Thursday, 6 February 2003
Scottish Parliament Thursday 6 February 2003 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Our first item of business today is a debate on motion S1M-3833, in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, on the Local Government Bill, which is proposed United Kingdom legislation.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S1M-3727, in the name of Tricia Marwick, on the general principles of the Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S1M-3856, in the name of Robin Harper, on the general principles of the Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill. I invite those members who wish to...
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S1M-3854, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, which sets out a business programme. Motion moved,...
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in speeding up the processes of hearings to deal with young offenders. (S1O-6375)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to facilitate a solution to the firefighters' dispute. (S1O-6384)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress was made on the issue of transportation of timber at the meeting on 8 January 2003 between it, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities' rural...
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve the support available to vulnerable families. (S1O-6404)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making with the victims strategy. (S1O-6374)
To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations it has had with the European Union regarding planned European Community directives restricting food supplements. (S1O-6391)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to meet representatives of voluntary and community recycling businesses to discuss proposed changes in their funding. (S1O-6370)
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure equal treatment of Gypsies and Travellers in the public services. (S1O-6376)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in recruiting additional social workers. (S1O-6371)
To ask the Scottish Executive what representations have been made by teachers unions urging the ending of automatic suspension of teachers following misconduct allegations. (S1O-6364)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils receive Gaelic-medium education at pre-school, primary and secondary levels. (S1O-6395)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to change the balance between spending on prosecuting young offenders and on providing services to tackle youth offending. (S1O-6405)
To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances it can give that any compensation to the fishing industry will be extended to include small businesses such as fish vans, fish shops and small-scale...
1. Mr John Swinney (North Tayside) (SNP): To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S1F-2471)
To ask the First Minister when he last met the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues were discussed. (S1F-2488)
To ask the First Minister what measures are being taken to modernise the learning environment. (S1F-2484)
To ask the First Minister what review will be undertaken of the maintenance of trunk and local roads during the recent severe weather conditions. (S1F-2482)
To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive intends to respond to the European Commission's proposals on the mid-term review of the common agricultural policy. (S1F-2472)
To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Executive has for the funding of a national theatre company. (S1F-2474)
We move to the debate on motion S1M-3807, in the name of Andy Kerr, on the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003.
The next item of business is consideration of two Parliamentary Bureau motions. I ask Euan Robson to move motions S1M-3848 and S1M-3849 together. Motions moved, That the Parliament agrees that...
The first question is, that motion S1M-3833, in the name of Andy Kerr, on the Local Government Bill—UK legislation—be agreed to. Motion agreed to. That the Parliament endorses the...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S1M-3765, in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, on the removal from vaccines of thimerosal—no doubt we will hear a range of...
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.