Results 101–120 of 731 for speaker:Mike MacKenzie

Scottish Parliament: Government Growth Strategy (10 May 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: Not at the moment, but I will do presently. It also lies in the fact that, when we become independent, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development would place Scotland in sixth place in its prosperity ranking, whereas the UK would be in 17th place. Our GDP per capita would be 15 per cent higher than that for the rest of the UK. More evidence for the remarkable nature of the...

Scottish Parliament: Government Growth Strategy (10 May 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: Mr Brown is employing a bit of sophistry. The comparison is unequal, given that the Scottish Government lacks the powers that the UK Government has. Let us make the comparison once we are independent. I was glad to hear what was almost some humility from Mr Brown, because it should be a matter of shame for the Tories, and the Lib Dems, that the UK economy has gone back into recession. They...

Scottish Parliament: Government Growth Strategy (10 May 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: I apologise to Mr Macintosh. I would have been happy to take the intervention, but the Presiding Officer must preside. If we had taxation powers, we could cut VAT on tourism, for example, to increase the competitiveness of our tourism industry. We could cut VAT on housing and building repairs, maintenance and improvements to create jobs and improve the quality of our built environment and our...

Scottish Parliament: Government Growth Strategy (10 May 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: Will Gavin Brown give way?

Scottish Parliament: Government Growth Strategy (10 May 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care Integration (17 May 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: 13. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the integration of health and social care. (S4O-01021)

Scottish Parliament: Health and Social Care Integration (17 May 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: I thank the cabinet secretary for her answer, which partially answered my supplementary. I am sure that she was aware of the concerns that were raised last year by the Royal College of Nursing and Audit Scotland about the proposed model for the integration of health and social care that was being pursued by NHS Highland and Highland Council. Is she able, at this point, to say whether those...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 May 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Land Registration etc (Scotland) Bill (31 May 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: I compliment my fellow members of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee for their considered and intelligent scrutiny of the bill, and the clerks, who provided their usual high standard of support. Most of all, I want to record a personal thanks to Professor Kenneth Reid, who provided us with specialist legal advice. It is a great tribute to him that he did so in a way that facilitated...

Scottish Parliament: Land Registration etc (Scotland) Bill (31 May 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: If a target such as the member describes was set, what mechanism could the Government use to ensure that it was achieved?

Scottish Parliament: Dialysis Facilities (Rural Areas) (21 Jun 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: 13. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to improve dialysis facilities for patients in rural areas. (S4O-01171)

Scottish Parliament: Dialysis Facilities (Rural Areas) (21 Jun 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: I am sure that the cabinet secretary is aware of the campaign to provide a dialysis facility in the Lorn and Islands district general hospital in Oban. Can she offer any hope for those who have campaigned for that facility for many years?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government’s Programme ( 5 Sep 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill (12 Sep 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: The member will be aware that many people lament the lack of mobile phone coverage across Scotland. If we cannot put masts in the right places to get coverage, how on earth will we achieve it? Which would the member prefer—mobile phone coverage or no masts—because we cannot have both?

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill (12 Sep 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: I pay tribute to all the many community volunteers across the Highlands and Islands—indeed, across Scotland—who work selflessly for the benefit of their communities. I can personally attest that the work at the coalface of community development is often done in very difficult conditions, in the face of economic fragility and deprivation, and in a culture in which power is not always...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill (12 Sep 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: Does the member agree that community activists and volunteers have been working for their communities—and that, indeed, the Olympic games have been held very successfully all over the world—since long before David Cameron came up with the idea of the big society?

Scottish Parliament: Renewables Obligation Scotland Review (13 Sep 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: I welcome the statement and I am sure that it will provide support and reassurance to the renewables industry. The minister mentioned at the start of the statement the importance of wave and tidal generation. Can he remind members what support the Scottish Government is giving to those technologies and what their potential impact would be across the Highlands and Islands region?

Scottish Parliament: Historic Built Environment (Highlands and Islands) ( 3 Oct 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: 9. To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to improve the historic built environment in the Highlands and Islands, given the increase in funding to Historic Scotland as set out in the draft budget 2013-14. (S4O-01354)

Scottish Parliament: Historic Built Environment (Highlands and Islands) ( 3 Oct 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: How much of the cost of repairs to Scotland’s built heritage will be clawed back by the United Kingdom Treasury in VAT imposed on repairs to historic buildings? What impact will the imposition of VAT on approved alterations to listed buildings have on our struggle to maintain the viability of our historic buildings?

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Isle of Gigha) ( 4 Oct 2012)

Mike MacKenzie: It is entirely appropriate and fitting that the Parliament should note the 10th anniversary of the Gigha buyout and congratulate and commend the community of Gigha for its successes since then. I therefore thank David Stewart for bringing the debate to the chamber. In passing, I should also pay tribute to the elderly statesmen of Gigha, Willie McSporran and John Martin. It is only right that...


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