Results 81–100 of 760 for speaker:Keith Harding

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: Not yet, although I will give way in a moment. Between 1979 and 1997, the Conservatives doubled spending in real terms and increased Scottish police numbers by more than 2,000. Our record compares well with that of Labour. In Labour's first year in government, total spending on education fell by £219 million and local authority capital spending in Scotland fell by £118 million—it is still...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: I agree that civilian staff numbers have increased, but police numbers are down. We want police in the streets. Because of the matching formula, Stirling Council, for example, cannot afford to take up £600,000 police expenditure. Labour's deprivation grants are unfair and politically biased. The constituencies of the Minister for Finance, the Minister for Communities and the Deputy Minister...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: The minister should respond in summing up.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: Deprivation in those areas is a relic of Labour rule in local authorities. I asked Mr McConnell to address Professor Midwinter's question. Professor Midwinter, who is a professional in this field, has justification for asking that question, and I do not think that the minister's answer clarifies the situation. Overall, the grant-aided expenditure and guideline limits for Scottish local...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: Where did Mr Wilson get his figures, especially those that relate to Stirling Council, which had not determined its budget by this morning?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education, Culture and Sport: Education, Culture and Sport (6 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3438 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 11 January 2000, what level of resources are still available from end-year flexibility arrangements.

Scottish Parliament: Post Offices (8 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: I recently undertook a survey of sub-post offices in central and north-east Fife. It is a pity that Henry McLeish is leaving the chamber, as I am talking about his constituents. I want to talk about the fears and concerns of the sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses in those areas. Many have taken out loans to secure the deposit that is required by the Post Office, as they thought that the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Benefit Fraud: Benefit Fraud (9 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to ask all local authorities to undertake investigations into possible benefit frauds by their employees.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Culture: Culture (14 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3438 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 11 January 2000, how much of the savings generated by the abolition of assisted places in schools have been utilised to fund Scottish Opera and the National Stadium Project at Hampden.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government: Local Government (14 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage local authorities to provide full access to their records for the Accounts Commission, in order that it can monitor more effectively local authorities’ settlement of payment to private suppliers and contractors.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Finance: Local Government Finance (14 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive how much each local authority has had to pay out in interest payments on overdue debts to firms with less than 50 employees in each year since the Late Payment Act 1998 came into effect.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Finance: Local Government Finance (15 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage local authorities to improve the speed with which they settle payments to private suppliers and contractors.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (16 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the fiscal fine scheme to assess its impact on minor offences.

Scottish Parliament written answers — National Stadium: National Stadium (16 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether savings from the assisted places scheme, over and above those already made available for a Hampden rescue package, will be used to provide any additional funding now to be committed to Hampden.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Service Tax (30 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: In a public meeting with Tommy Sheridan some weeks ago, I actually agreed with him—and jokingly said that his political career was over. I can assure him that that will not happen again today. The Scottish Conservatives stand for and believe in an enterprise economy, which is the best way to ensure the prosperity of our people and high-quality public services. We are determined to ensure...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Service Tax (30 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: I am sure that Mr Sheridan is as well aware of them as I am so I will not waste time on that point. I have only five minutes in which to speak. People would move to avoid the tax. The introduction of a Scottish service tax would have serious adverse disincentive effects on the Scottish economy as compared to the rest of the UK. An exodus of those who were required to pay much higher rates of...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Energy Efficiency (30 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: I, too, congratulate Robin Harper for bringing this motion before Parliament and for the manner in which he has addressed the issue. His motion allows us to debate a very important aspect of housing, which is a subject that is not high up on the list of priorities for the Scottish Executive's initial legislative programme. I agree with much of what Robin Harper has said. Many of his proposals...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Energy Efficiency (30 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: Is the member talking about the right to buy or stock transfers?

Scottish Parliament: Housing Energy Efficiency (30 Mar 2000)

Keith Harding: Stock transfers will bring in the necessary resources to improve the standard of accommodation. Such resources are not available through local government resources at present and are unlikely to be so. Stock transfers would bring in private sector investment to assist in the necessary repair and renovation projects, which would greatly reduce the number of cold and damp homes in Scotland. The...


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