Results 41–60 of 2729 for speaker:David Davidson

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I am sorry to disappoint Mr Adam. If it has been proven that it is better for tenants to be involved in a housing association or community buyout, and if they are happier with that management style, which gives them democratic input—Labour councils in Scotland in particular did not give them that—he will have to convince me that I am wrong.

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: A mixed bag of housing needs to be available in every community for those who wish to stay in the locality, whether they have jobs or are retired people who want to stay near families who can care for them, for example. We need a mix in the housing market.

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: We Conservatives consider the need for affordable housing to be among the top priorities for Scotland. We know that both the private and public rental and purchase sectors are under considerable pressure and are not able to keep up with the high demand, particularly in rural areas. First-time buyers in particular are under considerable strain. The Executive's economic report for 2006 reveals...

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I will come to that point in a moment, when I will reply to the member fully. The council house service is under increasing pressure, with the average debt per council house now at £5,500. Some 206,000 households are on Scotland's local authority waiting and transfer lists. Where does the money come from to deal with that? The situation has been made worse by the Government's failure to...

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: That is not what I said at all. However, if the Government had gone about the task properly, people would not have voted no—they did so because of the confusion that existed at the time. Audit Scotland's report on council housing transfers concluded that tenants are finding that the service that is provided after transfer is better and that new landlords are investing in the housing stock...

Scottish Parliament: Affordable Housing (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I will quote the Scottish Consumer Council back to the minister. It said that the single seller survey will "cause difficulties for disadvantaged buyers and sellers who may be on low incomes and/or be buying or selling low value properties in areas of low demand." I suggest that the minister read the submission in full. In addition, Labour in London is now threatening us with the planning...

Scottish Parliament: Road Tolling (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Road Tolling (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: This debate is about Tavish's toll tax. The Scottish Conservatives have secured the debate to provide an opportunity for all MSPs to respond to the well-publicised proposal by the Scottish Executive's Minister for Transport to introduce unique tolls on Scotland's roads at an early date—not that his Executive-approved amendment states that with the same urgency. The Scottish Conservatives...

Scottish Parliament: Road Tolling (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: Not at this time. Tavish Scott's proposal that the United Kingdom Treasury should give up control of fuel duty taxation will not be given serious consideration. Will we really see empty, English-based lorries, buses and cars queuing up at Gretna to fill up on cheap Scottish fuel? The Gretna gas-guzzling congestion that that would cause would have more effect than Hadrian's wall had in the...

Scottish Parliament: Road Tolling (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: No, thank you.

Scottish Parliament: Road Tolling (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: When the time comes for the minister. Scotland will not tolerate that any more than it will tolerate the Labour road pricing scheme that is being promoted at Westminster. This morning, the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland published a paper stating clearly that pay-as-you-go will price Scotland's small businesses off the road, because they do not make unnecessary road journeys—they...

Scottish Parliament: Road Tolling (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: It is hypocritical of the Lib-Lab pact and the Scottish National Party to say yes to tolling nationally then to become vehement opponents of the local proposals that they helped to vote for in the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001. I remind members of that act, and those parties in the chamber that supported it and who then, within weeks—

Scottish Parliament: Road Tolling (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: We voted against part 3. Mr Ewing's friend, Mr Crawford, was vehement in his support for part 3, but followed it up with an anti-tolls campaign—I believe that it was in Fife. As far as the Liberal Democrats are concerned, the words "Willie Rennie" and "Dunfermline by-election" should prove my point. Indeed, Alistair Carmichael MP, the Liberals' transport spokesman at Westminster, accused...

Scottish Parliament: Road Tolling (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I have little doubt that my colleague will respond to that. As far as I am concerned, if there is a debate it should be a national debate. This morning, Mr Scott should say how he can defend a unique tax on Scotland—a tax that only Scottish motorists will pay, because only Scotland will be the guinea pig. I find it hard to believe that Mr Scott thinks that Scotland is a region of the United...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Network: Rail Network (22 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any meetings with the British Transport Police about antisocial behaviour in railway stations and on trains in Scotland and, if so, what (a) was discussed and (b) action was taken as a result.

Scottish Parliament: Transport (North-east Scotland) (21 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I congratulate Nora Radcliffe on securing the debate. I say to the Green party representative that I do my bit for the environment. I use the train, when it is on time—to pick up Brian Adam's point. Given that Nora Radcliffe said that the debate is about a transport system that is fit for purpose, I think that there are a number of issues on which boxes need to be ticked. The first is...

Scottish Parliament: Transport (North-east Scotland) (21 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: Not at the moment. We are not in an either/or situation. It is a practical fact that if the north-east had fewer foreign trips by air, it would do less business. That is how the economy of the north-east works. By all means, remove the need for people to have to fly via London and let us have direct flights. That is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to fly from the area. On...

Scottish Parliament: Finance and Public Services and Communities: Compulsory Purchase Orders (15 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: The minister will be aware that the Scottish compulsory purchase order reimbursement scheme has not been reviewed for many years, whereas the English scheme is reviewed annually to take account of rising house prices. In light of the houses that will be lost to the Aberdeen western peripheral route, will the minister ensure that the Scottish system is updated immediately so that it is fair...


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