Duncan McNeil MSP

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  • Member for: Greenock and Inverclyde
  • Region: West Scotland
  • Party: Scottish Labour

Duncan is a member of the following Committees:

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Member of the Conveners Group

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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Duncan McNeil (Greenock and Inverclyde) (Lab)

I also welcome the news that the contract for the third hybrid ferry has been awarded to Ferguson’s. We hope that that goes through and that everything will be okay there.

How can the Scottish Government market that innovative type of vessel more widely than just to the United Kingdom? Clearly, there is a market for those types of ships beyond Scotland.



Health and Sport Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener (Duncan McNeil)

Good morning and welcome to the 26th meeting of the Health and Sport Committee in 2014.

I intimate apologies from Richard Lyle. Dennis Robertson, the Scottish National Party substitute, is with us again today. I welcome him.

I ask everyone to switch off mobile phones, as they risk interfering with the proceedings. I also point out that some committee members and some of our support staff are using tablet devices instead of hard-copy papers.

The first item on our agenda is a decision on whether to take in private item 3, which is consideration of our draft report on health inequalities. Does the committee agree to do that?

Members indicated agreement.



Health and Sport Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener

We proceed now to our normal format for a round-table session.

I am Duncan McNeil, the convener of the Health and Sport Committee.



Health and Sport Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener

Thank you all for that. Committee members know the format well, but I point out to the witnesses that we are here to listen to them. The first question will come from an MSP to get things going, but I remind MSPs that the preference will always be to hear from the witnesses throughout this evidence-taking session.



Health and Sport Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener

Does anyone want to respond to that? Dr Crichton has expressed a slightly different view.



Health and Sport Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener

Do you want to respond, Dr Stocks?



Health and Sport Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener

I suppose that the proposed new rule could mean that people would end up waiting longer, rather than addressing the point about getting things done properly and quickly. That is the nub of the issue, is it not? Perhaps Mr Fraser will help me out there. No?



Health and Sport Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener

I suppose that in the future the area will need to be thoroughly examined to ascertain whether the bill has made a difference. There seem to be questions about whether it will address the issue.



Health and Sport Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener

That might have been a better question to ask last week to the representative of the people who run the tribunals. There is an attempt to reduce repeat appearances, and all the stress that they involve. The issue is that, as we instinctively feel from life experience, extending the time will not actually solve the problem at all. If we work within those limits, there will be no pressure, if you like, to increase the 70 per cent who go through successfully now to 80 or 90 per cent. Of course, the figure will go up because the timeframe will go up, so that stat will look pretty good, but what are the consequences of that for the individual who is caught up in the procedure?



Health and Sport Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener

It might be worth examining whether there is any detail on the groups or individuals to which the issue particularly applies. We can maybe check that out and ask for some more information.

A related issue that we heard about in evidence last week is capacity among mental health officers and the importance of that role in the system. Does anybody want to comment on that?

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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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EventIdTypeSub TypeMSP NameParty NameConstituencyRegionTitleItemTextFormattedAnswer DateAnswerStatusIdExpectedAnswerDateAnsweredByMspApprovedDateSubmissionDateMeetingDateProductionStatusIdRecordStatusIdStatus DateOnBehalfOfConsideredForMembersBusinessCrossPartySupportRegisteredInterestSupportCountSupportDateIsEventLinkCurrentMinister
Motion S4M-10879: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08507: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08059: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/10/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06389: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/04/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-05043: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/11/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-04512: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/10/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-04179: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, On Behalf of Health and Sport Committee, Date Lodged: 18/09/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-04040: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/09/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-03844: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/08/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-03821: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/08/2012 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4F-02267: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03171: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03139: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20526: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20525: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20530: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20529: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20527: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20528: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02982: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/02/2014 Show Full Question >>

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