Results 161–180 of 1158 for speaker:Angus MacKay

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Finance Committee will receive whatever documentation and information is appropriate under parliamentary procedures and expectations. One reason why the monitoring procedure—

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: No, I will continue with my point. Monitoring procedures had to change because we moved to resource account budgeting, which means that we have an entirely new system in place to deal with our budgets. Brian Adam will know about that from the detailed financial convolutions that we went through with various finance spokespersons and the Finance Committee. We now have a more rigorous method of...

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: No, the same process is not in place, but, yes, there is a guarantee that there will be better scrutiny. Last week, we used EYF money to wipe out historic national health service trust deficits. That was welcomed by Tayside Health Board, as The Press and Journal reports, with spontaneous applause from staff at the announcement. In Alasdair Morgan's area, Dumfries and Galloway Health Board,...

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: Sit down and listen. If we have doubts about the SNP's numeracy, we also are entitled to have pretty grave doubts about whether Alasdair Morgan or anyone else in his party is paying attention. He claimed, again in The Press and Journal, that SNP members have not been told anything. The fact is they have not been paying attention. In early June, Peter Peacock told the Finance Committee that...

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: Sit down. If only the SNP would pay attention. By then there were, as I said, five SNP MPs at Westminster, including, apparently, an economist—their leader in exile—but still there was no interest or comment and there were no questions. That says much about the synthetic sincerity of the SNP.

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: Sit down and listen. It is a feature of the Scottish Parliament that parliamentary questions can be asked throughout the summer recess. So, did the SNP finance spokesman or any other SNP MSP take advantage of that? No—except, to be fair, for Andrew Wilson, who recently asked when we would be making an announcement. But perhaps we should not expect too much. The SNP, as we know, is not good...

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: It is no surprise that even one of its own senior figures describes the SNP's policies as financially illiterate. In the Evening Times this week, Duncan Hamilton, who somewhat ridiculously is still described as "The fresh new voice of Scottish politics", said of his own party's tax policies: "this looks a ridiculously risky strategy". He reminded the SNP that it needs to "learn from the...

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: Let us get away from the SNP and back to reality. We have taken hold of Scotland's public finances, we have taken hard decisions to achieve our priorities and we have been rigorous in finding the money to pay for them. Free personal care, the abolition of tuition fees and the reform of teachers' pay are all fully funded and have been funded within our budget. EYF is part of that process. What...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Best Value: Best Value (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: Our policy is that private finance initiative (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 comparator (PSC) which represents an estimate of the whole life cost of procuring of the specified services by conventional means. A study by Arthur Anderson on behalf of HM Treasury showed that average...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Elections: Elections (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Representation of the People Act 2000 made changes to parliamentary elections rules in relation to assistance with voting for people with disabilities. Similar measures will be introduced for local government elections later this year and will make it easier for visually impaired people to cast their votes.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: Invitees to these events were not preselected. An open invitation was sent to various public, private and voluntary bodies in those areas. These organisations were asked to nominate representatives and recommend other local bodies which the Executive could extend an invite to. In this way a range of local interests, including political parties, were represented at each event. Asking for...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: 67 people from across a broad range of public and private sector bodies attended the Budget Roadshow in Kilmarnock and 48 attended in Dundee.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: I refer the member to the answer given to question S1W-18253 on 19 September 2001.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: Expenditure on administering the Scottish Executive is subject to the same rigorous scrutiny and control as other areas of the budget. Details of the target to contain spending on the administration by the Scottish Executive relative to the total Scottish budget are presented annually to Parliament in the supporting budget documents which accompany the Budget Bill. The latest figures for...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Buildings: Scottish Executive Buildings (27 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Scottish Executive has no current plans for the sale and lease back of properties which it owns.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (26 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Scottish Executive is in regular contact with the UK Government on a wide range of issues including the Barnett formula.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (26 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: The following tables set out the most recent figures available for estimated payments on Public/Private Partnerships and Private Finance Initiative projects for signed deals broken down sector by sector including local authorities. The annual public expenditure required to service these projects and their lifetime costs are matters of commercial confidentiality between the public sector...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (26 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: The accounts for 2000-01 are currently being audited and, as set out in statute, will be laid before Parliament no later than 31 December 2001. End-year flexibility entitlement is agreed with the Treasury on the basis of estimated outturn.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Parliamentary Questions: Parliamentary Questions (26 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: Question S1W-15829 was answered on 26 September.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Public Sector: Public Sector (26 Sep 2001)

Angus MacKay: The Scottish Executive does not offer a fixed number of vocational placements for students. Numbers vary depending on opportunities available each year. Sixty-one places have been provided so far this year.


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