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Thursday, 9 November 2006
Scottish Parliament Thursday 9 November 2006 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-5104, in the name of Colin Fox, on housing stock transfer.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-5105, in the name of Carolyn Leckie, on funding equal pay.
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in reducing the waiting times in NHS Lothian for a first eye appointment after referral. (S2O-10983)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in developing electronic health records for national health service patients in Scotland. (S2O-11018)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease will be available to people in the early and mild stages of the disease. (S2O-10981)
To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on ensuring that medication is appropriately administered in care homes. (S2O-11035)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action can be taken to improve employment opportunities for recently graduated physiotherapists, in light of concerns raised by the Chartered Society of...
To ask the First Minister what analysis the Scottish Executive has made of the Stern review of the economics of climate change with regard to devolved policy. (S2F-2542)
To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive is taking to reduce the prison population, in light of the identification of prison overcrowding by HM chief inspector of prisons in...
To ask the First Minister what steps can be taken to encourage more people to consider social work as a career path. (S2F-2535)
To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive is taking to address delays in the implementation of the rural development plan for Scotland. (S2F-2528)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to celebrate the 300 th anniversary of the act of union in 2007. (S2O-10979)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is working with local authorities to develop high-quality, modern school buildings that meet the educational and physical activity needs of young people....
To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance it is giving to voluntary organisations that encourage positive lifestyles for young people through sport. (S2O-10995)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made following the summit on the music industry on 4 October 2006. (S2O-11029)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to expand the schools of ambition programme. (S2O-11011)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools built or planned under public-private partnerships will have biomass heating installed. (S2O-11043)
To ask the Scottish Executive what specific financial support is provided to Scotland's small towns. (S2O-10984)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review its policy in respect of housing stock transfer. (S2O-10978)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the Public and Commercial Services Union in its call for a moratorium on the relocation of public service jobs. (S2O-11040)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it now intends to publish the results of the review of local government finance. (S2O-10987)
To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are being taken to improve cost-effectiveness and promote best value in public authorities. (S2O-11030)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-5109, in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, on violence against women.
The next item of business is consideration of motion S2M-5093, in the name of Iain Smith, on behalf of the Education Committee, on its report on a draft national plan for Gaelic. Motion moved,...
The next item of business is consideration of motion S2M-5018, in the name of Bristow Muldoon, on behalf of the Local Government and Transport Committee, on the Provision of Rail Passenger...
Before we come to the questions, Christine Grahame wants to seek leave to withdraw amendment S2M-5109.2.
The final item of business this evening is a members' business debate on motion S2M-5027, in the name of Christine May, on Scotland's historical places and artefacts. Motion debated, That the...
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.