norwegians and Swedes do not appreciate that there...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Village Halls: Village Halls (6 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the light of the recent increase in water charges, it will renegotiate the five year phasing-in of the removal of reliefs for village and community halls agreed with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations last summer.

Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill (6 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: I am pleased that the Minister for Justice has introduced this important, though truncated, debate. The Westminster bill is 90 pages long and has explanatory notes running to 54 pages. It is not the most digestible of reads. The Liberal Democrats welcome the minister's assurances, which help to dispel some of the fears that have been voiced in the press. We also agree that the Scottish bill...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Landfill Tax: Landfill Tax (13 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice and/or extra resources it will provide to local authorities if materials for engineering purposes or engineering works at landfill sites are deemed to be waste, and hence subject to landfill tax, by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Trans-European Networks: Trans-European Networks (13 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to the European Commission regarding the inclusion of Scottish projects on Trans-European (TEN) maps and what the outcome was of any such representations.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Public Appointments: Public Appointments (20 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to publish its consultation paper on Judicial Appointments.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (26 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend the witness schemes originally piloted in Ayr, Kirkcaldy and Hamilton Sheriff Courts to Sheriff Courts in the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999 (26 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: Is the member aware that the Secretary of State for Scotland replied to the fishermen? I accept that he did not do so in the form of a circular, but he wrote to the chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation on 15 September. The substantial letter addressed a number of the fishermen's points. Consultation took place and a response was given. On the narrow point, as to whether a...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999 (26 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: I say from the outset and for the avoidance of doubt or misrepresentation that I have always supported the case about the boundary line made by the Scottish Fishermen's Federation and by my constituents in Eyemouth and Berwickshire, and will continue to do so. Also, I am not Mike Rumbles MSP. The SFF was entirely right to complain about the lack of initial consultation about the boundary, a...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999 (26 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: Indeed, I do. It would be useful if the Executive did that, and I would welcome it. I congratulate the Rural Affairs Committee on its work. The way forward is to back today's motion and for us all to get behind Archy Kirkwood's bill, which is scheduled for consideration at the end of July. From the outset, Archy and I have adopted the position that megaphone diplomacy is not the way to...

Scottish Parliament: Student Finance: Genetically Modified Organisms (27 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: I declare an interest as a River Tweed commissioner. To ask the Scottish Executive what controls are in place to prevent the release of genetically modified salmon or other GM fish species into the environment. (S1O-1557)

Scottish Parliament: Student Finance: Genetically Modified Organisms (27 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: I thank the minister for his reassuring reply. He will know of concerns that escaped farmed salmon can dilute the gene pool of salmon and sea trout in our rivers. Will he bear that in mind if there are any applications to farm GM salmon in Scottish waters?

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — scottish executive: Assisted Areas Map (27 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: On behalf of the Liberal Democrat group, I extend our good wishes to the First Minister for his forthcoming spell in hospital. To ask the First Minister whether he will discuss changes to the revised assisted areas status map of 10 April 2000 with the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S1F-268)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — scottish executive: Assisted Areas Map (27 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: The First Minister will know that the changes have removed from the map all Berwickshire and key industrial sites in St Boswells and Kelso in my constituency. Jedburgh was never even included to begin with. Does the First Minister appreciate that, if those communities are not restored to the map, several companies within them will have to compete with rivals in other parts of Scotland that...

Scottish Parliament: Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill: Stage 1 (27 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: Thank you, Presiding Officer. [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament: Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill: Stage 1 (27 Apr 2000)

Euan Robson: It is fair to say that this has been an interesting debate. It is clear that members throughout the chamber hold the view that the system of diligence in Scotland needs to be modernised. I repeat the view of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee— [Interruption.]


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