Results 161–180 of 1474 for speaker:Euan Robson

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Future Needs) (18 May 2006)

Euan Robson: It is interesting that Mr Swinney talked about health boards being lazy. That may be his experience in his area, but I think that it is more about mindset. The point is to ensure that people understand that there are huge benefits to be had from sharing facilities and, where necessary, pooling the labour force in social care and health services. There is a great deal to do. I will return to...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Future Needs) (18 May 2006)

Euan Robson: That is precisely the kind of innovative solution that many local health and social work professionals would advocate and which I am sure can provide answers for the future. There is no doubt that sharing facilities leads to much more and better local services.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Future Needs) (18 May 2006)

Euan Robson: The Executive could assist with funding streams by ensuring that innovative approaches are promoted. We are not good at sharing best practice in Scotland. Mr Swinney mentioned an example of good practice and there are others in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire. I believe that if we were better at sharing good practice—in which there is a role for the Executive—we could ensure that the vision in...

Scottish Parliament: Planning etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 May 2006)

Euan Robson: I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the debate on behalf of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. I record my appreciation of the contribution made to the Communities Committee's deliberations by all the witnesses and I thank the clerks and convener for all the work that they put into drawing up the comprehensive stage 1 report. The bill is perhaps one of the most significant that...

Scottish Parliament: Planning etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 May 2006)

Euan Robson: I agree that there is such a difference. The consultation on the draft plan will involve scrutiny, which will be reported to Parliament. I anticipate that any draft of the NPF will be altered significantly as a result of the public engagement process. Liberal Democrats have reservations about how strategic development plans are to be developed. In essence, we believe that it should be a...

Scottish Parliament: Planning etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 May 2006)

Euan Robson: In that regard, I say that we welcome the minister's commitments and look forward to hearing what those detailed amendments are. I will be happy to discuss the matter with the member. The bill contains immensely important new developments, especially on affordable housing, on which the minister raised some points. Given the useful debate that the committee had on the subject, I believe that...

Scottish Parliament: Drugs and Hidden Harm (11 May 2006)

Euan Robson: We are all well aware of the links between drug abuse, poor health, low educational attainment and crime. If we need any reminder of the problem's cross-portfolio implications, we can find it in the ministerial foreword to "Hidden Harm—Next Steps: Supporting Children—Working With Parents", where no fewer than three ministers' faces grace the page. The impact of substance abuse is not...

Scottish Parliament: Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport: Social Care Workers (Recruitment) (11 May 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to continue programmes to increase the recruitment of social care workers. (S2O-9776)

Scottish Parliament: Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport: Social Care Workers (Recruitment) (11 May 2006)

Euan Robson: The minister will be aware of a series of adverts that are being run by NHS Scotland. What liaison arrangements does his department have in place to ensure that social care job opportunities are available to people who respond to the national health service campaign? Social care is clearly allied to the health professions.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Justice and Law Officers: Convicted Persons (Extradition) (4 May 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any precedents that bar a person from extradition to another country to face criminal charges following conviction for the same offence within Scotland. (S2O-9724)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Justice and Law Officers: Convicted Persons (Extradition) (4 May 2006)

Euan Robson: The Lord Advocate will be aware of the rule in Scots law that if a person is informed by the Crown that no criminal proceedings will be brought in respect of an alleged offence, that operates as a bar to any later prosecution. If a person has been so advised, does the rule also operate as a bar to extradition for a prosecution overseas in respect of the same alleged offence?

Scottish Parliament: Replacement of Trident (4 May 2006)

Euan Robson: It is worth stating at the outset that nuclear weapons are an evil of our time. The day that dawns when the last dreadful such arsenal is dismantled will be a day of deliverance not only for humankind, but for all life on the beautiful blue globe that is our planet. I am pleased to set out the Liberal Democrat approach to nuclear disarmament. In the 2005 UK general election, Liberal Democrats...

Scottish Parliament: Replacement of Trident (4 May 2006)

Euan Robson: No, we are not in favour of pre-emptive first strikes. I very much doubt that Bruce Crawford's characterisation of the position of other parties is a true reflection of their views. As the Trident missile system is a costly part of the UK's defence system, it is crucial that we have an informed public debate on the issue and that a decision is then taken by a vote in the House of Commons. For...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Dentistry: Dentistry (3 May 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered recruiting dentists from Canada to work in the National Health Service.

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Staff: NHS Staff (28 Apr 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether changes to the immigration rules for the recruitment of overseas professionals to the National Health Service will apply in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Staff: NHS Staff (28 Apr 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Home Office consulted the Health Department in Scotland before introducing new regulations on the recruitment of overseas professionals to the National Health Service.

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Staff: NHS Staff (28 Apr 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has carried out an assessment of the impact in Scotland of new regulations on the recruitment of overseas professionals to the National Health Service and, if so, whether it will publish the outcome of the assessment.

Scottish Parliament: Historic Environment Policy (27 Apr 2006)

Euan Robson: As declared in the register of members' interests, I am a life member of the National Trust for Scotland. I support the three outcomes that are stressed in SHEP 1. The care, protection and enhancement of the historic environment for today's generation and future generations is immensely important, as is increasing Scots' and visitors' appreciation and enjoyment of the historic environment. I...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Environment and Rural Development: Poultry and Egg Products (27 Apr 2006)

Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for discussions with supermarkets and other major retailers in respect of the sales of poultry and egg products. (S2O-9614)


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