Hugh O'Donnell: I thank the minister for the advance copy of his statement. Like Mr Kelly, I hesitate to call the approach a "strategy", because much of the information that we have been given can be gleaned from the Scottish Government's website. However, a discussion about sectarianism is welcome. I raise two issues. First, how will the strategy and the projects that are mentioned in it tie in with...
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the Barnett consequential of £34 million arising from recommendations in Aiming high for disabled children: better support for families has been allocated to local authorities as part of Grant Aided Expenditure.
Hugh O'Donnell: It is heartening to hear the minister say that. In parallel with that, will he look at the role of community sentencing and restorative justice in growing the network?
Hugh O'Donnell: This is indeed an important debate. Other interesting things might be taking place elsewhere in Scotland at the moment, but for the people who live in the corridor, the central Scotland green network must be the most important item on the agenda. I will speak particularly about Central Scotland in the political sense, as defined by the Boundary Commission for Scotland, rather than about the...
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are guidelines to standardise the format and procedures for local planning inquiries and, if so, where these can be accessed.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the target times are for referrals, by GPs to consultants, of people with psychiatric or psychological problems.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will produce a national strategy for autism.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how the domestic property values by which eligibility for support from its mortgage support schemes is calculated were arrived at.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations providing support and advice to immigrants it has met with in the last 12 months.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations providing support and advice to immigrants have requested meetings with ministers or senior government officials in the last 12 months, and how many of these requests resulted in meetings.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers in each police force are employed on the Thirty+ Retention Scheme.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support anti-racism education during the 2014 Commonwealth games. (S3O-7781)
Hugh O'Donnell: The minister will be aware that the Scottish Government has squirreled away something in the order of £2.9 million from the immigration impact fund. Is the Government in a position to assure me that organisations such as Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland, Show Racism the Red Card and the Ethnic Minorities Law Centre will have access to some of that funding to take forward...
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Courts Administration and Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service have access to the police officer rota system within each court jurisdiction.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been recruited as employees by the Scottish Government as a result of the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme in each year since the start of the scheme.
Hugh O'Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered the use of tax increment financing as a method for financing public sector investment such as the Ravenscraig development, what conclusions it reached in relation to this methodology and for what reasons.
Hugh O'Donnell: Earlier today we heard a statement from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on his on-going battle with Diageo. I think that that battle is welcomed by everyone in the public gallery. Willie Coffey and Des Browne deserve our heartfelt congratulations on how quickly and how well they have pulled the process together. I do not understand why Diageo has treated a loyal,...
Hugh O'Donnell: This has been a useful and well-informed debate. I have learned quite a lot from the speeches that have been made so far, particularly those by members of the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee. Of all the possible areas of discussion around education in the public domain, the issue of school closures probably exercises parents, communities and pupils the most. We need look no...
Hugh O'Donnell: I certainly will, but I am worried.
Hugh O'Donnell: That is a relief. One is always cautious about allowing a member of one's own party to intervene. In all seriousness, Margaret Smith made a valid point. All too often, the information that institutions provide is constructed in a way that reinforces the institutions' arguments. That is not unnatural, but it places the people who oppose proposals at a distinct disadvantage. On a related point,...