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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.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 September 2014 : Thursday, September 25, 2014
2. Ruth Davidson (Glasgow) (Con)

That shows why we need a woman’s touch.

To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S4F-02284)



Meeting of the Parliament 25 September 2014 : Thursday, September 25, 2014
Ruth Davidson

Following questioning by my colleague Gavin Brown yesterday, it emerged that we will not have a programme for government from this Administration until late November. However, bizarrely, we will have a budget before that. In other words, this Government will draft a budget for a legislative programme that does not exist.

The First Minister spoke at great length about what would happen in the event of a yes vote, and of the team that he was building for the first 100 days. However, he does not appear to have any plan for the first eight weeks, now that he has lost.

The people of Scotland demand that we get back to the real issues. People want to see a Scottish Government working in the interests of all of Scotland. Why should they have to wait two more months for this Government to do its job?



Meeting of the Parliament 25 September 2014 : Thursday, September 25, 2014
Ruth Davidson

There was a spectacular lack of forthcoming legislation in that list. Can it really be that the First Minister does not get it? We have at least two more months of what the papers are describing as a “zombie government”.

In the meantime, the First Minister will pick up another £20,000 of taxpayers’ money in salary and will go on his farewell photo op tour before the inevitable happens and his deputy takes over. We know that the First Minister has plenty of time on his hands, as that is what he told us all in a green-ink letter that he wrote to a national newspaper this week, but we also know that it is not legislation that he is working on—it is his book deal. If the First Minister is in office but not in power, what is the point in his hanging around?

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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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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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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-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 >>
Question S4W-21553: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30/05/2014 Show Full Question >>

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