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Public Audit Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Colin Keir (Edinburgh Western) (SNP)

I will go back a question or two to Dr Keel’s answer about difficulties in relation to people going through training. Does the NHS track the destinations of people who have been trained? We hear all sorts of stories about people being trained who have set their minds on a future in research, for instance. How do you encourage people not to follow the popular subjects after training, given that you really want to fill local vacancies?



Public Audit Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Colin Keir

The position is not unusual to Scotland; it applies everywhere.



Health and Sport Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Colin Keir (Edinburgh Western) (SNP)

Good morning. I represent the Edinburgh Western constituency.



Health and Sport Committee 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Colin Keir (Edinburgh Western) (SNP)

My question is more of a supplementary now, after Dennis Robertson’s question. The integration of the sports during the games was fantastic and was a huge success. Obviously, with multiple sports, the planning and logistics would have been difficult. From what I remember about the Olympics, there were 10 days of track and field events and then, at the tail end, another 10 days of track and field events with disabled athletes, which meant that there were 20 days of sport. If Commonwealth or Olympic games have a time constraint, how can we compress a full programme of track and field for able-bodied and disabled athletes? Could some events be missed out? I do not know enough about disabled athletics although, despite my current shape and weight, 35 years ago my sport used to be track and field. I am trying to fathom how, in a practical way, we can cram 20 days’ worth of track and field events into 10 days.



Health and Sport Committee 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Colin Keir

I am aware that other international sporting commitments have to be factored in when considering where these various games are held. Disabled sport has almost become a victim of its own success. It was inspiring to see disabled athletes competing at the same time as able-bodied athletes and getting the same respect from the crowd but, given that disabled sport is such a massive movement now, how do we introduce it elsewhere without cutting away so many strands of it that it becomes not quite as inspiring or inclusive?



Meeting of the Parliament 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Colin Keir (Edinburgh Western) (SNP)

I thank Duncan McNeil for his convenership of the Health and Sport Committee as my colleagues on the committee and I went through the stage 1 process.

The bill has been one of the most interesting things that we have done. In effect, everyone thought that the Food Standards Agency and food standards Scotland were fairly standard things to have. However, the further we looked at the bill, the more problems were brought in, relating to the producer, at the low end, right the way up to the retailer, and how the people in the chain of supply felt about FSS. At what point should regulation kick in to penalise severely those who have done something wrong? Some believe that overregulation means that people are discriminated against. Some producers are looking for lighter-touch regulation, because they believe that local authorities already have enough power to do work within their companies.

The fact that there is no one view on this matter is what makes it so diverse. As the committee found on a number of occasions, everyone wants food standards Scotland, but there are differing views about what it should do. I had certainly never thought about issues such as the regulation of animal foodstuffs, which has been mentioned by various members, and we can take that all the way through to the vision that Christian Allard, with his years in the food industry, set out with regard to regulation. I think that it will be very difficult to secure absolute agreement from everyone.

In a very interesting trip that the committee made to Aberdeen earlier in the year, we not only talked to the Food Standards Agency and other organisations such as the Rowett institute of nutrition and health but ended up visiting Joseph Robertson (Aberdeen) Limited, a food processor in the area. As someone who, as members can imagine, has been no stranger to a fish supper over the years—perhaps I should stop eating them—I started to ask questions. Where does this fish come from? How is it identified and tracked? How do we ensure that it is quality food?

As far as food safety is concerned, we just do not realise what is going on. For example, I was astonished to find that, each year, food safety issues cost the economy something like £140 million and lead to the hospitalisation of 2,000 people. I could not quite get that into my head at the time. We simply do not realise the overall effect on the economy, never mind the food industry. Although, as many members have pointed out this afternoon, the food industry has a phenomenal reputation, we have still had to endure the Wishaw E coli outbreak and, of course, last year’s horsemeat scandal.

I am really interested in finding out how this legislation will be enforced. The retailers who made comments to us seemed to feel mildly discriminated against. However, as Bob Doris has said, the opposite view was taken by officers from Glasgow City Council, who said that fixed penalties—[Interruption.] Excuse me, Presiding Officer—I am suffering from a bit of a throat this week. The officers told us that the fixed penalties and compliance notices will be a fantastic boon to them. Their problem, however, is the cost of taking cases of food fraud and the like to court, only for the perpetrator to come out with a fine that barely dents their finances. We need to toughen up the system. If we do not, our reputation as one of the world’s great providers of quality food and the reputation of the associated industries will diminish, and our salmon will no longer be seen in France, for example, as being of the highest standard.

The question, then, is how we do all that, given the prevalence of European legislation. How do we take account of the fact that the horsemeat scandal, for instance, emanated from the continent? We need partnership working, and that applies as much to research. After all, bugs do not respect borders. We cannot act independently; given the worldwide nature of the food processing business, we, too, need to look worldwide.

I do not want to go through everything that has been said this afternoon. All I will say is that I agree with virtually all of it and that I think that the bill’s principles are correct. The question is how we do all this without hurting people who are not at fault, how we track the perpetrators of fraud and how we ensure that issues such as the E coli outbreak in Wishaw and the 2013 horsemeat scandal are appropriately dealt with.

I support the bill’s principles.



Health and Sport Committee 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Colin Keir (Edinburgh Western) (SNP)

I have every sympathy with the witnesses’ view on the named person. I have been there, although I have not been involved in a tribunal, and I know that it can be tortuous. I thank Dr Morrow for talking about his experience, which rang a few bells for me because of what happened 15 or 16 years ago.

The witnesses have mentioned most of the difficulties. The family member who is the named person does not necessarily want to get into understanding the problems of whatever part of mental health is concerned, such as a hereditary condition, for argument’s sake—they might be blocking out their own possible future difficulties.

The named person has responsibilities. If somebody has to say that the approach is not right for the person who is being cared for, what happens if that is not accepted? How do we get through that in a sympathetic manner so that the system does not look as if it is overwhelming the named person and the person whom we are dealing with?



Meeting of the Parliament 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014
Colin Keir (Edinburgh Western) (SNP)

8. To ask the Scottish Government whether a review has been carried out on how effective the Queensferry crossing consultation forums have been in dealing with local groups and people. (S4O-03488)



Meeting of the Parliament 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014
Colin Keir Have contractors for the Queensferry crossing improved communications to local residents, particularly in the Echline area of South Queensferry, in the light of complaints from those affected by the major civil engineering works and changes to work schedules, including extra work at weekends?



Meeting of the Parliament 19 August 2014 : Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Colin Keir (Edinburgh Western) (SNP) This morning on Radio Scotland Alistair Darling said, “Look, it’s no secret that the Tories have long had their sights on public spending.” Does the cabinet secretary agree that that highlights the hypocrisy of the no campaign, which claims that public spending is safe at Westminster?

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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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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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