Results 1461–1480 of 1578 for speaker:John Lamont

Scottish Parliament written answers — School Meals: School Meals (13 Dec 2007)

John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring and assessment mechanisms are in place to analyse the effectiveness of the free school meals pilot in the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Land: Land (6 Dec 2007)

John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities are permitted to sell property at a price that they consider to represent best value, even in circumstances where this does not represent the highest price.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Procurement: Procurement (27 Nov 2007)

John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-5450 by John Swinney on 26 October 2007, whether it will install water coolers connected to the public supply in its Victoria Quay offices.

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (22 Nov 2007)

John Lamont: I am pleased that we have an opportunity to debate the ending of domestic abuse against women, although it is sad that, in 2007, Scottish society is still wrestling with the problem despite the efforts of many people, including those in Government agencies and voluntary groups, to raise awareness of such abuse. Domestic violence is an atrocious and inexcusable crime that has been proven to...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Waverley Line (Costs) (22 Nov 2007)

John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government what the current estimated building costs are for the Waverley railway line to Galashiels. (S3O-1294)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Sustainable Growth: Waverley Line (Costs) (22 Nov 2007)

John Lamont: The minister will be aware that Scottish Borders Council is to fund part of the railway project's cost and that it is doing what it can, through developers' funds, to put arrangements in place to provide that funding. However, will he give me and the council a guarantee that he will not allow council tax levels to increase or front-line services to be cut to fund the railway project?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Weeds Act 1959: Weeds Act 1959 (22 Nov 2007)

John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to extend the Weeds Act 1959 to cover non-agricultural land.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Legal Services Market (15 Nov 2007)

John Lamont: I declare an interest as a member of the Law Society of England and Wales. I was a practising solicitor with Brodies until June 2007. Like many others who have taken part in the debate, the Scottish Conservatives congratulate the Law Society of Scotland on recognising the need for change in an increasingly competitive environment. We—as is the Government—are attracted by the idea that...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 (15 Nov 2007)

John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in relation to the proposed ragwort welfare code under sections 37 and 38 of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Europe, External Affairs and Culture: "Making the Act of Union" Exhibition (8 Nov 2007)

John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make efforts to find a permanent public home for the "Making the Act of Union" exhibition after it leaves the Parliament. (S3O-1090)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Europe, External Affairs and Culture: "Making the Act of Union" Exhibition (8 Nov 2007)

John Lamont: Does the minister agree that, given the great economic and cultural benefits that Scotland has enjoyed by being part of the United Kingdom, the subject should be promoted more in our schools? Does she therefore agree that the Act of Union exhibition should remain in Scotland and could be toured around some of our schools to demonstrate the importance of Scotland remaining part of the United...

Scottish Parliament: Alternative Dispute Resolution (1 Nov 2007)

John Lamont: As Gavin Brown did, I start by declaring a slight interest in that, as a former practising solicitor, I am still on the roll for England and Wales. I started life as a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London before I graduated to Brodies in Edinburgh. Both were tremendous firms for court work—I am probably here as a result of that.

Scottish Parliament: Alternative Dispute Resolution (1 Nov 2007)

John Lamont: Indeed. The debate has reminded me of all the reasons why I was not a court lawyer. I focused on commercial property, which in my opinion was much more interesting. Alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, conciliation, arbitration and the use of ombudsmen can be a more cost-effective, more rapid and less stressful form of civil justice. It can resolve minor conflicts—especially...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Roads: Roads (1 Nov 2007)

John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to upgrade the A1 in Berwickshire.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Nutrition: Nutrition (31 Oct 2007)

John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-3424 by Shona Robison on 6 September 2007, whether it will ensure that the provision of fresh drinking water is included in all future nutritional standards and guidance and adopt the policy of considering such provision as part of any future health strategy.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Nutrition: Nutrition (31 Oct 2007)

John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S3W-3424 and S3W-3425 by Shona Robison on 6 September and 27 August 2007 respectively, whether it will make it explicit in the national minimum care standards for care homes that service users must have access to fresh drinking water throughout the day and that it should be offered regularly to them.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Water Supply: Water Supply (31 Oct 2007)

John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-4525 by Michael Russell on 26 September 2007, whether there are any legal obligations under existing regulations for central or local government to provide a water supply or reinstate one that has run out.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Government Expenditure: Scottish Government Expenditure (26 Oct 2007)

John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how many litres of bottled water, including water from water coolers, were purchased by its office at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, in 2006 and at what cost.

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol (25 Oct 2007)

John Lamont: Excessive alcohol consumption is a growing problem throughout Scotland, including in my constituency in the Borders. Lifestyles and the way in which alcohol is presented have changed. Increasingly, alcohol is used simply as a means to get drunk as quickly as possible rather than as a means to relax and socialise. Recent statistics show that alcohol abuse is extending its harmful effects to...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol (25 Oct 2007)

John Lamont: Indeed. I agree. Men and women in Scotland drink more frequently than men and women in England. Men and women in Scotland are also more likely to exceed the daily benchmarks. Scotland has one of the highest rates of alcohol consumption in the United Kingdom, and we rank among the top 15 countries in the world on this issue. Excessive alcohol consumption has also contributed a significant...


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