Results 241–260 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

Scottish Parliament: Dairy Industry (6 Apr 2000)

George Lyon: Will the member give way? He cannot be allowed to get away with it. He is arguing that co-operation is the way ahead for the dairy industry. It was his party in government that destroyed co-operation in the milk industry in 1994. The milk industry fought against the break-up of the milk marketing boards at that time, but his Government drove it through and destroyed the power of the farmers...

Scottish Parliament: Dairy Industry (6 Apr 2000)

George Lyon: Many farming families are under severe pressure and need assistance and independent advice. Does Richard Lochhead accept the idea, which I have been pushing, that a farming task force should be established to address the problems that currently face the farming industry?

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture Strategy (6 Apr 2000)

George Lyon: I welcome the document, which represents a step forward in the short term. I want to draw the minister's attention to two issues: the enlargement of the European Union and the decisions of the World Trade Organisation. Currently, agriculture is absolutely and utterly dependent on production-linked subsidies, which are vital to every farming business in Scotland. However, under the current WTO...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Farmers: Farmers (6 Apr 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support farming families who have low or negative incomes.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Community Care: Community Care (13 Apr 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what allocation of development funding Argyll and Clyde Health Board has made (a) this year and (b) over the last four years in Argyll and Bute in order to facilitate the transfer of elderly and long stay patients in acute services to either appropriate residential or nursing home care or to return to care in the community, and which geographic areas received funding.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Flood Prevention: Flood Prevention (14 Apr 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have applied for grant assistance to implement anti-flooding measures; whether grant assistance for anti-flooding measures will be made available to both private and commercial properties, and on what basis financial bids must be submitted.

Scottish Parliament: Caledonian MacBrayne (27 Apr 2000)

George Lyon: I thank the minister for her statement. The communities in my constituency will be stunned to hear today's announcement that the European Commission is interfering in the provision of a lifeline shipping service in the western isles. There will be great concern in the affected communities about the future of the routes and about some of the issues that have already been raised. I ask for the...

Scottish Parliament: Sport (4 May 2000)

George Lyon: I would like to talk about our real national game, which dates back some 2,000 years: shinty. I was delighted that the minister attended a presentation last night on how the problems facing our national game may be overcome. The minister may play a vital role in overcoming some of those problems. I have some information for those members who are not aware of shinty, where it is played or...

Scottish Parliament: Sport (4 May 2000)

George Lyon: I thank the member. I had been going to mention that, but she has taken half of my speech. Like football, which some regard as our national game, every Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, thousands of players throughout the Highlands and Islands, and indeed throughout Scotland, play shinty. Unlike football, we do not kick off; we throw up—that is the official title. My recollection of football...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Schools: Schools (8 May 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what formula is currently used by local authorities to calculate school capacities and what plans it has to review it in the light of educational and social changes in recent decades.

Scottish Parliament: State of the Nation (10 May 2000)

George Lyon: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: State of the Nation (10 May 2000)

George Lyon: This has been our first chance to debate the SNP's flagship policy of independence, and it has been illuminating. It has highlighted the contradictions at the heart of SNP policy: contradictions in its ideas about the route map to independence, the kind of Scotland it would want after independence and whether to be constructive in the Parliament. The SNP's answer to everything has been that...

Scottish Parliament: State of the Nation (10 May 2000)

George Lyon: Today's motion has nothing to do with creating Scottish solutions—

Scottish Parliament: State of the Nation (10 May 2000)

George Lyon: Today's motion has nothing to do with creating Scottish solutions for Scottish problems. Alex Salmond wants to advance the proposition that the SNP is a credible Government in waiting for Scotland. Yet when the spotlight is on nationalist policies there is nothing there but contradiction, opportunism and a party riven between fundamentalists and gradualists. There is nothing that will deliver...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Air Services: Air Services (10 May 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were applied in the decision to award the contract to operate the Glasgow–Tiree and Glasgow–Campbeltown air services.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Air Services: Air Services (10 May 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list all operators who submitted bids to operate the Glasgow–Tiree and Glasgow–Campbeltown air services, highlighting those bids which entailed the use of Twin Otter aircraft.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Air Services: Air Services (10 May 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times Loganair have cancelled flights to Tiree since November 1999 and how often the company has been penalised as a result of these cancellations.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Air Services: Air Services (10 May 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps will be taken to monitor Loganair’s performance in fulfilling its contractual obligations and to outline what sanctions are in place should the company fail to meet these obligations.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Schools: Schools (11 May 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what national guidelines are in place for local authorities in determining the criteria for rural schools closures.

Scottish Parliament: Agricultural Holdings (17 May 2000)

George Lyon: I declare an interest. I am a tenant farmer and, in my previous life, I led the negotiations on behalf of the NFU with the SLF on attempts to reach agreement on the minimum length of tenancy. I welcome today's announcement, which represents a significant shift in power from the landlord to the tenant.


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