Results 121–140 of 3433 for speaker:Henry McLeish

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

Henry McLeish: The Conservatives want to claim some credit for the NHS building programme. Why did they not commit themselves to building when they were in power and deliver on that? The health service is about new environments, but it is also about staff. We have repeatedly said in this chamber that the quality of the health service depends on the commitment, enthusiasm and skills of the NHS's total work...

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

Henry McLeish: As usual, the question starts off talking pragmatism and ends up talking ideology. It seems to me that David McLetchie is downplaying and talking down significant achievements in our national health service. I have said on every platform that there are formidable challenges, such as investment and attracting new employees to the NHS, but a start has been made. I find it contemptible that a...

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

Henry McLeish: I am pleased to align myself with Hugh Henry's comments. Today, Argyll and Clyde Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which will be the subject of a fairly major review, has issued waiting list guidelines. Let me be tough: Hugh Henry is absolutely right to say that it is totally unacceptable for any person in any part of Scotland to wait 89 weeks for a barium meal. I say that without qualification...

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

Henry McLeish: Central to the review will be an open dialogue with each of the cities. The review team is in the process of visiting the five cities and those visits will be followed late this year by two ministerial visits, which will involve a wide range of local interests. A sounding board and an academic panel have been established to advise the work of the review. The review team is also meeting...

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

Henry McLeish: I am pleased to respond positively to that request. People are at the heart of the success or failure of any great city. It is right that the cities review should have an academic input, but organisations and individuals should also be part of it. The review should reach out not only to those parts of the city that are always involved in consultation but to parts of the city that sometimes...

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

Henry McLeish: Let me make it clear that our cities play a major part in the economic, social and political life of our country. That is why we decided that a review should look at current policies to consider what further benefits and action we could be involved in. It is important that the review takes place. We will then assess and acknowledge what resources might be required in addition to what we are...

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

Henry McLeish: We have said for some time that, some 18 months after its implementation in April 2000, we would review the operation of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 in Scotland, particularly in relation to devolved matters such as health, education, housing and the police. The overall aim is to assess the effect of the implementation of the act on asylum seekers and devolved services in Scotland....

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

Henry McLeish: I anticipate and know full well that all the proper procedures, including the protection of human rights, will be adhered to at Dungavel. Although it is on what was formerly a Scottish Office location, the Dungavel detention centre is a reserved matter and I suspect that it will be part of the on-going reviews at Westminster. It is important to reflect calmly on what has happened in...

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

Henry McLeish: I start my answer by congratulating Paul Martin, the MSP for the area, on the work that he has done with his illustrious father, who is the Westminster MP for the area. A lot of hard work has been done, for which the Executive and, I hope, the Parliament are grateful. In any modern democracy or society, there is always a temptation when such issues emerge for them to be developed in the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government: Local Government (6 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Executive’s commitment to electoral reform, made in its "working together for Scotland: a programme for Government", is underlined by its detailed and continuing considerations of the recommendations made in the renewing local democracy report.

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Waiting Times: NHS Waiting Times (6 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: Already, more information about waiting times and activity is available than ever before on the Scottish Health on the Web (SHOW) website. As my colleague the Minister for Health recently announced, the health department has commissioned ISD Scotland to put in new improved methods which will provide further information on waiting at local and national level across the NHS. We will begin to...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (5 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: Before I start, I offer my best wishes to the new member in his work in the chamber and within the Conservative party. With permission, Sir David, I shall make a statement outlining the Executive's legislative programme for the coming year. A year ago, Donald Dewar delivered the Executive's legislative statement. That turned out to be his last major statement to the Parliament. His commitment...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (5 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: As John Swinney knows—[ Interruption. ] I appreciate that John Swinney has asked a question, which requires an answer. I am attempting to give one. Our programme for government included our wish to take forward the issue of electoral reform in Scotland. That is being done—a ministerial committee is working on the wider proposals of Kerley and is examining the whole issue of electoral...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (5 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: Let me detail the dreary municipalisation that has been talked about—a community care and health bill, a criminal justice bill, a freedom of information bill, a land reform bill, a marriage bill, a mental health bill, a protection of children bill, a public bodies bill, a school education (amendment) Scotland bill and a water environment and water services bill. I have never heard such a...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (5 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am pleased to respond to Iain Smith's question by confirming that the local government bill will include the power of community initiative. As we modernise our public services, including local government, it is important that we have a chance to have integrated government at local level. The powers of community initiative are vital and will be in the bill. I can also confirm that we are...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (5 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: We will soon detail how we will progress the matter. Consensus on such matters is important and I am glad that Andy Kerr raised the point. It is vital that all members are committed to a public water authority as a first step. We can then take every measure to ensure that that commitment is developed and that, in a fiercely competitive environment, the water authority goes from strength to...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (5 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: We have a consistent approach to the burdens of what we do in Government and I would like to think that the Conservatives also take a positive view of what the Government can do for the business community to facilitate positive changes. As with all bills that are introduced, the financial implications of the new bills will be dealt with and the details will undergo proper consideration in...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (5 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: Seeking a consensus, as has been indicated, is exactly what the Executive is doing. In listening to the airwaves, Roseanna Cunningham may have picked up the fact that we have set up a review. The Cabinet will receive the report next week. We are also committed to reviewing the 18-months asylum legislation, which will take four months. We are sending representations to Westminster about the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (5 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: We are on schedule to deliver a commitment that Parliament supports. The process will involve the arrival of the care development group's report, its publication and the response. The Executive will respond to the report and a lot of hard work will then have to be carried out with all the specialist groups. I reaffirm our commitment. We promised and agreed that that commitment would be...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (5 Sep 2001)

Henry McLeish: I take Hugh Henry's point. The appropriate ministers are listening and I welcome such points. I talked about consultation with a wider Scotland. It is vital that every MSP feels that they are intimately involved in that. I give a commitment to Hugh Henry that he will be able to discuss his suggestion with the appropriate minister.


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