Results 41–60 of 3433 for speaker:Henry McLeish

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

Henry McLeish: I think that the whole chamber shares the sentiments that John Swinney expressed. [MEMBERS: "No."] I would have had some misgivings if no one disagreed with the points that were made. I endorse John Swinney's comments. If there is a time for sensitivity in dealing with this important issue, it is now. It would be easy for me to condemn Margaret Thatcher further, but suffice it to say that she...

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

Henry McLeish: I will be positive again in replying to John Swinney's questions. I paid a private visit to the mosque in Edinburgh yesterday afternoon when I returned from Brighton. The attack was appalling. The consequences could have been much more serious but, mercifully, they were not. It was appalling that the attack was on an area that was used for prayer and by children in the mosque. The floor on...

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

Henry McLeish: I am happy to confirm that. Yesterday, when I met Muhammed Aslam, chairman of the Edinburgh and East of Scotland Pakistan Association, I told him that Scotland was united against racism and bigotry. It is one thing to legislate; it is another to ensure that enforcement is as good as it can be. I hope that the full force of the law will pursue the zealots, racists and bigots whenever a breach...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (4 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: I last met the Secretary of State for Scotland on 3 October and we have no immediate plans to meet.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (4 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: The question was going well until the last point. Business rates are a matter that the Executive always has under review. As David McLetchie rightly says, business rates are an issue. However, at the present time, bigger issues face the Scottish economy. In the past few weeks, I have continually said that what we are talking about is solidarity with the international community and the safety...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (4 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: This week, the Prime Minister said that he wanted a combination of factors to be in place in the United Kingdom and hence in Scotland. He said that he wanted the enterprise of the United States to be linked to the social solidarity that we see in Europe. Surely to goodness in the 21 st century, good employment conditions, good consultation, good wages and good prospects are entirely...

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

Henry McLeish: National security is reserved to the United Kingdom Government, which has indicated that it has no immediate plans to introduce an identity card scheme as part of its response to the atrocities in the United States. The Executive is being kept informed by the UK Government of its thinking in that area and will be fully consulted if it decides to proceed.

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

Henry McLeish: I have outlined the current position in terms of national security. It is important to recognise that, although there has been a flurry of activity in the media and elsewhere about ID cards, the issue is not part of the current focus in relation to the atrocities in the United States. We can reassure Lord James this afternoon that, if there is any movement on the issue, there will be full...

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

Henry McLeish: It is important to recognise that the Deputy First Minister was talking in the context of national security and social security, which are clearly reserved matters. It is true that the operation of such a scheme on a UK basis would involve intimate discussions in the Parliament and the Executive. That is what we hold out for everyone involved in this.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Drug Misuse (Funding) (4 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: The additional £5 million is aimed at widening and deepening the actions on drug misuse that are already being taken in social inclusion partnership areas. The funds will allow social inclusion partnerships to target the areas where there are gaps in our broader efforts to tackle drug misuse and they will assist communities in SIP areas across Scotland to complement the activity that is...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Drug Misuse (Funding) (4 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am pleased to take advantage of the opportunity provided by John Home Robertson to say that I, too, am grateful for the extension to the work that is being done in his constituency. However, let us recognise that, of the 340 drug deaths in 1999, 163 involved heroin. That is a tremendous figure. We await with interest the results for 2000. Let us also acknowledge the words of the Prime...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Drug Misuse (Funding) (4 Oct 2001)

Henry McLeish: I agree with Richard Lochhead's analysis. There are specific problems in the north-east of Scotland, which reflect wider problems in other parts of Scotland. We want to match up resources with the difficulties that we find. A considerable investment is going into the drugs issue, including for education, for rehabilitation and for enforcement, and that level of commitment will continue. It...

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

Henry McLeish: visitscotland remains committed to promoting Scotland as the home of golf. It is spending £1.5 million in the current financial year and at least £500,000 per annum thereafter to do so.

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

Henry McLeish: There was disappointment that we could not land 2010, but we have 2014. Between now and then, we will certainly make progress in promoting golf tourism. One of the hallmarks of the best bid was that we would develop junior golf to ensure that, by nine years of age, boys and girls would be able to participate in golf. That commitment stands; it is being implemented and we shall develop it. At...

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

Henry McLeish: That is a good question. I am confident that the major backers will be involved. Indeed, the prospect of having the tournament at Gleneagles means that the company that owns Gleneagles will be involved. I do not want to say too much about forward sponsorship. Suffice it to say that it is an important matter for us, which we will pursue very vigorously indeed.

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

Henry McLeish: The Executive has never ruled out a Scotland-only ban but believes that a UK-wide ban would be more effective and enforceable. We are anxious to see a ban in place as soon as practicable and will continue to press the UK Government to move quickly in that area.

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

Henry McLeish: I will not answer no to all the questions because I do not accept the premise that there is no realistic prospect of action at Westminster. The Minister for Health and Community Care and I have discussed the matter with the Chief Whip, the Leader of the House of Commons and a large number of key players at Westminster and there is every indication that they want to pursue the matter and will...

Scottish Parliament: Business Motion (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: We have just heard news that a gunman has killed 14 people in a Swiss assembly—I think one of the regional parliaments. We obviously condemn utterly what has happened and express our solidarity with those involved and the families that have been affected. I am sure that the whole chamber will join me in expressing those sentiments to those people. I hope that you, Sir David, and I can write...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: Now that Mike Russell has taken his seat, I congratulate him on his contribution to First Minister's question time last week. On reflection, he did not do badly enough to be temporarily taken off the SNP's national executive a few days later. I last met the Secretary of State for Scotland on 25 September and we have no immediate plans to meet.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I echo John Swinney's sentiments about the sound judgment of Mike Russell, who is laughing. The underlying trend is down; we welcome that. Homelessness is an important issue for every member in this chamber. That is why the coalition is pursuing such vigorous housing policies in which measures to combat homelessness play a key role and in which tackling homelessness is a priority.


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