Results 241–260 of 1474 for speaker:Euan Robson

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

Euan Robson: I thank the minister for his answer and I am glad that it has provoked mirth on the Scottish National Party benches, although I do not know why.

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

Euan Robson: Indeed. Is progress being made on recycling and the reuse of capital equipment? Is the minister able to measure that and can he tell us how much progress is being made?

Scottish Parliament: Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (30 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: I welcome this bill on behalf of the Liberal Democrats. It modernises and clarifies legislation in the areas of organ and tissue donation, transplantation and hospital post-mortem examination and deals with deficiencies in the law in the difficult area of the use of bodies and body parts. As others have said, the bill is intended to repeal and replace the Human Tissue Act 1961, to amend the...

Scottish Parliament: Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (30 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: I will say something about pathology later in my remarks, but I entirely agree with the member. The point that he makes is another reason for increasing the supply of organs. As Nanette Milne said, the Executive should will the means to achieve higher levels of self-authorisation. I welcome the minister's commitment to do that and I welcome his agreement that it is right to ensure that those...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Scotland) Bill (24 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: I repeat the thanks that committee members have given to the clerks for guiding us through the bill's progress. I think that I came to the committee later in the process than Tricia Marwick did, so I am grateful for the background information that I was given. I also thank my colleague Donald Gorrie for his initial work on the bill, which lasted until the middle of the committee's stage 2...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Before section 155B (24 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: There is no doubt that energy efficiency in housing is a key issue. It has been on the agenda for many years, in fact. It is welcome that Karen Whitefield has lodged her amendment 85, which proposes the right, proportionate approach. The difficulty with Patrick Harvie's amendment 1 is simply this: it puts one target into a statutory context. I appreciate that that is done in other places, but...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Before section 155B (24 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: In a moment. It is better to ensure that the strategy that the ministers will produce has those targets in it, because that would make the strategy more meaningful. It would also mean that the targets could be improved with more flexibility than is the case when primary legislation is involved.

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Before section 155B (24 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: Patrick Harvie has explained why his amendment 1 is superfluous. The point is that if the targets were incorporated into the strategy, they could be adapted more flexibly and quickly than would otherwise be the case. Confusion often arises about fuel poverty and energy efficiency. In eliminating fuel poverty, energy consumption may increase, because people who hitherto could not, become able...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 95 — Duty to have information about a house which is on the market (24 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: The Liberal Democrats support the single seller survey. We put it into our manifesto and we intend to sustain our support for it today. Like others, I have received representations late in the day from several quarters and Mary Scanlon's eloquent exposition of the views of Edinburgh solicitors and surveyors brought them back to mind. I do not accept the dire predictions of the collapse of the...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 95 — Duty to have information about a house which is on the market (24 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: I did not imply that it was Christine Grahame who said that the cost would be £1,000 per house. The question about the purchasers information pack is important and I will come back to that in a moment. The cost of the survey itself is on the scale that I mentioned; I know that that scale is in the public domain because I read it among the Communities Committee's papers. It is important...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 70 — When assistance must be provided (24 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: I acknowledge the spirit in which the amendment was lodged, but I believe that it is too prescriptive. It is perhaps even counterproductive in setting down a timeframe of two years. Parliamentary scrutiny through the Communities Committee and an assurance from the minister that he intends to press forward with implementing the necessary changes would suffice. I do not propose to support the...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 23 — Referral to private rented housing committee (24 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: I recognise the spirit in which the amendments have been lodged, but perhaps they are too prescriptive and it would be relevant to cover the matter in guidance to the president. I will give an example. Amendment 80 states: "the president must consider any further written representations". Why should the president consider only written representations? Would not that exclude those who cannot...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 12 — Tenancies to which repairing standard duty applies (24 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: I thank the minister for lodging amendment 72, which covers the points that the committee was concerned about. It clarifies and extends the exemptions in an appropriate manner. As for amendment 87, in the name of Mary Scanlon, I had concerns in the committee about whether there was interference in a contractual relationship and whether there was competence to do that. Having had the benefit...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Environment and Rural Development: Flood Prevention (17 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that reservoir storage and upland flood plain developments should form part of local authority flood prevention strategies. (S2O-8082)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Environment and Rural Development: Flood Prevention (17 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: I thank the minister for taking the time to come to Hawick, in my constituency, to see the recent flood damage. The headwaters of the Teviot, which comes through Hawick, and the Liddel, which goes through Newcastleton, where there was also a flood, would merit upland storage and flood plain developments. Does the minister agree that some of the £89 million that is available from the...

Scottish Parliament: Dentistry (17 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: The short time that is available to us this morning is hardly enough to deal with what is probably one of our most difficult and intractable problems today, certainly among those that I have come across during my time in public life. The seeds of the current problems in dentistry were without question sown in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The failure of the Government at that time to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Roads: Roads (17 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it inspects the cutting of road verges’ vegetation, including grass, on the A68, A7 and A1 and, if so, when such inspection has taken place on each road in the last six months.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (15 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been in the last five years for contraventions of Scottish building regulations, the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations or other relevant regulations or codes of practice in which the safety of the occupants of given premises were potentially or actually threatened by emissions of carbon monoxide.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Roads: Roads (14 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to improve the A7 trunk road at Scatterpenny corner to the south west of Hawick and, if so, what such improvements will involve and when they are likely to commence.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Road Safety: Road Safety (11 Nov 2005)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria exist for determining whether lighting is installed at junctions of single carriageway trunk roads with B, C and unclassified local authority-maintained roads.


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