Results 61–80 of 4496 for speaker:Jim Mather

Scottish Parliament: Unemployment (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I note the fervour of the question. I know that the member is now well connected in high places in London and can get that message across directly. Yesterday in Edinburgh, Richard Lochhead and I attended an event on rural broadband. Real lead is being put into the pencil of rural broadband. The member knows about what is happening with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and projects in its...

Scottish Parliament: Unemployment (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I would love to have a full day to discuss that. Although I will leave politics in May, I will continue to be part of that process, which is the direction of travel. The current position is the ratcheted thin end of a wedge that will go further and further. Scotland will become independent, because people always adopt what works.

Scottish Parliament: Whistleblowers (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government has an established policy on whistleblowing for Scottish Government staff, which is based on the provisions of the civil service code and the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. The policy is published on the Scottish Government website. The relevant national policy for NHS Scotland states: “Organisations must welcome the raising of issues and concerns and promote...

Scottish Parliament: Whistleblowers (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I apologise, but I did not catch what was said.

Scottish Parliament: Whistleblowers (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: That is a matter for another portfolio. However, as someone with a track record of favouring mediation, I am interested in the member’s question, which I am sure has been heard by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.

Scottish Parliament: Lee Jeans Sit-in (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I warmly congratulate Duncan McNeil on bringing the debate to Parliament and for telling the Lee jeans story so well. The common theme in the debate is that the Lee jeans experience touched us all. I was born and brought up in Greenock. I have lived in Greenock, Gourock and Port Glasgow and been to school there. I think that I became an economic migrant during that time of 25 per cent...

Scottish Parliament: Fenwick Weavers Society (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I, too, congratulate Willie Coffey on securing the debate and thank everyone who has contributed for their interesting, supportive and personal remarks. Two members are making their final speeches to the Parliament today. I join James Kelly in acknowledging the contribution of Cathy Jamieson who, as a minister and a member of this Parliament, has always been courteous and thoughtful. The...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Digital Technology: Digital Technology (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The criteria used by the expert panel for assessing local action group strategic bids are as follows. Scoring Criteria Evaluation Criteria 1. Description of overall bid Should outline the number and nature of projects 2. Meets National Outcomes Local Action Group should outline why it believes the activity will meet the National Outcomes 3 Contribution to LEADER outcomes...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy Efficiency: Energy Efficiency (9 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government will provide funding to the Energy Saving Trust in 2011-12 to support the delivery of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan. Budgets have yet to be confirmed.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy Efficiency: Energy Efficiency (9 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government has allocated a total of £28.1 million to the Energy Saving Trust for financial year 2010-11. Actual spend may differ from this due to in-year variances. This funding covered services delivered on behalf of the Transport, Housing and Regeneration, Fuel Poverty and Energy and Climate Change policy areas of Scottish Government.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (9 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The amount of public funding that has been provided to the Intellectual Assets Centre to run Project VIA Food and Drink and whether further funding will be provided for this activity is an operational matter for Scottish Enterprise in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. I have asked the Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise to provide you with a response to your...

Scottish Parliament written answers — European Funding: European Funding (9 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: For the 2007-13 period, European Structural Funds in Scotland comprise four programmes: the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) in each of the Highlands and Islands and in Lowlands and Uplands programming areas. The programmes have been "interrupted" not "suspended". An "interruption" is a temporary arrangement, whereas a "suspension" is of a more...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Renewable Energy: Renewable Energy (9 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Scottish Enterprise has created the £70 million National Renewables Infrastructure Fund to support the development of offshore renewable energy manufacturing facilities over the next four years. Specific expenditure on an annual basis will depend upon proposals received, timing of funding requirement and factors including the level of market interest associated with each site.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Renewable Energy: Renewable Energy (9 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The following table shows Scottish Government expenditure on renewable energy by year. It does not include investment in renewable energy by the enterprise agencies. Scottish Government Expenditure on Renewable Energy Year 2002-3 £230,319 2003-4 £2,669,069 2004-5 £3,871,157 2005-6 £3,950,828 2006-7 £8,653,021 2007-8 £16,017,256 2008-9 £15,157,616 2009-10 £24,560,404...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Employment: Employment (8 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The information requested is not held centrally. Estimates from Oil and Gas UK suggest that the UKCS (UK Continental Shelf) decommissioning market could support between 8,000 and 10,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2015. The decommissioning market is set to grow over the next five years, the annual value exceeding £1 billion in today’s money for the first time in 2015.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Elections: Elections (7 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Electoral Registration Officers are responsible for maintaining the electoral register and dealing with applications from individuals to register to vote. The Scottish Government does not hold the information requested. Convicted prisoners cannot currently register to vote in elections. The franchise is the responsibility of the UK Government. UK Ministers have said that any change to the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Elections: Elections (7 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: In April 2009 the previous (Labour) UK Government issued its second consultation paper in response to the European Court’s ruling in the Hirst case. In the context of the then government’s conclusion in the light of the Court’s ruling "that prisoners’ right to vote should be determined on the basis of their sentence" the Scottish Government’s response to the UK Government made it...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament Elections (3 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: On 5 May, the people of Scotland will have the opportunity to ensure that their voices are heard and to give us as politicians their feedback on our performance. More important, they will have the opportunity to tell us what the priorities for our country should be and how they should be tackled. That direct engagement is a key benefit of devolution on which we must build. Last November, we...

Scottish Parliament: There is a Better Way Campaign (3 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: There is a big difference between light touch and no touch. The Treasury, the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority let this country down enormously badly.

Scottish Parliament: There is a Better Way Campaign (3 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I thank Elaine Smith for securing the debate. Viewed in the wider context of the increasingly extreme political and economic challenges that are being faced by other eurozone nations, it is even more important that the Parliament focuses on the economy and how we can act collectively in the best interests of the people of Scotland. Before I turn to some of the specific points that have been...


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