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Scottish Parliament written answers — Education: Education (11 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2971 by Peter Peacock on 17 December 1999, whether it had received any written representations from Cathy Craigie MSP on the subject of school closures in Cumbernauld before 2 December 1999 and, if so, how many.

Scottish Parliament: scottish executive: Local Government Finance (13 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: Is the minister aware that, in the first three years of the parliamentary session, the Labour Government will be spending £2.5 billion less than was spent by the Tory Government—which he has been berating—in its last three years? On the increase in spending to which the minister referred, is he aware that it lags behind average earnings, which will increase by 4 per cent? If spending...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (17 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive at what discount rate is the "break even point" at which public procurement and the PFI alternative are equal in each PFI project in which the Scottish Executive have been involved to date.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (18 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive to list the real terms annual percentage increase in actual, estimated and planned spending for each year for which figures are available on schools, education, health, enterprise and industrial development, housing, agriculture, environment and local authority related spending in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill (19 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: In the two minutes that he has left, will Mr Gallie address the contents of the motion and answer this very simple question: is he or is he not in favour of the equalisation of the age of content?

Scottish Parliament: Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill (19 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: It is a privilege for me to welcome all three aspects of the bill, if not the details of its source. I am pleased to say that its proposals have been SNP policy for more than a decade—certainly as long as I have been a member of the SNP. I hope that that is welcomed around the chamber. The debate has, in west of Scotland parlance, seemed all to the one side like Gourock; the quality and...

Scottish Parliament: Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill (19 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: Although the House of Lords introduced an improvement to the bill, it is unacceptable for it to knock back the bill itself. That has led to the invocation of the Parliament Acts, which is why we are currently debating this issue. No case against this motion has been presented. Whether the age of consent should be 16 is a difficult issue, as many folk have already said. There will always be...

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Public Finances (20 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it recognises the existence of the "Barnett squeeze" on Scottish public finances. (S1O-939)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — scottish executive: Public Finances (20 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: Is the spending per head that the minister outlined fair or not? Is the minister aware of the publication this week by the Scottish Parliament information centre of a review of Mr Blair's uncosted commitment to a 5 per cent increase in health spending over the next five years? Is he aware that that independent report finds that once the Scottish share of the funding has gone through the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (20 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the underspend in the overall Scottish budget has been in each year for which figures are available in 1998-99 prices, also expressed as a percentage of the overall budget, whether any of this underspend was passed back to Her Majesty’s Treasury in any year and if so, how much in each year.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: Will the minister confirm that the significant increase above the rate of inflation is 0.8 per cent?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: I welcome the first budget bill in the Scottish Parliament. The SNP's approach to all budget bills will be to scrutinise them and, where possible, not to be obstructive. The bill represents, of course, a division of a declining cake; it is not a normal budget on which a judgment can be made about the raising and allocation of revenue and expenditure. We are unable today to support stage 1 of...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: I called the minister's officials on this question. The figures that he cites take no account of the 5 per cent rise in inflation in that period. In real terms, the figure is 3 per cent. When one takes account of the falling school roll, the 8 per cent spending rise per pupil, which The Herald headline implied, is only 2 per cent. These figures may seem like debating points, but they show...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: Back on the planet reality, we do not control the purse strings, so we have not spent a penny. I have no doubt that we will hear more allegations about extra spending by the SNP. I have other things to do, but I took time out at the weekend to look at the Official Report. In just one day, during a debate on 2 December—I ask the Liberals to take note—Robert Brown committed the Liberal...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: I will finish the point. The uncosted, unprincipled spending commitments by the Liberals and the Labour party are three times that level. That is the reality.

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: I have said no. We have seen utter incompetence from the Labour party and a daft, puerile tactic, which will not work and which does not apply to the realpolitik. What is actually happening is much more serious. The minister did not deny the fact that the health programme budget is increasing by a paltry 0.8 per cent next year. That compares with Mr Blair's promise of 5 per cent. What is...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: That costing is in every submission that we made to the Cubie committee. Perhaps Mr Raffan will outline in his speech how the Liberal Democrats intended to finance the abolition of tuition fees, which they promised in their manifesto. I do not recall seeing that information in any Liberal manifesto. In the wider context, the Minister for Finance cannot be blamed for many of the current...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2000)

Andrew Wilson: I am grateful to Mr Davidson for giving way. Further to his point on pay rises, we should consider the fact that 60 per cent of the Scottish budget is allocated to public sector wages and salaries. We have just heard that, this year, average earnings will rise by 4.7 per cent. How does the minister square those figures, and what would Mr Davidson do about them?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (26 Jan 2000)

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