Results 1–20 of 161 for speaker:Campbell Martin

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tattooing and Skin Piercing: Tattooing and Skin Piercing (27 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there was a working group on the licensing of skin piercing and tattooing and, if so, who its members were, what the background was of each member and on what basis they were appointed to the group.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (26 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an offence of "negligent misstatement" exists in Scots law.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (26 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what offence or offences would be committed by a Scottish company that, in bidding for a publicly-funded contract, misrepresented the status and financial standing of the company and deliberately made false statements (a) about being a subsidiary of a major overseas organisation, (b) when naming supporting referees, (c) when naming people and companies supposedly...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Justice: Justice (26 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a prisoner who is domiciled in Scotland but is serving a custodial sentence in an English prison can, on reaching the point in their sentence at which they qualify for home detention curfew (HDC), return to their home in Scotland to serve the remainder of their sentence under HDC and what the reason is for the position.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Poverty (22 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: To ask the First Minister whether tackling poverty among the working poor is a Scottish Executive priority. (S2F-2797)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Poverty (22 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: Everyone wants to tackle poverty and eradicate low wages. Is the First Minister aware of the "Voices of people experiencing poverty in Scotland: Everyone matters?" report, which has been published this week, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and supported by 20 Scottish charities? There are a number of statistics in that report that relate to real people—they are not just figures, as...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Poverty (22 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: Does the First Minister accept that the main cause of poverty among the working poor is low wages and that we need to raise them to eradicate such poverty? I should apologise, because I said something earlier that is not true—I said that we all want to tackle poverty and eradicate low wages, but, unfortunately, that is not true. Does the First Minister support the Labour councillors in...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Poverty (22 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: I am coming to Frank McAveety. Under the heading, "Wage Levels", the policy says: "Average Gross Hourly pay in North Ayrshire is £8.75 compared to £10.17 in Scotland and £11.19 for Great Britain. It is 12% below the UK level of £9.60 per hour." Does the First Minister support the Labour councillors in North Ayshire, who advertise the area as a low-wage economy and who, in essence, say to...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland in the United Kingdom (22 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland in the United Kingdom (22 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: I fully accept that unionist members hold strong views about the union, but does the member accept that there is a difference between passionately believing in something and telling lies about it to further one's cause?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland in the United Kingdom (22 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: The Minister for Parliamentary Business said that she—I think she meant the Labour Party—came to the Parliament to manage devolution. I did not come here to manage devolution, which partly explains why I am sitting here as an independent. Personally, I came here to do the best for the people of Scotland. I do not think that we can achieve the best for the people of Scotland in a devolved,...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland in the United Kingdom (22 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: No thanks. We have had 300 years of apologists for the British union. We do not need to hear any more. The people of Scotland have always known their place within the union, because we have always been told our place within the union. The Scot's role has been to be a labour force and, at times of war, cannon-fodder. It is not just British political parties or the British establishment that...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland in the United Kingdom (22 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: How do you know who I was pointing to, Presiding Officer? It is not normal for one nation to be governed by another. However, that is the situation today, as this is only a devolved Parliament that is answerable to the Westminster Parliament. This Parliament is totally subservient to the Parliament in London. We need independence because only with independence can we deal with the...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland in the United Kingdom (22 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: Denis Healey was the man who said that we were an economic basket-case and could not stand on our own two feet. As I said, unionist political parties do not always tell the truth when they are talking about the constitution. Dr Gavin McCrone supplied a report to the Labour Government at that time. That Labour Government had told us that Scotland was an economic basket-case and that we were...

Scottish Parliament: Alcohol Misuse (7 Mar 2007)

Campbell Martin: I am glad that everyone who has spoken in this debate has acknowledged that alcohol misuse affects every part of and every social class in Scotland. I am also sure that we would all acknowledge the great work done by many people in voluntary organisations, the health service and certain parts of Government. However, a degree of hypocrisy permeates all the arguments about alcohol misuse, even...

Scottish Parliament: Workers' Rights (15 Feb 2007)

Campbell Martin: I congratulate Rosemary Byrne and Solidarity on bringing the issue of workers' rights to the Parliament, and I acknowledge the immense amount of work that Rosemary Byrne and Irene Oldfather have put in to support the Simclar workers. The treatment of those workers has been an absolute disgrace, and the behaviour of Mr Sam Russell has been little short of capitalist gangsterism. The man is...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Police: Police (18 Dec 2006)

Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact has been of a reduction in policing levels over the last 10 years in the Ayrshire village of West Kilbride, from one sergeant and five constables to one community police officer, on the service provided to the community by Strathclyde Police and, in particular, what the impact has been on clear-up rates for vandalism and drug-related crime in the...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Public-private Partnerships (Competition) (23 Nov 2006)

Campbell Martin: To ask the First Minister whether there are sufficient economic operators within the PPP contract market in Scotland to ensure that the requirement for genuine competition is achieved in relation to every contract. (S2F-2565)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Public-private Partnerships (Competition) (23 Nov 2006)

Campbell Martin: The First Minister will be aware that the European public sector procurement law and the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/1) require genuine competition for PPP contracts. He might not be surprised if I refer to the North Ayrshire Council schools PPP contract. Is he aware that there were only two bids for that contract, one of which was identified by the council's...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Public-private Partnerships (Competition) (23 Nov 2006)

Campbell Martin: I should clarify that some complaints are still with the Lord Advocate and the procurator fiscal in Kilmarnock, so the matter is not closed. As the First Minister will accept, the Scottish Executive is responsible for the money for PPP contracts. However, is he aware that when I asked the Executive's scrutineers, Partnerships UK, why it had allowed the North Ayrshire Council contract to...


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