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Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (8 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1324)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (8 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: I have a letter that was sent to all eligible staff at the Scottish Inter Faith Council on 11 December. It is their redundancy notice, which was sent by the convener of the executive committee, Major Alan Dixon. He writes: "despite every reasonable attempt made by the SIFC Executive Committee on your behalf, core grant funding from Scottish Government beyond 16 January 2009 has not yet...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (8 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: I am delighted to hear that, but the First Minister needs to explain why redundancy notices were issued to all the staff at that time. If that is the case, we want that information to be put on the record and placed in the Scottish Parliament information centre today. It is difficult to understand why, at this time of year, when the world is in the state that we see on our television news...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (8 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: I certainly welcome that action. All I am asking the First Minister to do is to put on the record in Parliament exactly when that action was taken and why redundancy notices had to be issued. Can he do that today, please?

Scottish Parliament: Points of Order (14 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: Further to that point of order, Presiding Officer, I am told that the funding for the Scottish Inter Faith Council was agreed last night at a meeting between the Government and the executive committee of the Scottish Inter Faith Council. That is of course good and we welcome it, but the Government continues to claim that the funding for the Inter Faith Council was "resolved" not last night,...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (15 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1350)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (15 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: As of this morning, parliamentary motion S3M-3226 has been signed by almost 50 members of the Scottish Parliament across the political parties. The motion calls on the First Minister to apologise for stating that the issue of funding for the Scottish Inter Faith Council was resolved when it was not. Will he apologise?

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (15 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: Our issue is not with what Mr Ewing said but with what the First Minister said. Last week, the First Minister said four times that the situation was resolved, not that it would be or was being resolved. If the First Minister thinks that it was resolved last week, what on earth was Mr Ewing doing at a meeting on Tuesday night this week still trying to sort it out? Why was the Government unable...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (15 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: In responding to the cross-party motion, the First Minister needs to do more than simply apologise. He needs to think before he speaks, and to choose his words so that they accurately reflect the true situation. People expect him to respect the values of the Parliament in his answers. Will that happen?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Non-Departmental Public Bodies: Non-Departmental Public Bodies (19 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the chair of any non-departmental public body (NDPB) or government agency is eligible for inclusion in the civil service pension scheme and whether any such person has been admitted to the scheme in the last two financial years.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (22 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1377)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (22 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: My question is about traditional banking. Today, in Glasgow, Derek Simpson of the union Unite is wringing his hands over the Lloyds TSB job losses. Does the First Minister regret the irony of the fact that a union that backed the Labour Government's enforced takeover of HBOS by Lloyds TSB is now campaigning on those job losses? As those banking jobs add to yesterday's unemployment figures,...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (22 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: Tens of billions of pounds of public sector pension funds have been hit hard by banking losses. The First Minister could bring together the people who control those pension funds in Scotland to speak with one voice. Does he agree that doing so would provide a substantial lever to get an explanation from the bankers? People are angry that the bankers have made monkeys out of the Government....

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (29 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1400)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (29 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: Parliament needs a budget bill for private sector jobs and for public services but, more important, the country needs the right budget bill to tackle the economic problems that we face. Yesterday's economic news was truly disturbing: the growth figures for Scotland are worse than those of the United Kingdom; the UK figures were judged by the International Monetary Fund to be the worst in the...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Cabinet (Meetings) (29 Jan 2009)

Tavish Scott: This is about jobs in the private sector. We need a long-term plan to rescue us from the economic storm. Alex Salmond leads a minority Government and he has to work across all parties. Is the First Minister prepared, as I am, to sit down, roll up his sleeves, and work with others to build a budget and a long-term economic approach that can create jobs and tackle the economic recession? His...

Scottish Parliament: Borrowing Powers (5 Feb 2009)

Tavish Scott: This debate is not about constitutional change; it is about Scotland having powers for a purpose. We face a recession, rising unemployment and the worst gross domestic product figures in recent times. The lack of fiscal powers confines the Scottish Government's ability to respond to changing circumstances. With no borrowing powers and a total budget determined at Westminster, the options for...

Scottish Parliament: Borrowing Powers (5 Feb 2009)

Tavish Scott: As a politician who believes in a federal approach to the United Kingdom, I fully agree—acceptance of that point is implicit in the Liberal Democrats' approach to change. I am sure that the cabinet secretary deals with the present position, day in and day out, just as former finance ministers in previous Scottish Governments did. As a former junior finance minister, I acknowledge the point...

Scottish Parliament: Borrowing Powers (5 Feb 2009)

Tavish Scott: I am not into the application of patriotism to matters of finance, although I am sure that Mr Brownlee makes a serious point about the bond market. That is an aspect that would be explored through the structure that we envisage. The proper answer to the borrowing question is that both avenues would be open to the Scottish Government. It would be necessary to adopt the approach that provided...

Scottish Parliament: Borrowing Powers (5 Feb 2009)

Tavish Scott: I will be blunt: this country must rebuild its shattered reputation for financial expertise, probity and integrity in international circles. The banking crisis has seen to that. The approach that I have outlined is the right approach. I hope that it commends itself to other parties, and I commend it to Parliament. I move, That the Parliament believes that the acquisition of borrowing powers...


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