Thursday, 10 November 2005
Scottish Parliament Thursday 10 November 2005 [THE DEPUTY PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-3543, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on energy policy. Mr Lochhead, you have 14 minutes.
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is ensuring that progress is made on the reopening of the Airdrie to Bathgate rail link. (S2O-8037)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence report published in September in relation to the provision of drug treatments to young...
To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that the Kerr report's recommendations in respect of regional planning across national health service board areas will be put...
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the needs of people with communication impairment. (S2O-8030)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in discussions between it and the United Kingdom Government's stakeholder advisory group on electric and magnetic fields, which is...
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is creating more opportunities for small enterprises to gain new business. (S2O-7995)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether the presence of minor underground works such as drainage has any effect on decisions made under the Flood Prevention and Land Drainage (Scotland) Act 1997....
I ask members to give a warm welcome to His Excellency Josep Borrell Fontelles, who is in the Presiding Officer's gallery. Mr Borrell is the President of the European Parliament. [ Applause. ]
To ask the First Minister whether it is still the Scottish Executive's position that council tax bills need not rise by more than 2.5 per cent next year. (S2F-1919)
To ask the First Minister what research has been carried out into the effectiveness of speed cameras in reducing motor accidents and saving lives. (S2F-1913)
To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Executive has had with the Home Office in respect of extended powers for Scottish police forces as a result of the Terrorism Bill. (S2F-1915)
To ask the First Minister whether free personal care for the elderly is adequately funded. (S2F-1917)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will revise its guidance concerning proposals to close rural primary schools in order to ensure the application of a fair and effective test of...
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the uptake of modern language learning in secondary schools. (S2O-8039)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage active citizenship in primary schools. (S2O-8013)
To ask the Scottish Executive what preparations have been made by local authorities for the implementation of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004. (S2O-8058)
To ask the Scottish Executive what role cruise ships play in tourism in Scotland. (S2O-8025)
To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is provided to assist the promoting of football as a means of reducing offending and antisocial behaviour. (S2O-8046)
To ask the Scottish Executive what support structures local authorities are required to have in place for individuals facing council tax arrears. (S2O-8041)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will be in a position to announce progress in respect of meeting its financial targets under the efficient government programme. (S2O-7994)
To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with local authorities. (S2O-7980)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that best-value and budget decisions at local and national level take full account of the benefit to the community of providing services in ways...
To ask the Scottish Executive what legislation exists to prevent public buildings throughout Scotland from being used to site telecommunication masts, antennae and associated equipment. (S2O-7991)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress community planning partnerships have made since their inception. (S2O-7972)
To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent it considers that competitive pressures and incentives increase quality, efficiency and responsiveness in the public sector. (S2O-7976)
The next item of business is a debate on the future of rail in Scotland.
The next item of business is consideration of motion S2M-3506, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on the London Olympics Bill, which is United Kingdom legislation. Motion moved, That the...
There are up to five questions to be put as a result of today's business. In relation to this morning's debate on energy policy, if the amendment in the name of Allan Wilson is agreed to, the...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S2M-3242, in the name of Alex Johnstone, on Scottish food fortnight. The debate will be concluded without any questions...
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.