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Meeting of the Parliament 05 March 2015 Business until 16:03 : Thursday, March 05, 2015
Ruth Davidson

With the greatest respect, I have to say that that was an answer but not to the question that I asked.

That is okay, however, because the Scottish Government’s own website this morning has the answer that I sought. It admits that the emergency admissions figure for 2013-14 is

“the highest figure seen so far”.

The target was introduced six years ago, but it has still not been met. In fact, the latest figures, which were published this week, show that A and E attendance was up by 83,500 compared with 2008, which is higher than ever before.

I accept that we need a range of solutions. The A and E staff I spoke to this week told me that one of the biggest problems that they face is the people in the emergency departments who simply do not need to be there. Those include thousands of people who clog up casualty wards simply because they have drunk too much. This week, we suggested that we could ease the pressure by setting up recovery centres, so that A and E units would not be required to mop up after a Friday night out. I know that the First Minister needs to use all her powers to sort the matter out, but will she consider our plan as part of the solution?



Meeting of the Parliament 05 March 2015 Business until 16:03 : Thursday, March 05, 2015
Ruth Davidson

When Nicola Sturgeon was health minister, the number of accident and emergency admissions hit the 1.5 million mark and she said that we had to act. The Scottish Government introduced a new target of performance, telling health boards across the country to reduce the number people attending accident and emergency departments. In fact, she told Parliament:

“NHS Boards will achieve agreed reductions in the rates of attendance at A&E between 2009/10 and 2013/14.”

Has the First Minister met her own targets?



Meeting of the Parliament 05 March 2015 Business until 16:03 : Thursday, March 05, 2015
2. Ruth Davidson (Glasgow) (Con)

To ask the First Minister when she will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S4F-02631)



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Ruth Davidson

I am talking about food in our shops: the price of a Scotch beef beefburger. I am talking about family farms being broken up and taxpayers being stung for millions of pounds in compensation. That is really fundamental stuff, and the First Minister should have an answer. I have heard the ideological case for land reform, but I have never heard a practical case for it.

When serious players in the industry are telling the Scottish Government that it is pushing through the changes without giving any thought to food production, then it is clear that the policy is about dogma rather than being about making our countryside work. Let me ask the First Minister this: what actual hard evidence exists—which we have, I presume, not seen yet—that shows that her plans will make farming in Scotland more productive, give us more food security and lead to lower prices in the shops for ordinary families? There is none.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Ruth Davidson

The Scottish Government is bringing forward fresh plans for land reform. Some of those plans we support, but family farmers are telling us that we need to look at much of the plans again. They are not the only ones: this morning, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors added its name to the criticism and said that the current plans ignore what should be the primary purpose of agricultural land: namely, to produce food. That echoes the criticism from NFU Scotland and comes on top of the warning from the Scottish Government’s own review group that the taxpayer could be stung for millions of pounds in compensation when farms are broken up.

There is a real risk that less food will be produced in Scotland, which will lead to less food security, and that the taxpayer will be stung for compensation in order to make land reform happen. That is the warning. Why are all those people wrong?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
2. Ruth Davidson (Glasgow) (Con)

To ask the First Minister when she will next meet the Prime Minister. (S4F-02615)



Meeting of the Parliament 19 February 2015 : Thursday, February 19, 2015
Ruth Davidson

I am pleased with the First Minister’s response, because this is a simple case to understand. What we have got are parents who are energised, enthusiastic and positive about their local community and who have a genuine worked-out plan for improving their children’s schooling. So far, they have been faced with a Government wall that simply tells them, “We know best” when it does not.

There is, as the First Minister has recognised, a massive performance gap between our poorest and richest areas; Scotland is stagnating in international league tables; and parents are watching in horror as this Government and councils fight over the basic task of hiring teachers for local schools. Frankly, it is not good enough. Last week, we welcomed it when the First Minister moved an inch by backing the London challenge, but Scotland needs her to move a mile. We need a parent-power law that allows schools to opt out of local authority control if they so wish. Why can the First Minister not back that today?



Meeting of the Parliament 19 February 2015 : Thursday, February 19, 2015
Ruth Davidson

On 11 December, the First Minister told me in this chamber that, when it came to education, she would always keep “an open mind” about educating our children. She added:

“I will listen to ideas from wherever they come”.—[Official Report, 11 December 2014; c 17.]

An idea has come out this morning. The parents of St Joseph’s primary school in Milngavie are campaigning to keep their school open; they want to take the school out of local authority control and run it as a trust. They insist that education elsewhere in the area will be unaffected. They just want their children to get the education that they believe in, in the town where they live. Given what she said last December, will the First Minister make a commitment today to meet the parents, listen to their concerns and examine their proposal with an open mind?



Meeting of the Parliament 19 February 2015 : Thursday, February 19, 2015
2. Ruth Davidson (Glasgow) (Con)

To ask the First Minister when she will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S4F-02594)



Meeting of the Parliament 05 February 2015 : Thursday, February 05, 2015
Ruth Davidson

I thank the Presiding Officer for that full answer. [Interruption.] I mean the First Minister. Sorry.

I am not afraid to say that stopping and searching children makes me feel uncomfortable. I believe that the police do a tough job and should be supported, that all prisoners should serve their full sentence and that some should never get out at all, but there is something different about young children being targeted in this way.

It is not just me. Outwith the conversation that the First Minister has just described with the chief constable, in June the assistant chief constable, Wayne Mawson, came to Holyrood and told MSPs that searching children younger than 12 is “indefensible” and that it would be scrapped. It has not been scrapped yet, and hundreds of children have been searched by the police on our streets since that appearance.

How can that happen? How can a senior ranking officer come to Holyrood and tell Parliament that officers are regularly doing something that even the police consider to be “indefensible”, and then walk out of the front door and carry on regardless? Is that acceptable?

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S4M-12521.2 Jackie Baillie: Protecting Public Services and Boosting Scotland’s Economy—As an amendme
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S4M-12521.1 Gavin Brown: Protecting Public Services and Boosting Scotland’s Economy—As an amendment
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S4M-12521.3 Willie Rennie: Protecting Public Services and Boosting Scotland’s Economy—As an amendmen
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S4M-12521 John Swinney: Protecting Public Services and Boosting Scotland’s Economy—That the Parliame
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S4M-12495 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-12491.2 John Swinney: Privacy and the State—As an amendment to motion S4M-12491 in the name of W
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S4M-12491.1 Richard Simpson: Privacy and the State—As an amendment to motion S4M-12491 in the name o
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S4M-12491 Willie Rennie: Privacy and the State—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government’s c
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S4M-12492.2 Jamie Hepburn: Mental Health—As an amendment to motion S4M-12492 in the name of Jim Hume
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S4M-12492 Jim Hume: Mental Health—That the Parliament notes that one in four people will experience
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Motion S4M-11863: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11830: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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 >>
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Question S4F-02631: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/03/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02615: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02594: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02576: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02552: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02532: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02515: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02502: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 05/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02481: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02463: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Question >>

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