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Local Government and Regeneration Committee 16 March 2016 : 16 March 2016 View PDF version
Dr Simpson

First, I welcome the fact that the minister has brought forward this SSI. At every stage, I have said that I support it. I do not wish to interrupt the pilot—I th...

Local Government and Regeneration Committee 16 March 2016 : 16 March 2016 View PDF version
Dr Simpson

Thank you. It is important to recognise that we are dealing with individuals; in Parliament, we tend to get lost in dealing with categories. The minister says tha...

Local Government and Regeneration Committee 16 March 2016 : 16 March 2016 View PDF version
Dr Simpson

That is excellent; I will conclude at that point.

Local Government and Regeneration Committee 16 March 2016 : 16 March 2016 View PDF version
Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab)

Thank you, convener. I am sorry to drag the committee here on such a busy day. This is a new experience for me—I have not moved an motion to annul a Scottish statutory instrument previously....

Meeting of the Parliament 16 March 2016 : 16 March 2016 View PDF version
Dr Simpson

The minister will be aware of the fact that there are 164 more special school pupils than there were in 2008, with a total of 6,920, but that there are 172 fewer teachers teaching that group...

Meeting of the Parliament 16 March 2016 : 16 March 2016 View PDF version
12. Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what the pupil to teacher ratio is in special schools, and how that compares with 2008. (S4O-05667)

Meeting of the Parliament 10 March 2016 : 10 March 2016 View PDF version
Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab)

I have come late to the topic. I have not served on the Finance Committee, although I have watched some of its ambulations over the period. We have reached a poin...

Meeting of the Parliament 10 March 2016 : 10 March 2016 View PDF version
Dr Richard Simpson (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Lab)

The minister has not made clear his response to Patrick Harvie’s question whether, in the meantime, he will collect data to ensure that the review is fully inform...

Public Audit Committee 09 March 2016 : 09 March 2016 View PDF version
Dr Simpson

As a latecomer, I have thoroughly enjoyed my brief time on the committee. The role of Audit Scotland has been phenomenally important in every committee that I hav...

Public Audit Committee 09 March 2016 : 09 March 2016 View PDF version
Dr Simpson

Yes, but that is not for the legacy document; it is what we should ask the Government for.

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