Margo MacDonald: On a point of order. Would it be in order to have a majority vote of members of the chamber to instruct the corporate body to make available to all members, at the same time, the Spencely report, on its publication?
Margo MacDonald: On a point of order.
Margo MacDonald: On a point of order.
Margo MacDonald: With all due respect, Presiding Officer, my point of order concerns the principle of the ruling that you gave this afternoon. You ruled out of order my colleague Michael Russell's request for a motion without notice, but that ruling was based on the premise of what you had already ruled in respect of my request that the Parliament, on a majority vote, could instruct the corporate body on...
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2271 by Mr Jim Wallace on 26 November 1999, how many warrants have been issued relating to people resident in Scotland for (a) the interception of communications and (b) interference with property since 1 July 1999.
Margo MacDonald: I add my entreaties to those of Johann Lamont. Does the minister agree that a benchmark might be for each ear, nose and throat unit in Scotland to identify a qualified lip-reading tutor? The number of people who become deaf in later life is increasing. Rather than leave it to a local response, therefore, we should accept that we need a national strategy. Perhaps we could start by asking each...
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline the discussions it has had with the City Of Edinburgh Council about the impact of the Holyrood Project on traffic and the source of funding for any road realignments required as a result of the project.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what opportunities remain for objections to be heard against Midlothian Council’s plan to re-route the A701 between Penicuik and Edinburgh.
Margo MacDonald: Can Sir David tell us whether Enric Miralles was aware of the true state of repair of Queensberry House? How would he have tackled it differently? Presumably, when he outlined to the Parliament how it would be an integral part of the design, he did not believe it to be, as he now does, worse than a ruin and ready to be blown down by a gale.
Margo MacDonald: We are getting used to talking to one another across the chamber about this matter. I would like to return to what Gordon Jackson said about the site. The choice of the site was all-important. It is absolutely true that Spencely said that the location was okay. He did not comment on the size, other than to say that any normal developer building on that site to the same density as the current...
Margo MacDonald: Des mentioned his admiration for Señor Miralles's design. I have no doubt that there are many aspects of it that lots of us will like, but can he assure us, as a member of the SPCB, that Señor Miralles is still the designer? There seems to be some doubt about that.
Margo MacDonald: Will the member take a point of information?
Margo MacDonald: Will the First Minister take information?
Margo MacDonald: Before I address myself to summing up, I note that the First Minister had almost 13 minutes for his speech and that Tavish Scott had almost seven, as did an earlier speaker. I am informed that, if I am lucky, I might have five minutes to refute the contents of those speeches. Therefore, I crave your indulgence, Presiding Officer. I also ask members in the chamber to listen to the people. I...
Margo MacDonald: You are on, Jamie. I emphasise Donald Gorrie's point. When we talk about studies on developing the Parliament's site, we are not talking about the temporary campus of this building and those across the road at George IV Bridge. We are talking about developing an area of land that reaches from Mylne's Court right up to Ramsay Lane. I believe that that site would be feasible, and we have time...
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution it anticipates the Scottish Parliament building as currently planned will make to Scotland’s architectural heritage.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has given to the NHS to allow the introduction of lighter and more modern materials for orthotic equipment.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution it anticipates that the Scottish Parliament building as currently planned will make to Scotland’s architectural heritage.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5135 by Susan Deacon on 22 March 2000, what provisions are made to allow individuals to continue to receive long-term treatment by a specialist health board area other than their local one.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many teachers of lip-reading are attached to Hospital Trusts in Scotland.