Results 121–140 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

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

George Lyon: When Mr Robertson was across in Norway, he gave the game away: higher taxes for Scotland. However, it would have been interesting if we had been given some indication today of what those taxes might be. Indeed, when I asked whether there would be Irish spending levels and Scandinavian tax levels, Mr Mather said that we would choose our own tax levels. They would be Scottish ones, but what are...

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

George Lyon: We are not promising independence on day 1 after the elections in May 2007—that is great difference between the two of us. As I said, there has not been a word from either Mr Mather or Mr Neil about how on earth the Bank of England will take Scotland into consideration when it will have suddenly become independent. That is a pretty far-fetched proposition in anyone's terms. I know that Mr...

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

George Lyon: I take it that Mr Neil is implying that he will defend only the constituencies that have a Ministry of Defence base in them. That is what he is saying if his position is that it is only the defence spending that occurs in a constituency in which there is a defence base that he is willing to take into account. He is saying that none of the benefits of the wider defence budget accrues to...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Relocation Policy (Small Units) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: To date, the Scottish ministers have relocated small units to a number of fragile rural communities, including Dingwall, Tain, Campbeltown, Kinlochleven, Alloa, Dumfries and Tiree. The Executive remains committed to the establishment of small units in fragile rural or remote areas of Scotland. The relocation guide that was published last year sets out the detail that underpins that...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Relocation Policy (Small Units) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I am very much aware of the success of the transfer of jobs to the Borders through the Scottish Public Pensions Agency. I am also very aware that all areas of Scotland seek to be allocated the benefits of that policy. In discussions at the Finance Committee I indicated the need, in moving the policy on, fully to consider geographical targeting.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Relocation Policy (Small Units) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I understand Mr Swinney's point. As I said in my previous answer, all areas of Scotland are keen to experience the benefits of the relocation policy—that bears down heavily upon me—and geographical targeting may be an area that we should consider in trying to progress that policy.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Local Government Funding (Inverclyde) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: We want a local taxation system that is fair and proportionate, not just for working families in Inverclyde but for people right across Scotland. That was why we set up the Burt committee. We are now examining the committee's report and we will make a decision on the way forward in due course and in the light of all the facts.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Local Government Funding (Inverclyde) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: A number of views have been expressed in the Burt committee's report, one of which—recommendation 3—was that the council tax should not be retained in its current form. As I said in my previous answer, ministers will have to consider all the facts in the committee's report. We will reflect on that and in due course we will produce a way forward.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Local Government Funding (Inverclyde) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Far be it from me to move from my neutral position on the matter but, as I said, a number of views are expressed in the Burt committee's report. It is up to all members to consider closely the facts that are set out there, to reflect on them and to come to a view on the right way forward. That is what the Scottish ministers intend to do.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive — Finance and Public Services and Communities: Relocation Policy (UK Civil Service Jobs) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Our aim is to encourage the relocation of UK public sector posts to Scotland alongside our own relocation strategy within Scotland. Executive officials are working closely with Scottish Development International to communicate to UK departments the potential benefits of operating from all parts of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General: Ministerial Attendance at Constituency Events (Guidelines) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: The requested information is not held in such a format. Ministerial diaries retain a record of engagements that have been carried out. However, I assure the member that ministers will give due consideration to all invitations from members of the Scottish Parliament to visit their constituencies.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General: Ministerial Attendance at Constituency Events (Guidelines) (25 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Sandra White's allegation is inaccurate. Ms Jamieson attended the Labour Party meeting that she mentioned in her capacity as a Labour representative, and not as a minister. I repeat: ministers will give due consideration to all invitations from members to visit their constituencies.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007 (Draft) (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: This has certainly been an interesting debate. Usually, my good colleague and friend, Mr Morgan, is a calm, collected and level-headed gentleman in debates. We must have hit a raw nerve, judging from his speech. First, I turn to some of the technical points in the order. The purpose of the order is to update the Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2003 (SI 2003/409) by applying the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007 (Draft) (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Those people should have someone who is willing to offer their full attention, full time for the full term. I ask members to lend their support by approving the order, which will enable it to be considered by the Privy Council in February. I hope that all parties support the principle behind the order.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007 (Draft) (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I begin by highlighting the unusual nature of this item of business, which relates to a wholly reserved matter that must, under the Scotland Act 1998, be considered by Parliament at 5 o'clock tonight. Members may have noted that the draft order is a statutory instrument, which means that a minister of the Crown will advise Her Majesty on the making of the order. However, by virtue of schedule...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007 (Draft) (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I will make a little headway first. I know that the deputy leader of the Scottish National Party agrees with me, as she has repeatedly stated on the record that, in her view, MSPs "cannot do two jobs". She has also stated many times that keeping another full-time job shows that the MSP "does not have a serious commitment" and "should be giving up the day job and focusing on serving his...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007 (Draft) (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I can confirm that that is correct. I am talking about the general principles behind the order. It is clear that someone who is expected to work in London until 10 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, 7 pm on Wednesdays, 6 pm on Thursdays and 2.30 pm on Fridays would have some trouble performing his duty of serving his constituents or indeed attempting to be First Minister of Scotland, let alone...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Drug Misuse: Drug Misuse (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: The General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) publishes an annual paper on drug-related deaths in Scotland. The information presented in these papers, which includes data on deaths involving methadone, is compiled from death registrations and associated returns from procurators fiscal and forensic pathologists. The papers, which include background information on the methodology and...


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