Aileen McLeod MSP

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  • Member for: South Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Parliamentary Activities

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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 03 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Aileen McLeod

Thank you very much, convener.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 03 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Aileen McLeod

I am quite happy not to.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 03 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Aileen McLeod

The consultation generated 11 responses, including from Scottish Water and eight local authorities. No particular concerns were raised during the consultation. Some of the points that Scottish Water raised may be addressed in guidance; certainly, the Scottish Government said that it will consult Scottish Water in preparing any such guidance. Scottish Water agreed in its response that a business regulatory impact assessment was not needed, because there would be no additional costs on businesses.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 03 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Aileen McLeod

You asked about part 6. The Water Quality (Scotland) Regulations 2010 introduced a requirement to investigate failures in public buildings. The regulations were put in place specifically to address any infraction risks that there might be if Scotland had not transposed that specific requirement of the drinking water directive when the original transposing regulations were made back in 2001. When the 2010 regulations were made, as the local authority was given the power to take enforcement action against building owners, it was believed that the local authority should carry out the investigation. However, the practical implementation of that requirement has not been straightforward.

For any sample failure, Scottish Water must determine whether that failure is due to its supply at the point of entry to a building, regardless of whether it is a domestic or commercial property. It must investigate that and, if necessary, carry out inspections to ensure that any backflow of contaminants into the public supply could not occur.

When failures in public buildings have occurred in the past three years, local authorities have often been reliant on Scottish Water to carry out the investigation. A specific example of that was a serious contamination incident back in 2012, which involved antifreeze from an air-conditioning system entering the domestic distribution system at a laboratory. In that example, the local authority did not have the necessary expertise to investigate the failure.

Our policy is very much for Scottish Water to be required to investigate any such failure and to be able to recover its costs. You asked how many failures there have been. In 2013, there were failures in four public buildings.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 03 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Aileen McLeod

Yes. Thank you for the opportunity to make some opening remarks.

First, I would like to put on record how much I am looking forward to working with the committee in my new role. I am keen to be as helpful as I can be to the committee in its work, and I am sure that I will be a regular visitor.

I have with me this morning Sue Petch, the deputy director of our drinking water quality division, who may help to answer some of the committee’s questions.

In Scotland, 97 per cent of the population receives water from public water supplies that are provided by Scottish Water. The other 3 per cent of the population receives its water from private water supplies, which are regulated under private water supply regulations.

As the committee is aware, Scottish Water is a statutory body that delivers drinking water to 2.4 million households throughout the country. Water that is provided by Scottish Water for the purposes of human consumption must meet the same quality standards regardless of the size of the supply or the location in Scotland.

The main purpose of the regulations is to ensure that the quality of Scotland’s drinking water continues to be of a high standard and satisfies the requirements of the European drinking water directive. In particular, the regulations aim to protect human health from the adverse effects of any contamination of water that is supplied by Scottish Water. They do so by setting out the requirements to be met and by detailing how those may be enforced so that consumers receive a supply of safe and clean drinking water.

The requirements of the European drinking water directive in relation to public water supplies in Scotland are currently implemented by the Water Supply (Water Quality) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 and various amendments to those regulations. I believe that it is time to replace the existing regulations with a new set of consolidated regulations to aid transparency and enable some revisions and new provisions to be introduced.

The new provisions include, first, a requirement to risk assess each treatment works and its connected supply. Although provision for risk assessment was not included previously, Scottish Water has been risk assessing its treatment works since 2006 as a requirement of the directions that Scottish ministers give it. That approach is promoted by the World Health Organization and has been embraced by many regulators throughout the world.

Secondly, the regulations include a new provision that requires Scottish Water to identify drinking water abstraction points and monitor the quality of water at those points. That aligns with the requirements of the European water framework directive.

The regulations also introduce new offences. It will be an offence for Scottish Water to supply drinking water that has not been disinfected and subjected to adequate treatment and to supply drinking water from a treatment works in contravention of the requirement of a notice.

The duty to treat water and to disinfect is included in the regulations with the specific aim of protecting public health. We believe that, given the gravity of that duty, it is appropriate that it should be an offence for Scottish Water to supply any water if it has failed to fulfil that duty.

In addition to those new requirements, we have included a number of minor changes. For example, the standard for taste and odour was a specific quantitative value in the previous regulations. It now mirrors the standard in the directive, which states that the taste or odour of the water must be “Acceptable to consumers” and that there must be “no abnormal change”.

A very high standard of drinking water quality is important for Scotland, in relation to the health of not only the people who live here but the large number of visitors who come here each year. It is therefore important that we continue to ensure that the standard of water in Scotland is the best that it can be.

I ask the committee to support the regulations, and I am happy to answer any questions.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 03 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 03, 2014
The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (Aileen McLeod)

Thank you.



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Aileen McLeod

Having visited the Galloway community hospital with me in August, the cabinet secretary will be aware of concerns, particularly regarding the recruitment and retention of accident and emergency staff at the hospital in Stranraer as well as around the lack of training opportunities. What measures is he considering to help NHS Dumfries and Galloway to manage that situation?



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
10. Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to help rural NHS boards recruit and retain clinical staff. (S4O-03710)



Meeting of the Parliament 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

How much additional funding would the Scottish Government have had for the health budget’s spending priorities in 2015-16 had the United Kingdom Government not reneged on the 1 per cent pay deal for NHS staff in England?



Health and Sport Committee 18 November 2014 : Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Aileen McLeod (South Scotland) (SNP)

I am an MSP for South Scotland.

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S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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NoDefeated

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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Not VotedCarried

S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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Not VotedCarried

Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-11703: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11529: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11479: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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 >>
Motion S4M-10520: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03710: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23008: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03660: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
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-22137: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22136: Aileen McLeod, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/07/2014 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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