Results 201–220 of 1474 for speaker:Euan Robson

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times (23 Feb 2006)

Euan Robson: I regret that I am unable to answer that question, but I will find out and tell the member informally. Another notable success occurred in NHS Dumfries and Galloway, where general practices improved their waiting times by 75 per cent over the first 10 months of the programme. Such innovations and those that the minister outlined are making a significant difference for patients. The Liberal...

Scottish Parliament: Waiting Times (23 Feb 2006)

Euan Robson: No. Similarly, the Golden Jubilee national hospital—otherwise known as the national waiting times centre—has made an impact on waiting lists. The minister pointed out that, since the hospital joined the NHS in June 2002, there has been a tenfold increase in the procedures that are being undertaken. Some criticism has been levelled at what has been described as the hospital's higher costs....

Scottish Parliament: Social Work (9 Feb 2006)

Euan Robson: I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this afternoon's debate on "Changing Lives: Report of the 21 st Century Social Work Review". I welcome the minister's announcements today and earlier this week. Liberal Democrats recognise the importance of the social work profession in modern society. We see that it faces many challenges but we are clear that meeting those challenges is...

Scottish Parliament: Social Work (9 Feb 2006)

Euan Robson: Not at the moment. Investment in a fast-track scheme has enabled many more social workers to be recruited in recent months. A huge emphasis has been, and continues to be, placed on training, with major investment committed to the development of leadership capacity in the profession. The leading to deliver programme remains a particularly important aspect of the overall training programme and...

Scottish Parliament: Social Work (9 Feb 2006)

Euan Robson: The increase in the number of social workers has been dramatic and marked—it has been about 44 per cent—and it is continuing. The plan is to ensure that social work becomes an attractive profession so that we attract more people to meet the challenges that are ahead. Last November, the Scottish Executive published the important "National Strategy for the Development of the Social Service...

Scottish Parliament: Social Work (9 Feb 2006)

Euan Robson: No, not at the moment. All those measures have an important additional point, which is to build confidence in the profession. A self-confident profession ensures a greater degree of confidence in the community at large, particularly among those who use its services. The review was complementary to all the activities that I have mentioned. The publication of the report and the Executive's...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Life Expectancy (9 Feb 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has made an assessment of the impact of life expectancy on economic performance. (S2F-2119)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Life Expectancy (9 Feb 2006)

Euan Robson: Does the First Minister agree that much improved health promotion will help to release Scotland's hidden talent and that population trends make that policy all the more important?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Sex Offenders: Sex Offenders (9 Feb 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that there are effective reforms in respect of monitoring sex offenders.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Planning: Planning (7 Feb 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers local authorities have to levy charges in respect of planning gain before a planning application has been approved or before legislation, such as a bill to reinstate a railway, has received Royal Assent.

Scottish Parliament: Childhood Obesity (2 Feb 2006)

Euan Robson: It is interesting to return to a subject for which I had some responsibility until recently. I recall the early days of the hungry for success programme, which I believe has been and can continue to be a success. However, I never thought that it would provide instant solutions. It was a programme that had to be sustained for many years. It has been successfully developed and I hope that that...

Scottish Parliament: Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill (2 Feb 2006)

Euan Robson: The Liberal Democrats welcomed the bill's introduction in June last year and, in common with all members, we are gratified to have watched its subsequent progress. I pass on my party's thanks and appreciation to everyone who has made the bill's passage to this stage possible. The Health Committee, its witnesses and ministers have all made major contributions to what is another important...

Scottish Parliament: Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 6 — Authorisation: adult (2 Feb 2006)

Euan Robson: I read the amendments with interest, and I believe that they would add an unnecessary level of complication. If the individual wishes to prohibit the use of all their body parts, they need only not actively authorise use, and there are other methods by which someone who does not wish one or more of their body parts to be used, but is quite prepared for other parts to be used, can make that...

Scottish Parliament: Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2006)

Euan Robson: I was interested to hear Jean Turner's speech and pleased to be able to assist her in making a contribution. This has been a significant and, at times, passionate debate, and rightly so. With all due respect, I do not think that the case for the bill has been made, but the case for reform has undoubtedly been demonstrated. However, there are certain inescapable facts. With all due respect to...

Scottish Parliament: Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2006)

Euan Robson: In a minute. However, the financial memorandum omitted to refer to all the additional costs. We have heard copious evidence of that today. We have heard a great deal about where the actual cost will lie, but the truth is that no one can be sure. It is like taking a leap into the dark. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain has stated that the cost to the Scottish Executive of total...

Scottish Parliament: Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2006)

Euan Robson: I am not clear that that is in fact the case. I will accept the member's view, but it does not detract from the fact that the society says that the costs could be that high if things develop in a certain way. I was interested in Alex Neil's contribution. He seemed to suggest that universality is indivisible. If that is the absolute case that he was advancing—and he is perfectly entitled to...

Scottish Parliament: Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2006)

Euan Robson: I am not turning the argument around to use it against the proposals. In effect, what I am saying is that there are practical limitations to the concept, which even Shona Robison must understand. If she is advancing the concept in her programme for government, I would love to hear how she will pay for it. One important point that has been made is that the Executive will have to identify the...

Scottish Parliament: Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2006)

Euan Robson: As Nanette Milne said, consideration of the Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill has raised some particularly important issues. First, I point out that abolition of prescription charges was not mentioned in the Liberal Democrat manifesto for the 2003 elections. At that time, we said that we would review health charges, including prescription charges, to ensure a consistent...

Scottish Parliament: Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2006)

Euan Robson: In a minute. If the national health budget were not expanded, what areas of existing expenditure would need to be curtailed or reduced? If £45 million—or indeed any higher figure—of additional expenditure were made available, the Liberal Democrats would look to use that resource for health promotion. We have emphasised free eye and dental checks because they are essential components in...

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Economic Development Strategy (Scottish Borders) (19 Jan 2006)

Euan Robson: In the light of the redundancies, does the minister agree that help should be made available from his department to assist marketing initiatives for the cashmere industry? Will he also review Scottish Enterprise's expenditure on training grants to textiles companies with the intention of increasing expenditure on training grants, which are important in ensuring the future supply of labour to...


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