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Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (26 March 2003)

Angus MacKay: To ask the Scottish Executive what the increase in spending per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil has been in each year, compared with the previous year, since 1996-97 to date, broken down by local authority.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Public Transport: Public Transport (3 March 2003)

Angus MacKay: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in developing an effective, modern, 21st century public transport system for Edinburgh.

Scottish Parliament: Ethical Investment (26 February 2003)

Angus MacKay: I am delighted to have the opportunity to raise the issue of ethical investment in the chamber today. The fact that I am able to do so is testimony to the hard work and perseverance of the People & Planet group at the University of Edinburgh. I put on record my thanks to it for the work that it has done in campaigning in and around the university on ethical investment. The University of...

Scottish Parliament written answers — School Meals: School Meals (19 February 2003)

Angus MacKay: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to implement the recommendations of the Expert Panel on School Meals.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 (13 February 2003)

Angus MacKay: While the minister is on the subject of improving local services, is he aware that when the City of Edinburgh Council's budget was being announced and the Labour group's budget was being adopted today, the Conservative and Liberal Democrat opposition members voted against a proposal for 36 additional police officers in Edinburgh to focus on antisocial behaviour? Sadly, the Scottish National...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 (13 February 2003)

Angus MacKay: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 (13 February 2003)

Angus MacKay: I should like to repeat one of the questions that was asked by Wendy Alexander. Will the SNP cancel the Edinburgh schools PPP—yes or no?

Scottish Parliament: Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (6 February 2003)

Angus MacKay: Given Jamie McGrigor's view on the difference between organically farmed food and non-organically farmed food, does he share the same view with regard to fish-farmed fish and natural fish?

Scottish Parliament: Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (6 February 2003)

Angus MacKay: I am glad that Mr Morrison made the point that affordability has been mentioned several times in the debate. Many of us support the principles behind the bill and want there to be increased organic production and an increased range of organic products. However, in Scotland, where there is a high level of heart disease and cancer, the primary challenge is for people to eat more fruit and...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Emergency Planning: Emergency Planning (3 February 2003)

Angus MacKay: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been made available on the decontamination of people exposed to chemical, biological and radioactive substances.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000: Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000 (30 January 2003)

Angus MacKay: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will issue final codes of practice on covert surveillance and covert human intelligence sources under section 24 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000.

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 65 — Land which may be bought: eligible croft land (23 January 2003)

Angus MacKay: He wants his lunch.

Scottish Parliament written answers — People with Disabilities: People with Disabilities (23 January 2003)

Angus MacKay: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are for Scotland to celebrate the European Year of Disabled People 2003.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Finance: Scottish Executive Finance (17 January 2003)

Angus MacKay: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact has been of HM Treasury’s Technical Note No.1 (Revised), How to account for PFI Transactions, and how it will affect Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Sentencing Policy (Weapons of Violence) (9 January 2003)

Angus MacKay: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has any plans to strengthen sentencing policy in relation to weapons of violence. (S1F-2389)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Sentencing Policy (Weapons of Violence) (9 January 2003)

Angus MacKay: Does the First Minister agree that the tough proposals for minimum sentences that have been made by our Labour Home Secretary for those who are guilty of illegal possession of guns and other offensive weapons—which are closely associated with the drugs trade—are the safest form of crime prevention and protection of the public? Does he agree that that policy, together with the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Waste Management: Waste Management (2 December 2002)

Angus MacKay: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support it plans to allocate to local authorities in respect of the requirement on them to dispose of refrigerators containing ozone-depleting substances in an environmentally-secure manner.

Scottish Parliament: Extradition Bill (21 November 2002)

Angus MacKay: So far, this has not been a terribly surprising debate, although in some respects it has been astonishing, in particular in relation to the speeches from the SNP benches. It took two or three interventions before we got even remotely near anything that addressed the substance of the debate, which is extradition and crime. Even in the substantive speech by Christine Grahame, we heard another...

Scottish Parliament: Extradition Bill (21 November 2002)

Angus MacKay: No, certainly not yet. Perhaps I will do so in a moment. I wish to make a number of points and we are not given much time. The bill deals with the current practice of evasion from, and delaying of, criminal prosecution by serious and organised criminals across international borders. It deals with—[Interruption.] Members should re-read what the bill seeks to do, because that is what it...

Scottish Parliament: Extradition Bill (21 November 2002)

Angus MacKay: The bill deals with fiscal offences throughout the European Union and elsewhere, although it does not—sadly—deal with people who pretend to have a fiscal policy. It deals with another important issue, which perhaps has not been addressed so far: the rights of defendants—the rights of the accused—to be heard in court earlier rather than later, and to the opportunity to...

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