To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to strengthen its relationship with the voluntary sector in Scotland. (S1O-108)
In relation to that question, I would like to register an interest as a board member of the Volunteer Centre, which is based in Glasgow.
I welcome that response and I am sure that it includes Scottish executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies.
The minister will be aware that around 50 per cent of the people in Scotland take part in voluntary activity annually. That contributes an amazing figure of almost £4 billion to the Scottish economy every year. Those figures are extrapolated from a survey that was carried out in England two years ago. Will the minister consider initiating baseline research into volunteering in Scotland? That would be of considerable benefit in mapping out the future of volunteering.