Results 21–40 of 1158 for speaker:Angus MacKay

Scottish Parliament written answers — Fire Service: Fire Service (26 Aug 1999)

Angus MacKay: There is at present no evidence on that point, but the current structure is under review and efficiency and cost-effectiveness will be important considerations in the evaluation of alternatives.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Young People: Young People (2 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: The intention is that the system of criminal record checks provided under part V of the Police Act 1997 should be self financing. However, we recognise the concerns of the voluntary sector on the proposed charges, and we are keeping the position under review.

Scottish Parliament: CCTV (2 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: The Scottish Executive central research unit is conducting research into the effectiveness of CCTV schemes funded by the former Scottish Office-now Scottish Executive-CCTV challenge competition. An initial findings report will be available in the autumn, followed by a comprehensive report thereafter.

Scottish Parliament: CCTV (2 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: The purpose of the monitoring that is under way is to ensure the effectiveness of the current schemes and future expenditure. The community safety challenge competition, which was launched in August for 2000-01, contains provision for £3 million-worth of challenge funding; £1.5 million for new CCTV schemes or extensions to existing schemes and £1.5 million for new community safety...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive: Court Proceedings (9 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: I am grateful that you found time for Mr Gallie, Presiding Officer. The law governing criminal procedure and evidence is kept under constant review, but it is for the Lord Advocate and the courts to judge when technical procedural errors make court proceedings inappropriate or unsafe.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive: Court Proceedings (9 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: It is for that reason that I am delighted to have the opportunity to remind members that, following several high-profile cases in 1998, a review of procedures that was announced by the Lord Advocate has been completed. New procedures will be in place from 1 October this year, which should mean that those circumstances occur less frequently.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Community Safety: Community Safety (15 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: On 11 August 1999 I announced that £3 million will be available in the financial year 2000-01 to fund the new ‘Make our Communities Safer’ Challenge Competition. £1.5 million will go to projects addressing wider community safety projects and £1.5 million will fund CCTV projects on the same basis as the previous Scottish Office Challenge Competition.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Prison Service: Prison Service (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: Sentencing decisions rest with the courts but we do support the aim of reducing prison numbers. That is why we have accepted in principle the recommendations contained in A Safer Way , the joint Prisons and Social Work report which reviewed community disposals and the use of custody for women offenders in Scotland, and why an inter-agency forum, chaired by Professor Sheila McLean, was set up...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Prison Service: Prison Service (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: The Scottish Prison Service has taken into account this Report, and other information about staff views, in developing the Human Resources strategy contained in its Corporate Plan.

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: At least allegations of criminality are marginally relevant to the debate. I am pleased that we have the opportunity today to debate a topic that is one of the top priorities of the Scottish Executive. Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and increasing community safety are matters that will prove to be as important for the new Parliament as they were for successive Administrations in...

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: Matters relating to the legalisation or otherwise of cannabis are reserved to Westminster. However, to pick up on Mr Sheridan's comments, one of the key things that has to be understood and that has to inform all our policy on tackling drug abuse is that there is not just one drug problem in Scotland, there is a multiplicity of drug problems. Whereas the kind of drug-related deaths that Mr...

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: I am not aware of the figures for cannabis abuse, or of the way in which it links with other forms of drug abuse. However, I am aware that all the advice from law enforcement agencies is that fewer drug users use a single drug and more drug users use alcohol, cannabis and harder drugs, such as heroin, in a cocktail. That produces a lethal mixture of dependency and overdose. We must be...

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: I am tempted to allow Mr Sheridan to intervene again—this is becoming interesting. I will restate my point. Generally speaking, it is not true that cannabis is used, or misused, in isolation from other drugs. It is true that the pattern of drug abuse in Scotland predominantly and increasingly involves a cocktail of different drugs, which—with the especially pure heroin that has been...

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: Not at the moment, Mr Harper—perhaps a little later in the debate. Our strategy is set out in the document "Tackling Drugs in Scotland: Action in Partnership", which contains the agreed policy approach for the vast majority of agencies that are in partnership with the Scottish Executive. The strategy includes a wide-ranging programme in the form of national objectives and priorities for...

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: I welcome that intervention, because it gives me the opportunity to make clear our cast-iron commitment to provide resources of approximately £4 million—the precise costing still needs to be determined—which will support 200 additional officers. Although we have not yet decided how those officers will be split between the national agency and local forces, it looks as though 100...

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: One of the reasons why we will not accept the amendment is that its terms are too narrow. The Conservative party's manifesto from the previous set of elections stated that "public confidence in the police is crucial in the fight against crime". That is only one part of the broad agenda under discussion today, which is why we will not accept the amendment.

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: Does Mr Gallie recognise that staffing in the Scottish police forces—civilian support staff and police officers—has risen over the period during which he says the number has declined, from 19,452 in 1998 to 19,509 in the current year? Civilianisation of core staff is a key element in trying to get additional officers out into the communities and into detecting and resolving crime. That is...

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: I reiterate my earlier comments. I said approximately £4 million, because, in order to ensure that we can properly resource the additional 200 officers, the full costings have still to be finalised. Further, I made it absolutely clear that those 200 officers would be additional and new. It would be ludicrous to suggest that 200 officers could be created out of thin air; an appropriate...

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: Those are precisely the economics that got the previous Conservative Government into such hot water in the first place.


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