Results 161–180 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament: European Union (9 May 2001)

Mike Watson: It is unfair and wrong of Winnie Ewing and her colleagues to characterise those of us who do not follow their vision of Scotland's role in Europe as ridiculing small nations. Scotland is my nation. I will not have it ridiculed and I am not ridiculing it simply because I do not accept the SNP's policies. There is a meaningful, important and decisive role for Scotland to play in the European...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (9 May 2001)

Mike Watson: I will in a moment. If anyone can give me an example that compares to Scotland's situation, I will happily take it on board. We just do not know the answer. The situation has changed since the Treaty of Nice and the break-up of some countries in Europe.

Scottish Parliament: European Union (9 May 2001)

Mike Watson: I will give way to Lloyd Quinan, as he was first.

Scottish Parliament: European Union (9 May 2001)

Mike Watson: We simply do not know. There are conflicting judgments on that.

Scottish Parliament: European Union (9 May 2001)

Mike Watson: I do not really have time to give way again. We must proceed within the settlement that we have. That is in no way being defensive or divisive. On Europe day, on the 51st anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, I think that it was appropriate for the minister to concentrate on the many benefits that Europe has brought us. I was at the launch of last night's exhibition for the 13 aspirant states...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Anti-Social Behaviour: Anti-Social Behaviour (17 May 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether updated information on the use of anti-social behaviour orders is now available and what procedures are in place to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of such orders.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Asylum Seekers: Asylum Seekers (24 May 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources are being allocated to assist local authority education departments to prepare suitable curriculum material to raise awareness of the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers and to tackle any increase in racist incidents perpetrated by young people.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Asylum Seekers: Asylum Seekers (29 May 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-3292 by Iain Gray on 26 April 2001, whether the asylum liaison officers appointed by Strathclyde Police were in addition to the existing staff complement and what information has been gathered to date through the monitoring of racial incidents by these officers.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Epilepsy: Epilepsy (31 May 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to tackle regional variations in access to epilepsy diagnosis and services across Scotland as highlighted in the report by Epilepsy Action Scotland, Patterns of Epilepsy Service in Scotland .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Pre-School Education: Pre-School Education (31 May 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pre-school education places for (a) three-year-olds and (b) four-year-olds are now available in each parliamentary constituency in Glasgow, specifying in each case the number of places in local authority managed establishments and the number provided through partnership arrangements.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Football (31 May 2001)

Mike Watson: Will the minister confirm that, when he next meets the football authorities to discuss football supporters trusts, he will urge them not to see trusts as a threat or takeover? Supporters trusts are set up because people who have an emotional investment in a club want to make a minor financial investment in it, beyond paying for tickets on a weekly basis or buying the latest version of the strip.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: National Health Service (31 May 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the First Minister what progress is being made towards improving the service delivered by the NHS to patients. (S1F-01113)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — Scottish Executive: National Health Service (31 May 2001)

Mike Watson: I thank the First Minister for that answer and welcome the figures that he quoted. I am sure that the First Minister would agree that one of the ways in which the health service can be improved is by building new hospitals. He will be aware of the urgent need for a new acute services hospital on the south side of Glasgow—the only major population centre in Scotland that did not have a...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Scottish Budget (6 Jun 2001)

Mike Watson: Does the minister agree that the letter from Professor Arthur Midwinter of Strathclyde University to which he referred effectively debunks the myths that the SNP has continually peddled about the Barnett formula for a number of years? On David Davidson's point, does the minister also agree that the pressure from certain parts of the north of England for the formula to be revisited is clear...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3: Section 79 — Local housing strategies (13 Jun 2001)

Mike Watson: Amendment 175 will ensure that local economies benefit as much as possible from the substantial amount of funding that will be devoted to housing over the next few years. To make that possible, it requires that, as part of their local housing strategies, local authorities ensure that sufficient craft apprenticeships are available to provide a long-term supply of local labour for construction...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill: Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill (28 Jun 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether further provision is to be made in relation to the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill.

Scottish Parliament: Budget Process 2002-03 (28 Jun 2001)

Mike Watson: A year ago today, I introduced an equivalent debate on the 2001-02 budget process. I said then that I anticipated the Parliament and its budget process developing and embracing further changes, although neither I nor anyone else in the chamber could have foreseen the changes brought about in the Parliament by the events of the past 12 months. The Parliament, and indeed all Scotland, lost and...

Scottish Parliament: Budget Process 2002-03 (28 Jun 2001)

Mike Watson: I see a CA to my right—he is well to my right. I shall give way to him in a moment. I do not know why I did not make it as a CA. All I know is that it was a complete waste of four years of my life.

Scottish Parliament: Budget Process 2002-03 (28 Jun 2001)

Mike Watson: Yes; I am resigned to the fact that I had to admit that at some stage in my political life. Seriously—I tell Annabel Goldie that that is as good as it gets—we are into the second full year of the budget process, which means that we are now able to compare like with like. It is of considerable importance that detailed scrutiny of the Executive's spending plans is now an established part...

Scottish Parliament: Budget Process 2002-03 (28 Jun 2001)

Mike Watson: I accept that that was part of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee's report. Obviously, my quotes are selective, but I will deal with transparency later. Alex Neil's points fall under that heading. There was evidence that information had been either incomplete or inadequate or had not been supplied and that there was a lack of indicators in some departmental figures. That made it...


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