Results 61–80 of 760 for speaker:Keith Harding

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government: Local Government (1 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2224 by Mr Frank McAveety on 25 November 1999, whether it has received the full account of Stirling Council’s practice in relation to the co-option of individuals to council committees which it requested and whether it is satisfied that Stirling Council’s practice in this regard complies with all of the relevant...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Community Care: Community Care (7 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether health boards are able to contribute capital funding to housing associations and local authorities to facilitate adaptations to (a) allow disabled tenants to remain in residence; (b) to alleviate future health problems of disabled tenants, or (c) where there would be an improvement in health for a disabled tenant or members of their household.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Finance: Local Government Finance (9 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3488 by Mr Jack McConnell on 11 January 2000, how many jobs have been lost in local government in each of the last two financial years and to date in the current year and whether any of these job losses were a direct result of budgetary reductions.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Act 1986 (Section 2A) (10 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: Will Mr Matheson show me a copy of the article to which he is referring? I presume that he is talking about the article in the Daily Record , which does not state that at all. I said that the Parliament should consult the people and that, although I could live with the decision of the parents, I doubted whether the Executive could. At no time did I say that we would consider revised guidelines.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Act 1986 (Section 2A) (10 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: If Mr Matheson speaks to his colleagues on the Local Government Committee, he will discover that, at every stage of the debate, I have recorded the fact that I am against the repeal of section 2A. The only time that the minutes record members' opinions is when a vote is taken.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Act 1986 (Section 2A) (10 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: I welcome this debate, and I welcome the change in stance of the SNP. Michael Matheson, who is obviously an avid reader of the Official Report of meetings of the Local Government Committee , will know that his colleague Kenneth Gibson gave the SNP's total support to the repeal of section 2A without guidelines. It has become clear from the debate over section 2A that the Executive could not...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Act 1986 (Section 2A) (10 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: I will not give way to Wendy Alexander, who has said enough. She started all this by talking. Wendy Alexander conveniently forgets that neither Labour nor the Liberal Democrats have any mandate from the Scottish people on this issue, as neither party included it in their manifesto for the Scottish elections. Indeed, the repeal of section 2A was such a low priority for Labour and the Liberal...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Act 1986 (Section 2A) (10 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: No, I will not. As the Conservatives are restricted to four-minute speeches, we cannot be expected to take interventions if we are to make a contribution. The letters I have received are overwhelmingly hostile to the Executive's proposal to ditch section 2A, and express anger that the Executive has tried to play the Scottish people for fools. Opinion polls have shown that the overwhelming...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Act 1986 (Section 2A) (10 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: No, I will not. It is no use the Executive portraying opponents of repeal as raving bigots, as that simply will not wash with the Scottish people. Is the Executive seriously saying that most Scots are bigoted? Most people just want to ensure that their children are taught about homosexuality, and sex in general, in a way that is in tune with their wishes. In our current education system, that...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Act 1986 (Section 2A) (10 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: Wendy knows best, and anyone who says otherwise is either mad or extreme. That attitude is typical of the Executive since the Parliament was established. Labour may have created the Scottish Parliament but its representatives are not living up to the principles it is supposed to embody. Where is the consensus and responsiveness to public opinion that we were promised as part of new politics?...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (10 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to S1W-2232 and S1W-2233 by Susan Deacon on 30 November 1999, what plans there are to improve cancer survival rates by expanding specialist staffing in cancer services in Scotland as part of the work of the Scottish Cancer Group.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (10 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the predicted increase in cancer prevalence in Scotland, and the importance of specialised staff for the improvement in cancer outcomes, what plans it has to increase the number of medical and clinical oncologists over the next five to ten years.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Local Tax Arrears (17 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take to encourage Scottish local authorities to address uncollected local taxes, which have increased to nearly £1 billion of arrears. (S1O-1165)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Local Tax Arrears (17 Feb 2000)

Keith Harding: I thank the minister for his reply. It is interesting to observe him changing from poacher to gamekeeper. Is it his intention to take a similar approach with council house rent arrears—another £500 million—which are now at their highest level since 1993-94?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: I thank Mr Gibson for making the case for the return of the Tory Government. I welcome his support. I do not believe that either Jack McConnell or I, when we opposed each other in Stirling District Council nearly a decade ago, ever imagined that we would be debating the same subject—local government finance—in the Scottish Parliament. In those days, before Jack became new Labour, he was...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: Who is it?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: As long as it is not a speech.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: I will just point out that I actually reduced the council tax in Stirling three years in a row. Labour's manifesto promise was, "Things can only get better." We are still waiting. We will now see whether Labour's cronies in COSLA and the local government unions will make the same amount of noise that they made before 1997, or whether, as is more likely, they will be as hypocritical as their...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: We do not want to centralise education. We wish to give it to parents to control, and we want to remove it from the local government budget so that the proportion raised by local councils is halved. That is one reason why Jack McConnell does not want to go down the road of a local government finance review.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: Yes. That is in our manifesto. Unlike Labour members, we believe in our manifesto and fight for it. In March 1999, 1,942 fewer people were employed by local authorities than in March 1998. Those figures are from the joint staffing watch survey—we did not make them up. The largest decrease, 7.3 per cent, was in social work, which, I believe, is an Executive priority. Job losses will continue...


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