Ben Wallace: I shall give way to the SNP, because I do not know what party Keith is in.
Ben Wallace: That comes from a party whose policy until 1983 was to remove itself completely from Europe, and which would therefore be in no position to negotiate anything. [MEMBERS: "Not true."] Mr Hague is quite within his rights to state his position on beef.
Ben Wallace: No—I have just given way. I have a number of concerns about the plans for objective 2 funding, and, indeed, for objective 3 funding. The changes to some of the travel-to-work criteria mean, I am afraid, that some strategic sites might be left out because of a lack of recognition of industrial networks. In Dundee, for example, the technology park and some of Ninewells have been left out....
Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money was allocated in 1995-96 and 1996-97 to the following bodies: Health Boards, Clinical Standards Board for Scotland, Health Education Board for Scotland, National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education, and State Hospital.
Ben Wallace: Will the minister confirm that members of this Parliament would be expected to sit in the council of the isles with members of Sinn Fein-IRA?
Ben Wallace: John Swinney's remarks about our amendment were astonishing, considering that every point made by my colleague David Davidson has been mirrored by the SNP. Perhaps SNP members are a little peeved that they did not lodge the amendment—they were probably too busy in-fighting in Inverness. We have a world-class asset, although not yet a world-class service—that is what Henry McLeish...
Ben Wallace: No, I will not. The minister espoused the report from Westminster and talked about the good things for tourism, but conveniently left out the recommendation for a dedicated minister for tourism to focus on the needs of the Scottish industry. The tourism industry is so big that it deserves that attention. On 7 July, I wrote to the minister, asking him to visit a constituency event—a pipe...
Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the total spend by local authorities on transporting excluded pupils to alternative schools.
Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will, in line with proposed legislation on transport, seek the re-opening of Laurencekirk Station to assist commuters taking the train into Aberdeen.
Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will re-examine the Sewerage (Scotland) Act 1968 in order to re-define the Water Authorities’ duty towards clearing up pollution caused by deteriorating drainage infrastructure.
Ben Wallace: Did Mr Munro draw to the attention of the chancellor the Liberal Democrat policy of having an 8 per cent real-terms increase in the fuel duty escalator, and its plans to further tax bigger engines such as those used in Land Rovers in the far outer reaches of Scotland? Will moves be made to change that policy?
Ben Wallace: rose —
Ben Wallace: Will the minister give way?
Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive how many junior Doctors are presently contracted to work 72 or more hours per week.
Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual budgeted cost of Scotland House in Brussels is and whether this cost is met from its block grant.
Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the future funding of Tourist Boards.
Ben Wallace: I would like to make it clear from the outset that I am in favour of public health. [Laughter.] As Margaret Smith will testify, I am always on at her to get sport and prevention into committee work, so that we can introduce measures which we hope will pay off in the future by alleviating the demands on the health service. I reiterate the point made by my colleague Mary Scanlon: individual...
Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it can take to alleviate the high costs many households are being required to incur in order to repair failures in old septic tank soakaways, given that many of these were part-constructed by local authorities, and whether it will implement any of these measures.
Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the increasing number of incidents involving harmful internet material on school computers, what measures, further to the use of software guards, it intends to take to ensure that children and teaching staff are protected from inadvertently downloading or viewing such material.
Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to ensure that labelling of meat or agricultural produce is more detailed in order to draw the consumer’s attention to additives such as hormones.