Results 21–40 of 3433 for speaker:Henry McLeish

Scottish Parliament written answers — Foot-and-Mouth Disease: Foot-and-Mouth Disease (1 Nov 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Scottish Executive is contributing to both inquiries but no formal submission has yet been made. The Royal Society is making a fact-finding trip to Dumfries and Galloway this week and will meet my officials and other partners involved in disease control and eradication.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am happy to agree with John Swinney about stirring things up in relation to the previous question. The Cabinet will next meet on 29 October, when it will discuss issues of importance to the people of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: The settlement that was made under the devolution legislation gave substantial powers to Scotland in regard to our railways. In the light of recent events with Railtrack, I anticipate that there will be significant developments, which are long overdue and which will, I hope, return railways north of the border—and eventually south of the border—to some form of sanity. Rail transport is...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: It often escapes the SNP that there may be some practical, rather than political, transport issues. Let us imagine a situation in which Virgin Trains and Great North Eastern Railway are operating on a UK basis and that the powers that they seek are all contained within Scotland. What do we do then? Do we, as the independent nation that the SNP wants, argue with and cajole Westminster and...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: The references to First Minister's question time being tough certainly exclude the contribution from the SNP benches week in, week out. I never regard them as tough in any way. The other point is that the SNP has its worst polling figures for the past 20 years. The SNP looks at every problem and seeks to come up with more constitutional changes and to wrangle endlessly over constitutional...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: I thank Phil Gallie for giving me prior notice of his concerns. I acknowledge and respect the fact that he has taken an interest in the matter. In England, individual learning accounts have been suspended because massive fraud has been uncovered. The suspension in England does not automatically mean that we will suspend accounts in Scotland. However, over the next few days, I want to look...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: I will meet the Prime Minister and leaders of the other devolved Administrations next week.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: Sir David, I will give a dignified response to that question and, as you have done, express my concern at the tawdry tone that David McLetchie has taken. As the Presiding Officer has said, the matter is not for the Scottish Parliament. Most colleagues will agree. However, I want to go on the record. I regret the error that I made. I responded immediately to the parliamentary authorities....

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: I do not agree with comments that could be offensive to those who suffer as a consequence of racism in any part of Scotland. I do not believe that the two reports that were published yesterday should be construed by our police services or by the officers of the Crown Office as anything other than a statement that institutional racism must be stamped out, no matter where it occurs—whether in...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Educational Support (Looked-after Children) (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am conscious that Jack McConnell has been addressing this issue. In addition to the substantial general resources that authorities can use to invest in books and equipment, we have recently provided two special increases in funding for schools and have promoted books and equipment as a priority for that expenditure. In addition, this week we have announced a new fund of up to £10 million...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Educational Support (Looked-after Children) (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am pleased to reply positively to Scott Barrie's questions. Part of our task is to provide mainstream provision, but it is also part of our task to top up provision, where we can, to reach children who suffer from a number of disadvantages. I know that it is Jack McConnell's wish that looked-after children should be a priority. He has given the figure of 11,309 looked-after children in...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Educational Support (Looked-after Children) (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am making an instant decision, having looked at Mr Jack McConnell. He said to me quietly, "Watch this space." I suspect that, after discussions that he has had with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Mr McConnell may be on the verge of making an announcement.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Racism (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: I will develop the same theme as I did a few minutes ago. Racism of any kind should have no part in Scottish public life. The Executive takes very seriously any allegations of institutional racism within its departments and its agencies. The race equality advisory forum, which the Executive set up two years ago, has just produced a challenging report. It sets out a number of recommendations...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Racism (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: Even though it is not named as such, I think that the equality unit covers those areas of concern. Alex Neil is right in the sense that there has been a general concern in England, Wales and Scotland that institutional racism could occur in any institution. However, we should not be shaken by that observation; instead, we should accept it as a challenge. For example, as an employer, the...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Racism (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: I agree with Brian Fitzpatrick, because it is the people who work daily in Scotland whom we need most to help us. I know that police officers, Crown officers and those in the court system want to ensure that we have egalitarian policies that provide the same service for everyone, regardless of their race, religion or any other issue or characteristic. That means that we have to work together...

Scottish Parliament: International Situation (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: Barely six weeks have passed since the events of 11 September. Already the world is different. Since the horror of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington we have seen the painstaking diplomatic efforts to build an international coalition against terrorism and an international consensus on the way ahead. We have seen Governments around the world take action to thwart the ...

Scottish Parliament written answers — BSE: BSE (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Scottish Executive is advised by Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee on the UK’s research and surveillance programme for possible BSE in sheep. That research is on-going and is likely to be expanded in an effort to understand the many uncertainties which surround this issue.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Public Transport: Public Transport (25 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: Sarah Boyack announced the biggest single investment in public transport across Scotland on Monday awarding over £75 million to 26 projects. This follows an extra £100 million spent in three previous rounds of the Public Transport Fund and demonstrates the Executive’s commitment to making a difference to public transport for the people of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regulation of Care: Regulation of Care (23 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Minister for Health and Community Care will have responsibility for the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care, and the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs for the Scottish Social Services Council. Clearly, the remits of the two bodies are inter-related, and the sponsoring ministers will liase closely with each other and with other relevant ministers, and will have...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (4 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: The next Cabinet meeting is planned for 8 October, when the Cabinet will discuss issues of importance to the people of Scotland.


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