Results 81–100 of 4496 for speaker:Jim Mather

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

Jim Mather: The big prize is cohesion. Local government is compensated for the council tax freeze. This is an issue on which we can avoid polarising the argument, albeit that some have polarised it through their absence. We should look to take the moral high ground here. The climate is right. We are in a difficult position and inconvenient truths include the fact that we do not have the tax powers that...

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

Jim Mather: No. Time is against me. There are two-parent families that are struggling, which means that both parents must work where only one had to before. I say to Hugh Henry that this is not an issue for us to have a spat and a split on and to poke each other in the eye about. The situation is so serious that Scotland must come together to address it. I agree totally that the chancellor’s approach...

Scottish Parliament: Businesses and Jobs (Inverclyde) (3 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: In 2009-10, Scottish Enterprise spent £338 million on promoting economic development in Scotland. The Scottish Government provided £281 million of that amount in grant in aid. Scottish Enterprise’s investment and continuing involvement in Riverside Inverclyde, an urban regeneration company, are the focal points of its activity to attract businesses and jobs to the area.

Scottish Parliament: Businesses and Jobs (Inverclyde) (3 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I recognise the situation that Duncan McNeil portrays. I was educated in Greenock in Inverclyde and I worked there. I remember companies such as Drummond’s, Mitchell’s, Hastie’s, Kincaid’s, Scott’s and Lithgow’s, which all contracted and have gone. Duncan McNeil must face some inconvenient truths. The previous Administration failed in its management of our economy. He and others...

Scottish Parliament: Businesses and Jobs (Inverclyde) (3 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I very much agree with that. Coming together on that has been the hallmark of what I have been trying to do, in my small way, in politics. We are endeavouring to come to the right conclusions and press the right buttons when it comes to important decisions about lowering fuel costs to help families and make the community as competitive as it can be.

Scottish Parliament: Co-operative Enterprises (3 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The development of co-operative enterprises is an operational matter for Co-operative Development Scotland, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Scottish Enterprise. CDS has a specific role to promote and support all forms of new and existing co-operatives with growth potential. Working closely with business gateway, it provides specialist advice and support, promotes the co-operative model...

Scottish Parliament: Co-operative Enterprises (3 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I know David Erdal well. He is the man who sold his company, Tullis Russell, to its employees. The company has shown real resilience since, which supports the international evidence on the productivity of co-operatives and employee-owned businesses, and the good work of the Baxi Partnership. We have support through grant programmes and regional selective assistance. There is also potential...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (North Ayrshire) (3 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government is committed to supporting North Ayrshire Council’s implementation of its economic development and regeneration strategy. A joint working party will be established in the near future, to address a range of physical regeneration, economic and social issues, which were highlighted at a recent meeting with North Ayrshire community planning partners.

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (North Ayrshire) (3 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Manufacturing is vital to the whole of the Scottish economy and its importance was highlighted in “The Scottish Economic Recovery Plan: Update February 2011”, which was published last week. The manufacturing sector is helping to lead Scotland’s economy out of recession. The most recent gross domestic product data show that the Scottish manufacturing sector grew by 0.7 per cent in the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Investment Bank (3 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Demand for the Scottish Investment Bank equity products remains high with the likely level of investment in 2010-11 being similar to the previous year’s high level. Last month, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth was pleased to announce that the Scottish loan fund was open for business with the appointment of Maven Capital Partners as the fund managers. A further £5...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Investment Bank (3 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Given the nature of the question and the way that Mr Park phrased it, I would very much prefer to sit down with him and discuss the particulars of those businesses, so that I understand them more clearly. We are in very challenging times. People will know how expensive it is to borrow from the private sector and from banks at this time. We are determined to do everything we can to work with...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Planning: Planning (2 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act can be granted only for electricity generating stations and functions on-site which are directly ancillary to electricity generation. Any function on-site which is not ancillary to electricity generation will require planning permission.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Planning: Planning (2 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: All representations made by members of the public, including the views of local residents, are taken into account before ministers determine an application under section 36. In addition, the views of local community councils are an important consideration for Scottish ministers in determining applications.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Planning: Planning (2 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: For a section 36 application, the relevant local planning authority is a statutory consultee throughout the whole process. The views of the local planning authority are a major factor considered by Scottish ministers in determining these applications.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Crofting: Crofting (1 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: This type of aggregate information is not held centrally. The Energy Consents Unit uses a casework method to process applications and has handled in excess of 100 wind farm applications since 2000, details are held separately on each specific case. If the member can state the cases which are of interest then information on a case by case basis can be readily supplied.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Planning: Planning (1 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Natural Heritage and the local planning authority are statutory consultees in the Section 36 consultation process and are invited to comment on applications and the environmental statement produced by developers. The views of SEPA along with the other statutory consultees are a material consideration for ministers in their decision...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Planning: Planning (1 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Yes. Traffic assessment impacts are a material consideration in any planning application and in particular with those applications which are industrial in nature. Applications to Scottish ministers for power stations, and those for significant power lines, need to be accompanied by an environmental statement which describes the effects the development is likely to have on the environment. The...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Planning: Planning (1 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Yes. The location and proximity of neighbouring communities and dwellings in relation to proposed developments are a material consideration in any planning application. Applications to Scottish ministers for power stations, and those for significant power lines, need to be accompanied by an environmental statement which describes the effects the development is likely to have on the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Planning: Planning (1 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Yes. Green field sites are a material consideration in any planning application. Applications to Scottish ministers for power stations, and those for significant power lines, need to be accompanied by an environmental statement which describes the effects the development is likely to have on the environment. The environmental statement covers all elements that the development may have an...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Wind Farms: Wind Farms (1 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Given the role of Scottish ministers in determining this application it would be inappropriate to comment on its specifics at this stage. A decision will be made on this application in due course.


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