Results 581–600 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament: Executive Accountability to Parliament (1 Nov 2000)

Mike Watson: Then why was Mary Mulligan—

Scottish Parliament: Executive Accountability to Parliament (1 Nov 2000)

Mike Watson: I will not give way again. We are getting dragged into one issue instead of discussing the substantive matter of the way that accountability—

Scottish Parliament: Executive Accountability to Parliament (1 Nov 2000)

Mike Watson: Nor will I get into playground name calling. The forthcoming freedom of information bill, to which the First Minister referred, will introduce strong and effective legislation on freedom of information, which is something that we have needed for a long time and will shortly have. The cornerstones provided by that bill, the "Code of Practice on Access to Scottish Executive Information" and the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (5 Oct 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the employment implications of the housing stock transfer proposal in Glasgow and other parts of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Mike Watson: I always seem to follow Tommy Sheridan in these debates. I do not criticise him for getting steamed up, because I know where his heart is and I understand that he is doing a job for the people of Glasgow. However, he does go over the top slightly. Words such as blackmail do not serve his argument. Over the years nobody has been more committed to municipal ownership than I have. Tommy Sheridan...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Mike Watson: I am aware of that. I was at the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee when members of Dumfries and Galloway Council gave evidence. That evidence does not suggest that municipal housing would end in those areas. Other forms of housing will be made available to young people. I am sensitive to that need. It is an exaggeration to say that that will be the end of life as people...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (21 Sep 2000)

Mike Watson: No. I will not take the intervention because I am short of time. Glasgow Citywide Tenants Forum is participating in the process. That is the key. The code of practice for tenant participation, which has now been issued, enshrines many of the demands that were made in the early part of the process and will ensure that if there are other moves towards housing stock transfer in other parts of...

Scottish Parliament: Spending Strategy (20 Sep 2000)

Mike Watson: I wonder whether SNP and Tory members are capable of spotting good news when it arrives. It may not arise often, but it does not come much better than today's announcement. Mr Davidson and Mr Wilson would fit neatly into today's big news story, which is the £20 million lottery win. Had they been part of that syndicate, they would have been greeting and bleating that they had to share it with...

Scottish Parliament: Spending Strategy (20 Sep 2000)

Mike Watson: I will eventually, Kenny, but not just now. I do not know why David Davidson is incapable of coming to terms with the fact that the partnership is in operation and has been effective in delivering government for Scotland. Why is it such a surprise every time Liberal Democrats agree with a Labour member? This is a partnership, as Jack McConnell stressed at every stage of the process.

Scottish Parliament: Spending Strategy (20 Sep 2000)

Mike Watson: No. The purpose of this debate is not to say whether there should be a coalition. The people of Scotland decided that on 6 May last year, to all intents and purposes. The SNP should be capable of welcoming the news that we have heard today. In every debate in the chamber, we are told that we should spend more on the health service, on local government, on transport and on any other area that...

Scottish Parliament: Spending Strategy (20 Sep 2000)

Mike Watson: Kenny Gibson has encapsulated the SNP's problem. Andrew Wilson cited public spending as a percentage of GDP in 1992. There was a recession in 1992, so the comparison he made was meaningless. Now we are talking about local authority spending 10 years ago. The key is to look forwards, not backwards. There is no point in comparing what we had three, five or 10 years ago, as the debate is about...

Scottish Parliament: Spending Strategy (20 Sep 2000)

Mike Watson: I like the spending plans that have been outlined today, which everybody should recognise are an improvement on the past. Vastly greater resources are becoming available. For example, local government will receive 10.5 per cent above inflation over three years. How is it possible to criticise that? Social justice is at the forefront of all policy delivery.

Scottish Parliament: Spending Strategy (20 Sep 2000)

Mike Watson: No. I have taken two interventions and am running out of time. I will not repeat the figures that we have heard, because the Finance Committee and the subject committees will go into them in considerable detail over the next two months. The strength of our position is that not only is there transparency, we are now on a three-year cycle. The spending statement is good news for the people of...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Correspondence: Scottish Executive Correspondence (5 Sep 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many letters it received from (a) MPs and (b) MSPs concerning constituency issues in the period from 1 July 1999 to 7 July 2000.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — scottish executive: Mortgage Repossessions (6 Jul 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Executive has to offer further protection to those threatened with mortgage repossession. (S1F-494)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — scottish executive: Mortgage Repossessions (6 Jul 2000)

Mike Watson: I thank the acting First Minister for that reply. I welcome the Executive's support for Cathie Craigie's bill, which should allow approximately 2,000 families in Scotland a year the right to legal protection when they most need it. Does he also agree that the bill would allow the courts to consider all aspects of a family's financial situation while they remain in their home, so that rather...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Finance: Local Government Finance (6 Jul 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any local authority is likely to be capped this year.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Employment: Employment (29 Jun 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what links exists between the Careers Service, local authority schools and the construction industry for the purpose of increasing awareness of the range of employment opportunities within that industry.

Scottish Parliament: Time for Reflection: Budget Process 2000- 02: Stage 1 (28 Jun 2000)

Mike Watson: In light of his comments, I wonder whether the member has read the report.

Scottish Parliament: Time for Reflection: Budget Process 2000- 02: Stage 1 (28 Jun 2000)

Mike Watson: The Scottish Parliament is officially one year old this week. The past year has been historic, marked—naturally enough—by a long line of firsts. Today's debate marks yet another first and it is one of the most important. It is important because it is self-evident that scrutiny by the Parliament of what the Scottish Executive has to spend and how it is spent is a crucial aspect of our...


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