Results 61–80 of 516 for speaker:Dennis Robertson

Scottish Parliament: Creative Industries (Economic Impact) ( 3 Sep 2015)

Dennis Robertson: The clock is ticking. It gives me great pleasure to wind up the debate. I will focus on the cabinet secretary’s comments towards the end of her speech. There is excitement in the sector, but there is also frustration. Throughout the debate and from the witnesses we heard from in committee there was hope, excitement and ambition for the industry. When I listened to Patrick Harvie, I was...

Scottish Parliament: Health (10 Jun 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Just yesterday, directors of finance from some of our NHS boards gave evidence to the Heath and Sport Committee, and at one point I started to feel very sorry for them because of the complexity of their job—so many people are knocking on the doors of finance directors of our NHS boards. Quite rightly, people put forward their case—just as Jim Hume did a second ago—and the minister...

Scottish Parliament: Health (10 Jun 2015)

Dennis Robertson: That proves my point to some extent, because we have interpretation. The issue will be about our coming together to try to make improvements. Our nurses—perhaps in orthopaedics or paediatrics—may have particular opinions: some specialist nurses may feel that there should be more of them. Clinicians also say that they should have more facilities and resources. They are probably all right....

Scottish Parliament: Health (10 Jun 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Here we are. It is about coming together, how we come together, what we discuss and what we interpret as being the possible outcomes. We are all trying to say that we want the best possible outcomes for all patients, regardless of their age, because they are important. I would certainly like to see more services in primary care, through GP practices, specialist nurses, practitioner nurses and...

Scottish Parliament: Health (10 Jun 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Does the member agree that every voice should be equal in the debate on the NHS and that it does not matter whether it comes from a consultant, a porter, a nurse or a patient, because it should be heard in the same way?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Can Do ( 2 Jun 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Does the member acknowledge that university is not the only route to success for entrepreneurs? A lot of young people with many diverse talents may seek a different pathway.

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Can Do ( 2 Jun 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Our biggest asset is our people. There is no doubt about that. Our people are as diverse as the opportunities that are there for them. The oil and gas industry is probably the largest industry in my constituency of Aberdeenshire West. However, it would not survive without the diversity and support of the other pieces of infrastructure in that chain, right down to the people who open a...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Can Do ( 2 Jun 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Does Murdo Fraser agree that there should be a partnership and that it is the role not just of the Government but of business, Government and all sectors working together to ensure that such work happens?

Scottish Parliament: Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (27 May 2015)

Dennis Robertson: If anyone could have influenced me to support the bill, it would have been Margo MacDonald, but she failed to do so. That is strange because, when the previous bill on the subject was debated in Parliament, I was not a member of Parliament, and I was astonished by the vote—I could not think why so many people had voted against Margo’s bill. This time, I thought that I could support the...

Scottish Parliament: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (14 May 2015)

Dennis Robertson: The First Minister will be aware of the recent announcement by Subsea 7 in my constituency of more than 400 job losses to the energy sector. That is on top of job losses that have been announced over the last few weeks. Will the First Minister consider meeting with the energy sector in the north-east to ensure that we do not have a situation in which job losses mean that we cannot fulfil our...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Apprenticeship Week (13 May 2015)

Dennis Robertson: We are here to celebrate the opportunities for people who are going into apprenticeships. I have listened very carefully to other members on areas in which opportunities are perhaps not as equal. There is a perception out there that people with disabilities perhaps cannot achieve the same as those without a disability. However, we have to look at the opportunities that exist. In my...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Apprenticeship Week (13 May 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I certainly welcome the funding. Does the minister agree that, in trying to address the equality circle, we should look more closely at the education and careers advice on the opportunities that are available for young people when they are leaving education and moving into work?

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Awareness (See Me in Work) (13 May 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I thank Liam McArthur for bringing this very important debate to the chamber, but I was a bit disappointed that he decided to bring politics into it. I will not rise to that bait, though, because I think that what we are debating is too important an issue. I remember that, as a responsible employer—I believe and hope that I still am—in social work, one of the things that I was very keen...

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Awareness (See Me in Work) (13 May 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Did the Parliament not undergo a programme with its staff similar to the see me in work programme two years ago, when Mary Scanlon was a member of the SPCB?

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health Awareness (See Me in Work) (13 May 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Does the minister agree that a mental illness is sometimes caused by the workplace itself and that, in some cases, an adjustment needs to be made to enable the person in question to move on?

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 5 May 2015)

Dennis Robertson: The member is aware that we have signers in Parliament today. Will he perhaps slow down slightly in order that the interpreter can keep up?

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 5 May 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Will Margaret McCulloch take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 5 May 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Does Gordon MacDonald agree that we should encourage not only schools, but youth groups such as the scouts, the girl guides and others to learn BSL in order to communicate with people who use the language?

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 5 May 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I advise Stewart Stevenson that members of the BSL community can usually tell which part of Scotland or Britain someone comes from because of the different way in which they use the language. I was taught BSL by someone from Glasgow, and he had to vary the teaching to take account of some of the language differences in Aberdeen. As BSL is a visual language, I could present, but I could not...

Scottish Parliament: British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 5 May 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Does Dr Simpson accept that the BSL community suggests that BSL is a language and not a marker of disability, and hopes that the bill will promote that fact?


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