Results 101–120 of 516 for speaker:Dennis Robertson

Scottish Parliament: Economy (25 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Let us look at who has been paying the price for the remarkable and superb term of office for which the Conservatives and the Lib Dems are applauding themselves. It is the most vulnerable and poorest in our society. Let us look at the welfare cuts and the sanctions that the Department for Work and Pensions has imposed in Scotland. Who stepped in to try to mitigate some of their impact? The...

Scottish Parliament: Economy (25 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Mr Macdonald criticises what we have not said. He has not said what his view is on Trident or what Labour spending would be on Trident.

Scottish Parliament: Teacher Recruitment and Retention (Aberdeenshire) (18 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: 10. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met Aberdeenshire Council to discuss the recruitment and retention of teachers. (S4O-04133)

Scottish Parliament: Teacher Recruitment and Retention (Aberdeenshire) (18 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I thank the cabinet secretary for that information. She is probably aware that many of the schools in my constituency of Aberdeenshire West are quite rural. There used to be a threat that some smaller schools would be closed because of a lack of pupils. Obviously, we want to ensure that we do not have any school closures because of a lack of teachers in rural schools. Will the cabinet...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in Europe (17 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Does the minister agree that there is still more to be done within the domestic market to encourage small and medium-sized businesses to look at the potential for export within the European market?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in Europe (17 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Europe is complex. I sometimes wonder whether the complexity of Europe in people’s minds means that, when it comes to the election of our MEPs, people stay at home. In the referendum, 85 per cent of people went to the polls, because they were energised and excited and they had something that they believed that they could take part in. For many, Europe seems to be somewhere else, which is...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in Europe (17 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I always appreciate interventions from my friend and colleague Stewart Stevenson. The opportunities exist for us to embrace the cultural aspect of Europe and to ensure that our young people take the opportunities that are before them. We often hear about the oil and gas industry, especially in the north-east of Scotland. Some people say that there is a crisis. There is no crisis. The problem...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in Europe (17 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Does Clare Adamson agree that although Scotland makes an important contribution to Europe, Europe makes an important contribution to Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in Europe (17 Mar 2015)

Dennis Robertson: The minister is outlining many of the positive aspects of being in Europe—and there are many. Why is it, then, that people seem to be disengaged when it comes to voting in European elections? We have these absolutely positive benefits of being members of the European Union, but we do not seem to be getting that message across. Who is failing?

Scottish Parliament: Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015 (24 Feb 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I heard it said recently that describing anorexia nervosa as an eating disorder is like describing lung cancer as a cough. Does Jim Hume agree that we should move away from using the term “eating disorder” and state what it is—mental illness?

Scottish Parliament: Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015 (24 Feb 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I appreciate what the minister has said. With reference to the figures, can he advise us whether those who are presenting with eating disorders are being seen, and seen appropriately? The minister referred to the 2006 guidance. Several young people have died, and I suggest that the implementation of that guidance is not universal.

Scottish Parliament: Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015 (24 Feb 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I thank all the members who supported the motion in order for me to secure the debate. I welcome to the gallery members of Diabetics with Eating Disorders who will participate in an event in committee room 4 after the debate. Prior to the debate, I asked myself why—why am I doing this? The answer is really quite simple. We need to continue raising awareness within the medical profession of...

Scottish Parliament: Stroke Survivors (Support) (17 Feb 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I start with an apology to you, Presiding Officer, and to Margaret Mitchell and other members, as I will have to leave the debate early for another engagement. I am grateful to Margaret Mitchell for bringing the debate to the chamber. As the convener of the cross-party group on heart disease and stroke, I am very much aware of the story that Margaret Mitchell has presented to the Parliament...

Scottish Parliament: Roads in Rural Areas (Gritting) (29 Jan 2015)

Dennis Robertson: 8. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to ensure that roads in rural areas are gritted. (S4O-03968)

Scottish Parliament: Roads in Rural Areas (Gritting) (29 Jan 2015)

Dennis Robertson: The minister will be aware that there has recently been a significant increase in road traffic incidents in my constituency of Aberdeenshire West, and there have been a couple of fatalities. That is sometimes due to the condition of the roads. Can the minister reassure me and my constituents that everything is being done to ensure that roads are maintained to a suitable standard for people...

Scottish Parliament: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (27 Jan 2015)

Dennis Robertson: With partnership action for continuing employment, the partnership aspect is very pertinent. We must look at how we use that partnership within the communities where we live and the constituencies that we represent. Murdo Fraser raised the important aspect in his speech of the smaller agencies and companies—the small and medium-sized businesses. At the PACE conference in February 2014,...

Scottish Parliament: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (27 Jan 2015)

Dennis Robertson: Will the member join me in congratulating Stephen Boyd of the STUC on the work that he does? He has been working in partnership with the Government. At last February’s conference, he was involved in the workshop on how to develop partnership working within and between the Government and local authorities.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service 2020 Vision (22 Jan 2015)

Dennis Robertson: I declare an interest as a patient and as someone who uses the acute and primary services in our healthcare system. I also declare an interest as someone who uses the social care services of the voluntary or third sector. It is important to acknowledge that, both from my own perspective but also on behalf of the rest of the members of this Parliament, because we are all users of those...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service 2020 Vision (22 Jan 2015)

Dennis Robertson: There is a presumption about why GPs do not make referrals, but again that is something that GPs themselves have to identify. If they are not referring because of a lack of resources, they need to consider their duty of care to their patients. Many good things are happening in the health service, and I certainly think that the 2020 vision is the way forward. When I heard that there was going...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service 2020 Vision (22 Jan 2015)

Dennis Robertson: During the ageing process, our vision, our hearing and our other physical abilities begin to deteriorate, and it is important that we go to the appropriate service to ensure that we keep as well as possible.


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