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Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 11 March 2004

  • Introduction

    Scottish Parliament Thursday 11 March 2004 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]

  • Pensioner Poverty

    34 speeches

    Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1020, in the name of John Swinburne, on pensioner poverty, and on three amendments to that motion.

  • Winter Cold-related Deaths

    17 speeches

    We move to the second short debate of the morning, which is a debate on motion S2M-1021, in the name of John Swinburne, on winter cold-related deaths and two amendments to the motion. I invite...

  • Council Tax

    54 speeches

    The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-984, in the name of Tommy Sheridan, on the council tax, and one amendment to the motion.

  • Nursery Nurses

    45 speeches

    The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-985, in the name of Carolyn Leckie, on nursery nurses, a just claim, and two amendments to that motion.

  • First Minister's Question Time

    5 speeches

    It is 12 noon and time for questions to the First Minister.

    • Prime Minister (Meetings)

      10 speeches

      To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-707)

    • Cabinet (Meetings)

      15 speeches

      I echo the sympathies and condolences that have been expressed by the First Minister and Mr Swinney about the terrorist outrages in Madrid. I thank the First Minister for the communication that...

      Genetically Modified Maize

      10 speeches

      To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has approved the commercial planting of genetically modified maize in Scotland. (S2F-731)

      Racially Motivated Attacks

      6 speeches

      To ask the First Minister what action can be taken to help reduce the number of racially motivated attacks in disadvantaged communities, particularly against refugees and asylum seekers. (S2F-722)

      Budget

      6 speeches

      To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive intends to respond to the issues raised in the report by Professor Arthur Midwinter and the Scottish Parliament information centre, "Key...

      Higher Education (Review)

      4 speeches

      To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive's response is to the phase 3 report of its review of higher education. (S2F-723)

  • Points of Order

    8 speeches

    On a point of order, Presiding Officer. The scheduling of two half-hour and two 45-minute debates this morning had the intended effect of excluding back benchers. The Scottish Socialist Party, in...

  • Question Time — Scottish Executive — Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

    1 speech

    Good afternoon. We now begin our new, extended question time, starting with questions on enterprise, transport and lifelong learning.

    • A80 (Upgrade)

      10 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the Minister for Transport's recent visit, there will be a public inquiry into the proposals for the upgrade of the A80. (S2O-1478)

    • Higher Education (Investment)

      3 speeches

      2. Fiona Hyslop (Lothians) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive what role maintaining competitive levels of investment in the higher education sector has in delivering the smart, successful...

      Congestion

      6 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce congestion on Scotland's motorway and trunk road network. (S2O-1548)

      Bottled Water Industry

      6 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive what support it gives to the development of the bottled spring water industry. (S2O-1434)

      Marine Energy (Employment)

      8 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure the maximum employment potential from wave and tidal power. (S2O-1507)

      Borders Railway

      6 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered the business case for the Borders railway and whether it will now fund the line. (S2O-1497)

  • Justice and Law Officers

    • Trials in Absence of Accused

      6 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive whether, following the stage 1 debate on the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, it will reconsider plans to conduct trials when the accused is absent....

    • Off-licences

      8 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as part of action on antisocial behaviour, it will implement more effective controls over off-licences that sell alcohol to under-age young people. (S2O-1455)

      Corporate Homicide

      6 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to review the law on corporate culpable homicide. (S2O-1436)

      Clementi Review

      4 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications are for Scotland of the Clementi review. (S2O-1515)

      Offenders (Employability)

      4 speeches

      [ Interruption. ] I am sorry, Presiding Officer; I failed to have my card in the slot. First, I declare an interest, which is that I am the chair of the Scottish Library and Information Council....

      Crime Victims

      9 speeches

      To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance is issued to procurators fiscal on keeping alleged victims of crime and, where appropriate, their families informed of the conduct and progress of...

      Off-licences

      1 speech

      To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the use of test purchasing to highlight those off-licences that sell alcohol to under-age drinkers. (S2O-1514) The Lord Advocate (Colin...

  • General Questions

  • Ministerial Group on Tourism

    31 speeches

    The next item of business is statement by Frank McAveety on the outcomes of the ministerial group on tourism. As the minister will take questions at the end of his statement, there shall be no...

  • Historic Environment

    34 speeches

    The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1033, in the name of Frank McAveety, on the historic environment as a valuable resource for Scotland, and two amendments to the motion.

  • Decision Time

    43 speeches

    There are 15 questions to be put as a result of today's business. Before we move to the first vote, I remind members that, in relation to the debate on pensioner poverty, if amendment S2M-1020.3,...

  • Maternity Services (Caithness)

    32 speeches

    The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S2M-746, in the name of Rob Gibson, on maternity services in Caithness. The debate will be concluded without any question being...

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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