Results 2021–2037 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

Scottish Parliament: Devolved Legislation (23 Jun 1999)

George Lyon: I welcome the minister's announcement of the setting up of a food standards agency in Scotland. It will be one of the most significant new bodies to be established in many years and it will contribute to the prosperity of our food industry. In the past 10 to 15 years, the food industry has undergone one food scare after another, resulting in great crises of confidence in the products that...

Scottish Parliament: Devolved Legislation (23 Jun 1999)

George Lyon: I do not doubt their statements. I was suggesting that, although the statements were based on science, the public was not reassured by them. The key issue in the setting up of the agency must be to ensure that the public has confidence in the agency. The agency must be seen to be independent, particularly of the political process, the food lobby and the consumer lobby. It must clearly be...

Scottish Parliament: Tuition Fees (17 Jun 1999)

George Lyon: When tuition fees were introduced by the Westminster Government, Mr Welsh asked it to wait and to allow the Scottish Parliament to look at the proposals in detail before their introduction.

Scottish Parliament: Tuition Fees (17 Jun 1999)

George Lyon: Mr Monteith talks about the creation of student hardship and the principle of free higher education. Has he conveniently forgotten that it was a Tory Government that introduced 13 different measures to abolish free higher education, and that it was a Tory Government that created student hardship by abandoning the principle of free higher education during the 18 years the Tories were in power?

Scottish Parliament: Tuition Fees (17 Jun 1999)

George Lyon: Certainly-

Scottish Parliament: Scottish EXECUTIVE: Caledonian MacBrayne (17 Jun 1999)

George Lyon: It is an honour to have the first question in this Parliament and it is on a subject that is important to the constituency-

Scottish Parliament: Scottish EXECUTIVE: Caledonian MacBrayne (17 Jun 1999)

George Lyon: I thought that you would allow me an exception, as this is the first question. To ask the Scottish Executive what its long-term investment strategy will be for Caledonian MacBrayne. (S1O-44)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish EXECUTIVE: Caledonian MacBrayne (17 Jun 1999)

George Lyon: I would also like to ask where the Deloitte & Touche report that has existed in draft form since March 1998 is. The report examined CalMac service provision on the Clyde and took into consideration the future of Dunoon pier. When can we expect the report's recommendations to be made public? More important, when can the local communities have some consultation on that report and have full...

Scottish Parliament: Legislative Programme (16 Jun 1999)

George Lyon: It is hard to accept some of the statements that Mr Johnstone has just made about BSE and its impact on the industry. As he is probably well aware, the dairy industry is afflicted by the problem of the over-30-months scheme. That scheme is a direct result of total mismanagement of the BSE crisis by the Conservative Government. Mr Johnstone is also aware that the calf-processing scheme is a...

Scottish Parliament: Committees (8 Jun 1999)

George Lyon: I too welcome and support the motion. I also welcome the views of some members about the committees travelling around Scotland. On a purely personal note, I would like to put in a bid for Argyll and Bute. I am sure that Mr Russell, who is resident there, might even support me on that point. I want to turn to the important issue of the Highlands and Islands Convention. Where will it stand in...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries (3 Jun 1999)

George Lyon: Thank you, deputy leader- [Laughter.] An excellent start. I support some of the sentiments that have been expressed, especially those of Mr Lochhead. Last weekend I attended the Clyde fishermen's association lunch. It was long and it was liquid, but I can tell the Parliament that this issue is very important to the fishing industry. We must send a strong message not only to the fishing...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries (3 Jun 1999)

George Lyon: I am sorry Alasdair, I have only three minutes, so I will not give way. I believe that we should accept Euan Robson's amendment, which calls on the minister to meet the fishing leaders to discuss the issue in detail. Clearly, there are many differences of opinion on the implications of the new line. The minister must discuss the matter with the fishing leaders and listen to their concerns....

Scottish Parliament: Ministers (19 May 1999)

George Lyon: Does that mean that if the inquiry does not recommend the abolition of tuition fees Duncan will vote against its findings?

Scottish Parliament: Ministers (19 May 1999)

George Lyon: During the election campaign, we heard much about the new style of politics that would pervade our new Parliament. We heard mention of greater consensus or even compromise-that dirty word of politics. We heard that there would be more consultation with the people before decisions were taken. Above all, the pledge that was given to the people of Scotland was that this Parliament would be...

Scottish Parliament: Ministers (19 May 1999)

George Lyon: There is no sell-out. During the campaign, I stated that we were opposed to tuition fees; we will testify to the inquiry on that basis. I take it that the SNP and the Tory party will do the same. We hope that the inquiry will return a verdict that will support our position. I will listen to that verdict before we vote on the subject. That is what is stated in the partnership document and we...

Scottish Parliament: Ministers (19 May 1999)

George Lyon: As I stated clearly, I will make up my mind and take into consideration what is said in the inquiry before we vote on the subject. Our position is very clear; we are still opposed to tuition fees and we will be able to make up our own minds when the day comes. [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament: Ministers (19 May 1999)

George Lyon: To sum up, the "Partnership for Scotland" document delivers. It delivers £51 million extra on education and £29 million extra to help the poorest students. It delivers by creating a new Minister for Rural Affairs, who will deliver for rural Scotland. It delivers for much of the agricultural community by setting up an independent arbitration system to ensure that farmers are treated fairly...


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