Results 61–80 of 3433 for speaker:Henry McLeish

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

Henry McLeish: It is fairly evident that John Swinney has turned from homelessness back to an issue that he raised at the SNP conference. Let us be clear about the social agenda that the coalition is pursuing, which has children at its heart—so much so that we are doing more to reduce child poverty in Scotland than any previous Administration in the post-war period. That is something that the SNP should...

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

Henry McLeish: I reject utterly the fatuous remarks that John Swinney makes. It is important to recognise who is doing the work to tackle those key social issues, and then to measure that work against the ranting from the SNP conference last week. In the SNP, we have a party that is simply about tax and separatism. It is a party that does not want to say that the new hospitals at Hairmyres, Wishaw, east...

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

Henry McLeish: We have made the point several times this afternoon that the underlying trend is down. The Scottish people want practical solutions to the problems that they perceive in Scotland. The SNP wants to tax more, it wants separation, and it wants to ignore the use of private capital to refurbish schools and hospitals. That is the choice. The SNP is a party, as we have seen recently, that cannot...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Cabinet will next meet on 9 October, when it will discuss issues of importance to the people of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am pleased to acknowledge the role of private capital in our hospital building programme. Everyone in this chamber should support that principle. What we are seeking to do is not to get bogged down in ideology, as parties can do, but to apply the term, "What matters is what works". For us, what works is what is best for patients. If that means that private capital has a role to play, it...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: We made the point in our exchanges last week and I will make it again this week. What matters is what works. The people of Scotland are not served well by the old-fashioned, dated ideology of the nationalists, nor by some of the wilder excesses of the Conservatives, who want wholesale privatisation. We are saying that if people require operations, the capacity exists and clinical judgments...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Economy (Impact of Terrorist Attacks) (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I have asked the Executive's economist to prepare an assessment of the likely impact on the Scottish economy of the recent tragic events in the USA. The report will be ready within the next couple of weeks.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Economy (Impact of Terrorist Attacks) (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Executive wants to spend more time in ensuring that we acknowledge what is happening in the economy and that we do everything possible with our colleagues at Westminster to minimise the impact of recent developments in America and the downturn in the global economy. However, the danger is that we start to affect confidence and to talk down real achievements. David Mundell is right. Based...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Economy (Impact of Terrorist Attacks) (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: First, I welcome Alex Neil's comments, because they are constructive on the issues that we face in the Scottish economy at present. Secondly, I had meetings with the STUC and the Trades Union Congress recently. Both organisations are writing, to me and to the Prime Minister respectively, to engage in dialogue. If we are to build confidence, I welcome the fact that we are to speak with our...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Economy (Impact of Terrorist Attacks) (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I confirm to Jamie Stone that we are in dialogue about that with the appropriate department down south. It is important for tourism and economic development in the Highlands and Islands that we try to maintain the routes that exist, win back the routes that have been lost and win new routes. I reassure Jamie Stone that we are working towards that. That is fundamental, because the airline...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Social Justice Objectives (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: We have placed older people at the heart of our social justice agenda. Implementing free personal and nursing care is another huge step towards ensuring fairness and equity in the way in which we care for all older people and shows clearly that the Executive is delivering on its social justice commitments.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Social Justice Objectives (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The first part of Dr Simpson's question might have been uncomfortable for some, but I quite enjoyed it. As usual, Dr Simpson has raised some wider issues relating to longer-term care. The Minister for Health and Community Care was, of course, listening to him. While we are talking about free personal care, I hope that we will recall that the Minister for Health and Community Care has invested...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Social Justice Objectives (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I thought that we were heading for a more positive comment. We in the coalition live in hope. On Nicola Sturgeon's latter point, of course we are discussing those issues with our colleagues at Westminster. That is fairly normal for part of a Government that is two years into its existence as part of the devolution settlement. Discussions continue. We look for a positive outcome. That is the...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Meat and Livestock (Export Ban) (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Minister for Environment and Rural Development will continue to press the strong case for resuming lamb exports from Scotland. Because the resumption of exports depends on the agreement of other member states, one cannot predict when the ban will be lifted.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Meat and Livestock (Export Ban) (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: That is not the situation. All of us are in politics to be optimistic, but we must be realistic in the aftermath of what has been a considerable problem for the United Kingdom and for Scotland. Let us be clear that the last confirmed case was on 13 May—17 weeks or almost four calendar months ago—and 90 per cent of Scotland has remained disease free. Of course Ross Finnie and the coalition...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Meat and Livestock (Export Ban) (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: We are keen to be at the heart of Europe. That is the communiqué that has been outlined. We are working hard as an Administration to ensure that when the opportunity arises, we can exploit it. We want to ensure that we get our exports started as soon as possible. In the aftermath of serious situations such as the foot-and-mouth outbreak, we must work with the United Kingdom and Europe to...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Meat and Livestock (Export Ban) (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: It is the hallmark of the Administration, and I hope of the Parliament, that animal welfare is crucial to what we are doing. Dorothy-Grace Elder invites me to go further than I might want to go this afternoon. Suffice to say that animal welfare is crucial but the main thing is that, to rebuild confidence after a difficult period, we work together to get the export ban lifted and start to work...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee: Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee (27 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The arrangements for Her Majesty’s Golden jubilee are in the first instance a matter for Buckingham Palace. However, as I indicated in the answer to question S1W-11479 on 22 June this year, the Queen will visit Scotland from 23 to 29 May 2002 and, as previously announced, will attend the opening of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh on 25 May 2002. I hope to be able...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (20 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am sure that the whole Parliament warmly welcomes Mike Russell to his new post, however temporary it may be. I know why he—always a man of sound judgment—would rather be here than at the Scottish National Party conference. I last met the Prime Minister on 1 September and we have no immediate plans to meet.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (20 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am sure that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom will be delighted to know that the SNP would like to attend future meetings that we have with him. Although we hear a new voice, we hear the same old tune. As Mike Russell knows, end-year flexibility is a well-understood process that allows departments to carry over underspends. Of course, he has been rather selective in the points that...


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