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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-2717 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 and 2 – 30 minutes

Group 3 – 55 minutes

Groups 4 to 6 – 1 hour and 15 minutes

followed by Health Committee Debate: Access to Dental Health Services in Scotland—

S2M-2708 Roseanna Cunningham: Access to Dental Services in Scotland—That the Parliament commends to the Scottish Executive the research report, Access to Dental Health Services in Scotland (SP Paper 277), commissioned by the Health Committee; draws the Executive’s attention to the problems of access to services that the report identifies and their implications for the introduction of free dental checks, and urges the Executive to use the report to inform the implementation of its dental strategy.

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage pensioners and disabled people to use the concessionary travel scheme. (S2O-6463)

2. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the powers of dispersal contained in the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 have been applied correctly to the Beach Boulevard area of Aberdeen. (S2O-6331)

3. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting community recycling groups. (S2O-6277)

4. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning will meet the Principal of Inverness College to discuss the college’s financial situation. (S2O-6427)

5. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive how it defines "zero waste" and what action would be needed for a zero waste policy to be put into practice. (S2O-6259)

6. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policies reflect the view that hardworking families are the cornerstone of a successful economy. (S2O-6304)

7. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it is taking to tackle healthcare-acquired infections. (S2O-6460)

8. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the economic and social impact of job cuts at BBC Scotland. (S2O-6445)

9. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that women are offered breast cancer screening as soon as possible after their 50thth birthday. (S2O-6466)

10. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the New Deal has had on improving youth employment figures. (S2O-6406)

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time—

1. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues will be discussed. (S2F-1581)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S2F-1582)

3. Colin Fox: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive’s position is on UK Secretary of State for Health, Dr John Reid’s, emphasis on the health service’s need for greater entrepreneurial spirit. (S2F-1596)

4. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the First Minister whether all options need to be considered to ensure that safe, sustainable services are delivered for the patients of NHS Argyll and Clyde. (S2F-1585)

5. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the First Minister what impact the G8 summit will have on access to public facilities in Edinburgh and what the effects of any restrictions may be. (S2F-1584)

6. George Lyon: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive is aware of any plans to review the operation of the Barnett Formula. (S2F-1592)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to local authority education departments on the management of the school estate in light of its mainstreaming policy. (S2O-6290)

2. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits Scottish tourism will see from Tartan Day. (S2O-6437)

3. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to develop activities such as learning, play, sport, art, music, drama and homework clubs for children after the school day ends. (S2O-6335)

4. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on tourism revenue of a thriving and diverse independent retail sector. (S2O-6266)

5. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to extend the provision of musical instrument tuition in schools. (S2O-6392)

6. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to increase teacher numbers, for example by encouraging graduates to access postgraduate teacher training. (S2O-6479)

7. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in increasing pupil attainment. (S2O-6431)

8. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting the development of community schools. (S2O-6326)

9. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to remove the rights of parents to sit on school boards. (S2O-6356)

10. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the adult/pupil ratio is in schools and how this compares with 1999. (S2O-6395)

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken under the Fresh Talent initiative to maximise the number of international students remaining in Scotland after graduation. (S2O-6384)

2. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to relieve pensioner poverty. (S2O-6390)

3. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to reduce homelessness and increase the provision of affordable housing in Dundee. (S2O-6402)

4. Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what its justification was for choosing the model of a company limited by guarantee for the Lennoxtown Initiative as the vehicle for spending public money in the regeneration of the village. (S2O-6351)

5. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the content of its revised planning guidance on opencast mining. (S2O-6399)

6. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to increase the rights of private sector tenants. (S2O-6375)

7. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what practical difficulties it has encountered in assessing the suitability of local income tax as a means of replacing the council tax. (S2O-6285)

8. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive which Highland locations are currently being considered for the relocation of Executive and other public bodies’ departments. (S2O-6342)

9. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that the procurement policies of local and national government bodies interpret best value to include taking account of the benefits to the community from developing local community enterprises. (S2O-6318)

10. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it expects council tax revaluation to affect the residents of Edinburgh. (S2O-6339)

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-2665 Peter Peacock: Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-2650 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: Protected Geographical Indicator Status for Scotch Whisky—That the Parliament believes that EU Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) status for Scotch whisky would provide a further selling point for the end product; welcomes the fact that this would require the use of Scottish-only grain in the manufacture of Scotch whisky; believes that the industry should apply for PGI status to help ensure the long-term sustainability of Scottish cereal growing, and considers that any such application should be supported by the Scottish Executive.



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