Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is working in a joined-up way to tackle fuel poverty, both within the Scottish Executive and in relation to its links with Her Majesty's Government.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the precautionary principle is being implemented in relation to the genetically modified crop farm evaluation trials in Scotland.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the amount of funds currently in the Scottish Bus Group pension fund.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to encourage sustainable development within Scotland’s proposed National Parks.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is in relation to supporting women, including child victims, who have suffered rape or other sexual abuse.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to encourage the minimisation, re-use and recycling of waste in Scotland.
Sylvia Jackson: Wendy Alexander spoke about the spirit of modernisation; that spirit is at the heart of the bill. People had, and I hope still have, great expectations and high hopes for the Scottish Parliament. It is imperative that the Scottish Parliament lives up to its aims of openness and accountability. Trish Godman spoke about public confidence. It is important that the public have confidence not only...
Sylvia Jackson: Does the minister agree that if the issue arises, it should be brought to the Parliament before any decision is made?
Sylvia Jackson: Will the member give way?
Sylvia Jackson: I ask for the minister's advice about this matter. In the review that is going on in Forth Valley it is suggested in the proposal—and there is only one proposal rather than several—that surgical services will be concentrated at one end, in Stirling, and maternity services will be concentrated at the other end, in Falkirk. How does that fit in with the idea of safety?
Sylvia Jackson: Is the member aware that top play top sport involves specialist teachers going into primary schools? While I take the point that there could be more specialist teachers, that is a way to progress.
Sylvia Jackson: I welcome constituents who have travelled to the Parliament from Strathblane and who have been going through an ordeal with a mast in their area. I thank the Transport and the Environment Committee and the Stewart committee for their reports, which complement each other. The last time that this matter was discussed in the chamber, many of us expressed great concern about the behaviour of the...
Sylvia Jackson: Will the minister give way?
Sylvia Jackson: Does the member agree that many communities in Scotland are worried about the intervening period? What does she advise such communities to do in the meantime?
Sylvia Jackson: I echo some of the points that Hugh Henry made. As I have a son who is dyslexic, I know how my husband and I needed to fight sometimes to get appropriate support, such as a laptop, a reader, or a scribe in examinations. I acknowledge what Nicola Sturgeon said about the considerable variation in provision across Scotland. I welcome Peter Peacock's opening speech. The Riddell committee report...
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how bullying is best countered in schools.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have school anti-bullying strategies in place.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a national anti-bullying strategy would help reduce the number of cases of bullying in schools.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it currently gives and what support it plans to give in 2001-02 to carers and how it plans to support carers’ groups such as the Relatives Association of Scotland.
Sylvia Jackson: As the minister knows, the Relatives Association Scotland provides invaluable support and advocacy for relatives of adults in, or about to enter, continuing care. As the association is also playing an important part in the partnership network of carers in Scotland, will he confirm that the Relatives Association Scotland is the type of association that will be eligible for the funding that...