Thursday, 14 April 2005
Scottish Parliament Thursday 14 April 2005 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2693, in the name of Alasdair Morgan, on council tax.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2691, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on nuclear power.
To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is available to national health service boards to ensure that people inappropriately accommodated at the state hospital, Carstairs, can be returned...
To ask the Scottish Executive what powers the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has over sewage pollution. (S2O-6029)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken following the debate in the Parliament on institutional child abuse on 1 December 2004. (S2O-6237)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve opportunities for schoolchildren to participate in outdoor education. (S2O-6072)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting the development of eco-schools. (S2O-6063)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will adopt the recent Department of Health guidelines contained in "The management of health, safety and welfare issues for NHS staff" on handling...
We come a few seconds early to questions to the First Minister.
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to discuss. (S2F-1575)
To ask the First Minister what effect the Scottish Executive's economic strategy is having on boosting employment opportunities. (S2F-1574)
To ask the First Minister what impact low immigration levels into Scotland would have on the fresh talent initiative. (S2F-1577)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive's actions to promote the interests of Scottish trade, industry and exports abroad are supported by the United Kingdom Government. (S2F-1580)
Question 1 has not been lodged.
To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the number of 16 to 19-year-olds who have no workplace skills. (S2O-6052)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the economic benefits are to the west of Scotland economy arising from the commitment to proceed with the M74 motorway link. (S2O-6142)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to improve the quality and reliability of bus services. (S2O-6115)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure the prompt delivery of the A8000 project. (S2O-6076)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to encourage the development of small-scale hydro-electric schemes. (S2O-6235)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that Scotland remains competitive with the new European Union countries in terms of jobs and business opportunities. (S2O-6216)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the operation and effectiveness of fatal accident inquiries. (S2O-6251)
To ask the Scottish Executive for what categories of crime an individual could be given a home detention curfew. (S2O-6242)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish the latest report of Her Majesty's chief inspector of prisons on HMP Kilmarnock. (S2O-6182)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is regarding the rehabilitation of drug users in prison. (S2O-6037)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the operation of civil law. (S2O-6039)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to reduce the likelihood of offending by people on bail. (S2O-6149)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in tackling drug dealing using the crimestoppers freephone telephone number. (S2O-6089)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-2694, in the name of Jim Wallace, on skills.
There are 10 questions to be put as a result of today's business. In relation to this morning's debate on council tax, if the amendment in the name of Mr Tom McCabe is agreed to, the amendment in...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S2M-2544, in the name of Phil Gallie, on the Hannah Research Institute—the loss of home-based scientists. The debate...
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.