Results 101–120 of 1474 for speaker:Euan Robson

Scottish Parliament: Learn to Sign Week (4 Oct 2006)

Euan Robson: I am slightly reluctant to follow that remark. I add my congratulations to Cathie Craigie on securing the debate and extend to her my compliments for her efforts as the convener of the cross-party group on deafness. The motion is welcome. We should indeed commend the work of the British Deaf Association, especially its efforts to extend the use of British Sign Language. As the motion says,...

Scottish Parliament: Right to Buy (28 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: Is the minister in a position to say whether any implications for the 2012 homelessness target arise from the report, or is it too early to say? Also, will he confirm that pressured area status can apply to a housing type? Is the pressured area mechanism sophisticated enough to deal with an acute shortage of a certain type of property in an area—say, four-bedroom houses—but a surplus of...

Scottish Parliament: Trident (28 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: I am pleased to restate Liberal Democrats' views on the Trident missile system: we believe in the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons. We are clear that the Trident system must form a part of multilateral arms reduction talks. As Mike Rumbles said, we see a key role for the UK Government in bringing about such talks. Last year, the nuclear non-proliferation treaty review conference...

Scottish Parliament: Trident (28 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: Mr Rumbles made his own position clear. It is hard to understand the haste with which the UK Government seems to wish to proceed to a decision on replacement. In June 2006, a House of Commons Defence Committee report on the future of the UK strategic nuclear deterrent apparently stated that no binding decision needs to be made before 2014. Alasdair Morgan's point that the obsolescence of the...

Scottish Parliament: Trident (28 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: Yes, I will certainly take that posture and seek to persuade my colleagues, as Bill Butler will hear. It would be entirely acceptable for this Parliament to be involved in a national debate; I see no reason why we should not be. The debate would inform the public of the key questions. Precisely against whom is the current system targeted or would a replacement system be targeted? I find it...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (25 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what account is taken when national statistics are compiled of the achievements of secondary school pupils on courses other than those leading to public examinations.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (25 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what recommendations HM Inspectorate of Education has made about incorporating achievement of secondary school pupils on courses other than those leading to public examinations when national statistics are compiled.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Agriculture: Agriculture (21 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the Rural Stewardship Scheme.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Taxation: Taxation (21 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive at what level of income a parent forum or parent council becomes liable to pay corporation tax.

Scottish Parliament: Maternity Services (Aberdeenshire) (20 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Care Inquiry (20 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: I welcome the opportunity to debate the report. I think that it was the minister who said that it is the first major piece of post-legislative scrutiny in the Scottish Parliament, and it is all the more welcome for that. The Health Committee has conducted a thorough and timely investigation into the introduction of free personal care in Scotland that also considered the care commission and...

Scottish Parliament: Care Inquiry (20 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: The member anticipates what I am about to say in a minute or two, but he makes a valid point. I will return to the funding difficulties in a moment. I turn now to differing interpretations of the guidance, especially around the preparation of meals. It is clear that there is ambiguity, which should be removed. As far as I can tell, there are three general interpretations: that meals will be...

Scottish Parliament: Care Inquiry (20 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: I agree. Equally, local authorities should have come to a common interpretation of the guidance from the start; they might have done so. Which comes first is clearly a matter for debate. I welcome the general review that the Executive is undertaking, but I urge the minister to ensure that it looks closely at local authorities that have particular funding difficulties, especially in the light...

Scottish Parliament: Health (14 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: As has rightly been said, the debate takes place in the context of the Kerr report. It is helpful to have on record Shona Robison's opening remarks on that report, which, to be fair, were a repetition of what the SNP said when the Parliament debated it and "Delivering for Health". As the minister said, the Kerr report was accepted by the Parliament.

Scottish Parliament: Health (14 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: I do not dissent from the point that Shona Robison made—that the report is about delivering more services locally. Of course, it is also about service redesign, and Kerr envisages change; we cannot escape that conclusion. In fact, I would go so far as to say that redesign of services would take place even if there had been no Kerr report and the subsequent Executive response. We know full...

Scottish Parliament: Health (14 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: That is precisely the point that I am trying to get at. There have been exhaustive consultations, endless meetings and endless documents but—let us come to the point—the board has made up its mind in advance. However, if it had said at the outset what its proposal was, rather than saying that no conclusion had been drawn and that the consultation was open, consultees would be clear about...

Scottish Parliament: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (13 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: I am pleased that the bill has reached its stage 1 debate. I lived with it for more than two years after the Scottish Parliament opened, when I was in the Education Department, and I consider it to be one of the more important pieces of legislation that we will deal with in this Parliament. I would like to express my appreciation of the work of the adoption policy review group and...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Anthrax: Anthrax (11 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the press statement of 16 August 2006 by Health Protection Scotland, when tests to identify the responsible disease were commenced at specialist laboratories in England following the death in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 8 July 2006 of a man from the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Anthrax: Anthrax (11 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive at which specialist laboratories in England diagnostic tests were carried out following the death in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 8 July 2006 of a man from the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Anthrax: Anthrax (11 Sep 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what complex and time-consuming tests, as described in the press statement of 16 August 2006 by Health Protection Scotland, were undertaken by specialist laboratories following the death in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 8 July 2006 of a man from the Scottish Borders.


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