Results 181–200 of 1158 for speaker:Angus MacKay

Scottish Parliament: Drugs Strategy (1 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: Renovations will continue. The Glasgow Association of Family Support Groups is working with the Glasgow drug action team, the Greater Glasgow Health Board and Glasgow City Council to draw up proposals for more counselling and development staff to work with parents. I wish the association well in that work and will continue to take a close interest. I was pleased to hear that the health board...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Counterfeit Goods: Counterfeit Goods (3 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: I refer the member to the answer given to question S1O-1267.

Scottish Parliament: Peterhead Prison (9 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: First of all, I congratulate Alex Salmond on his success in securing this debate, not least because it allows me, on behalf of the Executive, to pay tribute to the work of the Scottish Prison Service in general and especially at Peterhead prison. For more than 100 years, this prison has played a central role in the management of difficult offenders in the Scottish Prison Service. In the 1970s...

Scottish Parliament: Peterhead Prison (9 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: I thank the member for raising those points as it gives me an opportunity to declare an interest. I also have a relative who works in the Prison Service. As the minister with the responsibility for drug issues, I am happy to put on the record my firm belief that we must continue to expand the quality of staff training to allow the staff to deliver the offender rehabilitation services that we...

Scottish Parliament: Peterhead Prison (9 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: I will come to the second point in the remainder of my contribution. I presume that Mr Salmond is not arguing that, whatever happens to Peterhead or any other institution in the future, such programmes should not be made available throughout the Scottish Prison Service. I accept the point that he is trying to make about the culture of Peterhead prison. However, my point is that we need to...

Scottish Parliament: Peterhead Prison (9 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: I have not heard that argument before. I am not aware of the incidence, but I am happy to examine the matter and write directly to the member. The sex offender programme at Peterhead is usually delivered to 40 prisoners each year. It has not been without its difficulties and has had to be redesigned at Peterhead and elsewhere. The prison fabric is far from ideal, visiting is difficult and,...

Scottish Parliament: Peterhead Prison (9 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: No. I do not have sufficient time. The valuable role that Peterhead prison has played over the generations should be acknowledged and has been put on record in the debate tonight. The SPS fulfils an important and demanding role on behalf of the Scottish public. It must at all times take a clear view on its best shape for the future, bearing in mind key factors such as future prisoner...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Drug Misuse: Drug Misuse (10 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: The table below gives, for the categories listed, the numbers of deaths where methadone was recorded as being present at the time of death, either alone or in combination with one or more other drugs. It is not possible to identify the number of cases where the use of methadone was the only, or main, cause of death. Also given, for the same categories, are the total numbers of deaths from all...

Scottish Parliament: Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2: Section 1 — Particulars about religion may be gathered in census (15 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: As its title suggests, section 1 provides, in subsection (1), for religion to be added to the schedule to the Census Act 1920 as a matter in respect of which particulars may be required. That will allow a question or questions on religion to be asked in any future census in Scotland. The schedule to the 1920 act lists those matters in respect of which particulars may be required. Those...

Scottish Parliament: Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2: Section 2 — Short title (15 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: I shall be even more brief. Section 2 of the bill, which deals with the short title, is self-explanatory. It simply states: "This act may be cited as the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2000."

Scottish Parliament: Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (15 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: I am sure that you and the chamber will be very relieved to know that I do not propose to make a speech anything like the length of Mike Russell's. I do not propose to prolong the debate, because I think that we have covered fully the issues that needed to be discussed. I want simply to reiterate that the Executive has listened carefully to the views that have been voiced throughout in favour...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Public Health (16 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: The broad remit of the prevention and effectiveness unit will be to support the Scottish Executive, the drug action teams and other key partners in the implementation of the prevention and effectiveness agenda as set out in the strategy document "Tackling Drugs in Scotland: Action in Partnership".

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Public Health (16 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: The specific work programme for the unit will be drawn up in consultation with the Scottish Advisory Committee on Drug Misuse and other key partners in delivering the strategy. The key tasks of the unit are likely to include providing a central source of high-quality performance management information, developing robust evaluation to establish effectiveness, innovation and value for money,...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Public Health (16 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: Every relevant agency in Scotland is represented, both through the feedback opportunities afforded by the local drug action teams—on which local drug forums are represented—and through the Scottish Advisory Committee on Drug Misuse. There are a number of different channels through which they can feed information back to the Executive and to the effectiveness and monitoring unit when it is...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Crime: Crime (22 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: I refer you to my answers of 11 February and 13 March 2000 about Scottish Executive support for Neighbourhood Watch and other initiatives. Evaluations are undertaken to determine the effectiveness of all our major crime prevention initiatives. However, as with criminal justice, some benefits are indirect and may take several years to make a direct impact on law enforcement costs.

Scottish Parliament: Lothian and Borders Police (22 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: I congratulate Kenny MacAskill on calling this important debate. I put on record my thanks to the Parliament police unit for its dedicated and discreet work in and around Parliament; I am sure that all members—present and absent—would wish to have that recorded. Moreover, I follow Margo MacDonald's lead in declaring an interest, as an immediate member of my family serves on Lothian and...

Scottish Parliament: Lothian and Borders Police (22 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: I might be prepared to concede that were all other things equal but, as the member knows, they are not. I have already alluded to the £285 million additional investment that Gordon Brown announced yesterday for policing in the UK. It remains to be seen how that and other additional investment in public services will be reflected in Scottish spending priorities. As the member also knows, the...

Scottish Parliament: Lothian and Borders Police (22 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: I will repeat what I have just said, because it is important. If all other things were equal, I would have sympathy for the case, but they are not. First, we must see what Scottish spending priorities result from Gordon Brown's announcement of additional public sector investment. That is likely to be available before 2002-03. Secondly, the investment in the SDEA should allow for 200 extra...

Scottish Parliament: Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 1 — General principles and fundamental definitions (29 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: During stage 2, in relation to an earlier version of Mr Gallie's amendment, we considered whether an intervention included an act and an omission. The Executive was pressed to make a commitment to examine the matter and, if possible, to introduce an amendment at stage 3. At the time of that deliberation, I agreed to re-examine the issue and to give it thorough consideration in the round. On...

Scottish Parliament: Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 1 — General principles and fundamental definitions (29 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: Many points have been raised in the discussion, and I will try to deal with some, if not all, of them. Duncan Hamilton suggested that the Executive, or the minister, should try to approach this issue with understanding and sensitivity. We have tried to approach this and other issues with understanding and sensitivity at every stage. Today, we are deliberating on the bill as amended by the...


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