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Thursday, 20 May 2004
Scottish Parliament Thursday 20 May 2004 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1340, in the name of Lewis Macdonald, on skills and continued learning, and on two amendments to the motion.
We come to First Minister's question time.
To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-888)
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to discuss. (S2F-900)
To ask the First Minister why the Scottish Executive has not met its 2001 target on waiting times for breast cancer treatment. (S2F-896)
To ask the First Minister how the new ScotRail franchise will maintain and improve the level of rail services across Scotland. (S2F-898)
To ask the Scottish Executive when VisitScotland will publish a brochure to list and promote members of the green tourism business scheme. (S2O-2462)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has assessed the impact of Skye bridge tolls on the tourism industry of Skye and Lochalsh. (S2O-2403)
To ask the Scottish Executive what recent consideration it has given to the role of subject principal teachers in secondary schools. (S2O-2413)
To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution the Standards in Scotland's Schools etc Act 2000 is making to the improvement of education in schools. (S2O-2456)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is monitoring the impact of the route development fund on tourism. (S2O-2426)
To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals are being considered to address any present difficulty in recruiting suitably qualified secondary school teachers in an area such as the Highlands....
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to help teachers to deal with disruptive pupils as part of its strategy to reduce antisocial behaviour. (S2O-2392)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to provide more support services for children who are vulnerable as a result of substance abuse by their parents. (S2O-2389)
To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support and increase the engagement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the life of Scotland. (S2O-2467)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on its plans to provide central heating in households occupied by senior citizens. (S2O-2414)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is tackling the issue of binge drinking in deprived areas. (S2O-2425)
To ask the Scottish Executive what opportunities the accession of 10 new member states to the European Union provides for the fresh talent initiative. (S2O-2434)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Glasgow housing stock transfer has achieved all its objectives. (S2O-2397)
To ask the Scottish Executive what specific support it is providing to cities and towns to carry out environmental improvement work. (S2O-2407)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the full retention of in-patient provision at the Glasgow homeopathic hospital. (S2O-2454)
To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty's Government about the impact that rising petrol and diesel prices have made on remote rural communities. (S2O-2383)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to improve the system for the payment of fines. (S2O-2390)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken in respect of the petrochemicals industry since the recent announcement by BP plc regarding the future of its olefins and derivatives...
To ask the Scottish Executive when it next intends to meet representatives of Scottish Water. (S2O-2402)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to address the needs of retirement home owners who own a share in the equity of their property. (S2O-2375)
To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-2239 by Nicol Stephen on 6 May 2004, how many passengers used Strathclyde Passenger Transport-supported rail services in each...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1341, in the name of Frank McAveety, on major events and festivals in Scotland, and two amendments to the motion.
There are six questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that amendment S2M-1340.1, in the name of Fiona Hyslop, which seeks to amend motion S2M-1340, in the name...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S2M-1201, in the name of Linda Fabiani, on local television. The debate will be concluded without any question being put....
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.