Thursday, 9 December 2004
Scottish Parliament Thursday 9 December 2004 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2132, in the name of Carolyn Leckie, on Iraq, and five amendments to the motion.
I welcome the news that Michael Ferguson, the patient who absconded from Carstairs earlier this week, has been reapprehended, and express my hope that that incident will result in a review of the...
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S2F-1275)
To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive's current top priorities are. (S2F-1289)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive's strategy in respect of national parks is achieving its aims. (S2F-1287)
To ask the First Minister what contribution the fresh talent initiative is making to Scotland. (S2F-1272)
To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive is taking to reduce reoffending. (S2F-1278)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken by Scottish Water to address development constraints created by lack of water and sewerage capacity. (S2O-4442)
To ask the Scottish Executive when the over-30-months scheme for beef cattle will be ended. (S2O-4423)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce packaging waste. (S2O-4502)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on achieving an improved nephrops total allowable catch for next year. (S2O-4459)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in planning the core path network in order to promote and provide access to the countryside and mountain areas throughout Scotland. (S2O-4495)
To ask the Scottish Executive how agenda for change will assist front-line NHS services. (S2O-4525)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the principle that parents should have an input into the assessment of the health care of their children. (S2O-4521)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop children's services at Perth royal infirmary. (S2O-4440)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will complete its review of national health service prescription charges and publish its conclusions. (S2O-4499)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve health care in the north of Scotland. (S2O-4526)
To ask the Scottish Executive what input it has to the scheme for training medical personnel in rural areas that is being developed by the UHI Millennium Institute and NHS Western Isles. (S2O-4522)
To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Network Rail regarding rail electrification. (S2O-4489)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will appoint a single minister to deal with European and external relations. (S2O-4433)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to the performance inspection report on criminal justice social work services in Glasgow. (S2O-4541)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with chief constables regarding the use of weapons by the police. (S2O-4422)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on enhancing rail services on the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts line. (S2O-4481)
To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the consultation on the proposed Christmas and new year's day trading in Scotland bill. (S2O-4488)
To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is being given to head teachers to help them to manage school budgets more effectively. (S2O-4496)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to tackle antisocial behaviour in private housing. (S2O-4424)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2129, in the name of Ross Finnie, on fisheries, and three amendments to the motion.
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S2M-2126, in the name of Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for legislation. Motion...
There are 10 questions to be put as a result of today's business. I remind members that if amendment S2M-2132.6, in the name of Duncan McNeil, is agreed to, amendments S2M-2132.1, in the name of...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S2M-2027, in the name of Margaret Ewing, on excess winter deaths. The debate will be concluded without any questions being...
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.