Results 41–60 of 1158 for speaker:Angus MacKay

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: I am grateful to Roseanna for giving me an opportunity to respond to a number of her points. I am sure that she is aware that the Scottish Executive is participating in the Scottish partnership on domestic violence and in the on-going consultation. We are playing an active role and I welcome her comments. It is right to say that there is a high volume of demand for CCTV, but that relates to...

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: I am grateful for the opportunity to comment. The drug treatment and testing order regime that is being introduced in Glasgow directly addresses the issue raised by Mr Raffan. While we do not at present have drug courts in Scotland, there are a number of pilot projects, which will be reviewed, to test the effectiveness of diversion from the courts in terms of savings in court resources,...

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: I hesitate to intervene as to do so will prolong the contribution—[MEMBERS: "Prolong the agony."] To bring things back to the planet that the rest of us inhabit, will Mr Young explain why there is such a contrast between the current policy approach and that of the previous national Administration in its 18 years of government? Crime figures overall rose by 21 per cent between 1979 and 1997....

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: Although Lyndsay has attempted to pour some consensual water on to the Conservative debate, she might have some difficulty controlling the dangerous dogs that sit beside and behind her. Before she was in the chamber they intervened in a considerably less consensual manner. All members will be impressed and pleased by the way in which the debate has been conducted. Broadly speaking, we have...

Scottish Parliament: Crime Prevention (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: The point that I am making is that the Conservatives had 18 years of government in which to bring to bear the full panoply of all the agencies, budgets and policy instruments to tackle the crime that is rooted in our communities, from law enforcement to regeneration. Despite having a generation of government and investment, the Conservatives failed; they do not hold a moral position from...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Women Offenders (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: The Scottish Prison Service has made encouraging progress in improving conditions for women prisoners. It has also participated in the inter-agency forum set up last year to address the issues highlighted in "A Safer Way", the joint prisons and social work report on women offenders. Conditions for women offenders are one of many issues that the Minister for Justice, Jim Wallace, and I raised...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Women Offenders (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: A major review of community disposals took place last year. The chief inspectors of prisons and social work collaborated on that report. A follow-up review is taking place under the auspices of Professor Sheila McLean. The committee that is dealing with the follow-up report has met eight times and we await a further report from Professor McLean. A number of measures have been put in place in...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Drug Trafficking (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: Effective powers of confiscation are essential in our fight against illegal drugs. I intend to ensure that the powers that are available to the Executive and to enforcement agencies are effective. I am considering a range of options.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Drug Trafficking (23 Sep 1999)

Angus MacKay: As members may be aware, I have been invited by the Irish justice minister to visit Dublin to look at the drug enforcement practices of the Irish Government. While I am there, one of the subjects that I shall be interested to discuss is how assets that have been seized from criminals can be used in communities for preventive and rehabilitative work. While I am in Dublin, any inquiries for...

Scottish Parliament: Open Question Time — scottish executive: Drugs (7 Oct 1999)

Angus MacKay: rose— [Applause.]

Scottish Parliament: Open Question Time — scottish executive: Drugs (7 Oct 1999)

Angus MacKay: Presiding Officer, I will have to resort to this ploy more often. Miss Goldie's remarks are a particularly fiendish Tory ploy to distract me from answering the question. The ministerial committee on tackling drug misuse, which I chair, met for the first time on 17 August and agreed a programme of action to take forward the Executive's commitment to tackling the drugs problem in Scotland. That...

Scottish Parliament: Open Question Time — scottish executive: Drugs (7 Oct 1999)

Angus MacKay: Miss Goldie may or may not be aware that I have responsibility for the Scottish Executive's drugs policy across all departments. I work in tandem with colleagues responsible for communities, health and education. However, I would not want to intrude on the First Minister's responsibility for the number and remit of ministers in Scotland. I do not wish to be partisan, but some may find it...

Scottish Parliament: Open Question Time — scottish executive: Drugs (7 Oct 1999)

Angus MacKay: I will refrain from commenting on the breeding habits of my ministerial colleagues—foxes, chickens or otherwise—despite Miss Goldie's invitation. I repeat that a genuinely cross-cutting approach is being taken, particularly in relation to the issue of drugs in Scotland. We are cutting across departmental lines in a way that has not happened before. We are also going out of our way to cut...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Emergency Planning: Emergency Planning (20 Oct 1999)

Angus MacKay: In relation to emergency planning aimed primarily at protection of lives, the Scottish Executive Justice Department runs general training courses for local authority staff and others, issues general guidance documents as required, and pays civil defence grant.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (20 Oct 1999)

Angus MacKay: While we do compile statistics on crimes of assault, the available information recorded by the Police does not distinguish this level of detail.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (29 Oct 1999)

Angus MacKay: We hold information on conviction rates and sentencing decisions in the Sheriff courts in our court proceedings database. We also publish statistics on this, both in our annual Statistical Bulletin on Criminal Proceedings in Scottish courts, and in our publication on Costs, Sentencing Profiles and the Scottish Criminal Justice System (most recently issued in March 1999). The publication on...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Scottish Prison Service (4 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: At 1 October 1999, 101,643 hours were owed to staff, and 27,579 hours were owed by them.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Scottish Prison Service (4 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: The splashing and slashing is in Mr Gallie's question. The position regarding time-off-in-lieu hours in the Scottish Prison Service is that the number of hours owed has fallen by 20 per cent in the past year. Those figures are entirely reasonable and are in keeping with those of any other national public institution.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Scottish Prison Service (4 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: The average time off in lieu that is owed is 19.6 hours per head, which is a little more than two shifts per member of staff. That is entirely in keeping with standard practice. An action group has been set up by the Scottish Prison Service to examine the re-provisioning of the Scottish Prison Service's budget, over the coming weeks and months. It will be for that group to make...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Youth Services (4 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I announced a new drug prevention and effectiveness unit on 21 September. It will help locally based drug action teams to target the most effective ways of tackling long-running drug misuse problems. I believe that it will be of great help to organisations such as Off the Record and The Corner.


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