Thursday, 6 May 2004
Scottish Parliament Thursday 6 May 2004 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is consideration of business motion S2M-1275, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for the...
We now move on to the stage 3 proceedings for the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill. As members know, they should have the bill as amended at stage 2—that is, SP Bill 6A; the...
Group 3 is on waiting times, the duty to provide goods and services and national tariffs. Amendment 9 is grouped with amendments 10, 21, 22 and 11. There will be a slight pause until Mr McNeil is...
Amendment 10 not moved. [Amendment 21 moved—[Mr David Davidson].]
Amendment 22 moved—[Mr David Davidson].
Amendment 11 not moved.
Group 5 is on the membership of health boards. Amendment 12, in the name of Shona Robison, is in a group on its own.
Amendment 13, in the name of David Davidson, is grouped with amendments 14 to 20.
Amendment 14 moved—[Shona Robison].
Group 7 is on the naming of health boards and special health boards. Amendment 4, in the name of the minister, is in a group on its own.
Amendments 15 to 20 not moved. [Amendment 5 moved—[Malcolm Chisholm]—and agreed to.]
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1095, in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, that the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill be passed, and one amendment to that motion.
To ask the First Minister what issues he will prioritise for discussion with the Prime Minister at his next meeting with him. (S2F-875)
To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive plans to improve Scotland's tertiary education sector. (S2F-870)
To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive is addressing the health gap between rich and poor. (S2F-873)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive is satisfied with the growth of the Scottish economy. (S2F-857)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve rail travel to Edinburgh. (S2O-2348)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with ScotRail regarding rail journey times between Glasgow and Edinburgh. (S2O-2347)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the report of the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster last week, it will make further representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer...
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support and encourage the Scotch whisky industry. (S2O-2268)
To ask the Scottish Executive what advantages a road-equivalent tariff scheme has for transport costs to and from Scotland's island communities. (S2O-2330)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to address the issue of violent attacks on transport workers. (S2O-2365)
To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Lord Bonomy's recent judgment, what action is being taken to address any issues of inadequate regimes, overcrowding and slopping out for prisoners who...
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that environmental crimes are prosecuted in the courts. (S2O-2275)
To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms are in place under the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 for people affected by Scotland's growing level of debt. (S2O-2352)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications would be for the Scottish justice system if the draft European constitution were to be implemented as proposed. (S2O-2240)
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure that as many prisoners as possible benefit, while in prison and after release, from effective educational and training for work...
Question 1 has been withdrawn.
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Ambulance Service with regard to the possible introduction of advanced care teams. (S2O-2324)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to combat climate change and protect biodiversity, in light of recent research results on the early arrival of spring. (S2O-2259)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to assist first-time buyers looking to access the property market in their local area. (S2O-2258)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is improving primary care services. (S2O-2315)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making with its review of freshwater fishing. (S2O-2234)
The next item of business is a statement by Peter Peacock on Scottish Borders Council social work services.
Margaret Jamieson very patiently agreed to postpone a point of order, which I shall take now.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1266, in the name of Allan Wilson, on Scotland's beaches, a national resource, and on three amendments to that motion.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1255, in the name of Bristow Muldoon, on behalf of the selection panel for the appointment of the commissioner for public appointments in Scotland.
We have a point of order from Mr Aitken.
The next item is consideration of business motion S2M-1253, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for legislation. Motion moved, That...
The next item of business is consideration of two Parliamentary Bureau motions, both in the name of Patricia Ferguson: motion S2M-1252, on the approval of a Scottish statutory instrument; and...
There are nine questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that amendment S2M-1095.1, in the name of Shona Robison, which seeks to amend motion S2M-1095, in the...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S2M-1071, in the name of Jackie Baillie, on the Loch Lomond rescue boat. The debate will be concluded without any question...
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.