Results 101–120 of 2729 for speaker:David Davidson

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

David Davidson: I do not think that I said anything as simplistic as that. Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council have a very low tax base and they do not do well. [ Interruption. ] They must spend more than their GAE year on year. Aberdeen City Council has a structural deficit of £20 million. The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform can shake his head if he likes, but I got that figure...

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

David Davidson: It is very simple. There is not enough evidence to support anything, not enough facts are put on the ground and there are not enough explanations. All we have is a list of spending with nothing about outcomes. The two parties that occupy the middle of the chamber—they seem to be two different parties now—do not even agree with each other, yet we are supposed to have faith in the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Roads: Roads (25 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects that the A90 north of Aberdeen will be fully dualled.

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (24 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (24 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: As a health professional, I believe very much in good balanced nutrition for all. Among children in particular, we are seeing an epidemic of diabetes and a range of allergic responses and hypersensitivities due to poor nutrition, ignorance of risk and lack of exercise. The Executive should by now have sorted out the lack of opportunity for exercise in schools, yet the number of hours given...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (24 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: I do not disagree, but what age would children be by then? If possible, children should start learning lessons at their mother's knee. Sometimes, parents need help to do that. I am afraid that the Scottish Executive is again trying to impose more nanny-state medicine and to do away with the role and responsibility of parents. I accept that some parents need help. That reinforces my previous...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (24 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: I do not have time. The bill is far too prescriptive. It is not well written and it does not seem to have any sanctions. What role do ministers think that local education authorities will have? If a school does not deliver the state-prescribed diet, what sanctions will be imposed on councillors and the school? Why does the Executive seem hellbent on removing the responsibility of parents? By...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (24 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has provided guidance to local authority education departments on participation in crime prevention programmes that affect their local communities and, if so, whether it will publish such guidance.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Licensing: Licensing (24 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the National Licensing Forum last met and what issues were discussed.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Licensing: Licensing (24 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken by the National Licensing Forum in the last six months.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Hospital-Acquired Infection: Hospital-Acquired Infection (23 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have contracted MRSA during treatment at Aberdeen hospitals in each year since 2004, broken down by hospital.

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

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish any responses it has received from each local authority following its Grant Aided Expenditure announcement.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Network: Rail Network (19 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it still intends to reopen the Waverley railway line and, if so, when construction tendering will commence and what the maximum cost will be.

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: Presiding Officer, I apologise for the state of my throat and voice. I congratulate the Local Government and Transport Committee on its excellent job. I used to be a member of that committee, so I very much appreciate the work that the current members have done. Without their work, I suspect that members of my party would not be as sympathetic as we are to the bill's passage through stage 1....

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: I have simply repeated what others have said to me. They made the comments. I did not go out and ask them for them. Quite correctly, Fergus Ewing and others spoke about exit strategies. We have to ask why people stay in the profession—as it is called—and why they are there in the first place. We in Parliament need to do more to discover why people become involved. As David McLetchie...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Bridges: Bridges (12 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the results of its preliminary examination of the case for a new Forth crossing and who is contracted by either it or Transport Scotland to undertake the examination.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport (12 Jan 2007)

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

Scottish Parliament: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (11 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: I thank the clerks and the Scottish Parliament information centre for their support in helping the Justice 2 Committee to consider the bill, and I thank all those who provided written evidence and who gave oral evidence in committee meetings. The sentencing part of the bill seeks to end the current unconditional early-release system—witnesses who gave evidence to the committee widely...

Scottish Parliament: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (11 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: The reason for my dissension is simple: I feel that the bill does not do what it says on the tin and is not yet in a form that is worthy of support. An offender who has served less than six months will be required merely to be of good behaviour, not to reoffend and not to leave the country. Some witnesses are concerned that the conditions are not more meaningful. Prisoners are likely to...

Scottish Parliament: Investment in Public Services (10 Jan 2007)

David Davidson: I would like to correct the calculations that Elaine Murray made at the end of her speech, as she was in the mood to correct the calculations of others. I presume that if the flows from the UK Treasury were suddenly cut off, an independent Scotland would get to keep the taxes that it raised. Therefore, it was not very clever of her to finish on those figures. The debate has been full of...


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