Thursday, 25 September 2003
Scottish Parliament Thursday 25 September 2003 (Morning) [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-381, in the name of Phil Gallie, on the European constitution. There are two amendments to the motion.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-380, in the name of Annabel Goldie, on public confidence in the criminal justice system. There are two amendments to the motion. I invite those...
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S2F-215)
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-216)
To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive's position is on the fairness of the council tax, particularly in relation to pensioners. (S2F-233)
To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive is taking to combat the skills shortage in Scotland by welcoming people who wish to come to live and work here. (S2F-227)
To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Executive has had with the Home Office regarding the introduction of identity cards. (S2F-223)
To ask the First Minister what the impact of the introduction of top-up tuition fees in England and Wales will be on Scottish universities. (S2F-211)
To ask the Scottish Executive how much land-banked aggregate there is in Scotland and where information is kept on mineral permissions granted by local authorities. (S2O-501)
To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances it would consider enforcing a 3-mile exclusion zone for the protection of inshore fisheries. (S2O-483)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to resolve the nursery nurses dispute. (S2O-505)
To ask the Scottish Executive when and how it will implement the ending of the over-30-months scheme for cattle. (S2O-494)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to encourage newly-qualified veterinary surgeons to consider working in the rural, farming and crofting environment. (S2O-486)
To ask the Scottish Executive what support is being made available to colleges to facilitate the review of higher national certificate and higher national diploma qualifications. (S2O-490)
To ask the Scottish Executive what role transport Scotland will have in the introduction of the national concessionary travel scheme for elderly people and people with disabilities. (S2O-481)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that organisations within the social economy play a key role in community regeneration. (S2O-470)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that local authority housing departments protect elderly people who feel threatened by antisocial neighbours. (S2O-469)
To ask the Scottish Executive how the 0.5 per cent rise in the number of children referred to children's reporters for offences between 1998 and 2001 compared with the rise in crime rates over...
To ask the Scottish Executive whether any national health service boards are facing financial crisis. (S2O-508)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many children were knocked down by cars in the streets around their schools last year. (S2O-484)
The next item of business is the debate on motion S2M-406, in the name of Frank McAveety, on the Scottish national theatre, and two amendments to that motion.
The next item of business is consideration of motion S2M-410, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, on membership of committees. Motion moved, That the...
There are 10 questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that amendment S2M-381.3, in the name of Tavish Scott, which seeks to amend motion S2M-381, in the name of...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S2M-210, in the name of Kenneth Macintosh, on respect for shop workers day. The debate will be concluded without any...
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.