Results 101–120 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

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

George Lyon: I am aware that close to 100 representations on the problems of fireworks have been made by the member's constituents and have been passed to the DTI. I will undertake to examine the response that her constituents received. I reassure her that the Executive is always willing to examine the issue in the light of such representations to see whether a case could be made for further...

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

George Lyon: As I said in my previous answer, we have examined the letters that have been sent to us. We are aware of the representations that Charlie Gordon and other members have made. As I said in my answer to Margaret Jamieson, we are always willing, in the light of representations, to consider whether a case can be made for going further on the matter.

Scottish Parliament: Green Procurement (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I accept that we can strongly drive the agenda within public agencies, but we must acknowledge that local authorities are self-standing bodies. We need political buy-in at that level to ensure that the agenda can be delivered. The McClelland report and the discussions that McClelland is having with local authorities are important in trying to get agreement on how we implement and mainstream...

Scottish Parliament: Green Procurement (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: This has been a good debate, with reasonable consensus around the chamber about the need to go further in green procurement. Patrick Harvie highlighted the key issue, which is the need to use the spending power of the public sector to drive forward that agenda. We must be seen to lead on this agenda. Richard Lochhead highlighted another key issue when he said that increased demand from the...

Scottish Parliament: Green Procurement (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I have not got a lot of time, so if Richard Lochhead does not mind, I will address other points that were made in the debate. Murdo Fraser and John Scott highlighted the problems that small and medium-sized enterprises have in bidding for contracts—many enterprises opt not to bid because of the complexity and difficulty of the procedure. We have acknowledged that that is a problem and that...

Scottish Parliament: Green Procurement (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: John McClelland's report on procurement points out the necessity of ensuring that procurement is based on value for money, but it accepts that we must ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises can access the procurement process. I am sure that, when the forward work programme on the McClelland recommendations is announced, that matter will be addressed in it.

Scottish Parliament: Green Procurement (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I welcome what Patrick Harvie has said this morning. I think that all members are firmly behind the idea that we need to take steps to ensure that green procurement underpins the approach of all public agencies throughout Scotland to sourcing materials. I should declare an interest. As a farmer for many years and as a member of NFU Scotland, I fought long and hard to try to ensure that local...

Scottish Parliament: Green Procurement (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I was just coming to that issue. We have a consistent and comprehensive suite of guidance documents for purchasers on the treatment of social and environmental issues in public procurement. Not all those documents are Scottish—as I said, some of them are from DEFRA and the European Commission. The key issue is whether we agree with the guidance in those documents. It is sensible to make...

Scottish Parliament: Green Procurement (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: I am sorry, but I do not have a lot of time. Thankfully, we now have greater flexibility to ensure that social and environmental objectives are taken into consideration. The Executive is clear that there is scope, where relevant, as indicated in our guidance, to include environmental and social criteria in public contracts. The Executive leads by example on that and has done so for several...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Prostitution: Prostitution (1 Feb 2007)

George Lyon: The Home Office advise that they collect figures on persons disqualified from driving having been convicted of offences of kerb crawling. Thirty-six such cases were notified to them in both 2004 and 2005. However, they consider that the figures may be subject to data quality problems inherent in large scale recording systems. The Home Office advise that a continuing program of data quality...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Population: Population (31 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Tables presenting the information available have been placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Bib. number 41596).

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Transport Group Pension Schemes: Scottish Transport Group Pension Schemes (31 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: It is not possible to speculate when the remainder of the £126 million will be paid out. This will depend on the number and frequency of valid claims received from former members of the Scottish Transport Group pension scheme. Information relating to potential applicants has been available on the SPPA and Transport Division web pages since 2005. Since 2005, SPPA have received valid claims...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (29 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: The information requested is given in the following table. Index numbers (1990 = 100) have been included to aid the consideration of year-on-year improvements. Selected Mortality Rates, per 100,000 Population, 1990-2005 (a) Coronary Heart Disease1 (b) Cancer2 (c) Stroke3 Rate4 Index5 Rate4 Index5 Rate4 Index5 (i) Forth Valley NHS Board area 1990 259 100 227 100 125 100 1991 257 99...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: This has been an interesting debate. It is quite interesting to note that, in the various speeches, there seems to be some agreement about the Executive's spending plans for 2007-08.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: That is already recognised through our cities growth fund, and much extra spending is devoted to Edinburgh to ensure that its capital status is reinforced and that it gets the proper resources to invest in its future. I hope now to make some progress. As no amendments were lodged to the actual budgets, I conclude that not only are we all agreed on the need for the bill but that we seem to...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I am actually deputy finance minister.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: What I stated was the current position, and the member will see the detail in our manifesto once it is published. I have no doubt that he will be delighted to read it. Members have raised a number of important issues during the debate, and I will try to address some of them now. Mr Mather said once again that there is a great need to make Scotland more competitive and, as the SNP always says,...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Given that we now know that monetary policy will be reserved to, and interest rates set by, the Bank of England, the only tools that are left to the SNP to make the economy more competitive are fiscal. We have heard that it intends to cut corporation tax, although it has not told us how it will afford that. It might be useful—given that fiscal policy will be its only tool—if it were to...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: As I said, the SNP has given monetary policy to the Bank of England. It might have taken the time to explain how that might work. How will the Bank of England's independent monetary committee take into consideration the needs of Scotland when Scotland is no longer part of the United Kingdom? That is a conundrum that Mr Mather and Mr Neil might have spent some time on, but there was not a...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Mr Davidson might have something to offer.


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