Tuesday, April 27, 1999 Published at 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK
Scottish Labour unveiled its manifesto for the Scottish Parliament with a strong emphasis on investing in Scottish education. Announcing details of the manifesto, Scottish Secretary Donald Dewar said education would be at the heart of the party's ambitions for a prosperous Scotland. Mr Dewar said Scottish Labour would aim to make Scotland a pioneering leader in many areas of policy.
It outlined commitments to a "world class" education system, investment in jobs and skills, encouraging enterprise and the creation of a "knowledge economy".
Scottish Labour promised no increase in Scottish taxes during the first term of the new parliament and said Scotland's future would only remain secure within the United Kingdom.
If it gains power in a Scottish Parliament, the party says it will ensure a patient-centred service.
It is promising eight new hospitals and a new airline-style booking service where patients know the date and time of their hospital appointment before they leave their GP's surgery.
The party pledes cuts in waiting times for consultant appointments and a new NHS Direct 24 telephone helpline
It says Scotland's growth depends on fostering a knowledge economy, with training and education at the heart of policy.
It is pledging the creation of 20,000 modern apprenticeships in Scotland
The party cites its New Deal scheme, inward investment initiatives and a new Corporation Tax rate of 10p as examples of its efforts to promote economic growth.
It will introduce road charges "where appropriate", with the money invested in transport improvements.
The party says it is acting to cut pollution, promote renewable energy programmes and giving the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency additional funding.
It says National Parks will be established and water companies made more accountable.
The party promises to implement 100 new school developments, establish New Community Schools and ensure a minimum of four computers in every classroom in Scotland.
It guarantees a nursery place for all three and four-year-olds and says it will restore teachers to their traditional status in Scotland through "proper rewards" for the best.
The party will introduce a new statutory duty on ministers and local authorities to meet targets for national school performances.
Law and Order
The money will be "recycled" into education, prevention and rehabilitation services.
Scottish Labour says it is investing in new computer systems for the police, freeing up more officers to fight crime.
It says it will continue with initiatives targeting violent crime and domestic violence.
It says it wants to attract £2,000m of private investment but control of developments will rest with the community or housing associations.
The party's other policies include continued support for the Empty Homes Initiative, whereby derelict homes are redeveloped and brought back into use.
It says the party has delivered on its promise to bring decision making to Scotland through the Scottish Parliament and the parliament will work in "partnership" with Westminster.
Scotland and the rest of Britain's destiny is "intertwined", the party says.
However, it promises to represent Scotland's needs, particularly in relation to matters such as the Common Agricultural Policy.
The party pledges to free 60,000 Scottish children from poverty by the year 2002.
Scottish Labour says it wants to see a continued fall in council taxes, coupled with the "highest standards" of service from local authorities.
The party promises an end to the "feudal" system of land ownership through its land reform agenda.