Results 501–516 of 516 for speaker:Dennis Robertson

Scottish Parliament: Digital Infrastructure ( 6 Oct 2011)

Dennis Robertson: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making on improving the digital infrastructure. (S4O-00239)

Scottish Parliament: Digital Infrastructure ( 6 Oct 2011)

Dennis Robertson: Will the cabinet secretary acknowledge that priority must be given to remote and rural areas that have little connectivity or achieve speeds below 1Mbps? We have heard from the Federation of Small Businesses and the hospitality industry that it is essential to bring areas with no or limited connectivity up to a high speed.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service (Rest Breaks) ( 6 Oct 2011)

Dennis Robertson: Can the cabinet secretary provide an update on the work that has been carried out by her, the Scottish Ambulance Service and others to deliver a retained ambulance service in Braemar?

Scottish Parliament: Cancer Drugs (29 Sep 2011)

Dennis Robertson: The debate is an emotive one. I thank Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Macmillan Cancer Support and Myeloma UK for their briefing. Murdo Fraser used the word “morally” in the context of deciding whether we should have a cancer drugs fund in Scotland, but my challenge to him would be that I think it slightly immoral to challenge the competency of the SMC in the work that it does. The cabinet...

Scottish Parliament: Single Police Force (Allocation of Resources) (29 Sep 2011)

Dennis Robertson: 8. To ask the Scottish Government how the creation of a single police force will benefit the allocation of police resources throughout Scotland. (S4O-00231)

Scottish Parliament: Single Police Force (Allocation of Resources) (29 Sep 2011)

Dennis Robertson: The cabinet secretary is probably aware that Balmoral is in my constituency. Will the funding of policing for royal visits to Balmoral come from the national resource, and will police be deployed to Balmoral from other areas?

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (28 Sep 2011)

Dennis Robertson: I welcome the debate and am positive about it. I welcome many of the minister’s comments, and Alison McInnes’s amendment. There is a lot to be done, but a lot has already been achieved, not just by the current Government but by the previous Executives. We have to applaud the work that has been done by the Government and Parliament. However, we recognise that there is still a lot to do,...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (28 Sep 2011)

Dennis Robertson: In that case, Presiding Officer, I will conclude.

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Services (Procurement) (15 Sep 2011)

Dennis Robertson: I declare an interest, as I worked in the social care sector for more than 30 years. As a member of the third sector, I was very much involved in working with a local authority on service procurement. I applaud Jackie Baillie for not apportioning blame—thank you, Jackie. That was reassuring to hear. We must consider what is essential in procuring services for our people who require social...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Services (Procurement) (15 Sep 2011)

Dennis Robertson: I do not believe that we should compromise quality at any time. I thank the Labour Party for bringing the motion to the Parliament.

Scottish Parliament: Care Homes (15 Sep 2011)

Dennis Robertson: Will the cabinet secretary confirm that the minimum qualification for care workers and residential staff will be Scottish vocational qualification level 2 and consider whether those in supervisory roles should have SVQ level 3 and those in management positions an appropriate management qualification?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government’s Legislative Programme ( 8 Sep 2011)

Dennis Robertson: I want to take a few seconds to congratulate the communications and media team on the new sound system in the chamber. I certainly feel the benefit of its improved quality, and I think that we should acknowledge the work that the communications and media team has done over the recess. I also want to take the unusual step of congratulating Alex Johnstone. I might not do it too often, but in...

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward: Education and Lifelong Learning (16 Jun 2011)

Dennis Robertson: Given that time is quite tight, I will do my best to be brief and concise. I congratulate Total on its awards event at Our Dynamic Earth yesterday. It was a great privilege to be there and it was a terrific example of what our young people do. Primary school children from all over Scotland brought forward, with great enthusiasm, exciting and innovative projects on renewables, recycling and...

Scottish Parliament: Caring for Scotland’s Older People ( 9 Jun 2011)

Dennis Robertson: I declare an interest in the debate, in that I worked in the social care sector for just over 30 years, and my mother-in-law is currently in a Southern Cross residential home. I want to consider prevention and the resources that are available. Prevention is by far the most important aspect for me. If we can prevent many of the things that happen to our older people—for example, trips and...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Schools ( 9 Jun 2011)

Dennis Robertson: I welcome the forthcoming moratorium and recognise that the cabinet secretary has acknowledged that there is stress and anguish around any closure. In my constituency, two schools—Clatt and Logie Coldstone—were earmarked for closure, which caused a lot of anguish and stress within the community. Parents felt that schools were closing for financial reasons only. Can the cabinet secretary...

Scottish Parliament: Green Energy ( 2 Jun 2011)

Dennis Robertson: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I congratulate you on your appointment. As the constituency member for Aberdeenshire West, about 70 per cent of which is made up of the former West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine constituency, I pay tribute to Mike Rumbles, who served as the MSP for that constituency. Mike was a hard-working constituency MSP. He challenged the Government on many occasions, but I...


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