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Thursday, 8 June 2000
Scottish Parliament Thursday 8 June 2000 [THE DEPUTY PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:31]
Good morning. The first item of business is a statement on diligence by the Deputy First Minister. The minister will take questions at the end of his statement, so there should be no interventions.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S1M-935, in the name of Mr John Swinney, on behalf of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee, on the local economic development services...
The next item of business is a statement by Wendy Alexander on best value and planning in local government. The minister will take questions at the end of her statement, and there should be no...
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S1M-970, in the name of Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, which sets out the business programme. I ask any member...
To ask the Scottish Executive what the most up-to-date plans are for the A8000 upgrading and what the time scale is for its completion. (S1O-1876)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made to date on securing funding for the upgrading of the A77 to motorway standard. (S1O-1885)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that the Scottish economy benefits in the long term from the depletion of oil and gas reserves. (S1O-1905)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a contingency fund available for emergency repairs to schools. (S1O-1886)
To ask the Scottish Executive which ministers participated in volunteers week activities and what it learned from the week that might affect its policies on the voluntary sector. (S1O-1872)
To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to help children get to school more safely. (S1O-1883)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can confirm with certainty that seed contaminated with genetically modified seed was not planted and harvested in 1999. (S1O-1879)
To ask the Scottish Executive what effect local health care co-operatives have had on the development of health services in local areas. (S1O-1894)
To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has for the provision of services for anorexia sufferers in Scotland. (S1O-1865)
To ask the Scottish Executive what strategies it has to establish secure funding for voluntary sector organisations. (S1O-1910)
To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the impact of the rate of fuel excise in rural areas of Scotland. (S1O-1884)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make St Andrew's day a public holiday in Scotland. (S1O-1906)
To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive intends to promote an inclusive system of higher education in Scotland. (S1F-394)
To ask the First Minister why hospital waiting lists increased by 17.2 per cent between 31 March 1999 and 31 March 2000. (S1F-375)
To ask the First Minister whether he will make a statement about the closure of Laidlaw & Fairgrieve Ltd in the Scottish Borders and Dalkeith. (S1F-391)
On a point of order. There seem to be considerable difficulties— [Interruption.]
The next item of business is motion S1M-966, in the name of Iain Gray, on the learning disability review, and an amendment to that motion. I invite members who wish to speak in the debate to...
The next item of business is consideration of Parliamentary Bureau motions S1M-973 on the designation of lead committees, S1M-972 on the Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish...
There are seven questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that motion S1M-935, in the name of Mr John Swinney, on behalf of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning...
Members' business this evening is a debate on motion S1M-908, in the name of Elaine Thomson, on women's pay 30 years on from the Equal Pay Act 1970. The debate will be concluded after 30 minutes...
The Scottish Parliament is the national legislature of Scotland, located in Edinburgh. The Parliament consists of 129 members known as MSPs, elected for four-year terms; 73 represent individual geographical constituencies, and 56 are regional representatives.