Results 61–80 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

Scottish Parliament: Clyde Fishermen (22 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I congratulate Phil Gallie on securing tonight's debate. I also thank the minister for allowing me to speak as a constituency MSP in the debate, which is on a subject that is close to my heart. I, too, declare an interest in that, like Phil Gallie, I am an honorary vice-president—I am not sure that I am an honorary president—of the Clyde Fishermen's Association. I first came into contact...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Local Authority Roads (Maintenance and Repair) (22 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The Scottish Executive does not require councils to provide that information and therefore there is no centrally held estimate. However, Audit Scotland's 2006 report entitled "Scottish Executive: an overview of the performance of transport in Scotland" gave an estimate of the overall cost that may be needed to bring local roads up to standard. I understand that the Society of Chief Officers...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Local Authority Roads (Maintenance and Repair) (22 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Roads and transport grant-aided expenditure allocations have increased by £60 million per annum for 2006-07 and 2007-08. Total GAE for roads maintenance will amount to £320 million by 2007-08, which represents an increase of 23 per cent on the 2004-05 allocation. It would be interesting to find out how Mr Morgan's proposal to freeze council tax levels would impact on the state of our roads.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Local Authority Roads (Maintenance and Repair) (22 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I am grateful to the member for raising his concerns about the impact of utility companies on Edinburgh's roads, and am sure that the Minister for Transport would be willing to listen and respond to any suggestions that Mr Chisholm wishes to take up with him.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Local Authority Roads (Maintenance and Repair) (22 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: As I said in responding to Mr Morgan's question, an extra £60 million has been made available for 2006-07 and a further £60 million will be made available for 2007-08. A total of £320 million for road maintenance will be made available in 2007-08, which represents a 23 per cent increase on the 2004-05 allocation. It is, of course, up to local authorities to decide how to spend that money...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Trains (Controlled-emission Toilets) (22 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: We have no current plans to phase out trains that are not fitted with controlled-emission toilets in advance of rail industry requirements. However, we will consider the use of controlled-emission toilets when new rolling stock is being procured. Transport Scotland has spoken to Network Rail's station and track cleaning services, particularly at Inverness station, and has agreed an action...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Trains (Controlled-emission Toilets) (22 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The Minister for Transport has already had discussions with the rail companies. Ensuring that stations and tracks are clean is the operational responsibility of First ScotRail and Network Rail, and I understand that they are working to improve the trackside environments at stations. Network Rail will soon trial a deep-clean process at Aberdeen station, which will be in addition to the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Trains (Controlled-emission Toilets) (22 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: As I said, action has already been undertaken to deal with concerns that have been expressed about effluent at Inverness station. Members will be aware that there have been a number of failures in the service quality regime. The track at Inverness will be cleaned weekly. Litter will be picked up and biowaste spray will be used to neutralise and break down discharges. First ScotRail will also...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (22 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Comprehensive information about empty dwellings is not available. Council tax billing systems provide information on each dwelling in Scotland and identify dwellings entitled to exemption or discounts. Specific discounts and exemptions are available for dwellings which are vacant or second homes. The latest statistics on such dwellings (including also a small number of dwellings entirely...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rail Services: Rail Services (22 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: In our procurement of new rolling stock we will consider the use of controlled emission toilets. Transport Scotland have spoken with Network Rail station and track cleaning, particularly at Inverness Station, and have agreed an action plan given the recent concerns.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (20 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The information requested is given in the following table. Deaths from Cerebrovascular Disease (Stroke)1, by NHS Board Area 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Scotland 6,621 6,722 6,497 6,155 5,789 Ayrshire and Arran 554 578 513 520 481 Borders 149 137 166 133 141 Dumfries and Galloway 204 233 228 215 185 Fife 498 501 476 459 412 Forth Valley 413 362 377 328 349 Grampian 580 622 605 539...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Population: Population (19 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The information available is given in the following table. Live Births, Glasgow City, 1999-2005 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 6,830 6,578 6,645 6,386 6,573 6,612 6,833

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regeneration: Regeneration (15 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The Scottish Executive relocation policy is one of a number of policies that can contribute to supporting the development of town centres. We continue to consider opportunities for relocation to contribute to town-centre regeneration wherever possible: good examples to date include the location of the Care Commission in the Waterfront area of Dundee, the relocation of the Accountant in...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 (14 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I was going to start my speech by saying that the debate had an end-of-term feel to it, but after the previous two speeches I could not possibly pursue that argument. The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform pointed out that the budget is only a mechanism for delivering improvements to the people of Scotland in all the areas in which the public sector impacts on them. To name but a...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 3 (14 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I am conscious that I have to make some progress. As Mr Swinney noted in his speech, this is the last budget process of the parliamentary session, and I think that it is perhaps time to reflect on the process—one or two members also referred to that. I hope that in the next session the Finance Committee will perhaps examine in some detail how we can improve the process and make it more...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Microsoft Vista (8 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The Scottish Executive is currently reviewing its technical computer platform and will be considering all options in the light of its business requirements and information strategy.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Microsoft Vista (8 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: As I said to the member in my initial response, we are currently reviewing our technology base. In that review, open-source solutions will be considered alongside proprietary ones, and information and communications technology procurement and contracts will continue to be awarded on a best-value basis. All options are being considered, and the next technology upgrade could be an open-source...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Off-sales (8 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 is a major step forward for the licensed trade, and the changes that are being introduced are being welcomed by responsible operators. As the member will be aware, the Executive has commissioned a study to examine the relationship between off-sales and the social impacts of irresponsible drinking. The findings will be published shortly, and we will then...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Off-sales (8 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: As the member will be aware, a pilot project on test purchasing was undertaken in Fife, and a report was commissioned on its success or otherwise. I am pleased to say that the findings were that the project was very successful. Ministers are currently considering whether to roll that project out across the rest of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Off-sales (8 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: As I said, we are considering rolling out test purchasing throughout Scotland. That requires a proof-of-age scheme. Retailers are required to ask for one of the specified types of proof of age when they have doubts about the age of an individual who tries to purchase alcohol. The pilot has been a success and I look forward to rolling out test purchasing throughout Scotland once ministers...


<< < 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 > >>

Create an alert

Did you find what you were looking for?

Advanced search

Find this exact word or phrase

You can also do this from the main search box by putting exact words in quotes: like "cycling" or "hutton report"

By default, we show words related to your search term, like “cycle” and “cycles” in a search for cycling. Putting the word in quotes, like "cycling", will stop this.

Excluding these words

You can also do this from the main search box by putting a minus sign before words you don’t want: like hunting -fox

We also support a bunch of boolean search modifiers, like AND and NEAR, for precise searching.

Date range

to

You can give a start date, an end date, or both to restrict results to a particular date range. A missing end date implies the current date, and a missing start date implies the oldest date we have in the system. Dates can be entered in any format you wish, e.g. 3rd March 2007 or 17/10/1989

Person

Enter a name here to restrict results to contributions only by that person.

Section

Restrict results to a particular parliament or assembly that we cover (e.g. the Scottish Parliament), or a particular type of data within an institution, such as Commons Written Answers.

Column

If you know the actual Hansard column number of the information you are interested in (perhaps you’re looking up a paper reference), you can restrict results to that; you can also use column:123 in the main search box.