Thursday, 15 May 2008
Scottish Parliament Thursday 15 May 2008 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business is a statement by Stewart Maxwell on equality and diversity. The minister will take questions at the end of his statement, so no interventions should be made.
The next item of business is a debate on the Shucksmith report and the future of crofting in Scotland.
To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration is given to the funding of the Scottish Ambulance Service in areas of population growth. (S3O-3283)
To ask the Scottish Executive why there have been no approvals to the scheme designed to produce proper competition in the legal services market in Scotland, incorporated under sections 25 to 29...
To ask the Scottish Executive what the shortest average waiting time has been for central heating installations since the introduction of the central heating programme in 2001. (S3O-3347)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making on its needs assessment of services for people who suffer from myalgic encephalomyelitis. (S3O-3267)
To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will give to police forces and agencies that wish to start up problem-oriented partnerships in their locality. (S3O-3319)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with the City of Edinburgh Council since 1 May 2007 regarding housing stock transfer. (S3O-3265)
I am sure that the Parliament wishes to join me in welcoming Dr Gabriele Matzner-Holzer, the Austrian ambassador to the United Kingdom, who is in the gallery. The ambassador is most welcome. [...
I, too, welcome the Austrian ambassador. I start by paying my respects to Tommy Burns. He epitomised all that is good in Scottish football and he will be greatly missed by everyone in Scotland. I...
I, too, associate myself with the remarks of the First Minister and Wendy Alexander in relation to the late Tommy Burns. To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State...
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-765)
To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government is taking to support aid and relief efforts, following the natural disasters in Burma and China. (S3F-788)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government supports the proposals of the Scottish Law Commission on the age of sexual consent for 13 to 16-year-olds. (S3F-789)
To ask the First Minister what assistance the Scottish Government plans to give to local authorities in their efforts to curb both the purchasing of age-restricted goods, such as alcohol, by...
. Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will assist the City of Edinburgh Council in providing rate relief to shop traders whose businesses...
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the local government funding arrangements to reflect the needs of local authorities which have ageing and declining populations. (S3O-3348)
To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had on the future of the Ravenscraig development. (S3O-3295)
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to increase the amount of foreign inward investment to Scotland. (S3O-3279)
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is putting in place to measure the effectiveness of the small business bonus scheme and how this will be reported. (S3O-3341)
To ask the Scottish Executive what additional investment plans it has for the Western Isles economy following its rejection of the proposed Lewis wind farm planning application. (S3O-3355)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its transport priorities are for the Fife area. (S3O-3322)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in discussions between South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire on taking forward local regeneration services. (S3O-3332)
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made to ensure the installation of interconnectors for renewable energy transmission from the Highlands and Islands to urban markets. (S3O-3288)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its current position is on developing and publishing its proposed model of local income tax. (S3O-3333)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the public purse is of extending the ScotRail franchise. (S3O-3360)
To ask the Scottish Government what representations it has made to the UK Government about the UK Energy Bill. (S3O-3299)
To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to ensure that, in the next application round for European structural funds, there is a level playing field for smaller local authorities...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-1902, in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, on free personal care.
There are four questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that amendment S3M-1902.3, in the name of Margaret Curran, which seeks to amend motion S3M-1902, in the...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S3M-1297, in the name of John Park, on the upper Forth crossing. The debate will be concluded without any question being put....
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.