Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 15 January 2004

  • Introduction

    Scottish Parliament Thursday 15 January 2004 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]

  • European Commission (Work Programme)

    69 speeches

    Good morning. The first item of business is a committee debate on motion S2M-771, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on behalf of the European and External Relations Committee, on the European...

  • First Minister's Question Time

    • Cabinet (Meetings)

      10 speeches

      To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S2F-517)

    • Prime Minister (Meetings)

      11 speeches

      To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-520)

      Fish Farming

      10 speeches

      To ask the First Minister what measures the Scottish Executive is taking to support the fish farm industry. (S2F-515)

      Financial Services

      6 speeches

      To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive's financial services strategy group will be asked to report on the future of both Abbey National operations in Scotland and the potential...

      Higher Education Bill

      11 speeches

      To ask the First Minister what the implications of Her Majesty's Government's Higher Education Bill will be for students studying in Scotland and Scottish universities. (S2F-522)

      Oil and Gas Industry

      5 speeches

      To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive is taking to retain jobs in the oil and gas industry in the north-east. (S2F-513)

  • Question Time — Scottish Executive

    • Council Tax (Second Homes)

      4 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make an announcement on the proposed removal of the 50 per cent council tax rebate from second homes. (S2O-1062)

    • Drink Driving

      10 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to deal with the rise in drink driving offences over the Christmas period. (S2O-1064)

      Prescriptions (Terminally Ill People)

      6 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to provide free prescriptions for terminally ill people. (S2O-1047)

      High Court (Appeals)

      6 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering reviewing the system of appeal against High Court judgments. (S2O-1051)

      Council Tax (Second Homes)

      6 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will now consider allowing local authorities (a) the discretion to remove, or restrict, the 50 per cent reduction which second homes receive from council...

      ScotRail (Meetings)

      8 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of ScotRail. (S2O-1067)

      Council Tax (Second Homes)

      5 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive what the total annual cost is to the public purse of the 50 per cent council tax relief on second homes. (S2O-1082)

      Haymarket Station

      6 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to ensure that all railway passengers will have full access to rail facilities at Haymarket station for the duration of the temporary...

      Skills Councils

      6 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Sector Skills Development Agency about the establishment of skills councils covering Scotland. (S2O-1050)

  • Teachers (Qualifications)

    4 speeches

    To ask the Scottish Executive what legislation it will introduce to ensure that school teachers will require to have a teaching degree after the repeal of the remaining sections of the schools...

    • East Lothian (Schools)

      8 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive what recent contact it has had with East Lothian Council and the Innovate consortium in respect of the public-private partnership project in East Lothian's schools....

    • Glasgow School of Art

      4 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with Glasgow School of Art regarding its estate at Garnethill, Glasgow. (S2O-1076)

      Fisheries Agreement

      10 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to seek a renegotiation of the fisheries agreement concluded in Brussels in December 2003. (S2O-1054) I take the opportunity to wish Ross Finnie...

      Eco-tourism (Northern Highlands)

      4 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote eco-tourism in the northern Highlands. (S2O-1069)

  • Points of Order

    7 speeches

    On a point of order, Presiding Officer.

  • Emergency Workers (Protection)

    41 speeches

    The next item of business is a debate on protection of emergency workers. The debate will be concluded without any question being put.

  • Business Motion

    3 speeches

    The next item of business is consideration of business motion S2M-781, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for legislation.

  • Decision Time

    9 speeches

    There are three questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that amendment S2M-771.2, in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, which seeks to amend motion S2M-771, in the...

  • Medical Services (West Highlands)

    26 speeches

    The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S2M-629, in the name of George Lyon, on medical services in the west Highlands. The debate will be concluded without any...

What is this?

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.

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