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A very warm welcome to the Scottish parliament here at Holyrood. What is

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on the agenda politically? Well, it is Brexit week. We had the big

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speech by the Prime Minister this week, and responses from the First

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Minister and many others. Could it be that, the health service or the

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state of the railways that comes up in the questions to the First

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Minister? Let's find out as we crossed the chamber.

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Presiding officer, Bev Robinson helps to run a small engineering

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business called Precision Oil Tools, employing 12 people. She has just

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found out her business rates are going up by 63% in April. This

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morning, she described this as nothing short of daylight robbery.

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Does the First Minister think that an increase like this for a small

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local fervour is acceptable? Of course, 2017 is a business rates

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revaluation year. All commercial premises have their property value

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reassessed by an independent assessor in such a year. The

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Scottish Government has no locus to intervene in that process. As Ruth

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Davidson will be aware, assessors published a draft revaluation online

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before the end of the year. These are subject to change when

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revaluation notices posted out in March, and of course, this is a

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crucial point, all ratepayers will have till September 30 this year to

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appeal their revaluation if they think it is wrong. So that is the

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process of revaluation that is underway. That said, this government

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recognises the importance of having a fair and competitive business

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rates regime, which is why Derek Mackay announced in the budget our

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plans to lift 100,000 small businesses across this country out

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of business rates altogether. Clearly, I don't know if the

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business Ruth Davidson has cited will benefit, but 100,000 businesses

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across our country will pay no rates at all, because that is the

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importance we attach to seeing small businesses grow in our economy.

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Absolutely nothing in there for the business that I raised, which will

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hurt 12 employees. But this business is not alone. We spoke yesterday to

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another engineering firm based in Peterhead. It is a fantastic firm

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which runs the largest private apprenticeship programme anywhere in

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the country, and it has now discovered it will have to pay an

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extra ?120,000, April and fears it will have to turn apprentices away

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as a result. Their MD told as yesterday, we have saw the highest

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rates here, and this increase will price many businesses out of the

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market they compete in locally, nationally or worldwide. The chamber

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of Commerce says this will drive firms that have managed to stay

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afloat into insolvency or at best lead to job losses. This is the

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reality, so what action will the First Minister consider to help them

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out? I think if Ruth Davidson had

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listened to my first answer, she would have already heard what I had

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to say. I would stress again, all of these businesses she sites today do

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fantastic work in our country to help us grow the economy and this

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government is on the side of business the length and breadth of

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this country. The process that Ruth Davidson sites, though, is a

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revaluation. It is being carried out by independent assessors. The kind

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of increases she talks about are tied to increases in the rateable

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value of premises. I have already outlined the process draft

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valuations have been published, final valuations will be published

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later this year, but all businesses have until September to submit

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appeals affecting their valuation is wrong. She asks what we're doing to

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support small businesses that employ people and contribute to our

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economic success. As I said, the small-business bonus, which goes way

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beyond anything in any other part of the UK, is lifting 100,000 small

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businesses out of business rates altogether. Ruth Davidson may also

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be interested in this. In the financial year 2017-18, the one that

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is about to start, more than half of all rateable properties in Scotland

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will pay nothing at all in rates due to the Small-business Bonus and the

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range of the business rates and reliefs in place. So I understand

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concerns that businesses will have, arising out of revaluation, so I am

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stressing the independent nature of that process and the ability

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businesses to appeal. This government has ensured we have a

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competitive and probably the most competitive small business rates

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regime anywhere in the UK, because that is the importance we attach to

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small businesses. And yet, in a double whammy, both

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Precision Oil only other company have been hit by the doubling of the

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business supplement her government is that you did overnight. --

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instituted overnight. But these are stories, as we learn this week that

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growth in Scotland is now a third of what it is elsewhere in the UK. Liz

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Cameron from the Scottish Chambers of commerce saved this today, no one

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liked to quote her in full. Scottish Government actions must be aimed

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squarely at increasing this rate of growth and utilising the power is at

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its disposal to support businesses, giving them the edge over businesses

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and other parts of the UK and enabling them to grow. The question

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is simple of this: Does the First Minister simply believe that setting

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higher taxes, putting higher burdens on employers like this, helps do

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that? Just to repeat the facts again for

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Ruth Davidson, 100,000 small business premises across this

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country taken out of business rates altogether. In terms of the large

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business supplement, the threshold for that increase so that fewer

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businesses will be subject to the large business supplement. And of

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course, she is presumably aware that the wider review of business rates

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led by Ken Barkley is underway to make sure that we continue to have a

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competitive and fair business rates regime. That is the kind of action

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Liz Cameron is right to call for from the Scottish Government, making

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sure that we support our businesses. It earlier, Ruth Davidson mentioned

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apprenticeships. Let me remind her that it is the Conservative

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government that is imposing the apprenticeship levy and businesses

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above a certain size the length and breadth of this country. That is not

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the Scottish Government, so perhaps she would... Well, she is shouting

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at me from a sedentary position, how are we spending that? Let me remind

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Ruth Davidson, that is not new money. What we get from that, the UK

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Government has taken away from in other ways, but all that money is

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being spent on supporting training, skills and apprenticeships across

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this country, so we will continue to support our businesses. The meal so

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say this. The last thing our businesses need right now, whether

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in Scotland or other parts of the UK, is to be ripped out of the

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world's biggest single market. That is the future they face because of a

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Conservative government as macro obsession with immigration rather

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than putting the interests of this economy first. We will continue to

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support businesses through the business rate scheme but also

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continued to argue that our businesses should continue to be

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free to trade within the EU single market.

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Under pressure, she runs to Brexit, but the truth of the matter is this:

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Precision Oil didn't raise Brexit today. They are raising the increase

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right now of the rates bill. And Score Group did not write to me

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about Europe. They wanted to talk about this government's failure to

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support them. And the Chamber of Commerce have said specifically that

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if we are drawn into tunnel vision on Europe, we will miss the chance

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to transform Scotland's attractiveness as a place to do

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business. That is what the First Minister should be focusing on, and

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the facts are these: Unemployment in Scotland is up. Employment is down.

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Well confident for small firms in other parts of the UK is going up,

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here it is falling through the floor. Yet we have a finance

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secretary who is heading from companies who say that rates are

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pushing them to the wall, we have a government that taxes people and

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firms more here than elsewhere in the UK, and again this week, they

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have been threatened with further instability with their own

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referendum, this time one on independence. This government is

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about to present the most important budget since devolution, deciding on

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the taxes that Scots pay and the question is this. Does the First

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Minister stick to her current plan of making Scotland is highly taxed

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part of the UK, driving our businesses and jobs, or will she

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change course? Will she give Score Group and thousands of people like

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them the support they need to succeed. These are the questions to

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focus on. How will she acts? Let me first just point out if you

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facts. Firstly, the Lloyds I Business Reporting Britain shows a

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business confidence increasing markedly in Scotland and more so

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than in the rest of the UK. Employment at the tourist sector is

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up by 11% in Scotland compared to just 4% in the rest of the UK. This

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morning, the Scottish Retail Consortium showed retail sales

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increasing. The latest act of Scotland PMI signifies that

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unemployment is down over the year and GDP per head is up 2.2% in

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Scotland since before the recession, much lower than that, 1.5% in the

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rest of the UK. So I will continue to do everything this government can

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to support our business community. Let's also just remind Ruth Davidson

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of some other fact that I know are not very welcome for her. Let's look

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at this claim, this ridiculous claim, about Scotland being the

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highest taxed part of the UK. If you are taxpayer in Scotland, you don't

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pay tuition fees for your younger children to go to university. If

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you're elderly parent is in care, you don't pay personal care. You

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have a health care system free the point of use. Taxpayers in Scotland

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get a far better deal than taxpayers in the rest of the UK, and finally,

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on Brexit, I am determined to save Scotland from Brexit. It is not just

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the case that the Tories are running towards Brexit, they want to drag

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Scotland kicking and screaming over that Brexit cliff edge, and I am

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determined they are not going to get away with it.

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To ask the First Minister what engagements she has planned

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Still engagements to take forward the government's plans for Scotland.

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Our NHS is on the verge of a system breakdown. In the stark words of the

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chairman of the British Medical Association in Scotland. Nowhere is

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that more obvious than in Glasgow, where new figures show that more

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than one in four patients are waiting longer than four hours in

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A at the Queen Elizabeth. Last week, pregnant women were turned

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away, and this week, the daily record told the harrowing tale of

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Karen Medel, who had to travel 300 miles a day to see her sick child

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Alex because there were no beds in Glasgow. So does the First Minister

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agree with Doctor Peter Bennie that Scotland's NHS is facing a system

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breakdown? As I have readily said in the past,

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of course, our NHS is working under pressure. The pressure comes from

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the changing demographics, the ageing population, and that means we

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need to do even more to support our national Health Service. That is why

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we are investing more in our NHS over this Parliament. ?500 million

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more than the rate of inflation, and I would remind Kezia Dugdale as I

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frequently do that the commitment from Labour were simply to increase

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it by inflation. So the commitment from this government is greater, and

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that helps to support record numbers of staff. But as I have also said

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before, it is not enough to invest more and have more members of staff

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working in a health service. We have also got to reform our our health

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service operates, which is why this government, unlike any other across

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the UK, took the action to integrate health and so is a. That is why we

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are transferring investments in the health service into social care

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services, and that's why we have the best performing Accident and

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Emergency departments in the UK and why we are starting to see delayed

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discharges going down. So there is much work to do, and our

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hard-working NHS staff work under considerable pressure, but we will

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continue to support them in the fantastic job they do.

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The First Minister can come to this chamber and attacked Labour's health

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plans every week, but it does not make them true. No wonder the BMA

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say they are sick of SNP spent. -- spin. And the problems in our NHS

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are not just confined to the central belt. Elaine Handy from Nairn is a

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48-year-old mother of two. She is the chairwoman of the Royal Navy and

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Royal Marines Widows' Association, and was diagnosed with cataracts few

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years ago. Her condition no impact on their quality of life and her

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optician referred her to hospital in Inverness for surgery. The Scottish

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Government target is that patients should wait no longer than 12 weeks

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for their first consultation. But Mrs Handley was told not to expect a

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weight of 12 weeks, but a minimum weight of 12 months. What

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explanation can the First Minister give Mrs Handley and other cataract

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patients for the shocking waiting times in NHS Highland 's?

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I will not comment on individual case, as I repeatedly say. Is there

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are individual cases any member wants to raise with the Health

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Secretary, they should do so. But I will say this, and this is a serious

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issue. Perhaps the most serious issue that we discuss in this

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chamber is our NHS. Of course, we want to see waiting times go further

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down, whether inpatient or outpatient waiting times, or waiting

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times for A services. They are lower than they were when this

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government first took office. Our responsibilities to continue to work

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with health care professionals to get those times even lower than they

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are now. Kezia Dugdale says what are doing to bring this about. I know it

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is uncomfortable for her, but what I said about her spending commitment

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is true. Anybody who doubts it doesn't have too take my word for

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it. They only have to go and read her manifesto from the election last

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year. Our commitment is to greater investment in the NHS than any other

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party promised in that election. But let me say this. The commitment and

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our manifesto, which we are in the process of implementation, is to

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create new elective treatment centres around the country,

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expanding capacity at the Golden Jubilee for operations like

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cataracts, and to create more elective treatment centres across

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the country so we build capacity for those kinds of operations and in the

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process take pressure off our emergency services. That is all part

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of the reform that is going with our record investment in the NHS.

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I recognise each and every day the pressure that NHS staff work under

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but this government is committed to working with them to make sure they

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continue to deliver excellent services all over the country.

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Kezia Dugdale. There was little comfort in that for

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Mrs Hambly. Labour SNP is -- Labour MSPs are dealing with cases like

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this. We have to bring each and every one to Parliament for

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something to happen? And right at the start of the First Minister's

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answer, she said if people have specific complaints to take into the

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Health Secretary. That is what she did, she wrote to Shona Robison, and

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I have the response you receive last week. In it, the government admits

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that a 12 month weight is totally unacceptable, but their response? To

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give her a guide on how to travel to Europe for treatment. I've got it

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here. If a 300 mile round trip can be described as system breakdown,

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and a 12 month weight is totally unacceptably, high with the First

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Minister describe a 3000 mile round trip to Europe for treatment? Our

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commitment, not just for the patient that Kezia Dugdale sites, but to

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every patient across the country is to provide the best quality

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treatment as quickly as possible in every part of the country. That is

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what we are focused on and dedicated to delivering in partnership with

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NHS staff each and every day. I know there is much work to be done, the

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nature of the NHS means there will always be much more work to be done,

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but waiting times, like patient, inpatient, emergency waiting times,

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they are lower today than when we took office, because of increased

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investment, increased staff, we are committed to further increasing

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investment but crucially out reforms to make sure the NHS can cope with

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the pressures on it. That is our commitment and we will take that

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forward every day. I have a number of constituency

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questions. Last week, the decision was taken by NHS Tayside to close

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the mulberry unit, a mental health inpatient facility in my

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constituency, and that decision was taken on safety grounds because of a

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lack of Junior Sa'u ya got us to cover the three sites that are

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within Tayside. -- junior doctors. That will invite patients, families,

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carers and staff living in Angus. I would like to ask the First Minister

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what will be done to mitigate the impact of this closure? What steps

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are being taken to encourage doctors into psychiatry? And will be Cabinet

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Secretary for health meet with me and with service users in my

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constituency to discuss their serious concerns? Patient safety is

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the absolute priority, and it is right that the board listens to the

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advice of clinicians to ensure all patients across Tayside continue to

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receive safe service. The board has assured the Scottish Government this

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is a temporary measure, and we will provide all support to the board as

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they continue to work with partners to develop a sustainable model for

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the long-term. Through the national workforce plan we are working with

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boards to identify further steps to take to fill training in disciplines

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that have been harder to recruit two in recent years, and NHS Tayside has

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approved a recruitment strategy designed to support their workforce

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plan, including four iCloud tree. The Health Secretary will keep the

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member and any other member fully up-to-date. -- including four

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psychiatry. Alan Knill. Can I bring the First Minister's attention to

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the closure of the Airdrie savings bank, announced yesterday, after 182

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years of trading? This has been forced by the level of regulation

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which now makes it very, very difficult indeed impossible for a

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small community bank like the Airdrie savings bank to survive in

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today's world. As a result of that, 70 people will lose their jobs. Can

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I have an assurance from the First Minister that the government and its

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agencies will do everything it possibly can, first of all to ensure

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the 70 people who have been facing forced redundancy will get maximum

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help in finding employment and secondly the Airdrie Savings Bank

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will be assisted as appropriate by Scottish enterprise and other

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agencies to ensure an orderly rundown, including making productive

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use of the very fine premises they have, both in Airdrie and other

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parts of Lanarkshire? Yes, I'm happy to give those assurances. We were

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all site I am sure to hear the news from Airdrie Savings Bank yesterday.

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-- we are all sad. The reality is that cannot compete in a very

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changed banking world, it doesn't have the skill to accommodate that

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change. Therefore the board has made the difficult but I think

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responsible decision to wind down now, in a controlled and orderly

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manner, while customer deposits are absolutely safe and protected and of

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course without the need for any public sector bail out. I think this

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reflects the bank's careful and prudent approach, serving the

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community so well for many years and it will be sadly missed. This will

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be a difficult time for those affected, customers, but more

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particularly those employees of the bank and their families as well. So

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I can absolutely confirm that, through our initiatives, we will

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provide support for any boys facing redundancy, providing skills,

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development and employability support. -- for anyone facing

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redundancy. It is important to stress here that public

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intervention, had it even been possible, would not have changed the

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decision made by the board. It is a sad decision but one that most

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people understand and the focus now must be on supporting the

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communities served by the bank and those who work for it. Gil Paterson.

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Many thanks. As the First Minister media we are there has been an

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ongoing discussion about the future of 30 long-term care beds at Saint

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Margarets Hospice in Clydebank in my constituency. Yesterday at a special

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film meeting of Western Bodiger council a motion was passed in the

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name of the former Provost regarding the hospice. The hospice is

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concerned that proposals from the integration to use their heads as

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social care beds may raise questions on the charitable status and the

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ethos of the hospice. -- use their beds. I believe an amicable solution

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is entirely possible. To this end could I request a meeting with the

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Health Secretary to explore if the Scottish Government can play a role

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in supporting a resolution between these groups in this important

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issue? Firstly, I know how valuable and valued the services that Saint

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Margarets hospice provides to those who benefit from them. When I was

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Health Secretary, I had close interaction with the hospice and

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indeed helped to allay some concerns they had back in those times. The

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Westonbirt incher help and social partnership have said, as I

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understand, there is nothing to undermine the charitable status of

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the hospice. -- West Dunbartonshire Council. But it is clear from what I

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have heard that there are concerns felt by the hospice and it is

:24:49.:24:52.

important to address those concerns. Gil Paterson asked specifically for

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a meeting with the Health Secretary, who will be happy to meet with him

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to discuss how the integrated joint board and the hospice can find an

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amicable solution but most importantly a solution that will

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allow St Margaret's Hospice to continue to provide the excellent

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care that it does for people in the surrounding communities. Question

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number three, Patrick Harvie. To ask the First Minister

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when the Cabinet will next meet? Tuesday.

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We heard a statement from the Prime Minister that was confused,

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contradictory and dangerous. The Scottish Conservatives may now be

:25:31.:25:37.

merrily trotting along behind the Brexit cheerleaders but it seems

:25:38.:25:40.

only five minutes ago that they were all for protecting our place in the

:25:41.:25:45.

single market. And we've heard from the Prime Minister empty words about

:25:46.:25:48.

considering Scotland's position but from everything else she says it

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seems she has already ruled out doing anything about it. So I want

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to hear reassurances from the First Minister that there will be no

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deleted the legislation to keep open the option for the people of

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Scotland to decide for themselves whether they want to stay on the

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Brexit bars as it heads over the cliff. -- Brexit bars. We know there

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will be deeply damaging economic impacts from ripping Scotland and

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the UK and not just out of Europe but out of the single market. I've

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never believed that economic growth should, at the expense of social

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justice sustainability but it now seems the UK Government wants to

:26:28.:26:31.

ignore all three because of their relentless hostility to immigration

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and immigrants. So what assessment has the Scottish Government carried

:26:37.:26:40.

out, not only of the direct economic impact on Scotland on jobs, incomes

:26:41.:26:45.

and from inflation, but also since the Scottish budget is now partly

:26:46.:26:50.

based on economic performance, what assessment has been made on the

:26:51.:26:54.

impact on public finances if we loser plays in the single market?

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The Scottish Government will make those assessments but we have seen

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independent assessments of the impact of hard Brexit, 80,000 jobs,

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?2000 in terms of real wages, real impact for people the length and

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breadth of the country. And Patrick Harvie is absolutely right. The

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Scottish Government and people didn't choose to be in this

:27:19.:27:23.

position. Scotland did not vote for the part that was set out by the

:27:24.:27:27.

Prime Minister on Tuesday and even more importantly it is against our

:27:28.:27:33.

interests as a country. It puts jobs, wages, living standards,

:27:34.:27:36.

investment on the line. And I think it threatens to fundamentally change

:27:37.:27:42.

the kind of country that we are. And not for the better. The Scottish

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Government has put forward proposals to protect Scotland's interests,

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these were described just last night I laud John Kerry a former senior UK

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diplomat, as oppressive, serious and substantive. The UK Government thus

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far has not considered those proposals with the seriousness that

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they merit. And that is exposing talk of a partnership of equals

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within the UK as nothing more than empty rhetoric. The joint

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ministerial subcommittee is meeting today, there will be a session at

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the end of the month, the Scottish Government will continue to engage

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and seek to further compromise, but be in no doubt, the time is fast

:28:26.:28:29.

running out for the UK Government to convince us that the key one jot

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about Scotland's interests. -- that they care. If they don't, Scotland

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faces a choice, going down the damaging path set out by Teresa May,

:28:41.:28:44.

with all the impact that we know that will have and in the knowledge

:28:45.:28:50.

that our voice doesn't matter within the UK, or do we decide to take our

:28:51.:28:54.

future into our own hands and take control of the future of our country

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into our own hands? The difference between me and I believe Patrick

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Harvie and others in this chamber is I believe that should be a decision

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for the Scottish people. Patrick Harvie. Well, if the First Minister

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is clearly right about the change that is threatened, I don't yet hear

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an assessment of the impact on Scottish public finances for which

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the government is responsible. That will happen before Brexit, it is

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already happening. Eight months ago, we also for election to this

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Parliament, each with a manifesto commitment, the Greens promised to

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be bold and use the Scottish parliament's new powers to protect

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services and investment the country needs. The SNP said it wanted to

:29:40.:29:44.

offer an alternative to Tory austerity charter it is the

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rear-view in which circumstances change so dramatically. -- it is a

:29:50.:29:55.

very rear year. The change of UK Government, victim-macro, now the

:29:56.:29:58.

threat to cut us off the single market. These impact, isn't it clear

:29:59.:30:03.

that the government's economic policies, written one year ago,

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based largely around a status quo position on income tax can be

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treated as if written in stone? Surely the case is now stronger than

:30:13.:30:17.

ever to use tax powers failing, protecting people on low and middle

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incomes, but ensuring words like progressive come to mean something

:30:22.:30:25.

and that services for every community in the country are

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protected. We have put forward by two proposals including tax

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proposals that are freer, reasonable and progressive, we're in a budget

:30:35.:30:39.

process, and as Patrick Harvie knows, the Finance Secretary

:30:40.:30:41.

continues to discuss with them and other parties across this chamber

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the content of those budget proposals and those discussions will

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continue over the next few weeks. I agree with Patrick Harvie about the

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impact on decisions being made by the Tory government at Westminster

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on the economy, jobs and also public finances. Of course we need to

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respond and we will continue to respond just as they responded to

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welfare changes by setting up the welfare fund, mitigating the Bedroom

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Tax, taking action here to mitigate the worst impacts of wrong-headed

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decisions taken at Westminster. We will continue to do that. But sooner

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or later there comes a more fundamental choice, do we want to

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continue as a parliament and country to be in the position of always

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having to mitigate the impact of decisions that are out of our hands

:31:29.:31:32.

and taken by a Tory government at Westminster that a majority in this

:31:33.:31:38.

country do not vote for? Or take control of the future of the country

:31:39.:31:41.

into our own hands? That is the choice looming for the people of

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Scotland. A couple of further supplementary

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questions. Thank you. The First Minister will

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be aware of the landmark decision this week to award damages in a rape

:31:57.:32:00.

case, the first is a civil court. This week has also seen the

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publication of criminal proceedings Scotland, confirming that only 12%

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of police reported rape and attempted rape cases proceed to

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court, where the conviction rate Israel oh. Rape crisis Scotland are

:32:14.:32:17.

advising we will see more and more complainers turn to the civil

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justice system, but this is a hedonist crime and should always

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result in a criminal charge. What are the implications for the justice

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system if victims now feel the only justice they can get these criminal

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acts as to the civil court system? That absolutely should not be the

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message. Of the many decisions Clive Baker is rightly talking about, and

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I know she understands this, the decisions for the independent

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prosecution services and of course, the courts, but I don't make anyone

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can be in any doubt of the determination of this government to

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ensure that there is a really tough approach for anybody who commits

:32:55.:32:58.

sexual crimes or domestic violence. In terms of the statistics published

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this week, we see convictions for sexual crimes and domestic abuse

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remaining high, with the number of convictions the sexual crimes

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actually at an all-time high. All of us take sexual crimes very seriously

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and that is why it is good to see more people convicted of sexual

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offences and average sentences for rape and attempted rape increasing

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8% since last year, but we'll know there is much more work to be done

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here. I think it is one of those issues in which I hope there is a

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lot of consensus. On the particular point Claire Baker raises, but also

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on the issue of domestic violence, why we will soon introduce new

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legislation. We need to make sure there is a victim in place -- system

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in place where victims feel can come forward, and where perpetrators will

:33:50.:33:52.

be held to account and given appropriate sentences.

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Last night, the Parliament voted to keep the board of Highland

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enterprise. Come the First Minister governorate is indeed what will

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happen? -- confirmed that is what one

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happen? Of course, we will reflect very

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carefully about Parliament at last night as we always do. Can I say,

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whatever the disagreements around particular proposals here, I hope

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there will be a lot of agreement around our objectives. We're talking

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about the economy Italy, and we recognise that all our individual

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economic development agencies do a fantastic job. We to make sure they

:34:30.:34:34.

are greater than the sum of their parts and we are all working towards

:34:35.:34:39.

our goal of supporting Scotland's economy. That is the genesis of the

:34:40.:34:43.

proposals in the first phase of the review we're talking about here. In

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terms of HIE, let's be clear that even in terms of the proposals as

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they are at this stage, they would see HIE retaining its chief

:34:54.:34:59.

executive base and its headquarters in Inverness, retaining control of

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all staffing levels, continuing to operate from its headquarters in

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Inverness. So that the commitment the Highlands. The review is now in

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its second phase and as part of the ongoing consideration, the debate

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and vote in parliament will be fully taken into account.

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Thank you. This week, the widely respected economic think tank Fraser

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Allen Institute confirmed that, contrary to all SNP claims of Tory

:35:30.:35:33.

cuts and Westminster austerity, the overall Scotland budget is up in

:35:34.:35:37.

real terms over 2010. They go on to say the way in which the Scottish

:35:38.:35:40.

Government present its budget is flawed, and I quote, the selective

:35:41.:35:46.

data it presents often appears designed to is a port their

:35:47.:35:48.

arguments rather than help inform debate. Will the First Minister

:35:49.:35:56.

therefore take this opportunity to apologise on behalf of herself and

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the finance secretary for all the disgraceful spin the bottle the

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budget figures, and will she undertake to deliver a budget

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process that is fit for purpose? I was really hoping that he would

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ask about this today, because it is a spectacular own goal on his

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behalf. Let me quote the institute from the very blog he cites here. It

:36:26.:36:30.

says, in turn is a discretionary spending and the amount the

:36:31.:36:36.

government has to spend on day-to-day public services such as

:36:37.:36:39.

schools and hospitals - they don't like to hear this, so I'm going to

:36:40.:36:44.

repeat it - in terms of discretionary spending and the

:36:45.:36:47.

amount the government has to spend on day-to-day public services such

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as schools and hospitals, the budget has declined by around 5% in real

:36:52.:37:00.

terms since 2010 - 11. It also makes clear that if we were to include all

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of the things in the calculation that Murdo Fraser says should be

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included to get to his measly 0.4%, then it would have to include... It

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would have to include money that is not real money that can be spent on

:37:22.:37:29.

goods and services, to quote. Now, I know the Tories frequently live-in

:37:30.:37:32.

fantasyland, but I'm not sure how they think we can fund the health

:37:33.:37:36.

service or the education system with money that is not real and can be

:37:37.:37:42.

spent on goods and services. -- comment. So in terms of the money

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the government has to spend on goods and services across this country, it

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has declined by 5% in real terms as a result of decisions taken by the

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Conservative government in Westminster.

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To ask the First Minister what procedures are in place

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to ensure that the necessary treatment and care in maternity

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The arrival of a baby for any family is not only time of joy, but clearly

:38:10.:38:25.

also a of stress and worry. We aim to ensure the NHS provide the

:38:26.:38:28.

services for both mothers and expecting babies to get the best

:38:29.:38:33.

care possible. We will soon publish our review of maternity and neonatal

:38:34.:38:37.

care. On the rare occasions, and they are rare, that maternity units

:38:38.:38:41.

had to divert care, we are very clear that there are contingencies

:38:42.:38:44.

in place to ensure the safety of mothers and babies warm and taming

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quality of care at all times. Thank you the reply. Would she

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therefore approve me that larger hospitals and community services

:38:57.:38:58.

working together in a collaborative way to ensure safe services is a

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real benefit and much preferable to the market-based health system?

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I think there is an important point of the media. This is one of the

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benefits of having an integrated health care system, but hospitals in

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different health boards in certain circumstances can support each

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other. And sure this question has arisen because of the circumstances

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in Glasgow at the end of last week at the Queen Elizabeth University

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Hospital, I had missions were diverted for a short period of time

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due to an usual combination of a high number of admissions and a

:39:35.:39:37.

number of women developing complications. Three women were

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diverted to other units and several more had planned procedures declared

:39:43.:39:48.

quite few hours. But because of our integrated health care system,

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contingency plans were activated and care could be safely provided at

:39:51.:39:55.

other hospitals. These are very rare occasions, but when there are these

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very rare occasions, it is vital those arrangements are in place and

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work well. To ask the First Minister

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whether the Scottish Government considers that appropriate resources

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are in place to support teachers of children

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with additional support needs? We are very clear that all children

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and young people must get the support that they need to reach

:40:18.:40:19.

their full learning potential. Additional support For Learning

:40:20.:40:27.

Acknowledged In Places Duties On Local Authorities To Provide For The

:40:28.:40:31.

Needs Of Their People. Well We Have Published Statutory Guidance To

:40:32.:40:34.

Support Education Authorities Fulfilling His Duties, It Is For

:40:35.:40:37.

Those Authorities To Make Sure They Have The Appropriate Resources In

:40:38.:40:44.

Place To Fulfil Those. These work is essential to the

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Scottish Government's policy getting a driver of a child. But staff are

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under enormous pressure and are exhausted, feel undervalued and

:40:56.:40:58.

stressed and lacking in training and support. With the First Minister

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except that after a decade of SNP management, this report is clear

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evidence that this government are simply failing? Know I don't think

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that is a fair characterisation of the position. I do recognise the

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pressure and the stress associated by definition with the job of

:41:19.:41:21.

teachers who support children with additional needs. I know he takes a

:41:22.:41:28.

very close interest in these matters and he knows there has been a

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fundamental change in how children with additional needs in the

:41:31.:41:37.

educational system since, I think, 2004, when the vast majority are now

:41:38.:41:41.

in mainstream education. The other point to stress that well teachers

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specifically for pupils with additional support needs are vitally

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important in our system, it is the job of all teachers to make sure all

:41:50.:41:52.

pupils get the care and support they need. That is why this government is

:41:53.:41:56.

putting such an emphasis on supporting schools with the

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additional resources going through the attainment fund directly to

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schools. We continue to work with local authorities and teachers to

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make sure the support there when and where it is needed.

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Thank you. Since 2010, almost 500 initial support needs teachers have

:42:15.:42:19.

been cut. The First Minister knows that require the attainment gap, we

:42:20.:42:23.

must support young people with additional support needs. The

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government used the tax powers they have and amend the budget proposals

:42:28.:42:31.

to prevent local authorities being forced to make cuts, many of which

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will fall on education and result in fewer additional support needs

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teachers? As a key part of the budget, ?120

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million will go directly to head teachers in schools for headteachers

:42:47.:42:50.

to then determine how to invest that money to raise attainment as close

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the attainment gap. If headteachers want to use that money for

:42:55.:42:58.

additional support, that will be an option available to them. This is

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part of our determination to get resources not just into education in

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general, but also to school and headteachers so they can have the

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biggest impact. I think people across the chamber will support

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that. To ask the First Minister

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what the Scottish Government's position is on the comment

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by the Chair of BMA Scotland that the NHS is "stretched pretty

:43:17.:43:19.

much to breaking point". Our NHS and care staff to a

:43:20.:43:29.

fantastic job in the face of increased demand that they have my

:43:30.:43:32.

thanks for the work we do. For our NHS to provide the services people

:43:33.:43:37.

need lying into the future, we must deliver the twin approach of

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investment and reform, so our plan sets out a range of actions to show

:43:41.:43:44.

we have sustainable services, including bringing forward a

:43:45.:43:47.

national health and social workforce plan this spring to ensure our NHS

:43:48.:43:52.

continues to have the right number and skills for the future. That is

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of course backed up by our commitment to increase any NHS

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investment by ?500 million more than inflation by the end of this

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Parliament. I would like to quote the chair of

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the BMA Scotland. We are just fed up with a mantra that says from

:44:11.:44:13.

government, we have more doctors than ever. The question is, do we

:44:14.:44:18.

have enough doctors? Do we have enough nurses? Do we have enough

:44:19.:44:21.

staff outside the health service to provide the care that people need,

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and the present, we don't. The majority of staff in the health

:44:25.:44:28.

service and our working way beyond what they are supposed to be doing,

:44:29.:44:33.

just to keep things running. Eventually, that leads to personal

:44:34.:44:36.

breakdown and eventually, it leads to system breakdown. The impression

:44:37.:44:41.

the government tries to give is that things are OK just now. They are

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not. Please tell the truth -- who is telling the jury? Nicola Sturgeon,

:44:48.:44:52.

or Doctor Peter Bennie? We work closely with the BMA, and

:44:53.:44:58.

all staff organisations, and staff the length and breadth of the

:44:59.:45:02.

country. That is why we have set out a very clear direction of travel,

:45:03.:45:05.

building on the progress that has been made in our NHS over the past

:45:06.:45:14.

ten years, so yes, continuing to increase staff numbers, but also

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making sure we have the right mix of skills. We consider many of the

:45:17.:45:23.

concerns about the pressure on GPs in primary care. Much of that will

:45:24.:45:27.

be addressed by building up multidisciplinary teams in primary

:45:28.:45:31.

care, which is why the health and social workforce plan to be

:45:32.:45:34.

published in Spring is so important. It is also why it is so

:45:35.:45:37.

fundamentally important that we continue to back all of these plans

:45:38.:45:42.

with investment, and I say again, and I know Labour don't like it, and

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a commitment to investment is much stronger than the commitment they

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made. It is simply a fact that if Labour had won the election last Me,

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unlike the other may seem, the NHS today would have less funding than

:45:57.:45:59.

it does, and I would be the case for the duration of this Parliament. So

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investment and reform, working with the health service, will continue to

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be out we take these improvements forward.

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That includes First Minister's Questions...

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The close of questions, very wide ranging, I am joined by two

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journalistic colleagues, we will talk Brexit in a minute, but David

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Clegg, the economy first, questions from Ruth Davidson, the challenge

:46:30.:46:34.

from Patrick Harvie to increase taxation, discussions about the

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probity of the budget figures, all in there on spending today? Yes,

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Nicola Sturgeon had the toughest 45 minutes at the office I have seen

:46:44.:46:47.

for a while. She took hits from all sides. It was quite a challenging

:46:48.:46:53.

time. On the tax and economy issues, part of the problem was she was

:46:54.:46:56.

being attacked from the right and left. Yes. Patrick Harvie wanting

:46:57.:47:03.

her to increase tax, the Conservatives wanting her to adjust

:47:04.:47:13.

taxes, the burden on business. Quite effective Jenni Davidson, relating

:47:14.:47:17.

it to some individual businesses? Yes, you can't argue with examples,

:47:18.:47:24.

which are just examples, the question is what it means for

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businesses as a whole? As Nicola Sturgeon pointed out for some small

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businesses it was good news that they are going to be taken out of

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business tax altogether but I think the questions about large

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businesses, large business supplement, there has been concern

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about that. And more generally from the business committee about things

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like support for enterprise and skills, the effect of Brexit, things

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like that. And you had budget negotiations going on again, Patrick

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Harvie again saying that they needed only one party to support them to

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get the budget through, he was playing that it will not just the

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spending, he will need something on tax. Yes, the Greens are keen to get

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income tax raised and yes, the sign so far from the SNP is they will not

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give him that. Last week, at FM queues, there seemed like

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negotiation between the Lib Dems than Nicola Sturgeon on the floor,

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this time it was the Greens than Nicola Sturgeon. Probably they lived

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in the Mansour easier for the SNP accommodate. That Michael Robert Lee

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the Lib Dem the manse. But what about the budget document is not

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being that the bust? I think it was right to be raised, that we have

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examples of natural experts being used quite effectively to give

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Nicola Sturgeon travel. We also saw that with the BMA and comments made

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about the state of the NHS. Interesting that there is quite a

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bit of interesting back and forth going on with regards to the budget

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progress, particularly the Greens and SNP. These are Patrick Harvie

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using because the Jewish and, because he was almost setting out

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the Greens -- Patrick Harvie using the constitution, and that they need

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to do something about the economy here and now, why so timid on

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taxation? That is difficult for Nicola Sturgeon to answer. Another

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couple of questions, such as the Highlands and Islands enterprise,

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that the individual board should go, Nicola Sturgeon giving some

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assurances. Turkish Scott was shaking his head during that. The

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Scottish Government was defeated in the vote last night on the subject.

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But it is not a binding board, they can ignore the fact that the MSPs

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called for it. Budget guessing that it was part of the wider

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consultation. Turkish Scott not happy with that either. They have

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indicated that they are likely to match the boards in Scottish

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enterprise and skills development Scotland, but as Nicola Sturgeon

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said, keeping the ads. And executive, chief executive in

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Inverness. David, we had individual examples given by Ruth Davidson,

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another by Kezia Dugdale, on the question of health. Yes, Labour have

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been doing well on discussion about the problems facing the NHS. And in

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the past a lot of that has been illustrated by waiting times, dry

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statistics. Generic figures. The Labour Party have done well finding

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human examples, and another use quite cleverly, starting with she

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has not been able to get a cataract operation and as Nicholas Dudgeon

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tried to deflect that issue, it was followed up with, she was told to go

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to Europe to get it, a double blow. Difficult for the First Minister,

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when facing general questions, but an individual example is hard to

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ignore. Because Dudgeon has figures, but cannot respond to a case study.

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-- Nicola Sturgeon has figures. It looks bad, despite the fact that

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it's difficult to defend against. If you could hang on for a second, we

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will come to the topic of the day, the week, the month, the year, and

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that is Brexit, whether there should be a Scottish independence

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referendum following it. We had Nicola Sturgeon's response, and I

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spoke to some members of the parliament here, one from the

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Conservatives, one from the SNP, starting with Adam Thompkins from

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the Conservatives that the Prime Minister's comments know about

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leaving the single market wedding contradiction to what you're saying

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the manifesto. The manifesto commitment was about

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what David Cameron hoped to achieve in negotiations which he undertook

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with the 27 member states last year. But the prime ministers setting out

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this week was an ambition that the United Kingdom, despite leaving the

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Bishop of the single market, should have the freest possible trade. The

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greatest possible access to the single market through a new bold

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comprehensive and very ambitious free trade agreement with the

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European Union. Leaving the institutions of the single market

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but not leaving access to our participation in. Is that a good

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comparison? No, there are big differences. Membership of the

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single market is essential for truly free trade. This is a hard Brexit,

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leaving the single market will cost Scotland 80,000 jobs, according to

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the Fraser of Ireland Institute. No reason to believe that there will be

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job losses if we can sustain the Prime Minister's ambition, with full

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access to the single market. The British Chamber of Commerce and

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other institutions have said that free-trade agreements are different

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from membership of the single market. Overseas investors invest in

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Britain because they are a member of the single market not because we

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have the trade agreements. It is because the fastest-growing economy

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in the in the G7, the economics of their story of the G7, more jobs...

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But you have HSBC shifting a key part of investment portfolio plans

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from London to Paris? And other examples that will continue to

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invest and exhilarate investment. Facebook was an example.

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Notwithstanding the United Kingdom forwarded to leave the European

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Union. The European committee of this Parliament has 150 written

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pieces from organisations and businesses across Scotland who took

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the trouble to write to us and the vast majority argue for continued

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membership of the single market. Consequences for Scotland? Do you

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think it makes the independence referendum, that has always been on

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the table, more likely or inevitable? Theresa May has said she

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will consider the government paper and was more open than seven that

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the Tories in this place. But this is not that she has... She said she

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will consider it and the door is open. Is she respects gotten as a

:54:32.:54:35.

nation within the UK she will consider that the bug, which is

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actually a continuation of the volition, granting more powers to

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this Parliament to allow Scotland to demean a member of the single

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market. Is it feasible that could be a Scottish deal as part of that UK

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deal? The UK Government has said we will look at it. The argument has to

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be credible. Some of the proposals for additional devolution in that

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paper are for ones that would not strengthen the union. Scottish

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membership of the European single market maybe through the European

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economic area such as with Nabi? In that you have to be an independent

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state. -- through the European economic area such as Norway. Adam

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and Ruth Davidson said that they wanted as to remain in the single

:55:27.:55:32.

market. And in the European Union, but we lost. After the referendum,

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he said he wanted Scotland to remain in the single market. It is up to

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Theresa May noted short that if she respects Scotland's place in the

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union she will listen to the people of Scotland and not drag us out of

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the single market. But the Scottish people do not want a second

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independence referendum, by a large majority. Thank you both very much.

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That was earlier. And some developments today, and discussions

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going on right now between ministers in Scotland and other devolved

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administrations, the joint misdeed your committee, and the answer given

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by the First Minister to Patrick Harvie. David Clegg, she was saying

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that the time is fast running out, the choice is looming, does this

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sound like a referendum is getting ever closer? Nicola Sturgeon is

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striking a cautious tone when she talks about this. I feel she is

:56:28.:56:31.

running out of space. The rhetoric cannot be ramped up any more before

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she has to pull the trigger. I think she is trying to bag some time, see

:56:36.:56:42.

if ID cards fall, and not make the final decision before she has to. --

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see how the cards fall. The Saints are not encouraging for winning a

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referendum. Those discussions going on, ministers looking seriously at

:56:54.:56:56.

the Scottish Government paper including that proposal of

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membership of the EEA. Yes, and Theresa May's speech on Monday

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effectively ruled that out. Not encouraging? Not at all. She did say

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obviously that the other devolved nations would be included and would

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be listened to but given that she has been really clear that the UK is

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coming out of the single market I don't see how that part of the

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Scottish Government proposals can work. And talks still going, still

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looking at them, the UK Government still looking at it? Mike Russell is

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saying that in hope rather than anticipation. Hard that the UK

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Government could mean that given what else said. That is causing

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problems for the Scottish Conservatives and Ruth Davidson,

:57:44.:57:45.

Sturgeon again deflecting criticism of the metric of the domestic issue,

:57:46.:57:54.

because the Ruth Davidson's edition is not credible, she campaigned for

:57:55.:57:58.

Remain, and after the void she wanted the UK to remain in the

:57:59.:58:02.

single market even if that meant sacrificing controls of immigration,

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that has not happened and she has changed her viewpoint, not credible.

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Any problems for the parties post-Brexit, particularly for the

:58:12.:58:15.

Conservatives? Absolutely, stuck between a rock and a hard place,

:58:16.:58:19.

they cannot be disloyal to their own party, they are a UK wide party,

:58:20.:58:25.

Ruth Davidson cannot speak out, or would be unwise to speak out,

:58:26.:58:28.

against Theresa May the position taken by the UK Government. That is

:58:29.:58:33.

the need to show unity. But her personal opinions, obviously, that

:58:34.:58:39.

disagrees with the line taken by the UK Government. But Theresa May

:58:40.:58:43.

doesn't necessarily agree with... Jenni Davidson, David Clegg, thank

:58:44.:58:50.

you both will stop this is Brexit we, pretty much everything is, so

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dominant, huge, and from me, Brian Taylor, goodbye.

:58:56.:58:57.

Parents are facing an explosion in the number of children saying

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It was like a battle, like in a war zone. She would literally scream.

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Although the stories that we tell are fictional, at their core

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they're based upon the lives and experiences of real people.

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It's like a photograph of history. Yes!

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David Lloyd George did make a substantial contribution to

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Allied victory in the First World War.

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was capable of greatness but also of failure.

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