Gil Paterson MSP

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Gil Paterson MSP

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  • Member for: Clydebank and Milngavie
  • Region: West Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Trustee of the Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

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Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

The cabinet secretary said that guidance has been sent to health professionals to ensure that they are equipped to deal with any suspected cases. What information will be provided to pharmacists, particularly on recognising potential cases?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
7. Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been supported by the protection of funding for the council tax reduction scheme. (S4O-03597)



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Gil Paterson

I welcome the measures such as the council tax reduction scheme that the Scottish Government is putting in place to help those in Scotland who are paying a heavy price for the United Kingdom Government’s welfare reforms. Does the minister share my concern about George Osborne’s freeze on in-work benefits and the impact that it will have on the working poor in Scotland? Does he agree that the Smith commission needs to deliver control over welfare?



Health and Sport Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

I am the member for Clydebank and Milngavie.



Meeting of the Parliament 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

Sufferers of asbestos-related conditions have had to fight all the way, particularly against insurance companies, for proper compensation. The cabinet secretary and this Parliament have been at the forefront of that battle. Given that Sheriff Principal Taylor said that counsel will be available in asbestos cases, whichever court the case is heard in, is there an implicit right to counsel in asbestos cases?



Health and Sport Committee 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

Some of the questions that I wanted to ask, on the back of Rhoda Grant’s questions, have been answered. The built legacy from the work that was done in the east end of Glasgow is clear—we can see it and touch it. That is a wonderful sight in comparison with what was there before. I doubt very much whether such a transformation could have taken place if the games had not taken place there. I think that the social aspect will last for a long time, too.

I do not come from the area and I am not a Celtic supporter, but I know that the games transformed positively the area around Celtic park. That is wonderful and I do not grudge it.

What will be the legacy benefit for the rest of Scotland? The built legacy cannot apply everywhere, but is there any indication of the sporting legacy in places that were not close to the games but where people saw them on screens? Is there evidence of activity that is taking place because of the games?



Health and Sport Committee 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Gil Paterson

I should just say that, despite being different political entities, the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council worked really well together. That is another legacy that is well worth recording: if everybody gets together, we can make a big difference.



Meeting of the Parliament 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Gil Paterson (Clydebank and Milngavie) (SNP)

I am pleased to speak in the debate. Some of the points that I intend to raise have already been outlined by other members, so please bear with me. Some of the items are worth restating.

I praise those who are involved in the food and drink industry in Scotland for the positive effects that they bring to Scotland and our economy. Around the globe, their products are known, respected, trusted and enjoyed, which brings great advantage to the industry and the country’s economy. I believe that Scotland’s presence on the world stage in 2014, through the Commonwealth games, the Ryder cup, homecoming and even the referendum, will bring greater interest in our products.

We must give the industry the protection and security that it needs to put clear structures in place to ensure that standards remain as high as possible. I am pleased that the bill sets out the establishment of a single body—food standards Scotland—that has a clear responsibility for all aspects of food safety and standards, and I welcome the fact that, to gain trust and confidence not only in the food industry but among consumers, the new body will be independent, evidence based, transparent and accountable to the Parliament.

Over the past few years, there have been too many instances of trust between Governments, the food industry and ordinary people breaking down. All of us in the chamber will remember the mad cow disease epidemic during the 1990s, when British beef, including our own Scotch beef, was banned from a number of countries around the world. The horsemeat scandal was a more recent incident in which trust in our food produce was lost, with a detrimental impact on our economy. I am relieved that long-term trust was not damaged and that we came out of that much stronger.

I am fairly sure that having a single agency in charge of food safety and standards would have prevented those incidents from happening. The changes that have been carried out since then must continue to develop and adapt to new environmental conditions to ensure that we can combat any future issues. Through the measures in the bill, food standards Scotland will be given the appropriate enforcement powers to follow that through and maintain the trust of producers and consumers alike. There is no point in having a weak organisation to deal with such a vital component of day-to-day life. The people deserve nothing less.

The creation of appropriate non-criminal enforcement sanctions will go some way in that regard, as will the measures that allow officers to seize and destroy foods that do not meet food standards or labelling rules. Consumers will be comforted by the knowledge that the produce that they have purchased contains exactly what is outlined on the label and nothing else. That is a very important point to emphasis when building trust.

As I am a member of the Health and Sport Committee, my attention is drawn particularly to the measure relating to people in Scotland having a nutritious diet. That is paramount in ensuring that our people live healthily and longer. Knowing what is contained in produce will help families to purchase goods that are of nutritional value, which will have a positive impact on the diets of the general population.

We have discussed at great length, not only in the Health and Sport Committee but in the chamber, the importance of tackling obesity and the health problems that are associated with it. I am pleased that the Scottish Government is taking the matter seriously. Scotland is not alone in experiencing the obesity crisis and we must learn from other countries. There must also be a Scottish dimension to any solution to this ever-increasing problem not only because of the impact that it is having on the health of our people but because of the impact that it will have on our health service in the long run.

My good friend Christian Allard said that he may not be particularly equipped to address matters of obesity. My guidance is that someone with a few pounds around their middle might be the very person to engage people who suffer from not being able to control what they eat. Food is like all addictions, so someone who has experienced that problem and has been carrying extra weight is, in my book, the very best person to do that.



Meeting of the Parliament 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Gil Paterson

The member makes a good point because, in this modern life, people not only move so fast but may not take enough time to prepare their food. I have also learned that some families have not been engaged with and taught how to cook a meal. That is a serious issue for us all.

I will finish my little chat to my good friend. I suffer from an addiction to sweet things and Irn-Bru—I just cannot give them up. I am the wrong person to talk to someone else about weight because I am okay that way, but to try and control the sweets that I eat and the Irn-Bru that I drink is a hard job for me.

We have discussed that very issue at great length not only in the Health and Sport Committee but in the chamber. I hope that we are able to learn from those discussions and that we can make improvements to tackle the issue.

It has been estimated that the total cost of obesity to Scottish society in 2007-08 was in excess on £450 million and the public cost is expected to increase dramatically to £3 billion by 2030. Those are scary figures for the health service. The problem is of a truly serious nature and all must be done at Government and personal level to tackle it.

An area of particular concern with unhealthy diets is the impact on those on low incomes.



Meeting of the Parliament 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Gil Paterson

Surely. Thank you for being so patient with me, Presiding Officer.

I commend the bill to the chamber. I hope that it passes unanimously tonight.

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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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Motion S4M-11064: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11043: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10838: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10731: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10683: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10630: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10629: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10102: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09949: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09866: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03658: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22722: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03597: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03551: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03487: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03304: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03292: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03239: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03186: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03124: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/04/2014 Show Full Question >>

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