Figures also show reductions in the number of patients facing the longest delays.
Jack McConnell says financial services is most dynamic and successful growth sector.
All local authorities to benefit from extra resources to roll out new community schools approach.
A number of major provisions of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 have come into force.
Minister opens Scottish and Southern Energy’s Cuileig Power Station, near Ullapool.
Start of ban on the consumption of alcohol in specified areas of Aberdeen.
Executive is leading by example in its drive to modernise government - Minister.
Results from Scotland’s Census in 2001 show resident population estimated at 5,062,011.
Elderly and disabled concessionary card holders now entitled to free local bus travel.
Ministerial visit to witness effectiveness of modernisation of public services.
Latest round of approvals from the Agricultural Business Development Scheme.
Minister warns that action to cut fraud in NHS will be stepped up.
New thinking on Executive guidance on planning and flood prevention.
Minister announces formation of group to promote interests of organic sector.
Additional money to support FE colleges aiming for secure financial future.
10 per cent increase in number of appeals going to High Court.
Ministerial visit strengthens Scotland's links with Czech Republic.
Review of first year of Houses in Multiple Occupation licensing scheme.
Study to examine the needs of people in prison or secure accommodation.
Progress in delivering ICT to pupils welcomed by Education Minister.