Results 121–140 of 1158 for speaker:Angus MacKay

Scottish Parliament: Cornton Vale Prison (16 Dec 1999)

Angus MacKay: I thank the member for that contribution. In the remainder of my speech, I will make a number of comments that I hope will help to address that point. When we consider the number of suicides among women prisoners relative to the number of women in prison, the fact of those suicides becomes even more unacceptable. The link with drugs, which has also been mentioned tonight, is clearly relevant....

Scottish Parliament: Cornton Vale Prison (16 Dec 1999)

Angus MacKay: I am not sure whether that specific information is available. I will certainly inquire, and if the information is available, I will pass it on to the member. Information is available on the length of sentencing and that in itself makes interesting reading.

Scottish Parliament: Cornton Vale Prison (16 Dec 1999)

Angus MacKay: I am very grateful to Margaret Ewing for making me aware of that fact. There is a real question about whether it is appropriate, in specific circumstances, to incarcerate young and vulnerable women. The governor of Cornton Vale has pursued that issue recently. If prison is not the right answer, I am also forced to wonder about the concept of the halfway house and whether it will serve us...

Scottish Parliament: Cornton Vale Prison (16 Dec 1999)

Angus MacKay: Yes, certainly.

Scottish Parliament: Cornton Vale Prison (16 Dec 1999)

Angus MacKay: I am not ruling out halfway houses. I am simply making the point that they could be seen as a lesser form of incarceration, and that something altogether more fundamental and radical than putting women into any form of incarceration may be required. "A Safer Way", the review into women offending, concluded that almost all women offenders could be safely punished in the community without any...

Scottish Parliament: Cornton Vale Prison (16 Dec 1999)

Angus MacKay: I apologise to the member. How much time do I have left, Presiding Officer?

Scottish Parliament: Cornton Vale Prison (16 Dec 1999)

Angus MacKay: I will cut short my speech. As members will know, the inter-agency forum has looked at the problems in Glasgow and, within the past month, has submitted its first report. It sees the way forward as the provision of more projects that pursue the diversion agenda in its broadest sense. The forum is looking for the provision of a safe, community-based service for women that is not run by the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (22 Dec 1999)

Angus MacKay: This information is not collected separately. Sentencing is a matter for the judiciary who take full account of the circumstances of particular cases which are brought before them.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Children: Children (24 Dec 1999)

Angus MacKay: The Hamilton Child Safety Initiative was launched in October 1997 by Strathclyde Police in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council in three areas of Hamilton. Following a positive response from the local community supported by research, Strathclyde Police extended the Initiative in 1998 to cover the rest of Hamilton. The Scottish Executive endorses the previous administration’s strong...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (11 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: The information requested is not held centrally.

Scottish Parliament: Sheriff Court Review (Lothian and Borders) (12 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: My concluding remarks will be brief. I congratulate Murray Tosh on raising the subject of the debate. I hope that the constituency members Euan Robson and Ian Jenkins, and all members who have contributed to the debate, will take some satisfaction from the remarks that I am about to make. I am happy to respond to the debate, partly because I hope that what I have to say will be well received,...

Scottish Parliament: scottish executive: Drug Rehabilitation (13 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: The Minister for Finance's statement emphasised the Scottish Executive's commitment to tackling the drugs menace by providing £10.5 million to establish a drugs enforcement agency. Local authorities and health boards are currently planning their budgets for next year and I expect to see clear plans for investment in services locally to tackle head on the drugs problem that affects many...

Scottish Parliament: scottish executive: Drug Rehabilitation (13 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: No—moneys that go to local authorities and health boards are not ring-fenced as such. It is for the individual authorities to specify exactly how the totality of their allocation will be broken down. I can provide the member with current and previous years' expenditure patterns, but until those bodies take their own decisions about exactly how much they will allocate to drugs, it is...

Scottish Parliament: scottish executive: Drug Rehabilitation (13 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: It is a priority for the Executive to conclude as soon as possible the survey that is being undertaken of all expenditure that goes through its budget. The survey includes an examination of residential detoxification centres, to ensure that best-practice proposals are replicated across Scotland. If individual projects do not provide value for money, we expect that those projects will be...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: I should begin by indicating that I have prepared a speech on the basis that I have 25 minutes, but I will attempt to deliver it as quickly as is practicable. I want to put it on record that I believe that it is right that we should spend a full day discussing drugs misuse in this Parliament. Scotland has a very serious drugs problem and other developed countries suffer with us. We are...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: I am sure that Margo MacDonald will have the opportunity to inform us how that could be done when she makes a speech in the debate. Enforcement agencies, and a number of other agencies, are represented on the drug action teams that are developing local strategies, so there is an opportunity to develop a wide range of approaches. We are asking ourselves hard questions about effectiveness;...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: That is an important point, which—if the member will bear with me—I will address directly later in my speech. We have launched a new approach within the Executive to deliver this agenda. We know that we need to break down the traditional departmental barriers to joined-up action on drugs. That means sharing budgets, joint policy development, developing and delivering innovative and...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: I shall finish this point first. I will be launching a drugs website by April. It will feature policy and strategic development documents, latest news and links to helping agencies. Most important, it will provide up-to-date statistics, research and good practice in a variety of settings that will be of direct and practical assistance to those developing and delivering services throughout...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: I can assure Mr Raffan that we will review every issue pertaining to drug misuse. We rule out nothing before we have properly evaluated all approaches.

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: Mr Adam's question has anticipated the very next paragraph of my speech, so I will answer his point directly. I would like to press on with the rest of my speech, as I am aware that time is limited and many other members want to contribute. Scotland's first ever systematic drug misuse research programme is being prepared by the Scottish Advisory Committee on Drug Misuse. That programme will...


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