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Thursday, 18 March 2004
Scottish Parliament Thursday 18 March 2004 [THE DEPUTY PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:31]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1051, in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, on genetically modified crops, and one amendment to that motion.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1050, in the name of Fergus Ewing, on the abolition of the council tax, and three amendments to the motion.
We are a little early for First Minister's question time, but most members seem to be in their place.
To ask the First Minister what the top priority is for the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S2F-748)
To ask the First Minister what action can be taken to address the issues highlighted in "Health and Well-being Profiles for each Scottish Parliamentary Constituency, 2004". (S2F-742)
To ask the First Minister when changes in the regulation of the white-fish industry will be announced. (S2F-736)
To ask the First Minister whether a review of security measures on Scottish public transport and other possible terrorist targets will be undertaken. (S2F-752)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage tourism in Cunninghame South. (S2O-1583)
To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to non-traditional sports in schools in order to motivate and encourage children to become more physically active. (S2O-1628)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of young people sitting standard grade exams in secondary 3 rather than S4. (S2O-1626)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to promote shinty. (S2O-1608)
To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent it considers the quality of the environment to be important to tourism. (S2O-1651)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools will have access to enterprise in education materials. (S2O-1661)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with regard to the future of the adventure centre at Ratho. (S2O-1580)
To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has made in respect of the impact on Scottish sport of London's bid for the Olympic games in 2012. (S2O-1634)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce its position on council tax rebate on second homes. (S2O-1577)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on the voter education campaign for the 2003 local government elections. (S2O-1642)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to enable asylum seekers and refugees to contribute to their new communities in Scotland. (S2O-1640)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has examined the advantages of the Irish model of staff relocation policy when considering its own policy. (S2O-1607)
To ask the Scottish Executive how women victims of trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation will be supported by the pilot support service for victims of trafficking for which it...
To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on the provision of appropriate school, health and transport facilities to support major housing developments, such as the heartlands...
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider changes to the planning system in order to improve the supply of affordable housing. (S2O-1657)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it endorses the change in strategy by the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency. (S2O-1587)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications are for the Scottish Agricultural College of the recent research organisation assessment exercise in respect of its funding and for the timing...
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking in respect of the report to the Minister for Health and Community Care on the meeting held on 4 March 2004 between South Glasgow University...
To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is in respect of whether swing bridges should be used on main trunk routes where they cross canals or waterways and whether it will provide any...
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support greater use of mediation in dispute resolution. (S2O-1666)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will begin consulting on proposals for the introduction of a national free off-peak bus scheme as part of its commitment to concessionary travel. (S2O-1573)
To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the proposed landfill site at Aucheninnes moss in Dumfries and Galloway and its impact on the survival of the bog bush-cricket and...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1052, in the name of Margaret Curran, on action to promote women in Scotland, and one amendment to the motion.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-936, in the name of Cathy Jamieson, on the Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill, which is United Kingdom legislation.
There may be nine questions to be put as a result of today's business. However, I remind members that, in relation to this morning's debate on the abolition of the council tax, if the amendment...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S2M-971, in the name of Rhona Brankin, on the World Health Organisation's bone and joint decade. Motion debated, That the...
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.