Results 161–180 of 516 for speaker:Dennis Robertson

Scottish Parliament: Accessible Tourism (25 Sep 2014)

Dennis Robertson: The point about Crathie Opportunity Holidays is that it provides an opportunity for all, not just people who have disabilities. Although the site is fully accessible to anyone with any disability, it is open for all, including people who have no disability.

Scottish Parliament: Referendum Debate (24 Sep 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I understand what the member is saying, but we do not have the powers to change welfare reform, which is impacting on some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Scottish Parliament: Referendum Debate (24 Sep 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I wonder whether Gavin Brown believes that Scotland was closed for business. As I recall, we have had record high inward investment in Scotland over the past year and record investment in oil and gas. That is not being closed for business—Scotland has been open for business and remains open for business. I heard Ross Martin of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry say this...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (21 Aug 2014)

Dennis Robertson: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to strengthen and grow the economy. (S4O-03484)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (21 Aug 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I welcome the recent publication of the document “A Jobs Plan for an Independent Scotland”, which looks at the long-term aspects of strengthening our economy and providing opportunities in the labour market. Does the cabinet secretary agree that, to take full control of strengthening our economy for the future, we need the full fiscal powers and tax revenue powers of an independent Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Aug 2014)

Dennis Robertson: It has been a great privilege for me to have been able to take forward the Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill as a member’s bill. I would like to begin by inviting members who believe that they might not get an opportunity to participate in the debate to feel free to intervene on me if they have a specific question. The Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill is...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 Aug 2014)

Dennis Robertson: In winding up, I first extend my sincere thanks to those who managed to speak during this short, but very important, debate. I also offer my genuine thanks to the minister for supporting me through the process and to the team from Transport Scotland, without whose guidance I think I would have found it virtually impossible to take the bill forward. They were absolutely fantastic at guiding me...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Enterprise Annual Review 2013-14 (13 Aug 2014)

Dennis Robertson: 4. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Scottish Enterprise annual review for 2013-14. (S4O-03464) I offer you and all members an apology for my late arrival in the chamber.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Enterprise Annual Review 2013-14 (13 Aug 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I thank the minister for that extremely positive response. Does the minister agree that, with a yes vote in September, we will be able to take forward greater opportunities to ensure that Scotland is an even more successful country?

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioners (Rural and Remote Practices) (19 Jun 2014)

Dennis Robertson: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to help recruit and retain GPs in rural and remote practices. (S4O-03377)

Scottish Parliament: General Practitioners (Rural and Remote Practices) (19 Jun 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I have met several GPs in my constituency of Aberdeenshire West who are concerned about their work overload because of the ageing population and that medical students will not come through the system to replace the GPs who are coming up for retirement. What can be done to alleviate that issue?

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Seekers and Refugees (17 Jun 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Does the member believe that the media have an important role to play in putting across factual information rather than the misinformation that, in some areas, fuels some of the hatred—I think that that is the appropriate word to use—towards asylum seekers and refugees?

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Seekers and Refugees (17 Jun 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I associate myself with Margaret McCulloch, whose speech stuck to the facts and put in context the problem, which is sometimes overstated—perhaps not in the chamber but certainly in the press and in the wider context of Scottish society. In his opening remarks, the minister said, “Welcome.” We should be a country that opens its doors, and we should open our hearts to asylum seekers and...

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Seekers and Refugees (17 Jun 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Would the member welcome it if the asylum seeker process for those in Scotland were to be carried out in Glasgow instead of their having to go down to Croydon?

Scottish Parliament: Ernst & Young 2014 UK Attractiveness Survey (12 Jun 2014)

Dennis Robertson: 4. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on the Ernst & Young 2014 UK attractiveness survey. (S4F-02176)

Scottish Parliament: Ernst & Young 2014 UK Attractiveness Survey (12 Jun 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I thank the First Minister for that response. Of course, we welcome the 16-year high. Does the First Minister agree that the continued dominance of London, as was perhaps suggested in the Ernst & Young statement, risks overshadowing the rest of the UK and that the only way forward for an economic, prosperous Scotland in the future, and to put Scotland first, is to vote yes?

Scottish Parliament: Improving Entrepreneurship among Women and Young People ( 5 Jun 2014)

Dennis Robertson: I got slightly concerned as I listened to Murdo Fraser because I actually agreed with him on most aspects. It is worrying that the convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee and I seem to agree on quite a number of matters. Perhaps some of my persuasions are rubbing off on him. Like Willie Rennie and Murdo Fraser, I am male and no longer young—young at heart perhaps—but I...

Scottish Parliament: Improving Entrepreneurship among Women and Young People ( 5 Jun 2014)

Dennis Robertson: The Scottish Government has done an absolutely wonderful job of promoting apprenticeships. There are more than 25,000 apprentices. More can always be done, but business can open its doors and encourage more apprentices. Only about 13 per cent of businesses offer apprenticeships to our young people. Let us take the can-do mentality, promote it and get the job done.

Scottish Parliament: Improving Entrepreneurship among Women and Young People ( 5 Jun 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Did the women to whom Joan McAlpine refers do that by choice or because they felt that it was the only opportunity given the stereotypical aspects of the trade?

Scottish Parliament: Improving Entrepreneurship among Women and Young People ( 5 Jun 2014)

Dennis Robertson: Does the member agree that women in the women in renewable energy Scotland, or WIRES, forum are perfect examples of role models and ambassadors, who try to bring our young people into the renewable sector and show that there is a pathway to the new energy for Scotland, and that at least 20 per cent of the people who are involved in that profession are now women?


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