Results 41–60 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: As Mr Crawford will remember from discussing the matter in committee, the occasional licences provided for by the regulations that we dealt with yesterday are for boards to give to clubs for one-off extensions for special occasions. They are not expected to be used on a wide scale. It is for the local licensing board to decide when that is appropriate. That is the context that members must...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: I do not have a lot of time, but yes.

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: I am just coming to that matter. For on-sales premises, we are banning promotions that offer alcohol free or at a reduced price on the purchase of another drink. We are also requiring that free tap water and reasonably priced soft drinks must be available. We are banning promotions that involve unlimited amounts of alcohol for a fixed price, and we are requiring that prices be maintained at...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: We will shortly publish the outcome of research that examined issues around off-sales promotions and antisocial behaviour, as we promised during the stage 1 debate on the Licensing (Scotland) Bill. We will consider that work very carefully and then decide whether we need to go further. In considering whether other sorts of promotion need to be restricted, we will take an evidence-based...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: We can change culture, as the smoking ban shows. It is about creating a society where alcohol misuse is no longer acceptable.

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: That inclusive approach is the right way to tackle Scotland's love affair with the booze. I move amendment 5692.2, to leave out from "with concern" to end and insert: "the damage excessive drinking can cause to physical and mental health, our communities, our economy, and our way of life; notes the success of the Fife test purchasing pilot and welcomes its proposed rollout to all police...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government: Local Government (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: Local authorities are not required to produce official reports because no such provision has been made in legislation. The Executive has no plans to require local authorities to produce official reports but, as independent corporate bodies, local authorities may produce official reports if they wish to do so.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Funding: Scottish Executive Funding (7 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: Orkney Islands Council and local MSP, Mr Jim Wallace QC, have made a number of representations to the Executive on matters connected with the local government funding settlement. Representations may also have been received from others from time to time. A full list of all such representations, and by whom they were made, is not maintained centrally. Mr Wallace and, from the Council,...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Life Expectancy: Life Expectancy (5 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: Life expectancy figures are normally calculated for a three year period, to provide large enough numbers to ensure accuracy. Figures are available up to 2003-2005. Information on life expectancy at birth for ranked local authority areas for the latest period is available from the General Register Office for Scotland’s website through the following link:...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Life Expectancy: Life Expectancy (2 Mar 2007)

George Lyon: Life expectancy figures are normally calculated for a three year period, to provide large enough numbers to ensure accuracy. Figures are available up to 2003-2005. Information on life expectancy at birth for ranked local authority areas for the latest period is available from the General Register Office for Scotland’s website through the following link:...

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill (28 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Does the member acknowledge that the bill as introduced created an offence of kerb crawling, whereby men driving in their cars could be prosecuted and convicted of soliciting, which is the same as the offence of kerb crawling in England and Wales? The approach in England and Wales has secured 800 prosecutions. We have strengthened the bill by providing that people who loiter in vehicles can...

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill (28 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill is an important bill that will address an imbalance in the current law on street prostitution. At present, only people who sell sex in public places can be prosecuted for soliciting or loitering. There is no equivalent statutory offence for the people who are at the root of the problem—the kerb-crawlers. [ Interruption. ]

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill (28 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I am sure that members will agree that it cannot be right that the law criminalises sellers while remaining silent on the purchasers who exploit them and who cause disruption and alarm to our communities. That is why, in 2003, we made a partnership commitment to make kerb crawling a criminal offence in Scotland. The bill will deliver on that commitment. For the first time, we will have...

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill (28 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: If the member waits, I will come to that as I go through my speech. I am aware that there has been some concern about whether the resources are in place to enable local authorities and their partners to implement the strategy that is outlined in the guidance. I indicated at stage 2 that both Mr McCabe and I would be willing to reflect on those concerns. Local authorities and health boards are...

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill (28 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Clearly, as the member is well aware, it is important that services are available to those who are involved in prostitution. Indeed, much work goes on in all our major cities to ensure that services are available to them. On a visit to Glasgow during the passage of the bill, I saw for myself the good work that goes on there. The police and the local authority work with colleagues from the...

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: After section 2 (28 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Amendment 4 would, in effect, require courts to issue drug treatment and testing orders to sellers who were convicted of an offence under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, as long as certain conditions were met. The conditions are that the court is satisfied, based on a local authority report, that the offender "is dependent on, or has a propensity to misuse, drugs" and is likely to...

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 1 — Offences relating to prostitution (28 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Amendment 1 seeks to empower courts to disqualify offenders from driving. Of course, as others have said, Mr Ewing lodged a similar amendment at stage 2. As I explained during the debate on that amendment, we support the principle of empowering courts to disqualify offenders from driving where they use a motor vehicle to engage in kerb crawling. We agree that the threat of such a sanction...

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 1 — Offences relating to prostitution (28 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: First, I clarify that it was after stage 2 that I wrote the letter. We await Baroness Scotland's response. However, I reassure the Parliament that the officials who are in discussion with Westminster believe that we will secure its support. We do not envisage that there will be a difficulty with securing agreement to bring the powers of the Scottish courts into line with the powers of the...

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 1 — Offences relating to prostitution (28 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The offence of loitering within a vehicle will, of course, be an offence where the evidence would lead one to infer that the person was in the area for the purposes of procuring the services of someone who was involved in prostitution. I will deal with the second part of Margo MacDonald's intervention in my comments on amendment 3. I hope that she will listen carefully. Amendment 3 would...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Population: Population (26 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Information on Glasgow’s projected future population, and the projected number of births in the city, is available from the General Register Office for Scotland’s website through the following link: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/library/popproj/04 pop-proj-scottishareas/index.html .


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