Results 81–100 of 760 for speaker:Keith Harding

Scottish Parliament: Public-private Partnerships (4 Dec 2002)

Keith Harding: I declare my registered interest as a member of Stirling Council. I start on the somewhat unusual note of congratulating the Labour party on warmly embracing the Tory policy of PFI. I also congratulate the Finance Committee on its comprehensive report and thank the clerks for their work. There are three grades of support for PFI on the Labour benches: old Labour, which is ideologically...

Scottish Parliament: Public-private Partnerships (4 Dec 2002)

Keith Harding: I am sorry, but now it is the SNP's turn. The nationalists are no strangers to hypocrisy either. In fact, they have it down to a fine art—that is the only compliment that I will give them. However, I will not dwell on that just now, as I will leave my colleague Alex Johnstone, if he is called, with the gleeful task of talking about the not-for-profit SNP with its not-for-profit trusts in a...

Scottish Parliament: Public-private Partnerships (4 Dec 2002)

Keith Harding: He is writing his speech. It is depressing that the SNP, a self-proclaimed party of enterprise, holds such hostile views towards the private sector.

Scottish Parliament: Public-private Partnerships (4 Dec 2002)

Keith Harding: No. Let us be clear: PFI is not the only game in town and, in some cases, not-for-profit trust models can be appropriate. However, if the SNP is as in favour of not-for-profit trusts as it says it is, why does it stand steadfastly against the involvement of the independent sector in the provision of health services? After all, BUPA, which finds no favour with the SNP, is a not-for-profit...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance Allocations (4 Dec 2002)

Keith Harding: I, too, thank the minister for early sight of his statement. Given this week's reports that more than £1 billion of council tax is uncollected, does he acknowledge that an improvement in tax collection rates, even to the same levels as in England, would allow for a substantial reduction in council tax levels? After this week's revelations that council tax in England might have to rise by 16...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Publications: Scottish Executive Publications (3 Dec 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full costs were of publishing, printing, distributing and launching (a) Social Justice…a Scotland where everyone matters - Annual Report 2002 and (b) Social Justice…a Scotland where everyone matters - Indicators of progress: Definitions, data, baseline and trends information - Annex to the Social Justice Annual Report 2002 .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Road Accidents: Road Accidents (28 Nov 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive how many child (a) fatalities and (b) accidents while travelling to and from school there have been in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority area.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Parliamentary Publications: Parliamentary Publications (28 Nov 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Presiding Officer what the cost has been to date of the Holyrood Progress Group newsletters.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Local Authority Pension Funds (14 Nov 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and others about local authority pension funds. (S1O-5868)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Local Authority Pension Funds (14 Nov 2002)

Keith Harding: As equity markets are falling, will the Scottish Executive fund fully any necessary increased contributions to council pension funds, or will that funding fall on hard-pressed council tax payers? Will that again result in more council services being cut?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Publications: Scottish Executive Publications (13 Nov 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full costs were of printing, publishing and distributing Community Budgeting: responses to a consultation on local services and community engagement, October 2002 .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Elections: Local Government Elections (12 Nov 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current legal maximum expenditure is for local authority election candidates; whether it will increase the maximum ahead of the May 2003 local elections, and whether any difference exists between the maximum permitted levels in Scotland and those in England and Wales.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Parliamentary Publications: Parliamentary Publications (12 Nov 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Presiding Officer what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing the Scottish Parliament Annual Report 2001 to 2002.

Scottish Parliament: Quality of Life (7 Nov 2002)

Keith Harding: The Scottish Executive is right to say that problems such as vandalism, graffiti, neighbourhood disputes, litter and dog fouling plague the lives of people throughout Scotland. However, the Executive is not alone in being aware of that simple fact. The bottom line is that its solutions to many of the problems are as outdated as they are ineffective. One of the biggest blights on our...

Scottish Parliament: Quality of Life (7 Nov 2002)

Keith Harding: If Iain Smith does not know that what I am saying is true, I will not take an intervention from him.

Scottish Parliament: Quality of Life (7 Nov 2002)

Keith Harding: The Executive's research shows crime rates soaring as the result of inadequate punishment of criminals and a woeful lack of a visible police force. My colleagues will demonstrate that ably later in the debate, but I point out to Mr Smith that recorded crime in Fife—which I think he represents—is up by 5.9 per cent over the past year. One vital step in improving quality of life is to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Publications: Scottish Executive Publications (5 Nov 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full costs were of printing, publishing and distributing its Closing the Opportunity Gap: Scottish Budget for 2003-06 .

Scottish Parliament: Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Oct 2002)

Keith Harding: I did—I took an intervention from Mr Russell. Does Bill Butler think that he has the sole right to change opinions? New Labour adopted all Conservative policies. Why should we not adopt one of its policies and reduce the number of quangos?

Scottish Parliament: Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Oct 2002)

Keith Harding: I express the support of the Scottish Conservatives for the bill. However, while the Executive is to be congratulated on introducing the legislation, we should not lose sight of the fact that the vast majority of the sleaze, corruption and cronyism that the bill is designed to prevent comes courtesy of Scottish Labour. That could scarcely be better illustrated than by the current financial...

Scottish Parliament: Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Oct 2002)

Keith Harding: I would rather not. I have one reservation, about section 2(10), which seeks to impose diversity in the selection process by setting targets for appointments from minority groups. The Scottish Conservatives celebrate diversity in every way and we are desperately keen to see more balanced representation for all groups in our society. However, that must be achieved on merit, not through...


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