Results 101–120 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

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

Mike Watson: Stimulating an interest in genealogy on the part of potential overseas visitors with ancestors among the Scottish clans is part of VisitScotland’s marketing strategy, using the internet. Information on genealogical research can be found on the tourism website scotexchange.net, while those interested in their ancestry can use the ancestralscotland.com website to find out more. VisitScotland...

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

Mike Watson: Guidance for people interested in conducting genealogical and historical research about their ancestors in Scotland is provided on the website ancestralscotland.com, which has a link from the main visitscotland.com website. The websites of the General Register Office for Scotland and the National Archives of Scotland provide access to the main genealogical sources (gro-scotland.gov.uk and...

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

Mike Watson: The information requested is not held centrally.

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

Mike Watson: The information requested is not held centrally.

Scottish Parliament: Charity Law Reform (19 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: Yes, why not? I was just responding to Lord James Douglas-Hamilton's comments on the act the name of which I will not repeat: it seemed to me to be the mother and father of all legislation.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Children with Disabilities: Children with Disabilities (17 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: The £600,000 will be paid into the Scottish Physical Recreation Fund and managed by it specifically for Scottish Disability Sport (SDS). This will enable SDS to provide the specialist support needed to ensure that children and young people with special needs can participate fully in the Active Primary Schools and Schools Sports Development Officer Programmes, which will attract significant...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Children with Disabilities: Children with Disabilities (17 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: None. I refer the member to the answer given to question S1W-34419 today. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/webapp/wa.search .

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: New Opportunities Fund (13 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: Under round 3 of the new opportunities fund's funding programme, a total of £87 million is being made available in Scotland under the new opportunities for physical education and sport initiative. Of that money, 25 per cent is available for out-of-school-hours activities. In addition, a further £2.8 million was awarded to sportscotland to manage and deliver the fund's programme for...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: New Opportunities Fund (13 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: On community initiatives, part of the new opportunities fund—and indeed of the Community Fund itself—is a fair share initiative, which is designed to encourage more community applications for the sort of projects that Marilyn Livingstone mentioned. The current round of new opportunities fund funding is ideal for such applications. The latest round of applications for the out-of-school...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: New Opportunities Fund (13 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: The north-east is not necessarily doing anything wrong. The money is not allocated on a geographical basis. The funds can respond only to the applications that are received. Scotland gets 11.5 per cent of the new opportunities fund and the Community Fund. That is higher than the share per head of population in the United Kingdom as a whole, so Scotland does relatively well out of the funds. I...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: National Lottery Community Fund (13 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport met the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and the Minister for Culture, Sport and Welsh Language of the National Assembly for Wales on 27 February to discuss a range of issues concerning the national lottery, including the proposed merger of the Community Fund and the new opportunities fund. No decisions have yet been made and...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: National Lottery Community Fund (13 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: We ought to be wary of criticising bank managers. Many of us are best friends with our bank managers—if some members are not, they should be. John Home Robertson's point is similar that raised by David Davidson earlier on the spread of awards to different communities. The fair share initiative that I mentioned earlier is targeted not so much on those communities that are not getting awards,...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: National Lottery Community Fund (13 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: That is an important point. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has made detailed comments on the proposals for merging the Community Fund and the new opportunities fund. I acknowledge that the proposals are largely related to the two organisations' roles. It is important that everybody who wants to apply for lottery funds of whatever size—the awards-for-all scheme covers...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Culture: Culture (13 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: The Executive has contributed £250,000 towards the creation and running of a complete Scottish programme at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2003. Additionally, VisitScotland and the Scottish Arts Council each contributed £50,000 for this purpose. Traditional music features prominently.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Football: Football (13 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: The Scottish Executive played a key role in developing plans and putting a funding package together to assist the development of football academies. We are contributing to the current Review of Youth Development. This review will make important recommendations designed to help Scottish football ensure a better future for itself. Also, since 1998 we have invested £1.1 million directly in...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Union of the Crowns: Union of the Crowns (12 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: The membership of the advisory group includes the Lord Provost of Edinburgh (Chair); Professor Michael Lynch, University of Edinburgh; Andrew Mathieson, Scottish Tourism Forum; Peter Irvine, Unique Events; Graeme Munro, Historic Scotland; Alison Lindsay, National Archives of Scotland; Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland; Pat Watters, Convention of Local Authorities; Eric Miller, Scotland Office;...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Culture: Culture (7 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: The Scottish Executive is investigating further the possibilities for establishment of a direct weblink to its site from the national website section within the European Culture Portal. Sport and art are devolved matters. Whilst the Executive takes responsibility for promoting Scottish culture both at home and abroad, in practice there are a number of bilateral links, at both ministerial and...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Culture: Culture (7 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: The Culture 2000 programme has EUCLID as its official Technical Information Office in the UK, providing support and assistance for potential applicants to the programme. The next Scottish workshop takes place in Glasgow on Wednesday, 4 June 2003. A range of projects in Scotland have been supported through this programme and full details of these can be found on EUCLID’s website...

Scottish Parliament: Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (6 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: The debate has been enjoyable, and whatever Brian Monteith said about my mood—whether it is downbeat or otherwise—that is not the way that I feel, so I am sorry if that is the way that I came across. I thank the interpreters for the assistance that they have provided this afternoon, which has been valuable. It has been claimed that the bill will start the process of rebuilding the Gaelic...

Scottish Parliament: Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (6 Mar 2003)

Mike Watson: I want to thank the Education, Culture and Sport Committee for the time that it has set aside to consider in depth the issues that have been raised by Michael Russell's Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill. I congratulate the committee on the thoroughness of its evidence taking and the clarity of its report. It is fair to say that our wider programme of support for Gaelic provides the background...


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