Jamie Hepburn MSP

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Jamie Hepburn MSP

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  • Member for: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
  • Region: Central Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

I managed to hear Liz Smith’s point anyway. She is talking about the club golf programme, which is an excellent programme that I was just about to touch on. Where we can deliver that type of initiative in other sports, we will seek to do so. I have to say that the budget is limited and that, if we had more money, we could do more. However, of course, we welcome and will try to support that type of initiative.

The Ryder cup was another example of Scotland’s ability to deliver, and it reinforced Scotland’s status as the home of golf. Around 45,000 golf fans from around the globe packed the course for each of the three days of play. Liz Smith mentioned the BBC sports personality of the year award and the moving tribute to the injured service personnel who took part in the Invictus games. At the same award ceremony, Chris Hoy received his well-deserved lifetime achievement, and when team Europe won the team of the year award the captain, Paul McGinley, was gracious in first thanking the people of Scotland. As with the Commonwealth games, our people were a vital part of the success of the Ryder cup.

As well as securing the legacy from the Commonwealth games, we want to secure a legacy from the Ryder cup. We want to be not only the home of golf but the future of golf. To underline that commitment, earlier this year the Scottish Government announced additional funding of up to £1 million over a four-year period to help to introduce yet more youngsters and families to the game of golf. Through the club golf programme, we have encouraged more than 350,000 youngsters to pick up a club and get involved in the sport.

I am running out of time. I wanted to talk about the tremendous achievements of our national teams. Our cricket team has qualified for next year’s world cup, and we have seen impressive performances from our rugby team. Our women’s football team is now ranked 21st in the world and came very close to qualifying for the world cup, and the men’s team is greatly improved and is on course to qualify for Euro 2016.

In closing, I should say that, although 2014 has been an outstanding year, we look forward to next year when Scotland will host the world gymnastics championships, the International Paralympic Committee swimming world championships and the world orienteering championships as well as the European judo championships and the European eventing championship. In addition, the open championship will return to Scotland in 2015 and 2016, and St Andrews will welcome the women’s British open next year.

Our ambition for the years ahead is to build on our reputation as the perfect stage for major events, which we have established through this year’s achievements. This year has given us the experience and knowledge to deliver, and 2014 will be hard to live up to. Nevertheless, I am confident that we have many outstanding years of sport ahead of us.

12:59 Meeting suspended.  14:30 On resuming—  

Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

I will give way to Liz Smith. [Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health (Jamie Hepburn)

I suppose that, at the end of any year, there is a tendency to look back at what has gone on in the preceding 12 months. There is absolutely no doubt that what has been a remarkable and exciting year in general for Scotland has been an incredible year for Scottish sport. The eyes of the world were on Scotland in 2014; we conducted ourselves very well.

It is particularly appropriate that the last members’ business debate of the year gives members the opportunity to offer their perspective on this year’s sporting achievements. I therefore thank Rod Campbell for securing the debate to let us do just that; I thank the members who have taken part, too.

I turn to this year’s highlights. As Liz Smith reminded us, at the beginning of the year, Scottish curlers—and Stirling curlers in particular—had phenomenal success on the world stage, where they won medals at the winter Olympic and Paralympic games at Sochi. Those talented and committed athletes helped to promote the game in Scotland and, as outstanding athletes and ambassadors, inspired many people to try curling and become more active in their lives. The success in Sochi kick-started an outstanding year for sport.

Moving on to the summer, the sun shone—most of the time—the venues were ready and Scotland was a proud host of the 20th Commonwealth games. The Scottish Government backed its commitment with funding of £382 million, 66 per cent of the total games budget.

We saw team Scotland achieve its highest ever medal haul, winning a total of 53 medals across 10 sports. Rod Campbell rightly spoke of a list of heroes. There are too many to mention them all, but I will mention a few.

On Tuesday, I was privileged to be at the JudoScotland reception. The judokas who took part in the Commonwealth games were all in attendance. It is worth reminding ourselves that we won 13 medals in 14 competitors. That was the best medal haul for a single sport at a Commonwealth games, and JudoScotland’s pride at that achievement was clear to see. I was pleased see it bestow honorary life membership for all those athletes who had been part of team Scotland at the games. JudoScotland described that as the highest honour that it could bestow on its members.

There was the inspirational performance of Lynsey Sharp, who rose from her sick bed to claim silver in the 800m at Hampden. That was a tremendous example of the triumph of human willpower, commitment and dedication. In addition, there was the outstanding achievement of our lawn bowls team against the outstanding backdrop of Kelvingrove.

We saw the emergence of Ross Murdoch, yet another great Scottish swimmer. We saw 13-year-old Erraid Davies, Scotland’s youngest ever Commonwealth games athlete and medal winner. That is an extraordinary achievement for someone so young.

No one will forget the mailman, Charlie Flynn. If ever there is someone who could rank as personality of the year—in any field, let alone that of sports—it must be the charismatic Mr Flynn.

We should also remember that team Scotland won four medals in five parasports. We should be particularly proud of having delivered the highest number of parasports medal events in Commonwealth games history. Furthermore, unlike the Olympics, where the Paralympics was a separate event, the parasports were integrated fully into the Commonwealth games.

The city of Glasgow featured as the star of the show. We Glaswegians are very proud. We are sometimes defensive of our city, but there was no need for that in the case of the Commonwealth games—there was every reason to be proud. The people of Glasgow and Scotland rose to the occasion. In prime place among them were our marvellous Clyde-siders and the cast members from the opening ceremony. The games heralded in a new generation of passionate and enthusiastic volunteers who were central to making the games the best games ever. I thank all those who volunteered during the games.

I recently visited Volunteer Scotland, which is based in Stirling, where I met games volunteers. While there, I announced that the Scottish Government is supporting Volunteer Scotland with more than £114,000 to harness the enthusiasm from the games and to promote the rich and diverse benefits that volunteering can bring.

Rod Campbell spoke of the important role of volunteers. I recognise their role and am very supportive of it. We want to see a legacy not only of volunteering but of increased participation. That is about more than just investment—Kenny MacAskill touched on the inspiration that individual athletes can bring to those who look up to them, which is part of the legacy.

However, it is also about investment, as Rod Campbell said. More than 100 projects have been supported by the £10 million legacy 2014 active places fund, and yesterday in Castlemilk I attended an event to mark the 21 projects that are being funded by our £1 million legacy 2014 sustainable sport for communities fund. Games equipment is now being used across the country, at Grangemouth stadium athletes will be able to run on the Hampden running track, and the games facilities are now open to the public. I was recently at the Emirates arena, and one of the best things that I saw there was members of the public using the facilities.

I should say something about the Ryder cup.

Liz Smith rose—



Meeting of the Parliament 04 December 2014 : Thursday, December 04, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

Let me be clear to Ms Boyack and the chamber: the Scottish Government is already taking action to tackle the issues around delayed discharge. In August, we made £5 million of targeted funding available to seven national health service boards to help to alleviate immediate pressures in the system because of delayed discharges. In November, we allocated to all partnerships an additional £5 million, which is leveraging in other funding from health boards and local authorities, and, of course, jointly with COSLA we established the discharge task force to oversee and agree priority actions to improve discharge from hospital.

The Lothian partnership received £712,000 from the pot of funding that I mentioned. The City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian plan to use some of that funding to reopen Pentland Hills care home, to provide intermediate step-up, step-down care that will enable people to return home following hospital admission and, where possible, to provide an alternative to admission to hospital.

Action is happening. We need more of that kind of service to be delivered and I am aware that many other areas are doing just that.



Meeting of the Parliament 04 December 2014 : Thursday, December 04, 2014
The Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health (Jamie Hepburn)

Last year, the then Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport commissioned the residential care task force to look at how we commission and deliver services for our most vulnerable people living in care homes. The task force’s report was published earlier this year and contains a number of recommendations, not least those on improving the commissioning and provision of those services.

The Scottish Government accepts in principle the recommendations. We are working with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Scottish Care and other partners to take forward the task force’s recommendations for the long-term transformation of residential care.



Health and Sport Committee 02 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

As I remember from the evidence that the committee heard, the approach can improve the patient experience—I think that the deputy convener made that point. Currently, advance statements are held by the general practitioner and are not held centrally, so there is an issue if someone needs to access a statement quickly but the GP is not available. Again, the approach is driven by the desire to improve the service user’s experience.



Health and Sport Committee 02 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

I suppose that one of the aims of the provision is to enable us to monitor the picture much better in the future.



Health and Sport Committee 02 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

I am aware of that. I could be making a rod for my own back.



Health and Sport Committee 02 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

It is an area in which we have to legislate because of the provisions of the 2003 act. It was the clear intent of Parliament that there would be a right of appeal. As it was framed at the time, the 2003 act addressed the need for someone to be transferred to another hospital, but, as I am sure Dr Simpson will appreciate, that does not reflect reality. In some settings, a person can be transferred from one part of a hospital to another part, which I hope the committee agrees is a lot better for the service user. However, the subordinate legislation that we would have liked to put in place was not possible under the scope of the primary legislation as it was worded in 2003.

There has, of course, been a ruling by the Supreme Court that emphasises the need for us to act swiftly. As I want to be as transparent as possible with the committee, I should also say that there is now a petition before the Court of Session on these matters. However, that is as much as I can say in relation to the issue for two reasons: first, that is about as much detail as I have at this stage; and, secondly, I do not want to fall foul of the Presiding Officer in terms of what is sub judice.

We have to get it right this time, and we are determined to do that. I am also aware that, as these are affirmative instruments, the committee will want to be able to assess their efficacy, so another good reason for getting them in place early is to allow the committee time to properly scrutinise the provisions.

The Scottish Government does not consider that there is necessarily a problem with patients being held in low-secure settings. The provisions relate to patients being held in “conditions of excessive security”, and we are not convinced that low-secure settings fall under the definition of “excessive security”, particularly since the next step in progressing patients in low-secure settings is getting them back into the community and it is open to the tribunal to order that as part of its on-going review of procedures, which is covered elsewhere in the 2003 act.

We are not convinced that there is a need to extend the right of appeal—beyond what we are doing in relation to people in medium-secure settings—to include people in low-secure settings. However, I make no apology for saying again that I am keen to hear what the committee has to say, and if the committee makes recommendations on the matter we will look closely at them.



Health and Sport Committee 02 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

I am sure that they will, and I look forward to meeting them in due course.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

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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YesCarried

S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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YesCarried

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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YesCarried

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-10681: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10537: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10387: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10280: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09496: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09452: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09421: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09337: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09278: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09249: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03744: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02370: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00803: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03593: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4W-22406: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03481: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
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