Results 141–160 of 516 for speaker:Dennis Robertson

Scottish Parliament: Deaf Children (Educational Disadvantage) (11 Dec 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I thank Kenneth Gibson for bringing this debate to the chamber, and I welcome our guests in the public gallery. I suggest that this debate is not only about them and their aspirations but about how we as politicians can—I hope—meet their needs. Kenneth Gibson was right to say that being deaf does not mean that someone has a learning disability. We have to get away from the perception that...

Scottish Parliament: Deaf Children (Educational Disadvantage) (11 Dec 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Does the minister accept that it is also important that we have the right pre-school system in place for deaf children? We expect children who are not deaf to learn language skills before they go to school, and deaf children require support at pre-school level—at that early stage of language development.

Scottish Parliament: Deaf Children (Educational Disadvantage) (11 Dec 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Deaf Children (Educational Disadvantage) (11 Dec 2014)

Dennis Robertson: It is a point of clarification.

Scottish Parliament: Smith Commission (10 Dec 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Is the cabinet secretary as disappointed as I am to have heard that Iain Duncan Smith has already said that he is not prepared to change his mind with regard to the work programme?

Scottish Parliament: Smith Commission (10 Dec 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Will Murdo Fraser give way?

Scottish Parliament: Smith Commission (10 Dec 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Alex Rowley mentioned Donald Dewar and the fact that we are on a journey. I agree. Devolution from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament is part of that journey; the devolution from the Scottish Parliament to local government is a journey that is also taking place. When some members mentioned the devolution of tax and welfare, I firmly believe that they are misleading the public. If we want...

Scottish Parliament: Smith Commission (10 Dec 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Not at the moment. I fully support the powers that we have and the powers that are coming down—I sincerely hope that the agreement that we have will lead to those powers coming down. I welcome Margaret Curran’s intervention and the idea that those powers that can come to Scotland a bit quicker should do so. We should all welcome those powers. There is probably one section in our society...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2014-15 (27 Nov 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Yes. That is why Sir Ian Wood’s report is exciting, but we need to be inclusive, fair and equal. My plea to the Government is this: look at the people in our communities who have disabilities and give them a chance.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2014-15 (27 Nov 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I am sure that many Liberals out there are scratching their heads, thinking, “Home rule? What we’ve got from the Smith commission is nothing like home rule.” Alison McInnes may be a Liberal Democrat, but she is not the sort of Liberal that once fought for home rule. I associate myself with everything that Rob Gibson said about land reform; indeed, I was going to speak about it, but I...

Scottish Parliament: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (20 Nov 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Will the First Minister provide reassurance that all the appropriate steps have been taken to ensure safety and wellbeing at Donaldson’s school, Scotland’s national school for the deaf?

Scottish Parliament: Rural National Health Service Boards (Clinical Staff) (19 Nov 2014)

Dennis Robertson: With the Government’s emphasis on moving patients away from the acute services into primary care, what steps is it taking to recruit and retain nurses and health visitors in rural communities such as mine, Aberdeenshire West?

Scottish Parliament: Mental Health (Treatment) (13 Nov 2014)

Dennis Robertson: In this week of remembrance, does the minister agree that organisations such as HorseBack UK are to be congratulated on providing mental health services for veterans? It is a most unusual, but very therapeutic service.

Scottish Parliament: Accessible Tourism (25 Sep 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I congratulate the minister on moving on to talk about people with disabilities rather than disabled people, because that in itself is a very positive step forward.

Scottish Parliament: Accessible Tourism (25 Sep 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Graeme Dey highlighted that there is a BSL signer here this afternoon. Can I perhaps make a gentle, respectful point? Speed speech is very difficult for someone with BSL to keep up with.

Scottish Parliament: Accessible Tourism (25 Sep 2014)

Dennis Robertson: In my intervention on the minister, I made a point about the phrase “people with disabilities”, because it is important to recognise that we must put people first. It is people who have a disability or an impairment. It is easy—I have done it many a time and I have no doubt that I will do it again, perhaps even this afternoon—to use the word “disabled” before the word “people”...

Scottish Parliament: Accessible Tourism (25 Sep 2014)

Dennis Robertson: We should be up front about what we mean by accessibility. It should be what it states that it is: accessible.

Scottish Parliament: Accessible Tourism (25 Sep 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Will Mr Stevenson take a brief intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Accessible Tourism (25 Sep 2014)

Dennis Robertson: The gold standard was spoken about earlier by Nanette Milne and Jamie Hepburn in relation to Crathie Opportunity Holidays, whose chalets are fully accessible not only to people with mobility or sensory impairments but to people who have no mobility or sensory impairments whatsoever. The beauty of such a facility is that it shows that the gold standard can happen, because it is fully...

Scottish Parliament: Accessible Tourism (25 Sep 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Mr Fraser will be aware that many blue badge holder spaces are taken up by cars that do not have blue badges. I ask hotels, restaurants and so on to police that more readily than they do.


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