Results 101–120 of 3433 for speaker:Henry McLeish

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I last met the Prime Minister on 1 September.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am pleased to acknowledge David McLetchie's support for the resolute action that has been detailed by our Prime Minister. It is encouraging that members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have also responded positively. Clearly, these matters are for NATO and for the United Kingdom Government. That point is well made. I will touch sensitively on the point that David McLetchie makes....

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The action that has been taken by NATO to invoke article 5 of the north Atlantic treaty to construe the act against America as an act against all NATO members speaks volumes about the deep concern that people in NATO countries have about what has happened. The Parliament has shown its concern about what is happening internationally. We await with apprehension the finding of victims in the...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The comments that were made in the chamber yesterday, the comments that have been made today and the comments that have been made internationally show that there is deep outrage at what has happened. The world wants to be united against terrorism. Everyone is of a mind in saying that we must focus on the terrorists and those who harbour them. That is the collective view of people who love...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am pleased to be associated with the efforts of Dr Hannay in the United States. We have always had an international reputation for excellence. We have always exported the very best to the world. We applaud the efforts that have been made in the circumstances. As an act of solidarity, I say that it is chilling to see so many ordinary people killed, but it is equally chilling to see so many...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I say to Cathie Craigie that housing is a serious subject for the future of Scotland. The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 will be implemented progressively over the next two years, starting within the next month or so. We are making good progress with preparations for implementation. For example, we expect the new executive agency—communities Scotland—to be up and running from 1 November....

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I reassure Cathie Craigie on two points. First, the Parliament and the Executive have a huge commitment to tenant participation. That will not diminish. Secondly, for that to work effectively, appropriate resources have to be made available. That will happen.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: With my usual courtesy and honesty, I have to say no. I will be happy to consider the matters raised by Linda Fabiani.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Asylum Seekers (Minister for Social Justice) (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Minister for Social Justice will deal with the co-ordination of all devolved matters arising from the arrival of asylum seekers in Scotland. Those relate particularly to health, education, social work and the police. She will also deal with refugee integration, where the issues are fully devolved, and will chair the proposed new Scottish refugee integration forum.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Asylum Seekers (Minister for Social Justice) (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I hope that everyone who deals with asylum seekers will be humane and sensitive. It is not a matter of extending powers and expecting that to solve all those problems. We must acknowledge that 72 members go from Scotland to the UK Parliament. They deal with reserved matters. That is right and appropriate. However, there are also substantial devolved responsibilities in which Jackie Baillie...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Asylum Seekers (Minister for Social Justice) (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am happy to agree that partnership is the key. There is a strong partnership between the Executive, the Parliament and Westminster. A lot of excellent work is being done—that is often lost in the general debate that ensues around such a sensitive issue. The visit that we had planned for this week is being rescheduled for next week. We intend to do what Johann Lamont suggests—to meet...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Asylum Seekers (Minister for Social Justice) (13 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The answer is yes. One of the reasons for allocating the responsibilities to the Minister for Social Justice is to cope with that point. We need a balance in every community between the hosts and people who are coming in as asylum seekers. Jackie Baillie's role is pivotal, because Westminster has substantial reserved powers, local councils have substantial local responsibilities and the...

Scottish Parliament: Motion of Condolence (12 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: No words of ours in the Scottish Parliament today can truly convey what we feel in the wake of yesterday's atrocities in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania: our pity at the helplessness of ordinary passengers on ordinary morning flights that suddenly turned to terror and death; our revulsion at the idea of civil aircraft on innocent passage being transformed in minutes into weapons of mass...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (6 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I met the Prime Minister on 1 September. I have no immediate plans to meet him again.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (6 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: It has not been a long, hot summer and the questions have not changed over that period. I remind John Swinney of the answer that I gave when the matter was raised previously. We take the issue of energy seriously, as should every member of the Parliament. The Westminster Government is conducting a review, which will examine every aspect of energy and the environment, and we are looking...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (6 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: John Swinney simply does not listen. The point is that we have not made specific comments about any form of energy—the power stations in question could be coal, renewables, oil, gas or nuclear ones. My concerns and interests go much wider than the partisan interests that are being paraded today by John Swinney. Let us make it clear: we have the planning powers and various environmental...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (6 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: Nothing could be further from the truth. A review has been established—[ Laughter. ] The fact that SNP members can laugh about such a serious energy issue underlines the fact that the SNP has come knee-jerking back into the Parliament after being out of action for two months. Very soon we will publish an issues paper. The issue of radioactive waste has been raised. John Swinney will find...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (6 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Cabinet will next meet on 11 September, when it will discuss issues of importance to the people of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (6 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: We can bandy around the idea of trust about the state of the NHS, but there is one place where no trust will be invested—the Conservative party. Forgive me if I do not miss the opportunity to say that. People do not need a long memory to recall 19 agonising years during which the NHS was caught between low investment and privatisation. We will not take lectures from David McLetchie on the...


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