Thursday, 19 December 2002
[THE DEPUTY PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S1M-3708, in the name of Tom McCabe, on the Finance Committee's seventh report in 2002, entitled "Stage 2 of the 2003/04 Budget Process".
The next item of business is consideration of motion S1M-3716, in the name of Murray Tosh, on the Procedures Committee's fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh reports, on changes to the standing orders.
To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve the pay and conditions of NHS staff. (S1O-6160)
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it would like to see taken to reduce industrial fishing in the North sea. (S1O-6161)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to tackle the smuggling of wildlife through Scottish ports. (S1O-6145)
To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it currently makes available to support bereavement counselling services for children. (S1O-6128)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in delivering the national priorities in school education. (S1O-6156)
To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts it is making to attract major international sporting events. (S1O-6154)
To ask the Scottish Executive what representations have been made to Her Majesty's Government on the need for national grid upgrading in the Highlands to increase capacity for renewable energy....
To ask the Scottish Executive what the economic implications will be of the decision to create a single sky European air traffic control system. (S1O-6127)
To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence it has on the effect of Roman Catholic schools on sectarian behaviour by adults. (S1O-6130)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the outcome of the latest European Union fisheries council meeting. (S1O-6148)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the dispersal of civil service jobs and whether its timetable for such dispersal is being met. (S1O-6150)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase support for carers. (S1O-6137)
To ask the Scottish Executive what role the new intermediate technology institutes will have in encouraging new businesses and high-quality jobs. (S1O-6140)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will allocate sufficient ring-fenced funding to modernise audiology services. (S1O-6132)
To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to discuss. (S1F-2368)
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S1F-2364)
To ask the First Minister whether a reduction in the level of subsidy to rail operators by the Strategic Rail Authority would have an impact on the ScotRail franchise. (S1F-2371)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive supports the issuing of guidelines on the filming of schoolchildren. (S1F-2374)
To ask the First Minister what input the Scottish Executive has had to the Bain review of the fire service. (S1F-2362)
To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive will take to help Argyll and Clyde NHS Board to build on the findings of the support team report into the effectiveness of the board's...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S1M-3396, in the name of Ross Finnie, on the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill, and on one amendment to that motion.
The next item of business is consideration of three Parliamentary Bureau motions. I ask Euan Robson to move motions S1M-3720 and S1M-3721, on the approval of statutory instruments, and S1M-3722,...
We come now to decision time. The first question is, that amendment S1M-3708.1.1, in the name of Margaret Smith, which seeks to amend amendment S1M-3708.1, in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, on...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S1M-3393, in the name of Alex Neil, on firefighters and emergency fire control staff. Motion debated, That the Parliament...
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