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Scottish Parliament: Enterprise Culture (23 Mar 2005)

Mike Watson: Thank you, dominie. As we are talking about enterprise and education, perhaps David Davidson is not far off the mark. That we are having this debate at all is instructive. I wonder how many Parliaments in the world—apart from those in countries in central and eastern Europe with emerging economies—would have a debate about growing an enterprise culture, and I wonder why we think that such...

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise Culture (23 Mar 2005)

Mike Watson: That touches on a subject that I know is dear to Margo MacDonald's heart—increasing the amount of physical education in schools. We have to create space for those subjects that we believe are important. We have to make sure that the curriculum is as all-embracing as possible and if we have found that difficult in the past, we have to find ways of getting over that. Enterprise is too...

Scottish Parliament: Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill (21 Apr 2005)

Mike Watson: Anyone listening to "Good Morning Scotland" today might have heard Allan Campbell, the chief executive of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, say that the bill was about the future of Gaelic, not its past. That is an eloquent answer to all those who say that the bill is unnecessary or that it is not a priority. I am glad that the bill has been considered as a priority: it fulfils a commitment in the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Environment and Rural Development: Special Protection Areas (28 Apr 2005)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend the network of special protection areas. (S2O-6537)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Environment and Rural Development: Special Protection Areas (28 Apr 2005)

Mike Watson: I welcome the extensions that the minister has announced. Does he agree that the special protection areas throughout Scotland do not just protect wildlife but safeguard Scotland's natural heritage in its widest sense? Will he undertake to discuss with the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport the opportunities that special protection areas offer for the development of eco-tourism as a means...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Health (4 May 2005)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve public health. (S2O-6618)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Health (4 May 2005)

Mike Watson: Does the minister agree that the provisions of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill, which Parliament approved at stage 1 last week, are an essential component in the Executive's overarching public health improvement strategy? Does he also agree that the provisions are every bit as important to the future health of the people of Scotland as are healthier eating and increased...

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Scottish Enterprise (Employee Relations) (4 May 2005)

Mike Watson: I hear what the minister says on that point, but I, like many other members, have been lobbied on the issue, which is of public interest. Although it would normally be wrong for a minister to interfere in negotiations between employers and employees, I understand that the Careers Scotland performance pay scheme discriminates against women because it does not adequately reflect the fact that...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive: Scottish Executive (26 May 2005)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to ensure that the Enforcement Concordat is implemented throughout its departments and agencies.

Scottish Parliament: Playing Fields (1 Jun 2005)

Mike Watson: I am unequivocal in my belief that the starting point for a debate on the provision of playing fields in Scotland is the need for Scots to tackle the serious state of our health. All members are familiar with the statistics on heart disease, smoking and cancer, but they might not know that every week in Scotland, 42 people die of heart disease because they are inactive. That will continue to...

Scottish Parliament: Playing Fields (1 Jun 2005)

Mike Watson: I do not have enough time, I am afraid. Playing fields do not cater only for formal pitch sports use; they also offer space for children to play informal ball games, to run about and to enjoy general healthy and energetic activity. Playing fields also form an essential part of the environment, offering space for informal recreation, walks and so on. We should maximise opportunities to ensure...

Scottish Parliament: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (9 Jun 2005)

Mike Watson: I pay tribute to Alex Fergusson for moving with such alacrity to secure the debate following the announcement about the recent research by Dr Gow and his team at the University of Glasgow. Alex Fergusson's work in the cross-party group on ME has been prodigious. It may now be beginning to produce results. I welcome Dr Gow's research. One of the comments that was made about it—I think by Dr...


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