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  • Member for: South Scotland
  • Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

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Parliamentary Activities

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Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
2. Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to recent Audit Scotland reports on the financial management of NHS Orkney and NHS Highland in 2013-14. (S4T-00808)



Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Jim Hume

Audit Scotland’s report states that the overspend at NHS Highland and NHS Orkney was down to increased spending on agency and locum staff due to problems in filling vacant medical posts, which is a recurring theme. There has been a 73 per cent increase in long-term nursing and midwifery vacancies and a 103 per cent increase in long-term consultant vacancies just in the past two years. Does the cabinet secretary accept that there is a widespread problem across the country in retaining and recruiting staff and that that is at the root of boards’ struggle to break even and meet waiting time targets?



Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Jim Hume

I appreciate the minister’s views, but there is a cost to the problems. Figures that were released in April showed a 25 per cent increase in locum doctor costs, up to £51 million. It would be cheaper to have someone filling those posts permanently. It is clear that the boards’ problems are the intolerable pressures on their budgets.

While spending on the NHS has increased by 4.4 per cent in England since 2009, it has fallen by 1.2 per cent here. That is why posts are going unfilled, that is why nine boards cannot meet cancer targets, and that is why thousands of patients continue to have their legal right to be treated within 12 weeks breached. Does the cabinet secretary agree that the real mismanagement of the NHS is happening not at board level but in St Andrew’s house?



Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of his statement and I also thank the NHS staff and others who have, not without risk to themselves, volunteered to go out to tackle Ebola.

The minister has stated that he does not believe that it would be proportionate or necessary to implement screening here in Scotland and I agree with him on that. However, what criteria will he use in his on-going assessments and what will need to happen before screening is considered to be necessary?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

Will the First Minister and his Government match—on a per capita basis, of course—not just the extra £400 million that is being invested in the national health service south of the border to tackle mental health, but the extra £120 million to tackle mental health that was announced this week?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

Good morning, minister. We heard in evidence last week that there is still scope to secure further action in quite a few areas. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland mentioned that more action could be taken with regard to peatland, and said that they would support voluntary carbon auditing in agriculture.

We heard that the agriculture sector has reduced its emissions output by approximately 27 per cent since 1990. The situation with the transport sector is the very opposite: it is a big polluter and there has been very little change—a reduction of approximately 1 per cent—since 1990. WWF Scotland noted that RPP2 has only one policy on transport; the organisation believes that there should be more action in that area.

We have discussed energy efficiency in housing today. Chris Wood-Gee of the sustainable Scotland network noted that there is considerable scope for improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings.

I am interested to know whether the minister plans to introduce new policies or proposals in RPP2 in those areas or in other areas in order to tackle emissions in the future.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Jim Hume

Good morning, everyone. At last night’s meeting of the cross-party group on rural policy, we discussed the challenges facing younger people. In that respect, Claudia Beamish mentioned a social remit, and you have talked about stewardship. We also heard about the ageing population in some of the rural industries. Given that your estates cover the agriculture, forestry and farming industries, what policies and proposals have been put in place in the Crown Estate to address some of those issues?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

I was glad to see a car plugged into a charger in the Parliament car park this morning. It is good that at least one person in the Parliament seems to be using an electric car. The car was plugged directly into a three-pin plug—I hope that is safe enough.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Jim Hume

We had better stop there, then—but it wisnae me.

To follow on from what Gina Hanrahan said earlier, the Scottish Parliament information centre briefing shows that some sectors have already made some good progress since 1990. The three highlighted sectors were: waste management, which reduced emissions by 58.6 per cent between 1990 and 2012; business and industrial processes, which reduced emissions by 37 per cent; and agriculture and related land use—which Jim Densham mentioned—which has already reduced emissions by 26.7 per cent.

We have already heard about the transport sector, which has not reduced emissions much at all—by 1.2 per cent, which is next to nothing. Which sectors do you think offer the greatest opportunities to reduce our emissions further?



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
3. Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

To ask the Scottish Government what road transport projects it plans for South Scotland. (S4O-03543)

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11332.2 Jenny Marra: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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NoDefeated

S4M-11332.1 Gavin Brown: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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YesDefeated

S4M-11332 Fergus Ewing: Supported Business—That the Parliament recognises the economic and social va
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NoCarried

S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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NoCarried

S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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NoCarried

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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NoCarried

S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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NoCarried

S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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YesCarried

S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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NoCarried

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Motion S4M-11023.2: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10594: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10436: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 23/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10350: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10257.1: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10008: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 09/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09619: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 03/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09558: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 31/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09454: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09222.1: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 04/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4T-00808: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22933: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 24/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
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