Thursday, 16 March 2006
Scottish Parliament Thursday 16 March 2006 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business is a statement by Tavish Scott on an update on major public transport projects. The minister will take questions at the end of his statement, so there...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-4095, in the name of John Scott, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, on the appointment of the Scottish parliamentary...
The next item of business is an independents group debate on make poverty history. I call Dennis Canavan to open the debate. Mr Canavan, you have five minutes.
To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make available Professor Andrew Calder's independent report into children's health services in Glasgow. (S2O-09310)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle the causes of antisocial behaviour. (S2O-09324)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that the funds allocated to community safety partnerships are used effectively and for the purposes for which they were intended. (S2O-09309)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the concessionary fares scheme for young people. (S2O-09302)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the traffic-modelling data for the Tay road bridge that were prepared to inform the tolled bridges review. (S2O-09323)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce legislation that would make legally binding the current voluntary system whereby the Crown Estate accepts the recommendations of the...
To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to Scottish Enterprise Grampian's report, "North sea oil taxation: economic impact". (S2O-9267)
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S2F-2175) I congratulate Caitlin McClatchey and David Carry on winning Scotland's...
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues they will discuss. (S2F-2176)
To ask the First Minister what position the eradication of poverty holds on the list of the Scottish Executive's priorities. (S2F-2179)
To ask the First Minister what consideration has been given to abolishing tolls on the Tay road bridge. (S2F-2183)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive is satisfied with the performance of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. (S2F-2178)
To ask the First Minister how a successful Scottish bid for the Commonwealth games would benefit young people across Scotland. (S2F-2187)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support local government workers in protecting their pensions by rescinding its intention to abolish the rule of 85. (S2O-9271)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to challenge any prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Scotland. (S2O-9338)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review its policy on capital housing debt write-off for those local authorities whose tenants have rejected wholesale stock transfer in recent...
To ask the Scottish Executive which bodies are being consulted and what issues will be considered before it reaches a decision concerning the future location of the head office of Registers of...
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet Fife Council to discuss planning issues. (S2O-9274)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities have been allocated sufficient funds under the local government finance settlement to implement the elderly care package commitments. (S2O-9283)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps will be taken to ensure that micro-renewables are introduced into the public housing stock to reduce fuel bills and benefit the environment. (S2O-9299)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to increase the supply of affordable land for affordable rented housing. (S2O-9298)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken in schools to support health promotion. (S2O-09318)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to monitor and review the provision of out-of-hours school sport. (S2O-9294)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it is holding with tourism stakeholder groups in the Highlands and Islands on the future of the industry. (S2O-09278)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has implemented all 17 recommendations in the child protection report, "It's everyone's job to make sure I'm alright", published in November 2002. (S2O-09320)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards reducing the number of young people in Dundee leaving school without any qualifications. (S2O-09266)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many probationary teachers are expected to enter employment in schools this year. (S2O-09319)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to introduce free access to swimming baths for children and senior citizens in the central region. (S2O-09275)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to prevent Army recruitment officers from entering schools. (S2O-09281)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make a decision on the location of the headquarters of sportscotland. (S2O-09306)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-4088, in the name of Pauline McNeill, on behalf of the Justice 1 Committee, on European Commission green papers on applicable law in divorce...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-4110, in the name of Linda Fabiani, on behalf of the European and External Relations Committee, on the Scottish Executive's fresh talent initiative.
The next item of business is consideration of motion S2M-4109, in the name of Cathy Jamieson, on legislative consent to the Company Law Reform Bill, which is UK legislation. Motion moved, That...
On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I lodged an amendment to the Parliamentary Bureau motion that we are about to debate. My amendment may or may not be called for debate. I might not have to...
There are six questions to be put as a result of today's business. The question is, that motion S2M-4128, in the name of Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, be agreed to. Are...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S2M-4060, in the name of Sylvia Jackson, on Commonwealth day 2006. 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.