Results 101–120 of 1158 for speaker:Angus MacKay

Scottish Parliament written answers — Civil Service: Civil Service (19 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: Local economic conditions, such as levels of unemployment, are included in the range of factors taken into account when relocation decisions are taken. No one factor has primacy over others; the relocation of each organisation is considered on its own merits.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Public Appointments: Public Appointments (19 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: Political activity declarations were introduced by the Commissioner for Public Appointments in 1996. The information they contain is monitored by the commissioner to ensure that all appointments are made on merit after a fair, open and transparent process. All appointments made under the terms and conditions of Commissioner's Code are subject to independent scrutiny. Independent Assessors are...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Civil Service: Civil Service (16 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: Relocation decisions are based on a range of issues including costs, quality and efficiency of service, economic factors such as unemployment, availability and suitability of property and staff, transport issues and the position of staff concerned and the individual requirements of each organisation. Further criteria to be taken into account will depend on the organisation itself and the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Websites: Scottish Executive Websites (16 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: We have today published our first progress report on electronic service delivery which shows that the Executive, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies already provide over 60% of their services online. Unsurprisingly, most of these relate to the provision of information, but some transactions are already fully electronically enabled, and many more are planned. We have also published...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Foot-and-Mouth Disease: Foot-and-Mouth Disease (15 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: The latest information available from councils indicates that £2,408,417 had been granted in rates relief for businesses affected by foot-and-mouth disease at 31 August 2001. It is currently estimated that around £4.1 million will be granted in total to affected businesses by the end of the year.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Finance: Local Government Finance (15 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: Allocations made to date are listed in the table. However, further allocations are likely to be made in this financial year. Purpose Amount Allocated (£ million) Aggregate External Finance 121.880 Capital Allocation 12.463 Better Neighbourhood Services Fund ...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Non-Departmental Public Bodies: Non-Departmental Public Bodies (15 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Executive’s Public Appointments Unit maintains a register of all people serving on non-departmental public bodies. Full details are also available on the Executive’s website at www.scotland.gov.uk/government/publicappoint .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Non-Domestic Rates: Non-Domestic Rates (15 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: The amounts of non-domestic rates collected by councils on behalf of the Scottish Executive for the years 1996-97 to 2000-01 are shown in the following table: Year £ million 1996-97 1,332.1 1997-98 1,327.2 1998-99 1,435.9 1999-2000 ...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Non-Domestic Rates: Non-Domestic Rates (15 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: As at 30 June 2001 (the latest information available), there were 51,610 non-domestic properties with appeals arising from the 2000 Revaluation outstanding. The Scottish Executive holds no information on the grounds on which these appeals were lodged with the Assessors. Information is not held centrally on outstanding rolling roll appeals (appeals arising from a change in occupier, tenant or...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (14 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Executive has introduced a number of measures aimed at improving access to procurement opportunities. A website, www.scotland.gov.uk/procurement, was launched in November 1999. The site provides information on the types of goods and services the Executive procures and guidance for those wishing to sell to the Executive. In 2000, the Executive introduced an online "business enquiry"...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Non-Domestic Rates: Non-Domestic Rates (13 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: Based on the proposals put forward in May in the Scottish Executive Consultation Paper Rate Relief for Small Businesses , businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of £10,000 or less, subject to certain criteria, would benefit from a general rate relief scheme. The table shows the number of all non-domestic properties above and below the £10,000 rateable value threshold by local...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Non-Domestic Rates: Non-Domestic Rates (13 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Scottish Executive’s consultation paper on rates relief for small businesses proposes an extension to the rural rates relief scheme, to offer 50% mandatory rates relief to qualifying singly owned pubs in designated rural settlements. The proposals for a general rate relief scheme for small businesses do not include any special provisions for licensed premises.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Non-Domestic Rates: Non-Domestic Rates (13 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Executive has published for consultation a scheme based on rateable values because this is transparent and easy to understand. The rateable value threshold of £10,000 has been an accepted measure of small businesses for some time and is the threshold criterion for the current 2p reduction in poundage. An estimated 70% of businesses occupy properties with a rateable value of £10,000 or...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Procurement: Scottish Executive Procurement (12 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Executive’s catering is handled by external contractors. Information on spending by those contractors on particular brands or products is not held by the Executive.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Procurement: Scottish Executive Procurement (12 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Executive’s policy is that all procurement should be on the basis of value for money, in the interests of the taxpayer. The Executive does not routinely purchase the types of product which are available under "fair trade" schemes. Where such products are purchased, fair trade brands may be selected where they offer value for money for the taxpayer.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Staff: Scottish Executive Staff (9 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: The total number of civil servants in Victoria Quay, Edinburgh who have obtained a Lothian Buses Ridacard, with a repayable loan from the Scottish Executive, in each year since 1997 is listed below. It should be noted, however, that the Scottish Executive no longer holds information for the period 1 January 1997 to 31 March 1997. The 1997 figure therefore represents Ridacards obtained from...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Travel: Scottish Executive Travel (9 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: The number of flights undertaken by ministers and officials for the period 11 September 2001 through to 12 October 2001 is as follows: Return Flights One Way Flights Ministers 30 14 Officials 613 82 Five return flights...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive: Scottish Executive (7 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: Responsibility for security, on a day to day basis, is delegated to the Departmental Security Officer. The security measures in place at any one time are appropriate to the perceived threat. It would be inappropriate to detail the measures deployed. Security costs are met from the Scottish Executive Administration budget. The direct costs related to Security Branch for the current year is...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Departments: Scottish Executive Departments (6 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Scottish Executive’s fleet of dual fuelled vehicles will increase to 69% of the total fleet by March 2002.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Departments: Scottish Executive Departments (6 Nov 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Scottish Executive does not lease any of its vehicles. The Scottish Prison Service Agency currently leases 90 vehicles. None of these vehicles are capable of running on liquefied petroleum gas.


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