Results 81–100 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

Scottish Parliament written answers — Council Tax: Council Tax (8 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The Scottish Parliament may legislate to create exemptions from council tax for specified groups of people. Scottish ministers supported the Prime Minister’s announcement in October 2006 that he would look into providing support for the council tax costs of service personnel on operations overseas. Discussions between officials from the Department of Communities and Local Government and the...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: As always, we have had an interesting and sometimes constructive debate, and a number of points have been raised during the past hour and a half. Let me deal first with the Conservative amendment, which calls for a reduction in the ring fencing of grants to local authorities. As others have pointed out, only 9.9 per cent of the 2007-08 core local finance settlement will be ring fenced. The...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: As I said, 9.9 per cent of the local government finance settlement for this year is ring fenced. The rest is not ring fenced and is left for local authorities to decide their priorities. Within that 9.9 per cent, 97.2 per cent of the ring-fenced sums are for police or education-related grants. The charge of too much ring fencing does not add up and it does not stand up to scrutiny. Mr...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: When the question was put to Mr Morgan, he gave the game away, because he could not tell us what the SNP would put in place to fund services once the freeze was introduced. The reality of the SNP's budget and promises would be service cuts, because the SNP cannot tell us how much it would promise to local government.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Comparing £56 million with the settlement that has been announced today says it all. The SNP is looking at cuts to services or its sums do not add up. I will move on to the points that Mr Muldoon made. He identified that, as a result of the Executive's generosity in the past seven years and of the record increase in central financing to local government, we have better services for the...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Do you want me to sit down?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The distribution formula that has been agreed with COSLA ensures that every council will benefit from increases of 4.8 per cent next year. Several members have highlighted that there is concern about the distribution formula.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: If he had looked at Argyll and Bute Council's budget for this year, Mr McGrigor would know that under the elderly care budget heading, that council has spent approximately £6 million below the GAE figure. Therefore, we know exactly why care for the elderly is not being delivered in Argyll and Bute and why there is a waiting list there. Local government is committed to driving down council...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I am sure that the member recognises that, since the Liberal-Labour Administration came to power, council tax rises in Scotland have been only 33 per cent over the period.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 (7 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: How does the member explain his position, given that when they were in Government, the Tories used capping to ensure that that did not happen?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cancer: Cancer (2 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The information requested is given in the table Mortality rates for skin cancer, by parliamentary constituency, 1995-2005 a copy of which is available in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Bib. number 41643).

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cancer: Cancer (2 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The information requested is given in the table Deaths from lung cancer, by parliamentary constituency, 1999 – 2005 a copy of which is available in the Parliament’s Reference Centre (Bib number 41645). As requested, the table presents the absolute numbers of deaths from cancer. However, because the population of Scotland is ageing, these may give a false impression of trends in the risk...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: M77 (Barrhead) (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: Transport Scotland has been in discussion with East Renfrewshire Council about the possibility of upgrading this junction to provide south-facing slip roads. Transport Scotland has asked East Renfrewshire Council to undertake an appraisal and will continue to work with the council to determine whether the need for the improvement is justified.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: M77 (Barrhead) (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I am well aware of the arguments that Mr Macintosh has made in favour of this improvement. As I said, East Renfrewshire Council has been asked to prepare an appropriate appraisal. I understand that once an appraisal under Scottish transport appraisal guidance has been carried out, I would of course be able to assure the member that the project would be considered as part of the strategic...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Air Discount Scheme (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: As at 1 January 2007, there were 90,293 members of the air discount scheme in eligible areas of the Highlands and Islands, including 26,653 in the Western Isles, Mr Morrison's constituency. In total, 14,326 residents have accessed discounts under the scheme, including 5,202 in the Western Isles. A total of 74,133 flights were booked with discounts between May and December 2006.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Air Discount Scheme (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I concur with the member's views on the warm welcome that the air discount scheme has received on the islands. In Islay, which I represent, the scheme has been well received and much used. As I stated at the Islay conference on the future of the islands, we need to go further in looking at improving the affordability of ferry services. Islanders need a greater direct benefit from the £30...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Air Discount Scheme (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I understand that the tax does not apply to outward flights, but I think that it is rather disappointing that the increase applies to inward flights. That seems to run contrary to the Executive's attempts to improve air transport for islanders. I can assure the member that the Executive makes representation to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on a wide range of matters, including this one, and...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Fireworks Ban (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The Scottish Executive is in regular contact with the UK Government on a wide range of issues, including fireworks. We continue to monitor the effectiveness of regulations that have been made under the Fireworks Act 2003 but we do not believe that a case has been made for further controls at present.


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