Thursday, 3 June 2004
Scottish Parliament Thursday 3 June 2004 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1395, in the name of Jim Wallace, on the economy of the Highlands and Islands, and three amendments to the motion.
I welcome the Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Scotland, Alastair Darling, to the distinguished visitors gallery.
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive plans to introduce legislation to amend the current law on rape. (S2F-911)
To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive is addressing pensioner poverty. (S2F-905)
To ask the First Minister how the increase in heroin use in Edinburgh is being addressed. (S2F-909)
To ask the First Minister whether any additional emergency measures are planned to combat the advance of obesity among the general population and, in particular, children. (S2F-918)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made on meeting its environmental targets. (S2O-2622)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scotland will meet its targets for the reduction of landfill. (S2O-2631)
I did not expect that we would reach this question. To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has to assist crofters in the development of the quality of their sheep. (S2O-2528)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the House of Commons Health Committee's report on obesity published on 27 May 2004 and what plans it has to combat obesity within Scotland....
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to combat the health causes of long-term absence of pupils from school. (S2O-2562)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the recent report by Asthma UK which indicates that 35 per cent of people with asthma expect improvement in how the national health service...
To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements to the quality of service to patients will flow from the new general practitioner contracts. (S2O-2592)
To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to intervene if it is dissatisfied with food hygiene standards at the new royal infirmary of Edinburgh. (S2O-2556)
To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the electricity currently generated at Hunterston B, Cockenzie and Longannet will be replaced with electricity generated using renewable...
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support enhancement of passenger rail services on the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts line. (S2O-2552)
To ask the Scottish Executive how funds recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 will be allocated in Scotland. (S2O-2603)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the proposed reopening of small stations between Lockerbie and Carstairs on the west coast main line. (S2O-2611)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to make representations to Her Majesty's Government on the impact of rising petrol prices in rural Scotland. (S2O-2563)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-848, in the name of Margaret Curran, on the general principles of the Tenements (Scotland) Bill.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1202, in the name of Cathy Jamieson, on the Civil Partnership Bill, which is UK legislation, and one amendment to the motion.
The next item of business is consideration of motion S2M-1378, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, which sets out a timetable for legislation. I ask Patricia...
The next item of business is consideration of two Parliamentary Bureau motions. I ask Patricia Ferguson to move motions S2M-1362, on committee substitutes, and S2M-1390, on the office of the...
There are nine questions as a result of today's business. The first question is, that amendment S2M-1395.2, in the name of Jim Mather, which seeks to amend motion S2M-1395, in the name of Jim...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S2M-866, in the name of Des McNulty, on asbestos-related illnesses. 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.