Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements for the pension rights of the new staff, as opposed to those transferring from the present Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, have been negotiated with the company contracted to supply ancillary services to the NHS.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make a statement on the resignation of the Chief Executive of Fife Enterprise.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the complement of specialist teachers of physical education and music in primary and secondary schools.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how the value of the increase in land and property prices in Edinburgh between 1996 and 1998 compared to the Retail Price Index (RPI); what the value of this difference was to the company contracted to build the new Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh; and why the value of the contract awarded to the company was linked to the RPI over this period.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it played in recent negotiations regarding the future of Kvaerner shipyard, Govan; what categories of aid it offered to each of the private sector companies involved in the negotiations, and what commitments it has entered into concerning future liabilities under any guarantees it has made, and to which company.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Glasgow Development Agency or Scottish Enterprise have been required to enter into any aid or guarantee package as part of the outcome of negotiations with Kvaerner.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify the number of jobs currently occupied at Kvaerner shipyard, Govan, the estimated number of jobs saved by its intervention, and whether there will be a net loss of jobs.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive if it is aware of new employment opportunities identified by the local enterprise companies covering the Forth valley, Fife and Lothian areas. (S1W-245)
Margo MacDonald: I, too, am delighted to hear about the Quintiles announcement. I also welcome what Henry McLeish said at the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee meeting yesterday about the rapid response unit that has to be established. I also very much approved of the improved intelligence gathering-
Margo MacDonald: I am flattering Henry, with all due respect. [Laughter.] Is Nicol Stephen able to share with us the result of any discussions between public agencies within his ministerial domain and the management of Babcock at Rosyth about the future size of its work force?
Margo MacDonald: Babcock, please.
Margo MacDonald: On a point of order. I did ask about Babcock, and although I am highly delighted about Motorola and the rest, there is such an enormous work force and such a huge element of the Scottish economy represented at Babcock that I should have an answer on that.
Margo MacDonald: There are discussions?
Margo MacDonald: Like Trish Godman, I expect to hold the Executive to account. I have found a gem in the document—I will comment on content rather than style. It says: "Increase the number of doctors and recruit more nurses and introduce more family-friendly policies as part of our overall commitment to retain and to value all NHS staff". I could not have put it better myself. I congratulate Susan...
Margo MacDonald: I add my congratulations to the minister on addressing this issue just in time. I sincerely hope that he will tell the gentleman who will arrive from Germany exactly what we feel about the decisions that have been made. I accept that the closure is a done deal, but I will take members forward, if I may. As a member of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, along with Nick, I am...
Margo MacDonald: rose—
Margo MacDonald: Does the Executive consider that the block grant will be sufficient to ensure that people who are referred this month to the dermatology clinic at the royal infirmary in Edinburgh will be seen before August 2000? If it does not consider the block grant large enough to meet that objective—as was suggested in the document that we looked at two weeks ago—which member of the Executive will...
Margo MacDonald: It is about the block grant.
Margo MacDonald: As John Swinney said, it is impossible to take issue with motherhood and apple pie, so I will take issue with what the motion leaves out, which is that the Parliament believes that a vibrant speech from Henry McLeish on a rapid response unit is a good enough excuse for filling, or half filling, the chamber. The fact that the chamber is half full indicates that a lot of us have more sense than...
Margo MacDonald: Murray Tosh is absolutely right—the offer made by COSLA is not enough. It is not enough to prove to teachers that the Government values them. COSLA made the offer, but it is the Scottish Executive that will carry the can for the disappointment and bitterness that will result from this situation, which comes in the wake of a new Labour Prime Minister who promised so much for education and...