Thursday, 30 September 2004
Scottish Parliament Thursday 30 September 2004 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1784, in the name of David Davidson, on the centralisation of health services, and three amendments to the motion.
To ask the First Minister how many Scots live in relative income poverty and what percentage of the total population this represents. (S2F-1108)
To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive's spending review will help further and higher education colleges and universities meet their forthcoming challenges. (S2F-1095)
To ask the First Minister what the up-to-date position is on his discussions with the Home Secretary in respect of the devolution of some immigration powers from the UK Government to the Scottish...
To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive will protect and promote the status of Gaelic. (S2F-1096)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact on productivity was last year of days lost to industry through ill health. (S2O-3459)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking in respect of the governance of Glasgow Central College of Commerce. (S2O-3407)
To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Department for Transport regarding the circumstances in which trans-European network funding would be applied for. (S2O-3476)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on improving rail links to airports. (S2O-3501)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will introduce the proposed national concessionary scheme for people who are elderly or disabled. (S2O-3494)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the maximum fine level is for breaches of environmental legislation. (S2O-3510)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will implement a new funding formula for police forces and what the basis will be for any such formula. (S2O-3414)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is monitoring the performance of Reliance in escorting prisoners in Dumfries and Galloway. (S2O-3444)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to improve the level of drug rehabilitation services in prisons. (S2O-3440)
To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has in respect of the statement in the Scottish legal services ombudsman's annual report 2003-04 that, in 42 per cent of full complaint...
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is addressing concerns expressed over reports that Reliance will be responsible for the prison and court escort of sex offenders. (S2O-3461)
To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are applied when testing for metal content in sewage sludge used for land regeneration. (S2O-3395)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects free eye and dental checks to be implemented. (S2O-3448)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that all elderly people in hospital are properly fed. (S2O-3477)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take action to help people in fuel poverty due to rising energy prices. (S2O-3449)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to improve the accountability of national health service boards. (S2O-3404)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that St John's hospital in Livingston continues to be able to support its accident and emergency department by retaining on-site...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1079, in the name of Andy Kerr, on the general principles of the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill.
On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I think that you have already been given intimation of this point of order, which relates specifically to the Education Maintenance Allowances (Scotland)...
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S2M-1776, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for legislation. Motion...
The next item of business is consideration of 15 Parliamentary Bureau motions. I ask Patricia Ferguson to move motions S2M-1772, S2M-1790 to S2M-1801 inclusive, S2M-1803 and S2M-1805 on the...
There are 20 questions to be put as a result of today's business. I remind members that, in relation to this morning's debate on health issues, if the amendment in the name of Malcolm Chisholm is...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S2M-1410, in the name of Sandra White, on the increasing gender pay gap. 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.