Mike Watson: To ask the First Minister what progress is being made towards improving the service delivered by the NHS to patients. (S1F-01113)
Mike Watson: I thank the First Minister for that answer and welcome the figures that he quoted. I am sure that the First Minister would agree that one of the ways in which the health service can be improved is by building new hospitals. He will be aware of the urgent need for a new acute services hospital on the south side of Glasgow—the only major population centre in Scotland that did not have a...
Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to tackle regional variations in access to epilepsy diagnosis and services across Scotland as highlighted in the report by Epilepsy Action Scotland, Patterns of Epilepsy Service in Scotland .
Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pre-school education places for (a) three-year-olds and (b) four-year-olds are now available in each parliamentary constituency in Glasgow, specifying in each case the number of places in local authority managed establishments and the number provided through partnership arrangements.
Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-3292 by Iain Gray on 26 April 2001, whether the asylum liaison officers appointed by Strathclyde Police were in addition to the existing staff complement and what information has been gathered to date through the monitoring of racial incidents by these officers.
Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources are being allocated to assist local authority education departments to prepare suitable curriculum material to raise awareness of the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers and to tackle any increase in racist incidents perpetrated by young people.
Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether updated information on the use of anti-social behaviour orders is now available and what procedures are in place to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of such orders.
Mike Watson: It is unfair and wrong of Winnie Ewing and her colleagues to characterise those of us who do not follow their vision of Scotland's role in Europe as ridiculing small nations. Scotland is my nation. I will not have it ridiculed and I am not ridiculing it simply because I do not accept the SNP's policies. There is a meaningful, important and decisive role for Scotland to play in the European...
Mike Watson: I will in a moment. If anyone can give me an example that compares to Scotland's situation, I will happily take it on board. We just do not know the answer. The situation has changed since the Treaty of Nice and the break-up of some countries in Europe.
Mike Watson: I will give way to Lloyd Quinan, as he was first.
Mike Watson: We simply do not know. There are conflicting judgments on that.
Mike Watson: I do not really have time to give way again. We must proceed within the settlement that we have. That is in no way being defensive or divisive. On Europe day, on the 51st anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, I think that it was appropriate for the minister to concentrate on the many benefits that Europe has brought us. I was at the launch of last night's exhibition for the 13 aspirant states...
Mike Watson: I pressed the request-to-speak button at the beginning.
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: 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: 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 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: 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 how many modern apprentices are employed in the construction industry and what proportion of the total number of modern apprentices that represents. (S1O-3207)