Legislative Programme

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 9:35 am on 16th June 1999.

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Photo of Donald Dewar Donald Dewar Labour 9:35 am, 16th June 1999

At the age of 14, I got what was called lower arithmetic-no one here will remember that-to the astonishment of the entire school. I then gave up counting. Fortunately, I retain the skill-I hope-as I am sure John McAllion does.

The legislative programme that I have announced represents a starting line-up. There is no specific bill for housing in the starting line-up, but I look forward to those in the Administration who will be involved in housing matters pushing on with proper consultation. There must be proper consultation on our ideas about community ownership and about involving residents in the management of housing stock. Those are ambitious plans that involve important financial and social considerations; they must be properly digested. The plans are on the agenda and I look forward to pushing them on.

All members will recognise that we must have bills that we can progress immediately. Equally important bills will have to come in the second wave. An obvious example of that will be local government legislation to follow the McIntosh report, which will be published on 22 June. As soon as we have consulted on that, I am certain that we will want to legislate on an agreed basis-although I say that with no super confidence.