Results 61–80 of 1474 for speaker:Euan Robson

Scottish Parliament: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: The minister is making some important points. However, he will agree that the bill imposes duties on local authorities. Because those are duties, they are presumably inspectable. Even if the bill is not amended, any overzealous application of the duties will presumably be picked during the inspection process.

Scottish Parliament: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: It should be clear to the minister from the debate that parts 2 to 4 of the bill will not cause him a great deal of difficulty. The interest will focus on part 1. I will pick up one or two points in the best order that I can. The definition of adults at risk will be important, and it is welcome to have the minister's helpful remarks and his commitment to consider it carefully. We will need...

Scottish Parliament: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: The point is that if we put such committees on a statutory footing, there will be no doubt that they should exist. Although the Borders committee was born of experience, it has provided an example for others to develop. It would be fine if all authorities did the same voluntarily, but if they do not, there should be statutory provision.

Scottish Parliament: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: I am particularly pleased to take part in the debate. Legislation in this important area is clearly necessary. The reforms in part 1 of the bill are, frankly, of immense importance. The protection of adults at risk is, in the most general sense, of the greatest importance and is a mark of a civilised society. Parts 2 and 3 provide for useful reforms in closely related areas. Most of those...

Scottish Parliament: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: Thank you. In that case, I will be slightly more expansive than I would otherwise have been. It is clear that statutory adult protection committees will be valuable. However, the minister might consider an important additional provision. Child protection committees currently exist and an adult protection committee was recently established in the Borders on a voluntary basis. The bill ought to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (23 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the level of housing association grants provided to housing associations in the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Parliament: Farepak Response Fund (22 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: I, too, congratulate Elaine Murray on securing this very timely debate. The latest figures that I have for the Scottish Borders show that, as a result of Farepak's collapse, at least 378 people have lost a total of just under £100,000. Those figures have been collated from correspondence sent and questionnaires returned to my colleague Michael Moore MP following his special Farepak surgery...

Scottish Parliament: Planning etc (Scotland) Bill (16 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: I welcome our coming to the end of long and exhaustive consideration of the bill. I extend my party's condolences to Sandra White, who has suffered a bereavement, and to my colleague Iain Smith, who has also suffered a bereavement this week. I thank the many witnesses who came to the Communities Committee, all the people who participated in the forums, the clerks to the committee for their...

Scottish Parliament: Planning etc (Scotland) Bill (16 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: I am just finishing, Presiding Officer. Susan Deacon and Sarah Boyack mentioned post-legislative scrutiny. I agree that the bill is particularly apt for such scrutiny. I welcome the passage of the bill, which will modernise attitudes, behaviour and practices in planning.

Scottish Parliament: Planning etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 29 — Fees and charges (16 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: I am grateful to the minister for giving such an extensive series of reasons why amendment 148 is not helpful. There would be cause for concern if grant assistance were to be provided to groups that were demonstrably attached to particular campaigns or which have particular political—with a small p—ambitions. However, I note the minister's point about the need for flexibility and I...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Scotland Office (16 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive envisages a continuing relationship with the Scotland Office in light of the on-going development of devolution. (S2F-2556)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Scotland Office (16 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: Does the First Minister not agree that the Scotland Office is now a relic of its former self and should be abolished? Moreover, will he consider the case for introducing a new joint committee of the Scottish and United Kingdom Parliaments?

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Planning Gain Supplement (16 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent representations it has made to the United Kingdom Government regarding the planning gain supplement. (S2O-11089)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Planning Gain Supplement (16 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: Will the minister redouble his efforts to ensure that there is no prejudice to section 75 agreements that are often operated under present legislation to the advantage of communities?

Scottish Parliament: Planning etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 17 — Call in of applications by Scottish Ministers (16 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: In light of the minister's view that there is a risk that amendment 124 is defective, I will not move it. Amendment 124 moved—[Tricia Marwick].

Scottish Parliament: Planning etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 15 — Manner in which applications for planning permission are dealt with etc (16 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: Amendments 124 and 127 seek to place in the bill the concessions that were helpfully made by the minister at stage 2. Those were that certain local authority interest cases and significant departures from the development plan would, henceforth, have to be notified to Scottish ministers. At stage 2, the minister said that "planning authorities will be required to notify other applications,...

Scottish Parliament: World Diabetes Day (15 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: I add my congratulations to those that other members have given David Davidson on obtaining this evening's debate. This is an important subject and it is essential that the Parliament and the Scottish Executive recognise that diabetes is a growing problem. I entirely agree with David Davidson that diabetes is one of the great challenges that face Scotland today. It is a particularly great...

Scottish Parliament: Planning etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 10 — Pre-application consultation (15 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: There is some merit in Donald Gorrie's amendment 75. We all have experience of developers who are unco-operative and unhelpful. It is particularly important that there is early consultation that is genuine. Accordingly, it would be helpful if the ministers could explain what powers local authorities will have to ensure that there is some compliance with the requirements of consultation and...

Scottish Parliament: Planning etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 2 — Development plans (15 Nov 2006)

Euan Robson: This is an important issue, which was discussed during consideration of the Housing (Scotland) Bill and the Planning etc (Scotland) Bill. There are anxieties among local communities but, equally, there are anxieties among students about ensuring that there is an adequate supply of accommodation. The problem with agreeing to the amendments in the group is that it could mean passing piecemeal...


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