Results 541–560 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Modern Apprenticeships (29 Mar 2001)

Mike Watson: The minister is obviously well aware of the expected expansion in the construction industry as a result of the proposals in the Housing (Scotland) Bill. She will also be aware that the effect of the chronic failure of many construction employers over the past 10 years to take on apprentices is now being felt. Will she consider making it a requirement that employers tendering for such work...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Financial Powers) (28 Mar 2001)

Mike Watson: It is intolerable that this subject has been squashed into such a short debate. However, that said, the debate is sterile and I do not know why we are having it. I am sorry that Duncan Hamilton has left the chamber, because it was ironic at best and hypocritical at worst for him not to accept my intervention in the previous debate. If he had accepted my intervention, I would have asked him...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Financial Powers) (28 Mar 2001)

Mike Watson: No—I have no time to give way. [Interruption.] I have only three minutes. I will see Tricia Marwick outside to discuss these matters if she wants. [MEMBERS: "Oh."] I mean that in the nicest possible way, as Tricia knows. At least this debate is in line with SNP party policy. I have dug out an SNP national council motion from March last year, which states that the council will "seek to...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism and the Economy (28 Mar 2001)

Mike Watson: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Social Inclusion Partnerships: Social Inclusion Partnerships (19 Mar 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1796 by Jackie Baillie on 25 May 2000, which Social Inclusion Partnerships returned information disaggregated by gender in their annual submissions and, for each such partnership, in relation to which areas of policy and services gender disaggregated information is available.

Scottish Parliament: Freedom of Information (15 Mar 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how its proposals for freedom of information contribute to its wider objectives of social justice. (S1O-3131)

Scottish Parliament: Freedom of Information (15 Mar 2001)

Mike Watson: I note what the minister said about the wider aspects of the proposals. When the draft bill was discussed in the chamber this morning, there was a large measure of approval for it across the parties. I am concerned that the bill should not improve access to information for only journalists and politicians. Will the minister comment on how the general public might expect to benefit from the...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (15 Mar 2001)

Mike Watson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer.

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (15 Mar 2001)

Mike Watson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Is it in order for the fisheries spokesperson to be brushed aside at the last minute, to be replaced by a back bencher? [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament written answers — Teacher Training: Teacher Training (14 Mar 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that every teacher in pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary education is given training in epilepsy awareness.

Scottish Parliament: International Development Bill (8 Mar 2001)

Mike Watson: I echo the remarks of all members who have spoken, with the exception—the chamber might not be surprised to hear—of Bill Aitken. It is rather ironic that the Department for International Development has been established for four years and has been extremely successful; it has had the largest budget increase of any UK Government department in that time. That represents not only the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Social Inclusion: Social Inclusion (12 Feb 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make an announcement on the future funding of the New Life for Urban Scotland partnerships in Castlemilk.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Water Authorities: Water Authorities (2 Feb 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there have been any changes to external finance limits set for each water authority this year and what budgets it proposes to allocate each water authority in the next financial year.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2001)

Mike Watson: It is nice to follow Donald Gorrie and to hear that the partnership parties, at least sometimes, speak with the same voice. I hope that that will continue for the rest of the afternoon, although I am not holding my breath. This afternoon's debate has been strange. We heard Andrew Wilson's single transferable speech, which we get on every budget occasion, and which talks about everything other...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2001)

Mike Watson: Perhaps that is because it is becoming more and more obvious as we get closer to the general election that the Tory party is hamstrung by Michael Portillo's comments that they would cut something like £16 billion of public expenditure if—in the horror scenario—they were elected. Scotland's share of that would be almost £2 billion. I cannot offer David Davidson the opportunity to respond...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Jan 2001)

Mike Watson: I hope that the Presiding Officer will be tolerant and allow me to answer that point, although it does not relate directly to today's debate—but why should I break the afternoon's trend? I will quote to David Davidson what his mentor Michael Portillo said about Labour's spending commitments. He said that Labour's "extra spending, over and above what the economy can afford"— in his...

Scottish Parliament: Museums and Galleries (Glasgow) (24 Jan 2001)

Mike Watson: I wonder why Bill Aitken smiled when Kenny Gibson was going through his litany of good wishes and back-slapping of Labour politicians. I am sure it was because it is not usual to see so much unanimity in the chamber. It is, however, good for the city of Glasgow that all members are speaking in the same tongue and pulling in the same direction. I echo the comments of members who said that...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Social Inclusion Partnerships: Social Inclusion Partnerships (22 Jan 2001)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its announcement of the Social Inclusion Partnership (SIP) funding allocation for 2002-03 to 2003-04 on 28 December 2000, whether this announcement included any SIP allocation to Castlemilk in Glasgow.

Scottish Parliament: Acute Services Review (South Glasgow) (17 Jan 2001)

Mike Watson: Janis Hughes has done well to secure the debate and I congratulate her on the content of her speech. When talking about accident and emergency units, she mentioned the fact that not only what Greater Glasgow Health Board wants but what the people of south and particularly south-east Glasgow want should be taken into account. That is what the cross-party group has been arguing for. That group...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Contaminated Land (11 Jan 2001)

Mike Watson: Will the minister comment on the use of brownfield sites for house building, particularly social housing? Can he say anything about the cleaning up of contaminated land in our major cities, particularly Glasgow and Dundee, so that more people will be encouraged to come back to live in those cities and contribute to their economic regeneration?


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