Results 181–200 of 516 for speaker:Dennis Robertson

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Sector (Employment) (28 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support employment across the oil and gas sector. (S4O-03266)

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Sector (Employment) (28 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I thank the minister for his comprehensive answer and I look forward to him visiting my constituency in the future. I am sure that the minister will agree that, despite the Scottish Government’s efforts, we still do not seem to have enough young girls and women coming into the industry. Could he perhaps engage with the new Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment to...

Scottish Parliament: Local Authority Elections (Turnout) (28 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: What more can be done to encourage people from minority groups, especially those with disabilities, to engage in the democratic process and especially to become candidates, so that they can be elected in local authority and parliamentary elections?

Scottish Parliament: Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: It gives me great pleasure this afternoon to come to the chamber to introduce the Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill, which is more commonly known as the blue badges bill. The bill is designed to strengthen some of the enforcement aspects of the current legislation and to ensure that there is a statutory review in order to ensure that people who are entitled to a blue badge...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I thank members for taking part in the debate, and I thank the minister for responding to some of the issues that members raised. I can offer some degree of reassurance on the sensitivity of confiscations, which we discussed quite a lot with the review group. I have been reassured that training already exists in local authorities, such as disability awareness training and training on engaging...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Mr Stewart makes a valid point, and it is certainly something that the review group will consider. That is perhaps one aspect of trying to ensure that badge holders are aware of their responsibilities. I started on this journey about 18 months ago and in the time since then I have travelled across the country to engage with various groups, people with disabilities and COSLA representatives....

Scottish Parliament: Homecoming Scotland 2014 (15 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Does the member accept that, in this time of austerity, people are perhaps looking at how they spend their money and that that has nothing to do with good will? We send our good will and good wishes to all our neighbours, not just in the UK but in Europe and across the globe.

Scottish Parliament: Homecoming Scotland 2014 (15 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Does Christine Grahame acknowledge that it is open not only to people but, often, to people and their pets to enjoy the events that are taking place?

Scottish Parliament: Homecoming Scotland 2014 (15 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I appreciate that Mr Crawford may have had a heavy cold, but is he not aware of the great Scottish toddy, which could have assisted with his cold?

Scottish Parliament: Homecoming Scotland 2014 (15 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I am grateful to the Presiding Officer for bringing to my attention the fact that my request-to-speak button had switched off. That was probably due to my earlier intervention. In his opening few sentences, the minister mentioned the words “opportunity” and “glue”. The opportunities of homecoming provide the glue for many events that happen annually. I say gently to Hanzala Malik, for...

Scottish Parliament: Homecoming Scotland 2014 (15 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I have had absolutely no difficulty accessing many of our wonderful hostels and heritage sites, although I know that there are some places where that can be a problem. Through the work of organisations such as VisitScotland and the NTS, everything has been done to try to make venues accessible. The Commonwealth games will be a wonderful example of full...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Problems (School Pupils) (14 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: 2. To ask the Scottish Government whether teachers and school nurses have the appropriate skills to notice the early signs of mental health problems in primary and secondary school pupils. (S4O-03207)

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Problems (School Pupils) (14 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: The minister is probably aware that I have a particular interest in eating disorders. At the end of last year, I was privileged to open a conference raising awareness of eating disorders in schools, which was attended by school nurses and teachers. A programme was subsequently rolled out at Moray House. Does the minister believe that such programmes would enable our teachers and school nurses...

Scottish Parliament: Life Sciences ( 8 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Will the member acknowledge that the curriculum for excellence considers the talents of each individual pupil, and that that is the vehicle and the pathway for the students of the future to excel?

Scottish Parliament: Life Sciences ( 8 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I am grateful to my friends and colleagues Maureen Watt and Mark McDonald for mentioning the many areas of life sciences that can be found in Aberdeen, but I have had to rethink a couple of my opening remarks as a result. A wealth of life sciences can be found in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire; we have fantastic universities and, as Mark McDonald and Maureen Watt have pointed out, we also have...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Crime (Raptors) ( 6 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I am sure that all members are disappointed and saddened by recent wildlife crimes, especially those in Ross-shire. I begin by endorsing every sentence that Rob Gibson spoke this afternoon. In some respects, his speech is difficult to follow because everything has been said. However, the crime is not new and it has not gone away, and the criminals are sometimes fairly innovative in their...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Crime (Raptors) ( 6 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Does the minister agree that, with the start of the agricultural show season upon us, we have an opportunity to promote the consultation, to highlight wildlife crime and to specify how people can get involved?

Scottish Parliament: Responsible Dog Ownership ( 6 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Like other members, I congratulate both Kenneth Gibson and the Dogs Trust on bringing the debate to the chamber. My contribution to the debate is, I hope, as a responsible dog owner, although Mr Q may sometimes question that when I want to take him out in all conditions regardless of the weather. My point is a serious one, because it is about responsible dog owners. I was privileged to go to...

Scottish Parliament: Farming and Fishing (Impact of United Kingdom Government Ministers’ Actions) ( 1 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what impact it considers the actions of United Kingdom Government ministers at European level are having on Scotland’s farming and fishing industries. (S4O-03173)

Scottish Parliament: Farming and Fishing (Impact of United Kingdom Government Ministers’ Actions) ( 1 May 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Does the cabinet secretary agree that we can assure a better deal for our farmers and fishing fleets only by having a voice at the top table in Europe, through an independent Scotland?


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