Jim Murphy: Aside from interviews, since I took up appointment on 3 October 2008 I have had no meetings with BBC Scotland.
Jim Murphy: I have regular discussions concerning a range of topics with my right hon. Friend.
Jim Murphy: The trends in claimant count in Scotland are in the range of a low of 67,700 in 1974 to a high of 334,000 in January 1987. Today there are 97,000 people on jobseeker's allowance in Scotland.
Jim Murphy: I plan to meet shortly with my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary and Mr. John Swinney, the Cabinet Secretary in the Scottish Government to discuss funding for this vitally important project.
Jim Murphy: I have regular discussions with the Chancellor on a range of issues. We are committed to effective national minimum wage enforcement through new penalties contained within the Employment Act 2008, awareness raising initiatives and an increased enforcement budget.
Jim Murphy: There are no plans to change the mechanism of payment of the Scottish block grant.
Jim Murphy: The purpose of the visit was to discuss the impact of the failure of Icelandic banks on individuals, local authorities and other bodies in Scotland. The cost of travel and accommodation was £3,997.16. I met with the Prime Minister and with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Iceland, and with the Norwegian Foreign Minister. I also visited a geothermal power station. I was accompanied by three...
Jim Murphy: I am in regular discussion with bank representatives. The Government's Recapitalisation and Asset Protection Scheme will help in stabilising the banking system.
Jim Murphy: I am in regular discussion with ministerial colleagues and the Scottish Executive. The Scottish banking system is now well placed to combat these difficult times after the significant intervention by this Government to stabilise the market.
Jim Murphy: My right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and I met Scottish Government Ministers on 4 March. We had a very positive and constructive meeting. I convened a successful meeting between the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Scottish Government Finance Ministers to discuss funding of the new Forth river crossing.
Jim Murphy: Last week I had a constructive meeting with the First Minister, together with the CBI and STUC, where we discussed a range of issues with the aim of providing a coherent Scottish response to the economic downturn.
Jim Murphy: I maintain a regular dialogue with business leaders in Scotland on the economy to inform my membership of the National Economic Council. Since the start of the year the Government have introduced a range of measures to help increase liquidity and ease credit conditions for business.
Jim Murphy: The Scottish economy has not been immune from the global economic difficulties. In response the UK Government delivered a £2 billion fiscal boost as part of the Chancellor's pre-Budget report last year, which is in addition to the continued substantial interventions to support the Scottish banks.
Jim Murphy: I had constructive and helpful talks concerning the Scottish economy with the First Minister last week at a meeting also attended by representatives from CBI Scotland and STUC.
Jim Murphy: I have regular discussions with my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor on a range of issues.
Jim Murphy: The UK employs a broad range of staff in support of the government of Afghanistan to help develop a stable and secure Afghanistan. Over 100 civilian staff in Kabul and over 30 staff in the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar are employed from across the Government, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development and the Afghanistan Drugs...
Jim Murphy: 3,167 gratis visas were issued to Chernobyl-affected children prior to 31 August 2007, while 111 visas have been issued in the subsequent period to 13 December 2007. The autumn is, historically, a slow period for such applications, 292 such visas being issued in the final four months of 2006. The Chernobyl charities advise that the Christmas holiday period is a busy period and UKvisas...
Jim Murphy: My right hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, North (Joan Ryan), the UK's special representative to Cyprus, is responsible for developing and strengthening links between the Government and the British Cypriot community. Her role is to work with the Cypriot diaspora and explore how they can help to promote a settlement in Cyprus. She acts as an additional channel of communication between...
Jim Murphy: The European Gendarmerie Force (EGF) is not an EU proposal or agency. The primary purpose of the EGF is to assist in crisis management operations in post-conflict situations. The UK does not have a Gendarmerie style paramilitary police force and therefore does not participate in the EGF.
Jim Murphy: The primary purpose of the European Gendarmerie Force (EGF) is to assist in crisis management operations in post-conflict situations. The UK does not have a Gendarmerie style paramilitary police force and therefore does not participate in the EGF. The EGF is not an EU proposal or agency. While it may be put at the disposal of the EU, it has been established outside of EU structures,, and may...