David Davidson: Perhaps the minister might answer another question. Many dentists operate from premises that are not at ground level. What support will he give to those dentists to ensure that they comply with the new disability access legislation? If relocation is necessary, what support will they get? If they do not get such support, many of those dentists will move out of the north-east.
David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce generic substitution prescriptions to pharmacies.
David Davidson: We can all approach this matter from different angles, but we must face up to the simple truth that, regardless of the policies of the past eight years, the situation with deprivation is not improving. Such deprivation takes many forms. For example, unemployed people end up with tremendous health difficulties through depression and, as Donald Gorrie might put it, lack of confidence. That...
David Davidson: To put it very simply, if we increase taxation without increasing the efficiency of Government, we are just throwing money into a black hole, as we have seen in the health service in Scotland. The service does not necessarily improve through money alone; we must restructure it. Redistribution is done through taxation, but it is also done by voluntary giving. We saw that done very generously...
David Davidson: The member is talking about targets for the future using current situations, but does he agree that we should have relative statistics—relative to the growth in wealth of the rest of society?
David Davidson: In brief response, I point out that the problem is one of retention. At the time of the closure of the Edinburgh dental school, there were more than enough dentists. On the question that was asked of the minister, I have recently been in communication with an Argentinean qualified dentist whose wife is also an Argentinean qualified dentist, who live in the north-east and seek assistance to...
David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take following the advice issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on the risk of heart attack following the use of celecoxib.
David Davidson: The minister mentioned disabled older people. Can she assure us today that there will be development of easy-access buses on the major routes, especially in the cities?
David Davidson: We need to be aware of what the debate is really about. We are talking about older people—the generations to whom all of us in the chamber, including the people in the gallery, owe so much. We must put in that context what we are trying to do and what we trying to offer them. Older people are entitled to their dignity and to respect. They are entitled to care and comfort and to a certain...
David Davidson: Can we put the member's comments in context? Where will the base-load requirement come from in her plans? What about the consistent control of the base-load?
David Davidson: I thank the minister for providing us with an advance copy of his statement. I am particularly pleased to hear his comments about the encouragement of personal responsibility for one's own health and the need to have respect for the care and health of those for whom one has a responsibility. I appreciate the comments that he made about the family. I also appreciate the assurance that the...
David Davidson: As I listened to Mary Scanlon's speech, I was watching the reactions of members around the chamber. That is one of the reasons why I have chosen to speak in the debate, although I was going to stay and listen anyway. In case anybody thinks that I am the token male in the debate, I should say that I have done my bit for family raising. I had five children—with my wife, I might add—and I...
David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost has been of administrating its Health Department in each year since 1999.
David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to dual the A90 from Aberdeen to Peterhead.
David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been given to national parks in respect of the regulation of access under new legislation.
David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when a national access code will be agreed and what issues regarding it have not been resolved to date.
David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected number of special needs teaching staff is for all grades in each of the next five years, broken down by education authority.
David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides for local authorities in north east Scotland for the provision of special needs teaching and the establishment of custom-built facilities.
David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with trade members of tourist boards in Angus and Tayside regarding restructuring of tourism support.
David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with trade members of Aberdeen and Grampian Tourist Board regarding the restructuring of VisitScotland and area tourist boards.