Thursday, 25 November 2004
Scottish Parliament Thursday 25 November 2004 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2056, in the name of Shiona Baird, on supermarkets and the Scottish food chain, and three amendments to the motion.
To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive's current top priorities are. (S2F-1230)
To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive is considering to better protect children and communities from registered sex offenders. (S2F-1227)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has had any discussions with the Home Office regarding trials without jury in anti-terror courts. (S2F-1240)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive intends to review the partnership agreement commitment on class sizes. (S2F-1234)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage the transfer of more freight from road to rail. (S2O-4211)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on progress being made on the Campbeltown to Ballycastle ferry. (S2O-4185)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set a target for economic growth for Scotland. (S2O-4203)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the value is to the economy of contemporary music. (S2O-4272)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the City of Edinburgh Council regarding the reopening of the Edinburgh south suburban railway. (S2O-4176)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports have been made to procurators fiscal under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and how many prosecutions have followed. (S2O-4240)
To ask the Scottish Executive how the criminal justice system protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people from being victims of abuse within domestic settings. (S2O-4291)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the performance of Disclosure Scotland. (S2O-4177)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to the consultation on fire control rooms in Scotland. (S2O-4248)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is monitoring the changes resulting from the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004. (S2O-4282)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle drug and alcohol abuse by young people. (S2O-4267)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with teachers, head teachers and their trade unions regarding the implementation of "ambitious, excellent schools". (S2O-4251)
My apologies for rising to a provocation this morning, Presiding Officer. To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with its progress in taking forward education for sustainable...
To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to reach a conclusion on the implication of the Van de Walle case in relation to contaminated land. (S2O-4286)
To ask the Scottish Executive which areas will be selected for the care commission pilot studies of the regulation and inspection of foster care. (S2O-4193)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will take forward its review of planning guidelines for renewable developments. (S2O-4270)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will accelerate the installation of free central heating systems for the most vulnerable people. (S2O-4268)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2059, in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, on violence against women, and one amendment to that motion.
There are six questions to be put as a result of today's business. In relation to this morning's debate, I remind members that, if the amendment in the name of Ross Finnie is agreed to, the...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S2M-1998, in the name of Brian Monteith, on encouraging school debating. 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.