MSP, East Lothian
The innovation centres are undoubtedly a welcome initiative, but they are very reminiscent of and identical in purpose to the intermediary technology institutes, which were launched back in 2002 with almost four times the budget, even then. When the current Government inherited the ITIs, it first slashed their budgets and then killed them off a couple of years later. Why does the cabinet...
I thank the cabinet secretary for his statement and for early sight of it. The descent into administration of Ferguson, which is our last commercial shipyard, is a blow to an iconic industry, to which we must respond with every resource at our disposal. The hardest blow, of course, is to the workforce and their families. I very much associate Labour members with the cabinet secretary’s...
I welcome and support the amendments. They will bring the bill into line with corresponding provisions in the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill, which seems right and proper, and with the effect that, in dealing with cases, the upper tribunal will have the same powers in relation to the petition as the Court of Session would have had. In particular, we support amendment 89, which will bring the...
Labour MSP for East Lothian
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election
Also represented Edinburgh Pentlands
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