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

David Davidson: I am not calling for anything other than clarity and honesty from Mr McCabe. He tells us that everything is wonderful out there, but it is not. He is loading the burden on to local taxpayers through their council tax.

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

David Davidson: Not at the moment. If we consider all the issues that I mentioned, we can see that there is a slight contrast with what Mr McCabe was saying. Mr Swinney said that GERS is out of date, that there is a £500 million error here and lots of other errors there and that there are caveats and warnings attached to it. We would all agree with that; I think that the minister himself agreed with that—

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

David Davidson: The minister's colleagues have said that it is not the most accurate of documents, although its general thrust seems to be quite reasonable. Three members have mentioned the lack of clarity that the Howat report would have provided. The clarity that that report would have given could have saved a lot of time this afternoon by solving some of the arguments that have gone back and forward. If...

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

David Davidson: The only tax that the Executive has wielded has been its attack on business through the business rate which, for the past few years, has made us uncompetitive with our English neighbours. The answer lies with the Executive because it is a centrally driven tax. I do not want there to be 32 different versions of the business rate, with businesses scrambling around to move to somewhere with a...

Scottish Parliament: Budget Process 2007-08 (21 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I note that during the debate, ministers moved rather far apart from each other. Now the Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform has deserted the ship.

Scottish Parliament: Budget Process 2007-08 (21 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I will give way later. Mr McAveety can work on his speech. Members on the Conservative benches welcome the Finance Committee's report and share many of the committee's concerns, particularly about transparency and openness. Wendy Alexander started her speech well—that is her style—and captured the issues and challenges that the committee addressed. She divided her speech into three parts:...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Accessible Buses (21 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: In large parts of Scotland, disabled people cannot access bus services because there is simply none available to them. What plans does the Executive have to ensure that community transport groups are supplied with the correct vehicles to offer a service to those people?

Scottish Parliament: Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill (20 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: The Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill was introduced by Adam Ingram MSP on 29 September 2006. Its aim is to provide for a final right of appeal to a civil appeals committee in the Court of Session and to abolish the right of appeal to the House of Lords. Rule 9.3.1 of the standing orders states that "A Bill shall on introduction be accompanied by a written statement signed by the Presiding...

Scottish Parliament: Accountability and Governance (20 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I congratulate the Finance Committee on its report. Unlike other members, I did not find it dull. I do not know what that says about me. Members from a number of parties have made good and sensible contributions to the debate. I take off my hat to Des McNulty, who has been described as "a dog with a bone" by his Labour colleagues. He made a start on something that many members have an...

Scottish Parliament: Accountability and Governance (20 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I wonder whether Mr Lyon also has the statistics on how many people work in quangos now compared with 1997, and also what the relative costs are. I will move on. The minister mentioned the Crerar investigation. I have always held the view that, when an independent investigation is carried out, everything sits on the back burner and no progress is made in case it does not match the results of...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I joined the Justice 2 Committee as convener on day 1 of stage 2 of the bill, which gave me a real introduction to the trenches in the front line—I had to read hundreds of submissions. I pay tribute to all the people who sent evidence to the committee at an early stage and wrote copious amounts of mail to us thereafter—demonstrating that people acknowledge the usefulness of the work of...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Schedule 1 — The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I have listened to what the minister said, but I will press amendment 181.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Schedule 1 — The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: With amendment 184, I seek that accounts and reports would come to Parliament and not to ministers. That would add to the atmosphere of independence and accountability that we hope will be generated around the proposed commission. Apart from some set-up costs, the Executive is not funding the commission; it will therefore not be taxpayers who fund it, but legal practitioners. Parliament...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Schedule 1 — The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: The minister and I simply do not agree. I will press amendment 184.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: After section 45A (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: Amendment 163 and the rest of the amendments in the group are welcome additions to the grant aid power. For clarity, does the minister see this as a loans system to help people to get access to and to use their right to raise a case in the court on a basis that will be fiscally neutral for the public purse?

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Schedule 1 — The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: The independence of the commission is crucial. [ Interruption. ] I apologise, Presiding Officer—I have now turned off my phone. Many members have difficulties with questions relating to the commission's independence. They and people outside the Parliament are greatly concerned about how independent an organisation whose members are appointed by ministers will be. The minister and her...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Schedule 1 — The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I must simply say to Mr Purvis that we are dealing with the bill that is before us today. I do not know why he is bringing in an argument about something else.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Schedule 1 — The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I do not have time. Quite simply, I intend to press amendment 175.

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Schedule 1 — The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: Amendment 181 is a paving amendment for amendment 183. The argument for amendment 183 is that it provides an opportunity to set up a determination committee for the new commission. According to the bill, as currently drafted, the functions of the commission can be exercised by any of the persons mentioned in paragraph 13(1) of schedule 1, including a member of staff of the SLCC. The only...

Scottish Parliament: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 44 — Criminal legal aid in solemn proceedings (14 Dec 2006)

David Davidson: I appreciate the flexibility that the minister seeks to introduce, but it is important that the details are clearly set out so that the Scottish Legal Aid Board can be properly audited and understood by the many people who wish to take advantage of its services. I am looking for an assurance from the minister that we will be able to know where all this will be laid out clearly, so that those...


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