Results 161–180 of 1158 for speaker:Angus MacKay

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

Angus MacKay: Yes, of course I can give that assurance. It would be inappropriate to denude local forces of experienced officers without suitable replacements coming in, supporting the work of the agency centrally only to see enforcement efforts weakened locally. That is not what the Executive intends and we will certainly not allow that to happen.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Home Office: Home Office (3 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: The Scottish Executive is in regular contact with the Home Office on a wide range of issues.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Drug Misuse (3 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: I welcome the publication of the report, which provides useful and timely information on recent drug-related deaths in the greater Glasgow area. Official statistics on drug-related deaths are collated and published annually with the co-operation of forensic pathologists and local enforcement agencies. The Executive is currently assessing whether that information can be improved.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Drug Misuse (3 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: I agree with Mr Henry's sentiments. It is critically important that every drug action team, of which there are 20 in Scotland, effectively develops research on the nature of the drug problem on the ground in its area, so that rehabilitation and education services in particular are tailored accurately to the nature of the problem in each part of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Drug Misuse (3 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: Dorothy-Grace Elder's sensitivity is touching. The provision of services for drug misusers in Scotland is at the heart of the Executive's drug misuse policy. It is part of a balanced package of enforcement, rehabilitation and education. As the drugs minister, I want to see an increasing number of services such as those provided by Phoenix Health Group in Glasgow, which tackle directly the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Dirt Bikes (3 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: The provision of regulations governing the use of various types of transport on land depends on the specific status of the land concerned.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Dirt Bikes (3 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: In addition to the specific circumstances, the way in which the regulations would be enforced would depend on which type of land the dirt bike was travelling. I am sorry to hear of the injury to the individual concerned. If Karen Whitefield is willing to write to me in detail about the case, I will undertake to examine the matter and to write back with a detailed examination of the position.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Drugs: Drugs (7 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: It is for the statutory authorities, in liaison with local Drug Action Teams, to ensure that there is an appropriate range of treatment services for drug misusers in line with the national objectives set out in Scotland’s drugs strategy. The success of methadone treatment in reducing crime, deaths, disease and drug use is well documented. In light, however, of the tragic death of Kerry-Ann...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Crime: Crime (11 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: Self-help groups such as those involved with Neighbourhood Watch and crime prevention/community safety panels operate entirely on a voluntary basis, supported by local police forces. The Scottish Executive provides support in the form of publicity materials and in the case of panels has, since 1997, awarded £54,000 of funding for local crime prevention initiatives. I also announced last...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Emergency Services: Emergency Services (14 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: Total fire service GAE was increased from £178.5million for 1999-2000 to £186.9 million for 2000-01 to include provision for increases in pay and pension costs, increased spending on community fire safety, improvements in health and safety training and improvements in the standards of volunteer units.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Emergency Services: Emergency Services (14 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: Total fire service GAE is distributed each year in accordance with a distribution formula agreed by the Distribution Committee of the Working Party on Local Government Finance. The formula is based on 3 indicators; namely, standardised establishments, standardised establishments per station and pensions. Standardised establishments, the primary indicator, are calculated from the approved...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Emergency Services: Emergency Services (14 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: Likely increases in pay costs were taken into account in the determination of total fire service GAE for each of the three years 1999-2000 to 2001-02, but the entitlement of retained fire-fighters to holiday pay is an issue which is still under consideration and no provision was expressly included on that account.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Emergency Planning: Emergency Planning (23 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: Emergency response plans for accidents or incidents occurring within the Crombie storage facility are a matter for MOD. I understand, however, that while the facility is exempt from the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999, the MOD have prepared, in co-operation with local authority and emergency services, plans to protect people and the environment in the surrounding area from...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Communities: Communities (24 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: Applications submitted for CCTV and community safety projects under the "Make Our Communities Safer" Challenge Competition are being evaluated. We hope to be able to announce the results shortly.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Drug Misuse: Drug Misuse (29 Feb 2000)

Angus MacKay: The information available from the recorded crime statistics is given in the table below: Drug crimes recorded by the Scottish police 1996-99 1996 1997 1998 1999 Jan-Sept (provisional) Total drugs crimes 23,992 ...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (1 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: Will Mr Harding acknowledge that combined police and civilian staff numbers are now higher than they were under the Conservatives? The police endorse that approach because of its importance in releasing police officers to do front-line work.

Scottish Parliament: Drugs Strategy (1 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: I begin by apologising to members. It will not be possible to address in detail the wide range of issues that have been raised in the debate so far. I thank Johann Lamont for raising this subject for debate. It is clear, not only from this debate but from the recent all-day debate on drugs, that everyone here is genuinely concerned about drug misuse, not simply because of its effects on the ...

Scottish Parliament: Drugs Strategy (1 Mar 2000)

Angus MacKay: No, I am not. The Scottish Prison Service budget is increasing year on year. The £13 million came from end-year surplus, money that had not been spent in previous years' budgets.


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