Results 181–200 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament written answers — Pre-School Education: Pre-School Education (5 Jul 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15837 by Nicol Stephen on 31 May 2001, how many of the pre-school places for (a) three-year–olds and (b) four-year-olds with partner providers in Glasgow are provided by (i) the private sector and (ii) the voluntary sector.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport (1 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how trade unions representing workers employed in the transport industry are being consulted on the work currently under way on the Executive’s transport delivery plan.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Construction Industry: Construction Industry (3 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of the construction contracts provision in Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and the Scheme for Construction Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 1998 on the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration sector in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Construction Industry: Construction Industry (3 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received on the operation of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Construction Industry: Construction Industry (3 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it submitted a response to the consultation by the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Construction Industry Board (CIB) review of the adjudication provisions of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and the Scheme for Construction Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 1998 and, if so, whether this response...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Construction Industry: Construction Industry (3 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to undertake a review of Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 following the completion of the review of the adjudication provisions in the construction contracts legislation undertaken by the Construction Industry Board.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Childcare: Childcare (8 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many places are available in out-of-school and after-school care in each constituency in the City of Glasgow and how many children are on waiting lists for places in such services.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Modern Apprenticeships: Modern Apprenticeships (22 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring is in place to record how many older people have embarked on modern apprenticeships following the removal of the age restriction and what measures are in place to encourage older people to do so.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Pre-School Education: Pre-School Education (6 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in relation to the provision of nursery education for three-year-olds.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (19 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can now give the allocation of end-year flexibility by department.

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: I preface my remarks by saying that the words of Rev Simpson and the events to which she referred put everything that we will do this afternoon, tomorrow and for the rest of the term into context. On 4 August 1999, I stated my intention to introduce a member's bill—the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill. On 1 September 1999, I lodged a motion, which attracted sufficient signatures....

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: I have quoted the words that I used in the meeting of the committee on 14 November last year. I am happy to clarify that now, should that be necessary. On gamekeepers and landowners, it is my understanding that if the bill reaches stage 2, an amendment carefully prepared by my colleague Rhoda Grant would have the effect of achieving that aim. No doubt she will elaborate on that when she has...

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: No. That said, it seems that Mr Johnstone has learned the error of his ways. When he appeared with me before the Parliament's Procedures Committee on 29 May to discuss the precise question of how a convener should use his or her casting vote, he said: "The suggestion ... that a simple majority in the initial vote was always required to effect change—that is a firm guideline that we should...

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: I will give way in a moment. If Mr Johnstone had adhered to those firm guidelines three weeks earlier, we would not be seeking today to overturn a committee recommendation. But hard politics came into play. Mr Johnstone made a hard political decision to ignore the impartiality expected of conveners in order to drive through a decision which he knew did not reflect his committee's decision.

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: I am not sure that Mr Fergusson's intervention takes us any further forward. Its point is certainly not clear to me. However, Mr Fergusson's comments are interesting. Although Mr Johnstone might now be a wiser man, it seems that Mr Fergusson is not. Mr Fergusson did exactly the same thing with the convener's casting vote in yesterday's Rural Development Committee meeting, which has led to...

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: Certainly my points about Mr Johnstone have been made to the Procedures Committee, which is considering them. As for the bill itself, out of the many reams of newsprint that have been used to report critically on its very existence, far less its progress, one particular barb has stuck in my mind. It was a charge against the so-called anti-cruelty movement, which was characterised as "the...

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: If it is helpful to the debate, I will clarify that, in January of this year, I made a written submission to the committee that qualified what I said in response to the points that were raised on 14 November. The clerks to the Rural Development Committee will have a record of that.

Scottish Parliament: Sighthill (Community Issues) (20 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: I will do no more than echo Bill Aitken's comments on Paul Martin and what he has done in recent weeks. The debate is important in the light of recent events in Glasgow. I do not know whether I am the only person in the chamber this afternoon to have seen the film "Gas Attack". It was meant to be fiction, although it carried a health warning. By the time it was released there had, tragically,...

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

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support is currently available for repairs to, and replacement of, school buildings.

Scottish Parliament: Public Resources (27 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: A lot of moral indignation is emerging from the SNP, not for the first time. It is not well-founded on this occasion. I was especially taken by Kenny Gibson's comment that we should bring back the previous finance minister; I am not sure if he said that all is forgiven, but that was the thrust of his argument. Let us take that literally and consider the figures under the previous finance...


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