Results 1941–1960 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Fireworks Ban (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The Scottish Executive is in regular contact with the UK Government on a wide range of issues, including fireworks. We continue to monitor the effectiveness of regulations that have been made under the Fireworks Act 2003 but we do not believe that a case has been made for further controls at present.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Fireworks Ban (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I am aware that close to 100 representations on the problems of fireworks have been made by the member's constituents and have been passed to the DTI. I will undertake to examine the response that her constituents received. I reassure her that the Executive is always willing to examine the issue in the light of such representations to see whether a case could be made for further...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Fireworks Ban (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: As I said in my previous answer, we have examined the letters that have been sent to us. We are aware of the representations that Charlie Gordon and other members have made. As I said in my answer to Margaret Jamieson, we are always willing, in the light of representations, to consider whether a case can be made for going further on the matter.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cancer: Cancer (2 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The information requested is given in the table Mortality rates for skin cancer, by parliamentary constituency, 1995-2005 a copy of which is available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Bib. number 41643).

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cancer: Cancer (2 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The information requested is given in the table Deaths from lung cancer, by parliamentary constituency, 1999 – 2005 a copy of which is available in the Parliament’s Reference Centre (Bib number 41645). As requested, the table presents the absolute numbers of deaths from cancer. However, because the population of Scotland is ageing, these may give a false impression of trends in the risk...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: How does the member explain his position, given that when they were in Government, the Tories used capping to ensure that that did not happen?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I am sure that the member recognises that, since the Liberal-Labour Administration came to power, council tax rises in Scotland have been only 33 per cent over the period.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: As always, we have had an interesting and sometimes constructive debate, and a number of points have been raised during the past hour and a half. Let me deal first with the Conservative amendment, which calls for a reduction in the ring fencing of grants to local authorities. As others have pointed out, only 9.9 per cent of the 2007-08 core local finance settlement will be ring fenced. The...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: As I said, 9.9 per cent of the local government finance settlement for this year is ring fenced. The rest is not ring fenced and is left for local authorities to decide their priorities. Within that 9.9 per cent, 97.2 per cent of the ring-fenced sums are for police or education-related grants. The charge of too much ring fencing does not add up and it does not stand up to scrutiny. Mr...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: When the question was put to Mr Morgan, he gave the game away, because he could not tell us what the SNP would put in place to fund services once the freeze was introduced. The reality of the SNP's budget and promises would be service cuts, because the SNP cannot tell us how much it would promise to local government.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Comparing £56 million with the settlement that has been announced today says it all. The SNP is looking at cuts to services or its sums do not add up. I will move on to the points that Mr Muldoon made. He identified that, as a result of the Executive's generosity in the past seven years and of the record increase in central financing to local government, we have better services for the...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Do you want me to sit down?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The distribution formula that has been agreed with COSLA ensures that every council will benefit from increases of 4.8 per cent next year. Several members have highlighted that there is concern about the distribution formula.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: If he had looked at Argyll and Bute Council's budget for this year, Mr McGrigor would know that under the elderly care budget heading, that council has spent approximately £6 million below the GAE figure. Therefore, we know exactly why care for the elderly is not being delivered in Argyll and Bute and why there is a waiting list there. Local government is committed to driving down council...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Council Tax: Council Tax (8 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The Scottish Parliament may legislate to create exemptions from council tax for specified groups of people. Scottish ministers supported the Prime Minister’s announcement in October 2006 that he would look into providing support for the council tax costs of service personnel on operations overseas. Discussions between officials from the Department of Communities and Local Government and the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Microsoft Vista (8 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The Scottish Executive is currently reviewing its technical computer platform and will be considering all options in the light of its business requirements and information strategy.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Microsoft Vista (8 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: As I said to the member in my initial response, we are currently reviewing our technology base. In that review, open-source solutions will be considered alongside proprietary ones, and information and communications technology procurement and contracts will continue to be awarded on a best-value basis. All options are being considered, and the next technology upgrade could be an open-source...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Off-sales (8 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 is a major step forward for the licensed trade, and the changes that are being introduced are being welcomed by responsible operators. As the member will be aware, the Executive has commissioned a study to examine the relationship between off-sales and the social impacts of irresponsible drinking. The findings will be published shortly, and we will then...


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