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Scottish Parliament: Christmas Day and New Year's Day Trading (Scotland) Bill (7 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: Not at this time. Jeremy Purvis asked why I moved the minister's amendments at stage 2 and then voted against them. As I said earlier, the answer is simple: I voted against them because the minister did not have the courage to support her own amendments.

Scottish Parliament: Christmas Day and New Year's Day Trading (Scotland) Bill (7 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: Sorry. The deputy minister would not move them on the minister's behalf. The Scottish Executive fudged the issue and left it to the last minute—today—to produce something. As Jim Mather and Murdo Fraser said, the issue is about a compromise. Good legislation often is a compromise, but the bill will not do anything at all if it is passed with the amendments that have been approved today....

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion: Section 1 — Large shops not to open on Christmas Day or New Year's Day (7 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: It would have been nice if Mary Mulligan had attended the Justice 2 Committee and laid before it the evidence that she claims she has, identifying all the intimidation that she mentions on a factual basis. If people had such evidence, they could have gone to court. I find it strange that the issue has just been brought up this morning. The USDAW representatives who came along to give evidence...

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion: Section 1 — Large shops not to open on Christmas Day or New Year's Day (7 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: Very simply, we do not think that there should be a bill at all. There was no evidence that anybody, at this stage, wants to trade on Christmas day. The retailers more or less said that there is no demand for that. I find it staggering that the Deputy Minister for Justice lodged amendments at stage 2 so that we could have a debate, but then failed to move the lead amendment at the Justice 2...

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion: Section 1 — Large shops not to open on Christmas Day or New Year's Day (7 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: I am sorry, but given that I ran retail businesses that had to operate on Christmas day to provide a public service, I think that that comment is a wee bit misplaced.

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion: Section 1 — Large shops not to open on Christmas Day or New Year's Day (7 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: I hear members shouting from a sedentary position, but what is the difference between somebody who works to meet a public need, whether related to health or otherwise, and someone who works to meet public demand for something sold by the retail trade? Mark Ballard spoke about batteries. A battery bought from a small shop is obviously very green and very nice, but a battery bought from a big...

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion: Section 1 — Large shops not to open on Christmas Day or New Year's Day (7 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: Restraint on trade is the principle of the bill.

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion: Section 1 — Large shops not to open on Christmas Day or New Year's Day (7 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: I did not introduce the bill; Karen Whitefield did. The point is that, if there is no market, people will not open their premises. People should be left to run their businesses in co-operation and consultation with their staff. That is how the retail trade has been run for years and years, and it will not change. I am astounded by the Executive's response. During the stage 1 debate, the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Funding: Scottish Executive Funding (7 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received about the funding settlement for Orkney Islands Council since 2003 and from whom such representations have been received.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Justice and Law Officers: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill (1 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it anticipates that local authorities will be in a position to implement the provisions of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill. (S2O-12193)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Justice and Law Officers: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill (1 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: I regret that the minister made no attempt to answer the question other than to describe what the bill is about, and we are all well aware of that. The bill will put tremendous strains on local authorities to find, provide, train and pay for extra criminal justice workers within council budgets. Representatives of many councils to whom I have spoken say that they do not have the resources and...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport (1 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to implement road pricing.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport (1 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that Scotland should be the pilot for UK road pricing.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport (1 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government about road pricing.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport (1 Mar 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it could implement a road pricing scheme which involved reductions in vehicle fuel duty and, if so, how.

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill (28 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: The bill is vastly different from the version that was introduced. As a result of the work of the Local Government and Transport Committee, on which I congratulate it, we will have practical and pragmatic legislation. However, I agree with the comment by Bristow Muldoon, for example, that the Parliament must return to the major problem of prostitution and to what happens after the bill is passed.

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill (28 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I hear yesses across the chamber. Some time must be spent on the issue eventually. It was interesting that the minister made an announcement about routes out but, as was said later, he gave no details or statistics, of which it is important for the Parliament to have sight. I very much welcome the money that he is providing. The bill may deal with kerb crawling and street prostitution, but we...

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill (28 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: Such areas exist in Aberdeen city and in Dundee. I will not go into the details of the individuals who complained. The Hood group—the expert group—did a good job and the Parliament must re-examine some issues that arise from its work. It is fair to say that not every member is for the bill. Iain Smith is concerned that the trade will be driven underground and that the bill will not remove...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Network: Rail Network (26 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many crimes were reported and responded to on train services and in stations in each of the last four years.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Finance: Local Government Finance (23 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive


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