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Scottish Parliament written answers — Abolition of Feudal System: Abolition of Feudal System (30 Jun 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make a statement on the Report of the Scottish Law Commission on the Abolition of the Feudal System.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (30 Jun 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for implementing the Scottish provisions of the Health Act 1999.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Land Reform: Land Reform (30 Jun 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish its plans for land reform legislation announced as part of the legislative programme for 1999–2000.

Scottish Parliament: Financial Issues (24 Jun 1999)

Mike Watson: I cannot guarantee that the Finance Committee will be entertaining under my convenership, but it will certainly be lively and I am sure that those who are involved will be inquisitive. The minister mentioned the FIAG report, which everybody has welcomed, including myself. It is an excellent document, and I am pleased that the Executive has given it broad approval. That report raised the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive: Voluntary Sector (24 Jun 1999)

Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to strengthen its relationship with the voluntary sector in Scotland. (S1O-108) In relation to that question, I would like to register an interest as a board member of the Volunteer Centre, which is based in Glasgow.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive: Voluntary Sector (24 Jun 1999)

Mike Watson: I welcome that response and I am sure that it includes Scottish executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies. The minister will be aware that around 50 per cent of the people in Scotland take part in voluntary activity annually. That contributes an amazing figure of almost £4 billion to the Scottish economy every year. Those figures are extrapolated from a survey that was carried...

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (17 Jun 1999)

Mike Watson: Today's speeches in support of Mr Gorrie's amendment have been disappointing. It is appropriate that we have the opportunity to discuss these matters, and I welcome it. However, Mr Gorrie was a bit disingenuous in some of his arguments, not least when he said that his proposal was "not anti-Holyrood". He went on to justify his position in two ways; it was clear that it was an anti-Holyrood...

Scottish Parliament: Holyrood Project (17 Jun 1999)

Mike Watson: If Richard Lochhead suggests that, I accept it; so much the better. I am sure that there is no uniformity of view within the parties that will vote for the amendment and against the substantive motion. There is a large element of political opportunism-it is an opportunity to have a go at the First Minister and the Executive, which is unfortunate. I believe that we will ultimately take the...

Scottish Parliament: Allowances (8 Jun 1999)

Mike Watson: A lot of cant and hypocrisy has been in evidence during this debate and I do not agree with anyone, from whatever party, who said that they regret having to speak during it. We have this period before the Parliament assumes its powers so that we can get such matters out of the way before we get down to serious business. We cannot bring 1 July forward any faster than it will come naturally, so...

Scottish Parliament: Ministers (19 May 1999)

Mike Watson: I am staggered by those remarks and by the fact that David McLetchie has lodged the amendment. Such comments come ill from Conservatives. Let us be absolutely clear on the matter. The Conservatives absolutely refuse to recognise the new political climate in Scotland. However, if it were not for that new political climate, those seats would all be empty-that is not strictly true; the seats...

Scottish Parliament: Ministers (19 May 1999)

Mike Watson: It is not the purpose of the debate that I should answer such questions. The purpose of the debate is to put forward and ratify the Cabinet that has emerged from the discussions. As far as I am concerned, both political parties are satisfied with the outcome, and that is what this form of Parliament was always going to be about. It was absolutely predictable. One of the basic mistakes made...

Scottish Parliament: Ministers (19 May 1999)

Mike Watson: That is nonsense-it might not come as a surprise that I have said that to Mr Gallie before. The people of Scotland, who are watching both this debate and the way in which the Parliament develops, want stable government for Scotland. They do not want the political knockabout of a student debating society, which, day on day, week on week, would be balanced on a knife edge. That might make good...

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