Results 201–220 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: I am just about to address that issue. The ability of Scottish industry to overcome the problems of sterling and interest rates should not make us complacent. As John Swinney mentioned, Peter Hughes, speaking on behalf of the engineering industry on "Good Morning Scotland" today, said that he believed that the voice of the manufacturing sector was not being heard by the independent monetary...

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: As Alex Neil will know, the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee is considering such issues; we are studying ways in which Scottish Enterprise and its various component parts can be radically overhauled. It is vital for the longer-term success of the Scottish manufacturing sector, our export sector and our primary industries that strong economic arguments are deployed in favour of...

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: The fact that no fees will be payable this year will induce many more students to go to university. The new grants scheme that will come into operation next year will enable an even greater number of young people from low-income backgrounds to go to university, which is what we want. The Executive's announcement is therefore very welcome. I was pleased that the minister highlighted one of...

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: To both?

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: If we are to believe that the SNP meant its promises to spend all that money, that would mean massive increases—

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: I have to wind up.

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: Okay, I will give way.

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: That is rich coming from Fergus Ewing, given the amount of money that he would spend. Charles Kennedy was, as he said yesterday, referring to Westminster and not to the Scottish Parliament's powers to raise taxes, as John Swinney well knows— [Interruption.] Just calm down, John. An independent Scotland would be the most highly taxed, most uncompetitive economy in Europe. It would be bad for...

Scottish Parliament: Cashpoint Services (15 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: I support Elaine Murray's motion. The proposals to introduce charges on withdrawals from cash machines must be resisted. Over the past five years, 275 branches of the four Scottish banks have closed. The banks were quick to realise that computers and machines were cheap alternatives to providing a member of staff behind a counter in an expensive building. Banks have saved millions of pounds...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Rural Housing (16 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what Scottish Homes' spending plans for rural areas are for the coming year. (S1O-1376)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Rural Housing (16 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: I thank the minister for her answer and welcome the extra spending. Is she aware that there is a shortage of rented housing in mid-Argyll, with waiting lists of up to 200 in a small rural community? Can Argyll and Bute expect to benefit from the extra spending? Also, can the minister give a guarantee that the Executive is responding to the concerns of rural communities, such as mid-Argyll,...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Air Routes (Islay, Campbeltown and Tiree) (23 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive when an announcement will be made on a new operator for the Islay, Campbeltown and Tiree air routes. (S1O-1413)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Air Routes (Islay, Campbeltown and Tiree) (23 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: I inform the minister of the widespread concern in the Tiree community about the use of the Twin Otter aircraft for the service. There is real concern about the ability of that aircraft to serve the needs of the community. I ask that the minister monitor closely the service provision for Barra, Campbeltown and Tiree and take action if Loganair fails to deliver what the local community...

Scottish Parliament: Genetic Modification Science (23 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: Will Alex Johnstone give way?

Scottish Parliament: Genetic Modification Science (23 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: May I remind Alex Johnstone of exactly what did happen, as opposed to the sanitised version that he gave a minute ago? The scientific advice was right in the 1980s; the big problem was that it was not implemented.

Scottish Parliament: Argyll Forest Park (29 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: I first say a big thank you to Tom McCabe for moving the motion that allowed us to bring the previous debate to a speedy conclusion and to bring members' business forward. I should stress how important the issue that we are debating is for those of my constituents living in the Cowal peninsula. The inclusion of Argyll forest park in the first national park in Scotland would do a lot to bring...

Scottish Parliament: Argyll Forest Park (29 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: I will accept what the minister just said. [Laughter.]

Scottish Parliament: Spending Allocations 2000-01 (30 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Spending Allocations 2000-01 (30 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: I see that I have fans already. On behalf of the Scottish Liberal Democrat party, I welcome the Executive's announcement. I am sure that the massive increase in health and education spending will be welcomed by all those who are involved in the day-to-day delivery of those key services. The additional funding will reverse years of neglect under previous Administrations. I ask the minister to...

Scottish Parliament: Public Appointments (30 Mar 2000)

George Lyon: When Alex Neil mentioned the chairman of SEPA, I was not sure whether he was arguing for a decrease in the chairman's salary or an increase in his own. No doubt he will clarify that later. In reviewing the system of public appointments, we must pursue the key objective that everyone who serves on public bodies enjoys public confidence through being seen to be appointed by a fair, open and...


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