Results 1–20 of 760 for speaker:Keith Harding

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Police (Fife) (27 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet representatives of Fife police board. (S1O-6712)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Police (Fife) (27 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: The minister will be aware that the number of recorded crimes and offences in Fife has got much worse during the four years of this Administration. Can he explain why the Executive's justice policy is failing in Fife?

Scottish Parliament: Closing the Opportunity Gap for Older People (27 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: At the outset, I should perhaps declare an interest as I fall into the category of older people and my opportunity gap may well deteriorate in the near future. Having said that, I am absolutely delighted that the minister is present today. I will do my best to match the passion that she promised me. I shall not patronise older people by lecturing them on which opportunities they should...

Scottish Parliament: Closing the Opportunity Gap for Older People (27 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: I agree. I was just about to make that point, more or less. It is unfair that a pensioner on a modest but average income faces a marginal tax rate of 40 per cent but a pensioner on double the income will be able to keep £1 of every £1 saved before tax. Furthermore, why should people save at all? If the average pensioner will receive only 60p before tax of every £1 saved, it is no wonder...

Scottish Parliament: Closing the Opportunity Gap for Older People (27 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: That is absolute rubbish. Whether people can afford repairs to and maintenance of their properties should be assessed by the mortgage lenders, which determine people's ability to fund a mortgage. The minister should take that into account. What is she doing to give people additional assistance?

Scottish Parliament: Closing the Opportunity Gap for Older People (27 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: That is just another consultation document. The Executive has done little to assist in the provision of houses adapted specifically for elderly and disabled people, especially those in rural communities who doubly suffer from the lack of suitable housing. We would encourage local housing providers to provide adapted houses for older and disabled people through grants. We would also put in...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Funding: Scottish Executive Funding (21 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-34201 by Peter Peacock on 5 March 2003, when it will make its decision on the request for grant funding from the Association of Scottish Community Councils.

Scottish Parliament: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: I thank all the members who have contributed to the debate for their kind comments. I have very few points to address, other than Sylvia Jackson's. The act will come into force six months after royal assent, which is likely to be around four weeks after today, if the bill is passed, but that is not fixed. I am glad that Dr Jackson mentioned that the bill is sound and is an example that the...

Scottish Parliament: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: In my maiden speech, I welcomed a new addition to the Conservatives, in the form of a granddaughter. I hope that members will join me in welcoming a further addition to the Conservatives, in the form of Jamie McGrigor's and his wife Emma's daughter, who was born a few hours ago.

Scottish Parliament: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: I do not think that we do that sort of thing. I trust that members will forgive me if I seek to avoid any more unfortunate references to motions and movements. There has been quite enough bad punning from colleagues in earlier debates on the bill. On a serious note, I emphasise the fact that it is a serious bill about a serious subject. Dog faeces is no laughing matter; it is a perennial...

Scottish Parliament: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: I give way to my former jousting opponent.

Scottish Parliament: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: I agree totally with Jackie Baillie. I visited that centre during the consultation period and I was really impressed with the service that it provides. It should be congratulated and it is a benchmark for similar organisations to follow. I also congratulate the centre on the fact that it recently achieved charitable status. The fact that dog fouling is a considerable problem—a scourge,...

Scottish Parliament: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: Many councils provide poop scoops free of charge. My council in Stirling—perhaps I should declare an interest—certainly does so. However, I believe that we can utilise plastic carrier bags, which is what I do. I know that many others do, too. I agree that there might be a larger market for poop scoops, so perhaps enterprising pet shops will start to stock them. Such levity takes us to the...

Scottish Parliament: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: Perhaps Mr Adam should ask the question of his colleague Stewart Stevenson, who proved yesterday that he was the expert on slurry. However, I suggest that Mr Adam should read the bill, which has an exemption for dogs that have diarrhoea. I am a doggy person and I make no bones about that. My best friend is a boxer called Tika.

Scottish Parliament: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: She welcomes it. When Tika hears the rustle of a carrier bag, she does not think that it means food; she knows that it is time for a walk. I am a member of the cross-party animal welfare group and I was once the owner of a pet shop. The bill is not an anti-dog bill and, when enacted, it will not impinge on the majority of dog owners, who are responsible and already clean up after the...

Scottish Parliament: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 8 — Request for hearing (13 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: Section 8 makes provision for the recipient of a fixed-penalty notice to request a hearing in respect of the offence to which the notice relates. The local authority, on receipt of a timeous request, is required to notify the procurator fiscal and, on receipt of that notice, the procurator fiscal will decide whether to initiate criminal proceedings. Section 12 makes provision for withdrawal...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Publications: Scottish Executive Publications (13 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing its annual report, Appointments to Non-Departmental Public Bodies in Scotland .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government: Local Government (12 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to encourage local authorities to introduce a code of conduct for council officers to complement the Councillor’s Code of Conduct, following the recommendation for such a code in the Accounts Commission’s Overview of the 2001/02 local authority audits .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Finance: Local Government Finance (11 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to address the continuing weaknesses in the fundamental financial controls of local authority audits referred to in the Accounts Commission’s Overview of the 2001/02 local authority audits .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Finance: Local Government Finance (11 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take any action in response to the finding in the Accounts Commission’s Overview of the 2001/02 local authority audits that some local authority joint boards have yet to establish audit committees or equivalent scrutiny mechanisms.


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