Results 81–100 of 516 for speaker:Dennis Robertson

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

Dennis Robertson: I say again that those who use BSL are keen to promote the fact that doing so is not a marker of disability. There is disability legislation that ensures fuller access to other things, but we are talking about language, not disability.

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

Dennis Robertson: The member mentioned in his opening speech those who use deafblind manual. Sometimes a person who has used BSL because they are profoundly deaf has to amend or adjust their BSL or use the different language of deafblind manual because of degenerative sight loss. I can use deafblind manual and some BSL, but very little.

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

Dennis Robertson: I thank Mark Griffin for bringing the bill before Parliament. As someone who recently introduced a member’s bill to Parliament, I understand the workload that is involved, and he has my sympathy. This is an important bill and I welcome those in the public gallery, including the BSL users, who are here because they want to ensure that BSL is seen as a language, not as a marker of disability....

Scottish Parliament: North-east Mosses ( 5 May 2015)

Dennis Robertson: The minister would be more than welcome to come to Aberdeenshire West to see at first hand the mosses at Westhill. I am sure that the rector at Westhill academy would be delighted to extend an invitation to her to come to see how the curriculum works in his school.

Scottish Parliament: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (29 Apr 2015)

Dennis Robertson: The cabinet secretary has mentioned twice now that it is elected members who should be making decisions. Is she not therefore concerned that the UK Government sent unelected lords to the EU to make representations on fisheries on Scotland’s behalf?

Scottish Parliament: Multiple Sclerosis Week 2015 (29 Apr 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Presiding Officer, I shall heed your words and do my best. I am delighted to take part in the debate. When we talk about conditions such as MS, we sometimes think of their just being generic diseases and we forget that we are talking about individual people. MS is a disease that affects a person—that person deserves an individual, person-centred approach to their own life. When George Adam...

Scottish Parliament: Culture, Visitor Attractions and Events (Contribution to Economy and Society) (21 Apr 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I am lucky to represent the constituency of Aberdeenshire West, so it will come as no surprise to the cabinet secretary that I want to mention Huntly. In Huntly, they say that “The town is the venue”, because people there engage with the community. They take arts to the community, whether it be walking, painting or engagement with local folk music and dance, but that is the story in only...

Scottish Parliament: Culture, Visitor Attractions and Events (Contribution to Economy and Society) (21 Apr 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Not yet, but I can assure members that we have 12 castles and one palace, at Balmoral. Does my constituency sell itself? In some ways, it does. People come back to the area because of their clan origins. The other week, I was in Finzean—which is a name that I love saying in this chamber—at the Finzean estate. I was reminded that the Farquharsons have been there for only 400 years and was...

Scottish Parliament: Culture, Visitor Attractions and Events (Contribution to Economy and Society) (21 Apr 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I fully appreciate and understand what Liz Smith says, but people in the communities that I am talking about have seen that not as a barrier but as a challenge and an opportunity to move forward using the limited resources that are available in those communities. Instead of looking to the local council or the Government, they are asking what they can do to embrace their own heritage. We...

Scottish Parliament: Culture, Visitor Attractions and Events (Contribution to Economy and Society) (21 Apr 2015)

Dennis Robertson: The cabinet secretary has mentioned the hubs. Can she reassure us that as many venues as possible will be fully accessible, not just to people from poorer backgrounds but to people with disabilities? In my speech, I mentioned the importance of small local communities working together to ensure full inclusiveness.

Scottish Parliament: Autism ( 1 Apr 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Like my fellow colleagues, I congratulate Mark McDonald not just on bringing the debate to the chamber but on being a champion and an ambassador for autism and on raising awareness of the condition not just here in Parliament but in his home city of Aberdeen. I, too, welcome the guests who are in the public gallery and those who are live streaming the debate. Presiding Officer, you were...

Scottish Parliament: Autism ( 1 Apr 2015)

Dennis Robertson: As the minister was speaking, I was wondering whether there is the same awareness and training at our dental schools. I was thinking that, at a dental practice, there are bright lights and noise and sometimes very tactile invasion. Have people at dental school and dentists been made aware of the particular needs of people with autism?

Scottish Parliament: Group B Streptococcus (31 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I thank Margaret McDougall for bringing this very important debate to the chamber this evening. The death of any child is very traumatic for the parent, especially if it happens at a time when they should be in a state of joy and celebration. I cannot imagine what it would be like to have a newborn or a small infant die when everyone else is hoping to celebrate. It must have been a dreadful...

Scottish Parliament: Group B Streptococcus (31 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Obviously, making parents aware is paramount, as well. Does Margaret McCulloch agree that the Scottish Government is listening to the Public Petitions Committee and is revisiting the information on the “Ready Steady Baby!” website and that that is to be welcomed?

Scottish Parliament: Group B Streptococcus (31 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Does the minister agree that, in relation to reducing the anxiety of the parents, it is perhaps better to test, given the risk to the unborn child of an expectant mother’s high anxiety?

Scottish Parliament: Health Inequalities (26 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I begin by commending Duncan McNeil for his excellent speech, which set the tone for this debate. In doing so, I say that I think that all the conveners have taken on board their respective portfolios and considered how they can look towards the health inequalities that exist. I want to focus on a few measures that I think make a difference. I believe that free eye tests make a difference to...

Scottish Parliament: Health Inequalities (26 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Similarly, those with physical impairments are constantly disadvantaged because of their housing situation and our environment. We need to resolve those inequalities.

Scottish Parliament: Health Inequalities (26 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Does the minister also commend the work of the cross-party groups in the Parliament?

Scottish Parliament: Economy (25 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Economy (25 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: On 7 May, the people have a choice to make. They will vote for more austerity from the Tories, more austerity from the Labour Party, more austerity from the Lib Dems or a new way from the SNP, which will be able to influence the direction of travel in the hung Parliament. Nicola Sturgeon has the highest poll ratings, even in England. We have another choice: Osborne, Balls or John Swinney to...


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