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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Drugs Strategy

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Common Agricultural Policy Health Check—

S3M-2002 Richard Lochhead: Common Agricultural Policy Health Check—That the Parliament, noting the European Commission’s legislative proposals for the health check of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to consult on these proposals, and on the longer-term implementation of CAP in Scotland, in order that agriculture remains a dynamic and competitive industry with farmers playing their full part in achieving the Scottish Government’s purpose of sustainable economic growth through food production and environmental management of our agricultural land.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-2002.3 Karen Gillon: Common Agricultural Policy Health Check—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2002) in the name of Richard Lochhead, leave out from "with farmers" to end and insert "playing its full part in ensuring the long-term viability of our rural communities and enabling farmers to play their part in achieving the Scottish Government’s purpose of sustainable economic growth through food production, high standards of animal welfare and the environmental management of our agricultural land."

S3M-2002.1 John Scott: Common Agricultural Policy Health Check—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2002) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "but, in so doing, notes the importance of consulting on the potential impact of progressive modulation on Scottish farms and affirms that any increases in European Union-wide modulation should be matched by a corresponding deduction in levels of voluntary modulation."

S3M-2002.2 Jim Hume: Common Agricultural Policy Health Check—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2002) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "considers that any increase in compulsory modulation must be offset by a corresponding reduction in voluntary modulation to ensure that Scottish producers are not put at a competitive disadvantage within the European Union; further considers that Scotland, with its high proportion of large farm units, must not be disadvantaged by proposals for progressive modulation or capping; believes that, in light of rapidly escalating food and fuel costs, the Scottish Rural Development Programme should be reviewed, with the production of food and food security considered as a key priority, and recognises the correlation between economic activity on the ground and delivery of environmental benefits for all.

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to further consult with crofters over the findings of the Shucksmith report before it brings forward legislation. (S3O-3518)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had recently with the City of Edinburgh Council and TIE Limited regarding the financing of the Edinburgh trams project. (S3O-3473)

3. Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice and support it is providing to the financial services sector in Scotland, in light of global economic circumstances. (S3O-3498)

4. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards providing a guarantee of five days outdoor education for every school pupil. (S3O-3524)

5. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning last met Glasgow City Council and what issues were discussed. (S3O-3549)

6. Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking with regard to the listing of the Coeval building in Prestonpans. (S3O-3544)

7. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it will make available for drivers in the south of Scotland facing rising fuel costs. (S3O-3515)

8. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many listed buildings have had demolition orders served on them in the past 12 months. (S3O-3512)

9. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve passenger access to railway stations. (S3O-3568)

10. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the location of the Gogar rail and tram station to indirectly serve Edinburgh Airport. (S3O-3525)

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time—

1. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for the rest of the day. (S3F-817)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-818)

3. Nicol Stephen: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-819)

4. Jamie Hepburn: To ask the First Minister what discussions Scottish ministers have had with Her Majesty’s Government regarding the escalating cost of fuel. (S3F-835)

5. Karen Gillon: To ask the First Minister what legal advice the Scottish Government has sought regarding the Scottish Government’s position on withdrawing from the Common Fisheries Policy. (S3F-829)

6. Derek Brownlee: To ask the First Minister, in Global Financial Services Week, how the Scottish Government is supporting the financial services sector. (S3F-820)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Wellbeing

1. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting services for homeless people and how it will encourage local authorities to support such services.(S3O-3529)

2. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage people to donate blood. (S3O-3543)

3. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is currently implementing to ensure that more people are aware of the risks of deep vein thrombosis. (S3O-3481)

4. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to monitor the impact of violence and abuse in the workplace on the mental and physical health of betting shop workers. (S3O-3562)

5. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what primary care and mental health care initiatives it will ensure are taken forward to reverse the adverse population health trends identified in the Health of the People of West Dunbartonshire: Needs Assessment report published in August 2007. (S3O-3558)

6. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for local health services in Lanarkshire. (S3O-3548)

7. Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure Highland Council maintains the current level of respite care at Beachview Lodge, Brora. (S3O-3526)

8. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are currently in place in hospitals to assist elderly people with eating their meals. (S3O-3468)

9. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific proposals the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing has for tackling below tolerable standard housing in the south side of Glasgow. (S3O-3551)

10. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it gives to the elderly care home sector in Argyll and Bute. (S3O-3482)

11. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive how use of the Assign risk score would be likely to effect the overall number of people being treated for cardiovascular disease. (S3O-3534)

12. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how NHS boards and local authorities should support services for people affected by alcohol misuse. (S3O-3553)

13. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will have on the delivery of services related to sexual and reproductive health and rights in Scotland. (S3O-3484)

14. David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to help the homeless. (S3O-3569)

15. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the provision of a second scan for women in the 20th week of pregnancy. (S3O-3557)

16. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing or the Minister for Communities and Sport last met local authorities to discuss poverty and social justice. (S3O-3531)

17. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage breastfeeding. (S3O-3469)

18. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it is giving to the findings of the UK Inquiry into Mental Health and Well-being in Later Life in formulating its future strategy for promoting mental health in Scotland. (S3O-3560)

19. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in resolving outstanding issues related to out-of-hours, shift and on-call payments as part of the Agenda for Change. (S3O-3485)

20. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to assess the impact of any changes to the health visitor service on GP practices. (S3O-3554)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Moving Scotland Forward—

S3M-2001 Nicola Sturgeon: Moving Scotland Forward—That the Parliament welcomes the many decisions taken over the last 12 months to make Scotland a wealthier, greener, healthier, safer and smarter nation, including the reduction in business rates for 150,000 small business properties, the funding to put more police on Scotland’s streets, the new partnership with local government and the cross-party initiatives to tackle problems related to drugs, alcohol and tobacco; further welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to more open government and its proposals on proactive publication of material across government and, in particular, the pilot project within the environment portfolio; looks forward to a range of proposals from the Scottish Government with regard to climate change, patients’ rights, criminal justice, marine policy, safeguarding rural schools and driving forward the Curriculum for Excellence, and believes that many of the measures already agreed by the Parliament to improve the lives of people living in Scotland will be undermined unless the UK Government takes action to tackle rising costs of fuel and food.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-2001.2 Malcolm Chisholm: Moving Scotland Forward—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2001) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert "condemns the self-congratulation and lack of positive policies for the future in the First Minster’s statement on Moving Scotland Forward on 14 May 2008; recognises the many SNP broken promises on a whole range of manifesto commitments, from dumping student debt to providing a £2,000 grant to first-time buyers, and calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward substantive policies to address climate change, skills development, affordable housing shortages, health inequalities and the other big challenges that confront Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment to amendment

S3M-2001.2.1 Murdo Fraser: Moving Scotland Forward—As an amendment to amendment (S3M-2001.2) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, insert at end "and further calls on the Scottish Government to work constructively with Her Majesty’s Government on these and other issues for the benefit of the Scottish people, thus demonstrating the benefits of our historic union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a union which continues to attract overwhelming public support."

S3M-2001.1 Ross Finnie: Moving Scotland Forward—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2001) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert "is concerned that the First Minister’s statement on Moving Scotland Forward lacked substance, failed to justify the many promises broken by the SNP over the last 12 months and failed to address the long-term issues facing Scotland; welcomes the cross-party initiatives to tackle problems related to drugs, alcohol and tobacco, the commitment to drive forward the previous administration’s Curriculum for Excellence and the pilot scheme on environmental information; calls for a substantial extension of the bodies covered by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002; believes that the statement was a missed opportunity to bring forward a coherent energy strategy; calls for the introduction of a minimum income guarantee for students, and further calls on the Scottish Government to empower children and young people to have the best possible start in life by attacking the causes of early disadvantage."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1626 Angela Constance: No Recourse No Safety—That the Parliament notes the publication of No Recourse No Safety: The Government’s Failure to Protect Women from Violence, a report by Amnesty International and the Southall Black Sisters; is disturbed by the evidence that not having recourse to public funds prevents women with insecure immigration status from accessing the benefits they need to claim refuge, effectively trapping women in violence or destitution; welcomes the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to tackling violence against women, continuing the good work commenced by the previous Scottish administration; acknowledges the pivotal contribution of local services such as the West Lothian Council Domestic Abuse Service which provides a service to women from a minority population; notes that not having recourse to public funds affects women who have valid visas as spouses, students, visitors and workers and those who are classed as "overstayers" in addition to victims of trafficking; acknowledges that organisations such as West Lothian Women’s Aid are accommodating and assisting women with no recourse to public funds, and commends the recommendations of No Recourse No Safety, in particular the need for the Scottish Government to put in place emergency funding while a permanent solution from the UK Government is sought, namely exempting women fleeing violence from the no recourse to public funds requirement.

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