Thursday, 24 March 2005
Scottish Parliament Thursday 24 March 2005 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2622, in the name of Kenny MacAskill, on firearms legislation.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2640, in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, on nuclear weapons.
Before questions to the First Minister, members will wish to welcome Bojan Kostreš, President of the Assembly of Vojvodina, in Serbia, and an accompanying parliamentary delegation. [ Applause. ]
To ask the First Minister what representations the Scottish Executive will make to the Israeli Government requesting it to allow world peace campaigner, Mordechai Vanunu, to visit Scotland to...
To ask the First Minister how reforms to the justice system will meet the needs of victims of crime. (S2F-1561)
To ask the First Minister what progress is being made to encourage pupils to eat healthy food during school hours. (S2F-1552)
To ask the First Minister whether faith-based schools are able to discriminate against teachers because of sexual orientation. (S2F-1558)
To ask the Scottish Executive what support it can provide to reduce the cost to producers of delivering livestock to markets from island and remote communities. (S2O-5963)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage waste reduction and recycling. (S2O-5982)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for determining whether approval should be granted for the proposal by Scottish Natural Heritage for a trial reintroduction of European beavers...
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that producers of unsubsidised crops are not disadvantaged by the single farm payment scheme. (S2O-5915)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to introduce legislation similar to the United Kingdom Government's proposed marine legislation. (S2O-5983)
To ask the Scottish Executive why there has been a delay in payments under the less favoured area support scheme. (S2O-5956)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to assess the impact of land availability on rural development. (S2O-5936)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in increasing access to freshwater fishing. (S2O-5906)
To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions are being put in place for Tayside NHS Board to cope with the expected demand that will be placed on it during the G8 summit. (S2O-5921)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the success rate has been of recent organ donation campaigns. (S2O-5994)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to reduce complications suffered by diabetics. (S2O-5947)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce waiting times for magnetic resonance imaging scans in the Lothian NHS Board area. (S2O-5913)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure increased provision of Parkinson's disease specialist nurses in the national health service. (S2O-5918)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve staff retention by providing flexible employment opportunities for NHS nursing staff. (S2O-5996)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors safe alcohol use. (S2O-5942)
To ask the Scottish Executive how its oral health proposals will facilitate access to dental services in remote and rural areas. (S2O-5992)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on Glasgow's bid to host the Commonwealth games in 2014. (S2O-5940)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being considered to encourage businesses to employ disabled people. (S2O-5932)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that Scottish Higher Education Funding Council research funding is in line with Executive policies. (S2O-5972)
To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation has taken place on the formulation of its international development strategy. (S2O-5917)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many children being held at Dungavel House immigration removal centre have been referred to the children's reporter under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. (S2O-5962)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the standard of answers that it provides to written questions from members. (S2O-5941)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support women's football. (S2O-5952)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the impact on the local economy of the loss of 1,000 jobs at the Moray air bases. (S2O-5899)
To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons in the management of demonstrations have been learned as a result of the Trident Ploughshares demonstration outside the Parliament on 10 March 2005....
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2644, in the name of Jim Wallace, on life sciences.
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S2M-2642, in the name of Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a business programme. Motion moved, That...
The next item of business is consideration of 10 Parliamentary Bureau motions. I ask Margaret Curran to move motion S2M-2623 on the approval of a Scottish statutory instrument and motions...
On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I raise a point of order under rule 13.5.2 of the standing orders with reference to written answer S2W-15620, in which Nicol Stephen indicated that he will...
There are 12 questions to be put as a result of today's business. In relation to this morning's debate on nuclear weapons, if the amendment in the name of Scott Barrie is agreed to, the...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S2M-2411, in the name of Bill Butler, on co-operative education. The debate will be concluded without any question 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.