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Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Richard Lyle

A number of years ago, the UK Government used to have the Board of Trade—sadly, I can remember that.

The convener wants me to hurry up, so perhaps you could give me a quick yes or no. Should we have a national exporting board or agency that has the expertise to pull all the work in this area together?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Richard Lyle

Chariots of fire.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Richard Lyle (Central Scotland) (SNP)

I have just a small question. You have said that there is a problem. Chic Brodie said that there are three horses running on the same course. I am not a betting man, but do you agree that we need a national exporting board or something like that—a single agency that would control everything, which people could feed into?

The Scottish brand is well known and well respected throughout the world, whether we are talking about salmon or, from my region, Tunnock’s teacakes, Tunnock’s caramel wafers or Tunnock’s caramel logs. That was a plug for Tunnock’s. Do we need something to manage this whole area and to get everyone involved in promoting the Scottish brand?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Richard Lyle

If you will allow me, convener, I want to ask the cabinet secretary a final question. What further actions do you believe are required to implement Lord MacLean’s recommendations on the matter that we have just discussed?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Richard Lyle

Based on the time that I have known you, Mr Gray, I know that you are committed to the NHS and that you want to drive it forward and ensure that we have the best service in the world.

You said earlier that you do not do chief executive letters any longer. Given that Lord MacLean stated that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde learned lessons from the failures after 2008, what work are you undertaking to ensure that these lessons are rolled out to all NHS boards? I know that you are not doing letters, but what instructions are you putting down to the boards to say that we cannot tolerate this situation?



Health and Sport Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Richard Lyle (Central Scotland) (SNP)

I had intended to ask one of the questions that Dennis Robertson has just asked, but I am more than happy to move on to another question. Lord MacLean made six recommendations to NHS boards on medical care—recommendations 36 to 41. They covered a range of measures including having sufficient medical staffing levels; undertaking clinical assessment of patients with suspected C diff; having clear and accurate patient records; and ensuring that there is no unnecessary delay in processing laboratory specimens. He found that medical care of patients suffering C diff was inadequate and that there had been poor record keeping, failures to carry out proper medical assessments and reviews, inappropriate prescribing, and unacceptable delays in the commencement of appropriate antibiotic treatment, which has been mentioned.

What does the cabinet secretary expect from NHS boards, to ensure that the lessons from Lord MacLean’s report about the failures of medical care are learned?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Richard Lyle

SCDI has been at the forefront of trade missions and all exports for the past 50 years. If the opportunity came again, with a decent contract or one that you liked, would you take part?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Richard Lyle

I am sorry, but I cannot resist asking this question. Do you think that the standard has gone down since your organisation has been out of this activity?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Richard Lyle (Central Scotland) (SNP)

Good morning. I note that you have driven most of the trade missions, organising 370 market visits involving 6,000 companies. However, you did not tender for the trade work in 2012, because of contract issues. Why was that?

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Meeting of the Parliament 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Richard Lyle

No, I do not have time.

The Scottish Government announced that an extra £65 million will be made available to the NHS this year. Those funds will help to alleviate some of the pressures and ensure that the NHS can continue to deliver and sustain care of all patients across Scotland. That is in spite of Westminster’s 10 per cent cut in Scotland’s fiscal resource budget since 2010. I hope that people remember that in May.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Government has increased the health resource by 4.6 per cent in real terms, so it is putting its money where its mouth is. It is a pity that Westminster will not do the same.

Then, of course, we have those on the other side of the chamber in the Labour Party, a party that has a poor record in government and whose handling of the NHS leaves a lot to be desired. We only need to look south of the border at the only part of the UK where Labour in still in power: Wales. The Welsh Labour Party has a poor record of dealing with its national health service. Perhaps Carwyn Jones has taken tips from the Labour Party in Scotland—who knows?

Jenny Marra’s motion highlights an issue with transparency and goes so far as to say that there is a “veil of secrecy”. Is that the same veil that the Labour Party used during its term in government when it came to hidden waiting lists? The SNP Government abolished those—something that Labour failed to do for eight years despite acknowledging that they were not in the interests of patients.

The SNP Government acts in the best interests of patients—so much so that patients in Scotland have a high rate of satisfaction in the NHS and public confidence in looking after and protecting the NHS sits with the Scottish National Party and this Government. Under this Government, there has been a steady increase in the publication of statistics about the performance of the NHS. So, when I hear the Labour Party pontificate from on high, across the chamber, about our lack of transparency, I cannot but think of the hypocrisy that Labour members show, given that a record of openness was sorely lacking during Labour’s administration of Scotland’s NHS.

The NHS belongs to all our citizens, and any suggestions for improvements or views on how we can make it run better are always welcome. That is how this Government acts in all its areas of responsibility and it is, I am sure, how it will continue to do business. The national health service is close to all our hearts, which is why the SNP will never stop doing its best to make Scotland’s NHS ever healthier.

I remember when the Labour Party threatened to close the A and E department at Monklands hospital and I remember the views of the community. It was the SNP Government that saved the A and E department at Monklands and protected it from closure, and it has continued with that service. Since then, hundreds of thousands of patients have been treated at Monklands hospital. Where would those patients have gone if not to Monklands? They would have swamped Wishaw hospital or Hairmyres hospital. That speaks volumes for our NHS and how we protect it.

As far as I am concerned, Presiding Officer, it is better to be with the SNP for our NHS.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

Amendment 2 moved by X on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill—That the
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Amendment 3 moved by X on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill—That the
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Amendment 4 moved by X on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill—That the
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Amendment 5 moved by X on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill—That the
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Amendment 7 moved by X on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill—That the
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Amendment 8 moved by X on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill—That the
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S4M-12423.1 Alex Rowley: Commission on Local Tax Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-12423 in the n
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YesCarried

S4M-12423 Marco Biagi: Commission on Local Tax Reform—That the Parliament supports the establishment
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S4M-12385 Liz Smith: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament agrees that a solid grou
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YesCarried

S4M-12395.1 Fergus Ewing: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in the
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-12359: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12139: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11255: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11254: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10714: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10705: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10424: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10391: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10390: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03979: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03919: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4O-03862: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03821: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03808: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23028: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03699: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03490: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03455: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Question >>

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