Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are plans to conduct a quinquennial review of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5398 by Susan Deacon on 30 March 2000, what progress is being made in the preparation of the consultation paper seeking views on the need or otherwise for controls over skin piercing.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any knowledge of diseases transmitted by body piercing undertaken in unhygienic conditions.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all surplus money within the Transport Operatives Pension Scheme (TOPS) will be distributed to existing pensioners and deferred pensioners within TOPS.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans for road safety improvements on (a) the A84 between Stirling and Lochearnhead and (b) the A85 between Lochearnhead and Tyndrum.
Sylvia Jackson: I thank the minister and welcome what he said on the assurances about the appeals system and on the checks and spot checks that are to be in place. However, I am very concerned about the real issue: getting confidence back in the SQA. The only way we will do that is by getting the examination scripts back to the schools. This time, there is obviously difficulty in doing that. I hope that the...
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the establishment of the first National Parks in Scotland will be taken forward following the passage of the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000 through the Scottish Parliament.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to support family planning and sexual health services for young people. (S1O-2268)
Sylvia Jackson: I thank the minister for her reply and also for her announcement in April that the Scottish Executive would fund four new Brook advisory centres in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Tayside and Forth Valley. Will she indicate the progress of those four centres?
Sylvia Jackson: Several comments that I wanted to make have been made, so I shall try to make different points. It is obvious that tourism is important. The tourism industry generates £2.5 billion per annum and employs 177,000 people, which I gather represents 8 per cent of employment in Scotland. Wider issues such as the exchange rate and the price of petrol have been mentioned. Unlike Duncan Hamilton, I...
Sylvia Jackson: To be fair, the general impression is that the amount of money that has been invested so far is small compared with the benefits of the system. David Davidson questioned whether the system should be incorporated into a UK-based system, but there might be disadvantages in that. The importance of keeping it in the Scottish context is that we keep the branding and the niche marketing. David...
Sylvia Jackson: Time is short. A few more things—
Sylvia Jackson: On a rather negative note, the rural hoteliers in my constituency are experiencing difficulties along the lines of those that were mentioned by the Conservatives. To end on a positive note, I hope that the new tourism skills group will be able to deliver continuity and help to bring to that hotel sector the skills that exist in the larger hotel groups.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the use of statement validity analysis in allegations of rape, as developed by Chris Few. (S1O-2310)
Sylvia Jackson: Following the press reports on the issue and the very real concerns of women's organisations—most notably Rape Crisis, whose representatives are in the gallery today—will the minister assure the chamber that women's organisations, and particularly Rape Crisis, will be consulted at all stages if and when the work is developed?
Sylvia Jackson: I welcome to the gallery representatives of the body piercing industry and local authority officers, who have supported this motion to introduce more regulation to the industry. I thank the many members who have given cross-party support to the motion. Over the past year, Margaret Ewing and I have asked parliamentary questions on the regulation of body piercing. Thanks go also to the Scottish...
Sylvia Jackson: I welcome Gordon Jackson's balanced account of the Carbeth issue. I am interested and involved in the matter as the Carbeth estate is in the Stirling constituency. Angus MacKay talked about the discussions with Stirling Council. As he said, those discussions on conservation area status are on-going. Since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament, I have received representations from Mr...
Sylvia Jackson: I will carry on, as I do not think that I will be able to finish my speech if I give way. For example, although information from the owners was collected through semi-structured interviews, data from the hutters were gathered via a fairly brief questionnaire, which was mainly confined to pre-coded questions. As the Scottish Executive concluded in its response to the Justice and Home Affairs...
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will implement the installation of central heating for pensioners as part of its recently announced £350 million investment in central heating for pensioners and social tenants over a five year period.
Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that fuel poverty is eradicated in the private rented sector.