Results 421–436 of 436 for speaker:Charlie Gordon

Scottish Parliament: Air Route Development Fund (19 Jan 2006)

Charlie Gordon: Twelve years ago, a Canadian entrepreneur who owned Prestwick airport said to me that Scotland is as strong a brand as Coca-Cola, but it does not have the same distribution network. That is true. For years, Scots have agonised over how—and indeed whether—to exploit foreigners' awareness of Scotland. The problem has been geographical as well as historical. Scotland is on Europe's...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (12 Jan 2006)

Charlie Gordon: To a greater or lesser extent, each of the Opposition parties in the debate claims that it wants enough money for local councils, partially or wholly funded by a new and more popular type of local taxation. I have news for them: there is never enough money and people never like paying taxes. Those are just two of the lessons that I have learned during years of trying to make sense of the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Ferry Services: Ferry Services (19 Dec 2005)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any discussions took place with Superfast Ferries about its announcement of a 50% curtailment of the timetable for the Rosyth to Zeebrugge service, in light of the freight facilities grant for the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry terminal.

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Community Care: New Victoria Hospital ( 8 Dec 2005)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive which additional services will be provided in the proposed new Victoria hospital in Glasgow which are not currently provided at the Victoria infirmary. (S2O-8383)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Community Care: New Victoria Hospital ( 8 Dec 2005)

Charlie Gordon: In the light of Greater Glasgow NHS Board's current in-patient bed modelling exercise, is it possible that, in addition to providing modernised services and new services, the new Victoria hospital will have in-patient beds?

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Scottish Water (Brownfield Developments) ( 1 Dec 2005)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S20-8117 by Rhona Brankin on 17 November 2005, whether its Environment and Rural Affairs Department will ensure that full account is taken of other exceptional development costs on constrained sites, such as poor ground conditions and/or contaminated land, to avoid disincentives to the development of brownfield sites. (S2O-8298)

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions: Scottish Water (Brownfield Developments) ( 1 Dec 2005)

Charlie Gordon: Is the minister aware of worries in urban regeneration circles that the introduction next year of charges to developers on sites where additional local sewerage capacity is required could indirectly increase development pressures on greenfield sites?

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Glasgow Airport Rail Link (24 Nov 2005)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be any delay to the original timetable for the proposed Glasgow airport rail link as a result of possible changes to legislative procedures. (S2O-8196)

Scottish Parliament: Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport: Glasgow Airport Rail Link (24 Nov 2005)

Charlie Gordon: Is the minister aware that I may be the only member who has been an unsuccessful promoter of a scheme under private bill procedures, having lost a proposed tram scheme—albeit to Westminster commissioners—in my role as Strathclyde Regional Council's transport convener in 1995? Is he further aware that I support in principle the replacement of the current procedures with more streamlined...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Water Services: Water Services (17 Nov 2005)

Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give an assurance that Scottish Water’s Quality and Standards III investment programme will have sufficient resources and capacity to remove development constraints on all affected sites in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Energy Policy (10 Nov 2005)

Charlie Gordon: No debate on energy in Scotland can ignore the key role of Scotland's third-largest company, Scottish Power, with its 6,000 staff in Scotland and 15,000 staff worldwide. Scottish Power operates coal power stations, hydroelectric power stations, wind farms, gas storage facilities and, in central and southern Scotland, transmission and distribution networks. It also has a retail electricity and...

Scottish Parliament: Air Pollution (Glasgow) ( 3 Nov 2005)

Charlie Gordon: Air pollution in Glasgow city centre is a challenge that has to be faced. I am just about old enough to remember Glasgow's air quality problems in the late 1950s and early 1960s, such as the killer smogs, which were eradicated in due course by the clean air legislation. The motion moves towards the conclusion that the root of the problem in Glasgow city centre is road traffic; it calls for a...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister's Question Time: Glasgow Housing Association ( 3 Nov 2005)

Charlie Gordon: Does the First Minister share my view that recent press reports about difficulties with local management of service contracts on behalf of the GHA have concluded inaccurately and unnecessarily that there is a doubt over the commitment on the part of the GHA, the Parliament and the Labour-led Executive to community ownership? Does he agree that, frankly, the press have got their conclusion wrong?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy ( 6 Oct 2005)

Charlie Gordon: The SNP motion talks about "competitive control"; as oxymorons go, that is right up there with leisure shopping. Recently, I have been spending all my time in Cathcart—members may have read about it in the sports pages. It was a difficult home game. I was called off the bench to play in goal and, although I was a wee bit short of match practice, I had to face a penalty kick that was taken...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy ( 6 Oct 2005)

Charlie Gordon: It is nice to see you, Bill.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy ( 6 Oct 2005)

Charlie Gordon: Well, there may have been a slight deflection, but I am taking the credit. Cathcart is prospering under Labour. Unemployment in the constituency is down 42 per cent since 1997 and, last year, youth employment went down 9.9 per cent, which compares well with the average national reduction of 6.5 per cent. Also since 1997, 1,800 people in the constituency have found new jobs under the new deal....


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