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Scottish Parliament: Coeliac Disease (14 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: Gordon Banks MP and I came to an understanding one day when I turned up with him at Tayside police: he was puzzled because I had a different plate of food from everybody else's, and I ended up sharing it with him. I am the one in a hundred in this Parliament. The disease was diagnosed only five years ago. I congratulate Margo MacDonald on securing the debate. Some of the things that have been...

Scottish Parliament: Coeliac Disease (14 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: As others have said, the problem means that there is no absorption of anything. I had thought that I was doing rather well on my diet, but I found out the hard way that I was not. Because of one of my symptoms, my condition had earlier been misdiagnosed. Eleanor Scott spoke about the minefield of eating out. Another example could be eating on flights. We might have booked a meal in advance...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 (14 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I am not quite sure what that rant was about, but I suspect that it has more to do with the election than this budget debate.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 (14 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: It was not hard, Mrs MacDonald. Tom McCabe started off full of self-praise, as usual. We hear the annual spin at these budget bill debates because, as Mark Ballard said, the only person who can amend what goes on is the minister, which means that the debates are slightly false. The minister claimed that he was prudent yet ambitious, and went on to expand on the subject of transparency. I ask...

Scottish Parliament: School Transport Safety (8 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I congratulate Maureen Watt on securing the debate. All of us in the north-east have an interest in the issue because of the state of some of the school buses that are being used there. The Netherley bus crash took place just along from my home and I knew most of the children on the bus—they are neighbours' children. After the crash, I went to the school to talk to the staff and the school...

Scottish Parliament: School Transport Safety (8 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I am grateful for that, and I am sure that the committee has the Parliament's support. The debate is not about petty party squabbles about what happened on a council. The Parliament should be involved in standardising the approaches in Scotland, because we have a duty of care. Parents, schools and local authorities must be assured that the buses that are used for contract runs are fit for...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Off-sales (8 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to amend the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 to regulate the off-sales sector. (S2O-11931)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Off-sales (8 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I welcome the minister's answer as, after the farce of passing the Licensing (Scotland) Bill, it is about time that the Executive did something. As long as it is constructive, I welcome it. The minister will recall that, some years ago, I discussed with Mary Mulligan in the chamber the application of a proof-of-age card scheme throughout Scotland. That is what the Scottish Grocers Federation...

Scottish Parliament: Forth and Tay Bridges Tolls (8 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: Well, we have heard some real hypocrisy this morning. First, I want to name someone who is not in the chamber—Willie Rennie MP—because the very mention of his name brings to mind the posturing of the Liberal Democrats at the previous general election. We have heard some good, honest and candid speeches from Scott Barrie, Iain Smith and several other members, who have stated their belief...

Scottish Parliament: Forth and Tay Bridges Tolls (8 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: No, not at this time. I have no doubt that all the manifestos will change in light of this debate. Tricia Marwick was right to suggest that we should compare members' comments this morning with the parties' manifesto promises and draw all that to people's attention. I note that the minister has a slight smirk on his face; perhaps he knows something that I do not. We need to consider issues...

Scottish Parliament: Forth and Tay Bridges Tolls (8 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Forth and Tay Bridges Tolls (8 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I take it that the model that the member mentioned was used in dealing with tolls on the Erskine bridge. If not, what was the difference?

Scottish Parliament: Forth and Tay Bridges Tolls (8 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: It is easy for us to say that the order is an election bribe—it is all about timing, as they say. Derek Brownlee was not wrong when he said that people are not daft. The Executive can spin the numbers as much as it likes, but the money comes from the public, so it is giving them back their money. We need to put things in perspective. Others have considered the time that has passed since the...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I seem to remember the First Minister making a commitment about what the levels would be last year—and all of a sudden it went terribly quiet. It was interesting to hear Mike Rumbles and other Liberal Democrats talk about their nice style of local income tax. I presume that it will be in Mike Rumbles's literature, as well as everyone else's, that as well as the 6.5 per cent increase in...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: Not at this time.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: Speaking from a sedentary position is rude. That is fine. Brian Adam talked in quite an excited manner about the SNP. Unfortunately, he is not here to respond.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I beg his pardon; he has moved seats. It was interesting that Brian Adam and Maureen Watt talked about the review of the funding formula, which we all agree is necessary. I say in response to Paul Martin's comment about deprivation, yes, good work on deprivation was done in each council ward in Scotland a few years back—about 2000—but it was not converted into the funding formula and...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government: Local Government (6 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all local authorities have been consulted on any new responsibilities and costs resulting from any legislation introduced since January 2006 and, if so, whether it will publish their responses, broken down by local authority.


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