Results 121–140 of 7495 for speaker:Ross Finnie

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

Ross Finnie: If the purpose is not to effect savings but to create the best possible structure, will the minister concede that it is an inherent conflict of interest to combine a body that has the task of appraising policy with one that has the purpose of developing and promoting policy?

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Obesity and Diabetes (28 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: To ask the First Minister what preventative action the Scottish Government is taking to tackle obesity and address increasing rates of diabetes. (S3F-2647)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Obesity and Diabetes (28 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: I am grateful to the First Minister for that reply. I sit on the Health and Sport Committee, and I am well aware of the plan to reduce the impact of diabetes. My question was more directly about the specific steps that the Government wants to take to try and stop the onset of type 2 diabetes. I wish to press the First Minister on that aspect.

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy (28 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: Will the minister take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy (28 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: No doubt the minister has had more jobs than there are members of the Parliament. There are two matters that we must address. First, Lewis Macdonald was right to remind us that the problem with the fossil fuel levy moneys has proved difficult. However, with respect, the Labour members are on extremely shaky ground because they failed absolutely to advance any prospect of a solution. The...

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy (28 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: I say to the minister that standing and waving at me like a traffic policeman is unlikely to induce me to give way.

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy (28 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: On that basis, I am more generously prepared to give way.

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy (28 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: I am glad that the minister has caught the point, because that is the position. That is the difficulty. It is not an easy matter than can simply be resolved. The UK Government's proposal is an active proposition. Of course we could consider reforming the Barnett formula and a total reform of the Scottish consolidated fund, but the UK Government has proposed a mechanism that allows the money...

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy (28 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: No. Access to the money has been the problem, and the Government in Westminster has made a proposal. I deeply regret that the Government in Holyrood is not engaging with the UK Government on how that money can be delivered most efficiently and effectively.

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy (28 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: I do not deny that there is a pressing issue there, but Wendy Alexander will have to accept, although I think that she will not agree with me, that the whole profiling of capital and revenue expenditure has to be seriously amended to take account of the financial situation. There must be priorities within that. In conclusion, the priority is to elevate the importance of both offshore...

Scottish Parliament: Support for Business (28 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: Will it have one R or two?

Scottish Parliament: Sport ( 7 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: I add my congratulations to James Kelly on bringing such an important debate before us and on his impeccable timing, having landed it in the middle of the Commonwealth games. Earlier in the debate, I was a little inhibited by sitting so close to the only other person in the room who is qualified to teach physical education—Margo MacDonald—and finding in front of me, assisting Nanette...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: National Health Service (Alcoholic Parents) ( 7 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: Does the First Minister agree that part of the problem of excess parental consumption of alcohol might be down to the fact that only 15 per cent of Scots can estimate correctly the number of alcohol units in a normal-strength bottle of wine?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Care of Elderly People: Care of Elderly People ( 4 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospital admissions of patients aged 60 and over there have been in each year since 2000, broken down by NHS board.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Care of Elderly People: Care of Elderly People ( 4 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the impact that free personal care has had in terms of reducing hospital admissions among older patients.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Sport: Sport ( 4 Oct 2010)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost is of the Active Nation campaign.

Scottish Parliament: Rural Affairs and the Environment: Portencross Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest (30 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the renotification process for the Portencross coast site of special scientific interest will take place. (S3O-11549)

Scottish Parliament: Rural Affairs and the Environment: Portencross Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest (30 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: The difficulty with SNH's current position is that the public are entitled to know what are the boundaries of the SSSI that SNH, as the relevant statutory body, seeks to protect. SNH has not disclosed what the boundaries might be after the renotification, but it is nonetheless prepared to enter negotiations with a private developer and to disclose to it what the boundaries might be. I believe...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Obesity (30 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: Given that the authors of the health survey describe the adult obesity figures as showing no significant change and the trend in children's BMI as "unusual", is the First Minister concerned that, with 30 per cent of children having an unhealthy BMI, Scotland still faces a major, long-term problem with obesity?

Scottish Parliament: Broadcasting: "The recommendations of the Commission on Scottish Devolution regarding Scottish Parliament procedures" (29 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: These are always difficult debates. It is interesting that, although parliamentarians are swift to criticise procedures and quick to rise to their feet to make points of order, they rarely refer to the particular rule in standing orders to which their point relates, often because, as further inspection reveals, their point is not contained within standing orders and is, therefore, not a point...


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