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Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (3 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: Madam Deputy Presiding Officer, I pressed my button very early on because I wanted to participate in the vital debate in support of our fishermen. I failed to be called; my button and light are still doing all sorts of wonderful things. I wonder whether I will appear on the record as having attempted to speak.

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (3 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: Thank you very much.

Scottish Parliament: Committees (8 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: Can the Business Manager say whether there is any intention to follow the Scottish Office's current procedure of having advisory committees on specific subjects? It would be helpful if we could know whether that is to be considered by the Parliamentary Bureau. There are many committees that have worked successfully for Scotland-I have served on some health committees, and there are many...

Scottish Parliament: Allowances (8 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: It is difficult to enter a debate late and still try to bring something fresh to it, but I shall try to answer some of the points that have been raised. I point out to Karen Whitefield that I am aware of the problems in Airdrie. I worked and had an office there for several years. We should not, however, be too parochial when we are discussing a global issue, so that we can get on with the...

Scottish Parliament: National Park (8 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: I must declare an interest in this issue. I have spent many years representing the Trossachs-for the past five years as a member of the local council and before that as a community councillor and community councillor chairman covering the area up to Strath Ard-and am especially interested in the welfare of the people who would be affected by this measure. I hate to think how many meetings I...

Scottish Parliament: Peripheral Route, Aberdeen (23 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Peripheral Route, Aberdeen (23 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: I deeply regret the fact that the minister has not highlighted the problems of people who live to the north and north-west of Aberdeen. Vital industry is at risk because of a lack of transport infrastructure, and I am disappointed that the minister has not addressed that. Before she sits down, I hope that the minister may be able to comment on her plans to allow the north-east corner, even...

Scottish Parliament: Financial Issues (24 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: Excuse me, my throat is a bit sore-it is not for the want of counting the money that is going through this system. I welcome Mr McConnell's statement today, particularly what he said about the relationship with the committees, which is very important. Following my question to the Finance Committee on Monday morning about the early establishment of protocols on the relationship and...

Scottish Parliament: Financial Issues (24 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Presiding Officer. I asked the minister to clarify whether, when he used the phrase "broadly accept the report", he meant that there were other parts of the report that were not accepted.

Scottish Parliament: The Economy (24 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: The reason for the amendment is that we are unconvinced that the nationalists have gained the confidence of our business community. We have a long way to go. After the performance this morning, I am sure that many members of the business community will be worried about the sincerity of this afternoon's words-nice as they might have been. However, that is not to say that we do not agree with...

Scottish Parliament: The Economy (24 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: Interestingly, since problems have arisen because of the lack of control from the Westminster Labour Government, the oil industry has really started to suffer locally. A year ago, I formally asked the industry minister Lord Macdonald to come and look at the north-east for himself. I asked him to set up a task force to look at the knock-on effects across the economy in addition to the oil task...

Scottish Parliament: The Economy (24 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: I will give way in a moment, Mr Raffan-my throat is giving out anyway. We hear rumours that our local authorities are to be given power to adjust business rates. That will guarantee that our high streets will become deserts of charity shops, doing nothing for anyone.

Scottish Parliament: The Economy (24 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: Mr Raffan asked first, and so I will be decent.

Scottish Parliament: The Economy (24 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: I am sorry, but I am not responsible for Mr Lilley's actions and I am not at Westminster.

Scottish Parliament: The Economy (24 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: If Mr Ewing had been listening to us during the election campaign, he would have heard us talk about what Mr Swinney has just been discussing. In our manifesto, we said that we were investigating schemes to relieve the rates burden on small businesses and to encourage them-and small industrial units-to move back in to and reinvigorate our town centres. We have moved on a bit from Mr Ewing's...

Scottish Parliament: The Economy (24 Jun 1999)

David Davidson: Thank you, Deputy Presiding Officer, but I have allowed other people to intervene. We have to make sure that this Parliament understands that business is not a cash cow that can be milked by the Treasury or by local authorities. I am pleased to note that, in the partnership agreement, the Liberal Democrats' wonderful tax-raising plans for small business-from turnover tax to payroll tax-have...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Criminal Record Certificates (2 Jul 1999)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to implement a charging policy for certificates issued by the police under part V of the Police Act 1997. (S1O-157)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Criminal Record Certificates (2 Jul 1999)

David Davidson: Is the minister aware of the amount that some Scottish organisations will have to pay if there is to be a series of charges? The Boys Brigade will have to pay £65,000 a year and I believe that the Guide Association will have to pay £23,000. Does the minister intend to implement a relief scheme for those organisations?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government (2 Jul 1999)

David Davidson: I take it that Brian Adam is winding up to say that this Parliament is all the better for having the Conservative list contingent here today, along with people such as him, so that we reflect society. I assume that he will expand on that point, but I thank him for noticing that we are here this morning, unlike many other members.

Scottish Parliament: Fish Processing Industry (2 Jul 1999)

David Davidson: May I first of all recognise the privilege it is to have the first-


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