Results 1–20 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

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...

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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 written answers — Higher Education: Higher Education (1 Feb 2005)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Scottish-domiciled students are attending universities in England and Wales in the academic year 2004-05 and what the cost to it would be of meeting their tuition fees in the same way as for those attending universities in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Jan 2005)

Mike Watson: This is an important debate on an important bill to which we have given detailed consideration in the Enterprise and Culture Committee. There is still some way to go, given that we are about to commence stage 2, but nobody doubts the importance of the post-school sectors in Scotland in helping to grow our economy and in ensuring that people have the skills and knowledge to achieve that aim in...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (20 Jan 2005)

Mike Watson: I am well aware of that. I do not support that position, and I am on record as saying so. I am talking about parties within this Parliament. I circumscribed my remarks in that respect. It is perfectly clear to anyone who has read the bill or listened to the evidence that the proposed variable fees—about which it is legitimate to raise issues—are not top-up fees. That cannot be made any...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (16 Dec 2004)

Mike Watson: I clarify that the e-mail to which I referred was not from an anonymous area tourist board chief executive; it was from the Scottish area tourist board network. It was a letter to the convener of the Enterprise and Culture Committee. If Chris Ballance has not received his copy by now, it will be in the system. That is a different e-mail from the one to which he refers and it carries...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (16 Dec 2004)

Mike Watson: In this debate on Scotland's number 1 industry, it is important to make the point that tourism is not only vital to Scotland's economy, but sustainable. One thing that we can say with absolute certainty is that, if we could project ourselves forward 100 years, we would see that there was still a tourism industry in some form. A point that has not been made so far—I have not heard it,...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (16 Dec 2004)

Mike Watson: No. I am sorry, but we have already heard a six-minute whinge from Mr McGrigor and I do not think that we need any more. Our cities have a gateway role and 90 per cent of business tourism is handled through Edinburgh and Glasgow. That is an important contributor to Scotland's economy and we play it down at our peril. I do not think that anyone would deny that the ATB review took longer than...

Scottish Parliament: Pools Companies (17 Nov 2004)

Mike Watson: I declare an interest. I am a director of Dundee United Football Club. I will say no more on that subject or on that city in reply to what Alasdair Morgan said, other than that he must be even older than he looks. I was interested in Christine May's reference to East Fife Football Club and the pools companies. I remember being told as a very young boy that the results announcer's absolute...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport: VisitScotland (Funding) (11 Nov 2004)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the recently announced new marketing funding for VisitScotland will be spent. (S2O-4002)


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