Results 221–240 of 1474 for speaker:Euan Robson

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Prime Minister (Meetings) (12 Jan 2006)

Euan Robson: The First Minister will be aware of the recent textiles industry redundancies in Hawick in my constituency. Will he consider further targeted investments in specific overseas marketing initiatives to win orders in an increasingly competitive market? Does he agree that there are advantages to the local enterprise network leading national initiatives for specific industries, as Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Gas Work Notification Scheme (22 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: I was Scottish manager of the Gas Consumers Council for some 12 years. Driving up standards in the gas installation industry was key to our remit at that time. I do not intend to rehearse what Andrew Welsh said so eloquently. The CORGI scheme is overbureaucratic and costly, and it is perhaps not the way forward. Self-certification of installations, such as is conducted in the electrical...

Scottish Parliament: Gas Work Notification Scheme (22 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: I accept what Andrew Welsh says. I do not understand what happened within CORGI, but there is a lesson to be learned. Appliance installation is vital. A gas installation is a safe and efficient installation if it is properly installed. If it is not properly installed, the consequences can range from some cost and inconvenience to the consumer to a potentially lethal situation in a domestic...

Scottish Parliament: Blood Products (22 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: This is a difficult and emotive subject. I know from first hand the strength of the feelings that are aroused by what happened to an estimated 4,800 people who were infected with hepatitis C by infected national health service blood products in the 1980s and 1990s. I associate myself and my party with the minister's profound sympathy for the patients who were affected, which is expressed in...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Planning: Planning (20 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in the light of the responses to its White Paper, Modernising the Planning System , and in particular whether any of its proposals have been amended or developed further.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Higher Education: Higher Education (19 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response will be to the consultation on Review of Distribution of Payments for Higher Education Student Support.

Scottish Parliament: Excess Winter Deaths (Greater Glasgow) (15 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: I acknowledge the efforts that the Executive is making to talk to energy companies. In those discussions, will the minister discuss the profile of appliances in the marketplace? That will help to inform development of the central heating programme and to target it where it will have most effect.

Scottish Parliament: Excess Winter Deaths (Greater Glasgow) (15 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: I congratulate Paul Martin on securing the debate. Before he wonders why a Borders representative is speaking, I say that my mother is a born and bred Glaswegian, so I have some qualification for entry into the debate. Bill Aitken mentioned Siberia. When the phenomenon of excess winter deaths was first understood in Scotland, the Scandinavians were asked for their opinion. They had no...

Scottish Parliament: Excess Winter Deaths (Greater Glasgow) (15 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: Over the past 10 years, the extensions to the gas main that should have taken place have not happened. Such opportunities exist but their economic viability is assessed by a regulator that does not understand, and has not understood, the advantages that could result from using systems of extending the gas network that are different from the traditional methods that have been used in the past...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Social Rented Housing (Overcrowding) (15 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the statutory definition of overcrowding in social rented housing. (S2O-8457)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Social Rented Housing (Overcrowding) (15 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: The minister will be aware of cases in which overcrowded households are unable to move to a house with more accommodation that has become available because that house does not technically fulfil the needs of the family concerned. For example, two-bedroomed or three-bedroomed accommodation could become available, but four-bedroomed accommodation is required. Is there any bar on housing...

Scottish Parliament: Health Services (Argyll and Clyde) (8 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: It has been a good debate and I listened to it with interest. I reiterate our conclusion that the minister made the right decision. As Duncan McNeil and Jackie Baillie said, the minister probably had little choice but to act and the fact that he did so is greatly to his credit. To all intents and purposes, the decision about the boundaries has been made. There are certain key requirements...

Scottish Parliament: Health Services (Argyll and Clyde) (8 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: Mr Tosh is sitting close to me; he must have read my notes, because I am just about to come to that point. In an earlier debate on the Kerr report, I said that the minister should retain some financial flexibility in his budgets to help cope with the changes that arise when services are modernised. I said that in the context of the Kerr report, because there are difficulties ahead for some...

Scottish Parliament: Health Services (Argyll and Clyde) (8 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: I have tried to explain to Mr McGrigor that if there are three options, they are all possibilities. The key thing is that Mr Lyon is in favour, as are the Liberal Democrats, of option 1. I made that absolutely plain at the start. There is an important point around the development of community health partnerships. I referred earlier to Greater Glasgow NHS Board's intention to engage with local...

Scottish Parliament: Health Services (Argyll and Clyde) (8 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: I am grateful for the minister's remarks on this important issue. His news release, and indeed, this debate, ends a period of consultation and inevitable speculation on future arrangements. The minister was right to dissolve the Argyll and Clyde NHS Board. He needed to act to bring stability and to secure health services for the public, and he did so decisively. On behalf of the Liberal...

Scottish Parliament: Health Services (Argyll and Clyde) (8 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: I am not in a position to do that—Mr Lyon can clarify his remarks on that subject. The problems that geography caused were one of the minister's key reasons for breaking up Argyll and Clyde NHS Board. Coping effectively with the different demands of, say, Paisley and Campbeltown was difficult for a board to do. There is local financial and management control in the newly merged Highland NHS...

Scottish Parliament: Health Services (Argyll and Clyde) (8 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: I was alluding to the fact that public perceptions are considerably altered when patient flows are guaranteed—the minister mentioned that. I think that there was a view that there would be a bar of some description on people going to the hospital of their choice, but the minister made it clear that patient flows can continue across boundaries and into Glasgow. I come from an area in which...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (1 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: I am grateful to the minister for his opening remarks and his generally optimistic outlook on the negotiations ahead. I wish him well, as other members have done, at the fisheries council. As the minister and Jim Wallace said, it is particularly important that other member states implement effort reduction in the way that has happened in Scotland and also that they abide by and implement...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (1 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: One Lib Dem MP may have gone off-message for a short while, but I contrast that with Richard Lochhead, who is off-message the whole time. Developing new markets is important and I would be grateful if I could discuss with the minister at a later date the possibility of developing the live prawn fishery. It is acceptable to talk about harbour facilities briefly because that is important in...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Public Services (Environmental Impact) (1 Dec 2005)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it encourages the managers of its departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies to have regard to environmental impact in delivering public services. (S2O-8273)


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