Thursday, 25 March 2004
Scottish Parliament Thursday 25 March 2004 [THE DEPUTY PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business today is a debate on motion S2M-1089, in the name of Shiona Baird, on zero waste, and three amendments to the motion.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1091, in the name of Mark Ruskell, on genetically modified crops, and one amendment to the motion.
To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Executive has had with Her Majesty's Government and the Welsh Assembly about the commercialisation of genetically modified maize. (S2F-780)
To ask the First Minister whether there is any threat to Scottish Water's public status due to the general agreement on trade in services. (S2F-769)
To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive will take to analyse the implications for Scotland of the Barker review's final report on housing supply and implement any necessary...
To ask the First Minister how the agenda of the convention of the Highlands and Islands on Monday 29 March 2004 in Arran will aid sustainable development. (S2F-763)
On a point of order, Presiding Officer. During First Minister's question time in recent weeks, the Presiding Officer has normally allowed a question on urgent constituency business. As you will...
To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications for the environment are of an environmental court. (S2O-1781)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will build upon the findings of its research study, "The Economic Impact of Game and Coarse Angling in Scotland". (S2O-1690)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether Chardon LL maize, when grown under the conditions of the farm-scale evaluations, will have value for cultivation and use. (S2O-1795)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide assistance to local authorities to clear beaches polluted by debris brought in by the tide. (S2O-1748)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage Scottish Water to become more efficient. (S2O-1751)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in developing markets for recycled materials. (S2O-1743)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will raise awareness of any problems associated with collecting shellfish from polluted beaches. (S2O-1715)
To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to the impact of the extended development of Aucheninnes landfill site near Dalbeattie on the biodiversity of the immediate area....
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce inequalities in health. (S2O-1736)
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to address the health inequalities shown in the recent statistical survey conducted by NHS Health Scotland. (S2O-1688)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its objectives are for national health service dental services in 2004-05. (S2O-1811)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce legislation similar to the Human Tissue Bill in Westminster. (S2O-1739)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the new contracts for general practitioners and consultants deliver benefits for the quality and provision of health care. (S2O-1728)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to address the health implications of under-age drinking in the Highlands. (S2O-1731)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many criminal cases were processed by district courts in the west of Scotland in each of the last three years, broken down by parliamentary constituency. (S2O-1771)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met Aberdeen City Council, whether the council's budget was discussed and what the outcome of the meeting was. (S2O-1686)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on increasing the number of secure accommodation places. (S2O-1774)
To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will give to the maintenance and development of skilled craft industries in the Highlands and Islands. (S2O-1766)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would support the creation of an association of Scottish prisoners. (S2O-1794)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for the modern apprenticeship scheme. (S2O-1721)
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to support rural schools. (S2O-1704)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1090, in the name of Cathy Jamieson, on reforming the role of non-jury courts, and one amendment to that motion.
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S2M-1084, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for legislation. Motion...
There may be eight questions to be put as a result of today's business. I remind members that, in relation to this morning's debate on zero waste, if amendment S2M-1089.4, in the name of Lewis...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S2M-1003, in the name of Christine Grahame, on a crisis for Borders schools. Motion debated, That the Parliament notes...
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.