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Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Affairs (4 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Affairs (4 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: Will the member give way so that I can clarify that point?

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Affairs (4 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: I welcome this debate; rural affairs is an important subject to which the Parliament should devote as much time as possible, as there is a real crisis out there. The crisis is deep and has been prolonged for the past two to three years. I am not going to launch—as David Davidson suggested—into a tirade against the Conservative party, but I think—

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Affairs (4 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: Okay, then. Some of the statements that Alex Johnstone made were rather disingenuous to say the least. It is beyond belief: 18 years of Tory rule wiped from the face of history; gone for ever. Let us face it, it is a matter of record that a Tory Government introduced the unilateral ban on sow stalls and tethers for the pig industry and deregulated the milk industry, flinging producers to the...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture and Rural Affairs (4 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: I thank Mr Davidson for that—he wants to write my speech for me now. We all remember the short-lived beef war fought by John Major. What a successful campaign that was. I am sorry to say that those events did happen. It is as well that we record them in the Parliament today. I think that the Conservatives should accept that some responsibility belongs to the Tory Administration. As David...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (10 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: European Union (10 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: Does David McLetchie agree with Douglas Hurd, who stated on 13 October that Conservative policy in Europe is increasingly based on caricature, not reality?

Scottish Parliament: European Union (10 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: Will David McLetchie give way?

Scottish Parliament: European Union (10 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: I want to raise again the issue of ministerial responsibility. SILC will be in full control from 6 pm on 31 December through to 6 pm on 1 January. Which minister will head that team, and which ministers will go to the street parties?

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: After that speech, Miss Goldie has ruled herself out of the invitation to partake in the bunker on new year's eve. The Conservative party is represented on the Parliamentary Bureau; I take it that those objections were raised during the discussion about the business that would be put forward for debate today.

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: I thank Mr Swinney for that intervention. There is a fair degree of consensus on the amount of time that was allowed for the European debate, and I agree with the sentiments that were raised. In general, I welcome the Executive's statement. There are several key areas on which we need further clarification and reassurance that we will not find our public infrastructure in serious difficulties...

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: I have no more to say.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Water: Water (16 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many planning approvals for covered sewage tanks have been granted to West of Scotland Water, and how many of these planning approvals have subsequently been the subject of appeals to the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (18 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: On behalf of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, I welcome this important debate, which raises an issue that the Parliament should address. As John Swinney said, there is similarity between what we are discussing now and what we will be discussing in the debate this afternoon on digital Scotland. There is a fair bit of overlap; that could have been thought through a little better. The Liberal...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (18 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: We are still on the periphery. If Mr Quinan had taken geography at school, he might realise that. Fifty-two per cent of our exports are to the UK market and 29 per cent are to Europe. We are very much an export-driven economy. Another major problem that our economy faces is that we have a narrow base, in terms of spread and diversification; that has to be tackled over the longer term....

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (18 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: I do not think that we will be taking £100 million or £200 million out of the enterprise budget and switching it into the transport budget to address what Mr Tosh alludes to as a problem, as the Conservatives committed themselves to doing in the transport debate. I do not think that that is the solution and I do not think that industry thinks that it is the solution.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (18 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: We will not spend £100 million of the enterprise budget to take on that challenge. As part of the strategic roads review, we have announced significant investment in new roads. If we are serious about delivering the knowledge-driven economy and the lifelong learning agenda, it is vital that we break down the barriers between industry and higher and further education. By setting up a...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (18 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: We need clarification of what they mean for Scotland and how much discretion we have in implementing them.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (18 Nov 1999)

George Lyon: I agree with some of what Mr Swinney says. Clearly, how we help small businesses is an important matter. Small businesses employ 50 per cent of the working population. I believe that they are crucial to the further development of a competitive Scotland. Governments have to act as catalysts and enablers for change, rather than take a top-down approach. We need to examine closely the number...


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