Thursday, 4 September 2003
Scottish Parliament Thursday 4 September 2003 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-293, in the name of Margaret Curran, on closing the opportunity gap. There are three amendments to the motion.
To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities have sufficient funding and resources to meet the challenges and targets set by it in respect of the provision of social services. (S2O-321)
To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the "twenty's plenty" schemes are having in reducing traffic speed in built-up areas. (S2O-353)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on the detention of children. (S2O-311)
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to tackle the antisocial use of quad bikes in public areas. (S2O-317)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will take forward consultation and legislation on the Nicholson committee report on liquor licensing law. (S2O-339)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will address the issue of civil partnership registration as part of its commitment to family law reform. (S2O-345)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to the recommendation of the report of the Nicholson committee on liquor licensing law. (S2O-355)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to require companies bidding for the Clyde and Hebrides lifeline ferry service contracts to have long-term pay deals in place. (S2O-310)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take in response to any public concerns over the roll-out of the terrestrial trunked radio system. (S2O-346)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to meet City of Edinburgh Council to discuss its public-private partnership for building new schools. (S2O-344)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is protecting NHS staff against violent attacks. (S2O-341)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurse and consultant vacancies there are in the NHS. (S2O-357)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake a survey of the success of area management agreements for marine fish farms in delivering their predicted environmental benefits. (S2O-343)
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-157)
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-158)
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S2F-150)
To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive's position is on the comments of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland that there would be limited benefit in increasing...
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive will announce a long-term funding commitment to help establish a national theatre. (S2F-165)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-292, in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, on investment and change in cancer services, to which there are two amendments. I invite those members...
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S2M-298, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, which sets out a business programme. Motion moved,...
There are seven questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that amendment S2M-293.3, in the name of Shona Robison, which seeks to amend motion S2M-293, in the...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S2M-264, in the name of Roseanna Cunningham. The debate will be concluded without any question being put. Motion debated,...
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.