Nanette Milne MSP

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Nanette Milne MSP

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  • Member for: North East Scotland
  • Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Nanette is a member of the following Committees:

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Parliamentary Activities

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Health and Sport Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

We are all committed to the basic principles of the NHS: patients should have healthcare as they need it, and it should be free at the point of delivery. How sustainable do you think the current system is? Can it be sustained into the future?



Health and Sport Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Nanette Milne

I presume that that is where adaptability has to come in. We may have to look at different ways of providing services for the increasing number of people who will need increasingly complex services.



Health and Sport Committee 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Nanette Milne

I am an MSP for North East Scotland.



Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

I welcome the statement, which brings us up to date with the action that is being taken to combat the Ebola outbreak, and I thank the cabinet secretary for an advance copy of it. I, too, thank all the healthcare professionals who have volunteered to help in affected areas.

The cabinet secretary will be aware of recent comments by Dr Devi Sridhar, senior lecturer in global health policy at the University of Edinburgh, that if Ebola comes to Scotland my home city of Aberdeen is likely to be at risk, given its airport and its concentration of population with international connections. As Aberdeen royal infirmary is one of the four centres in Scotland with a dedicated infectious diseases unit, will the cabinet secretary ensure that it receives adequate resources and support, should there be a case of Ebola in the north-east?

As a north-east member, I clearly welcome the cabinet secretary’s comment that he is working closely with the oil and gas industry to protect workers in that industry, but is he fully confident that the necessary precautions are in place for those returning to the UK who have been engaged in countries overseas that are affected by the virus? Will workers returning from such countries be prohibited from going on to installations in the North Sea until it is certain that they have not been infected?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

In thanking Jackie Baillie for bringing this debate before Parliament, I would also like to acknowledge her tireless efforts to help and support people in Scotland living with muscular dystrophy, not least through the Parliament’s muscular dystrophy cross-party group. I am a relative newcomer to the group, and I have been greatly impressed by its practical discussions, which have been led by Jackie Baillie, and the can-do attitude of the group’s members in trying to improve services for young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and for people with other types of muscle-wasting disorders.

The What About Us? campaign on hospice and respite facilities, which is being driven by Robert Watson, has served to highlight a really important issue for many young people with disabilities, who find that, once they become adults, there is really nowhere for them to go if they and their parents or carers want a break from their normal routine, and they want an opportunity to socialise with people of their own age group who have similar problems.

There are currently about 100 young adults and their families in Scotland in this situation, and that number will undoubtedly increase over the years. However, in his powerful speech to the Public Petitions Committee, Robert Watson pointed out a problem. He said:

“There are no services for people in our age group—there is nothing between CHAS services for children and hospices for older adults who are in their 50s and 60s, who are mainly suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses.”

He also said that

“It seems that, as life expectancy increases, the support that is available to us decreases.”

He concluded by stating that

“adult respite services … enable my parents to continue their caring role in the long term. Without those breaks, it would become too difficult for my parents to continue to care for me, and it would cost the Government a lot more money to provide 24/7 care for me.”—[Official Report, Public Petitions Committee, 26 November 2013; c 1872.]

We all know the truth of his words, but we also know that inadequate access to respite care is just one of the many difficulties that are faced by young people who have severe disabilities and life-limiting conditions as they move from children’s to adult services. Not the least of those difficulties are the barriers to accessing suitable facilities due to local authority funding policies, because respite care for young people with high levels of need is expensive to provide.

The issue of suitable respite provision for young adults has, of course, been brought into sharp focus by the decision of CHAS to phase out its service for young adults over the age of 21. If new provision is to be in place before that happens, there is an urgent need for the Scottish Government, health boards, local authorities and the third sector to get together to find a way through the difficulties.

With the small number of people involved in each council area, it is clear that dedicated local facilities would be impossible to finance and sustain, and a national solution would require co-operation and complex negotiations over access and finance. I hope that that might be facilitated by the on-going development of health and social care integration.

A one-size-fits-all solution is unlikely to succeed, so a range of person-centred options might well be what is needed for the disparate population who need appropriate respite provision.

As discussed by Mark Hazelwood, who is the chief executive of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, there might be differences in preference as well as in need. For example, there is a clear choice between having respite provision at a dedicated centre and being supported to access a mainstream holiday facility. The latter option brings to my mind once again the excellent provision at Crathie Holidays in upper Deeside in my region, where there are excellent facilities to cater for people who have a range of minor or serious disabilities, as well as for able-bodied people who are looking to have a relaxing holiday in a beautiful part of the world.

The current debate is needed only because of the successful treatment of conditions like Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which allows many more people to survive into adult life. However, the need for respite provision for young adults is now urgent, and I hope that the Government will accept that that has to be a partnership effort, and that it will bring together stakeholders—including the young people themselves—from right across Scotland to thrash out the difficulties and develop the solutions that are required to deal with a growing problem that is only going to get worse if action is not taken soon.

I commend Jackie Baillie, Robert Watson and all those who have worked hard to raise the profile of this urgent need, and I hope that it will not be too long before they achieve the results that they are seeking.



Health and Sport Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

I am an MSP for North East Scotland.



Health and Sport Committee 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

On that point, it would be very welcome if we were to get the same kind of liaison throughout the country.

I have not seen all the facilities in Glasgow, but the ones that I have seen are fantastic. I want to ask about access to those facilities for people from less well-off communities. Our Aberdeen Sports Village is also a tremendous facility, and when it opened, it was very heavily used—it still is—as you are saying the Glasgow facilities are. However, people in the more outlying areas or in the poorer parts of the city have commented that they found it difficult to access the facilities on the grounds of expense, distance and so on. You may have partly answered my concerns in your response on sport hubs, but what do you think the legacy will be for people who are not readily able to access the new facilities?

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Health and Sport Committee 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Nanette Milne

Is there any evidence of more demand for increased facilities at sport hubs throughout the country? I know that there are a lot of hubs now, and presumably their facilities and the degree of accessibility vary. Do you know of any pressure to develop facilities, following directly on from the Commonwealth games?



Health and Sport Committee 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Nanette Milne

That is fine. Thank you.



Meeting of the Parliament 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Nanette Milne (North East Scotland) (Con)

In this day and age, when so many of us rely increasingly on processed food and ready-prepared meals, it is crucial that we can trust the safety and nutrition value of the food that we eat. The Food Standards Agency has served us well in this regard until now but, given the changing remit of the FSA south of the border, the need to tackle the serious problems of obesity that are caused by an inappropriate dietary lifestyle in Scotland, and in the wake of the horsemeat fraud, the Scottish Government proposes to set up food standards Scotland as a new stand-alone body as a replacement for the FSA that will have wider powers than that body has.

Although not all consultees were in favour of the proposal, the majority of people who responded to the call for evidence agreed that it is the way forward. Scottish Conservatives, too, are supportive of the general principles of the bill.

With its three key objectives—

“to protect the public from risks to health which may arise in connection with the consumption of food; ... to improve the extent to which consumers have diets conducive to good health; and ... to protect the other interests of consumers in relation to food.”—

the new FSS will have a broader remit than the existing FSA in Scotland, and it will also have powers in relation to wrongly labelled food and non-compliance with food law.

The policy memorandum states that the new body will bring the FSA’s existing public health protection role together with a new objective on diet and nutrition. The minister said, in oral evidence, that the legislation will allow food standards Scotland

“to work in a co-ordinated way with the NHS and other organisations with a role to play in the obesity and dietary challenges that we face in Scotland.”—[Official Report, Health and Sport Committee, 24 June 2014; c 5756.]

The proposed powers for the new agency in respect of diet and nutrition were generally welcomed by witnesses, but given that a number of other existing bodies also have a role in this area, they stressed the need for FSS to have a strong co-ordination and leadership role. How that will be achieved will depend largely on negotiations after the new body is in place, and there are concerns that the work of FSS and the relevant NHS bodies must be appropriately co-ordinated in order best to tackle the complexities of diet and nutrition in Scotland.

The Scottish Government sees this as an opportunity to clear up confusion over the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders, and to base advice to the public on sound scientific evidence. However, there is clearly a great deal of work to be done after the legislation is in place, and ministers should heed the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s caveat that in order to achieve its dietary and nutrition goals FSS must be adequately resourced and well connected to the Scottish Government’s scientific advisers.

There are concerns about the financing of FSS, whose extra powers beyond those of the existing FSA are likely to cost an extra £5 million or so in the first year. It is intended that the increased running costs will be offset through a financial transfer to the Scottish Government from the FSA’s UK-wide budget, but the exact value of that is still under negotiation and, although the minister assured me at committee that negotiations have been straightforward and that he is confident of a satisfactory outcome, they will not actually be complete until after the incoming FSS board is in place, which is predicted to be early next year. Of course, any future extension of the remit of FSS could have financial implications for the body itself and even for local authorities. Therefore, to my mind, there are still significant uncertainties about the funding of the new body, which will be crucial to its success.

A clear theme that emerged from evidence to the committee was the need for FSS to have access to the best science to underpin policy. There is extensive diet and nutrition expertise within the food industry, academia and national bodies such as NHS Health Scotland, which should be accessible to the body, and also within expert committees like the Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee, and there is also food-related research from UK Government sources. Professor Peter Morgan of the Rowett research institute, and Professor Hugh Pennington, on behalf of the RSE, highlighted the need to maintain existing links to the advisory committees to the UK food agency. Professor Morgan noted that

“a lot of work is going on in the UK and across Europe, and the advisory committees can pull it together and give advice through food standards Scotland as an independent body.”—[Official Report, Health and Sport Committee, 3 June 2014; c 5569.]

The great opportunities for Scotland through Horizon 2020 funding were also stressed by Professor Morgan.

The memorandum of understanding between the FSA and FSS that is currently being drafted, with its protocols on science and research setting out the arrangements for the bodies to work together where appropriate, and to exchange data and research findings in all areas of mutual interest, will be crucial to the success of the new body, so I look forward to the promised publication of the agreed document at the earliest opportunity.

Other issues that were raised with the committee include the governance of FSS, in particular the size of the board that will be in charge of its work; proposed sanctions for food law offences; the possibility of setting up an appeals process against fixed-penalty notices, to which the minister referred; measures to tackle food fraud; and a possible negative impact on Scottish food businesses should we develop a different labelling regime from the rest of the UK. Time is too short to deal with those issues in detail, but any unanswered concerns will, no doubt, be raised as the bill proceeds through Parliament.

There was general support for a mandatory food hygiene information scheme to be set up in the future, and an acceptance that the Government should monitor the schemes in Northern Ireland and Wales before finally committing to such a scheme for Scotland.

There are significant issues still to be resolved in the complex area of food, nutrition and diet, but I am satisfied, as are my fellow committee members, that setting up food standards Scotland is the right way forward. The detail of the legislation will be examined further at stages 2 and 3, but I am happy to accept the general principles of the Food (Scotland) Bill.

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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NoCarried

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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NoCarried

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-09446.2: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-08752.2: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07718.1: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07599: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 05/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07419: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 09/08/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06713: Nanette Milne, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/05/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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