Results 21–40 of 760 for speaker:Keith Harding

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport (14 Oct 1999)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive how many repairs have been carried out to the M9 between junctions 9 and 11 over the past five years and at what cost.

Scottish Parliament: Voluntary Sector (3 Nov 1999)

Keith Harding: It was his understanding.

Scottish Parliament: Voluntary Sector (3 Nov 1999)

Keith Harding: There are many worthwhile things in the compact with which I agree, but this is a debating chamber and I want to suggest an alternative that I know will not receive universal acclaim. The Scottish Conservatives have a long-standing commitment to the voluntary sector—I think that we all agree about that. Through our amendment, we want to show that there is an alternative for the voluntary...

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

Keith Harding: Like other members this morning, I welcome the statement. I will go a little further and say that I applaud the Executive for the manner in which it has addressed this issue. Millennium bug is a catchy phrase but it is misleading. It refers to a computer problem that is neither a bug nor anything to do with the millennium. The problem is caused by the calendar moving into a new century, not...

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

Keith Harding: No. We should not be spending three hours debating the millennium bug, when yesterday just 30 minutes were devoted to the issue of homelessness. We certainly did not have enough time for the debate on Europe. Many more people wanted to speak in one of the most interesting debates that we have had in this chamber. A ministerial statement, with questions, would have sufficed for this issue. It...

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

Keith Harding: No. Only the other day, the Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport announced a further subsidy of £2.1 million for Scottish Opera, without reference to this Parliament. That is an example of the things that should be debated in this chamber. I do not recall any other debate here in which the Presiding Officer has asked us to extend our speeches. There have either been too many speeches, or...

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

Keith Harding: Scottish newsagents have not sold any tickets because they have not been asked to sell them.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government: Local Government (25 Nov 1999)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action, if any, it proposes to take against Stirling council which, at its meeting on the 7 October 1999, acted against the advice of its Monitoring Officer and beyond its legal competence by co-opting individuals disqualified under Part III of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (30 Nov 1999)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consultant clinical and medical oncologists were employed at each of the five Scottish specialist cancer centres in each of the last three years and how many patients were seen per consultant at each centre.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (30 Nov 1999)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what new investment in cancer services, in terms of (a) drugs and (b) staffing, each Scottish health board has made in each of the last three years.

Scottish Parliament: Introduction (2 Dec 1999)

Keith Harding: I would like to the join the previous two speakers in welcoming the pensioners who have come to listen to today's debate. I am happy to move the Conservative amendment to the SNP motion on the elderly. There are many areas where we can agree with the SNP, particularly in relation to Labour's record. In the run-up to the previous election, Labour made great promises to the elderly and built...

Scottish Parliament: Introduction (2 Dec 1999)

Keith Harding: I agree with what he said, and it was not a big increase in—

Scottish Parliament: Introduction (2 Dec 1999)

Keith Harding: Please, yes.

Scottish Parliament: Introduction (2 Dec 1999)

Keith Harding: As I was not present, I do not think that I can comment, but I thank Mr Fergusson for the intervention. I gave two examples of the ways in which we feel that Labour has failed the elderly. Although we agree with the Scottish National party on this, our means of addressing the problems of the elderly are different. Our aim in government was to achieve higher living standards for pensioners by...

Scottish Parliament: Introduction (2 Dec 1999)

Keith Harding: Is it going to be a reasonable question?

Scottish Parliament: Introduction (2 Dec 1999)

Keith Harding: What I will say to that is that Labour also stopped the Christmas bonus. If I may carry on, our policies led to an increase in the proportion of people who had an occupational pension: in 1979, the figure was 43 per cent; in 1997, it was 62 per cent. More than 5 million people took out personal pensions in that period. Those reforms mean that, unlike other European countries, we are not...

Scottish Parliament: Introduction (2 Dec 1999)

Keith Harding: No, thank you. We believe that there are specific areas of policy for which this Parliament is responsible, where our policies would improve the quality of life for the elderly. One is the introduction of an integrated national concessionary fares system. At present, concessionary fares are applied in a very haphazard way. It is time that the Scottish Executive ministers stopped punishing the...

Scottish Parliament: Introduction (2 Dec 1999)

Keith Harding: I agree with the point of Mr Crawford's question. However, my point is that policies have since developed. In local government, Labour has failed the council tenant. Much of Scotland's council housing stock is crumbling and new investment is desperately needed. The standard of housing for everyone in Scotland would be improved by transferring control of housing from councils to local...

Scottish Parliament: Equalities (2 Dec 1999)

Keith Harding: Three of our members spoke this morning.

Scottish Parliament: European Freight and Passenger Terminal (Fife) (2 Dec 1999)

Keith Harding: I will be brief, unlike Mr Raffan, who spent half the time making political points. I congratulate Bruce Crawford on his motion. I believe that there is a pressing need for the facility, and I am happy to support the motion. Believe it or not, the creation of a ferry terminal formed a central part of the Scottish Conservatives' manifesto in the May elections.


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