Sylvia Jackson: I inquired into why we had only just received the recycling bins and I gather that the contract had to go out to tender. I do not know whether Mr Lochhead was able to find any other reason.
Sylvia Jackson: Will the member give way?
Sylvia Jackson: Will Nicola Sturgeon give way?
Sylvia Jackson: Will Mr Monteith give way?
Sylvia Jackson: rose—
Sylvia Jackson: Having lodged the first motion on phasing in a national concessionary fares scheme, I am most pleased by what the minister has announced today. The point that I want to make concerns child safety, for which the statistics comparing Scotland with Europe are particularly bad. There is great concern in my area about the fact that routes to school are unsafe for children walking. Will the...
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the First Minister what progress is being made towards the introduction of national parks in Scotland. (S1F-106)
Sylvia Jackson: Will the First Minister comment on my view that the setting up of the first national park in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, which fall within my constituency of Stirling, will be both exciting and challenging in bringing together groups and individuals to devise a new model for rural sustainability?
Sylvia Jackson: Like many members, I welcome the Equal Opportunities Committee's input into today's debate. I would like to talk about the additional question on income. The issue has not yet been resolved. The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities briefing paper was most useful in identifying key issues, as was the Scottish Parliament information centre paper. Stirling Council also sent in information...
Sylvia Jackson: I do not think I can follow Allan Wilson on niche marketing. I want to say to Scott Barrie that tourists journeying from Edinburgh to the Highlands often stop off at Stirling. I welcome the debate and commend the Scottish Executive for the extensive consultation and the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for the part it has played. Tourism is a key aspect of the economy, particularly...
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will explain the underlying criteria used to derive the 2000-01 grant-aided expenditure figures for the police.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support mechanisms it presently has in place to support carers within our communities.
Sylvia Jackson: Does the minister agree that some of the media coverage of the issue of rural post offices has been misleading and that rather than suggesting the closure of rural post offices, the Westminster Government is investing a vast amount of money to support post offices in acting as agents for building societies?
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it believes grandparents should have in the upbringing of their grandchildren.
Sylvia Jackson: Will the Minister for Finance explain why, then, in the cases of Stirling and South Ayrshire Councils, the percentage increase in aggregate external finance is so low? In Stirling Council's case it is 0.9 per cent, which has consequences in cuts and high council tax. Will he explain that?
Sylvia Jackson: I would be interested in seeing Mike Rumbles's evidence that Aberdeenshire Council would have an extra £25 million if it received the same settlement as Stirling Council.
Sylvia Jackson: I agree with much of what Donald Gorrie said. There is much to be said for examining local government finance as a short-term measure and considering the long-term issues at the same time. As Trish Godman said, the Local Government Committee has taken evidence and has visited 15 councils. All 32 councils were unanimous that a long-term review of the local government finance system must take...
Sylvia Jackson: I am trying to move the debate on and to highlight the fact that, at present, there are difficulties for a few councils in particular. I am trying to be constructive; that is why I alluded to Donald Gorrie's worthwhile speech. In the coming year, Stirling will face further cuts of the kind that it has already experienced, in terms of teaching staffing standards. It is most worrying that, with...
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the report Credit to the Force published on 24 November 1998 by HMCI of Constabulary for Scotland and the Accounts Commission, what progress it is making in reviewing the finance framework for policing.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail its policy in relation to promoting sport in disadvantaged areas.