Results 81–100 of 1629 for speaker:Andrew Wilson

Scottish Parliament written answers — Individual Learning Accounts: Individual Learning Accounts (24 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what compensation scheme it will introduce for small businesses that provided training under the individual learning account scheme and incurred losses as a result of payment delays while investigations took place into fraudulent activity under the scheme and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Individual Learning Accounts: Individual Learning Accounts (24 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost has been of the investigation into fraudulent activity under the individual learning account scheme; what amount has been budgeted for any further investigations, and from which departmental budget such amounts will be met.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Individual Learning Accounts: Individual Learning Accounts (24 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements it is considering for inclusion in the administrative structure of a successor to the individual learning account scheme to overcome any difficulties experienced in the first.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (21 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the compensation package for homeowners in Ainslie Road and Maclehose Road, Cumbernauld, has been based on the current value of their properties and not on the value that the properties would have had if the construction defects had not been present.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (21 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures were in place at the time of construction in order to identify construction defects such as those now identified as affecting housing in Ainslie Road and Maclehose Road, Cumbernauld; who had responsibility for ensuring that any such procedures were followed, and why the defects were not identified and prevented at the time of construction.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (21 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail any act and section in legislation that would prevent a larger compensation package being offered than that offered to homeowners in Ainslie Road and Maclehose Road, Cumbernauld.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Individual Learning Accounts: Individual Learning Accounts (19 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive why the successor to the individual learning account (ILA) scheme could not have commenced within this session of the Parliament.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (18 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the projected final cost is of the compensation scheme for homeowners in Ainslie Road and Maclehose Road, Cumbernauld, what bodies will be responsible for meeting this cost, and what percentage of the cost each such body will meet.

Scottish Parliament: Recycling (Fife Council): Low Pay (13 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: The minister made reference to the eradication of mass unemployment. Is he aware of the findings of the Scotecon study at the University of Stirling—funded by the Scottish Executive—which reveal that Scotland has one of the highest rates in the industrialised world for the number of households with no one in employment? Does he acknowledge that although many families might be off the...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: David Davidson mentioned the democratic scrutiny of money that supports the industry. In an alarming development, the Government has taken a decision on the future of the ATB structure but does not want the election and democratic scrutiny to get in its way. Will Mr Davidson comment on that, or at least consult his colleagues on it? What is the Conservatives' position on that development? The...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I beg your pardon, but the issue is of grave democratic importance, because the minister—

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (13 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: The minister is already on the record as having said that there would be an announcement early in the new year. Now we are told that there will be no announcement. Did the minister know when he said that there would be an announcement early in the new year that he was misleading Parliament, or is this another example of the Government running roughshod over democracy and playing fast and...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I was born and brought up in Lanarkshire and I have lived there for most of my life—I love that part of the world—but the description of its economy as buoyant underlines the complacency that is at the heart of the Government's approach. The reality for many people in Lanarkshire and throughout Scotland is unemployment, underemployment and low incomes, on which measures Lanarkshire is...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: The member has given way—I love it when interventions are invited rather than given. The SNP's policies are clear. We want business rates below the prevailing United Kingdom level. The motion shows that we seek to put the economy at the heart of the debate. Perhaps finding agreement was too much to hope for. The question deserves to be put back to David Davidson. As far as I can tell from...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Notwithstanding what Mr Lyon has just said, the Liberal Democrats' position seems to be—from what Tavish Scott said—that, in the election, they will suggest greater powers for the Scottish Parliament, which is in line with what I am saying. When specifically will we get those commitments and what might they be?

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Rubbish.

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Mr Muldoon is generous with his time. He referred to the stability of our economic context. Will he reflect on the fact that, since Labour came to power in 1999, our growth rate has been one third of our long-term trend rate, which is dreadful? Is he aware of Calgacus's statement to his troops about the Romans in Scotland, which was that they made a desert and called it peace? What the...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: The motion seeks to broker agreement across the chamber about where the country needs to be. We will bring our election ideas to the election, not to the Parliament. Why does not the Conservative party have the grace to back a strategy that can unify people rather than leave people disillusioned by politicians' failure to take a lead in this country?

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: The troubles in the Irish economy are interesting, but I think that Rhona Brankin should focus on the troubles in the Scottish economy, which are exponentially worse than those in Ireland. We cannot import everything from Ireland, but I would really like to have had the problems that the Irish have had over the past 10 years, when their economy has grown at eight times the rate of the...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I am grateful to the member for giving way with perfect timing. Given what Mr Scott has just said about the development of Liberal thinking on greater powers, we know that the Liberal Democrats have open minds. I suggest they introduce some urgency to that thinking and present some specific proposals for growth because the powers as they stand have not worked, are not working and will not...


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