Thursday, 16 December 2004
Scottish Parliament Thursday 16 December 2004 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2165, in the name of Murdo Fraser, on defence reviews from a Scottish perspective, and three amendments to the motion. I invite...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2158, in the name of Annabel Goldie, on justice issues with specific relevance to reoffending, and three amendments to the motion.
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to discuss. (S2F-1295)
. Mrs Mary Mulligan (Linlithgow) (Lab): To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive still intends to introduce a comprehensive ban on smoking in public places. (S2F-1304)
To ask the First Minister what recent discussions the Scottish Executive has had regarding the performance of national health service accident and emergency units. (S2F-1298)
To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive plans to take on the findings and recommendations of the expert group on prostitution's stage 1 report. (S2F-1308)
To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of staff and students in further education colleges it estimates will require to be vetted by Disclosure Scotland in the next academic year. (S2O-4624)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether its target of reopening the Airdrie to Bathgate railway line by the end of 2008 will be met. (S2O-4691)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in improving travel across the Forth estuary. (S2O-4638)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Strategic Rail Authority on the franchise arrangements for the east coast main line. (S2O-4589)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that Scottish Enterprise delivers environmentally sustainable development. (S2O-4685)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to make public transport less vulnerable to antisocial behaviour. (S2O-4664)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in making ex gratia payments to former members of the Scottish Transport Group pension fund. (S2O-4557)
To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the level of fear of crime. (S2O-4604)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to implement the partnership agreement commitment to expand the role of restorative justice as a means of improving the range and quality of...
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve facilities at Aberdeen's Craiginches prison. (S2O-4593)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will introduce community reparation orders. (S2O-4634)
To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has given to procurators fiscal about how crimes of assault involving a weapon or implement should be dealt with. (S2O-4569)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to help prisoners enter the job market on release. (S2O-4612)
To ask the Scottish Executive how its debt arrangement scheme will address loan sharks and illegal moneylending. (S2O-4670)
To ask the Scottish Executive what role it envisages for the royal colleges in national health service workforce planning. (S2O-4669)
To ask the Scottish Executive how the Minister for Health and Community Care's statement that the national health service should be as local as possible but as specialised as necessary is being...
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with NHS Fife on the proposed hospital and health centre for St Andrews. (S2O-4590)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on agreeing rules for co-existence between GM and non-GM crops. (S2O-4619)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will include measures in the school curriculum to encourage more school leavers to work in the construction industry. (S2O-4673)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it can improve the number of young people choosing to study a foreign language. (S2O-4665)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the availability of social rented housing and affordable housing to buy. (S2O-4659)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2166, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on tourism—ambitions for Scotland, together with two amendments to the motion.
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S2M-2173, in the name of Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for legislation. Motion...
There are 11 questions to be put as a result of today's business. In relation to this morning's business, if the amendment in the name of John Home Robertson is agreed to, the amendments in the...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S2M-2038, in the name of Frank McAveety, on knife crime in Glasgow. The debate will be concluded without any question being put....
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