Results 81–100 of 1158 for speaker:Angus MacKay

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: Scottish ministers are absolutely responsible for ensuring that the Scottish Executive moves forward with the utmost preparedness for foreseeable risks and that such preparations happen with due consideration of the assessment of business-critical systems. We have done that. I do not see how any reasonable person could articulate an alternative approach.

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: If the member wants to comment on that, he can do so later. I want to make a further point about code blue. Code blue is a mark of robustness for the responsible body. For example, Caledonian MacBrayne received an amber rating because of the failure of one winch on one ferry. Although a compliance certificate was obtained, blue status was not given until further tests were completed. In all...

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I have probably given way to Mr Swinney for the last time in the debate. I am happy to have given him the opportunity to make his position clear. I will now move on to other issues, particularly date discontinuity problems after the year 2000 changeover. The Executive has reminded organisations about the internationally agreed dates that are likely to cause problems. As for the issue of...

Scottish Parliament: Millennium Date Change (11 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: Returning to reality, I would like to speak about an issue that falls within my portfolio. Despite the best, most thorough efforts that have been made in the utilities, in private sector and public sector services and in industry, the possibility remains that a dislocation of services could take place to an extent, because of a variety of factors, including the weather, the celebrations, the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Information Technology: Information Technology (16 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: Health and environmental consequences are uppermost in the priorities of the Ministry of Defence, emergency services, local authorities and health boards when preparing emergency plans. These are regularly rehearsed, reviewed and revised to take account of all known threats and risks. Specific responsibility for addressing the possibility of year 2000 computer problems affecting facilities at...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (24 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: The debate has given us all the opportunity to discuss the range of legislative and non-legislative measures that the Executive is bringing forward and the action that is covered by the land reform action plan. There are clearly many aspects to our policy—its cumulative impact will be significant. This debate has been an excellent chance for the Executive to bring MSPs up to date with our...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (24 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: Not at the moment. The legislation is also about creating local forums to ensure that all the interests that make up the countryside—landowners, farmers, local authorities and people using the countryside—have the opportunity to co-operate to deliver policies that protect the countryside as well as make it available for the use of all the people of Scotland. The Executive's plans for...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (24 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I am not familiar with all the absentee crofters who are known to Mr Monteith. Perhaps we can continue that discussion later, when I know their circumstances. Our plans for legislation, in the remainder of this session, focus on the reform of real burdens, sites of special scientific interest, agricultural holdings and crofting. Taken together, those issues will form a major part of the...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (24 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I do not think that I can give that assurance, as I do not fully understand the question. Roseanna Cunningham expressed the concern that the codes of practice were to be introduced only by the end of 2000. That is the correct time scale. A clear message that emerged from the land reform policy group's consultation was that the land use codes should be subject to full consultation. We are...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (24 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I am happy to deal with that point and I will make two further ones. The Executive will pay for administration costs and compensation in relation to this legislation. I am happy that the land fund will be able to help communities with the purchase price of the land as it becomes available. Scottish ministers will be closely involved with the development of the land fund; we are working on its...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (24 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I have not been able to deal with a number of points, as this has been a wide-ranging debate. I finish by stressing the fact that the Executive has gone out of its way to make the process of consultation—which began before its existence—on land reform as thorough, open and lengthy as necessary, but within a time frame that allows it to deliver the legislation early in the new Parliament's...

Scottish Parliament: Law and Order (25 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Law and Order (25 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I am unclear whether Mr Gallie is welcoming the commitment, through the financial statement, of £5 million per year for the drugs enforcement agency and the additional 200 officers, or not. To clarify a point Mr Gallie made: we have always said 200 additional officers, probably 100 at the centre and 100 in the forces, but that that would be an operational decision. Will Mr Gallie confirm,...

Scottish Parliament: Law and Order (25 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Law and Order (25 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: I can clarify that members of the Criminal Assets Bureau in Ireland and members of the Irish Government confirmed to me their confidence that, even if they were challenged under the terms of the European convention on human rights, they would win any such challenge in the European courts. Does Mr Gallie support the European convention on human rights?

Scottish Parliament: Law and Order (25 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: As Mr Matheson has touched on the views of Mr Clive Fairweather, perhaps I can ask him to comment on Mr Fairweather's specific statement on the announcement, that "as circumstances change—and in this case where the population appears to have steadied, at much the same time as 500 more spaces have been created by the new prison at Kilmarnock, (plus a new block in Saughton)—then perhaps it...

Scottish Parliament: Law and Order (25 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: That concluding sentence was just nonsense. I would again like to quote Mr Clive Fairweather on the specific point that Mr Matheson is raising on the Peterhead unit. In response to the announcement, he said: "This is for up to 10 difficult prisoners, and only today we have just completed the first formal inspection report on it. It is to be 'mothballed'—and this can be done safely as there...

Scottish Parliament: Law and Order (25 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: Will Mr Gibson give way?

Scottish Parliament: Law and Order (25 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: Today's debate has been full and interesting. When I saw the terms of the Conservative motion, I could guess what kind of debate we would have and I have not been disappointed. It is always a pleasure to watch a debate, particularly when Mr Gallie is participating. Before I pick up on some of the specific matters raised by members, I will begin by emphasising the Executive's commitment to...

Scottish Parliament: Law and Order (25 Nov 1999)

Angus MacKay: No, not at the moment. On the predictions of chaos and disruption in the courts, I wholly refute any suggestion that that will take place. There will be some disruption, in particular to civil business; the Deputy First Minister acknowledged that in his statement on 11 November. However, there is no doubt that the judiciary and the court staff are working hard to minimise any difficulties,...


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