Results 1–20 of 3433 for speaker:Henry McLeish

Scottish Parliament: MSP Numbers (27 Mar 2002)

Henry McLeish: I rise to support Patricia Ferguson's motion, because it is important for the Parliament and for the people of Scotland. On David McLetchie's speech, it is with some disappointment and sadness that I say that never has so much rubbish been delivered in such a short space of time to this Parliament. I am disappointed with the Conservatives because, since 1997—and since 1999—they have...

Scottish Parliament: MSP Numbers (27 Mar 2002)

Henry McLeish: I will not give way at this stage. It is important to say that such a link might have logic for the political and administrative convenience of the parties and for electoral convenience and administration, but that is where the case starts and finishes. The Parliament is working well, no matter some of the criticisms about its first 1,000 days. In policy, it is leading the United Kingdom. Its...

Scottish Parliament: Prison Estates Review (21 Mar 2002)

Henry McLeish: The statement is important and I sympathise with the Minister for Justice as he tackles the problems, some of which have been neglected for many years. The statement was about the public interest, public safety and having a modern, efficient and effective penal system in the 21st century. Against those criteria, I will pose two or three questions to the minister. I hope that members can unite...

Scottish Parliament: Community Care and Health (Scotland) Bill (6 Feb 2002)

Henry McLeish: I would like to say a few words at the conclusion of the debate on this bill. I would like to congratulate the Executive—Malcolm Chisholm and the new ministers—and Susan Deacon, the former Minister for Health and Community Care. I would also like to congratulate the Parliament, which has had the vision and courage to take the bill to this stage and which will now move on to its...

Scottish Parliament: Personal Statement (8 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: Sir David, thank you. Colleagues, I would like to make a personal statement to the Parliament. I acknowledge again today my mistakes in the matter of constituency office sublets and in the way in which I handled that matter. There is no need to go over the details again. What is important is that I take full personal responsibility. Others who worked with and for me have been criticised, but...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Ministerial Costs: Ministerial Costs (6 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Minister for Lifelong Learning and I left Edinburgh to fly to Helsinki via Brussels, and returned to Edinburgh via Copenhagen.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Ministerial Costs: Ministerial Costs (6 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: The information is as follows: First Minister Flight £746.20 Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Flight £746.20 Subsistence £21.95 Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister ...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: I last met the Prime Minister on 30 October in Cardiff and we have no immediate plans to meet.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: Those are simply outrageous comments, which are made against a background of total ignorance of a company that is operating in the interests of my constituents in Glenrothes. We have dealt at Westminster with the matter of the subletting of my office to the company involved. That was dealt with over the summer by the fees office and by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Mrs Filkin,...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am happy to respond to the measured comments that John Swinney has made. You have made the point, Sir David, about opportunities for these matters to be discussed in the Parliament. I do not think that this is a matter about which to make a personal statement because, as in the House of Commons and as has been illustrated in the first two years of the Scottish Parliament, that is done only...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: We have been attempting to answer the questions for some time. [MEMBERS: "We?"]—When I said "we", I meant my party chairman, secretary and councillors in relation to the activities that certain people are currently involved in. Suffice it to say that I feel calm and collected about this. I challenge John Swinney. If he is interested in the truth and facts, we have given out a great deal of...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Cabinet will next meet on 6 November, when it will discuss matters of importance to the people of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: Mr McLetchie's last comment was simply untrue. With the Presiding Officer's indulgence, I will deal with David McLetchie's role in this tawdry attack. As First Minister, I remain proud of the fact that we are doing a lot of good work for the people of Scotland. On Monday, the Minister for Health and Community Care and I opened the new £100 million Wishaw general hospital. On Tuesday, I was...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: I will be very willing to face the people of Scotland in 2003. That is one of the benefits of democracy and the ballot box. I repeat that I have not heard my invitation being taken up by the SNP or the Tories to debate the issue in the chamber. They can either put up or shut up. Furthermore, in a situation in which questions are being asked and answers are being provided, it is thoroughly...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: I will stop, Sir David. Suffice it to say that after the inquiry by the fees office, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has written to say that the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the fees office and the Westminster authorities. It is important to recognise and restate that fact, because the authorities in the House of Commons are tough and I would listen to them far...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Hospitals (New Developments) (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: The current hospital building programme—the largest in the history of the NHS in Scotland—involves eight hospital developments. To date, the new health facilities at Wishaw, Hairmyres, Glasgow royal infirmary, Edinburgh Western general, East Ayrshire and Balivanich have been completed and are open for patient care. The new Edinburgh royal infirmary and the new Aberdeen children's hospital...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Hospitals (New Developments) (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: I agree with Karen Whitefield that the quality of staff is the most vital part of the national health service. We have not only the best technology and buildings—for example, in Wishaw—but excellent staff in every department in every part of the hospitals. We must ensure that good communications exist in hospitals and that every member of staff feels that they are part of the team. It is...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Hospitals (New Developments) (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: I appreciate the point that Nicola Sturgeon makes and I am sure that the Minister for Health and Community Care also acknowledges her point. We are moving ahead to improve facilities in Lothian—that is our main objective. We want to improve patient care and the quality of the circumstances under which the staff operate. I am sure that the point raised by Nicola Sturgeon will be passed to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Environment: Environment (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: We have completed an extensive consultation on the proposals contained in The Nature of Scotland: A Policy Statement . Following that consultation, I am convinced that there is clear support for our policies from a wide spread of relevant interests. The Executive now intends to come forward with legislative proposals at an early opportunity and a draft Bill will be published as soon as possible.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Flood Prevention: Flood Prevention (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Executive has published a significant amount of research into the likely effects of climate change in Scotland. Most recently, research into Potential Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in Scotland was published last month. This research will inform our consideration of a strategic level response to assist local decision makers to implement adaptation strategies to protect their...


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