Legislative Programme

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:43 pm on 16th June 1999.

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Photo of Jim Wallace Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat 4:43 pm, 16th June 1999

Mr Salmond is encouraging me to go down the road of banter that was all too common at Westminster. I am content that Mr Galbraith and the Executive as a whole value the contribution that teachers make-and will continue to make-to our young people's education.

There will be considerable debate about the contents of the bills. If I do not manage to answer every point that has been raised-which would be impossible-there will be plenty of opportunity to address those points in the future. As an Executive, we are committed to consultation and to the examination and scrutiny of bills, as was foreshadowed in the consultative steering group report and endorsed in a debate last week.

Some members spoke about the proposals for national parks. There was some concern about how those proposals would affect people who lived in potential national park sites. I want to make it clear that the thrust of our proposals is to ensure the integrated management of rural development in those areas and to take full account of the need for sustainable communities as well as for sustainable development.

On the subject of transport, Mr Raffan, Mr McLetchie and-I think-Mr MacAskill asked whether the money raised from road charging and other levies would be used to fund public transport. A section in the partnership agreement states:

"We will legislate to allow road user charging where it is sensible to do so. We will enable local authorities to levy charges on parking at the workplace. The proceeds will be used to invest in transport."