Results 181–200 of 3433 for speaker:Henry McLeish

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Transport (Urban Areas) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: With the Strategic Rail Authority and the ScotRail franchise, we want to ensure that Scotland gets its share of investment, as it will do. People ask in a pathetic way, "When will Scotland get a hold of serious money?" Is anyone in any doubt that £20 billion of investment in Scotland is serious money? It would be beneficial for Scotland if the substance of the vital issues that have been...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Transport (Urban Areas) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: The financial figure is £30 million in the past three years, but Robin Harper raises a fair question. As a detailed answer is required, I would like to respond to his question in correspondence, if that is acceptable to him.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Research (Nuclear Radiation) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am pleased to announce that the independent review group on the retention of organs at post mortem has agreed to investigate that very disturbing issue.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Research (Nuclear Radiation) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: The issue is important and I will answer the questions as best I can. The Executive is deeply disturbed by recent press reports that suggest that, between 1959 and 1972, children's bones were removed at post mortem for research without parental consent. I think that the Executive's feelings are shared by all members. The Executive and the Parliament sympathise with all parents who have been...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Schools (Disruptive Behaviour) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: The discipline task group's report was published on Tuesday 19 June. It makes 36 wide-ranging and comprehensive recommendations about ways in which school discipline can be improved. I am sure that the report will make a real difference to the ethos in our schools. Copies of the report are being issued to all schools and MSPs before the end of term. An implementation plan will be drawn up and...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Schools (Disruptive Behaviour) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: Yes. There has already been significant investment in the fabric of teaching environments in schools and in school buildings. The Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs is keen to promote positive educational environments. Over the next three years of the spending round, there will be significant investment in our schools to ensure that. Quality is essential and the Executive...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Schools (Disruptive Behaviour) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: Many phrases come to mind, but "No" would be the most suitable start to this answer. It is important to recognise that there is a backlog of work, which we must tackle—no one denies that. After many decades of underinvestment, it is important that we start investing. The second point is that we have a phased programme, which considers the priorities in Scotland and where the first...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (14 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I ask Sir David to confirm that my microphone is working.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (14 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am mightily relieved to hear that. I am somewhat surprised at the question. After last Friday, I thought that everyone in Scotland knew what I had discussed with the Secretary of State for Scotland. However, in answer to the question, I met the Secretary of State for Scotland last Friday.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (14 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: Mr Swinney had a few days to think about that question and I would have thought that we might have got a better one than that. However, why be disappointed? Consistency is a virtue, as far as the SNP is concerned. When I addressed the readers of the Sunday Post, that illustrious organ of the press, I was talking about what divides Labour and the SNP in last week's election result. When we...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (14 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I think that that was an attempt to be patronising. I can live with the ebb and flow of political fortune. Politics is a tough business, but we knew that when we got into it. Members are shouting, "yes" and "no". If we are talking about hapless people, I will tell members where the hapless people are—they are sitting on the SNP side of the chamber. Let us record the fact that the SNP share...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (14 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I will let the laughter subside before I re-enter. To describe that contribution as pathetic would be an abuse of the English language. Let us end on a serious point. The Scottish National Party does not want to hear it. Let me remind the SNP that the most important event of last week did not happen on Friday morning; it happened on Thursday. That was when the Scottish people started to see...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (14 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Cabinet will next meet on 19 June, when it will discuss issues of importance to the people of our country.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (14 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I welcome the question because David McLetchie is right to identify a serious issue that affects every part of Scotland. Our ministers are working hard to ensure that we facilitate discussions between the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, other local authorities and the nursing home owners. A meeting was held on 11 June. There is to be a further meeting in early July at which the rate...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (14 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am pleased to acknowledge the difficulties that David McLetchie outlined. The issue is not new. It has been simmering for a considerable time. However, we now want to give a short-term benefit to the nursing homes, but that will not be the medium to long-term solution. It is in the interests of the nursing home owners to make sure that we have a permanent solution for the older people who...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (14 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I will respond by going slightly further than I did at the Association of Directors of Social Work conference last Friday. I understand the frustration with the nursing home owners and the frustration in social work. I understand organisations, such as Age Concern, which represent those who are frustrated. I endorse Richard Simpson's point by appealing to the home owners. I have given a...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Public Protection (14 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: There have been two major developments this week. On 11 June, we published our proposals for the sentencing, management and treatment of serious violent and sexual offenders. We intend to legislate on the proposals as soon as possible. On 12 June, the expert panel on sex offending, chaired by the Honourable Lady Cosgrove, published its report, "Reducing the Risk: Improving the response to sex...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Public Protection (14 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I give Maureen Macmillan complete reassurance on every point that she has raised. She has identified one of the key developments from the studies that we have been doing, which ensures that we have the possibility of lifelong restriction orders. That is not to punish individuals unnecessarily but to make absolutely sure that people who are a threat to public safety and the community are...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Public Protection (14 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am happy to take Alasdair Morgan's point, to respond to him specifically on that case and to draw out some of the wider implications. The lifelong restriction order will be part of a thorough process in which criteria will be used to try to ensure that rights are protected. However, in cases where there is a possibility of further action, as we have heard described today, we can try to...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Central Heating Initiative (14 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: We are making excellent progress. Local authorities are already installing central heating under the programme, allocations will shortly be made to housing associations, and the recommendations of the central heating working group are being implemented in the scheme for elderly people in the private sector. We will meet our programme for government commitment that every council and housing...


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