Results 141–160 of 3433 for speaker:Henry McLeish

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

Henry McLeish: I thank Dennis Canavan. I am aware of his long-term interest in environmental issues, which is shown by his question. I have spoken to the Deputy First Minister and there will be significant changes to the legislation after the consultation period. I do not know the details to reply to Dennis Canavan's question, but I will ensure that his specific question gets a specific answer as soon as...

Scottish Parliament written answers — First Minister: First Minister (7 Aug 2001)

Henry McLeish: My parliamentary private secretary supports me across a broad range of Parliamentary and political activities.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Special Advisers: Special Advisers (31 Jul 2001)

Henry McLeish: There are currently 11 Special Advisers employed in the Scottish Executive. They are: Dr Colin Currie Sam Ghibaldan Fiona Hamilton Bill Heaney Tom Little Prof. Duncan Maclennan John McLaren Peter MacMahon Polly McPherson John McTernan Andy Rowe. As explained by my predecessor Donald Dewar in response to a previous question on 22 November 1999 (S1W-2650), individual salaries are not revealed...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Special Advisers: Special Advisers (31 Jul 2001)

Henry McLeish: The total estimated annual salary, office and associated costs for the media team of Special Advisers in the Scottish Executive for the dates in question is: Date No of Advisers Salary ERNIC Pension Contribution Office & Associated Costs 1 February 2001** ...

Scottish Parliament written answers — First Minister: First Minister (6 Jul 2001)

Henry McLeish: Official information made available to my parliamentary private secretary is limited to what is necessary for the discharge of her parliamentary and political duties.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I expect to meet the Prime Minister soon.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: Everyone is aware that a review of energy policy is taking place in the United Kingdom; the Scottish Executive will be very much part of that. It would be premature to discuss the details of what may emerge from the review. Suffice it to say that Scotland's interests will be well taken care of by the involvement of the Scottish Executive.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am sure that the chamber appreciates your judgment on the matter, Sir David.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I do not want to intrude on any private grief among the SNP, but I confirm what I said initially: a review is taking place, which everyone should welcome. That is an important, commonsense approach. The Prime Minister and the Cabinet Office performance and innovation unit will want to look to 2050 and consider what is in the best interests of the United Kingdom in the long term. I underline...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: Did I just detect a bit of manufactured hysteria on the benches opposite?

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: If Tommy Sheridan had taken the cotton wool out of his ears, he would have heard me make the point that energy policy is absolutely vital to the United Kingdom and to Scotland. SNP members find themselves in another sorry mess. We hear their constant harping that, "We're the party that stands up for Scotland," in a week when Alex Salmond seems to be standing up for London. There is a new deal...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: It is worth repeating the points that I made earlier—I am sorry if that is rather repetitive for members. Other parties, which are actually in government in Scotland and forming a coalition, do not have the luxury of making instant decisions about issues that are of paramount importance to the United Kingdom and to Scotland. Saying that we see the review being undertaken is a commonsense...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I last spoke to the secretary of state on 19 June. We have no immediate plans to meet.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I welcome David McLetchie's raising two weeks running a serious issue that affects Scotland. Earlier today, we invested another £10 million in both tourism and farming to acknowledge some of the serious concerns that people have been putting forward. The issue that David McLetchie raises is very much another stage in the restructuring process triggered by the PricewaterhouseCoopers...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: David McLetchie talks about significant disillusionment and refers to one survey that is incredibly out of date. He should recognise—as I did earlier—that the past two years have been enormously successful for a Parliament that is still in its infancy. On 30 April 1997, Parliament was merely an idea that the Scottish people had to vote through. Four years later, a remarkable success story...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I could not agree more. The Labour party, the coalition, the Government and the Parliament can take pride in an awful lot. This is the final question time before the recess. The deal for fishermen, the cull of quangos, personal care policy, the most ambitious housing act that this country has ever seen and the maintenance grants that are being introduced are all significant for a Parliament...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Social Justice (Agriculture) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: On Tuesday this week, Ross Finnie launched "A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture", which sets out a framework for the future development of farming and related industries in Scotland. Its aims are wide-ranging and include the creation of a prosperous farming industry, which will generate wider economic and social benefits, particularly in rural areas. We are committed to tackling...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Social Justice (Agriculture) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am happy to give that assurance. The aim is to look after the safety issues that Cathy Jamieson has raised in relation to workers in rural areas. We must consider the employment consequences of any strategy. The level of earnings of workers in rural Scotland is an issue. All those matters will be safeguarded. An important step that we have taken is the establishment of a rural poverty and...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Social Justice (Agriculture) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: A great deal in the strategy will address many issues, two of which have been raised this afternoon. It is important to seize the opportunity that we now have. There have been problems in the agriculture industry this year, but now we are looking forward. [ Interruption. ] This orchestrated nonsense among the shambles of the SNP should not detract from the fact that the rural strategy is...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Social Justice (Agriculture) (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: That slightly distorts the position on organic farming in the United Kingdom and Scotland. A significant attempt is being made to develop organic farming further. That is reflected in the strategy. I assure Robin Harper that everything possible will be done to ensure that that happens.


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