Results 141–160 of 1158 for speaker:Angus MacKay

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: No. It is an internal Scottish Executive audit looking at the money that goes out of the Executive's door.

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: I am sorry, but I must make progress because I am running out of time. The audit will set spending plans for 2002-03 and beyond. The process in Whitehall is already well under way, with a view to announcements in July. The fight against drugs is one of our major initiatives, and additional resources for drug misuse will be addressed in the review. As I have said, there has nevertheless...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: Members of the European Union have for some time been actively engaged in discussion about how we can create a uniform network of approaches to civil forfeiture. We are actively involved in discussions with the Home Office about legislating in Scotland, if that is seen to be appropriate.

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: I will take the opportunity to pass on to Roseanna Cunningham some information that I think may be helpful. At the time of the launch of the drugs enforcement agency, we set out its key objectives. The director of the new agency will be appointed next month. It will be for the director to establish the operational objectives of the agency, as is appropriate, and there will certainly be an...

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: But that is different.

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Drug Misuse (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: It has always been the Executive's approach to take a balanced way forward. This is not a matter of our having either enforcement or rehabilitation and education; it is a matter of doing both. In the remarks to which the member refers, I was trying to convey our belief that, in the short term, the most immediate impact on drug misuse may come through enforcement, but that, in the medium...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Drugs Education (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: The policy unit of the Scottish Executive was commissioned to audit the Scottish Executive's expenditure on tackling drug misuse, identifying the resources that are going into each strand of the drugs strategy. The work will inform policy making across the Scottish Executive and should be completed by the end of April 2000. No additional costs are involved in the project.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Drugs Education (20 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: The purpose of the audit is to inventory every penny that is spent by the Executive in relation to drug misuse. Therefore, the public health policy unit will be taken into account—as will every other unit in the Executive. Measurement of the outputs of organisations is work that might follow at a later stage, once the audit has reached its conclusions.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Drugs: Drugs (24 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: The national organisations funded directly by the Scottish Executive are shown below: Name of body Function Source of Funding Annual Public Funding Scotland Against Drugs Education and prevention Health Department £1,000,000 Scottish Drugs Forum ...

Scottish Parliament: Rape Cases (Protection of Victims) (26 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: I have heard Gil Paterson speak on a number of occasions in the Parliament, and I can say that on none of them has he spoken with the passion that he brought to tonight's debate. It is clear that his sentiments are sincere and genuine. I congratulate him on securing the debate. As end-of-day debates often are, it has been a valuable opportunity to put a spotlight on issues about which there...

Scottish Parliament: Rape Cases (Protection of Victims) (26 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: Yes, of course.

Scottish Parliament: Rape Cases (Protection of Victims) (26 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: To be completely honest, I do not know whether that is possible. I am more than happy to investigate, although I think it unlikely that the procurator fiscal will provide the reasons why cases were not proceeded upon. I will examine the matter and write to Margaret Curran.

Scottish Parliament: Rape Cases (Protection of Victims) (26 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: That is an important point. Earlier in the debate, Lyndsay McIntosh acknowledged that sexual assault can have an equally horrifying impact on victims. I think that I deal with that issue later in my speech. If not, I apologise. I was talking about the role of voluntary organisations. When the victim of a serious sexual offence reports the crime to the police, the police ask if they would like...

Scottish Parliament: Rape Cases (Protection of Victims) (26 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: I take that point and will try to address it, if not head on, at least in passing. The court has the discretion at any time to limit the extent of questioning or evidence. In the event that questioning about previous sexual history is permitted by the court, the prosecutor and the judge have a duty to ensure that the victim is not subjected to aggressive or abusive cross-examination. However,...

Scottish Parliament: Rape Cases (Protection of Victims) (26 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: In that case I will come to a conclusion. I would again like to welcome the opportunity that this debate has given us to consider a wide-ranging, complex and important subject and to acknowledge the valuable report produced by Soroptimist International. I have tried to describe some areas in which the Executive has made progress or is undertaking further work. I have noted what members have...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Drugs: Drugs (27 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: The Executive has made significant progress in implementing Tackling Drugs in Scotland: Action in Partnership . Officials are currently drawing up a Drugs Action Plan for publication which will highlight areas being tackled and to hold the Executive to account. I announced last week a further £2 million to tackle drug misuse in communities, an additonal £1 million for Scotland Against Drugs...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Drugs Enforcement Agency (27 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and representatives of all the other enforcement agencies operating in this country have been and will continue to be consulted about the establishment of the Scottish drugs enforcement agency.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Drugs Enforcement Agency (27 Jan 2000)

Angus MacKay: It is right and proper that the new director of the agency, who will take up the post in February, should be the individual with key responsibility for setting up the operational targets for the agency. It is not a matter of proceeding either with investment in enforcement or with investment in rehabilitation and education; it is a matter of doing both appropriately, and that is what the...


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