Thursday, 11 November 2004
Scottish Parliament Thursday 11 November 2004 [THE DEPUTY PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
The first item of business this morning is a debate on motion S2M-1984, in the name of Peter Peacock, on fostering. I remind members that the debate will be paused at 11 o'clock to allow...
I invite all members, officials and members of the public to rise for a minute's silence in commemoration of armistice day.
I take the opportunity that is presented by remembrance day to remember all those who have lost their lives in war—soldiers and civilians—and to ask the Parliament to join me in...
I associate my party with the gracious remarks made by Nicola Sturgeon and by the First Minister in relation to armistice day. We send our condolences to the families who have lost their loved...
To ask the First Minister what issues are the Scottish Executive's highest priority for discussion with the Prime Minister. (S2F-1199)
To ask the First Minister what benefits the proposed rail links to Edinburgh and Glasgow airports will have for the tourist industry and our economy. (S2F-1193)
To ask the First Minister what progress has been made on the fresh talent initiative. (S2F-1195)
To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive will evaluate the effectiveness of the convention of the Highlands and Islands. (S2F-1187)
To ask the Scottish Executive how the recently announced new marketing funding for VisitScotland will be spent. (S2O-4002)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is developing an outdoor education policy and, if so, when it will report on that policy. (S2O-4018)
To ask the Scottish Executive why free fruit for pupils in primary schools is being withdrawn in some local authority areas. (S2O-3947)
To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities have plans to replace, or comprehensively modernise, all their secondary schools. (S2O-3950)
To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is being provided for teachers and head teachers to help deal with antisocial behaviour in schools. (S2O-3999)
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being implemented to ensure the effective promotion of Scotland as a tourist destination in the Republic of Ireland. (S2O-3973)
To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on marine wildlife tourism of the trials or use of Sonar 2087. (S2O-4016)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a further announcement on the distribution of the budget for the supporting people initiative. (S2O-3951)
To ask the Scottish Executive under what circumstances it would utilise its tax-varying power under the Scotland Act 1998. (S2O-3904)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in setting minimum standards for open space in new developments. (S2O-3907)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether the extra finance raised through the abolition of the council tax discount on second homes will be directed to areas with affordable housing shortages caused...
To ask the Scottish Executive what the average public sector wage is and how it compares with the average private sector wage. (S2O-3969)
To ask the Scottish Executive what help is available to people in the Linlithgow area who want to give up smoking. (S2O-3989)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to complete consideration of the responses to its consultation on the draft sexual health and relationships strategy. (S2O-4013)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to modernise courtrooms, in particular by ending the wearing of wigs and gowns and the use of some formal forms of address. (S2O-3937)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take on the Calman report's recommendations to increase the number of medical training places in Scotland. (S2O-3922)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made on whether it will increase the threshold for claims that can be dealt with under the small-claims procedure. (S2O-3920)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government on gambling law. (S2O-3927)
On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I do not know whether other members agree with me, but it seems that the chamber is unreasonably hot.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1957, in the name of Iain Smith, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, on a new procedure for members' bills.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1982, in the name of Iain Smith, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, on the timescales and stages of bills. I invite Karen Gillon to speak...
There are three questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that motion S2M-1984, in the name of Peter Peacock, on fostering, be agreed to. Motion agreed to. That...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S2M-1673, in the name of Jeremy Purvis, on dying with dignity. 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.