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Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Gypsy Traveller Sites (1 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to give local authorities more powers to move unauthorised Gypsy or Traveller encampments quickly to official sites and to recover the costs of relocation, provision of toilet and waste facilities and clean-up after the unauthorised sites have closed. (S2O-11837)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Gypsy Traveller Sites (1 Feb 2007)

David Davidson: I thank the minister for her partial answer and for the copy of the guide on unauthorised camping that she very kindly sent me the other week. At the moment, Aberdeen City Council is desperately trying to close an unauthorised site, but it does not have the powers to do so. It has tried informal methods, it has tried discussion and it has tried mediation—which we talked about a moment ago....

Scottish Parliament: Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill (31 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: I welcome the minister's comments and the clarity that she attempted to give. We in the Conservative party welcome much of the content of the bill. A number of concerns have been raised with us on different sides of the argument about the enforcement powers that are contained in the bill and about the fact that much of the detail will be left to secondary legislation. That is a petty issue,...

Scottish Parliament: Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: Bill Butler has been stoical in canvassing support for the bill. As he made clear, today's debate is about its general principles, not about the nuts and bolts of how his proposed system would work. I was pleased that in his opening speech he talked about changes that he would be willing to accept, such as on loss of earnings. He also said that he wants to re-examine the rural-urban split....

Scottish Parliament: Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: I take the minister's point, but the same argument applies—the Executive is hell bent on getting through legislation that is not well written. The minister mentioned the conflicts between local and central decision making and the uncertainty that would be created if the bill's proposals were adopted. I do not argue with the fact that the NHS is a national service. If the minister had said...

Scottish Parliament: Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: I will give way in a minute, minister. The minister has taken a short-term approach. We are discussing the principle of allowing the public some input—whether on a geographic basis or otherwise—to health board decisions at local level. Like Jamie Stone, Mike Rumbles is keen to have directly elected health boards, but apparently his support is conditional on the use of STV. If the proposal...

Scottish Parliament: Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: It is not the first time the Liberals have changed their minds. I think the Scottish National Party, too, favours adoption of an STV system. Shona Robison spoke about keeping politics out of the health service. My colleague Nanette Milne laid out of our case for continued negotiation. We cannot support the proposal for 50 per cent plus one of board members to be directly elected, but if Bill...

Scottish Parliament: Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: I do not argue that there is no direct link or that the minister is not accountable to Parliament, which is accountable to the people. However, we need to ensure that there are people on health boards who will fight local people's corner. Some of the people who have been appointed to health boards do that, but the situation is not uniform across the country.

Scottish Parliament: Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: I am not suggesting that there should be majority control—I have never said that about health boards. Elected members should not take over the ship, but there should be a percentage of influence by them. Bill Butler knows well that that is the position of the Conservative party. If the bill gets to stage 2, we have no intention of continuing to support it unless Bill Butler gives way on the...

Scottish Parliament: Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: Is the member on the brink of supporting some new Liberal Democrat pledge to give responsibility for primary care to the local authorities?

Scottish Parliament: Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: Bill Butler said that he would be prepared to accept various amendments at stage 2, but what would he do if health boards as we know them were abolished? There has been talk of such a move. Also, what are his thoughts about the operation of the community health partnerships?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (31 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to allow patients and prescribers access to orphan drugs.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (31 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when prescribers will be able to prescribe lenalidomide to patients who suffer from multiple myeloma.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2007 (Draft) (25 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: Will Mr Rumbles take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2007 (Draft) (25 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: David McLetchie will open for us.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: rose —

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: The minister is hazarding some guesses. As the SNP is totally dependent on oil and as the oil west of Shetland, which will be the future, will be three or four times as expensive to exploit, what does he think that the SNP will do with tax rates to make up for that loss?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: I am sorry to say that this is the eighth budget debate that I have sat through, but nothing seems to have changed in principle. In his opening speech, the minister made some fair comments. We agree that the process is not transparent—we have been saying that for the past eight years. I liked even better his comment about transparency, when he said that he wants to "shine a brighter light"...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: In a minute. Is the local government distribution formula fair to councils? We are not arguing about how much money has gone out. There might be a lot of money in the pot, but it all seems to end up in the central belt, if we consider the councils that are spending more than their grant-aided expenditure. I am talking about an individual council exercise, not just a glossy, over-the-top...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: I am on the record in the Finance Committee throughout the first session of Parliament talking constantly about outcomes, rather than spending. Spending figures can give a false impression. The public initially think, "Things will get better, because there is extra money. We'll get to see the doctor quicker and there'll be a dentist somewhere or other," and so on. However, that has taken...


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