Results 181–200 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (22 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: Arts organisations which receive core funding from the Scottish Arts Council are expected, wherever appropriate, to undertake education and outreach work to a high standard within their programmes of activity. Examples of this work by Scottish companies are mentioned in the Second Annual Report of the National Cultural Strategy . Some of these bodies have developed considerable expertise in...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (22 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: I collaborate closely with my colleagues Cathy Jamieson and Iain Gray in taking a strategic approach to policies which help to foster creativity in young people. In relation to school education, for example, the Cultural Co-ordinators in Schools programme has an objective to explore ways to develop opportunities for creativity across the curriculum. The cultural agencies are also responding...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tourism: Tourism (22 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: The promotion of Scotland as a tourist destination is an operational matter for VisitScotland. They have vigorously promoted Scotland as a winter destination and will continue to do so.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Sport: Sport (21 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: We are currently considering the report from the consultants commissioned by sportscotland to review their property portfolio as a whole. That will help inform our decision on the future location of sportscotland’s headquarters which we expect to make by March.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Sports Facilities (Winter Use) (16 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: Local authorities are responsible for providing leisure and recreational facilities, which they do according to the priorities that they have identified. The Executive, through sportscotland, can and does provide financial support for local authorities. Since 1995, the national lottery sports fund has committed more than £60 million to improving existing indoor facilities or building new...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Sports Facilities (Winter Use) (16 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: The physical education in sport programme is specifically targeted at social inclusion partnership areas. Facilities such as the one that I launched in Haghill in Glasgow last week are designed to meet the need for exactly the sort of provision to which the member refers. From memory, I think that the sport 21 report identified the need for an indoor velodrome as a priority and that a...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Sports Facilities (Winter Use) (16 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: I suppose that I should not miss the opportunity to congratulate yet again Rhona Martin and Jackie Lockhart and their teams. I suspect that Scotland has never before been the world and Olympic champions at the same time in any sport. That feat is worthy of tremendous credit. There has been a considerable spin-off from that success in the form of increased interest in curling and the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tourism: Tourism (16 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: The first few months of visitscotland.com operations have been very successful. Since its new National Contact Centre was opened in August, it has received over 100,000 phone and email enquiries, and has made over 4,000 bookings with tourism businesses across Scotland, many of them small establishments which are now using visitscotland.com to reach a new market. An entirely new website will...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Scottish Screen (9 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: I published the report on the review of Scottish Screen on 19 December, which concluded that there is a continuing role for Scottish Screen as a non-departmental public body. However, it made recommendations in a number of areas, including on the focus of the organisation, the balance between its cultural and economic functions, partnership working with other public bodies and performance...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Scottish Screen (9 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: The report proposes the creation of a body called creative Scotland. To some extent, that has been anticipated, in that, last year, as part of the national cultural strategy, I established a cultural industries working group, which has met twice and to which a number of break-out groups have reported. I see that potentially forming the basis of the creative Scotland body that is mentioned in...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tourism: Tourism (9 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: Many hotels in Scotland already accept the euro, while some hotels and restaurants routinely bill their customers in euros as well as in sterling. All of Historic Scotland’s many visitor attractions also accept the euro. Decisions on whether to accept the currency is a commercial decision for owners of individual tourism businesses, but I would encourage all who wish to attract more...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tourism: Tourism (9 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: The Executive is well aware of the importance to Scottish tourism of the Irish market. The number of visits from the Republic of Ireland more than doubled between 2000 and 2001. VisitScotland already works closely with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board on a number of issues of mutual interest, including quality grading and marketing. In addition, VisitScotland recently visited Dublin to hold...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Gaelic: Gaelic (3 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: The responsibility for the delivery of Gaelic to adult non-native speakers rests with education authorities and further and higher education institutions. The Scottish Executive provides direct funding to Gaelic bodies and institutions engaged in Gaelic education for adults, and education authorities may also bid into the specific grant scheme for this purpose. The Scottish Executive will be...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Gaelic: Gaelic (3 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: The provision of Gaelic as a second language for secondary schools throughout Scotland is a matter for education authorities and they can also bid into the specific grant scheme for support for this activity. The Executive has acted to improve Gaelic teacher supply in both primary and secondary schools. In addition, the Scottish Executive will be providing extra resources for Gaelic next year...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Gaelic: Gaelic (3 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: The provision of Gaelic as a second language for primary school children is a matter for education authorities. However, the Executive supports with funding the Gaelic Language in the Primary School Programme which operates in a number of authorities. This programme seeks to develop the language skills of primary teachers to enable them to deliver Gaelic as a second language in their schools...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Gaelic: Gaelic (3 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: The responsibility for the delivery of Gaelic as a second language for adults rests with education authorities and further and higher education institutions. The Scottish Executive also provides assistance to bodies and institutions engaged in Gaelic education for adults and education authorities may also bid into the specific grant scheme for this purpose. Any further practical assistance...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Gaelic: Gaelic (3 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: The Scottish Executive attaches high priority to enabling adults to learn Gaelic as a second language. The main responsibility for the delivery of this rests with education authorities and the further and higher education sectors. However, an important contribution is also made by a number of Gaelic bodies and institutions that receive direct funding from the Executive. Education authorities...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Gaelic: Gaelic (3 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: A cross-cutting approach is employed in the Executive’s delivery on Gaelic issues. Gaelic is taught as a second language in both the schools sector and the post-school sector. The Minister for Education and Young People holds policy responsibility for the former and the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning holds policy responsibility for the latter. In connection with...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife (Smuggling): Sport (International Events) (19 Dec 2002)

Mike Watson: On 29 November, the First Minister announced the establishment of a new body called EventScotland, which will be used to take forward our strategy in attracting as many major events as possible to Scotland, whether cultural or sporting events, major conferences or exhibitions.

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife (Smuggling): Sport (International Events) (19 Dec 2002)

Mike Watson: We learned a number of lessons about the planning to be undertaken in such a bidding process. We had a good bid team, which worked closely on behalf of what I have to say was a very strong bid. There are certainly lessons to be learned about the way in which we pitch bids and the extent to which we argue them. We will take forward those lessons for aspects of any future events strategy. On...


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