Results 81–100 of 3433 for speaker:Henry McLeish

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

Henry McLeish: The propensity of the SNP to get its sums and arguments wrong grows daily. No wonder the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs is smiling wryly to himself. The SNP has recently developed the skill of posing a question and, in a further part of the question, answering it. The prudence that the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs has shown in his education budget...

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

Henry McLeish: I am sorry to be repetitive when I am helping Mike Russell in his new and arduous role. He has a difficult act to follow. However, when he cannot distinguish between end-year flexibility and the investment provided by the chancellor for what we are doing in schools, it beggars belief. I say again that we are starting to invest in our schools and school buildings after 20 years of neglect by...

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

Henry McLeish: First, we do not have a two-tier health service in Scotland. That was another illustration of the attempt to talk down a programme that is serving the interests of the wider public. Although it was as if some of David McLetchie's comments this morning were a revelation, we already use private facilities, where appropriate, and will continue to do so. In that sense, David McLetchie has not...

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

Henry McLeish: There is no end of ideology among the Conservatives, who argue for privatisation. The Scottish National Party argues for no private sector involvement whatever. David McLetchie quoted me last week, saying that what matters is what works. We are doing exactly that in the health service. I am a bit vexed to have missed this morning's debate—any health debate with mention of "The Kama Sutra"...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Care of the Elderly (20 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Scottish Executive is in regular contact with the United Kingdom Government on a wide range of issues, including the report of the care development group.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Care of the Elderly (20 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I have said this many times, but I repeat it today: we will deliver full personal care to the people of Scotland. Because of the publication of the report, we will be able to move soon to announcing the Executive's response to what I regard as an excellent paper. Discussions are on-going on a number of issues relating to the care development group report. Those discussions with Westminster...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Care of the Elderly (20 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: Mary Scanlon's point is a practical one. Suffice it to say that the response to the care development group report will be forthcoming, literally within days. We want not only to respond to that report but to the wider issues affecting care in the community in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: National Health Service (Pay and Morale) (20 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: No. That is an increasingly exceptional issue.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: National Health Service (Pay and Morale) (20 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The first part of that question was about how we value health service workers—we do. At a recent opening of a new hospital, the Minister for Health and Community Care and I said that we can have buildings, technology and institutions, but what really makes hospitals work is the quality of the staff. The national health service in Scotland has negotiated a national framework agreement with...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: National Health Service (Pay and Morale) (20 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I endorse Pauline McNeill's comments. Conservative members may laugh, but over the past three years an extra £1.8 billion has been invested in the NHS. That should be compared with the paltry sums that the previous Government invested in the health service. We want to talk up morale in the health service, because there is a good story to be told. We have not solved all the problems and there...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: National Health Service (Pay and Morale) (20 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: We are providing record sums to health authorities in Scotland. It is for health authorities to ensure equality of service, investment in staff and continuing refurbishment of infrastructure and buildings. That is what is happening. I repeat: the Executive is providing the health service with formidable sums of money. A massive commitment has been made by a coalition that believes in the NHS....

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Homeless People (Mental Health) (20 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Scottish Executive highlighted the overall health needs of homeless people in "Our National Health: A plan for action, a plan for change", our blueprint for NHS Scotland. To meet those needs we have appointed the health and homelessness co-ordinator. This week we issued guidance to NHS Scotland outlining the action that NHS boards must take to address the health needs of homeless people,...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Homeless People (Mental Health) (20 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am pleased to respond to the very good question that Janis Hughes has posed. Our overall strategy is for boards to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including homeless people, from the substantial increases in funding that have been provided. This year boards have received an average increase in funding of 5.5 per cent. Greater Glasgow Health Board has received an increase of 7.72 per...

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

Henry McLeish: Tougher standards for air pollutants will result in reduced hospital admissions of susceptible individuals, such as those who suffer from heart and lung diseases, and will reduce the risk of premature death of those who are seriously ill.

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

Henry McLeish: I agree with both the sentiment and the substance of Nora Radcliffe's comments. In a sense, air pollution is a difficult area to which to give a high priority. This week, we have moved forward. We want to base our actions on hard evidence of the benefits that may accrue and of the return on our investment. There will be costs associated with meeting our new objectives, but for the people of...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I intend to meet the secretary of state next week, when we will discuss issues of common interest.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I thank John Swinney and David McLetchie for their courtesy in contacting my office to inform us that they would want to discuss issues related to the terrorist attack in America. I thank them also for their speeches yesterday. This is a difficult and delicate subject, as John Swinney has said, and I shall first give the details of what has been announced at UK level. A hundred British...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: When I met the American consular official yesterday, we discussed what help we could provide. The consulate is dealing with a significant number of inquiries and telephone calls. I therefore put at the disposal of the American consulate our help in administration, in terms of people and telecommunications, should that be required. The justice department is dealing with a range of issues...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: Today I spoke to Baroness Amos at the Foreign Office and I have just finished a telephone conversation with the Prime Minister, in which I acknowledged the Scottish Parliament's solidarity with him on behalf of Scotland. I have every reason to think that the lessons that were learned from Lockerbie and the expertise of our intelligence network and our armed forces will be made available to...


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