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Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: The debate has been interesting. A number of strands have run through it, and a number of interesting speeches have been made. The debate started with Charlie Gordon’s long-held and robust views on the reregulation of transport, although that required to be redefined as the debate progressed. I worried for a moment that Jackson Carlaw was going to read to us passages from Margaret...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Services Regulation (17 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: Karen Gillon expressly made a point about the tax on fuel for bus companies. Stewart Stevenson declared his interest as a bus pass holder. I did not quite catch the next bit of what he said, but it is impossible for us not to believe that he will say in his memoirs that he was also a bus driver. Those of us who have listened to his extensive speeches in recent years will find it impossible...

Scottish Parliament: Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: Too much information.

Scottish Parliament: Certification of Death (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: I have much enjoyed working with Ian McKee and wholly support the substance of his amendment 3. However, it is a pity that it is ungrammatical. Given that the subject of the sentence in section 8(2) is “the medical reviewer”, the use of the subjective pronoun “who” instead of the objective pronoun “whom” in the amendment is, I think, much to be regretted.

Scottish Parliament: Certification of Death (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: The bill was interesting. When it first came before the Health and Sport Committee, there was a sense that it was a relatively simple matter and that it would be disposed of relatively quickly. However, it proved to be rather different once we got into the detail. As the minister pointed out, the proposal was based on extensive work by a review group and the model that the Government chose...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cancer: Cancer (11 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to consider introducing (a) image assisted screening or (b) testing for human papilloma virus (HPV) in screening for cervical cancer and, if so, over what timescale.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cancer: Cancer (11 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a pilot exercise is taking place, or is planned, for (a) image assisted screening or (b) testing for human papilloma virus (HPV) in screening for cervical cancer and, if so, over what timescale.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cancer: Cancer (11 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a decision on the introduction of (a) image assisted screening or (b) testing for human papilloma virus (HPV) in screening for cervical cancer would be taken on a comparative or individual basis.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cancer: Cancer (11 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the liquid-based cytology equipment used in primary screening for cervical cancer to come to the end of its working life.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cancer: Cancer (11 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria would be applied in considering the introduction of (a) image assisted screening and (b) human papilloma virus (HPV) testing in screening for cervical cancer.

Scottish Parliament: Lee Jeans Sit-in (10 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: I well remember the Lee jeans sit-in, as I visited the factory on a number of occasions. I was then a Liberal councillor in Inverclyde and also the vice-chairman of the Scottish Liberal Party. I thank Duncan McNeil for bringing the debate to the chamber, because I am in no doubt that the sit-in was an enormous triumph for the 240 women in the factory. It was a tremendous triumph for the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cancer: Cancer (10 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the national screening programme for cervical cancer over the next five years.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cancer: Cancer (10 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the benefits of (a) image assisted screening and (b) testing for human papilloma virus (HPV) in screening for cervical cancer.

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Staff: NHS Staff (10 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of concerns raised regarding staffing, training and planning issues for paediatric services in the West of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Staff: NHS Staff (10 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address staffing pressures facing paediatric services in the West of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: “Report on preventative spending” (9 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: The debate has been interesting and, by and large, consensual. Like several members who have spoken, but not the majority, I do not serve on the Finance Committee, so I read the report with much interest but without having had the close involvement of the members who participated in its formulation. I associate myself with the many kind and absolutely deserved remarks that have been made to...

Scottish Parliament: Fuel Duty (2 Mar 2011)

Ross Finnie: It would have been Stewart Stevenson’s 401st contribution.

Scottish Parliament: Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: I am very supportive of the amendments in Richard Simpson’s name, and I am deeply grateful to Irene Oldfather for advising the Parliament that she sought advice before lodging her amendment, and for telling us that she was advised that the wording as proposed in amendment 1 would not cover or extend to adults with incapacity. Members ought to reflect for a moment on that advice, which I...

Scottish Parliament: Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: I rise to indicate Liberal Democrat support for the amendments. I, too, express my gratitude to the cabinet secretary for the briefing on the subject. Like Jackie Baillie, I think that it is right and proper that the earliest opportunity should be taken to introduce the provisions following the changes that have been announced. I understand the propriety of the cabinet secretary requiring to...

Scottish Parliament: Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: I have no problems at all with amendment 7, but I have a problem with amendment 8. The schedule to the bill is headed “Health care principles”—it is not a detailed manual of how health care is to be delivered in every circumstance in every hospital, by every roadside, on every pathway and in any other circumstance that we might care to think of. In the context of the problems that we...


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