Results 41–60 of 516 for speaker:Dennis Robertson

Scottish Parliament: Alford Community Campus (30 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I thank the cabinet secretary for that positive answer. I am sure that the families of Alford are absolutely delighted with that new development because it will bring a community library and a swimming pool. Will the cabinet secretary confirm that superfast broadband will also go to the Alford community campus and the wider Alford community?

Scottish Parliament: World Health Organization (25 by 2025 Framework) (29 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I thank all the members who signed the motion to enable the debate to take place. In your introduction to the debate, Presiding Officer, you probably said it better than I am going to: we are debating the 25 by 2025 framework, which is a World Health Organization initiative to reduce the number of deaths from non-communicable diseases, which are generally known as NCDs. What are they? They...

Scottish Parliament: World Health Organization (25 by 2025 Framework) (29 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: The minister will welcome the forthcoming report from the British Heart Foundation and Richmond that will come out by March next year. It will look at all the figures in the 25 by 2025 framework that are pertinent to Scotland. That will help to shape the Government’s objectives and forward-looking strategies.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Challenges and Opportunities) (23 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Alex Rowley has just asked for leadership and he asked us what we can do. I echo Nigel Don’s remark that we, as consumers, have a responsibility to ensure that we do our bit to protect our farming industry. Let us look in detail at the fairer framework for farming. We need to look at how produce leaves the farm and the producers and gets to market and to the plate for consumption. Just last...

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill (17 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I welcome all our guests to our gallery this afternoon. I also welcome those who are in the overspill room. I am not sure when we last had to use the overspill room for a debate in the Parliament. It gives me great pleasure to thank Mark Griffin for introducing the bill. Rhoda Grant described this as a proud moment, and I sincerely hope that Mr Griffin will have that sense of pride come 5...

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill (17 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: The member will acknowledge that we have signers in the gallery. One aspect of being able to sign to ensure that all the words are passed over to those in the gallery, and those who are watching on video, is perhaps the speed of presentation.

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill (17 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Does the member feel that the new video relay system that has been rolled out to more public services could avoid appointments with constituents being delayed?

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill (17 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Will Dr Allan also thank the parliamentary staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure that all the deaf and deafblind people in the gallery and the overspill area have been adequately looked after, with their requirements accommodated?

Scottish Parliament: Blue Badge Scheme (Eligibility Criteria) (16 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I thank Duncan McNeil for bringing this important topic to the chamber. The member will recall that I was very much involved in blue badge issues through my member’s bill, the Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill. At that time, we were looking at enforcement. We did not look at the eligibility criteria, but we ensured that reviews were part of the bill, so that local...

Scottish Parliament: Blue Badge Scheme (Eligibility Criteria) (16 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Blue Badge Scheme (Eligibility Criteria) (16 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I am grateful to my friend and colleague Mark McDonald. Mr McDonald mentioned families. If a person has an autistic child or a child with Down’s syndrome, it is often more than just that child who has to be considered on trips; others have to be considered, as well. We are therefore looking at not just the child’s safety but maybe that of other family members.

Scottish Parliament: Blue Badge Scheme (Eligibility Criteria) (16 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Blue Badge Scheme (Eligibility Criteria) (16 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I thank the minister. I hope that the minister, in setting out a timetable, will take on board the results of the consultation and maybe consider how cognitive assessments might be included in the context of eligibility for badges. I hope that the minister acknowledges that we are not seeking blue badge eligibility for every person with Down’s syndrome or every person with autism. A...

Scottish Parliament: North Sea (15 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Can the minister expand on what he said in his statement on the work of the energy jobs task force and say what work it is doing and what work it expects to do in the near future?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (Progress) ( 8 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (Progress) ( 8 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I found some of the speeches quite depressing in that we seem to be saying, in some areas, “We must do better” or “We don’t have.” We have a vibrant community in Scotland. We have demonstrated that Scotland is on the move in many industries. We have a can-do attitude. The cabinet secretary launched the can do innovation forum for the entrepreneurs of the future and has invested...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (Progress) ( 8 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Not at the moment. The rail infrastructure project between Aberdeen and Inverness is certainly on track. We will have the Kintore station by 2019. There are jobs in that industry. We have a new campus at Alford, which is in my constituency. Again, jobs are being created in the construction industry. In my constituency, the food and drink sector is also booming. With the increase in the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (Progress) ( 8 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Progress is happening. I will close with that.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (Progress) ( 8 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (Progress) ( 8 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: With regard to the strategy, does the member accept that the Oil and Gas Authority, which is led by Andy Samuel, was convened by the Westminster Government and that it is a question of working with both Governments to ensure the best outcomes for the oil and gas industry for the future?


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