Results 41–60 of 760 for speaker:Keith Harding

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/42) (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: I am about to end—I have only half a page to go.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/42) (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: I am sorry. I shall leave it there, thank you.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/42) (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: I did not ask for extra time.

Scottish Parliament: Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: The Scottish Conservatives, members will be surprised to learn, are opposed to the Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill. We believe that the current first-past-the-post electoral system should remain for local government elections. The introduction of STV for local government elections that the bill proposes would cause confusion, as Labour has already...

Scottish Parliament: Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: It is unusual for a political party to put the interests of the people before its own.

Scottish Parliament: Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: Kenny Gibson should be quiet. The bill is flawed. It received insufficient consultation in its formation and relies on evidence from previous inquiries, such as the Kerley report, which was in itself flawed, as it did not examine first past the post. The bill proposes that, because of the time constraints before the May elections, Scottish ministers should draw up the first set of ward...

Scottish Parliament: Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: No, thank you. Such representation is best achieved through the direct election of all councillors on a first-past-the-post basis at ward level. The Scottish Conservatives support the current first-past-the-post system because it favours strong governance and clear accountability for parties that win an outright majority. It ensures that the electorate, not the politicians, choose the ruling...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to assist local authorities to bring empty local authority housing stock back into use.

Scottish Parliament: Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc (Scotland) Bill (5 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: The Scottish Conservatives support the bill. We are committed to cutting bureaucracy, red tape and cronyism in Scottish politics and we congratulate the Executive on taking a step in the right direction, albeit that I suspect—as Tricia Marwick said—that it came about as a result of Alex Neil's member's bill. However, we must ensure that the appointment of a commissioner for public...

Scottish Parliament: Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 2 — The Commissioner's functions (5 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: Since stage 2, I have reflected on the amendment and I am disappointed that the Executive is not prepared to take it on board. I believe that it would lead to greater transparency and fairness and should cause no concern to anyone unless they have something to hide. I also believe that it would go some way to overcoming accusations of cronyism.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Benefits: Benefits (31 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to ensure that local authorities improve their collection of recoverable overpayments of housing benefit.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Publications: Scottish Executive Publications (30 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland: 2000-2001 .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cities: Cities (29 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what City Growth Fund money can be spent on and whether ministerial approval is required before any money from the fund can be spent.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Publications: Scottish Executive Publications (27 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing Scotland’s Budget Documents 2003-04, Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill for the year ending 31 March 2004 .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Water: Scottish Water (27 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the re-organisation of Scottish Water and its procurement arrangements, whether the infrastructure will be in place to meet European legislative deadlines in relation to waste water.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Convention of Scottish Local Authorities: Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (23 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and what issues will be discussed.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Publications: Scottish Executive Publications (21 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full costs were of printing, publishing and distributing Recording our Achievements and how many copies were printed.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Publications: Scottish Executive Publications (21 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full costs were of printing, publishing and distributing Building Better Cities: Delivering Growth and Opportunities and the accompanying document Next Steps .

Scottish Parliament: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: At the outset, I thank members for their contributions to the debate and for the many positive comments that were made. It has been a serious and considered debate, which is what I wanted. I have been subjected to some ridicule over the past couple of years because of the bill, but dog fouling is an issue that I wanted to address, and I have used the Parliament to do so. I will try to deal...

Scottish Parliament: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (16 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: We will look at that matter again—it has been the subject of much discussion. We thought that we had found the right answer, but we will revisit the issue. Sandra White mentioned cost. The Presiding Officer and the Executive have accepted that the bill is competent, so the figures that are quoted in the financial memorandum are acceptable.


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