Dorothy-Grace Elder: rose—
Dorothy-Grace Elder: No one doubts the minister's sincerity, but I would like an answer to my earlier question. What is the Executive's position on employing people who are over 60? Does it include a complete cut-off at age 60? Some literature seems to indicate that it has, while other literature says that the Executive is not age discriminatory in the least.
Dorothy-Grace Elder: Many visions have floated across our radar today. My favourite, and the point at which I really got the giggles, was when Alex Neil referred to reading various documents while in his pram. My vision was of Alex Neil sitting in his pram, dribbling mush down his bib and thinking, "I have got to like mush. When I grow up, I think I will go into politics." A bonnie fechter is Alex Neil. I am glad...
Dorothy-Grace Elder: Oh, go on. The minister's comment was exceedingly kind. I know that she will work on and perhaps take on the Carntyne incinerator case. If I can help with anything, I certainly will. I have found out in politics that what counts are individuals, irrespective of party. Margaret Curran has been a staunch supporter of people when they have needed help. I want to finish by thanking the people who...
Dorothy-Grace Elder: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. You were obviously calling members who represent rural constituencies and regions to ask questions on this matter, Presiding Officer, but some of us in Glasgow have an intense interest in fallen stock because that is where fallen stock is being incinerated.
Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any emergency plans in respect of the termination on 31 March 2003 of an employment programme for 300 people by the East End Partnership Ltd and Glasgow Access to Training and Employment Ltd following budget reductions by Scottish Enterprise.
Dorothy-Grace Elder: I will ask a question that was asked by the children who marched today, of whom some members are extremely proud. Given that the First Minister has repeatedly mentioned evil regimes that appear to need sorting out, does he support the invasion of other countries that are controlled by evil regimes, such as Zimbabwe, or is the murderous Mr Mugabe safe because he does not have oil?
Dorothy-Grace Elder: In the event of war with Iraq, has the national health service in Scotland made plans for the hospitalisation of wounded troops?
Dorothy-Grace Elder: Is the minister aware that Scottish Enterprise Glasgow is forcing the closure of a jobs and enterprise scheme for 300 young unemployed people from the east end, which was run through the East End Partnership? Scottish Enterprise is forcing that closure on 31 March by withdrawing a grant from Scottish Enterprise Glasgow. The young people will lose their job opportunities within a fortnight....
Dorothy-Grace Elder: I apologise to members, as I have to nip out after my speech to see someone urgently, but I will return. I want to express my gratitude to the European Committee for its strong backing for the initiative. Indeed, I also want to express gratitude to the European Community for taking the initiative to have a European year of people with disabilities. I share some of Michael Matheson's cynicism...
Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current position is regarding reviewing the availability of grants under section 54 of the Housing Act 1988 that are presently paid to registered social landlords in order to mitigate their liability for corporation tax.
Dorothy-Grace Elder: I am glad to hear the strength of the First Minister's replies. Basically, we are looking for his support for the family-run pharmacy businesses, which have suffered enough. The supermarkets are greedy giants and have already eaten up too many family pharmacy businesses throughout Scotland. That must be curbed. The First Minister must acknowledge that the family pharmacies do the hard work,...
Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Presiding Officer how many hits there have been on each of the Parliament’s interactive discussion boards on the internet.
Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases have been referred by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in each year since its inception.
Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases referred to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) the service has declined to proceed with in each year since SEPA was established.
Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service about the prosecution of environmental cases.
Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been paid in each of the last five years to registered social landlords in grants under section 54 of the Housing Act 1988 to offset corporation tax liabilities incurred by housing associations.
Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to give the Scottish Environment Protection Agency any additional powers in order to improve its ability to become more involved in the planning process, including by making objections to planning proposals.
Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to give the Scottish Environment Protection Agency any additional powers in order to improve its ability to become more involved in environmental regulation.
Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how much public funding has been allocated to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in each year since its inception.