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

Keith Harding: In her contribution, Tricia Marwick mentioned that the bill would give power to local authority officers. It will not do that—it will give power to authorities to authorise their officers. Mike Rumbles mentioned the penalty, to which he said the COSLA submission referred. The COSLA submission did not refer to that. Under the bill, if a person denies their guilt, they can request a hearing...

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

Keith Harding: No. We have heard enough on that issue. The other issue that Mike Rumbles mentioned was the ECHR. I recommend that he read paragraphs 62 to 66 on page 9 of the policy memorandum, which cover that issue in great detail. Robin Harper mentioned on-the-spot fines. The bill provides for on-the-spot fines in section 5 on fixed penalties, which are an alternative to fines. I will finish early if I...

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

Keith Harding: I thank Mr McAveety very much. On that note, and staying in an American vein, using the words of Clint Eastwood in "Dirty Harry", "make my day"—please support the bill.

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

Keith Harding: At the outset, I declare my registered interest as a member of Stirling Council. It gives me great pleasure to invite the Parliament to approve the general principles of the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill. I place on record my gratitude and thanks to my researcher Alison Miller, whose enthusiasm and commitment have played a large part in the bill's reaching this stage. I also thank David Cullum,...

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

Keith Harding: They are incorporated in the bill and in the policy memorandum.

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

Keith Harding: The member should read the bill and the policy memorandum, but what safeguards is he talking about?

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

Keith Harding: The matter is dealt with in the policy memorandum and is too complex. The point is that there are sufficient safeguards so that there can be no witch-hunts against individuals or other criminal activities. Later in my speech I will deal with the question whether the person issuing the notice will be safeguarded, but that will be covered by the amendments that the Executive will lodge, which...

Scottish Parliament: Breast Cancer Awareness (9 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: It was me.

Scottish Parliament: Breast Cancer Awareness (9 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: I am grateful that my motion has been selected for debate, as the scourge of breast cancer and the need to detect it require all the awareness they can obtain. The motion came about following discussion with Margaret Ewing and Rhona Brankin who, with my wife Anne, launched breast cancer awareness month late last year. Margaret Ewing had hoped to contribute to the debate, but the tragic loss...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (8 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. If you check the voting record, you will find that there were 17 abstentions, not 17 votes against the motion.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government in Scotland Bill (8 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: I declare my registered interest as a member of Stirling Council. Like others before me, I record my thanks to Eugene Windsor, the clerk to the Local Government Committee, and his staff for guiding my colleagues on the committee and me through the lengthy bill process. At stage 1, Conservative members were unable to support the general principles of the bill, as we felt that it was...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government in Scotland Bill: Stage 3: Section 33 — Repeals and consequential amendments (8 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: In her intervention on Tricia Marwick, Sylvia Jackson pointed out that the First Minister stated on 19 December that the Executive was considering the repeal of section 19 of the Fire Services Act 1947. However, no one in the chamber expected that to happen through the Local Government in Scotland Bill with only 48 hours' notice. We oppose amendment 59 not on its merits or otherwise but...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government in Scotland Bill: Stage 3: Before section 26 (8 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: I used my own card, not Mr McGrigor's, so I do not know what the problem can be.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government in Scotland Bill: Stage 3: Before section 26 (8 Jan 2003)

Keith Harding: But I know absolutely nothing about nephrops. We are not against amendment 28 in principle, but we have some concerns. In the climate of openness and transparency, the move seems to be a retrograde one and we wonder what public scrutiny there will be of what amounts to a political donation. Will it appear in any register of interests? On a connected point, will the minister clarify the...

Scottish Parliament: Budget Process 2003-04: Stage 2 (19 Dec 2002)

Keith Harding: The Finance Committee report refers to the "Budget Process".

Scottish Parliament: Budget Process 2003-04: Stage 2 (19 Dec 2002)

Keith Harding: The debate has been interesting and informative. However, I want to concentrate on and highlight the concerns of the Local Government Committee when it considered stage 2 of the 2003-04 budget process. Like Trish Godman, the convener of the Local Government Committee, I am pleased that the Executive took on board the committee's recommendation that, when the Executive determined the...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (18 Dec 2002)

Keith Harding: I declare my registered interest as a member of Stirling Council. I echo the comments of my colleague Lyndsay McIntosh in welcoming and supporting the principles behind the bill. Homelessness is a scourge that, as a society, we have an obligation to eradicate, and it is sad that the Scottish Government, which has promised so much to so many, has delivered so little for so few. Jack McConnell...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (18 Dec 2002)

Keith Harding: I will not, thank you. I know what the member was going to say, and I have changed the tenor of my speech because of Tricia Marwick's comments. As Lyndsay McIntosh highlighted, one has only to look at the Executive's figures to see how little it has done. The number of households in bed-and-breakfast accommodation, which is apparently the crucial yardstick by which Margaret Curran wants to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Publications: Scottish Executive Publications (10 Dec 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full costs were of publishing, printing, distributing and launching "It's everyone's job to make sure I'm alright" - Report of the Child Protection Audit and Review, and the accompanying Literature Review .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Safer Routes to School: Safer Routes to School (9 Dec 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding allocations have been made to each local authority to create Safer Routes to Schools in each year since 1997.


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