Results 41–60 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

Scottish Parliament: Salmon Farming (16 Sep 1999)

George Lyon: I, too, welcome this debate, initiated by my colleague Tavish Scott. The salmon farming industry is important to Argyll and Bute, where it employs around 1,000 people directly and indirectly. Many businesses have been badly hit by the ISA outbreak. It affects not only direct employment, but many of the small businesses in our remote rural areas that rely on a successful salmon farming...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (16 Sep 1999)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to follow the Land Reform Policy Group’s recommendation that the Scottish Law Commission be invited to review and revise the law of the foreshore and seabed and, in light of the numerous and protracted disputes over the ownership of the seabed around Scotland, what plans it has to review the powers of the Crown Estate in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (22 Sep 1999)

George Lyon: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (22 Sep 1999)

George Lyon: Just a very short one.

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (22 Sep 1999)

George Lyon: How many times have SNP members been at Westminster, lobbying hard on this subject? I take it that their attendance has been 100 per cent.

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (22 Sep 1999)

George Lyon: I am tempted to ask whether Fergus is one of the lucky few who have sighted the Loch Ness monster, and whether he has done so recently. He might answer that one outside the chamber. I welcome the debate. It sends a strong signal to the Scottish tourism industry of how much we in the Parliament value its contribution to the Scottish economy. That is an important statement to make. I will...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (22 Sep 1999)

George Lyon: Our customers must have a clear understanding of those benchmarks and know exactly what to expect and to whom they should complain if their expectations have not been satisfied. Most important, sanctions must be in place if benchmarks are not met regularly. With those easily understood and rigorously applied quality standards in place, bad experiences should be eliminated. That will allow...

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing and Industrial Strategy (29 Sep 1999)

George Lyon: I welcome this debate on the manufacturing strategy. It is important to underline the Executive's determination to strengthen Scotland's manufacturing base. We must remember that, although the manufacturing base has declined over the past 18 years, it still represents 22 per cent of Scotland's gross domestic product. Indeed, the combined manufacturing and construction sector accounts for a...

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing and Industrial Strategy (29 Sep 1999)

George Lyon: I am about to finish. There are real benefits in joining—lower interest rates, greater stability and a more realistic exchange rate, which would all hugely benefit the agriculture, fishing and timber industries. It is high time that the Labour Government at Westminster came off the fence and took on the little-Englander, Eurosceptic attitudes that are so prevalent in the Tory party, whose...

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

George Lyon: rose —

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

George Lyon: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

George Lyon: As usual, Kenny shows tremendous vision but gives no indication of how he means to pay for all his proposals—that is typical of the SNP. It was interesting to hear David Davidson say what a wonderful legacy Jack McConnell, the Minister for Finance, had inherited.

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

George Lyon: I think that it was David who claimed that the Conservatives had left that legacy. I have had a look at the figures. What a wonderful legacy, indeed: £15.9 billion was spent in Scotland in 1994-95; that figure fell to £15.147 billion by 1997-98. I welcome the announcement by the Minister for Finance. There is new money and new spending—£80 million is to be spent on education, which is...

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

George Lyon: As Nicola Sturgeon will know, the partnership agreement included a £600 million commitment for capital projects. Moreover, £80 million is a lot more than the SNP will deliver over the four years of this Parliament. The extra money is coming through as a result of the partnership agreement, on top of the comprehensive spending review increases in expenditure over the three-year period. As my...

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

George Lyon: I was outside doing a television interview, but I will no doubt read it tomorrow. Perhaps the Tories have a different policy in Scotland from the one that they have in the rest of the UK. The expenditure plans demonstrate that the partnership Government is committed to delivering quality public services. Extra investment will be made not just this year, but over the next four years. I welcome...

Scottish Parliament: Memorandum of Understanding and Concordats (7 Oct 1999)

George Lyon: On behalf of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, I welcome the publication of the concordats, which lay out the details of the relationship between the Parliaments of the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland. Of course, we hope that at some stage there will be a parliament in Northern Ireland that can take part in that relationship and use the concordats. The concordats establish once and...

Scottish Parliament: Memorandum of Understanding and Concordats (7 Oct 1999)

George Lyon: As I said, the document concerns the relationship between the Executive in this Parliament and Executives in other Parliaments in the United Kingdom. Coming back to the role of the Secretary of State for Scotland—

Scottish Parliament: Memorandum of Understanding and Concordats (7 Oct 1999)

George Lyon: I have already given way once and I have only four minutes in which to make my speech. The question remains as to whether we still need 130 civil servants to deliver the secretary of state's role of promoting good relations between the Administrations, and members on all sides of the chamber are concerned about that. Representation in Europe is important for some of our primary industries,...

Scottish Parliament: Memorandum of Understanding and Concordats (7 Oct 1999)

George Lyon: I have only four minutes, but I will accept one intervention.

Scottish Parliament: Memorandum of Understanding and Concordats (7 Oct 1999)

George Lyon: The key issue is the UK policy position, which must reflect Scottish objectives.


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