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Thursday, 4 November 2004
Scottish Parliament Thursday 4 November 2004 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1940, in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, on a better deal for pensioners, and four amendments to the motion.
Before questions to the First Minister members will want to join me in welcoming William Cusano and colleagues from the National Assembly of Quebec. [ Applause. ]
I begin by warmly congratulating Duncan McNeil on the birth of his latest grandchild—although on this morning's evidence I think that wee Charlie is already writing his granddad's speeches....
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues will be discussed. (S2F-1162)
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to discuss. (S2F-1174)
To ask the First Minister how the proposed changes to the Scottish schools curriculum set out in "ambitious, excellent schools" will benefit pupils and teachers. (S2F-1166)
To ask the First Minister what steps are being taken to ensure that communities neighbouring nuclear power plants are not adversely affected by contaminated land. (S2F-1169)
To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive will exploit Scotland's position as European region of the future. (S2F-1175)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to achieve a significant increase in the number of domestic wind turbines in domestic and industrial premises. (S2O-3817)
To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on any difficulties faced by foreign students seeking to study at colleges in Scotland. (S2O-3812)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that the recent funding settlement secures pay modernisation in higher education in accordance with the framework agreement...
. Mrs Mary Mulligan (Linlithgow) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to adopt quality bus contracts across Scotland. (S2O-3844)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new national concessionary travel scheme for elderly and disabled people will use smart cards. (S2O-3859)
To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from road transport organisations following the conference organised by Cumbernauld community council's joint action group on...
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure proper competition and satisfactory standards in areas where both bus and rail services are provided by FirstGroup plc. (S2O-3787)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to improve access to justice for adults with incapacity. (S2O-3878)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the review of drug treatment and rehabilitation. (S2O-3901)
To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Law Commission review of rape and sexual offences law will be completed. (S2O-3836)
To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it uses when deciding whether to pursue legal challenges to court rulings. (S2O-3809)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to amend the law to allow for the disclosure during a trial of the previous convictions of defendants. (S2O-3808)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the affordable housing supply in Argyll and Bute. (S2O-3846)
To ask the Scottish Executive what impact user charges have on the level of access to NHS services by patients. (S2O-3803)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the proposed general practice out-of-hours arrangements in rural areas. (S2O-3806)
The next item is a statement by Cathy Jamieson on creating safer communities and improving youth justice. The minister will take questions at the end of her statement and there should therefore...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1943, in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, on domestic abuse services, and three amendments to that motion.
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S2M-1950, in the name of Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a business programme. Motion moved, That...
3.00 pm Procedures Committee Debate on its 6th Report 2004: A New Procedure for Members' Bills and on its 7th Report 2004: Timescales and Stages of Bills followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions...
3.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Stage 3 of the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members'...
The next item of business is consideration of Parliamentary Bureau motion S2M-1946, on the designation of a lead committee. Motion moved, That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee...
There are 10 questions to be put as a result of today's business. On this morning's business, I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Karen Whitefield is agreed to, the amendments...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S2M-1877, in the name of David Mundell, on the launch of the Gretna-Lockerbie-Annan economic regeneration prospectus. The debate...
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.