Results 181–200 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

Scottish Parliament: Accountability and Governance (20 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: It is clear that their operational independence and their decision making on the matters that they deal with should not be compromised. Nevertheless, there is an accountability issue in relation to how public money is spent and how well managed the process is. That is where the line falls. The Parliament has an important role in holding the commissioners and ombudsmen to account and in...

Scottish Parliament: Accountability and Governance (20 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: Professor Crerar's investigation and report will consider the whole gamut of scrutiny and regulation throughout the sector. It will not look specifically at the structures behind that inspection and scrutiny but at delivery. We want to ensure that the situation that Mr Neil describes is tackled and that proper scrutiny and investigation take place and deliver the information that we need to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Mortality: Mortality (20 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: The information requested is given in the following table. Deaths from Cerebrovascular Diseases (Stroke) 1, Selected Council Areas, 1996-2005 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 (a) Dundee City All ages: number 180 173 183 184 191 154 182 158 185 163 Under 75: number 54 43 57 53 55 48 48 39 36 42 Under 75: rate2...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Census: Census (14 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: Information on the proportion of the population living in a rural area, for local authority area and parliamentary constituency, is available in tables 1 and 5 in the Scottish Executive Urban Rural Classification 2004-2006 publication. This is available from the Scottish Executive website through the following link http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2006/07/31114822/5 .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Population: Population (14 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: The information is only available from the replies to the question in the 2001 Census "What was your usual address one year ago?". The data are shown in the following table: Parliamentary Constituency Census 2001 Population Census Outflow 2000-011 Percentage Argyll and Bute 5,006 512 10.2 Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross 4,797 470 9.8 Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Child Mortality: Child Mortality (8 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: The information requested is given in the following table. To aid comparison, the table also gives an average rate for the period 1999-2005. Deaths Aged Under 16, by Council Area, 1999-2005 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 1999-2005 Rate 1 Scotland 451 457 449 432 429 411 439 45.7 Aberdeen City 12 15 12 12 19 17 14 42.4 Aberdeenshire 25 19 21 15 16 16...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Lone Parents: Lone Parents (8 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: The following table shows the number of households containing one adult with children, according to the household estimates and projections made by the General Register Office for Scotland. This will exclude households where an adult with children lives with other adults. Number of Households Containing One Adult and One or More Children, 1999-2006 Local Authority 1999 2000 2001 2002...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002: Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 (8 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: The Financial Memorandum to the bill is available on the Parliament’s website. The only quantifiable costs arising from provisions in the bill relate to the operation of the office of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman. These costs are the responsibility of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: I have said consistently that we will examine the report in some detail and that, at some stage, we will respond to it.

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: I have said what I have said.

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: The debate has been reasonably constructive. Although I welcome the concern that have been expressed for me, as the minister who is appearing, it is deeply disappointing that my appearance is not appreciated and that members would prefer someone else to turn up to answer the debate.

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: I am not sure what to say after that, to be honest. Scotland faces a number of challenges and opportunities, including an aging population. It is expected that there will be a 35 per cent rise in the number of people of state pension age from 2004 to 2031. We want to respond proactively to that expectation to safeguard the future of Scotland. The debate on the future of local taxation must be...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: I am conscious that I do not have a lot of time. Otherwise I would be delighted to give way. The most recent council tax charge in the average band D was £1,129, which is an increase of £35 or 3.2 per cent on last year's figure. That was the lowest increase since devolution. Councils in Scotland have benefited from unprecedented levels of funding in recent settlements. In the eight...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: I am aware that a number of parties have expressed that view on the point that Mr Swinney raises. It is clear from the debate that there is still little agreement on the appropriate way forward to deliver a fairer system of local government taxation. In some ways, Burt gave us a starting point for debate when he stated that he was unable to recommend either continuation or reform of the...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: I hear what Mr Swinney says. However, does he accept that we need, until the system is changed, to try to maximise the amount of benefit that pensioners receive? I hope that Mr Swinney supports that notion.

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: Local taxation issues have long been among the most difficult on which to reach consensus and the most controversial. Even the far-reaching and highly regarded Layfield committee's report 30 years ago acknowledged the difficulty of choosing between a property-based tax and a local income tax. More recently, in 2002, the Parliament's Local Government Committee examined the issues and...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: I do not have much time and I would like to make progress. The Burt report presents challenges to all political parties, but it also provides a useful platform for our debate. The committee took a wide range of evidence and was well lobbied by organisations that represent older people; for instance, almost a third of the 350 responses to the committee's public consultation were from...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: The matter is very important and the Burt committee has done serious work on it. It behoves all the parties, if they are interested in the future of local government finance, to examine the work that Burt put into the report and to consider carefully the recommendations and conclusions. Pensioners' high levels of concern and interest are reflected in the report, in which an entire section is...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (6 Dec 2006)

George Lyon: I am sorry—I must make progress. The debate is so short that I do not have much time to accept interventions. Take-up rates are still too low and we support the measures that the Department for Work and Pensions has taken to increase awareness of council tax benefit. We, too, are promoting that via central heating programme benefits health checks, by providing additional information in our...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Fireworks Act 2003 (30 Nov 2006)

George Lyon: Yes, we do. The numbers of crimes and offences that are recorded by the police are provided to the Scottish Executive. Crimes under the Fireworks Act 2003 are included in the crime code for various offences connected with the keeping and supply of explosives.


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