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Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Caledonian MacBrayne (27 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in his previous post, the new Caledonian MacBrayne chairman Harold Mills ever gave advice to ministers regarding the possible privatisation of Caledonian MacBrayne and, if so, what that advice was. (S1O-997)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Caledonian MacBrayne (27 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: In his former position, did the new chairman of Caledonian MacBrayne ever give previous Administrations advice on the setting up of the Campbeltown-Ballycastle service?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Geese: Geese (28 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1898 by Sarah Boyack on 25 October 1999, when the final report of the National Goose Forum will be published, what provisions have been made for community consultation in relation to the report’s recommendations and what timescale will exist for their implementation.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rural Affairs: Rural Affairs (2 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total administration costs are for all Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department current schemes, and whether these costs are met from within the schemes’ funds or from a separate budget.

Scottish Parliament: British-Irish Council (2 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: The interest and focus of much of this debate centres on happenings in Northern Ireland. It is good to see this institution lending tremendous support to our colleagues in Northern Ireland in the hope that they can see their way through their current difficulties. There are very strong bonds between Scotland and Ireland. I have many relations on both sides of my family who live in Ireland. In...

Scottish Parliament: British-Irish Council (2 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: I must wind up. Argyll means the boundary of the hinterland of the Gael. The very name suggests the idea of a cultural crossroads. As the First Minister knows, I have added my support to an initiative to bring the council of the isles to Islay—I hope that the Executive will do everything it can to support that cause.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (3 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (3 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: rose—

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (3 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: We have heard Duncan Hamilton mention numerous figures. Can he say to what figure the SNP believes spending should rise? Is it the French figure or is it the German figure?

Scottish Parliament: Air Transport (3 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: As my colleague Tavish Scott said, today's debate should be renamed the Ayr by-election debate. The issues that we are debating are vital for Scotland, as Kenny MacAskill and Mr Neil pointed out. I want to deal with the privatisation of the NATS system. As Tavish made very clear, the Liberal Democrats are opposed to that privatisation. We believe that real concerns exist over safety, which...

Scottish Parliament: Air Transport (3 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: I have only three minutes, Murray; you had your six-minute rant, so you have said more than enough. We ask that the UK Government reconsider the matter and address the safety issues that have been raised. Alternatives exist; as we have seen with the Post Office, other mechanisms can be used. As our motion notes, air traffic control is a reserved matter and, as such, the fight needs to be...

Scottish Parliament: Air Transport (3 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: Not one SNP MP spoke for Gavin Strang's amendment against privatisation and only one voted for it.

Scottish Parliament: Air Transport (3 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: Poor Alasdair Morgan was the only MP whom the SNP could persuade to make the effort to travel to London for this important issue for Scotland. When he got there, such was the importance of the matter that he did not even bother to speak. That demonstrates how important the issue really is to the SNP. Today's debate is nothing more than gesture politics of the worst kind—the kind that brings...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Environment: Environment (7 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to ensure the protection of the environment in the light of the announcement that the Scottish NATO Pol organisation has applied to the Health and Safety Executive for a variation license to handle certain explosives at Loch Striven.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Geese: Geese (8 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive in what form it will publish the report and recommendations of the National Goose Forum.

Scottish Parliament: Knowledge Economy (9 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: In terms of motherhood and apple pie, I have some sympathy with the views expressed by Margo MacDonald. Nevertheless, whether we like it or not, the knowledge economy is very important to the future of Scotland. If anyone doubts the worldwide revolution that is currently taking place, they have only to look at the performance of the dotcom shares on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Multi-million...

Scottish Parliament: Knowledge Economy (9 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: If the member had waited a moment, he would have found that I was just coming to that. The major barriers to businesses operating in remote areas are high fuel costs, high transport costs—and, in the case of island areas, ferry fares—and lack of local markets. However, knowledge-based businesses cause such barriers to disappear. Rural areas are immediately on a footing with urban areas....

Scottish Parliament written answers — Caledonian MacBrayne: Caledonian MacBrayne (10 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in his previous post as Secretary, Scottish Office Development Department, the new Caledonian MacBrayne Chairman Harold Mills ever briefed Ministers on any aspect of the Campbeltown-Ballycastle ferry route and, if so, what the content of these briefings was.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Caledonian MacBrayne: Caledonian MacBrayne (10 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in his previous position as Secretary of the Scottish Office Development Department, the new Caledonian MacBrayne Chairman Harold Mills ever briefed Ministers on any aspect of the Gourock-Dunoon ferry route and, if so, what the content of these briefings was.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Enterprise (10 Feb 2000)

George Lyon: I, too, welcome this chance to debate the future of the enterprise structures in Scotland. On 9 December, Henry McLeish announced the Executive review of Scottish Enterprise and we welcome today the publication of the consultation paper. However, it should be recognised that the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee is midway through an in-depth review of the delivery of service. I was...


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