Results 61–80 of 1158 for speaker:Angus MacKay

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

Angus MacKay: I am always happy to accept offers to visit projects, providing that my diary permits it.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliamentary Elections (4 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I will begin by making two corrections of fact. I am sure that the errors were unintentional, but they are worth pointing out none the less. First, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton suggested that Gavin Anderson was a Government adviser. I do not think that that is the case. He is one of a number of administrators who helped to draw up the legislation. Secondly, Margaret Smith confused the role of...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliamentary Elections (4 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: Thank you. These are important issues; there is no doubt about that. If votes go missing, that is a matter of concern. I remind the few members who are left in the chamber that parliamentary elections—including elections to this Parliament—are a reserved matter, so we do not have ministerial responsibility for them. I recognise, however, that concerns have been raised. It is proper and...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliamentary Elections (4 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I will come to the bulk of those matters later. If members feel sufficiently strongly about the report from City of Edinburgh Council, or about any report from the secretary of state, they are at liberty to raise those issues here in Parliament and to have them discussed if that is merited. Members will be aware that, after an election count, ballot papers are sealed up in sacks and deposited...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliamentary Elections (4 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I understand from the legal advice that I have received so far that no mechanism to hold a recount is open to the Parliament or its agencies. If MSPs or members of the public have information that contradicts that advice, the Executive would have to examine it. However, the matter is covered by reserved powers and is more properly for the consideration of the Secretary of State for Scotland....

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliamentary Elections (4 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: After the debate is concluded, we will draw it to the attention of the secretary of state and the City of Edinburgh Council, who will take a close interest in the subject of this discussion. The notion that different elections should be held on different days to prevent such circumstances arising in the future has been mentioned. There is some way to go in advancing that argument before it...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliamentary Elections (4 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I do not want to speculate on the reasons for the way in which the European Parliament made its electoral arrangements. If that is the case, it will come out in any future review. The anticipated difficulties that were highlighted before the elections took place were, by and large, focused on the difficulty of explaining to electors how they were expected to use their ballot papers to vote,...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliamentary Elections (4 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I shall give way for the final time.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliamentary Elections (4 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: We are in danger of straying from the subject of the review. I ought to point out that the ballot papers were different colours, so checking which ballot papers were in which boxes should have been a relatively straightforward, if time-consuming, task.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliamentary Elections (4 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I will not give way again as I have done so often enough already. To conclude, I echo the concerns about the elections last May that have been expressed throughout the chamber. I think that those concerns are legitimate. However, I am sure that, between them, the returning officers and the secretary of state will thoroughly examine what went wrong and that lessons will be learnt in time for...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Drugs: Drugs (8 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: The Scottish Office allocation for the Drug Prevention Initiative in the last three financial years of operation was £387,000 each year.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Drugs: Drugs (8 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: There has already been considerable consultation with the police and other relevant organisations about the establishment of the Scottish Drugs Enforcement Agency. The arrangements for appointing the Director are among a range of issues currently under consideration.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Emergency Services: Emergency Services (10 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: The available information is as follows:- Actual, forecast and planned spend on purchase of vehicles by fire brigades in Scotland: figures in £,000. Brigade Actual Forecast Planned 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 ...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Emergency Services: Emergency Services (10 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: Consultation documents setting out options for changes in the police and fire service pension schemes, including changes in contribution rates, were published by the Home Office in March 1998. The response to consultation is under consideration.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (11 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: Under the terms of the Parole Board (Scotland) Rules 1993, the Board considers cases of long term and adult mandatory life prisoners in private. The purpose of the Board's consideration is to establish whether the release of a prisoner on licence is acceptable in terms of risk to the public. The Board does not consider how long a prisoner should serve on grounds of punishment and deterrence....

Scottish Parliament written answers — Nuclear Weapons: Nuclear Weapons (11 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: The Ministry of Defence, emergency services, local authorities and health boards have well established procedures in place for any kind of emergency occurring at submarine bases. These are regularly rehearsed, reviewed and revised to take account of any new threats or issues. Specific responsibility for addressing Y2000 computer issues in relation to the Trident base is, however, a matter for...

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: Despite my expectations, we have had an interesting debate this morning. We opened with some knockabout from Mr Swinney on the theme of "Dad's Army", to which I will return. We had mention of anoraks. We have had the spectacle of Mr Gallie being unable to distinguish between Kenny MacAskill and Fergus Ewing, which I found highly entertaining, although I do not think that Mr MacAskill found it...

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: The categorical nature of my response should have set everyone's mind at rest on the specific questions that had been raised. I would be more than happy to write to Nicola Sturgeon about the details of how those problems are now being addressed. I stress that those concerns have now been addressed in full. A question was raised about the national health service. A great deal of information is...

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I do not have those figures immediately to hand, although I will be delighted to communicate with Mr Gallie about them. I am not sure what specific purpose it will serve, but I am more than happy to do so. I will also be happy to outline some of the benefits that have accrued from the exercise, because there have been some clear benefits for public and private agencies, beyond addressing the...

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: It is fair to say that most of those organisations will have a range of in-house expertise. However, I will be more than happy to research the details and respond directly to Mr Swinney to assure him on that point. It is important—the public want to be assured that the assessors knew what they were doing when they were making the assessments. SNP members referred to the Territorial Army....


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