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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

I welcome the cabinet secretary’s commitment to increase national health service spending above the Barnett resource consequentials. Can he confirm that, while other parties in the chamber talk about the need to review whether our NHS is sustainable, the Government will continue to ensure that it is sustainable and that it remains in public hands and free at the point of need?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
3. Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making in implementing the recommendations of the ICT in education excellence group. (S4O-03573)



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Aileen McLeod

Some local authorities, including Dumfries and Galloway Council, are now considering how pupils’ use of their own information technology devices in school might have a positive impact on teaching and learning. What advice and support is the Scottish Government offering to councils that are considering introducing that policy?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

In welcoming the announcement of a great scenic railway of Scotland scheme, bringing more tourists to the south-west, the Borders and the north, could I ask the minister to outline the benefits that will be delivered for my constituents in the south-west?



Health and Sport Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

I represent South Scotland.



Meeting of the Parliament 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate and thank the Health and Sport Committee’s convener, Duncan McNeil, for his opening remarks. I also thank all the stakeholders across local government, the NHS, food and drink producers, the industry and regulatory bodies as well as the many others who provided written and oral evidence to the Health and Sport Committee, which assisted us greatly in our scrutiny of the bill at stage 1.

The bill is important, so I am pleased to see that there is general consensus on its broad principles and what it is trying to achieve. As others have said, it will establish a single independent body to ensure that the former functions of the Food Standards Agency remain together, thereby allowing clear responsibility and accountability for all aspects of food safety and standards. That can only be beneficial for consumers in Scotland.

Crucially, the bill will help us to tackle the serious public health issues surrounding obesity. The bill also shows that we have learned the lessons from the 2013 horsemeat scandal, in that many of the measures that were recommended by the two expert working groups that were tasked with reviewing what went wrong in our food chain have been incorporated in the bill.

I welcome the Scottish Government’s response to the committee’s stage 1 report—in particular, the clarification that the Government has provided on the envisaged role of food standards Scotland in relation to diet and nutrition, the accessing of European research funding and the research functions of the new body. I will focus on section 2, which sets the objectives of food standards Scotland and includes a new objective on diet:

“to improve the extent to which members of the public have diets which are conducive to good health”.

As the minister said, obesity presents a significant and growing public health challenge in Scotland. Regrettably, we are near the top of the OECD league table for obesity. Parliament is aware of the contribution that obesity makes to the incidence of other potentially serious long-term conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers, so I welcome the principle that FSS will have a new focus on diet and nutrition. Obesity cannot be viewed as a health issue alone, and neither will we tackle it successfully if we rely only on creating behavioural change.

The causes of the increase in obesity are complicated and the efforts to address the trend will require collaboration across sectors. Many people tend to associate food standards with food safety, hygiene and cleanliness but not necessarily with improving the extent to which the public have

“diets which are conducive to good health”.

I am therefore pleased that the inclusion of the objective on diet and nutrition was supported, in the evidence that the committee received, by the Soil Association, the James Hutton Institute, the British Medical Association Scotland, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Quality Meat Scotland.

Linked to the competence of FSS over diet and nutrition is the potential role that it can play in influencing the European Union agenda, working together with various Scottish research institutes and groups, not least in terms of identifying and accessing research opportunities at UK and EU level.

I also welcome the Scottish Government’s response and the memorandum of understanding that is being developed to operate between the FSA and FSS to ensure that the latter has full access to UK research.

FSS’s creation is an opportunity to build more formal and effective working relationships with the appropriate UK and EU agencies. The new body will be able to collaborate, co-operate and share intelligence with other organisations in Scotland, the UK and Europe. Clearly, that will be valuable should we ever see a repeat of international food fraud incidents such as the horsemeat scandal. That will also allow for a similar approach to research.

We have expertise that others need, for example on shellfish, and we have highly regarded research into food and diet, such as that which is being carried out by the James Hutton Institute. We have a lot to offer in that regard, as well as much to gain. As my committee colleague Nanette Milne said, there are substantial potential opportunities for Scotland’s research arising out of the EU’s new horizon 2020 research funding programme. The issue of food security is one of the grand societal challenges that have been identified by the EU to be supported in the context of that programme, with research work focusing on food and healthy diet. The horizon 2020 statement on that theme refers to

“social and economic access to safe and nutritious food.”

That reflects very well the diet and nutrition objective in FSS’s proposed remit.

The creation of food standards Scotland affords us a wider opportunity not only to plug Scotland in to the developing pan-European research, but to ensure that Scotland is ideally placed to make a significant contribution to one of the major challenges facing our society. That opportunity is as significant as our work on the integration of health and social care for adults, which is helping us to make the case very strongly for Scotland to become an international centre of excellence in research into healthy and active ageing using digital health solutions.

I look forward to the bill proceeding to stage 2 and to the Health and Sport Committee’s further discussion on it. I am happy to support the bill’s general principles.

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Health and Sport Committee 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

Section 21 of the bill deals with registering advance statements and will place on the commission a duty to maintain a central register of advance statements. Most of the written evidence that the committee has received is supportive of those provisions, but some concerns have been raised about the privacy of the register. Obviously, advance statements can contain highly personal information that can be rooted in traumatic experiences. I am interested in how the commission will ensure that privacy will be maintained. For example, SAMH has proposed that the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland should just note that a specified person has made an advance statement, when the statement was last updated, and where it is kept. That would not require disclosure of highly personal information to people who were not directly involved in a person’s care.



Health and Sport Committee 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Aileen McLeod

Thank you. That was helpful. To follow up, what are the barriers to people completing advance statements and what training is available to help people to draw up advance statements?



Meeting of the Parliament 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014
Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP) I am delighted to speak in the debate and to set out the reasons why I want to see Scotland’s future decided by the people who live and work in Scotland. That can be assured only with a yes vote on 18 September.

Last weekend, like many in the chamber, I read with considerable interest the report in Sunday’s Observer that Professor Sir Tom Devine, one of Scotland’s outstanding public intellectuals, will vote yes in the independence referendum. The point is not simply that one of Scotland’s most internationally acclaimed academics has endorsed Scottish independence, important as that is. More significant are the reasons that he gave for reaching that decision. Professor Devine stated:

“It is the Scots who have succeeded most in preserving the British idea of fairness and compassion in terms of state support and intervention. Ironically, it is England, since the 1980s, which has embarked on a separate journey.”

In those short sentences, Professor Devine expressed exactly what an increasing number of Scottish voters, particularly among the undecided, know to be true—that if we are to continue to deliver, and to be able to deliver, policies that reflect our shared commitment to uphold the values of fairness, compassion and social justice, which have been at the very heart of public policy in Scotland for decades, we must choose independence over the status quo.

Nowhere are those values of fairness, compassion and social justice more in evidence than in Scotland’s national health service. Today, the Scottish NHS is publicly funded and delivered and its staff—the doctors, nurses and a vast array of trained support workers—work tirelessly to support the sick and vulnerable across our communities. There is no doubt in my mind, and there should be none in the minds of Scotland’s voters, that the only way of ensuring that Scotland’s NHS remains true to the founding principles that Nye Bevan set out all those years ago—that it should meet everyone’s needs, be free at the point of delivery and be based on clinical need and not the ability to pay—is to vote for independence.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014
Aileen McLeod As the First Minister made clear on Monday, those principles will not be mere aspirations or guidelines in an independent Scotland. Aspirations and guidelines are vulnerable to betrayal as political fashions change, as has clearly been, and remains, the case south of the border.

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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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YesCarried

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-11207: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11091: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10677: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10663: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10639: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10521: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-10264: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10201: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10183: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03573: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03550: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03504: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02243: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22139: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4O-03403: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
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