Results 621–640 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (5 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: I will take one intervention only.

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (5 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: It is interesting that Alex Neil quotes Spencely—Gordon Jackson's amendment calls on us to endorse the Spencely report. If Alex wants to endorse the report, he should support what Gordon Jackson advocates. I will quote back a bit of the Spencely report to Alex Neil: "the present state of the Project has nothing, in my opinion, to do with the location of the site. Changing the site would...

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (5 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: Yes, I have seen the designs, and I am aware that it is not just the Royal High School building. I am also aware that we would need to build a brand new chamber for the Parliament. What would happen to the civil servants based at St Andrew's House and the other buildings that they occupy? We have to inject a dose of realism into the debate and stop the point scoring that we have had so far....

Scottish Parliament: Hampden (5 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: Along with everybody else, I welcome the minister's statement and the successful conclusion to what has been, if not a saga, a fiasco over Hampden. I hope that that has been drawn to a conclusion. It has been noticeable that today there has been an absence of the rancour that was shown after previous statements on this subject—notably from the Opposition parties—and that everybody...

Scottish Parliament written answers — National Stadium: National Stadium (3 Apr 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on progress with the negotiations over Hampden Stadium.

Scottish Parliament: Bus Corridors (Glasgow) (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I will be brief. I thank Bill Aitken for introducing a debate on an important issue. Although my constituency does not have bus corridors, many of my constituents use them. When I was the MP for the constituency, I was heavily lobbied on the issue of Victoria Road before the bus corridor there was introduced. I have also been written to by people who live in Shettleston Road. The consultation...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Business Start-ups (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to assist traditionally under-represented groups, such as young people, women and the long-term unemployed, to start their own businesses. (S1O-1426)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Business Start-ups (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I thank the minister for that response and for the announcement that he made on International Women's Day of an extra £1.5 million. Can I draw to the minister's attention the record of the Castlemilk Economic Development Agency in providing support for women, youth and existing businesses? Each year the agency assists on average 25 previously unemployed Castlemilk residents to start up in...

Scottish Parliament: Infrastructure (Public Investment) (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I will start by pointing out that the SNP also lost in Ayr. It is a point that should be repeated. Christine Grahame is, like many others in Scotland, too good at trumpeting gallant defeats. I am not interested in gallant defeats—one either wins or one does not.

Scottish Parliament: Infrastructure (Public Investment) (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I am not trying to suggest that Labour won. Christine Grahame has, however, tried to suggest that the SNP somehow did, which is, at best, a bizarre claim. It is important to concentrate the debate on the infrastructure of Scotland. I welcome the debate. It is interesting to examine the wording of the motion to which Fiona Hyslop spoke. She did not address the motion to a great extent, but...

Scottish Parliament: Infrastructure (Public Investment) (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I do not accept that. I am not interested in inputs or outputs, but in outcomes. I challenge anybody to suggest that the £2.4 billion that will be available in Scotland for public services in the next four years will not make a considerable difference. To do so would be nonsense. If I understand correctly, one of Fiona Hyslop's five points was that there should be a feasibility study on...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (23 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances it has had from CGU that Perth will remain a significant centre in the merged company with Norwich Union and that the jobs there will be of a high quality.

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: Will Ms Fabiani give way?

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I thank Linda for giving way so graciously. I accept what Linda Fabiani says, but what is the SNP proposing for Scottish manufacturing in the short term? It will be a long, uphill struggle to independence—if it ever happens. People want jobs, prosperity and training in the meantime.

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: It is good that the Parliament is having its second debate on manufacturing since it was established, as that shows the importance of that sector. John Swinney and George Lyon have referred to arguments in the "Scottish Engineering Quarterly Review", and I, too, heard what Peter Hughes said on "Good Morning Scotland". To some extent, those arguments jar with what has been said today. A major...

Scottish Parliament: Manufacturing (9 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: Interest rates will not be tackled in this debate because we do not have powers over them. We can refer to them tangentially, but there is no point in going into that issue in detail. I regret the effect that interest rates are having on exports. However, it is simplistic to say that we are doing less well than we would do if we had far lower interest rates. In terms of manufacturing and...

Scottish Parliament: Drugs Strategy (1 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I congratulate Johann Lamont on securing this debate and on the content of her speech. It was well researched and I will not add any facts to it. The situation in Glasgow is well known and well documented, and Johann has highlighted it again. It cannot be highlighted too often, but we must look for solutions. In answer to Margo MacDonald's point about what we are talking about in terms of...

Scottish Parliament: Drugs Strategy (1 Mar 2000)

Mike Watson: I accept that. I was not suggesting that it was exclusively young people and people suffering deprivation, in its various forms, who take drugs. However, of the people who die from the use of drugs, the proportion from those categories is far higher. That is the most serious problem. I will not say any more. I look forward to the minister's summing up. I congratulate Johann Lamont again on...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Exports: Exports (24 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive is taking to support manufacturing exports.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Voluntary Sector: Voluntary Sector (24 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being introduced to support the voluntary and community sector.


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