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Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 : Thursday, October 30, 2014
2. Ruth Davidson (Glasgow) (Con)

Johann Lamont and I come from different political backgrounds, but I recognise her as a woman of principle and substance, and she has always put her commitment to serve above public ambition. For me, she is the sort of public servant that we need more of in Scottish politics. I have great cause to be grateful to her for the leadership role that she took in the better together campaign.

To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S4F-02336)



Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 : Thursday, October 30, 2014
Ruth Davidson

Last year, the Scottish Government won plaudits when it stepped in to bring Prestwick airport into public ownership. It bought it for £1 and has since pledged £25 million to keep it afloat.

However, there has since then been a string of broken promises in outlining Prestwick’s commercial future. First, in February, a French consultant was brought in, on a three-month contract, to map out where the Government should go, and we were promised that there would be a report in the summer. In June, Nicola Sturgeon appeared before a parliamentary committee and said that a business plan would be published

“in the next couple of months.”—[Official Report, Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee, 18 June 2014; c 3272.]

Then, a couple of months later, when the plan should have been published, Transport Scotland said that a strategic vision document outlining the future of the airport would

“be published in October.”

October has one day left. Will we finally hear that plan tomorrow? Can the First Minister tell us how the plan will provide a clear path back to private ownership?



Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 : Thursday, October 30, 2014
Ruth Davidson

I am glad to hear that the report will finally be published. I point out to the First Minister that we have long backed a plan to return the airport to private ownership, and that my colleague John Scott has rightly been working with people on the ground to make that happen. What we need from the report, which we are told will be published in the next few days, is a proper route map so that workers at Prestwick airport and the people who rely on it see that it has a proper future. We will not get that from a fudge that, once again, sees the Government kicking the can down the road.

After more than a year of uncertainty, we need the matter to be sorted now, for the long term. In his short remaining term of office—in his final weeks in post—will the First Minister ensure that he and his deputy, who is also the cabinet secretary responsible for infrastructure, come back to Parliament with clear and unambiguous plans?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
2. Ruth Davidson (Glasgow) (Con)

I add my condolences and those of my party to the family of Angus Macleod, who wrote with a clarity and a humanity that added hugely to the political life of Scotland.

To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S4F-02317)



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Ruth Davidson

Last week, the First Minister got caught out pretending that the Commonwealth games was the reason why his Government had cut health spending in Scotland. Despite that being exposed as arrant nonsense, the First Minister has continued to claim that, over the past five years,

“National health service spending in Scotland has increased in real terms”.—[Official Report, 2 October 2014; c 14.]

Does he still hold that view?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Ruth Davidson

After last week’s First Minister’s questions, I decided to double-check whether, as the First Minister has just said,

“every single penny of consequentials”

has indeed been passed on. This time, we double-checked with the Parliament’s own independent and impartial information centre. Guess what? Looking at health spending over the past five years, it concluded that the figures show a drop in spending

“equivalent to a 1.2% fall in the health budget in real terms”.

That is hundreds of millions of pounds.

The analysis also notes that the figures “do not include sport”, so the First Minister’s Commonwealth games excuse is rubbish, and it has been shown to be rubbish twice.

The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies says that the First Minister has cut health spending in real terms. The independent Scottish Parliament information centre says that he has cut health spending in real terms. The First Minister has got it wrong, and his Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has got it wrong. Everyone can see that they have got it wrong, and hundreds of millions of pounds that they promised to Scotland’s NHS have never been delivered. Will the First Minister finally set the record straight and just admit it?



Meeting of the Parliament 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
2. Ruth Davidson (Glasgow) (Con)

To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S4F-02304)



Meeting of the Parliament 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Ruth Davidson

Yesterday, the Prime Minister promised to protect health spending for the next five years—a promise that was similar to the one that he gave before the 2010 general election. Alex Salmond made the same promise a year later, saying that every penny of extra health spending down south would be passed to Scotland’s national health service. Here is the difference: the Prime Minister kept his promise but the First Minister broke his. We know that because the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies crunched the numbers.



Meeting of the Parliament 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Ruth Davidson

Health spending by the United Kingdom Government is up 4.4 per cent and health spending by the Scottish Government is down 1.2 per cent. Alex Salmond has broken his health promises in the past, so what can he do today to assure the people of Scotland that our NHS will not lose out in the next five years, as it has done in the past five?



Meeting of the Parliament 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Ruth Davidson

I thought that the First Minister might say that, which is why—[Laughter.] It is why we phoned the IFS this morning and spoke to the report’s author, who not only stands by the figure, but told us that he spoke to the SNP to explain why the IFS was right and the Government’s frantic spin about sport was way off the mark. I will read from correspondence with the IFS:

“This sub-portfolio covers health only and does not include things such as sport, the Commonwealth Games etc, which are separate sub-portfolios.”

That matters because, if the Scottish Government had done what it said it would do and matched UK health funding, our NHS would have received £700 million more. That is £700 million that the Scottish Government promised to spend on doctors, nurses, cancer care and accident and emergency services but which it instead funnelled somewhere else. That is £700 million that was promised but never delivered.

That is serious and it is probably why the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing stood up last week—the First Minister has repeated it this week—and cynically tried to rubbish the IFS’s work. Here is the problem: Alex Neil and now Alex Salmond made that claim in the full knowledge that it was wrong. I am happy to release the e-mail that shows it.

The smaller question is why the health secretary and now the First Minister have misled Parliament, but the bigger one is why the Government did not give the health service £700 million that it promised.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11332.2 Jenny Marra: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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S4M-11332.1 Gavin Brown: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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YesDefeated

S4M-11332 Fergus Ewing: Supported Business—That the Parliament recognises the economic and social va
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NoCarried

S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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NoCarried

S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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NoCarried

S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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NoCarried

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Motion S4M-10843.1.2: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10154: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08707.1: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08501: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07619: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07499: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/08/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07133: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25/06/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06569: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/05/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-05988.2: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19/03/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-04594.1: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2012 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4F-02336: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02317: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02304: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02284: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02263: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02247: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02229: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 31/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02208: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02189: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02163: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 05/06/2014 Show Full Question >>

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