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Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: On the theme of openness as displayed by Andrew Wilson's colleague, Alex Neil, in an illuminating speech, will Andrew confirm that the two aspects of change in the budget to which Alex Neil referred are in fact SNP policy and that Andrew subscribes to them?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: What is the alternative?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: I was disappointed to hear Adam Ingram's rather cynical speech. His dissection of the speech of the Minister for Finance was cynical in a similar way to Andrew Wilson, although he dressed it up rather more attractively. Adam Ingram continually runs down the budget, attacks it for not being good enough and, as Andrew Wilson did, attacks it for not being in line with Scotland's priorities....

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: I will allow Andrew Wilson to intervene in a moment, because I would like to think that he had something to say in reply. It is wrong simply to criticise without being willing to offer something to replace the thing that is criticised. Budgeting is about priorities. Those priorities have been identified and the challenge is to go as far as possible within those parameters. If the SNP thinks...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (10 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: That is rather injudicious. As a member of the Finance Committee, Andrew Wilson knows that the committee will be examining the Barnett formula. The way in which the discussion has gone shows that the Barnett formula is an issue that exercises the Parliament widely. The formula will be considered by the Finance Committee—there is no doubt about that and it would be disingenuous to suggest...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (10 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of NHS spending in Scotland was allocated to Greater Glasgow Health Board in (a) 1989-90; (b) 1994-95 and (c) 1999-2000.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Voluntary Sector: Voluntary Sector (1 Feb 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of Scottish Executive funding for the voluntary sector is allocated to black and ethnic minority organisations.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (31 Jan 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it contributed to the formulation of Her Majesty’s Government’s position regarding the Biosafety Protocol negotiations in Montreal and, if so, what views it put forward in the discussion.

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — scottish executive: School Standards (20 Jan 2000)

Mike Watson: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive is taking to raise standards in Scotland's schools. (S1F-41)

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time — scottish executive: School Standards (20 Jan 2000)

Mike Watson: I thank the First Minister for that response—I am sure that the publication of the school standards bill will be widely welcomed, as will his earlier response to Mr Salmond. Recently there has been considerable implicit criticism of teachers in the context of responses to the Executive's proposals to repeal section 2A of the Local Government Act 1986. Will the First Minister confirm that he...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (13 Jan 2000)

Mike Watson: I was not going to talk about the Glasgow housing stock transfer issue, as it is only a part of the whole programme, but I have to respond to a couple of Tommy Sheridan's comments. It is simply not true to say that Glasgow tenants will not be involved in discussions; they will have the final say. There will be full consultation and ballots; that has not happened yet, because we are only part...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (13 Jan 2000)

Mike Watson: There are already more homes that are unoccupied—for whatever reason—available throughout Scotland than there are homeless families. It is a question of improving stock. That will not be done overnight—no one is suggesting that it will. The answer is not just building houses, but improving stock that is unfit for habitation or in which people are not willing to live for other reasons....

Scottish Parliament: Hampden (12 Jan 2000)

Mike Watson: I echo Ian Jenkins's comments about the considerable symbolic significance of Hampden Park, which is why I welcome the minister's statement. However, no doubt he will agree that it is about time that people began to pull together for Hampden. The sniping that we have seen from the Tories and the SNP in the media over the past two days is not helpful, notwithstanding their comments today. It...

Scottish Parliament: Hampden Park (16 Dec 1999)

Mike Watson: I should declare an interest: I am a tenant of Queen's Park Football Club, as my constituency office is there. I welcome the statement and the fact that the national stadium can now go ahead with some certainty. The minister mentioned the wholly new body that has been set up to manage the stadium under the auspices of the SFA. How will the Executive oversee the money that has been put in?...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Budget (2000-01) (15 Dec 1999)

Mike Watson: This has been a lively and important debate, which has been informed by the deliberations of the Finance Committee. However, only Andrew Wilson has made a brief reference to the fact that the Finance Committee report is available, and I am not sure that everyone who has spoken in the debate has received it. The report highlights a number of areas where the Finance Committee probed the...

Scottish Parliament: Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill (1 Dec 1999)

Mike Watson: At the risk of giving my colleague, the Minister for Finance, a red face, I join Andrew Welsh and others in congratulating him on the way in which the bill has been piloted to a successful conclusion—the formality of the vote notwithstanding. It is important to recognise that this is an example of decentralised government in practice. This Parliament, and not just those who have been...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Special Advisers: Special Advisers (22 Nov 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements have been made to determine the salaries of Special Advisers and how these arrangements will be administered.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (19 Nov 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive to provide details of its planned level of support for local authority non-housing capital spending for each local authority in the financial year 2000-01.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (19 Nov 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether proceedings in the Westminster Parliament on the Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill have now been completed.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Rural Affairs: Rural Affairs (19 Nov 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its plans for reform of agricultural holdings legislation will include giving tenant farmers a right to buy.


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