Results 141–160 of 2037 for speaker:George Lyon

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

George Lyon: I refer the member to the answer to question S2W-29476 on 15 November 2006 which gives data for 1999-2005. Data for 2006 will not be available until August 2007. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website the search facility for which can be found at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/webapp/wa.search.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Licensing: Licensing (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: The National Licensing Forum last met on 18 April 2006. It discussed a number of issues relating to the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 including overprovision and the capacity of licensed premises and training. The Forum also agreed its next phase of work as drafting guidance for Licensing Boards. This task has now been completed I shall shortly be considering the future role of the forum as...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Licensing: Licensing (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: The National Licensing Forum has not met collectively in the last six months, but during this time its members have been involved in the development of policy, regulations, and draft guidance relating to the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. This has included direct engagement with Scottish Executive officials during the consultation period. In addition, members of the forum have been heavily...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Finance: Local Government Finance (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: The Local Government Finance Review Committee was charged with looking at a range of options for the future of local taxation and the pros and cons of each. We are currently giving their findings full consideration before making any decisions on local taxation issues, and the Scottish Executive will respond in due course.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Population: Population (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: The General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) publish the population projections for Scotland. In addition to the principal projection, which uses assumptions considered to reflect current trends, GROS also publish a series of projections reflecting different scenarios which are available on the GROS website: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/library/popproj/in dex.html#2004-based ....

Scottish Parliament written answers — Population: Population (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Information on Scotland’s projected future population for these years is available from the Government Actuary’s Department website through the following link: http://www.gad.gov.uk/Population/index.asp?y=2004&v=Principa l&dataCountry=scotland&chkDataTable=yy_5y&subTable=Perform+s earch .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Prison Service: Prison Service (24 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Parliament agreed to the remit of the Standards Commission for Scotland, as set out in the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000. That remit did not include the operation of, or the investigation of members of, prison visiting committees. However, the Scottish Executive has asked Professor Lorne Crerar to carry out an independent review of the regulation, inspection audit...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Elections: Elections (18 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Statistics on the number of UK Parliament electors by UK parliamentary constituency and local government electors by local government area will be published on 22 February 2007. The General Register Office for Scotland are currently collating information on the number of Scottish Parliament electors by Scottish parliamentary constituency and region for publication in the near future but a...

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I thank the members of all parties who have spoken in the debate, which has been constructive and serious, as befits the issue that we are considering. The debate has highlighted that the matter is not a simple one, with simple answers and solutions. From whatever angle we approach the problem, there are no easy off-the-shelf ways in which to resolve the problems and concerns that have been...

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I will not respond to that final remark, but I can reassure the member that we have been in discussion with the Home Office. The use of disqualification as a sanction has been encouraged down south, although seizure of vehicles has not. I am happy to provide detailed information on that to the committee at stage 2. For some time, the police and others have expressed frustration that, although...

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Will Mr Ballard give way?

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: The member is correct. Does he accept that one of the purposes of introducing this new offence is to make it easier to secure prosecutions in the circumstances that have been described?

Scottish Parliament: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (17 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Does Mr McLetchie accept that the offence that was initially presented in the bill was based on the English and Welsh offence of soliciting from a motor vehicle and that around 800 convictions were secured on the basis of that offence down south? The Executive has accepted the criticism that we needed to go further here and we have responded by going further to tackle the offence of loitering...

Scottish Parliament: North-west Kilmarnock Primary Care Neighbourhood Services Centre (11 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: I congratulate Margaret Jamieson on securing the debate. I am sure that the project that she has outlined has secured the support of all those who have spoken in the debate. I welcome the opportunity to highlight the way in which the Executive is working to drive forward the reform of public services in Scotland, providing the user focus that Margaret Jamieson mentions in her motion and...

Scottish Parliament: North-west Kilmarnock Primary Care Neighbourhood Services Centre (11 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Point taken. Maybe that is the key to the success, but let me not go there. As I said, "Transforming Public Services: The Next Phase of Reform" sets out the Executive's vision for transformed public services in Scotland. In nine geographic events across Scotland, we have talked and listened to nearly 300 leaders of public service delivery organisations from throughout Scotland. In addition,...

Scottish Parliament: Business Motions (10 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: The proposals in the business motion were agreed unanimously by the Parliamentary Bureau, and extra time has been made available on 17 January—decision time will be put back to 6 o'clock. If, on the day, there is demand for the debates to be further extended, business managers will certainly be willing to accommodate a request from the Presiding Officer. However, because the proposals...

Scottish Parliament: Investment in Public Services (10 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: The only document that is as discredited and moribund as Mr Morgan described is the document by Mr Stewart Hosie that I am holding up. Professor Arthur Midwinter certainly concludes that that is the case. The debate has focused on the Executive's track record of improving Scotland's public services and on the SNP's spending plans. Over the past seven years, this Liberal-Labour coalition has...

Scottish Parliament: Investment in Public Services (10 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: The only proposal that Nicol Stephen has made is to cut business rates in Scotland. We argued vociferously for that to happen before Christmas but, unfortunately, we did not win the argument. We pledge to do it post-May 2007, if we are involved in the Administration. We in the coalition Government remain firmly committed to building on our successful track record. As my colleague Mr McCabe...

Scottish Parliament: Investment in Public Services (10 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Let us contrast our track record with the main Opposition party's spending plans, which have been debated at length today. The nationalists wish to be taken seriously as an alternative Government in waiting, but their spending and fiscal plans are fundamentally flawed; their sums just do not add up. Indeed, as they have tried to do again in the chamber today, they would have us believe that...

Scottish Parliament: Investment in Public Services (10 Jan 2007)

George Lyon: Certainly. Perhaps Mr Mather will tell the chamber whether the SNP's document is a forecast or a comparison with 2004-05, as he seemed to indicate in his speech.


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