Results 21–40 of 516 for speaker:Dennis Robertson

Scottish Parliament: Flooding (12 Jan 2016)

Dennis Robertson: I associate myself with the Deputy First Minister’s comments on the work of the councils, the emergency services and the army of volunteers. The Deputy First Minister has visited Ballater and is very much aware of the situation there. I welcome the announcement that moneys will be made available for the repair of the road between Ballater and Braemar. In my constituency, the area between...

Scottish Parliament: Flooding ( 5 Jan 2016)

Dennis Robertson: I echo the words of the Deputy First Minister in congratulating the emergency services, the council workers and the army of volunteers in Ballater and Aboyne. Yesterday, I was in Ballater again. The people there appreciated Mr Swinney’s visit, but they are asking who is going to help with the clean-up. There are caravans and cars in gardens—someone needs to recover those and dispose of...

Scottish Parliament: Public Services, Inequality and the Economy ( 5 Jan 2016)

Dennis Robertson: The member has just mentioned a jobs crisis in the North Sea oil industry. There is no crisis. We have just extracted more oil than ever before in the North Sea. [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament: Public Services, Inequality and the Economy ( 5 Jan 2016)

Dennis Robertson: We have the most skilled workforce in the North Sea and the industry is booming.

Scottish Parliament: Public Services, Inequality and the Economy ( 5 Jan 2016)

Dennis Robertson: Like other members, I extend to everyone my best wishes for 2016. I begin by looking at our public services. I commend the work that has been going on in my constituency during the flood crisis in Ballater and the surrounding areas. We have seen the public services—our ambulance, police and fire and rescue services—working in a co-ordinated way, along with our council workers and an army...

Scottish Parliament: Public Services, Inequality and the Economy ( 5 Jan 2016)

Dennis Robertson: There is much to be proud of with this Scottish Government and the aspirations that we have for the future.

Scottish Parliament: Farmers (Assistance) (10 Dec 2015)

Dennis Robertson: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to assist farmers. (S4O-04931)

Scottish Parliament: Farmers (Assistance) (10 Dec 2015)

Dennis Robertson: At a recent meeting in Thainstone, in my constituency, I met farmers and suppliers, who expressed concerns that the banks are not issuing overdrafts or bridging loans to suppliers. In particular, banks are not meeting suppliers to discuss overdraft facilities. I know that the cabinet secretary has met farmers and the banks to look at the issue. What can he do to allay the fears and concerns...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Equalities Guidance) (10 Dec 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Does the cabinet secretary share my concern, which Guide Dogs Scotland has also expressed, that people with significant visual impairments, dementia and mobility problems cannot orientate themselves through shared spaces because there are no significant landmarks?

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care ( 9 Dec 2015)

Dennis Robertson: If there is anything that we can actually agree on in the chamber this afternoon, it is that we can all congratulate the workforce of the health and social care sectors. We can also agree that there are challenges in all sectors. Nanette Milne said that her knowledge and experience lie in the NHS; to an extent, my knowledge and experience are more in the care sector, having worked in it for...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care ( 9 Dec 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care ( 9 Dec 2015)

Dennis Robertson: The member has said that budgets are very important, but is having a culture change that works alongside those budgets not just as important?

Scottish Parliament: Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 8 Dec 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Can the cabinet secretary confirm whether the groups that will be trained will include appropriate interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing?

Scottish Parliament: Marischal Square ( 8 Dec 2015)

Dennis Robertson: As the minister said, local democracy matters. Nanette Milne said that only 44 submissions came in against the planning, but many hundreds of people were out in protest. The council ignored democracy.

Scottish Parliament: Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc and Care) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 1 Dec 2015)

Dennis Robertson: There has been a lot of focus on part 1 of the bill, and I make no apology for focusing a lot of my attention on it, too. It is interesting to hear confessions from colleagues; that puts things into context for me. I take on board what John Mason said about striking a balance between health promotion and choice, but we have a long way to go if we are to achieve our objective of reducing...

Scottish Parliament: Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc and Care) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 1 Dec 2015)

Dennis Robertson: That is a very interesting approach. I believe that even when smoking becomes habitual, there is still an element of choice that can to some extent enable the person to move on from the addiction, with the appropriate treatments and so on, so I am not quite sure that choice is not still available in such cases. Malcolm Chisholm mentioned Professor Bauld from the University of Stirling, who...

Scottish Parliament: Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc and Care) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 1 Dec 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I would be wary of trying to assign issues around the SSSC and disciplinary procedures to this bill.

Scottish Parliament: Universities (28 Oct 2015)

Dennis Robertson: To an extent, it is strange that we are having this debate. I am not a member of the Education and Culture Committee or the Finance Committee, but my understanding is that the Education and Culture Committee has had one evidence session on the bill. We are far from having a report from the committee that we can discuss in a stage 1 debate. I listened to the cabinet secretary and I think that...

Scottish Parliament: Island Communities ( 6 Oct 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I welcome the opportunity to take part in the debate. Like many other speakers, I am not an islander, although I have had the privilege of visiting islands on many occasions and for many reasons. When I worked for Guide Dogs, I had the great privilege of working in Shetland, Orkney, Mull and one or two other islands to assess people for guide dogs. I think that we still have guide dogs in...

Scottish Parliament: Alford Community Campus (30 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Scottish Futures Trust about progress being made on the Alford community campus. (S4O-04645)


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