Results 661–680 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament written answers — Parliament: Parliament (11 Nov 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will begin to publish bilateral Concordats agreed between Whitehall Departments and their counterparts in the Executive.

Scottish Parliament: European Structural Funds (28 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: It is inevitable that much of the back-bench debate on this issue has revolved around parochial matters. After all, we have been sent here to look after our constituencies, however those may be defined. I make no apology for continuing the trend of the debate. I have considerable concerns that reflect a number of representations that I—and I imagine other Glasgow MSPs—have received from...

Scottish Parliament: European Structural Funds (28 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: I am sorry, Bruce. Under the constraints, I do not have time to give way. Time for interventions is not taken into account and added on. Over the years, some organisations—I do not have time to name them—have developed valuable projects, particularly through the Castlemilk Economic Development Agency in conjunction with Langside College's Glenwood campus. I am concerned at the effect...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (28 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to submit views on the Biosafety Protocol to Her Majesty’s Government.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (15 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions it has reached on the budget submissions from Aberdeenshire, East Dunbartonshire and Perth and Kinross Councils.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (15 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take in support of the international campaign to bring epilepsy ‘out of the shadows’.

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: Mr Raffan in full flight is a difficult person to deflect, but he is always deflected eventually. However, his approach is certainly preferable to that of Andrew Wilson, who I thought was rather churlish in his response on behalf of the Scottish National party, and undeservedly so. This is a big step forward in the way in which Scottish public finances are managed. Mr Wilson, who is a member...

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: I understand that Mr Wilson is one of Scotland's 50 most eligible bachelors. Frankly, I am not sure what he is eligible for. He is certainly not eligible for election to the SNP's national executive, as he has just failed to achieve that. That might be because he is completely out of line with that party, which wants to tax every family in Scotland. Mr Wilson does not agree with that. Andrew...

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: I will give way in a moment. There must be a great deal to be welcomed, but I am sure that that welcome will not come in this intervention.

Scottish Parliament: Expenditure Plans (6 Oct 1999)

Mike Watson: The only rift that I have is a result of my lunch. I am a member of a very small club. It does not have many members, and not many of them are members of the Scottish National party. I like Duncan Hamilton, but he tries too hard and he is again trying to be too clever. Ten minutes ago, we did an interview on the "Holyrood" programme. What I was talking about was the reallocation of...

Scottish Parliament: Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill (30 Sep 1999)

Mike Watson: I shall preface my remarks with a comment that, to some extent, reflects what Keith Raffan said. As we begin the development of the first Government legislation in the Parliament, we might reflect on how our deliberations are covered in the media and the importance that they are given there. We do not have to cast our minds back very far to remember some of the appalling coverage of the...

Scottish Parliament: Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill (30 Sep 1999)

Mike Watson: Of course. To restate the point that has been made and cannot be made too often, the bill is an example of the way in which the Scottish Parliament can do things differently. I welcome the bill being introduced so quickly; it is early evidence of a system above reproach, characterised by transparency and accountability at every stage of the process. That is a better and more effective way of...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (16 Sep 1999)

Mike Watson: This is an important debate and the number of people who want to speak indicates that—but that is not to say that Bill Aitken's levity was not welcome. It is unfortunate, however, that some of the Scottish National party's old attitudes are still evident in the amendment that we are considering. In tackling homelessness, we should be moving forward on a broader base, and no party has a...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (16 Sep 1999)

Mike Watson: She could not have been more explicit in telling people what was involved, but we still get the same old arguments.

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (16 Sep 1999)

Mike Watson: Yes, why not?

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (16 Sep 1999)

Mike Watson: I agree with that decision, but that was not what I thought Lloyd Quinan would ask about. If I had known that that was his point, I would not have given way. He should try to follow the debate more closely. It is crucial to establish one thing about this issue. I may have misheard Fiona Hyslop, and I am sure that she will tell me if I did, but I think that she said that she did not want the...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government (9 Sep 1999)

Mike Watson: Will Nicola Sturgeon give way?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government (9 Sep 1999)

Mike Watson: Will Nicola Sturgeon give way?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (9 Aug 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in establishing the Task Force to review homelessness in Scotland which was announced on 17 June.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (2 Jul 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on the number of students enrolled at further education colleges in Scotland in 1997-98.


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