Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether school technicians should have equal access to IT training and other IT benefits currently available to school teachers and school librarians.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be used by the Spending Strategy Group in relation to the distribution of money to different areas of Scotland for education, transport and health.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the distribution of funds from the Scottish Bus Group pension fund to the former employees of the Scottish Bus Group.
Sylvia Jackson: I thank the opening speakers for what has generally been a positive and constructive debate that has highlighted various issues. It is some time since I moved the first members' business motion, which invited the Parliament to agree that the first national park should be at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Much has happened since then. I would like to highlight some of the issues that have been...
Sylvia Jackson: I just want to take up the point made by Lewis Macdonald and others that it is important, in the enabling bill, to allow flexibility and not to restrict national park authorities such that they cannot develop strong planning powers and individuality.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to promote the "Safer Routes to School" guidelines.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the First Minister what measures can be put in place to ensure that seed growers and distributors do not sell GM contaminated seed as non-GM seed. (S1F-346)
Sylvia Jackson: As farmers in my constituency are now contacting me on this issue, can the Deputy First Minister give details of how farmers should effectively dispose of their GM-contaminated crop, which is now germinating? Secondly, will he add anything about compensation, which Ross Finnie discussed earlier?
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with telecommunications companies regarding the introduction of planning controls following the publication of the Stewart Report and the report of the Transport and the Environment Committee.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will examine any difficulties experienced by voluntary organisations in relation to "matched funding" and, in particular, those faced by Central Rape Crisis.
Sylvia Jackson: I warmly welcome the minister's statement. All members entered the Parliament to achieve effective participation by, and consultation with, the people of Scotland. Cathy Jamieson talked about young people; I wish to ask about older people, who often feel that they are left out of the consultation process. Will the minister say a little about the forums with which he hopes the Executive and...
Sylvia Jackson: Can the minister give any more information about the on-going discussions at the European level? Can he tell us what the prevailing advice to farmers is about replanting on land that would involve digging up the contaminated seeds?
Sylvia Jackson: Having listened to the views of those involved with local authority schools in the Stirling constituency, of which Dunblane is part, I would like to make a few points. First, and most important, it should be remembered that St Mary's opted out of local authority control and received Scottish Office grant because of Tory policies to break local authority control over education. As a result of...
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had directly with Advanta or via Her Majesty’s Government regarding the sale of GM contaminated seeds to Scottish farmers.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what avenues it is exploring with regard to compensation for both the buying of GM contaminated seeds by Scottish farmers and the sowing and destruction of the crop in Scotland.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what systems are now in place to ensure that GM crops are not grown commercially in Scotland and whether further measures are to be introduced.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider implementing a directive to halt the siting of telecommunications masts in Scotland until legislation to give councils greater planning powers in this area has been considered.
Sylvia Jackson: Following on from Johann Lamont's comments, I want to focus on the critical issue, which is that we did not have a definition of devolved public bodies when the committee discussed which bodies should be included on the list. The issue hinges on which public bodies are appropriate. To add to the examples mentioned by Johann Lamont, some of the recreational trusts that councils have...
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to help in the rehabilitation of kidney transplant patients, in the light of the withdrawal of funds from the British Kidney Patients Association to provide this service.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many former employees of the Scottish Bus Group are awaiting payment from the Scottish Bus Group Pension Fund.