Thursday, 6 September 2007
Scottish Parliament Thursday 6 September 2007 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business is a statement by Richard Lochhead on the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. As the minister will take questions at the end of his statement, there...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-415, in the name of Kenny MacAskill, on tackling drugs misuse. I call Fergus Ewing to speak to and move the motion.
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that all children living in families where there is parental drug or alcohol misuse are properly assessed and protected. (S3O-506)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop the role of voluntary organisations in supporting vulnerable and older people in their communities. (S3O-484)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many probationary teachers who completed their probationary year in June 2007 have been unable to find full-time employment. (S3O-466)
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to support Scottish art and culture. (S3O-517)
To ask the Scottish Executive what support is currently available to local authorities for community regeneration. (S3O-528)
To ask the Scottish Executive what it will do to ensure a sustainable future for Scottish village and community halls. (S3O-526)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the performance of NHS 24. (S3O-458)
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-121)
To ask the First Minister whether he will ensure that there is appropriate co-operation between the Scottish Executive, the Crown Office and the UK Government in any consideration of a judicial...
To ask the First Minister how he will ensure that there is sufficient school accommodation of the correct type for him to meet the promises on class sizes and early intervention and the...
To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Government has to improve health support and provision for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. (S3F-122)
. Elaine Smith (Coatbridge and Chryston) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what further progress has been made by the Scottish Law Commission on its work on rape and other sexual offences....
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the legislation on antisocial behaviour. (S3O-510)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will bring forward legislation to deal with high hedges. (S3O-527)
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures will be taken to address the issue of low conviction rates in court cases involving charges of rape and other forms of sexual assault. (S3O-481)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the average cost is of training police officers. (S3O-476)
. Gavin Brown (Lothians) (Con): To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made since June 2007 in relation to the abolition and reduction of business rates for small businesses. (S3O-512)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a special grant allocation to the City of Edinburgh Council to cover the financial deficit incurred by the previous administration. (S3O-453)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting voluntary sector youth groups. (S3O-533)
To ask the Scottish Executive on what date a decision will be forthcoming about a replacement Forth crossing. (S3O-503)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on which of the Howat recommendations have been accepted. (S3O-485)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will fully fund its intended council tax freeze. (S3O-496)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve the rail service between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Shotts. (S3O-509)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-416, in the name of Fiona Hyslop, on a sustainable future for the Crichton university campus. I invite all members who wish to speak in the...
The next item of business is consideration of two Parliamentary Bureau motions. Motions moved, That the Parliament agrees that Shirley-Anne Somerville be appointed to replace Stefan Tymkewycz on...
There are five questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that amendment S3M-415.1, in the name of Margaret Smith, which seeks to amend motion S3M-415, in the...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S3M-347, in the name of Trish Godman, on the maintenance of common land on Scottish housing estates. The debate will be...
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.