Results 21–40 of 7495 for speaker:Ross Finnie

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

Ross Finnie: The Scottish Liberal Democrats voted against the bill at stage 1. We did so because of a number of quite important principles to do with the purpose of legislation, which have been widely debated and rehearsed, particularly by me and the cabinet secretary. That was a not unhelpful discourse. We will support this much-amended bill this evening; I will explain why in a moment. However, I am...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Waste Incineration Plant (Loganswell) (23 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: I, too, congratulate Jackson Carlaw on securing this debate. Of course, he can always be relied on for a colourful flourish. First, we had the visual image of East Renfrewshire turning into the ashtray of the west of Scotland and, as Patrick Harvie mentioned, we were given visions—perhaps going further than any of us would have wished—of “Quatermass”. This is a serious issue, although...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Waste Incineration Plant (Loganswell) (23 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: We may laugh, but it is a serious issue. We have a statutory responsibility for the collection of municipal waste, so we can make an impact through regulation, incentives and other means to ensure that people reuse, reduce and recycle. However, from my time as the Minister for Environment and Rural Development I know that the question of going beyond that and adding a mixture of industrial...

Scottish Parliament: Early Intervention (10 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: I welcome the Conservative motion and the opportunity that it gives us to discuss early intervention. Although the motion and amendments have differences of emphasis, they show a great deal of consensus on the broad approach that we seek to adopt. Coming from the West of Scotland and an area of traditional deprivation, I am conscious that many of the problems that we seek to address are...

Scottish Parliament: Early Intervention (10 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: My serious point is that what was started with the early changes to the health visitor service was done with good intentions. We should not forget that some of the real difficulties that emerged from making those changes, to which the minister and Murdo Fraser have alluded, have caused us real problems. The service is still under review. The minister has issued revised guidance on Hall 4, and...

Scottish Parliament: Early Intervention (10 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: The debate has been consensual, by and large, with a single exception. I always enjoy Helen Eadie’s staunch and resolute defence of a perfect Labour Party, which sees no evil, does no evil and has done no evil. I gently make the point to Helen Eadie that for bankers, the biggest benefit that they are currently getting is from the interest on the monumental debt that the Labour Government...

Scottish Parliament: Early Intervention (10 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: I will be delighted to do so, if it is very brief.

Scottish Parliament: Early Intervention (10 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: Lord Oakeshott. Splendid gentleman. I know Matthew well; he is an excellent fellow. Christine Grahame made an interesting point about there being different relationships and characters, but I do not think that what I said about generational problems and what she said about relationships are mutually exclusive positions, because relationship issues can be traced through three generations of a...

Scottish Parliament: Early Intervention (10 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: I am not entirely sure about the correlation between the two. I know that the SNP thinks that every problem would be solved by our being independent, but let us not spoil the morning by getting into the fiscal autonomy debate.

Scottish Parliament: Early Intervention (10 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: Well, we could ruin a good day. There is now much greater consensus about the importance of early intervention. I do not criticise the current Government, which has travelled in that direction. We all understand that some of the early attempts to deal with the problems simply focused on the wrong area. If we are genuine about recognising the importance of early intervention and the benefits...

Scottish Parliament: St Margaret of Scotland Hospice (10 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: I congratulate Des McNulty on securing a debate on St Margaret’s for the third time. I am only sorry that he has had to do so. It is with great sadness that we have found it necessary to continue the debate, but continue it we will. I will not rehearse what has been said about the excellent facilities and staff at the hospice. Anyone who is listening to the debate should be in no doubt that...

Scottish Parliament: Certification of Death (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 3 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: The prospect of being able to take part in the scrutiny of a bill such as the Certification of Death (Scotland) Bill will almost undoubtedly guarantee that the number of candidates who offer themselves for election to the Parliament in May will reach record levels. As Richard Simpson said, this is a serious debate. The certification of death is an important matter. The legislation on it is...

Scottish Parliament: Certification of Death (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 3 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: I hear Dr McKee trying to correct me again. The important point is that, in all walks of life where there are attempts by some perverse purpose to subvert a system, there needs to be a system of checks and balances. Therefore, I hope that the Government is not reading into the committee’s and parties’ criticism of the level of check and balance some view that we aspire to eliminating the...

Scottish Parliament: Certification of Death (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 3 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: One of the unanimous committee conclusions is to be found at paragraph 121 of our report: “The Committee also notes the need for expedited procedures where bodies were being donated for medical research and notes the Minister’s response that this would be dealt with in guidance.” Now that Mr Stevenson has addressed us, we have to reconsider that unanimous conclusion. Apparently, there...

Scottish Parliament: Certification of Death (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 ( 3 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: I thank the minister for that, but I reiterate what I said—and the minister might care to refer back to the Official Report. I was clear in making the point that 10 per cent was the figure that was put to the committee. I was not seeking a 10 per cent result. I am absolutely clear about the matter, but if the minister’s statisticians or directorates can come back to me—I cannot speak...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Dentistry: Dentistry ( 3 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people aged (a) under five, (b) five to 18 and (c) over 18 had teeth extracted in the (i) NHS general and (ii) hospital dental service setting in 2009-10.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Electricity: Electricity ( 1 Feb 2011)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37929 by John Swinney on 16 December 2010, what the status of the 2011 National Planning Framework Monitoring Report will be in project decision-making and development plan preparation.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Alcohol Misuse: Alcohol Misuse (31 Jan 2011)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) average and (b) maximum waiting time is from referral to treatment for alcohol addiction, broken down by NHS board.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Dentistry: Dentistry (31 Jan 2011)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teeth were extracted in the NHS general dental service setting in 2009-10.


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