Thursday, 6 November 2003
Scottish Parliament Thursday 6 November 2003 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-559, in the name of Robin Harper, on sustainable Scotland, and three amendments to the motion.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-560, in the name of Mark Ruskell, on the future of Scottish agriculture, and three amendments to that motion. Timing will have to be a bit more...
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To ask the First Minister what progress has been made by the working group on hate crime. (S2F-334)
To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive intends to ensure that Scotland gains the maximum benefit from the MTV music awards in Edinburgh. (S2F-327)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive will now review its policy of not allowing NHS Scotland to provide single vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella. (S2F-319)
To ask the First Minister how the plans he announced on 3 November 2003 regarding reforms to comprehensive education will affect equality of opportunity. (S2F-332)
To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to the case for capital city status submitted by Lothian and Borders police to the Executive on 5 September 2003. (S2O-677)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking with Her Majesty's Government and sports bodies to ensure there is an effective drugs-testing regime in sport. (S2O-690)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many drug-related deaths there were last year. (S2O-668)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is regarding the membership of community planning partnerships and the partnerships reflecting community interests. (S2O-701)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to assist local authorities in providing suitable sites for Gypsies and travelling people. (S2O-673)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that nutritional standards are maintained and met in the provision of school meals, particularly in primary schools. (S2O-676)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for reorganisation of national health service acute services. (S2O-685)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on plans for a dental outreach training centre in Aberdeen as referred to in "A Partnership for a Better Scotland". (S2O-687)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to fund the complete dualling of the A96 from Aberdeen to Inverness. (S2O-678)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will actively support proposals for an environmental levy on plastic bags. (S2O-710)
To ask the Scottish Executive what specific proposals it has for promoting and expanding equine activities and industries. (S2O-709)
To ask the Scottish Executive what alternative scientific research it plans to commission into the reasons for North sea and north Atlantic fish stock fluctuations. (S2O-680)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support the development of the Glasgow crossrail project. (S2O-691)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to address the issue of bullying in schools. (S2O-675)
To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances will be given to the public and clinicians that their views will be fully considered in the consultation on the future of maternity services...
On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Rule 7.3 of standing orders requires members to maintain a "courteous and respectful manner" in the chamber. Is it in keeping with that rule for Des...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-556, in the name of Ross Finnie, on common agricultural policy reform, and two amendments to the motion. We will take a slight pause as members...
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S2M-549, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for legislation. Motion...
There are potentially 11 questions as a result of today's business. I point out, in relation to this morning's debate on sustainable Scotland, that if the amendment in the name of Ross Finnie is...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S2M-424, in the name of Murdo Fraser, on wind farms. The debate will be concluded without any question being put. Members might...
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.