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Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (1 Mar 2001)

Ben Wallace: Is the member saying that the SNP will abandon the idea of commissioning or the purchaser-provider split, which are the basis of the internal market?

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (1 Mar 2001)

Ben Wallace: I am sorry to break the consensus, but today we have seen—as we saw on "Newsnight" last night—another example of Labour's year dot mentality. In 1997, Labour portrayed itself as the saviour—the only party that could save patients and GPs—and claimed that the NHS was due to break up in 48 hours. The self-righteousness that came from Labour stank from top to bottom....

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (1 Mar 2001)

Ben Wallace: I do not know where Dr Simpson gets his statistics. The latest statistics from the information and statistics division show that, this year, 19,000 fewer people were treated from the waiting list than in 1997. In fact, we have to go back to the early 1980s to find a worse situation. Furthermore, in terms of mean waiting times, people are waiting five days longer than in 1997 and the number of...

Scottish Parliament: Primary Care (1 Mar 2001)

Ben Wallace: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (15 Feb 2001)

Ben Wallace: It is clear that the First Minister will fail to deliver on the waiting list pledge for this year. Does he therefore accept that, should the new waiting times figures be worse than or the same as those he inherited in 1997, his policy on health will have failed in respect of waiting times?

Scottish Parliament: Community Care (14 Feb 2001)

Ben Wallace: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Community Care (14 Feb 2001)

Ben Wallace: When I was in the Guards, when challenged by visitors about our tendency to iron and polish everything, we used to have a saying: "bull baffles brains". Over the past year, the Executive has clearly applied that saying to the committee recommendations and the Sutherland report by amending, twisting words, leaking and confusing all who venture along the path of Sutherland. The Executive hopes...

Scottish Parliament: Community Care (14 Feb 2001)

Ben Wallace: Apart from Margaret Smith, of course, who has always stood by her principle on the matter, which is something for which she should be rewarded. Do members remember the new First Minister's exclusive interview in The Sunday Times just after he came to office? Or Malcolm Chisholm's words in the committee? Some of them have been quoted today. We have been reminded of the fears about bickering...

Scottish Parliament: Community Care (14 Feb 2001)

Ben Wallace: No. I wonder which member of the Executive could not resist lodging the amendment. Perhaps it was Iain Gray—I am glad to see that he has come back to his seat—who has argued vociferously against Sutherland and free personal care on the point of principle that it would help only well-off pensioners. He stuck to that, although he might be part of an Executive that is...

Scottish Parliament: Community Care (14 Feb 2001)

Ben Wallace: Nora Radcliffe is shaking her head. Perhaps she has changed her mind. Does she disagree with me? I can quote her on waiting for Westminster. Des McNulty refutes the financial position. Not one organisation has sent me or represented to the committee a refutation of the financial position of Sutherland—nor has the Executive. One would have thought that the Executive, which is very good...

Scottish Parliament: Community Care (14 Feb 2001)

Ben Wallace: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: MMR Vaccination (8 Feb 2001)

Ben Wallace: I am disappointed that the Health and Community Care Committee report on the MMR vaccine, which is in mid-progress, has not yet been referred to. Because that report is incomplete, the timing of the debate is discourteous. The committee's principal spokesman on the issue is Mary Scanlon and I do not want to jeopardise her report by saying too much. If we want to reintroduce confidence in the...

Scottish Parliament: Acute Services Review (Tayside) (1 Feb 2001)

Ben Wallace: I am conscious that the minister has said that he cannot comment in detail on the acute services review, but would he say that it was unwise for the health board to produce its review before that framework was published?

Scottish Parliament: Acute Services Review (Tayside) (1 Feb 2001)

Ben Wallace: What we have just heard shows the lack of understanding on both sides of Tayside—Perthshire and Angus. The stony silences from many Labour members at Tayside Health Board meetings speak volumes. I am incredibly grateful to Roseanna Cunningham for securing the debate. It is important that somebody who has spent a lot of time at Tayside Health Board, trying to understand what has been...

Scottish Parliament: Introduction: "Working together for Scotland: A Programme for Government" (1 Feb 2001)

Ben Wallace: Does Hugh Henry also recognise that the Government inherited shorter NHS waiting lists than exist now?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (18 Jan 2001)

Ben Wallace: In relation to Denmark's position and how pleased that country is, I want to tell the chamber that I read an article from the news service in Vietnam, which yesterday gaily announced that Denmark has given it £40 million to assist its fisheries. Denmark is obviously so pleased with what its Government did for its fishermen that it is giving money away to help fisheries on the other side...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (18 Jan 2001)

Ben Wallace: No, I want to finish setting out my position.

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (18 Jan 2001)

Ben Wallace: The member should sit down. We have heard enough from him.

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (18 Jan 2001)

Ben Wallace: No means no. I am sure that Mike Rumbles learned that in the Army education corps or wherever. When we come to future European negotiations, we should look at how the German Länder operate. Germany has a much better system for negotiating, which relates to its regions. Scotland House should perhaps take that as an example for the future. That would give us more clout on issues such as...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (18 Jan 2001)

Ben Wallace: To achieve success in negotiations, it does not matter whether a country is independent or not. Denmark has only three votes on the council, compared with Britain's 10. Independence would condemn us to being overruled at every corner by Spain, which has considerably more votes than we could ever wish for. Our view is that it is competence in negotiations that matters.


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