Results 161–180 of 1474 for speaker:Euan Robson

Scottish Parliament: Local Economic Development (8 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: I was pleased to read the report's conclusion about congestion in local economic development. Simpler and more cohesive structures would obviously be welcome, but it was also important that the committee clearly stated that it did not want to stifle local discretion by setting up prescriptive national models. With local discretion and working from the national economic strategy, we should...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (9 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it gives to health boards to encourage the prevention of the spread of headlice and what its policy is on whether teachers, school nurses and other staff should be advised to inform parents or guardians when their child is infected.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (12 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to prevent the intimidation of witnesses and victims given the proposed repeal of sections 24 and 26 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.

Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (14 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: As I recall, the police gave a general welcome to the bill. In discussion with Gordon Jackson, the witnesses said that they would prefer that their powers were set down in legal form so that there was clarity about what they were doing and so that they could test that against the legal provision.

Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (14 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: I understand the member's concern, but does he not agree that, in section 27, subsection (7) must be read in conjunction with subsection (6)? The tests in the previous subsection should be read into subsection (7). I agree entirely with Gordon Jackson that clarification is necessary, but I do not think that we should say that the bill is fundamentally flawed in that area.

Scottish Parliament: Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (14 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: The hasty progress of the bill has been just about manageable. Like Michael Matheson, I pay tribute to the clerks of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee, whose assistance in producing our stage 1 report was invaluable. The compressed timetable has been unfortunate. It has also applied to the other bill that is before the committee, the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc (Scotland) Bill, which...

Scottish Parliament: Crime and Punishment (15 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: In contrast to the text of the motion, Phil Gallie's speech was more thoughtful than the usual Tory parcel of predictable prejudices. Clearly, we in the Justice and Home Affairs Committee are having a benign influence on him. Essentially, ours is a law-abiding community: people respect and uphold the law. However, we must never be complacent about crime. As many members said in yesterday's...

Scottish Parliament: Water Industry (15 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: If the water industry commissioner is now to deal with licensing, is not it time to remove his role as the consumers' representative and set up an independent consumers' body, as in the energy industry and other industries?

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Higher and Further Education (15 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that people from low-income groups have improved access to higher and further education. (S1O-1938)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Higher and Further Education (15 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: Will the minister look into the problem in rural areas with the up-for-learning project? Will he investigate revising that scheme so that it covers participants other than those who are redundant or who are facing redundancy? That would ensure the continuing viability of the project's outreach centres.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish executive: Cashmere Industry (15 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Executive has to promote the Scottish cashmere industry. (S1F-411)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish executive: Cashmere Industry (15 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: Does the Deputy First Minister agree that the imposition of a tariff as a result of the US Trade Carousel Act would be detrimental to the Scottish cashmere industry? Although this is primarily a matter for Westminster, will he use his good offices to persuade the European Union finally to settle the banana trade dispute?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Waste Management: Waste Management (19 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice Seafield Sewage Treatment Works has received from the Health and Safety Executive regarding public safety implications of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act (1974) and, in particular, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (1999).

Scottish Parliament written answers — Water Authorities: Water Authorities (21 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will instruct water authorities to include the address and telephone number of the Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland on the reverse of bills in line with the practice of energy companies which list the addresses and telephone numbers of electricity and gas consumer representatives.

Scottish Parliament: Ethical Standards in Public Life etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 24 — Suspension and disqualification of councillors: supplementary and consequential provisions (21 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: I have reservations about the content of amendment 85. I refer to the proposed section 103H, which confers protection from actions of defamation. That is not the same generous protection that is afforded in section 21, as section 103H does not contain the important qualification that the statement must be "made in pursuance of the purposes of this Act". Section 103H appears to make a general...

Scottish Parliament: Bail, Judicial Appointments etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: It is fair to say that the timetabling of this bill has been the most difficult so far. In the light of that—and the rather late lodging of an eight-page amendment to the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc (Scotland) Bill—I raise a mild back-bench protest that the principles of the consultative steering group are in danger of being breached. However, I recognise the importance of the...

Scottish Parliament: Sexual Crimes Trials (28 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: I add my congratulations to Johann Lamont on securing the debate. I am pleased to pledge my personal support, and the support of the Liberal Democrats, for ending the practice of allowing cross-examination of a witness by the accused in sexual crime cases. Mercifully, there have not been many cases of that kind in the recent past, but the publicity that such cases have gained might encourage...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Countryside Premium (29 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: In view of the advent of modulation, will the minister relax the criteria for qualification for the countryside premium scheme?

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture Strategy (29 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: I welcome both the statement and the discussion document, which is clear and succinct and addresses the problems. We must move quickly, because the collapse in farm incomes is having a detrimental effect throughout local economies such as that in the Scottish Borders. There, agriculture's direct contribution—as the minister said—is 12 per cent of gross domestic product, but many other...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Waste Management: Waste Management (30 Jun 2000)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether washing screens in screen houses of sewage works with untreated effluent produces a local atmosphere containing biological agents of a hazardous nature.


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