Results 121–140 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

Scottish Parliament: Draft Budget (2000-01) (15 Dec 1999)

George Lyon: As I said earlier, the Chancellor of the Exchequer at Westminster should increase public spending to allow that share to increase again. We need to discuss the Barnett formula; I will support any such discussions in the Finance Committee. However, we must be careful about opening up that debate, because there might be negatives as well as positives to consider. Governments are responsible for...

Scottish Parliament: scottish executive: Oban Hospital (13 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances it can give that there will be no cuts in clinical service provision at Oban hospital. (S1O-905)

Scottish Parliament: scottish executive: Oban Hospital (13 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: There is great concern in the local community about the recovery plan that is being drawn up by the acute hospitals trust because of a financial overspend. What will the implications be for Oban hospital? Will the minister give an assurance that doctors, nurses, staff and—most of all—the local community will be consulted about any changes that are brought forward as a result of the plan?...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (13 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: I welcome the broad thrust of the Executive's housing proposals, and we support the majority of the proposals that have been put forward by the Minister for Communities today. I make no apologies, however, for turning to the issue whose impact on rural Scotland gives us grave concern. As John Farquhar Munro has said, we need Highlands and Islands solutions for the Highlands and Islands,...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: West of Scotland Water (20 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation was carried out with businesses and the general public by West of Scotland Water prior to announcing its plans to introduce a levy to cover costs of collecting, treating and disposing of rainwater. (S1O-946)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: West of Scotland Water (20 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: So that letter was the consultation process, and no consultation took place with businesses before it was sent out. Who will cover the cost of measuring the roofs to calculate the amount of money that businesses will be required to pay?

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: West of Scotland Water (20 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: If any disputes arise over the amount that businesses have to pay—that is in working out the roof areas that they will be responsible for paying for—is a mechanism in place to resolve disputes between customers and West of Scotland Water?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Caledonian MacBrayne: Caledonian MacBrayne (21 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will invite Caledonian MacBrayne to review its fares structure.

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (26 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: On behalf of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, I welcome the minister's statement. I wish to raise two points with him. The first concerns the funding of students from Scotland who go to English universities. If the Opposition comes forward with a solution to the legal impediment that stands in the way of funding such students, will the minister confirm that the Executive will look at any...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: Does John Swinney maintain his position that Labour has performed a complete U-turn on this matter, an accusation that he made during his appearance on "Scottish Lobby"?

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: What do Mr McLetchie's lawyers say? If he comes forward with a proposal to get round the problem, as was said yesterday, the Executive will look at it and act on it.

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: Thank you, Presiding Officer. [MEMBERS: "Here we go."] The cheers have started already. I give a warm welcome to the new package of student support, as announced by the Executive. I remind everyone that the package is worth £200 million over the lifetime of the Parliament. That is a huge investment in student support. First, I pay tribute to the hard work of Andrew Cubie and his committee....

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: Of course there will be a different set of rules. Devolution was designed to set up Scottish solutions to Scottish problems. This is a fair package, which reverses 20 years of cuts in student support by Tory and Labour Governments and abolishes tuition fees. John Swinney, in an interview yesterday, and Tommy Sheridan, in the Parliament yesterday, both accused the Labour party of doing a...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: I am glad that John Swinney and Tommy Sheridan recognise that the U-turn came about because the Liberal Democrats are in government, delivering their manifesto commitments. Members cannot have it both ways: they cannot accuse the Labour party of doing a U-turn and accuse us of not delivering.

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: We did. As I have said already, if the Scottish National party or the Conservatives have the solution, they should bring it forward. We are willing to listen to it.

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: I have just taken an intervention. I need to make progress. The new £200 million package of student support, which abolishes tuition fees and brings back generous grants of up to £8,000, demonstrates that the Liberal Democrats, in government, are delivering on education. Coming on top of the £80 million for education that is already in place, over the period of this Government that is a...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: Next year she will pay nothing.

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: She will pay nothing. Does the member not understand that student fees are abolished from 1 September? [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: She will not pay the endowment grant; from 1 September, tuition fees are abolished.

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (27 Jan 2000)

George Lyon: I have given way several times.


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