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Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:49 pm on 16th June 1999.

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Photo of Dorothy-Grace Elder Dorothy-Grace Elder Independent 3:49 pm, 16th June 1999

I would like to inform Phil Gallie that the death of Natasha Smith in Easterhouse is perhaps the most important thing that has happened in the past few weeks, and we have been ignoring it.

I was at her funeral yesterday; she was aged four and a half. Natasha plunged from the window of her home-a little child who just ran to the window. I saw similar windows in the same block; they give way instantly. In Glasgow we have 57,000 council houses with windows that range from dodgy to unsafe; 30,000 do not even have basic safety catches. That is why that child died. We do not need to wait for the outcome of the autopsy. The child fell straight on her head on to concrete. Her fall was witnessed by other little children and by neighbours and, if the Parliament is going to be family friendly, I must appeal to the members on the other side of the chamber to show proof of that-