Results 161–180 of 3433 for speaker:Henry McLeish

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: UK Energy Policy (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: As energy policy is a reserved matter the review will be undertaken by the UK Government. There will, however, be a close working relationship and active dialogue between the Scottish Executive and the UK Government as the review proceeds.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: UK Energy Policy (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am very willing to respond positively to that question. The gist of my comments on the energy review is to ensure that Scotland's interests are represented in every part of the energy sector. That will be done. I look forward to the whole of the Parliament and the two coalition partners ensuring that that happens.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: UK Energy Policy (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: Yes. We want to ensure that such issues are raised strongly in the review, because Scotland has some very special qualities and resources that must be harnessed. I assure Sylvia Jackson that the issue she has raised will be part of the review.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: UK Energy Policy (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I do not want to dwell too much on the previous century; the SNP certainly exemplifies most of the characteristics of a party that is struggling to escape from it. I am sorry that common sense affects the SNP in the way that it does. SNP members always preface their points with the phrase, "the Scottish people". Do they not think that every MSP represents the interests of Scotland and the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: The community right to buy proposals in the draft Land Reform (Scotland) Bill will give community bodies significant new opportunities to own and manage rural land for community purposes. They will be able to register an interest in land in which they can demonstrate a connection and will be able to buy that land when it comes on the market. Crofting communities will be able to buy their...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill: Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: Yes. A number of amendments were made to other enactments at Stage 2 of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill, including an amendment to the Finance Act 2000. That amendment relates to a reserved matter and is therefore outwith the Parliament’s legislative competence. The Secretary of State for Scotland and I have accordingly agreed that this should be rectified by means of an Order which...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Road Safety: Road Safety (28 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Scottish Road Safety Campaign, which is funded by the Scottish Executive, has produced a new leaflet which provides advice about police powers in relation to drug driving and the penalties faced by offenders. The leaflet is being distributed by police forces throughout Scotland via licensed premises and local drug action groups. In addition, the Executive announced on Monday an extra...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee: Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee (22 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: Her Majesty The Queen has now approved further details of the programme of celebrations during 2002, the focal point of which will be the Jubilee weekend period covering 1 to 4 June. As I announced on 23 November 2000, Monday 3 June will be an additional Bank Holiday for the Golden Jubilee and Tuesday 4 June will be a Bank Holiday, in place of the Spring Bank Holiday that would otherwise fall...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: The Cabinet will next meet on 26 June when it will discuss issues of importance to the people of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am pleased that John Swinney has asked that question, post the Queen's speech, as the issue is one that unites the chamber. We have to move forward on the issue of tobacco advertising in relation to the bill that was discussed. However, it is also right to accept that, when the issue was discussed before, the Westminster Government was moving the item forward. That position was reaffirmed...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: There is nothing inconsistent in what the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care said and what I have said. I have said that there are strong arguments for a UK-wide ban. There are significant reasons why an item that was included in a Labour party manifesto should be moved forward. The Queen's speech has not changed that specific commitment. I assure the chamber that, because of the...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I repeat that the will exists to ensure that we move on this important item. The Labour party manifesto made a commitment to do so in Scotland; that same commitment was also contained in the United Kingdom manifesto. It is absolutely vital that we work together to have that legislation within the UK as quickly as possible, for all the practical reasons. As I have said, Mr Swinney can...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Cabinet (Meetings) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: We cannot give a specific commitment on the time scale. That is a commonsense answer to a situation that has arisen since the Queen's speech was published. When we have just reaffirmed the commitment of Labour in Scotland and in the United Kingdom on this matter, it does nothing for the importance of the issue to undermine it with politics. Of course we want to move as quickly as possible....

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I last met the Prime Minister on 25 May. I expect that we will meet again soon.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: The answer to the first part is yes; the answer to the second part is no.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: It is complete nonsense—I repeat: complete nonsense—to suggest that the Executive will use money that is allocated for education spending to pay for the Holyrood building project.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: Be patient. I knew that the first question was just a teaser. We will get to that point. The Executive has a reserve built into its plans, which enables it to live with additional costs while retaining existing levels of service and investment. Forgive me for being mischievous, Sir David, but the £20,000 million of cuts that we were faced with during the election campaign slightly puts into...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Prime Minister (Meetings) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: On the latter point, the figure that Mr Neil has quoted is wrong, but we do not want to get too involved in the details. The suggestion that any funds from education will be used for the Holyrood project is simply untrue. Very soon indeed, we shall have a full budget announcement, which will look at the consequentials left by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, and which will...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Transport (Urban Areas) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: Commuters want real travel choices, not congestion. That is why we have substantially increased the public transport fund, set up a new integrated transport fund, given local authorities new powers to introduce congestion charging and, only this week, launched a travel awareness campaign aimed at encouraging motorists to think before they drive into our congested urban areas.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: Transport (Urban Areas) (21 Jun 2001)

Henry McLeish: I am pleased to say that the Executive is considering further measures not only to improve public transport but to encourage more people to use it. The 4 per cent figure is encouraging. We are spending £150 million on the public transport fund, £75 million on the integrated transport fund, £200 million on the ScotRail franchise and £55 million on support for the bus industry. From autumn...


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