Care Homes

Part of First Minister's Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:10 pm on 26th June 2003.

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Photo of Rt Hon Jack McConnell Rt Hon Jack McConnell Labour 3:10 pm, 26th June 2003

It would be helpful if Highland Council and the Church of Scotland had such a discussion. I am pleased that Jamie Stone helped me with the pronunciation of the home in Thurso. I am also pleased that, despite the stories that were circulating about the Church of Scotland's decisions and the potential for mass closure of facilities, the church has not immediately pursued such a course of action. There is an opportunity for a reasonable discussion about the way ahead and about the combination of capital investment, services and on-going revenue funding that might be required. The Church of Scotland has a proud record of providing good-quality care for people in Scotland and it is important that it retains as many of its facilities as is appropriate in the 21st century. I hope that that is the case in Jamie Stone's constituency as much as anywhere else.