Results 81–100 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Population Decline (27 Nov 2003)

Mike Watson: Rather than dwell on the doom and gloom comments that Richard Lochhead makes on behalf of the SNP, about people flooding out of Scotland, I ask the minister to turn his attention to something rather more positive. Given that a turnaround in the birth rate—even if we could achieve that—is a long-term objective that will take a few years to have effect, we should focus on short-term action....

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament Founding Principles (26 Nov 2003)

Mike Watson: I just failed to get in under the wire, I see. There has been a lot more good than there has been bad in the debate, as there is in the conclusions of the Procedures Committee's report on the consultative steering group principles. Incidentally, it is good to see Canon Kenyon Wright, a man who played such an important role in the CSG, in the gallery. It is typical of him that he has come to...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Enterprise Culture) (9 Oct 2003)

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Scottish Parliament: Schools (Enterprise Culture) (9 Oct 2003)

Mike Watson: I acknowledge what Alex Neil says about the PSYBT's success, but does he recognise that, whereas in the case that he cited businesses had to raise the money before the Government came up with the share that Lord Young had promised, the order is the other way round for the programme that I was talking about? The Executive has come up with the money and is now asking business people to put...

Scottish Parliament: Schools (Enterprise Culture) (9 Oct 2003)

Mike Watson: Labour believes that our education system is crucial to the development of young Scots and Scotland's economy. That is why earlier this year we committed ourselves in our manifesto to building a culture of confidence and aspiration in our schools by ensuring that every pupil has the opportunity to learn the skills of entrepreneurship at school. In response to Murdo Fraser's comments, I say...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (3 Sep 2003)

Mike Watson: There has been a lot of talk about growing Scotland's economy. That is at the centre point of what the partnership is trying to do. Growing Scotland's economy was Labour's approach during the election campaign this year and it remains our position. We want to grow the economy through investment in research and training, skills, science and our transport infrastructure across Scotland. That...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (3 Sep 2003)

Mike Watson: By all means. I know that the member is about to tell me that those are not real jobs, but he can have his intervention.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (3 Sep 2003)

Mike Watson: I do not accept that. Levels of poverty in this country are higher than anyone would want them to be. However, there is no question but that the main lever in alleviating poverty is getting people into work and creating a vibrant economy that employs more people and enables different types of employment. By that, I do not simply mean manufacturing jobs versus service sector jobs; I mean...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (3 Sep 2003)

Mike Watson: As ever, Alex Neil has been selective with figures. He is like his colleague Jim Mather who, just a couple of weeks ago, said that "the wealth gap between Scotland and London" has widened. However, he was comparing Scotland as a UK region—and I understand the implications of that term—with London and the south-east as another region. He did not compare Scotland with many parts of the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (3 Sep 2003)

Mike Watson: No, I am saying that it is not very valid to compare Scotland's economy with that in London and the south-east. Given the situation with manufacturing and the changes that have been made over the past two or three generations, the economy in the north-east and south-west of the UK is more similar to ours. We should compare like with like. The figure that Alex Neil just quoted might indeed be...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (3 Sep 2003)

Mike Watson: No, I have given way enough. I might do so later if I have the time. Given that Scottish Enterprise has been in the news, it is important to focus on the proposals from the two main Opposition parties to cut the organisation's budget. This morning, I heard Annabel Goldie on the radio saying that the budget should be slashed—I do not know by how much, although I believe that the figure that...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tourism: Tourism (20 May 2003)

Mike Watson: This is an operational matter for

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tourism: Tourism (20 May 2003)

Mike Watson: While this is an operational matter for, I understand that the full contact details of tourism businesses that have subscribed to are included on its website.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Union of the Crowns: Union of the Crowns (28 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: There are no plans to have such a debate.

Scottish Parliament written answers — National Cultural Strategy: National Cultural Strategy (27 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: I am pleased to announce the publication today of the document, Implementation of the National Cultural Strategy: Guidance for Scottish Local Authorities . This is a joint publication with COSLA in the spirit of the kind of partnership activity that the guidance advocates. The guidance explores and identifies approaches and good practice for delivering local authorities' core cultural...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Sport: Sport (27 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: Following consideration of the report from the consultants, we and sportscotland commissioned to carry out a property review and national facilities study, I announced on 23 March a strategy for the development and procurement of national and regional sports facilities. As part of that announcement, I made clear that the consultants’ report found that there is an economic case for...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Union of the Crowns: Union of the Crowns (27 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: Education features strongly in the plans to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Union of the Crowns this year. Historic Scotland are inviting pupils from schools across Scotland to participate in a Schools Art Competition to design a crown, a sword or a sceptre for the Coronation of a King or Queen. Further details of the competition, pictures and further information on the Union of the...

Scottish Parliament: National Galleries of Scotland Bill (26 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: We have now reached the final stage of the private bill that is needed to disapply legislation restricting building in Princes Street gardens. The bill is an important integral part of the Playfair project and the Scottish Executive strongly supports the bill as amended. We are pleased that the bill has made good progress and will be passed today. The stabilisation works have been completed,...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Historic Events: Historic Events (26 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: A reply was sent to Professor Harvie, explaining that the Scottish Executive does not directly fund projects of this nature. His expectation that the event be commemorated by debate in the Parliament is precluded because of the imminent dissolution.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Genealogy: Genealogy (25 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: Ease of access to information to allow people from overseas to research their Scottish ancestry is part of VisitScotland’s marketing strategy. This information is available through the website, which also has a link from the main website. VisitScotland carry out visitor surveys and research in this area to maximise the benefit to Scotland of ancestral...

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