Thursday, 27 March 2003
Scottish Parliament Thursday 27 March 2003 [THE DEPUTY PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business today is a debate on motion S1M-4064, in the name of Margaret Curran, on closing the opportunity gap for older people, and two amendments to that motion.
Our final item of business this morning is the members' business debate on motion S1M-4020, in the name of Elaine Thomson, on the Great Northern Partnership and social inclusion partnerships....
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure decent standards of housing for all. (S1O-6742)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support the relocation of the European Maritime Safety Agency to Glasgow. (S1O-6716)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider extending the statutory consultation requirements for the closure or merger of primary schools to nursery schools. (S1O-6704)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to improve adoption levels. (S1O-6731)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the Ballycastle to Campbeltown ferry tendering process. (S1O-6737)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the current position is on the future of the air service between Glasgow and Barra. (S1O-6703)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will work with the Scottish Crofting Foundation to undertake an investigation into the effectiveness of the current less favoured area support scheme in...
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken to promote the economic well-being of the Scottish Borders. (S1O-6709)
To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has to reduce class sizes. (S1O-6701)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether the A82 between Tarbet and Inverarnan is an urgent priority for improvement and should be included in the next round of trunk road improvements in 2003-04....
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is combating racial prejudice among schoolchildren. (S1O-6706)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has any plans to introduce entitlement cards. (S1F-2640)
To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Executive has had with the Forth Estuary Transport Authority regarding transport options across the Firth of Forth. (S1F-2634)
To ask the First Minister what commitment the Scottish Executive will give to ensure that British history is adequately covered in the curriculum in schools. (S1F-2627)
It is appropriate that the last question in this session of Parliament should be asked by the person who uttered the first words in the Parliament.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S1M-4063, in the name of the First Minister, on the Presiding Officer.
There are three questions that I must put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that amendment S1M-4064.2, in the name of Kenneth Gibson, which seeks to amend motion S1M-4064,...
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.