Results 41–60 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament: Housing (13 Jan 2000)

Mike Watson: I was not going to talk about the Glasgow housing stock transfer issue, as it is only a part of the whole programme, but I have to respond to a couple of Tommy Sheridan's comments. It is simply not true to say that Glasgow tenants will not be involved in discussions; they will have the final say. There will be full consultation and ballots; that has not happened yet, because we are only part...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (13 Jan 2000)

Mike Watson: There are already more homes that are unoccupied—for whatever reason—available throughout Scotland than there are homeless families. It is a question of improving stock. That will not be done overnight—no one is suggesting that it will. The answer is not just building houses, but improving stock that is unfit for habitation or in which people are not willing to live for other reasons....

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — scottish executive: School Standards (20 Jan 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive is taking to raise standards in Scotland's schools. (S1F-41)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — scottish executive: School Standards (20 Jan 2000)

Mike Watson: I thank the First Minister for that response—I am sure that the publication of the school standards bill will be widely welcomed, as will his earlier response to Mr Salmond. Recently there has been considerable implicit criticism of teachers in the context of responses to the Executive's proposals to repeal section 2A of the Local Government Act 1986. Will the First Minister confirm that he...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (31 Jan 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it contributed to the formulation of Her Majesty’s Government’s position regarding the Biosafety Protocol negotiations in Montreal and, if so, what views it put forward in the discussion.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Voluntary Sector: Voluntary Sector (1 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of Scottish Executive funding for the voluntary sector is allocated to black and ethnic minority organisations.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (10 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of NHS spending in Scotland was allocated to Greater Glasgow Health Board in (a) 1989-90; (b) 1994-95 and (c) 1999-2000.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: I was disappointed to hear Adam Ingram's rather cynical speech. His dissection of the speech of the Minister for Finance was cynical in a similar way to Andrew Wilson, although he dressed it up rather more attractively. Adam Ingram continually runs down the budget, attacks it for not being good enough and, as Andrew Wilson did, attacks it for not being in line with Scotland's priorities....

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: I will allow Andrew Wilson to intervene in a moment, because I would like to think that he had something to say in reply. It is wrong simply to criticise without being willing to offer something to replace the thing that is criticised. Budgeting is about priorities. Those priorities have been identified and the challenge is to go as far as possible within those parameters. If the SNP thinks...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: That is rather injudicious. As a member of the Finance Committee, Andrew Wilson knows that the committee will be examining the Barnett formula. The way in which the discussion has gone shows that the Barnett formula is an issue that exercises the Parliament widely. The formula will be considered by the Finance Committee—there is no doubt about that and it would be disingenuous to suggest...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: What is the alternative?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: On the theme of openness as displayed by Andrew Wilson's colleague, Alex Neil, in an illuminating speech, will Andrew confirm that the two aspects of change in the budget to which Alex Neil referred are in fact SNP policy and that Andrew subscribes to them?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Exports: Exports (24 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive is taking to support manufacturing exports.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Voluntary Sector: Voluntary Sector (24 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being introduced to support the voluntary and community sector.

Scottish Parliament: Drugs Strategy (1 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I congratulate Johann Lamont on securing this debate and on the content of her speech. It was well researched and I will not add any facts to it. The situation in Glasgow is well known and well documented, and Johann has highlighted it again. It cannot be highlighted too often, but we must look for solutions. In answer to Margo MacDonald's point about what we are talking about in terms of...

Scottish Parliament: Drugs Strategy (1 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I accept that. I was not suggesting that it was exclusively young people and people suffering deprivation, in its various forms, who take drugs. However, of the people who die from the use of drugs, the proportion from those categories is far higher. That is the most serious problem. I will not say any more. I look forward to the minister's summing up. I congratulate Johann Lamont again on...

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: It is good that the Parliament is having its second debate on manufacturing since it was established, as that shows the importance of that sector. John Swinney and George Lyon have referred to arguments in the "Scottish Engineering Quarterly Review", and I, too, heard what Peter Hughes said on "Good Morning Scotland". To some extent, those arguments jar with what has been said today. A major...

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: Interest rates will not be tackled in this debate because we do not have powers over them. We can refer to them tangentially, but there is no point in going into that issue in detail. I regret the effect that interest rates are having on exports. However, it is simplistic to say that we are doing less well than we would do if we had far lower interest rates. In terms of manufacturing and...

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: Will Ms Fabiani give way?

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I thank Linda for giving way so graciously. I accept what Linda Fabiani says, but what is the SNP proposing for Scottish manufacturing in the short term? It will be a long, uphill struggle to independence—if it ever happens. People want jobs, prosperity and training in the meantime.


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