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Scottish Parliament: NHS Scotland (19 August 2014)

Alex Neil: ...were that the institution should be owned by the people and should give access to the highest attainable standard of health services, which would be free at the point of delivery and based on clinical need and not ability to pay. Those principles must be protected, and a yes vote gives this nation a chance to do just that by framing a constitution that reflects the values and aspirations...

Scottish Parliament: Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill (19 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Iain Gray: ...taken to creating a new tax system—the fundamental principle. The cabinet secretary made much of his starting point being Adam Smith’s four maxims for a tax system: certainty, convenience, efficiency and proportionality in relation to the ability to pay. He was right, and has had support across the chamber for that principle-based approach to the legislation. It has been...

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

Mark Griffin: ...badge holders. We have concerns about the financial impact on local authorities. We have been reassured that they can cope with the additional costs of review, but we still have questions about their ability to resource the enforcement aspect meaningfully. Regardless of that question, the bill should, we hope, result in increased revenue to councils, as misuse of blue badges is reduced...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Information Technology Systems) (14 August 2014)

John Pentland: The lack of integration is constraining officers’ ability to function fully at regional and national levels, and the routine arming of police has led Jim Sillars to refer to Police Scotland as “the crassest error any politician has ever made.” Does the cabinet secretary accept that the growing crisis of confidence in policing is not an operational matter?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Festivals (14 August 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Elizabeth Smith: ...Ainslie Millar, founded Scottish Opera in 1962, was a family friend of my parents and grandparents. The ethos on which they went on to found Scottish Opera is one that continues to be admired around the world and that has always had the ability to ensure that Scotland is looking outward as well as nurturing the very best of our home-grown talent.

Scottish Parliament: Progressive Workplace Policies (13 August 2014)

Angela Constance: .... We will take it seriously and investigate it because it chimes very clearly with our aspirations and plans to increase representation of women on boards in Scotland. We have laid out our intentions, and our ability and desire to legislate, should we be required to do so.

Scottish Parliament: Welfare (13 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Jamie Hepburn: ...Community Food Moray told the Welfare Reform Committee that her organisation is having to provide more cold food parcels because it is seeing more “people for whom food is the priority and electricity and heating are not”. Denis Curran of Loaves and Fishes, in compelling evidence, told us that “People are getting penalised for being poor, for not having, for not having...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Opportunities of Independence (12 August 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

John Swinney: ...us to improve Scotland’s economy and ensure that everyone can benefit from our wealth, our resources and our ingenuity as a country. The Government believes that the powers of independence and the ability to make decisions for ourselves will give Scotland a means of growing our own economy by focusing on what matters to us: getting more people into work; improving living standards;...

Scottish Parliament: Gaza (12 August 2014)

John Mason: ...targets. Many want the blockade to be lifted and more cement allowed in, but Israel says that that cement is used for the Hamas war effort. I do not think that any of us here today has the means or ability to weigh up all these claims and counterclaims right now. What we can do is send out a strong message supporting a ceasefire, do all we can to build up relationships with all parties and...

Scottish Parliament: Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Discussions) (7 August 2014)

Paul Wheelhouse: Yes, I agree with that assessment. What I will say about the need for us to be at the top table is that we need to have direct representation in the European Union, and we need the ability to negotiate our own priorities and thereby avoid the situation that unfortunately befell Mr Paterson, who forgot to raise the red-line issue that the Scottish Government had raised with him prior to...

Scottish Parliament: Independence (Taxation) (7 August 2014)

John Swinney: .... On local taxation, the Scottish Government has a commitment during this session of Parliament to work with others to discuss the future of local taxation and to introduce a system that is based on the ability to pay. That is the Government’s commitment and that is what we will fulfil during this session of Parliament.

Scottish Parliament: Commonwealth Games (Legacy) (7 August 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Elizabeth Smith: ...who said on television that in 2007 he weighed 16 and a half stone and smoked 20 cigarettes a day. However, at Glasgow 2014 he finished tenth in the marathon, breaking the British over-40s record, which had stood since 1979. Way’s transformation shows the ability of sport to change lives if sufficient determination is there. In addition, who can forget the delightful Erraid Davies,...

Scottish Parliament: State Pension Age (6 August 2014)

Shona Robison: Independence would give future Scottish Governments the ability to develop a fairer pensions system for Scottish citizens that is based firmly on our needs and circumstances. If we form the first Government of an independent Scotland, we will establish an independent commission to consider a state pension age that is aligned to Scottish needs and circumstances and takes into account life...

Scottish Parliament: Persecuted Christians (6 August 2014)

John Mason: ...strongest attacks are often against those who have chosen to change their religion to the Christian faith, which can follow from the concept that one state has one faith. That used to be the thinking here in Europe as well, but a fundamental belief of Christians is that each individual has the ability and responsibility to follow the way of their choosing. Many people of a more liberal or...

Scottish Parliament: Policing (5 August 2014)

Kenny MacAskill: ...officers in Scotland routinely go around unarmed. Sometimes they face difficult and dangerous positions. We should pay tribute to them for that and take great pride in the fact that they do so without the routine ability to access firearms. However, there are and have always been officers who are routinely armed. As I indicated in my statement, that is not a new policy but the policy that...

Scottish Parliament: Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (5 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Kenny MacAskill: ...also clarify the limit of those powers and the extent of the controls over them. Any new powers will, of course, be fully considered and debated in the Parliament. When it comes to combating international problems such as organised crime and terrorism, we must all pull together. The ability of our law enforcement partners to access and use the full range of investigatory powers is a...

Scottish Parliament: Bunchrew Land Declaration (5 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Rob Gibson: ...Dutch company that bought the nearby Foich estate of some 23,000 acres in the 1970s added that at Inverlael, which is closer to Leckmelm, in 1994 and bought Tir Aluinn, the former hotel at Leckmelm, in 2002. It has the ability to buy land in such quantities in Scotland. The international lesson is: why here, but not in Holland? Now it wants to add the Leckmelm hill ground to its extensive...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (5th Day) (30 July 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

Lord Faulks: ...83, provisions permitting amendment to primary and secondary legislation for these purposes are commonly found and have been approved, and we are concerned that their absence would hamper the Government’s ability to bring the Bill into force. Of course I accept that it is right that these provisions should be subject to proper scrutiny. That is why we have provided, in accordance...

Standing Orders (Public Business) — Motion on Standing Orders (30 July 2014)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: My Lords, may I ask the Leader of the House for some clarification? As we apparently have the ability to delay the by-election of an hereditary Peer for some weeks, does that mean we could delay it for some years, or indeed indefinitely? If so, ought we not to do so?

Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014: Motion to Approve (29 July 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: ...which has been undertaken and the importance of it. We did not intend to define it further in the legislation, because doing so would upset this well established case law and undermine its main benefit, its ability to adapt to the circumstances of any specific case. The noble Lord, Lord Berkeley, asked what evidence the Government had relied on in developing their policy proposals. The...

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