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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Family Law (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-3628 Cathy Jamieson: Family Law (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Family Law (Scotland) Bill be passed.

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to promote the teaching of co-operative principles in schools. (S2O-8475)

2. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions have been reached by NHS Scotland about concerns raised at public meetings in Stornoway on 30 November and 1 December 2005 in respect of the financial and clinical governance of NHS Western Isles. (S2O-8426)

3. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to monitor the amount of green belt land being re-zoned for housing in new structure plans. (S2O-8459)

4. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons public sector agencies can learn from recent cases of racial discrimination upheld by the Court of Session. (S2O-8494)

5. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for further reducing truancy rates in schools. (S2O-8490)

6. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the statutory definition of overcrowding in social rented housing. (S2O-8457)

7. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been given to NHS boards in respect of the identification and prevention of osteoporosis. (S2O-8508)

8. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is putting in place to prevent deaths from hypothermia this winter. (S2O-8469)

9. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to secure consultant-led maternity services across Scotland. (S2O-8458)

10. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new agencies and non-departmental public bodies have been created since May 2003; what the total cost has been, and how many people they employ. (S2O-8495)

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-1999)

2. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues they will discuss. (S2F-2000)

3. Robin Harper: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to discuss. (S2F-2005)

4. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the First Minister what impact the UK Government’s adoption of a similar scheme will have on Scotland’s Fresh Talent initiative. (S2F-2010)

5. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister what research has been undertaken by the Scottish Executive into establishing any links between childhood obesity and social deprivation. (S2F-2003)

6. Murdo Fraser: To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Executive has had with Her Majesty’s Government in respect of payment of security costs for the G8 summit at Gleneagles. (S2F-2002)

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-3482 Paul Martin: Excess Winter Deaths in Greater Glasgow—That the Parliament notes this year’s Scottish excess winter death figures, which show that the NHS Greater Glasgow area has the largest number of excess winter deaths in Scotland; expresses great concern that the number of excess winter deaths in Glasgow among older people has increased from 410 to 460; supports the Scottish Executive’s fuel poverty programmes; believes that the Executive should continue to commit to the programmes and its pledge to eradicate fuel poverty by 2017, and supports the work of the Scottish Gas Help the Aged Partnership and its call to the Executive for a holistic approach to address the problem of excess winter deaths, including looking at nutrition, regular exercise, flu jab uptake, appropriate clothing, maximising incomes, proper insulation and heating systems for homes, extending the gas main where it is economically viable and providing greater face-to-face support and practical help for older people.

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

1. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the future of the Forth Road Bridge. (S2O-8428)

2. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it supports the tertiary education sector in making links with China. (S2O-8461)

3. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what its estimate is of the total cost of the Edinburgh tram scheme and what proportion of such cost the Executive will fund. (S2O-8449)

4. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how regional transport partnerships are developing public transport in Scotland. (S2O-8498)

5. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are sufficient bus compliance officers to monitor the enforcement of bus registration in Scotland. (S2O-8470)

6. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on providing concessionary fares to mature students and what action it plans to take on this issue. (S2O-8510)

7. Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had in respect of funding the grouping of rural further education colleges. (S2O-8505)

8. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making on its priority of growing the economy. (S2O-8476)

9. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve the commercialisation of research carried out at universities. (S2O-8507)

10. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of vehicles crossing the Forth Road Bridge are single occupancy and whether it has any plans to address this issue. (S2O-8511)

Justice and Law Officers

1. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation has been carried out of its action to reform the operation of the High Court. (S2O-8503)

2. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the clerking of district courts. (S2O-8463)

3. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many class A drug offences have been reported this year and how this compares with previous years. (S2O-8453)

4. Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what long-term plans it has for the Female Unit in HM Prison Inverness. (S2O-8446)

5. Not Lodged

6. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is encouraging local authorities and police forces to make full use of their powers to address anti-social behaviour. (S2O-8472)

7. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the use of anti-social behaviour orders has been effective in reducing nuisance and distress to communities and individuals. (S2O-8468)

8. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what advantages have been gained from the Reliance contract for the transportation of prisoners. (S2O-8424)

9. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Justice last met the Chief Constable of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary. (S2O-8441)

10. Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement police officers have in dawn raids on the homes of asylum seekers and at what point police officers are contacted by immigration officials before an impending dawn raid. (S2O-8437)

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Family Law (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on Animal Welfare Bill – UK Legislation—

S2M-3741 Ross Finnie: Animal Welfare Bill—That the Parliament agrees the principle of reciprocal recognition of court orders in relation to animal welfare and agrees that the relevant provisions of the Animal Welfare Bill, introduced into the House of Commons on 13 October 2005, so far as they relate to matters within the legislative competence of the Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-3725 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Environment and Rural Development Committee by 13 January 2006 on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2006.

S2M-3726 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for consideration of the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 27 October 2006.

S2M-3729 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 20 January 2006.

S2M-3738 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Establishment of Committee—That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows:

Name of Committee: Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill Committee;

Remit: To consider the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill at Stage 2;

Duration: Until the Bill is passed, or falls or is otherwise no longer in progress;

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party;

Membership: Susan Deacon and Margaret Jamieson (Labour), Mrs Margaret Ewing (SNP), Mr Jamie McGrigor (Conservative), Mike Rumbles (Liberal Democrat).

6.30 pm Decision Time

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