Results 141–160 of 1158 for speaker:Angus MacKay

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Expenditure: Scottish Executive Expenditure (4 Oct 2001)

Angus MacKay: Some of the £6.3 million end year flexibility allocation to culture and sport will be used to meet some of the costs of the National Galleries of Scotland’s refurbishment of the Royal Scottish Academy building, and works in Holyrood Park. Ministers will announce the use of the balance of the funds in due course.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Expenditure: Scottish Executive Expenditure (4 Oct 2001)

Angus MacKay: £65 million of the £101.9 million end year flexibility figure results from a planned underspend to meet costs arising from the teachers’ pay and conditions settlement. The Minister for Education will announce the use of the balance of the funds in due course.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Staff: Scottish Executive Staff (4 Oct 2001)

Angus MacKay: The number of staff on loan to other organisations from May 1999 to date who have left the employment of the Scottish Executive to take up permanent employment with the receiving organisation is six.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Staff: Scottish Executive Staff (4 Oct 2001)

Angus MacKay: During the period May 1999 to date, five seconded staff have been taken into the employment of the receiving organisation and have left the employment of the Scottish Executive.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Staff: Scottish Executive Staff (4 Oct 2001)

Angus MacKay: The total number of staff currently on secondment to the Scottish Executive from other organisations is 66. The seconding organisations are as follows: Aberdeenshire Council Angus Council Argyll and Bute Council Audit Scotland Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work City of Edinburgh Council Common Services Agency Dundee City Council East Ayrshire Council East of Scotland...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Staff: Scottish Executive Staff (4 Oct 2001)

Angus MacKay: The total number of staff on secondment to the Scottish Executive from other organisations during the period stated is 119. The organisations are as follows: Aberdeenshire Council Angus Council Argyll & Bute Council Audit Scotland BORDERs Primary Care Trust British Council Brodies Solicitors Cardonald College Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work City of Edinburgh Council...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Cities: Cities (3 Oct 2001)

Angus MacKay: In appointing the membership of the sounding board and the academic panel, the Scottish Executive sought to achieve a mix of experience, organisational affiliations, geographical coverage and gender. Unfortunately not all the women who were asked to participate were able to join. However, membership of these groups is not closed and we are currently seeking additional members in order to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Private Finance Initiative: Private Finance Initiative (3 Oct 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Treasury Taskforce Standardisation of PFI Contracts has been available since July 1999. A copy is available in the Parliament’s Reference Centre (Bib. number 16339). It is broadly indicative of the type of provisions contained within PFI contracts although the Executive’s contracts predate it. Payments under a PFI contract are routinely adjusted to reflect performance against it.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Private Finance Initiative: Private Finance Initiative (3 Oct 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Scottish Executive (and formerly the Scottish Office) has managed three Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects in the last 10 years: Skye Bridge (signed 1991); M6 (signed 1997); Kilmarnock Prison (signed 1997). The Executive’s policy is that PFI should only be used where it represents best value for money. To test for value for money, bids received are compared to a Public Sector...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Private Finance Initiative: Private Finance Initiative (3 Oct 2001)

Angus MacKay: The following table shows the number of Private Finance Initiative contracts that have been agreed (signed) and satisfactorily completed (operational) in each of the last five years. Information on compensation is commercially confidential and being a matter for the public sector partners for each individual contract, is not held centrally. Relevant information on other forms of...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Public Inquiries: Public Inquiries (3 Oct 2001)

Angus MacKay: This information is not held centrally and could only be gathered at disproportionate cost.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (1 Oct 2001)

Angus MacKay: Spending priorities are kept under regular review. These are normally run within the cycle of UK spending reviews. To maximise the output from a fixed budget it is essential that priorities are regularly scrutinised to ensure that they both meet identified needs and are affordable. We consult outside bodies on the budget using the Annual Expenditure Report and the Budget Roadshows....

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Staff: Scottish Executive Staff (1 Oct 2001)

Angus MacKay: Further to the answer provided to question S1W-17548, I can confirm that the organisations of the 126 staff on secondment during the period May 1999 to July 2001 whose salary costs were met by the receiving organisation are as follows: Audit Scotland Cairngorm Partnership Child Support Agency Civil Service College in Scotland Common Services Agency COSLA European Commission Fife Enterprise...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Holyrood Project: Holyrood Project (28 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Draft Budget document published on 20 September sets out how the Executive plans to fund increases in the costs of the Parliament up to 2003-04. The increase will be met from the Reserve.

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: The member quotes a figure of £86 million, but fails to acknowledge that approximately £70 million of that was planned underspend, to ensure the successful implementation of the McCrone package, which is precisely to ensure that we have excellence in the education system. That leaves about £16 million. If the member's synthetic concern about that really amounts to something, perhaps he...

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: The point that I made in my speech was that it is wrong for Mr Morgan or any other SNP spokesman to suggest that the total education budget was underspent by 31 per cent. The core education spend through the Executive is a small part of the total education spend that the Executive promotes, particularly through local government. That is why it is dangerous and overblown to throw around...

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: Will Mr Gibson respond to my point?

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: rose—

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: The sensible approach to end-year flexibility was introduced by the Labour Government for a clear purpose: to improve effectiveness in public spending and to stop the absurd end-of-year spending spree that was once common throughout the public sector, in which walls were painted, carpets were replaced, furniture was bought and everything else was done to get the money out the door. EYF is...

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: Not this early in my speech. The remainder, from various budgets, amounts to the equivalent of just five days' spending. We have taken steps to ensure that underspending is reduced in future and that, where it occurs, it is legitimate and sensible. Departmental spending will be closely monitored and there will be quarterly briefings to Peter Peacock and me. If departments are not spending...


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