Archive | Parliamentary Debates

DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT

This website was established while I was a Member of the Scottish Parliament. I have not been a Member of Parliament Session 4 of Parliament was dissolved on 23 March 2016.    

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Autism

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP):  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 […]

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Group B Streptococcus

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP):   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 […]

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Health Inequalities

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP):  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 […]

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Economy

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP):  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 […]

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Scotland’s Place in Europe

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP):  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 […]

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP):  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 […]

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Stroke Survivors (Support)

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP):  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 this evening. Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland provides the co-secretariat […]

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Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE)

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP): 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 […]

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National Health Service 2020 Vision

Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP): 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 […]

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