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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Dentistry

S2M-3584 Lewis Macdonald: Dentistry—That the Parliament notes the widespread concern about loss of access to NHS dentists; endorses the view that public resources should be focussed on the provision of NHS dentistry available to all and measures proven to improve oral health; welcomes the progress that has been made to date in implementing Improving Oral Health and Modernising NHS Dental Services in Scotland; recognises the positive developments in improving oral health, supporting dental education and training, increasing the workforce and supporting primary care dental services, and acknowledges the vital contribution which NHS dental services make to health improvement and patient care.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-3584.2 Shona Robison: Dentistry—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3584) in the name of Lewis Macdonald, leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert “acknowledges the vital contribution which NHS dental services make to health improvement and patient care; believes that to progress implementing Improving Oral Health and Modernising NHS Dental Services in Scotland requires the co-operation of the dental profession, and therefore urges the Scottish Executive and the British Dental Association urgently to reach agreement on the definition of “NHS commitment” in order to secure the future of NHS dentistry in Scotland.”

S2M-3584.1 Mrs Nanette Milne: Dentistry—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3584) in the name of Lewis Macdonald, leave out from “endorses” to end and insert “is further concerned that the Scottish Executive’s initiatives will not entice dentists back to the NHS; recognises the increased support in dental education, employment of overseas dentists and financial packages enacted by the Executive but sees this as a stopgap solution which will do nothing to stem the tide of dentists leaving the NHS in the future; calls for more initiatives for dentists to undertake preventative work, a reduction in bureaucracy and for the Executive to create a more genuine and innovative debate on the future of dentistry, and further calls on the Executive to engage positively with the wider profession to ensure that reforms and initiatives enable every patient to have access to a dentist.”

S2M-3584.3 Carolyn Leckie: Dentistry—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3584) in the name of Lewis Macdonald, leave out from “welcomes” to end and insert “regrets that inequalities in dental health status and access to dental services persist; believes that NHS dental provision is under serious threat; further believes that radical action in recruitment and widening of access to dentistry training is urgently required, and believes that the dentists whom the state educates and trains should be required to give a minimum commitment to NHS service of five years, within an agreed NHS salaried career structure.”

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive when the conclusions of the review of bridge tolls will be announced. (S2O-8101)

2. Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to monitor the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 to ensure that emergency workers are protected from assaults and harassment when carrying out their duties. (S2O-8123)

3. Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce a miscellaneous provisions Bill that will enable any necessary modifications to be made to legislation already passed by the Parliament. (S2O-8116)

4. Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to protect and promote the sites of historical Scottish battles. (S2O-8090)

5. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with freight transport operators, the wider business community and current and future ferry operators regarding the Rosyth ferry port. (S2O-8108)

6. Not Lodged

7. Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts that there is increasing evidence that free healthy school meals for all children would have a major impact on child obesity, child poverty and the educational attainment of all children and what its response is. (S2O-8093)

8. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to HM Treasury, the Bank of England or the Financial Services Authority regarding the recent consultation on Scottish banknotes, reflecting the concern of the financial services industry in Scotland over potential implications of proposals contained in the consultation paper. (S2O-8132)

9. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 has had on recruitment within the police. (S2O-8099)

10. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made to ensure that people with conditions such as Asperger’s Syndrome are given the required level of support to enable them to access tertiary education. (S2O-8067)

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-1920)

2. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to discuss. (S2F-1921)

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-1934)

4. Cathie Craigie: To ask the First Minister what progress is being made in achieving the original targets set by the Determined to Succeed working group. (S2F-1925)

5. Iain Smith: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive intends to improve pupil attainment in schools across Scotland. (S2F-1933)

6. Tricia Marwick: To ask the First Minister what the timescale is for the Scottish Executive to make a decision on the case for a new Forth Road Bridge, in light of the Forth Estuary Transport Authority’s appraisal of the condition of the existing bridge and its future use. (S2F-1922)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development

1. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive how many applications have been received for support under the new Energy Crops Scheme. (S2O-8126)

2. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when the revised Scottish Climate Change Programme will be completed. (S2O-8081)

3. Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address air and noise pollution in small towns and villages. (S2O-8096)

4. Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what input its Environment and Rural Affairs Department has in respect of the selling of public open spaces by local authorities. (S2O-8095)

5. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the proposed ship-to-ship oil transfer in the Firth of Forth. (S2O-8122)

6. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that reservoir storage and upland floodplain developments should form part of local authority flood prevention strategies. (S2O-8082)

7. Not Lodged

8. Mr Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give an assurance that Scottish Water’s Quality and Standards III investment programme will have sufficient resources and capacity to remove development constraints on all affected sites in Scotland. (S2O-8117)

9. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the environmental impact of energy wastage from household appliances and whether this issue will be addressed in the energy efficiency strategy. (S2O-8085)

10. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Water regarding investment in a long-term sustainable solution for the treatment and disposal of sewage. (S2O-8075)

Health and Community Care

1. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what action and initiatives it is undertaking to address high levels of heart disease prevalent in constituencies such as Glasgow Shettleston. (S2O-8127)

2. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the future responsibilities of existing NHS boards. (S2O-8076)

3. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the view of the Chief Medical Officer that poverty has biological consequences. (S2O-8144)

4. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts that there is a link between childhood leukaemia and proximity to nuclear power stations and, if so, what action it is taking to address this. (S2O-8143)

5. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has in relation to the implementation of the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002. (S2O-8073)

6. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to the development of children’s health services in Edinburgh. (S2O-8109)

7. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans the NHS has to reduce the number of deaths attributable to air pollution. (S2O-8142)

8. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the implementation of free personal care for the elderly by local authorities. (S2O-8097)

9. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any investigations have been carried out into the impact on patient care and, specifically, cancer waiting time targets of the proposed ward changes, such as a loss of beds from general surgery, at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. (S2O-8077)

10. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will retain cancer services at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. (S2O-8087)

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Waste Strategy—

S2M-3585 Ross Finnie: Waste Strategy—That the Parliament welcomes the progress made in implementing the National Waste Plan; commends the response of the Scottish public to the efforts of local authorities, the community sector, the waste management industry and others which has led to major improvements in Scotland’s recycling and composting rate for municipal waste; acknowledges the increased use of recycled material and the economic opportunities which this creates, and welcomes the Executive’s consultation on the Sustainable Management of Waste from Business and Public Sector Organisations in Scotland and its forthcoming consultation on preventing household waste.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-3585.1 Richard Lochhead: Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3585) in the name of Ross Finnie, insert at end “notes that the key to a sustainable waste strategy is a greater emphasis on reducing the level of waste produced; recognises that to maintain public support and participation, waste collected for recycling should not go to landfill; notes that municipal waste accounts for only 25% of waste and that the other 75% comes from business and industry and accurate information on the amount of such waste recycled is required; notes concerns over the lack of accessible recycling infrastructure; calls for waste management support for the small business sector, and recognises that, for any waste strategy to be truly effective, Scottish ministers require the necessary political powers to ensure they have all options available to them, including measures relating to manufacturing, design and taxation.”

S2M-3585.2 Alex Johnstone: Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3585) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from first “welcomes” to end and insert “believes that the Scottish Executive’s policy on waste is failing and that the amount of waste being sent to landfill is increasing, so that local authorities will have to double their recycling performance in one year to meet the 2006 targets, and further believes that after six years the Executive needs to take immediate steps to free up local authorities to enable them to deliver innovative and appropriate solutions to suit their local circumstances.”

S2M-3585.3 Shiona Baird: Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3585) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from “implementing” to end and insert “improving Scottish recycling and composting rates but acknowledges that, in spite of these improvements, Scotland still lags behind many of our European partners and that the overall volume of waste being created continues to rise; notes that there is a wide variation in recycling rates across Scottish local authorities and strongly believes that access to comprehensive recycling facilities should not be a postcode lottery; commends the efforts of the public in rising to the challenge of recycling an increasing proportion of their waste in spite of often poor facilities and lack of clear information; expresses concern that many Scottish businesses and community groups engaged in recycling have found their efforts thwarted by inappropriate levels of regulation and heavy financial costs, and believes that a policy of zero waste, bringing environmental, economic and social benefits, is the only truly sustainable way to tackle Scotland’s throwaway culture.”

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-3400 Mike Rumbles: Aboyne Maternity Unit—That the Parliament welcomes the excellent work carried out by staff at Aboyne Hospital’s maternity unit; notes that the number of mothers giving birth at Aboyne is increasing, with the number of deliveries rising from 34 in 2003 to 60 in 2004, and notes that the number of bookings has increased by 71 per cent for the coming year; agrees that the unit is an excellent example of health services being delivered locally as advocated by Professor David Kerr in his report, Building a Health Service Fit for the Future; further agrees that expectant mothers should have the option of giving birth locally, at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary or in the home; notes with concern the possibility of the unit being closed, and considers that NHS Grampian should work with local people to ensure that the unit remains open.

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