Results 501–520 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: I am not sure that Mr Fergusson's intervention takes us any further forward. Its point is certainly not clear to me. However, Mr Fergusson's comments are interesting. Although Mr Johnstone might now be a wiser man, it seems that Mr Fergusson is not. Mr Fergusson did exactly the same thing with the convener's casting vote in yesterday's Rural Development Committee meeting, which has led to...

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: Certainly my points about Mr Johnstone have been made to the Procedures Committee, which is considering them. As for the bill itself, out of the many reams of newsprint that have been used to report critically on its very existence, far less its progress, one particular barb has stuck in my mind. It was a charge against the so-called anti-cruelty movement, which was characterised as "the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (19 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can now give the allocation of end-year flexibility by department.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Pre-School Education: Pre-School Education (6 Sep 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in relation to the provision of nursery education for three-year-olds.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Modern Apprenticeships: Modern Apprenticeships (22 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring is in place to record how many older people have embarked on modern apprenticeships following the removal of the age restriction and what measures are in place to encourage older people to do so.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Childcare: Childcare (8 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many places are available in out-of-school and after-school care in each constituency in the City of Glasgow and how many children are on waiting lists for places in such services.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Construction Industry: Construction Industry (3 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of the construction contracts provision in Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and the Scheme for Construction Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 1998 on the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration sector in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Construction Industry: Construction Industry (3 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received on the operation of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Construction Industry: Construction Industry (3 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it submitted a response to the consultation by the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions on the Construction Industry Board (CIB) review of the adjudication provisions of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and the Scheme for Construction Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 1998 and, if so, whether this response...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Construction Industry: Construction Industry (3 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to undertake a review of Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 following the completion of the review of the adjudication provisions in the construction contracts legislation undertaken by the Construction Industry Board.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Transport: Transport (1 Aug 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how trade unions representing workers employed in the transport industry are being consulted on the work currently under way on the Executive’s transport delivery plan.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Pre-School Education: Pre-School Education (5 Jul 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-15837 by Nicol Stephen on 31 May 2001, how many of the pre-school places for (a) three-year–olds and (b) four-year-olds with partner providers in Glasgow are provided by (i) the private sector and (ii) the voluntary sector.

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...

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: 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: 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: 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.


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