Results 21–40 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament: Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill (30 Sep 1999)

Mike Watson: I shall preface my remarks with a comment that, to some extent, reflects what Keith Raffan said. As we begin the development of the first Government legislation in the Parliament, we might reflect on how our deliberations are covered in the media and the importance that they are given there. We do not have to cast our minds back very far to remember some of the appalling coverage of the...

Scottish Parliament: Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill (30 Sep 1999)

Mike Watson: Of course. To restate the point that has been made and cannot be made too often, the bill is an example of the way in which the Scottish Parliament can do things differently. I welcome the bill being introduced so quickly; it is early evidence of a system above reproach, characterised by transparency and accountability at every stage of the process. That is a better and more effective way of...

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: Mr Raffan in full flight is a difficult person to deflect, but he is always deflected eventually. However, his approach is certainly preferable to that of Andrew Wilson, who I thought was rather churlish in his response on behalf of the Scottish National party, and undeservedly so. This is a big step forward in the way in which Scottish public finances are managed. Mr Wilson, who is a member...

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: I understand that Mr Wilson is one of Scotland's 50 most eligible bachelors. Frankly, I am not sure what he is eligible for. He is certainly not eligible for election to the SNP's national executive, as he has just failed to achieve that. That might be because he is completely out of line with that party, which wants to tax every family in Scotland. Mr Wilson does not agree with that. Andrew...

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: I will give way in a moment. There must be a great deal to be welcomed, but I am sure that that welcome will not come in this intervention.

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: The only rift that I have is a result of my lunch. I am a member of a very small club. It does not have many members, and not many of them are members of the Scottish National party. I like Duncan Hamilton, but he tries too hard and he is again trying to be too clever. Ten minutes ago, we did an interview on the "Holyrood" programme. What I was talking about was the reallocation of...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (15 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions it has reached on the budget submissions from Aberdeenshire, East Dunbartonshire and Perth and Kinross Councils.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (15 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take in support of the international campaign to bring epilepsy ‘out of the shadows’.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (28 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to submit views on the Biosafety Protocol to Her Majesty’s Government.

Scottish Parliament: European Structural Funds (28 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: It is inevitable that much of the back-bench debate on this issue has revolved around parochial matters. After all, we have been sent here to look after our constituencies, however those may be defined. I make no apology for continuing the trend of the debate. I have considerable concerns that reflect a number of representations that I—and I imagine other Glasgow MSPs—have received from...

Scottish Parliament: European Structural Funds (28 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: I am sorry, Bruce. Under the constraints, I do not have time to give way. Time for interventions is not taken into account and added on. Over the years, some organisations—I do not have time to name them—have developed valuable projects, particularly through the Castlemilk Economic Development Agency in conjunction with Langside College's Glenwood campus. I am concerned at the effect...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Parliament: Parliament (11 Nov 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will begin to publish bilateral Concordats agreed between Whitehall Departments and their counterparts in the Executive.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (19 Nov 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of its planned level of support for local authority non-housing capital spending for each local authority in the financial year 2000-01.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (19 Nov 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether proceedings in the Westminster Parliament on the Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill have now been completed.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rural Affairs: Rural Affairs (19 Nov 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its plans for reform of agricultural holdings legislation will include giving tenant farmers a right to buy.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Special Advisers: Special Advisers (22 Nov 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements have been made to determine the salaries of Special Advisers and how these arrangements will be administered.

Scottish Parliament: Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill (1 Dec 1999)

Mike Watson: At the risk of giving my colleague, the Minister for Finance, a red face, I join Andrew Welsh and others in congratulating him on the way in which the bill has been piloted to a successful conclusion—the formality of the vote notwithstanding. It is important to recognise that this is an example of decentralised government in practice. This Parliament, and not just those who have been...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Budget (2000-01) (15 Dec 1999)

Mike Watson: This has been a lively and important debate, which has been informed by the deliberations of the Finance Committee. However, only Andrew Wilson has made a brief reference to the fact that the Finance Committee report is available, and I am not sure that everyone who has spoken in the debate has received it. The report highlights a number of areas where the Finance Committee probed the...

Scottish Parliament: Hampden Park (16 Dec 1999)

Mike Watson: I should declare an interest: I am a tenant of Queen's Park Football Club, as my constituency office is there. I welcome the statement and the fact that the national stadium can now go ahead with some certainty. The minister mentioned the wholly new body that has been set up to manage the stadium under the auspices of the SFA. How will the Executive oversee the money that has been put in?...

Scottish Parliament: Hampden (12 Jan 2000)

Mike Watson: I echo Ian Jenkins's comments about the considerable symbolic significance of Hampden Park, which is why I welcome the minister's statement. However, no doubt he will agree that it is about time that people began to pull together for Hampden. The sniping that we have seen from the Tories and the SNP in the media over the past two days is not helpful, notwithstanding their comments today. It...


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