Results 2001–2020 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: The member has made a valid point. However, alcohol is even cheaper in many southern European countries than it is here, but they do not have the cultural problems with alcohol that Scotland has. They do not have binge drinking problems and do not experience the after-effects of such drinking that we see in our communities. What is his view on that?

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: There is a consensus among members about the importance of the subject. Several important issues have been raised during the debate, but every one of us acknowledges that achieving the aim of changing Scotland's attitude to alcohol is not an easy proposition. There is a deep-seated culture in Scotland of people being unable to enjoy a night out unless it involves copious or at least moderate...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: I am not convinced that that would be the magic bullet that would cure everything, but I am sure that that proposal, among others, will continue to be discussed as we consider what further action we need to take. I will deal with a couple of issues that have been raised. Several members mentioned proof-of-age schemes. The new Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 requires off-sales premises to obtain...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: That is certainly one approach. Local authorities have powers to ban the consumption of alcohol in public places. In my constituency, those powers have been used in Dunoon, where a huge problem of alcohol abuse and drinking in the streets was associated with the Cowal games. The situation has certainly improved. The Executive has a long-term vision for changing culture and behaviours over the...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: I assure the chamber that, where further statutory measures are necessary, we will bring them before Parliament. As many members have said, this debate is about changing culture and behaviours over the coming decade, pursuing a collaborative approach with the alcohol industry and creating a society where alcohol misuse is no longer acceptable. Of course, Government has a role to play, but...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: If anyone had suggested 10 years ago that the Scottish Parliament would introduce a smoking ban to widespread acclaim, many would have doubted their sanity and their grip on reality. Nevertheless, the culture has shifted.

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: On this issue, we can make progress and change Scotland's culture. An inclusive approach is—

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: I listed four or five measures to ban promotions in off-sales. Clearly, they will not happen until measures in the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 come into force. I argue that we need to determine the impact of those measures before we decide to go further. Research has been done to establish the link between off-sales and antisocial behaviour and drunkenness outside off-sales premises. On the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Whistleblowing (8 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: Statutory guidance made under the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 requires local authorities to have in place effective policies on fraud prevention and investigation and whistleblowing. It is for local authorities to establish those procedures and ensure that they are appropriate. On the particular matter that Colin Fox raised, I understand that the City of Edinburgh Council is today...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Whistleblowing (8 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 is United Kingdom legislation that provides protection for workers who blow the whistle on, or raise a genuine concern about, malpractice. The 1998 act protects genuine whistleblowers from being victimised as a result of their actions, through, for example, reassignment of duties, failure to award salary increases and dismissal. When the whistleblower...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Public-private Partnership (Guidance) (8 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: It is the responsibility of each local authority, as the procuring body, to ensure that its PPP project is affordable for the full length of the contract. It is a condition of any part-funding support provided by the Executive for a local authority PPP project that the local authority confirms to us that the project is affordable and that the local authority has the resources to carry it out.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Public-private Partnership (Guidance) (8 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: It is not for me to comment on South Ayrshire Council's decisions. As with some other schools PPP projects, South Ayrshire Council identified an affordability gap during procurement, but it was bridged prior to financial close. As the procuring body, the local authority must ensure that it can afford any project that it undertakes. It is up to the local authority to decide how it will...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Public-private Partnership (Guidance) (8 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: I understand that Architecture Scotland is already working with us on that issue.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Efficiency Savings (8 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: As we have always made clear, the recommendations of the budget review report are being considered as part of the preparation for the next spending review. The budget review report will be published when the spending review is completed. The public will be able to assess savings as part of the normal budget scrutiny process following the publication of the spending plans of the next...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Efficiency Savings (8 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: As the member will know, advice to ministers is always protected. Ministers have always made it clear that once the spending review has been completed, the report will be made public. Indeed, a future Administration might decide to take an alternative position. However, today we give the guarantee that the Howat report will be published as part of the spending review in 2007.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Efficiency Savings (8 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: The minister made his position on the matter very clear yesterday. He and I agree that that money might have been better spent on investing in and improving services for our islanders. However, we have to comply with EU rules and regulations in this area. To date, none of the Opposition parties, which have traipsed many times to Brussels, has come back with an alternative view on how to...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Challenge 21 (8 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: The Executive is committed to tackling underage drinking, which includes addressing the availability of alcohol, and we welcome initiatives such as challenge 21. I visited a local Co-op not so long ago to see the good work that is being done to ensure that anyone who tries to buy alcohol demonstrates that they are of age. As part of our updated plan for action on alcohol problems, we will...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Challenge 21 (8 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: The roll-out of test purchasing throughout Scotland will mean that all off-sales and on-sales premises will need to ensure that they require people who buy alcohol to prove that they are the right age on a no proof, no sale basis. Test purchasing is the real driver in ensuring that responsible on-sales and off-sales premises challenge anyone who buys alcohol to prove that they are the right...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Civil Service Relocation: Civil Service Relocation (9 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: All local authority areas, including Stirling, are considered for all location reviews. A full list of location reviews is available on our website at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/Relocation/Stor yFar. We are committed to the principle of dispersing public sector jobs all across Scotland and work with local authorities and local enterprise companies, including Stirling, to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Alcohol Misuse: Alcohol Misuse (12 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: The information requested is presented in the following tables. (a) Alcohol-Related Deaths1 by Parliamentary Constituency, 2001-05 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Scotland 1,398 1,487 1,525 1,478 1,513 Aberdeen Central 24 19 13 14 23 Aberdeen North 13 11 8 11 10 Aberdeen South 15 15 15 14 17 Airdrie and Shotts 20 26 24 29 26 Angus 15 16 19 21 17 ...


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