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Results 561–580 of 586 for speaker:Richard Lyle

Scottish Parliament: Living Wage (1 Mar 2012)

Richard Lyle: Alex Neil did not slate any worker from North Lanarkshire Council. He slated officials and councillors. If I have time later, I will address comments that were made by my colleague John Pentland. I refer Margaret Mitchell to a report by the Association for Public Service Excellence—I might send her a copy later—which has proved that, for every pound spent by a council, £1.60 is generated...

Scottish Parliament: Green Investment Bank (22 Feb 2012)

Richard Lyle: We want you to stay.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2012 [Draft] (9 Feb 2012)

Richard Lyle: I declare an interest as a member of North Lanarkshire Council. I will retire from North Lanarkshire Council this May, so I welcome the opportunity to speak in the debate as this may be the last time that I can record my appreciation of the time that I have spent as a councillor. I will certainly miss it, as I was first elected in 1976 and have held my seat continually for the past 36 years....

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2012 [Draft] (9 Feb 2012)

Richard Lyle: Bleating, yes. I note that some councils will see a shift in resources. Some councils will lose and some will gain. Funding is available to continue the council tax freeze for a fifth year, which I am sure will be welcomed by many of my constituents as it will help them with their family budgets.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2012 [Draft] (9 Feb 2012)

Richard Lyle: Yes. Mr McCabe used to describe the benefits on many occasions. I will come to Mr McCabe shortly. The freeze will save many of my constituents more than £500. Average water charges are now 10 per cent lower than in England and Wales. Primary class sizes are now at a record low, although not all councils—particularly North Lanarkshire—have embraced the policy. We have also ended ring...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2012 [Draft] (9 Feb 2012)

Richard Lyle: When I decided to stand down as SNP group leader in COSLA, Derek phoned me and told me that he was thinking of standing, and I told him that I would support his nomination. I was proud to nominate and support him, and I am sure that George Adam seconded me on that day. Derek Mackay did an excellent job in the previous two years as SNP group leader in COSLA. My story was not all that bad,...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform Bill (22 Dec 2011)

Richard Lyle: I support a welfare system that is simpler, makes work pay, and lifts people out of poverty. I do not support a system that undermines the principle of taking care of people by using modernisation of the welfare system to cut their benefits in order to save money and—dare I say it?—to reduce the massive deficit that was caused by successive London Governments. Those damaging cuts to...

Scottish Parliament: Police Entrance Exam (22 Dec 2011)

Richard Lyle: 6. To ask the Scottish Government how many applicants have failed the police force entrance exam in the past five years. (S4O-00534)

Scottish Parliament: Police Entrance Exam (22 Dec 2011)

Richard Lyle: I thank the cabinet secretary for his answer. What steps can be taken to equip applicants to achieve their goal of joining the Scottish police force?

Scottish Parliament: Integration of Health and Social Care (15 Dec 2011)

Richard Lyle: It is always a pleasure to follow my good friend Mary Scanlon. [Interruption.] Anything George Adam can do, I can do better. I welcome this debate on the integration of health and social care. Social care is pivotal to the care of all who require the service. A social work department in any council deals with the range of needs across a wide remit and must react to meet those needs. Many...

Scottish Parliament: English University Places (Scots Applicants) (3 Nov 2011)

Richard Lyle: 16. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the reduction in the number of Scots applying for university places in England. (S4O-00323)

Scottish Parliament: Looked-after Children (2 Nov 2011)

Richard Lyle: I could talk about this subject for hours but, in case the Presiding Officer is concerned, I assure her that I will stick to my six minutes. National adoption week means a lot to me as, 29 years ago, my wife and I adopted our first child: our daughter Marina. I always laugh at soaps or films that show couples adopting a child in a few weeks, as that is simply not true. After an application...

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (Banding) (27 Oct 2011)

Richard Lyle: 8. To ask the Scottish Executive what steps a person can take to reclaim an overpayment of council tax due to a wrong banding. (S4O-00275)

Scottish Parliament: Council Tax (Banding) (27 Oct 2011)

Richard Lyle: Valuation appeal committees are refusing appeals due to time limits that have been set on appealing wrong council tax banding. Will the Government give due consideration to a member’s bill proposing the removal of time limits to appeal?

Scottish Parliament: Winter Resilience (26 Oct 2011)

Richard Lyle: Gil Paterson declared an interest, and maybe I should, too. I was one of the motorists who bought tyres from his company—

Scottish Parliament: Winter Resilience (26 Oct 2011)

Richard Lyle: I did not buy chains or half a million tyres—I bought only four tyres. I pay tribute to all road staff and all those in services who worked tirelessly throughout last year’s bad winter. Many staff worked far above the call of duty. On many occasions, staff who worked from depots did not go home for several days. It is right that we debate winter resilience before the onslaught of this...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (6 Oct 2011)

Richard Lyle: Having dealt with housing issues for the past 35 years, I know that housing is an emotive subject—indeed, one can feel that emotion in this debate. Many inquiries that MSPs receive relate to housing. Over the past four years, the SNP-led Scottish Government has made significant progress in house building and I compliment the cabinet secretary and minister on their work in that respect. The...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (6 Oct 2011)

Richard Lyle: No. Since 2008, more than £1.7 billion has been invested in new housing—the largest amount in any comparable period since the early 1980s. In 2008-9 and 2009-10, when the recession first hit, the SNP Government brought forward £120 million of affordable housing spend to support the construction industry. The cuts that have been implemented by the UK coalition Government are hitting...

Scottish Parliament: Lightburn Hospital (29 Sep 2011)

Richard Lyle: I first remind members that North Lanarkshire went through the same type of sham consultation on the closure of Monklands accident and emergency department a number of years ago. NHS Lanarkshire moved for closure, totally dismissing all public objections. The local Labour Party came out against the closure, but the Labour Party in this Parliament agreed with the proposal to close it. It took...

Scottish Parliament: Lightburn Hospital (29 Sep 2011)

Richard Lyle: I wish Paul Martin well in the campaign, and I thank him for bringing the debate to the Parliament.

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