Results 1901–1920 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007 (Draft) (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I can confirm that that is correct. I am talking about the general principles behind the order. It is clear that someone who is expected to work in London until 10 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, 7 pm on Wednesdays, 6 pm on Thursdays and 2.30 pm on Fridays would have some trouble performing his duty of serving his constituents or indeed attempting to be First Minister of Scotland, let alone...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007 (Draft) (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: This has certainly been an interesting debate. Usually, my good colleague and friend, Mr Morgan, is a calm, collected and level-headed gentleman in debates. We must have hit a raw nerve, judging from his speech. First, I turn to some of the technical points in the order. The purpose of the order is to update the Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2003 (SI 2003/409) by applying the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007 (Draft) (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Those people should have someone who is willing to offer their full attention, full time for the full term. I ask members to lend their support by approving the order, which will enable it to be considered by the Privy Council in February. I hope that all parties support the principle behind the order.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General: Ministerial Attendance at Constituency Events (Guidelines) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: The requested information is not held in such a format. Ministerial diaries retain a record of engagements that have been carried out. However, I assure the member that ministers will give due consideration to all invitations from members of the Scottish Parliament to visit their constituencies.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General: Ministerial Attendance at Constituency Events (Guidelines) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Sandra White's allegation is inaccurate. Ms Jamieson attended the Labour Party meeting that she mentioned in her capacity as a Labour representative, and not as a minister. I repeat: ministers will give due consideration to all invitations from members to visit their constituencies.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Relocation Policy (Small Units) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: To date, the Scottish ministers have relocated small units to a number of fragile rural communities, including Dingwall, Tain, Campbeltown, Kinlochleven, Alloa, Dumfries and Tiree. The Executive remains committed to the establishment of small units in fragile rural or remote areas of Scotland. The relocation guide that was published last year sets out the detail that underpins that...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Relocation Policy (Small Units) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I am very much aware of the success of the transfer of jobs to the Borders through the Scottish Public Pensions Agency. I am also very aware that all areas of Scotland seek to be allocated the benefits of that policy. In discussions at the Finance Committee I indicated the need, in moving the policy on, fully to consider geographical targeting.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Relocation Policy (Small Units) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I understand Mr Swinney's point. As I said in my previous answer, all areas of Scotland are keen to experience the benefits of the relocation policy—that bears down heavily upon me—and geographical targeting may be an area that we should consider in trying to progress that policy.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Local Government Funding (Inverclyde) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: We want a local taxation system that is fair and proportionate, not just for working families in Inverclyde but for people right across Scotland. That was why we set up the Burt committee. We are now examining the committee's report and we will make a decision on the way forward in due course and in the light of all the facts.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Local Government Funding (Inverclyde) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: A number of views have been expressed in the Burt committee's report, one of which—recommendation 3—was that the council tax should not be retained in its current form. As I said in my previous answer, ministers will have to consider all the facts in the committee's report. We will reflect on that and in due course we will produce a way forward.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Local Government Funding (Inverclyde) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Far be it from me to move from my neutral position on the matter but, as I said, a number of views are expressed in the Burt committee's report. It is up to all members to consider closely the facts that are set out there, to reflect on them and to come to a view on the right way forward. That is what the Scottish ministers intend to do.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Relocation Policy (UK Civil Service Jobs) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Our aim is to encourage the relocation of UK public sector posts to Scotland alongside our own relocation strategy within Scotland. Executive officials are working closely with Scottish Development International to communicate to UK departments the potential benefits of operating from all parts of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I take it that Mr Neil is implying that he will defend only the constituencies that have a Ministry of Defence base in them. That is what he is saying if his position is that it is only the defence spending that occurs in a constituency in which there is a defence base that he is willing to take into account. He is saying that none of the benefits of the wider defence budget accrues to...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: This has been an interesting debate. It is quite interesting to note that, in the various speeches, there seems to be some agreement about the Executive's spending plans for 2007-08.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: That is already recognised through our cities growth fund, and much extra spending is devoted to Edinburgh to ensure that its capital status is reinforced and that it gets the proper resources to invest in its future. I hope now to make some progress. As no amendments were lodged to the actual budgets, I conclude that not only are we all agreed on the need for the bill but that we seem to...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I am actually deputy finance minister.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: What I stated was the current position, and the member will see the detail in our manifesto once it is published. I have no doubt that he will be delighted to read it. Members have raised a number of important issues during the debate, and I will try to address some of them now. Mr Mather said once again that there is a great need to make Scotland more competitive and, as the SNP always says,...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Given that we now know that monetary policy will be reserved to, and interest rates set by, the Bank of England, the only tools that are left to the SNP to make the economy more competitive are fiscal. We have heard that it intends to cut corporation tax, although it has not told us how it will afford that. It might be useful—given that fiscal policy will be its only tool—if it were to...


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