Results 161–180 of 692 for speaker:Mike Watson

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: I will take one more intervention, but then I really must move on. I have only 12 minutes.

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: Yes, indeed. The major events strategy is about not just big sporting or cultural events, but major conferences, some of which are very major indeed. For example, a midwives conference that will be held in Glasgow in 2008 will attract something like 18,000 delegates. Of course, the exhibition market is also an important aspect of the strategy. On marketing, I acknowledge the remarks that...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: I am sorry; I must press on, or I will not get through all the points in my speech. Much has been done by VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and other bodies such as Springboard Scotland, to ensure that training takes place and that those who are working in the sector keep their skills up to the mark so that they can maximise the quality of tourism for our...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tourism: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: The review of area tourist boards is still under way and the outcome will be announced in due course; this will include the relationship between boards and tourist businesses in the area.

Scottish Parliament: Theatre in Scotland (12 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: The member is not very good at counting.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time: Gaelic-medium Education (6 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: In the academic year 2002-03, local authority Gaelic-medium education numbers showed 361 pre-school pupils and 1,925 primary school pupils. In addition to that, 997 secondary pupils study Gaelic as fluent speakers. Of that number, 375 study two or more subjects through the medium of Gaelic.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time: Gaelic-medium Education (6 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: I agree with Mr Macintosh. The survival of Gaelic language and culture is utterly dependent on the number of young people who learn the language, which is utterly dependent on the number of teachers who teach the language. That is why the bulk of the resources that we have at our disposal go into providing teacher training. This year, 25 primary school Gaelic-medium teachers and four...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time: Gaelic-medium Education (6 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: I do not agree with Murdo Fraser. Local authorities have the power to apply for the specific grant that is available if they want to establish a Gaelic-medium education unit or extend those that exist. That is the way forward. If there are gaps in the provision of Gaelic-medium teachers, I would want to consider the matter, as I would not want those gaps to remain. However, by and large, the...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time: Gaelic-medium Education (6 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: I am aware of the specific problem that Roseanna Cunningham refers to and I regret that it has occurred. However, such occurrences are rare and I am not aware of any others. The answer to the general problem is the answer that I gave Murdo Fraser. We must increase the number of Gaelic-medium teachers and ensure that they are placed around the country where they are needed. Of course, at the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (6 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: Proposals relating to music tuition for children and young people are currently being considered by ministers. An announcement will be made as soon as possible.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (6 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: We have liased closely with the New Opportunities Fund both before and since the launch of the PE and Sport in Schools Programme, which will provide £87 million across Scotland for sporting activities as well as new and improved sports facilities.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scots Language: Scots Language (5 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: By signing the Charter, the UK Government recognises the distinctive nature and cultural value of the Scots language. The Executive has made good progress in complying with the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages in respect of Scots and the Executive considers that its policies and practice give due regard to the objectives and principles in Part II of the Charter.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tourism: Tourism (5 Feb 2003)

Mike Watson: VisitScotland is currently awaiting the results of an audit jointly funded with Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to quantify the value to Scotland of the genealogy tourism sector. The findings are due in late spring.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Football: Football (30 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: I am already on the record as saying that a substantial amount of the funds set aside for Euro 2008 will be committed to the development of youth sport including football. I met with the SFA and sport scotland this week to discuss the issue. The current review into youth football development will help to inform decisions about how youth football might benefit.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Libraries: Libraries (30 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: Library services are a matter for individual local authorities. The COSLA Public Library Standards have been in place since 1995 and these include recommendations on extending library opening hours, provision for the needs of disabled users and access to services by the residents of care homes and sheltered housing. Local authorities are responsible for setting library opening hours, within...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Arts Council: Scottish Arts Council (30 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: The Scottish Executive are in regular contact with the Scottish Arts Council. No date or agenda for the next meeting has yet been set.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (27 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: A total of 53 Cultural Co-ordinators are now in place. A further 37 will be in place within the next seven weeks, and funding for a further five is in place.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (27 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: The Scottish Executive Education Department commissioned Learning Teaching Scotland to map opportunities for creativity across the curriculum. A guidance document was produced which encouraged a creative approach to learning and teaching through the use of examples of good practice drawn from schools across Scotland. This publication, Creativity in Education , was launched in November 2001...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Public Bodies: Public Bodies (27 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: There are no immediate plans to fill these two places. The main priority at present is for the current members of Bòrd Gàidhlig na h-Alba to develop a good working relationship. The appointment of an additional two bòrd members is an option for the future. If this option is pursued the same criteria will be applied and the same procedure will be followed. Those who originally applied can...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Sport: Sport (23 Jan 2003)

Mike Watson: One of the key aims of the existing School Sports Co-ordinator Programme is to develop links between schools and local sports clubs which will enable our young people to continue their involvement in sport after leaving school. I am satisfied that with the significant increase in resources in the Scottish Budget for School Sports Development Officers, we will be able to strengthen these links.


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