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Results 1–20 of 9193 for speaker:Kenny MacAskill

Scottish Parliament: Junior Ministers (19 May 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: On behalf of the Scottish National party, I support the amendment to leave out Mr Nicol Stephen. Like others, I do so on the basis not of personality, but of policies. Accountability, accessibility and transparency were principles that underpinned the consultative steering group report. The document arose out of and reflected the application of those principles. Many meetings were held, and...

Scottish Parliament: Devolution (2 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: I support motion S1M-27 more in sadness than in anger. I referred before to what the CSG report said about the principles of openness and accountability in the Executive. That is in the past and I will not rake over old coals, but I say this to the Liberal Democrats: we ain't forgotten. We will return to that. The principles in the report are, as far as we can tell, being sold out just as...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Development: Development (16 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to initiate a Public Inquiry into the operation and management of the following organisations: (a) Craigmillar Festival Society; (b) Craigmillar Opportunities Trust, and (c) Craigmillar Initiatives.

Scottish Parliament: Legislative Programme (16 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: I face two charges. The first is to make a few comments on behalf of my party. The second is Ms Curran's charge that I belong to a privileged elite. I want to address the latter charge first, as it has been taxing my mind all morning. I wondered what led to my being charged with membership of a privileged elite-perhaps it was my educational background. As I attended Linlithgow Academy-the...

Scottish Parliament: Legislative Programme (16 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: I will give way in a minute. I then thought that Ms Curran might have levelled the charge because of the education that I am providing for my children. My eldest boy set off today for his first induction day at Boroughmuir High School, an alma mater at which until only recently my friend Robin Harper taught. However, I thought that that could not be the case, as Ms Harriet Harman used...

Scottish Parliament: Legislative Programme (16 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: I will now let someone from the underprivileged section intervene to tell me where Ms Harman chose to send her children.

Scottish Parliament: Legislative Programme (16 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: I have not read Mr Hamilton's article.

Scottish Parliament: Legislative Programme (16 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: After 20 years in law and a career in politics, I am not prepared to comment on anything that I have not seen. My initial comment on the substance of the debate was going to be along the usual lines of "Where's the beef?", but I chose to change that given the absence of any beef-on-the-bone legislation. Like me, the First Minister is a lawyer, so I thought that it would be simpler to say...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (21 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to continue the use of public/private partnerships for the "Replacement/ School Building Programme"; and in particular whether it intends to do so in the City of Edinburgh regarding schools in the Niddrie/ Craigmillar and Muirhouse areas.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport (22 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to publish, as soon as possible after 1 July 1999, details relating to its liability to pay for the costs incurred in respect of building the M6 cross-border motorway link and any future running costs that may or will be incurred together with clarification as to whether any of the costs relate to parts of the motorway link located within England.

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: As I drove care-free and toll-free down the M8 last week, I had the opportunity to listen to a folk music tape by the American folklorist Woody Guthrie, on which he sang a song about the American outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd. The lyrics say: "As through this world you wander you see lots of funny men, some will rob you with a six gun, and some with a fountain pen." In my previous existence as a...

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: I did not know the answer, but my colleague Alex Neil has kindly told me that he was. Macmillan was referring to the privatisation of public utilities. PFI is privatisation. Labour is not selling off the family silver; it is selling off the family furniture, because we are dealing with health, education and housing-the fundamental issues for individuals. I wish to comment on alternative...

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: I may have misheard Mr McConnell, but I thought that he referred to a civil service brief. I have a personal letter from Lord Macdonald of Tradeston-he even signed it "Yours, Gus Macdonald"-and I was pleased to receive it. The letter enclosed a copy of the report of the pathfinder groups and said: "This report brought together the findings of the 13 Pathfinder Groups that I set up and I am...

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: I will do my best. The ERI contract makes no mention of a buy-back. However, I will skip what I intended to say about the details of PPP in Edinburgh and deal with this amendment. Mr McConnell thinks that his is a favourable proposal. I notice that Mrs Curran, who has previously commented on international affairs, is sitting at the back of the chamber. I want to know why, if this is such a...

Scottish Parliament: Privatisation of Public Services (24 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: Why do we not suggest PPP to the United Nations and the G8 as the way in which to revitalise the third world? If it is good enough for us, it is good enough for them. If it is not good enough for them and they will not accept it, why is Mr McConnell imposing it on our people?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive: Tolls (24 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to extend the commitment in respect of the Skye bridge to freeze tolls at their current level to other bridges and transport infrastructure schemes, in particular to the Forth, Tay and Erskine bridges. (S1O-79)

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive: Tolls (24 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: Does not the minister agree that the Skye bridge, which we mentioned this morning during the PFI debate, was built using private finance and seeks private returns? However, the Forth road bridge, in particular, was built with public money, was paid for by the public and has been paid off by the public. Why are we still paying tolls and how will the Government and the Executive abolish them?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport (29 Jun 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to make available information relating to (a) the annual capital spending on construction of the new trunk road schemes in Scotland over the last five years, (b) all such schemes costing over £10 million, and (c) the proposed expenditure in connection with schemes over the next four years.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (6 Jul 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make available information relating to the number of fixed penalties issued in respect of speeding offences in each of the last three years and to detail the local authority areas in which they were issued, the revenue received and the administrative costs incurred.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Immigration: Immigration (8 Jul 1999)

Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make available information relating to the number of people detained in Scotland under immigration or asylum legislation in the last three years, the establishments in which they have been detained and for how long, and whether it intends to provide additional accommodation for such people.


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