Results 181–200 of 1053 for speaker:Sylvia Jackson

Scottish Parliament: Legislative Process (15 Mar 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: On parliamentary scrutiny, the minister will know that the Subordinate Legislation Committee is finishing its inquiry into secondary legislation, from which I am sure there will be many recommendations. One will probably be on the time between stage 2 and stage 3 consideration of a bill. When subordinate legislation powers are inserted into a bill at stage 2, the Subordinate Legislation...

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Park-and-ride Railway Stations (9 Mar 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to expand park-and-ride railway stations. (S2O-9222)

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Park-and-ride Railway Stations (9 Mar 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: As the minister knows, the Stirling constituency has a high number of commuters to Glasgow and Edinburgh. A case has already been made for more car parking at Dunblane railway station, and we hope that a solution will be found soon. I ask the minister to consider seriously the case that is also being made for a rail halt to the east of Stirling at the site of a major growth area, which is...

Scottish Parliament: International Women's Day (8 Mar 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: We are definitely not weak. In celebrating international women's day, let us not forget about the struggles of the past, such as the protests that started all this off. The protests, which took place on 8 March 1857 at the clothing and textile factories in New York, were about poor working conditions and low wages. Despite the fact that the women were attacked and dispersed by the police,...

Scottish Parliament: Beauly to Denny Power Line (Childhood Leukaemia) (22 Feb 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: Is it not correct to say that undergrounding can be done in different ways and that the cable can have a covering that is strong enough to reduce the electromagnetic radiation significantly?

Scottish Parliament: Beauly to Denny Power Line (Childhood Leukaemia) (22 Feb 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: Does Mr Gibson agree that one of the main issues is that we do not know exactly where the line will go?

Scottish Parliament: Beauly to Denny Power Line (Childhood Leukaemia) (22 Feb 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: Having made representations on the matter on several occasions to the Public Petitions Committee on behalf of the Stirling Before Pylons action group and the petitioner in question, Caroline Paterson, I welcome this very important debate. Stirling Before Pylons is very much a joint action group, whose membership is made up of constituents in the Stirling and Ochil constituencies. However, the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Enterprise: Scottish Enterprise (22 Feb 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive when Scottish Enterprise will make a public statement regarding its reorganisation and the future role of local enterprise companies, such as Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/29) (8 Feb 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: Like Michael McMahon, I have served on the Local Government Committee, now the Local Government and Transport Committee, since 1999. Over the years, we have had considerable discussion about local government finance generally as well as about the budget process, so I could see where Michael McMahon was coming from when he put a question to the minister during a discussion about the 2006-07...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/29) (8 Feb 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: No, I must go on. The minister acknowledged that there will be some tough decisions for councils under the current system but, in the medium to long term, the council tax can be adjusted to make it more efficient and fairer to everyone. We pointed out in the committee that the Executive could look at how to improve council tax benefit take-up, which is a genuine issue that was mentioned...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/29) (8 Feb 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: I am sorry, but I must make some progress. I have a lot to say. We need a positive climate in which everyone can find practical solutions that address problems of local government finance. A number of speakers mentioned equal pay and single status agreements. Such on-going issues must be discussed and I was pleased to hear the minister reaffirm his commitment to having an on-going dialogue...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Planning Inquiries (Community Engagement) (2 Feb 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures and resources it can provide to enable local authorities, communities and individuals to promote effective representations at formal public inquiries into major planning applications, such as for the Beauly to Denny power lines. (S2O-8859)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Planning Inquiries (Community Engagement) (2 Feb 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: I thank the minister for that clarification. However, she will be aware of the massive legal fees that are involved when local groups make representations to a public inquiry and the pressures on the budgets of local authorities—particularly on those of small councils, such as Stirling Council in my area, which must set aside nearly £500,000 for putting its case. Will the Executive...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (1 Feb 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: As has already been mentioned, the Scottish service tax has been debated several tines. However, today's debate is particularly important because more information is available, and not just about the tax, from the evidence that witnesses gave to the Local Government and Transport Committee, which led to the stage 1 report. I thank the convener, committee members and clerks for all the hard...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (1 Feb 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: I made that point in committee and John Park of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, said: "The wider issue of retention is something that struck me when I read the paper. We could take it on the chin if some jobs and professions went, but in respect of others such as those Dr Jackson mentioned, there would be severe implications if such people were to consider leaving Scotland because of the...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (1 Feb 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: In addition to the three issues that I have raised, there were many others.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1: "Forests for Scotland" (26 Jan 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: I thank the minister for the strategy that she outlined today. Has the minister considered the role of the Forestry Commission in flood prevention? Some flood prevention measures, such as those that are being trialled around Callander, are simple but extremely effective.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Waiting Times (Out-patients) (26 Jan 2006)

Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what new measures it will put in place to reduce the longest waiting times for hospital treatment, particularly for out-patient appointments. (S2O-8803)


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