Results 21–40 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

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

Mike Watson: The money has been much welcomed by the industry. How will it be targeted at areas such as business tourism, the short-break market and the route development fund? Specifically, how will it be targeted at the quality assurance schemes, which ensure that Scotland's tourism product—in the widest sense—is of the highest possible standard? The schemes are very important not just in attracting...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Higher Education (Pay Modernisation) (4 Nov 2004)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that the recent funding settlement secures pay modernisation in higher education in accordance with the framework agreement between employers and trade unions and what timescale for completion of this process is now envisaged. (S2O-3790)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Higher Education (Pay Modernisation) (4 Nov 2004)

Mike Watson: Is the minister aware that implementation was initially intended to begin from August 2004 but that no university has yet implemented pay modernisation? The issue clearly involves the recruitment and retention of academic and research staff in our universities. When the minister comes to write his letter of guidance to the funding councils following the spending review, will he make a point...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Modernising Government Fund: Modernising Government Fund (29 Oct 2004)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the final outcome is of applications made to the third round of the Modernising Government Fund and what projects will be supported under the fund

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy (6 Oct 2004)

Mike Watson: I am pleased to open the debate on behalf of the Enterprise and Culture Committee. I do so as the deputy convener of the committee, as our convener throughout the inquiry—Alasdair Morgan—has moved on to what can surely be described as sunnier climes in the Finance Committee; I say that as a former convener of the Finance Committee. My fellow committee members and I wish Alasdair Morgan...

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy (6 Oct 2004)

Mike Watson: Yes, like Christine May, I have received information about that and it seems to be a valuable contribution, because it is a trans-European project—as the name suggests—and one in which Scotland can play its part and produce jobs in the process. The Scottish Executive has set ambitious targets to demonstrate its commitment to maximising the use of renewable energy. It aims to generate 18...

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy (6 Oct 2004)

Mike Watson: I would like to make some progress, although I might have time later. It is understandable that energy companies will want to use proven technology that makes electricity cheaper and thus more profitable to produce—their shareholders would not expect anything else. However, we recognise that there must be more wind farms to reach the target. The committee believes that such over-reliance...

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy (6 Oct 2004)

Mike Watson: The committee has not been that precise, but we are disappointed that the strategic framework that we asked for has not yet been accepted by the Executive. For the reasons that are outlined in the report, we believe that the framework is necessary to ensure that planning applications are dealt with more appropriately. It was clear to us throughout the inquiry that Scotland is not reaping...

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Inquiry Report (22 Sep 2004)

Mike Watson: When I spoke in the debate on the legislative programme on the opening day in the new Parliament building two weeks ago, I closed by expressing the hope that the building would have an inspirational effect on members of the Parliament and that the debates that we indulged in would be an example to the people of Scotland of what we can produce in our new Parliament. Today's debate has in...

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Inquiry Report (22 Sep 2004)

Mike Watson: As I have criticised Fergus Ewing, it is only fair that I do so.

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Inquiry Report (22 Sep 2004)

Mike Watson: I know that.

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Inquiry Report (22 Sep 2004)

Mike Watson: It is also important to put on the record the fact that a hardy band of eight SNP members has managed to survive to the end of the debate. It is disingenuous to criticise the First Minister. He has spoken openly about the content of the report. He answered questions in the chamber last week and, most important, he has given a commitment that those aspects of the Fraser report that require...

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Inquiry Report (22 Sep 2004)

Mike Watson: I am glad to see that there has been a quick reappearance. Frances Curran's comments about decisions made in London betray a ridiculous logic, on the basis of which there would be no Scottish Parliament, because there would have been no Scotland Act 1998 and no referendum. Decisions that are made in London are not inherently bad. I am firm in my belief that it was correct for Donald Dewar to...

Scottish Parliament: Growing Scotland's Economy (16 Sep 2004)

Mike Watson: Since our re-election in May 2003, Scottish Labour has been unequivocal that the number 1 priority is to grow Scotland's economy. Of course it is self-evident that the major means of delivering first-class public services and improving the lives of Scots must be sustainable and actions must cut across all departments of Government. Although growing Scotland's economy involves, at its core,...

Scottish Parliament: Citizens Advice Week (15 Sep 2004)

Mike Watson: I congratulate Bill Butler on securing the debate. I also congratulate Mike Pringle on managing to wangle into his speech a mention of tax on plastic bags, which is the subject of his proposed member's bill—I did not think that that could be done. It is a pleasure to contribute to the debate, although it is difficult to add anything new because so many of the speeches that have already been...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (7 Sep 2004)

Mike Watson: It is a privilege to be here today on such a momentous occasion. The stunning design of the chamber is a testament to the efforts of Enric Miralles, Donald Dewar and others, whose vision it was long before any of us fully understood what it might produce. The building is a powerful statement of Scotland's status post-devolution and I have no doubt that, throughout the world, the Parliament's...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive's Programme (7 Sep 2004)

Mike Watson: Not just now. I am afraid that I have not got time. I had the dubious privilege of spending eight years in the House of Commons and I urge anyone who thinks that the standard of debate is higher there than it is here to get satellite or cable television—if they have not already got it—and to tune in to the Parliament channel other than during Prime Minister's question time. I think that...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Community Care: Social Inclusion Partnerships (Glasgow) (1 Jul 2004)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in improving health and well-being within social inclusion partnership areas in Glasgow. (S2O-2961)

Scottish Parliament: Health and Community Care: Social Inclusion Partnerships (Glasgow) (1 Jul 2004)

Mike Watson: Does the minister agree that it is essential that the progress that has been made, which he outlined, continues? That will involve the funding of a number of community organisations that assist in the delivery of health care locally and make a big contribution, such as Healthy Castlemilk, which has had a major impact in that part of the city.

Scottish Parliament: Volunteering (30 Jun 2004)

Mike Watson: The debate is on celebrating volunteering in Scotland, so it is rather unfortunate that the SNP and the Tories have felt unable to do so fully and have had to aim at least some flak in the direction of the minister about the role that the Executive has played in project Scotland. It should be obvious to everybody who is involved in the debate that the role of the state—of the Government, if...


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