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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Schools/Colleges Review—

S2M-2793 Peter Peacock: Schools/Colleges Review—That the Parliament welcomes Lifelong Partners, the Scottish Executive’s strategy for school and college partnership to increase and enhance further vocational and other specialist opportunities for S3 pupils and above to access high quality educational experiences and gain full recognition for their learning with colleges; acknowledges that further education colleges, as principally centres of voluntary learning for adults, play an important role in helping schools realise the potential of young people; supports the growth in college learning opportunities for pupils outlined in the Executive’s strategy, and recognises that colleges’ partnership work with schools is a priority for the further education sector.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-2793.1 Fiona Hyslop: Schools/Colleges Review—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2793) in the name of Peter Peacock, insert at end “but, in doing so, recognises that the success of the strategy will depend in particular on the effectiveness of measures that address college capacity, pupil accreditation and training of lecturers.”

S2M-2793.2 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Schools/Colleges Review—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2793) in the name of Peter Peacock, insert at end “but notes, however, the need for the Executive to monitor issues of funding, college capacity and delivery of the strategy, particularly in rural areas.”

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children under 16 are currently detained in institutions in Scotland . (S2O-6652)

2. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in improving neurology services. (S2O-6716)

3. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support migrant workers in the Highlands and Islands. (S2O-6705)

4. Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to regenerate the economy in Fife . (S2O-6640)

5. Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support the work of the family mediation network. (S2O-6647)

6. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the right to buy provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, which enable community bodies to register an interest in land after it has been placed on the market, are working effectively and are beneficial to rural communities. (S2O-6670)

7. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether an estimate has been made of the benefits derived from the provision of homeopathic medicine within the NHS. (S2O-6691)

8. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is encouraging people to put their names on the NHS Organ Donor Register. (S2O-6710)

9. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what responsibility it has for the high-level and intermediate-level radioactive waste produced at Torness, Hunterston and Chapelcross nuclear power stations and from the nuclear site at Dounreay. (S2O-6668)

10. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether medical rehabilitation is available to patients who have travelled abroad for a surgical operation that is not available in Scotland . (S2O-6679)

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time—

1. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S2F-1630)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues will be discussed. (S2F-1631)

3. Shiona Baird: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to discuss. (S2F-1634)

4. Cathie Craigie: To ask the First Minister, in light of recent media reports, how the Scottish Executive will ensure that the rights of communities are properly represented during the planning process. (S2F-1636)

5. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive is satisfied with progress being made with regard to the electronic tagging of persons released on bail. (S2F-1629)

6. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has advised the Department for Productivity, Energy and Industry of its position on the construction of nuclear power stations in Scotland. (S2F-1644)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time--

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to involve communities in the planning system. (S2O-6712)

2. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many accountants it employs and what their annual cost is. (S2O-6642)

3. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how it envisages that the Parliament will be involved in consideration of any planning applications for new nuclear power stations. (S2O-6655)

4. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive which Highland locations are currently being considered for the relocation of its departments and agencies. (S2O-6685)

5. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is applying new guidance for the relocation of civil servants. (S2O-6680)

6. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive why there is a need for the Fresh Talent initiative, given that the level of inward immigration in 2003-04 was 27,000, three times the fresh talent target. (S2O-6636)

7. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making on its plans for civil service reform. (S2O-6693)

8. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures have been taken to improve housing conditions in Glasgow Springburn. (S2O-6706)

9. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to address the shortage of affordable housing in Edinburgh. (S2O-6684)

10. Not Lodged

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it and its agencies are committed to spending to promote London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics. (S2O-6662)

2. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are taken to guarantee that sportswomen receive funding, provision of sports facilities and respect equal to their male counterparts. (S2O-6696)

3. Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines exist to ensure that parents of autistic children have a choice on whether their children are educated in special educational needs units attached to mainstream schools or in stand-alone special educational needs schools. (S2O-6666)

4. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is addressing any decline in outdoor education caused by teachers’ concerns about increasing risk of insurance claims for accidents. (S2O-6676)

5. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on reducing class sizes. (S2O-6638)

6. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is encouraging the continuing professional development of social workers. (S2O-6689)

7. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the first awards in the Schools of Ambition programme. (S2O-6707)

8. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the other devolved assemblies with regard to gathering support for Glasgow’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014. (S2O-6699)

9. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to promote cultural contacts and tourism from France based on the historic links between Scotland and France. (S2O-6698)

10. Not Lodged

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Commemorating Scotland’s Veterans—

S2M-2794 Malcolm Chisholm: Commemorating Scotland’s Veterans—That the Parliament acknowledges a debt of gratitude to all Scottish veterans who served their country in World War II; recognises the ultimate sacrifice made by 57,000 Scots during that period of conflict, and encourages everyone in Scotland to support the commemorative events this summer.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-2707 Ms Sandra White: Support for Inclusion Scotland Manifesto—That the Parliament congratulates Inclusion Scotland on the recent launch of its “Manifesto for Inclusion” document which seeks to promote, amongst other things, independent living for disabled people, allowing them to have the same choices, controls and freedoms as any other citizen; notes that the document calls for a significant transformation with regard to expenditure between institutional and non-institutional care, and considers that all of Scotland’s politicians should read and support the calls made in the document, such as the right to live in the community with appropriate support and not in an institution, a greater emphasis on self-assessment in the existing community care assessment process, that the “duty of care” retained by social work should be redefined, that all planning partners should develop advocacy services for all people with a mental health disorder to meet the requirements of the Mental Health Care and Treatment (Scotland) Act 2003, and that there should be varied and flexible housing across all tenures for disabled people, the inclusion of key disabled stakeholders in the formulation of transport strategies and associated legislation at all levels, increased resources to support mainstream educational opportunities for all disabled children and adults, a coherent strategy to meet the needs of disabled job seekers and employees, improved portrayal and inclusion of disabled people in the mainstream media, inclusive access for all to all public spaces, the enactment of a single equality bill as an urgent priority, a complete review of wheelchair/power chair services in Scotland, acknowledgement that disabled people are also sexual beings with attendant health and emotional needs and, finally, increased awareness and funding of disabled patients’ independent advocacy services.