Results 161–180 of 7495 for speaker:Ross Finnie

Scottish Parliament: Housing Strategy (16 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: That must be one of the longest press releases ever delivered to the chamber. This is not the first time that we have had a discussion on the general needs of housing and, although I recognise why we have a debate without a motion today, I think that that is unfortunate. I understand why we have had a general discussion about Scotland's housing, but there is a need for us to move quickly and...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Strategy (16 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: The point that I am trying to make is more fundamental—that we need a complete rethink. The minister raised a number of interesting questions in his 10 points. He talked about the increase in demand and stated that it will place heavy burdens on both local authorities and the public sector in general, but that is not necessarily true. If the rented sector were dramatically changed, we could...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Strategy (16 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: No, I regret that I am running out of time. I must say to the Conservative party that I know that it wants to tell us about the change to the right to buy—no doubt David McLetchie will repeat the statistics to us.

Scottish Parliament: Housing Strategy (16 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: Let us be clear. The changes that the right to buy effected mean that we are in a different position. To continue to say that the preservation of the right to buy is the most critical aspect of Scottish housing policy is to ignore the statistics on the problems that currently face us and the remedies that need to be applied. We must recognise that. On the condition of stock, I agree with the...

Scottish Parliament: Hunterston Power Station (Carbon Capture) (15 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: I am very pleased to present the motion to the chamber. I am well aware that we have debated—indeed, we voted—on the specifics of the section 36 application. We have not, however, as a chamber, had the opportunity to discuss the principles that surround the use and application of carbon capture and storage technology, how it might successfully or otherwise be introduced in Scotland and...

Scottish Parliament: Hunterston Power Station (Carbon Capture) (15 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: If there are inaccuracies in the motion, I regret to say that they are as nothing to the inaccuracies in the letter that Ayrshire Power circulated to members in advance of the debate. The public record of what I have said about this matter will show that I am not opposed in any way to the development of carbon capture and storage technology. As I have made clear on a large number of...

Scottish Parliament: Hunterston Power Station (Carbon Capture) (15 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: As a matter of principle, we expect SNH to protect our natural heritage. Apparently, it is able to negotiate with an applicant, but it is not prepared to tell the public or the Parliament what its intentions are regarding the SSSI. That is a dereliction of duty on the part of SNH. I have written to the Minister for Environment about the matter and I hope that it will be taken up. It is an...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Ambulance Service Call Handling (15 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: I, too, thank the cabinet secretary for providing an advance copy of her statement. Although we are reassured that the incident did not last for a prolonged period and that the contingency arrangements that had been put in place appear to have worked satisfactorily, the cabinet secretary will concede that making a statement of this nature serves a useful purpose in ensuring that the public...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (14 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths there were in cases where pressure ulcers or sores were listed on the death certificate as a contributory cause in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (14 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths there were in cases where pressure ulcers or sores were mentioned anywhere on the death certificate in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board.

Scottish Parliament: Independent Budget Review ( 9 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: If today's debate has done anything, it has proved how enormously difficult it is to achieve consensus when faced with the difficult challenge of reducing public expenditure. Understandably, no one wants to do that. Those who represent the bodies concerned do not want us to do it, either. Any chief of police will tell us that removing one policeman will dramatically affect crime; health board...

Scottish Parliament: Independent Budget Review ( 9 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: That gets us only part of the way. I really do not want to get into a silly debate about this, but if we are suggesting that there is to be serious pay constraint, there are a range of options about which there ought at least to be a debate. I might say, "I have an agreement with Jeremy Purvis about his pay and I want to renegotiate that agreement", but there are other options. I could say,...

Scottish Parliament: Independent Budget Review ( 9 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: That is exactly where I have been trying to get. Perhaps we have been trying to debate two or three things at the same time in the middle of the same debate. I will move on. The same applies in the national health service. Of course we are all anxious and we in the Liberal Democrats want to and will preserve free personal care. In order that we ensure that there are no unintended...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Alcohol (Minimum Price) ( 9 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: Given the need for the minimum price to effect a material change in public health in order to satisfy the requirements of article 36 of the Treaty of Lisbon, can the First Minister explain why his Government appears to have rejected the advice of medical experts, such as Dr Peter Rice of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, who considered the appropriate level to be 50p, and the Faculty of...

Scottish Parliament: Independent Budget Review ( 9 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: Is George Foulkes seriously suggesting that he has found a new definition of "structural deficit"? He referred to our deficit being repaid over time. That is not the definition of a structural deficit, and it is a structural deficit that this Government, this Parliament and the UK Government is having to deal with.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government's Programme ( 8 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: I am sorry that the First Minister—[ Interruption .] Oh. He has just entered the chamber. How splendid. Having sat through the whole debate—I appreciate that, given his office, he cannot be present for whole debates—I can convey to him how massively underwhelmed the whole Parliament has been by his programme, which he announced and then retired to his office to reflect on. The First...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government's Programme ( 8 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: I described the bills as "worthy". Let us not be so stupid. We will support the proposed private rented housing bill. We believe, and have said in the chamber, that issues relate to the private rented sector. We wished for measures on them to be incorporated in the existing Housing (Scotland) Bill, but that is not the point. We will support the proposed bill. We are extremely supportive of...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government's Programme ( 8 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: Finally, the First Minister also said: "If the arithmetic of the Parliament denies the will of the people". I remind him that the arithmetic of the Parliament is determined by an election that is held under the proportional representation system and that in no way does it deny the democratic will of the people of Scotland. It is arrogant to suggest otherwise. Let us not play with silly...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government's Programme ( 8 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Medical Negligence: Medical Negligence ( 8 Sep 2010)

Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many clinical negligence claims have been made against the NHS relating to pressure ulcers or sores in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS board; in how many of these cases was the NHS found guilty of clinical negligence, and how much compensation was paid in each case.


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