Results 181–200 of 2729 for speaker:David Davidson

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: Does that mean that the Executive will respond before the election, to enable the electorate to understand what the Executive's policy is?

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I thank the minister for that response, which means, in other words, no answer yet again. A number of questions have been raised today about how we would pay for our proposals. We did not say that we would privatise Scottish Water; we said that we would mutualise it, which would give it an ability to go into the marketplace. I cannot quote the figure offhand, but I think that the Executive's...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: If Mr Muldoon had listened to some of the debates that we have had in this Parliament in the past almost eight years, he would know that, if Scottish Water, with a different funding system, had been allowed to go into the marketplace, money would be flowing at a much faster rate—which would mean that water would not be being lost at the current rate. Labour might be able to answer that...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: On another day, Mr Ballard might tell us how that tax relates to ability to pay. However, that is another story. Everybody loves to condemn the Burt report and nobody wants to support it. The Executive says, "It wisnae us. It's not what we wanted." The First Minister was the first to have a go at the report and we have heard nothing positive about it from the Executive parties. It is obvious...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I do not think that I have time.

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: That is very kind of you, Presiding Officer. In that case, I will take Mr Sheridan's intervention.

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: The reason is simple. They are terrified to do that because they know what the cost would be to the Scottish taxpayer. The Burt report does not address all the issues. We are stuck with political parties having to decide what they are going to say to the Scottish electorate. I assure you that the Scottish Conservative party is proud to propose a 50 per cent reduction for pensioner households....

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I want to put Tommy Sheridan out of his agony. The UK policy of the Conservatives is to re-establish that link.

Scottish Parliament: Civic Participation (Trade Unions) (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: The minister will need to go and check her statistics. More working days have been lost since Tony Blair came to power than were lost in the days of Thatcherism.

Scottish Parliament: Civic Participation (Trade Unions) (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I should also declare an interest. I am a member of two unions: the National Farmers Union Scotland, and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, which, under its charter, has the right to act as a trade union. This has been an interesting debate—with the participation of Margaret Curran, it has been like the old times. I do not know why Ms Curran has been kept away from us,...

Scottish Parliament: Civic Participation (Trade Unions) (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I do not believe that we have, because we have talked about a broader partnership. As Donald Gorrie said, the issue is community involvement for the various groups. It is not about who is more equal than others but about the wider connection with society, which is what I thought the Scottish Parliament was supposed to be about.

Scottish Parliament: Civic Participation (Trade Unions) (6 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: That point is answerable at every shareholders meeting every year. Questions are asked and the answers are there for everybody to see. One or two other members made interesting comments. Cathy Peattie went on about people coming to the Parliament. This week, we have had Help the Aged and a range of other organisations in the Parliament, and we welcome that. I do not object to trade unions...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill: Final Stage (29 Nov 2006)

David Davidson: That is not right.

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill: Final Stage (29 Nov 2006)

David Davidson: The Scottish Conservatives have long campaigned for a rail link to Glasgow airport, as well as for links to Scotland's other main airports. We strongly support the project that is before us today. It is a good project, but there is still tremendous opportunity and scope for improvement, especially for better connectivity to the main railway networks in Scotland. The Labour leader of Glasgow...

Scottish Parliament: School Bus Safety (23 Nov 2006)

David Davidson: I had not intended to be here for this debate but I am delighted that I am because for once it is a quality debate. Robin Harper and I recently spoke at a conference on school transport, which was attended not only by parents and people from school boards but by local authority officers with responsibility for school transport and Executive officials. I wonder whether any of the subjects...

Scottish Parliament: School Bus Safety (23 Nov 2006)

David Davidson: I accept that, and I thank the member for making the point. Drivers are very concerned about public safety. The schools want to take action and the local authorities appear to have an appetite to take action. However, there is a lack of fair funding across Scotland. Stewart Stevenson mentioned that, and I would have done so anyway. In funding, there is no recognition of the effects of...

Scottish Parliament: School Bus Safety (23 Nov 2006)

David Davidson: All I can say in reply is that, yes, I acknowledge that, as do councils. However, there is also deprivation in rural areas and it comes in different forms. Deprivation is not only about money; it can also be about a lack of access to facilities. In a trial, FirstBus introduced yellow buses to Scotland to see whether they would work. The system works in America and has gone down well here. But...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Anorexia (23 Nov 2006)

David Davidson: Members might remember that when I raised the issue years ago I was given a commitment from the then Minister for Health and Community Care that action would be taken. The minister mentioned the north of Scotland planning group. The group operates under the guidance of Dr Millar, who has been banging his head against the wall for years after he developed a plan for an in-patient service in...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Anorexia (23 Nov 2006)

David Davidson: We were told that money would be provided. Will the minister confirm that and tell us how much money will be provided and when?

Scottish Parliament: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill: Preliminary Stage (23 Nov 2006)

David Davidson: Jeremy Purvis mentioned earlier that there were difficulties of communication and partnership working between the promoter and the two local authorities. Did that come across to the committee as a serious issue of which the Parliament should take note?


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