Results 101–120 of 7495 for speaker:Ross Finnie

Scottish Parliament written answers — Ministerial Correspondence: Ministerial Correspondence (11 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many written representations have been made to (a) the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, (b) the Minister for Public Health and (c) other ministers regarding out-of-hours healthcare provision.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Ministerial Correspondence: Ministerial Correspondence (11 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many written complaints have been made to (a) the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, (b) the Minister for Public Health and (c) other ministers regarding out-of-hours healthcare provision.

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill (10 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: The bill has been difficult for a variety of reasons. As a member of the Health and Sport Committee, I am fully aware of the complexities that we faced in assessing it. I take the opportunity to thank publicly the clerks to the committee for their enormous support of that work. The bill was promoted with great energy. That is understandable because, if Government ministers do not promote a...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 11 — Regulations under section 10(1): further provision (10 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: I am deeply grateful to the cabinet secretary for establishing earlier that consistency in the application of sunset clauses is not a requirement during the passage of the bill. Therefore, on this occasion, I intend to support Murdo Fraser's sunset clause. I was not going to do so, but I was tempted by the cabinet secretary, who made that principled position clear. My Liberal Democrat...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 11 — Regulations under section 10(1): further provision (10 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: Amendment 39 is simply an attempt to extend the scope of consultation in section 11 to voluntary organisations and others with an interest in health policy. If there is a social responsibility levy and a consultation process, those groups ought to be formally recognised in that place. Obviously, we will support amendment 40, which was lodged on behalf of the Subordinate Legislation...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 10 — Licence holders: social responsibility levy (10 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: I do not know whether Murdo Fraser misunderstood my earlier comments; I think that I made it fairly clear that I supported the rejection of the polluter-pays principle. Therefore, I oppose Murdo Fraser's amendments. I understand Murdo Fraser's wish to restrict the application of the levy, but if we are to have a provision that deals only with those who have committed an offence, it seems to...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 10 — Licence holders: social responsibility levy (10 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: I regret to say that even at this late stage the whole question of the social responsibility levy remains unclear. Although I accept that it would not be competent to delete section 10, I was minded to do so. I accept that a wrecking amendment to part 2 would not be acceptable at this stage. We remain very unclear as to the exact import of the approach in part 2. It started as a...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 8A — Presumption against prohibition on off-sales to under 21s (10 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: It is important to recall that the Parliament as a whole has already voted on the matter, at which point it roundly rejected any form of discrimination against people between the ages of 18 and 21. The proposal was further rejected at stage 2 of the bill. I have looked back over the matter and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that no discussion was had and no evidence led in the debate...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 4 — Off-sales: location of drinks promotions (10 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: The Liberal Democrats will support amendments 4 to 6 but wholly without prejudice to Dr Richard Simpson's habit of reading in-store magazines. On amendments 24 and 25, we do not regard the question of trying to curb and clamp down on drinks promotions as controversial. It was not controversial in committee and is not controversial now, therefore we do not see that any purpose is served by...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: After section 5 (10 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: This is an extraordinary position. The Labour Party brought the matter to the committee at stage 2. No evidence on it had been led or heard by the committee. At that stage, the committee made it fairly clear, and even the minister made it clear, that the matter could be looked at if people were prepared to take it further, but that offer was rejected, and the Labour Party pressed the matter...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Before section 3 (10 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: We were strongly attracted to the proposition that Ian McKee put at stage 2, when he made a genuine effort to restrict promotions that might be exploited by the industry. I acknowledge that he has worked very hard on his amendments but, on closer examination, the scope and reach of amendments 26 and 27 would lead to a number of unintended consequences, so we cannot support them. However, we...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Before section 2 (10 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: The accusation that parties did not study this matter with care is unfounded. The evidence that came before the Health and Sport Committee and the questions that were asked there show that a great deal of time and effort were spent on probing and testing, as any committee and any Parliament should, whether the measure stacked up. I confess that the Liberal Democrats will not support the...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Power Stations ( 4 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: If we leave aside the bombastic rhetoric of the last reply—

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Power Stations ( 4 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: The member really should not become confused by listening to his own rhetoric and the echo.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Power Stations ( 4 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: The Scottish Government insisted on including new, fossil fuel-fired power stations in the national planning framework 2. Why did it do that when the report "The Power of Scotland Renewed—Clean, green energy for the nation's future" shows that it is entirely plausible that no large-scale, fossil fuel-fired generation capacity need remain online by 2030?

Scottish Parliament: Official Report 4 November 2010: Managing Scotland's Finance ( 4 Nov 2010)

Ross Finnie: I will borrow a phrase from Mr Francey, who used to commentate for BBC Radio Scotland—oh dearie, dearie me. When I read the debate's title, I thought, "Good." I thought that the general clamour that was evident some weeks ago for the Parliament to devote more time to discussing in a concrete and constructive way how we would manage Scotland's finances had been taken on board and that, even...

Scottish Parliament: Carers and Young Carers Strategy (28 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: This is one among a number of the issues that are debated in this chamber for which it is self-evident that there is a broad measure of cross-party support, and so there should be. As a consequence, progress has been made during this session of Parliament. I am not going to suggest that we have either made progress at the right pace or covered every issue—I would certainly not suggest...

Scottish Parliament: Carers and Young Carers Strategy (28 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: I will be happy to support it provided that I can see the mechanisms that will support it. Allocating sums of money is helpful, and it would be churlish to suggest that that is not a way of providing assistance, but I would like to see a little more flesh on how we are to resolve the seemingly intractable problem—which is not a creation of the Government—of turning the theory of those...

Scottish Parliament: Education and Lifelong Learning: Scottish Education Quality and Improvement Agency (28 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much net saving per annum it expects to make through the replacement of Learning and Teaching Scotland and HM Inspectorate of Education with the new Scottish education quality and improvement agency. (S3O-11662)


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