Thursday, 18 March 2010
Scottish Parliament Thursday 18 March 2010 [The Presiding Officer opened the meeting at 09:15]
I apologise for the slight delay in starting, but the lens in my glasses fell out and I am completely blind without them.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-5973, in the name of Charlie Gordon, on building better buses. >10:28
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to recycle unused stones located on rural land for construction projects. (S3O-9957)
To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of efficiency savings made by the public sector in 2008-09 is attributed to the sale of surplus assets and underspends due to staff vacancies. (S3O-9885)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is committed to reversing the reductions in teacher numbers that have taken place since May 2007. (S3O-9882)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many petrol stations in rural areas have closed in the past 10 years. (S3O-9870)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the procurement processes for the Forth replacement crossing. (S3O-9912)
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Department of Energy and Climate Change about future extraction of oil and gas in Scotland. (S3O-9935)
To ask the Scottish Executive what importance in the planning system is given to using prime agricultural land for development. (S3O-9876)
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2282)
To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government's response is to the report produced by the youth commission on alcohol. (S3F-2288)
To ask the First Minister how many local authorities are meeting maximum class size guidelines of 20 at secondary 1 and secondary 2 in the key subjects of maths and English. (S3F-2297)
To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to ensure that the assessment and management of violent offenders carried out by criminal justice social work services is...
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in providing respite care places. (S3O-9887)
To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing last met representatives of NHS Lanarkshire. (S3O-9897)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on recent figures suggesting that many local authorities are reducing respite hours and what actions will be included in the carers and young...
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to secure employment for recently qualified nurses and midwives. (S3O-9904)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to recruit and retain junior doctors, particularly in remote and rural areas. (S3O-9893)
To ask the Scottish Executive—perhaps rather needlessly at this point—when it expects a decision from NHS Orkney in relation to the application by NorsePharm Ltd to open a community...
To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to address the shortage of dentists in Aberdeen. (S3O-9930)
To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to address concerns over the rate of suicide among young people in Scotland. (S3O-9873)
To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making towards the 2010 target for 90 per cent of adults to have all or some of their own teeth. (S3O-9941)
To ask the Scottish Government what representations it will be making to the relevant agencies, including Scottish and Southern Energy, regarding repeated power failures at the Western Isles...
To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place with local authorities regarding housing provision for asylum seekers. (S3O-9889)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. (S3O-9901)
To ask the Scottish Executive when ministers last met NHS Lothian and what issues were discussed. (S3O-9909)
The next item of business is a debate on international development in Malawi. >14:57
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.