Results 141–160 of 760 for speaker:Keith Harding

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

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the full costs were of publishing, printing and distributing its Report by the Ministerial Advisory Group on Gaelic: A Fresh Start for Gaelic .

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (30 May 2002)

Keith Harding: As my party's local government spokesman, I will concentrate on two things in the Executive's programme. The first is the Local Government in Scotland Bill, which appears only to be an excuse for inaction and yet another example of the Executive and the Parliament making work for its own sake. The bill proposes: a statutory duty of best value, a system that is already entrenched in local...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (30 May 2002)

Keith Harding: I am just coming to that subject. There is no question of what we want—we want first past the post. I have real concerns about relaxing the constraints on council employees becoming councillors, given the recent events relating to the Third Age Group in Fife. Introducing PR at council level will simply entrench power in the hands of a few politicians and institutionalise a kind of...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (30 May 2002)

Keith Harding: No, thank you. I have heard the member speak too often. Where possible, community councils should be given control of common-good funds. The Executive is not committed to decentralisation and giving more autonomy to councils. Its proposals are all about controlling and directing. The Executive's programme for local government will do little to address the ever-declining core services that are...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (30 May 2002)

Keith Harding: No, that is one thing that the Liberals are not. The council tax payers pay ever more while receiving less. The council tax has become yet another stealth tax. I relish the forthcoming local government elections and the inevitable return of Conservative-controlled councils in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Voluntary Sector: Voluntary Sector (29 May 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25514 by Peter Peacock on 14 May 2002, what grant funding was given to the Association of Scottish Community Councils in 1997-98 and 1998-99.

Scottish Parliament: Modernising Government Fund (28 May 2002)

Keith Harding: I will try to address the motion. I will not wave my Harry Potter magic wand and change the subject of the debate. Although this is only a short debate, once again I am tempted to question why we are spending parliamentary time discussing an issue that is of limited direct public interest, and about which there is little or no dispute in the Parliament. No doubt it fills the Executive's...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (22 May 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive how the members of its Advisory Panel for the Review of Management and Decision-Making in NHSScotland were selected; why no patients' representative was included on the panel; how it will ensure that patients' interests are being addressed by the panel, and what budget has been set aside to cover the costs of the panel.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Elections: Local Government Elections (17 May 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-25189 by Peter Peacock on 29 April 2002, whether the issuing of ballot papers to postal voters in normal local authority elections is entered on a marked register.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Local Authorities (Consultation) (16 May 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures it has in place to consult with those local authorities that are not members of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. (S1O-5202)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Local Authorities (Consultation) (16 May 2002)

Keith Harding: I thank the minister, but those councils can make representations only if they are aware that they can. The minister will be aware that Falkirk Council and Clackmannanshire Council were not informed of the £5 million for concessionary travel that councils could bid for. Glasgow City Council knew about it only through the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority. Will the minister do...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Community Care (16 May 2002)

Keith Harding: As vice-convener of the cross-party group on palliative care, I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate. I have a personal interest in the treatment of cancer, and particularly of breast cancer. We are all too aware that that is the commonest cancer in Scottish women, with some 3,000 patients diagnosed annually. At least one in 12 women will be so diagnosed in their lifetime and...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Fire Service (15 May 2002)

Keith Harding: I will address some of the issues that face the fire service. My colleague John Young will mention fireworks because he is a little cracker, Lord James will, as usual, sparkle and Bill Aitken can be relied upon to sum up with a bang. No doubt the debate will peter out like a damp squib when the minister replies—that is, if he is still responsible for the issue by the end of the debate. As I...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Fire Service (15 May 2002)

Keith Harding: Not at the moment, thank you. The research on pathfinders into risk management systems of fire response is not complete. The Executive wants more work to be done on the benefits of domestic sprinklers before it formulates a view. If such important issues are not yet evaluated properly, how can we take a view today? We should give more time to matters of immediate importance to the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (15 May 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to reintroduce the ring-fencing of local authority capital funds for non-housing revenue account spending on housing grants, in the light of the statement in paragraph 69.5.1 of Issues in Improving Quality in Private Housing , the first report of the Housing Improvement Task Force, that "expenditure on improvement and repair grants has fallen...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (15 May 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make any additional funds available to local authority non-housing revenue account housing expenditure in the light of Issues in Improving Quality in Private Housing , the first report of the Housing Improvement Task Force.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (15 May 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to encourage a growth in the private rented sector to create a wider availability of property in this sector and encourage market forces to ensure that rental price better reflects the quality, rather than simply the scarcity, of each property, in the light of Issues in Improving Quality in Private Housing , the first report of the Housing...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (15 May 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to remove the remaining rent controls on private sector landlords, in the light of the conclusion in Issues in Improving Quality in Private Housing , the first report of the Housing Improvement Task Force, that "the remaining rent controls in the regulated (private rented) sector may be acting as a significant disincentive to investment by...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (15 May 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the size threshold stipulated for the mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), in the light of Issues in Improving Quality in Private Housing , the first report of the Housing Improvement Task Force and any anecdotal evidence that the reclassification of smaller properties as HMOs is reducing the availability and...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Elections: Elections (14 May 2002)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-21589 by Peter Peacock on 29 April 2002, whether a list of those who voted in the Teith ward by-election in April 2002 will be publicly available for inspection as occurs in normal local authority elections.


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