Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many primary and secondary school teachers have suffered nervous breakdowns or have been on extended absence due to mental illness in the past five years.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS nurses have suffered nervous breakdowns or have been on extended absence due to mental illness in the past five years.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many social workers have suffered nervous breakdowns or have been on extended absence due to mental illness in the past five years.
Margo MacDonald: Although my question may appear to be tangential, Presiding Officer— [Laughter.]
Margo MacDonald: It concerns an area of discrimination. Will the First Minister tell us whether he has made representations to Her Majesty's Government—and in particular, to the Secretary of State for Scotland—on the reasons for the proposed changes to legislation covering the prevention of terrorism, including nationalists in Scotland?
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that staff, trade unions, and people living in the vicinity of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital are consulted before any changes are made in the criteria for the assessment and admission of patients to the new medium security unit.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement by the Prime Minister on 25 October 1999 that the function of issuing warrants for the interception of communications or interference with property for national security purposes is to be transferred from the Secretary of State for Scotland to the Home Secretary, (a) what operational implications this will have for Scottish police...
Margo MacDonald: I am also in the mood for a constructive discussion. I am concerned about the effects of the Arbuthnott report, too. Does the First Minister agree that, given the University of Bristol findings and the growth in population and obvious requirement for a greater health spend in Lothian, it is foolish to cut back expenditure in Lothian to make sure that areas of Glasgow that badly need health...
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee the continuance of intensive care facilities at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh.
Margo MacDonald: I apologise for missing most of the debate. Could we start at the beginning again?
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer whether, in view of the possible fundamental alteration to the Holyrood project represented by any proposal to demolish Queensberry House, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will initiate immediate and full re-evaluation of the feasibility and cost of the project.
Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the implications for its budget if the cost of the Holyrood project increases beyond that currently planned for. (S1O-892)
Margo MacDonald: I know that the Minister for Finance cannot agree that he made a mistake in the first place in proceeding with the site, but I will ask him, in the spirit of the season, to make my Christmas happier by promising that Señor Miralles, the builders and the developers will not demolish Queensberry House simply because he has not managed to get enough money out of the Treasury.
Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?
Margo MacDonald: Just look who is standing behind you [Laughter.] Many of us are genuinely concerned about this issue. We look to Robert Brown to define the debate, but he is not doing it. He should pick one point and flog it, rather than flog the SNP, because we are not the Administration.
Margo MacDonald: I listened intently to the minister being interviewed on "Good Morning Scotland" this morning because I had not made much sense of the motion as it appeared in the business bulletin. I thought that I was listening to a snow warning because of the flurry of words that all seemed to run together. The words were reminiscent of the ones that are used in the chamber when members discuss the...
Margo MacDonald: Bristow must excuse me. I am speaking for all of us, as I know that he is as worried about this as I am. We will lose more than 22 per cent of the spend in terms of people with learning disabilities in Lothian. Those are the community-based services that the Executive is trying to introduce. There is no investment in introducing the new plan. I have no quarrel with the plan itself, but if the...
Margo MacDonald: I was not quoting Lothian Health officials, but referring to a letter I received from Dr Sandy Sutherland of the Lothian Local Medical Committee—one of Mr Simpson's colleagues, I am sure. He said: "Beyond a shadow of a doubt the implementation of Arbuthnott would make that change undeliverable." The change he is referring to is the change to community-based services. I am impressed by that,...
Margo MacDonald: My question, too, is about the management of NHS resources and about plans for recovery. I draw the Executive's attention to the headline in an excellent publication that can be purchased locally: "Cash plea as flu crisis wrecks waiting lists". That situation has arisen because of a combination of circumstances, none of which is helped by the minister's precipitate withdrawal of emergency...
Margo MacDonald: If she does not reinstate them, will she resign on the ground that she is not managing the resources of the NHS?