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Scottish Parliament: Primary Health Care (25 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Primary Health Care (25 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: Primary care has always had to take the brunt of changes in patient expectations of treatment. There are always more services, more need and more demand. That is truer today than it ever has been. The Executive's motion stems from the report "Making the Connections", which was published at the end of March. That report set out to reinforce the Minister for Health and Community Care's ideas...

Scottish Parliament: Primary Health Care (25 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: As Brian Fitzpatrick knows, the Conservatives in the United Kingdom voted against the increase in the budget. We do not believe that spending such large sums of money without those sums being attached to reform is the best way to go. In five years' time, Scotland will be the highest spender, as a proportion of its gross domestic product, on health care in Europe. In five years' time, we...

Scottish Parliament: Primary Health Care (25 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: Does John McAllion agree that those words are Alan Milburn's words? Does the member agree with Mr Milburn and me?

Scottish Parliament: Primary Health Care (25 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: I am grateful for the minister's comments on our amendment. He will know that the amendment uses the words of Alan Milburn, not those of the Scottish Conservative party. The minister says that the Executive will devolve financial control to PCTs. What is the difference between fundholding and commissioning care at PCT, practice or LHCC level on behalf of the patient?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scotland Act 1998: Scotland Act 1998 (23 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions it has used section 57 of the Scotland Act 1998 to implement European Community obligations in a devolved area on a UK-wide basis.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scotland Act 1998: Scotland Act 1998 (23 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times it has turned down proposals for the use of section 57 of the Scotland Act 1998 by ministers and officials of Her Majesty’s Government.

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Work Force (Development) (18 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Work Force (Development) (18 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: If Patricia Ferguson had stayed, she might have learned something.

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Work Force (Development) (18 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Work Force (Development) (18 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Work Force (Development) (18 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: If the member had read the submission by Professor Holman, who is an expert on child services, he would know that the professor writes extensively on the increase in bureaucracy. We agreed with that point.

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Work Force (Development) (18 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: I will give the minister one thing: the action plan is not a glossy document. It has not been leaked on "Scotland Today" and it has not appeared on our desk after having been sent all over Scotland—that is for sure. The trailed piece of paper, which came to us without the expected courtesy, as we mentioned earlier, is rather thin, weak and pathetic. I wrote a five-page speech that I had...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Work Force (Development) (18 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: I will acknowledge that what the minister gave us was in fact a ministerial statement. We all know the rules of the game with a ministerial statement. The minister's speech was along the lines of a ministerial statement—it contained a number of new announcements. If the minister is not brave enough to make a ministerial statement, she should own up to that. We know how to deal with...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Work Force (Development) (18 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: I will not give way again. I am moving on to some of my points about social work, because I think that we owe it to social workers. It is clear from the letters that the Conservatives received in advance of the debate that there is pressure for a much wider, McCrone-type inquiry into social work. If such an open and transparent inquiry were carried out, that would be good for social work. As...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Work Force (Development) (18 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. It has come to my attention that, contrary to what the minister said about providing the action plan in advance to assist the debate, other organisations were informed of the action plan well in advance, at the beginning of the day. That casts doubt on the letter that the minister sent to the Presiding Officer saying that the document was a plan to help...

Scottish Parliament: Points of Order (18 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. After question time, we are due to debate the social work strategy. We are asked to endorse the Government's new strategy, copies of which we were given only 10 minutes before the beginning of this afternoon's business. That is highly irregular. Should the minister refer to the strategy in the ensuing debate, I ask you to rule her out of order as it is...

Scottish Parliament: Points of Order (18 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: With respect, Presiding Officer, the motion asks us to endorse a strategy that appeared only 10 minutes before the beginning of this afternoon's business. It is therefore improbable that we can endorse the strategy, which was mentioned on Tuesday but not revealed to us until today.

Scottish Parliament: Points of Order (18 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: Further to the point of order, Presiding Officer. Yesterday, I made strenuous efforts to contact the minister's office, which gave me assistance on the direction of the debate, but at no time did the officials or the minister's personal staff allude to the fact that a strategy would be published. The opposition parties therefore had to assume that the Executive was referring to the strategy...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care Work Force (Development) (18 Apr 2002)

Ben Wallace: Rubbish.


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