Results 41–60 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: G8 Summit (17 Jun 2004)

Mike Watson: Does the First Minister agree that it will be Prime Minister Blair, of course, who welcomes next year the other world leaders, including President Kerry, and that the benefits that will flow will include the further opportunity for Scotland to be portrayed throughout the world as a destination for major events? Will the First Minister ensure that EventScotland—the organisation that in its...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (15 Jun 2004)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive why retail is not recognised as one of the 10 priority sectors within Round 4 of the Scottish Skills Fund.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Environment and Rural Development: Scottish Water (3 Jun 2004)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what further measures it is taking to improve the efficiency of Scottish Water. (S2O-2628)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Environment and Rural Development: Scottish Water (3 Jun 2004)

Mike Watson: The minister's response is about the macro-aspects of Scottish Water, but I want to bring to his attention a couple of micro-aspects that I am sure many other members of the Parliament have come across recently. The first is the issue of underground bursts. Consistently, Scottish Water's response to such bursts is to ignore them, at least in effect. Scottish Water takes the view that,...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Constitution (29 Apr 2004)

Mike Watson: The debate has, for the second time in a week, opened up the sores in the Parliament on the issue of the future of the EU and the role of Scotland and the UK within it. I regret to say that I have not taken a huge number of positives from either debate. We know that 10 new member countries will be admitted to the EU on Saturday. As Andy Kerr said, it is not possible, for them to be...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Constitution (29 Apr 2004)

Mike Watson: No, not just now. I will come on to the SNP's arguments soon. We need the constitution to modernise decision making through the extension and simplification of qualified majority voting, the election of a full-time chair of the Council of the European Union, the reform of the Commission and a strengthening of the European Parliament's powers. A new treaty will clearly define the extent of EU...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Constitution (29 Apr 2004)

Mike Watson: The Labour Party has certain red lines. Nicola Sturgeon talked of a red line on fishing as if that was the overwhelming issue and the most important aspect of the treaty. I tell members not to misunderstand my comment: I am not suggesting that fishing is unimportant, but it is not the overriding issue. Labour will want to ensure that there are agreements on fishing that are suitable not only...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Constitution (29 Apr 2004)

Mike Watson: I am sorry. I would have taken Nicola Sturgeon's intervention, but I have been told that I do not have time. George Lyon also talked about being pro and anti-Europe. However, the debate is not about being pro and anti-Europe; it is about being pro and anti-EU. The Tories are anti-EU, although they may tell us that they do not believe that we should pull out of Europe. I could not believe it...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tartan Day: Tartan Day (26 Apr 2004)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be its achievements in its participation in this year’s Tartan Day celebrations in the United States of America.

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Enlargement) (21 Apr 2004)

Mike Watson: The first of May will be a big day in the calendar. It is always a big day for me because it is my birthday. It is also a big day for me because it is international workers day and there are usually events associated with that. This year, 1 May will also be the day on which the accession states at last become a part of the European Union. That has been clearly acknowledged not only by the...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Enlargement) (21 Apr 2004)

Mike Watson: I would not, but I am talking about the way in which the SNP frames the debate. I expect every member of the European Union to look after its own interests. What is important is the way in which that is done and the way in which countries work with other countries to strengthen their positions. We would need a long debate to go into the blind alleys that the Tories led us down but it is...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Enlargement) (21 Apr 2004)

Mike Watson: I do not have time to take another intervention. There will be opportunities to build on the links that Scotland already has with Europe and that is the regard in which I mentioned the schools links. Scotland has an opportunity to grow into one of the most dynamic regions of the new Europe. Before the SNP members get up on their feet, I am not suggesting that we are a region of the UK. Of...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (1 Apr 2004)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make provision for sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalopathy (CFS/ME) following the recent announcement by Her Majesty's Government of funding for 12 new centres and local support teams for such patients in England.

Scottish Parliament: Fraser Inquiry (BBC Tapes) (31 Mar 2004)

Mike Watson: Further to the point of order that I tried to raise five minutes ago, Presiding Officer, I believe that there is a question over the final three and a half lines of the amendment in the name of Fergus Ewing. They do not seem to be to do with the subject of the debate. They might have some tenuous link to the Fraser inquiry, but they have no link to the thrust of the debate. Is it in order for...

Scottish Parliament: Scotch Whisky Industry (Tax Regime) (31 Mar 2004)

Mike Watson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I do not wish to delay the debate. My point of order relates to Fergus Ewing's amendment, the final three lines of which seem to refer to an issue that is quite extraneous to the issue of the BBC and the tapes, which are the subject of the debate. Therefore, my question is—

Scottish Parliament: Scotch Whisky Industry (Tax Regime) (31 Mar 2004)

Mike Watson: I apologise. I shall raise the matter in writing.

Scottish Parliament: Scotch Whisky Industry (Tax Regime) (31 Mar 2004)

Mike Watson: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Scotch Whisky Industry (Tax Regime) (31 Mar 2004)

Mike Watson: The member does not understand the voting system at Westminster.

Scottish Parliament: Scotch Whisky Industry (Tax Regime) (31 Mar 2004)

Mike Watson: That is not true.

Scottish Parliament: Scotch Whisky Industry (Tax Regime) (31 Mar 2004)

Mike Watson: We have already heard about the importance of the Scotch whisky industry to the Scottish economy. George Lyon referred to the 41,000 jobs that the industry provides and we should remember that it is worth £2 billion a year and affects not only the Scottish economy but the UK economy. It is to be regretted that the issue of strip stamps has been raised again, because it appeared to have been...


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