Results 61–80 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances it has had from CGU that Perth will remain a significant centre in the merged company with Norwich Union and that the jobs there will be of a high quality.

Scottish Parliament: Infrastructure (Public Investment) (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I will start by pointing out that the SNP also lost in Ayr. It is a point that should be repeated. Christine Grahame is, like many others in Scotland, too good at trumpeting gallant defeats. I am not interested in gallant defeats—one either wins or one does not.

Scottish Parliament: Infrastructure (Public Investment) (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I am not trying to suggest that Labour won. Christine Grahame has, however, tried to suggest that the SNP somehow did, which is, at best, a bizarre claim. It is important to concentrate the debate on the infrastructure of Scotland. I welcome the debate. It is interesting to examine the wording of the motion to which Fiona Hyslop spoke. She did not address the motion to a great extent, but...

Scottish Parliament: Infrastructure (Public Investment) (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I do not accept that. I am not interested in inputs or outputs, but in outcomes. I challenge anybody to suggest that the £2.4 billion that will be available in Scotland for public services in the next four years will not make a considerable difference. To do so would be nonsense. If I understand correctly, one of Fiona Hyslop's five points was that there should be a feasibility study on...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Business Start-ups (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to assist traditionally under-represented groups, such as young people, women and the long-term unemployed, to start their own businesses. (S1O-1426)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Business Start-ups (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I thank the minister for that response and for the announcement that he made on International Women's Day of an extra £1.5 million. Can I draw to the minister's attention the record of the Castlemilk Economic Development Agency in providing support for women, youth and existing businesses? Each year the agency assists on average 25 previously unemployed Castlemilk residents to start up in...

Scottish Parliament: Bus Corridors (Glasgow) (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I will be brief. I thank Bill Aitken for introducing a debate on an important issue. Although my constituency does not have bus corridors, many of my constituents use them. When I was the MP for the constituency, I was heavily lobbied on the issue of Victoria Road before the bus corridor there was introduced. I have also been written to by people who live in Shettleston Road. The consultation...

Scottish Parliament written answers — National Stadium: National Stadium (3 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on progress with the negotiations over Hampden Stadium.

Scottish Parliament: Hampden (5 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: Along with everybody else, I welcome the minister's statement and the successful conclusion to what has been, if not a saga, a fiasco over Hampden. I hope that that has been drawn to a conclusion. It has been noticeable that today there has been an absence of the rancour that was shown after previous statements on this subject—notably from the Opposition parties—and that everybody...

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (5 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: That was a quite deplorable speech by Tommy Sheridan—I say that as a Glasgow representative. Let me say clearly that only the last part of his speech had any relevance at all: he said that there should be a pause for reflection. That is not what I believe, but it was at least a legitimate point. The rest of his speech was pure populist rhetoric, which was nonsense. I am a Glasgow MSP and I...

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (5 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: I will take one intervention only.

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (5 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: It is interesting that Alex Neil quotes Spencely—Gordon Jackson's amendment calls on us to endorse the Spencely report. If Alex wants to endorse the report, he should support what Gordon Jackson advocates. I will quote back a bit of the Spencely report to Alex Neil: "the present state of the Project has nothing, in my opinion, to do with the location of the site. Changing the site would...

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (5 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: Yes, I have seen the designs, and I am aware that it is not just the Royal High School building. I am also aware that we would need to build a brand new chamber for the Parliament. What would happen to the civil servants based at St Andrew's House and the other buildings that they occupy? We have to inject a dose of realism into the debate and stop the point scoring that we have had so far....

Scottish Parliament: Public Services (6 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: I would like to confirm that Mr Wilson does indeed bore for Scotland on that point. Will he comment on a letter that I received from Professor Arthur Midwinter, relating to Mr Wilson's comments in a debate in the chamber on 10 February? Professor Midwinter writes: "Mr Wilson claimed that I had 'concluded that our per capita share of UK spending will fall by 0.5 percentage points' . . . What I...

Scottish Parliament: Public Services (6 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: But Andrew Wilson quoted him.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (7 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a progress report on the work of the Glasgow Housing Partnership Steering Group.

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (17 May 2000)

Mike Watson: I welcome my colleagues to Glasgow. It will not have escaped their attention that we have provided some traditional Glasgow weather, although that might come as a surprise to those from airts and pairts who do not set foot in the dear green place very often. In his opening remarks, Kenny Gibson said one thing that I agreed with: it is true that Glasgow is a city divided. The inequalities in...

Scottish Parliament: Epilepsy (17 May 2000)

Mike Watson: I am especially pleased to—

Scottish Parliament: Epilepsy (17 May 2000)

Mike Watson: I am especially pleased, during national epilepsy week, to have this opportunity to initiate a debate on the important health provisions for people with epilepsy in Scotland. At the outset, I should declare an interest. I am joint convener of the Scottish Parliament's cross-party group on epilepsy, which receives valuable administrative support from the Epilepsy Association of Scotland to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Domestic Abuse: Domestic Abuse (19 May 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the monies allocated from the Domestic Abuse Service Development Fund will specifically assist with service provision and support for women with drug or alcohol dependencies.


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