Presiding Officer's Announcements

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 24th May 2000.

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Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 2:30 pm, 24th May 2000

Before we begin, I have three short announcements to make. First, Captain Connelly of the Salvation Army was, I am afraid, given the wrong start time this morning. Members will remember that we met at 10 o'clock last week; he turned up for 10 o'clock this morning. As the Parliamentary Bureau decided yesterday to have time for reflection next Thursday, I have decided that the fairest thing to do is to invite Captain Connelly to represent the Salvation Army next week. I hope that members agree.

Secondly, I want to report that I paid a private visit to the First Minister at his home this morning. He is alive and well. His convalescence is taking the normal but slow course after such a major operation. He asked me to say that he is missing you—well, some of you. I conveyed the best wishes of the Parliament to him. [Applause.]

Thirdly, yesterday afternoon, I had a private meeting with the Prince of Wales—at his request—at Holyrood. I briefed him on the first year of work of our Parliament.