Thursday, 23 December 2004
Scottish Parliament Thursday 23 December 2004 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Yesterday you issued a statement from your office about the litigation that has been launched against the Scottish Parliament by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd....
The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2179, in the name of Des McNulty, on the 8 th report in 2004 of the Finance Committee, "Report on Stage 2 of the 2005-06 Budget Process".
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues will be discussed. (S2F-1314)
I thank the First Minister for his seasonal greetings to colleagues in the Conservative party. To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish...
To ask the First Minister whether he will be receiving any official visitors from Lapland over the Christmas period. (S2F-1318)
To ask the First Minister how the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003 is affecting volunteering. (S2F-1322)
To ask the First Minister whether tolls will still be charged for crossing the Skye bridge on and after 1 January 2005. (S2F-1327)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive will announce its support for either a joint bid with other nations or a single bid by the Scottish Football Association to host the Union...
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will assess what impact the removal of charitable status would have on independent schools. (S2O-4732)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether attracting the 2014 Commonwealth games can provide economic and social benefits to Glasgow. (S2O-4767)
To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is made available for additional school building other than through the public-private partnership route. (S2O-4770)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is improving Scotland's profile as a tourist destination. (S2O-4762)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to raise awareness of Scotland among the Scottish diaspora in North America. (S2O-4707)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether its strategy aimed at reducing incidents of violence against women is meeting its targets. (S2O-4776)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in bringing civil service jobs to North Ayrshire. (S2O-4702)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in the provision of its central heating programme for pensioners. (S2O-4724)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recently announced local government financial settlement will guarantee that all local authorities will be able to meet free personal care commitments....
To ask the Scottish Executive what productivity is in the public sector in Scotland compared to productivity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. (S2O-4752)
To ask the Scottish Executive what role community planning partnerships play in community regeneration. (S2O-4772)
To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received about the impact of changes to the supporting people fund. (S2O-4737)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action local communities or individuals can take when faced with the erection of a communication mast by Network Rail close to their homes. (S2O-4727)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of Mr Jim Wallace's answers to questions S2W-12435 to S2W-12439 on 6 December 2004, it will carry out additional research into renewable energy...
To ask the Scottish Executive what requirement it has placed on national health service boards to consult local communities before closing services. (S2O-4722)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a duty on doctors to report incidents under the doctrine of double effect. (S2O-4753)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is making any representations about the new east coast main line franchise regarding services in Scotland. (S2O-4706)
On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I wonder whether the Presiding Officer has had notice of the Scottish media's boycott of the press gallery during the first 35 minutes of today's question...
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S2M-2193, in the name of Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for legislation. Motion...
There is only one question to be put as a result of today's business. The question is, that motion S2M-2179, in the name of Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, on stage 2 of the...
The final item of business this year is a members' business debate on motion S2M-2080, in the name of Alex Neil, on the closure of the Craigneuk Development and Support Unit. The debate will be...
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.