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Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Sandra White (Glasgow Kelvin) (SNP)

This is an exciting time for Glasgow and for Queen Street, which is in my constituency. The minister mentioned benefits. What improvements will be brought to commuters and businesses at Queen Street?



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Sandra White

Actually, that was not the question that I was asking. Labour did not really set it out. It became a kind of bidding war. We promised 1,000 and then the Labour Party came in with an extra 1,000 on top of ours. If we had promised 50, it would have put forward another 50. The question that I was asking—I said that I would stand to be corrected—was where the £100 million was coming from. I recollect that Jackie Baillie mentioned something about autumn consequentials, but I would like confirmation. I look forward to getting confirmation on that point, because the policy of 1,000 extra nurses in the debate last week came from Jim Murphy. They were pulled out of the air all of a sudden. I just want to clarify that it is not another creeping Westminster policy or Jim Murphy policy coming into the Scottish Parliament.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Sandra White

If we could get that clarification in writing, I would like that.

I wanted to touch on various other areas, but I know that we are tight for time. The budget will bring a fairer society here in Scotland and I thank the cabinet secretary very much for it.

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Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Sandra White (Glasgow Kelvin) (SNP)

I will try to keep within the five-and-half minutes timescale; perhaps I will be even quicker than that.

I thank the cabinet secretary, John Swinney, for his contribution to and his expert handling of the Scottish budget, which will make Scotland a fairer and a much more just society, despite the austerity measures that are being pursued by the Westminster Government. I must say to the Scottish Labour Party members here that their colleagues joined the Tories at Westminster to vote for £30 billion-worth of austerity cuts. In yesterday’s debate, I said that that was a rather sad state of affairs.

I will concentrate my remarks on a number of specific areas: health; justice—if I have time; and preventative spend, which is absolutely the way forward. Not only members of the Finance Committee, including Kenny Gibson and Malcolm Chisholm, but various other members cited the committee’s report. I will do that, too.

I quote the Finance Committee’s report because we should all look at what it says and agree. Paragraph 200 says:

“The Cabinet Secretary accepts ‘that preventative spending remains a work in progress, but it is work that the Government and public authorities have to deliver, because it is the key to the sustainability of public services.’”

Public authorities are an important part of this. The cabinet secretary may be frustrated, but things are not moving quickly enough. However, the Government is pushing forward with reform, and in paragraph 201 the Finance Committee comes back and says:

“the Committee continues to be supportive of the Government in seeking a decisive shift to prevention and recognises that some progress has been made especially in relation to integrated working.”

That is important. The reason why I raise it and why I mentioned public authorities is that local authorities have a huge part to play in preventative spend and joint spending. We must remember that, and I am sure that we will take it up with our local authorities.

I welcome the cabinet secretary’s commitment to preventative spend and the change funds for early intervention and tackling reoffending. Preventative spending initiatives will receive funding of about £500 million, and £100 million will be made available to health and social care partnerships to support the integration of health and social care. It is not just my view as an MSP but, I honestly believe, the view of local authorities, councillors and the public at large that that cannot come soon enough to ensure that we deliver that joined-up thinking.

In my area, we have bed blocking simply because we do not have that joined-up, integrated funding of social care and health. I have raised that with Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board and I am sure that other members have raised similar issues with the health boards and councils in their areas. I look forward to that funding coming to fruition.

Under this Government, total health expenditure is increasing in real terms to £12 billion in 2015-16, regardless of what others have said, and the Scottish Government has announced an extra £100 million to help with delayed discharge. That is welcome, and I am glad that Malcolm Chisholm welcomes it—I think that he is the only member on the Labour benches who said that.

I want to ask the Labour Party where the extra £100 million was coming from, because I remember the debate that we had last week. On top of the 1,000 extra nurses that the Scottish Government was putting forward, Labour was putting forward another 1,000 nurses, but we never found out where it would get the money from. I am sure that Jackie Baillie will correct me if I am wrong, but my understanding—



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Sandra White (Glasgow Kelvin) (SNP)

I am the MSP for Glasgow Kelvin. I have an interest in relation to part of the bill. I thank the committee very much for allowing me to be here.



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Sandra White

I would like to touch on what Janet Hood said about no one having objected. I appeared at the city of Glasgow licensing board in John Street with regard to clubs that were opening in Royal Exchange Square, along with a number of businesspeople who had businesses there, so it is untrue to say that people have not gone along to object. It is quite intimidating when you go to a licensing board, because the owners of the clubs are there as well, and you have to appear before a panel of councillors and give evidence. It is like a mini court, so it is quite intimidating, but I and others have certainly been there.

I would also like to pick up on the point that Professor Hubbard made. I agree with most of what he said, but when I was putting forward the bill we were advised that to make licensing mandatory would be much more difficult. The legislation in England and Wales went through before we managed to put our Scottish bill through.



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Sandra White

Yes, my intention at the time was to introduce a member’s bill that would make the licensing of such premises mandatory, but our legal advice was that it would be much better to make it a matter for local authorities. It costs local authorities, such as Glasgow City Council, a lot of money if a case goes on appeal to the Court of Session, so they would invariably drop their cases as the owners appealed. It was therefore felt at the time that allowing each individual local authority to make its own choice was the best way forward, because that way the people who live in an area could ask their councils to adopt the legislation.

I shall leave it at that, convener, but thank you very much for allowing me to come in at that point. I may come back in on some other points later.



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Sandra White

I want to raise a number of issues. We are talking about local authorities, which have a very hard job to do. I would be interested to know how many times clubs in Aberdeen have appealed the decision.

In Glasgow, we have two lap-dancing clubs, at either end of the city, that are a street away from a church—the Gaelic church and the church at Nelson Mandela Place. However, that has not stopped the clubs appealing the decision and winning, which has cost council tax payers money. I am pleased that Andrew Cox says that he would welcome anyone into his club. I have been in the club. I did my homework before I embarked on this bill—



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Sandra White

Yes. I suppose that it is all experience to take us forward. I am very pleased that the committee is scrutinising the bill.

What struck me in some of the clubs that I went in was the lack of customers. I often wondered how the clubs made enough money to remain open.

We are missing an important point here, though. Laura Tomson raised the issue of how women are looked on by the men who frequent the clubs. In one of the clubs that I was in, I spoke to a group of young men. I felt that they were being exploited because they were being egged on by their friends to put money—blah, blah, blah—to get a dance. I asked these young men what they thought about the women in the clubs and I could not repeat the language that they used. When I asked what they would do if it was their wife, girlfriend or sister, they said that they would never do that. That is another point that we have to consider.

We talk about employment. These dancers are self-employed. They pay to dance—they pay for their costumes and the tables. These girls are being exploited in many ways. It is about a perception that men in particular have of women when they see these dancers, or whatever you wish to call them. We talk about the pubic corner in Edinburgh, which is very well advertised. A lady who works in one of the clubs was accosted by a customer outside a club when she was not working. The treatment of that poor lady says a lot to me about how men perceive these dancers.

In my area, people coming from Central station—people coming from work and going about their business—have to walk past these clubs. We need to look at it seriously.



Local Government and Regeneration Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Sandra White

Could I come in on that?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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Not VotedDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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YesCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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YesCarried

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
Not VotedCarried

S4M-12060.2 Hugh Henry: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—As an amendment
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NoDefeated

S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Rich
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YesCarried

S4M-12045.2 Jackson Carlaw: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Ric
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NoDefeated

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Motion S4M-12081: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12063: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12039: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12038: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11992: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11949: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11948: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11947: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11946: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11945: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03952: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00885: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00818: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03541: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03526: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00756: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03432: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03219: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03107: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03008: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2014 Show Full Question >>

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