Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make an announcement on the future funding of the New Life for Urban Scotland partnerships in Castlemilk.
Mike Watson: I echo the remarks of all members who have spoken, with the exception—the chamber might not be surprised to hear—of Bill Aitken. It is rather ironic that the Department for International Development has been established for four years and has been extremely successful; it has had the largest budget increase of any UK Government department in that time. That represents not only the...
Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that every teacher in pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary education is given training in epilepsy awareness.
Mike Watson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer.
Mike Watson: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Is it in order for the fisheries spokesperson to be brushed aside at the last minute, to be replaced by a back bencher? [Interruption.]
Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how its proposals for freedom of information contribute to its wider objectives of social justice. (S1O-3131)
Mike Watson: I note what the minister said about the wider aspects of the proposals. When the draft bill was discussed in the chamber this morning, there was a large measure of approval for it across the parties. I am concerned that the bill should not improve access to information for only journalists and politicians. Will the minister comment on how the general public might expect to benefit from the...
Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1796 by Jackie Baillie on 25 May 2000, which Social Inclusion Partnerships returned information disaggregated by gender in their annual submissions and, for each such partnership, in relation to which areas of policy and services gender disaggregated information is available.
Mike Watson: Will the member give way?
Mike Watson: It is intolerable that this subject has been squashed into such a short debate. However, that said, the debate is sterile and I do not know why we are having it. I am sorry that Duncan Hamilton has left the chamber, because it was ironic at best and hypocritical at worst for him not to accept my intervention in the previous debate. If he had accepted my intervention, I would have asked him...
Mike Watson: No—I have no time to give way. [Interruption.] I have only three minutes. I will see Tricia Marwick outside to discuss these matters if she wants. [MEMBERS: "Oh."] I mean that in the nicest possible way, as Tricia knows. At least this debate is in line with SNP party policy. I have dug out an SNP national council motion from March last year, which states that the council will "seek to...
Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many modern apprentices are employed in the construction industry and what proportion of the total number of modern apprentices that represents. (S1O-3207)
Mike Watson: The minister is obviously well aware of the expected expansion in the construction industry as a result of the proposals in the Housing (Scotland) Bill. She will also be aware that the effect of the chronic failure of many construction employers over the past 10 years to take on apprentices is now being felt. Will she consider making it a requirement that employers tendering for such work...
Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many modern apprentices are (a) male and (b) female, and how many are from ethnic minorities, broken down by industry in each case.
Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to tackle the level of racial abuse and number of assaults experienced by refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow, in particular where the abuse or attack is perpetrated by children and young people.
Mike Watson: I, too, am a member of the Manufacturing, Science, Finance union—I am not sure whether that constitutes a declaration of interest. All members have spoken with one voice in this short debate. That is perhaps not surprising and I hope that the minister will not buck the trend. There is not much to add to what has been said, as the important elements of the argument have been put across by...
Mike Watson: To ask the Presiding Officer what disability awareness training is available to Scottish Parliament staff, in particular on epilepsy awareness.
Mike Watson: To ask the Presiding Officer whether epilepsy awareness training is provided to all members of Scottish Parliament staff who are employed in the education service, the visitor centre and the security service.
Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any disability awareness training is available to its staff and, if so, whether this includes any specific training on epilepsy awareness.
Mike Watson: I pressed the request-to-speak button at the beginning.