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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Preliminary Stage Debate: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill—

S2M-5168 Phil Gallie on behalf of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill - Preliminary Stage—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill and that the Bill should proceed as a Private Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill—

S2M-5174 Mr Tom McCabe: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9A.14.3(b)(ii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the regulations on the operation of next year’s local government elections. (S2O-11190)

2. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek any derogation for the Highlands from EU Regulation 1/2005 on the welfare of farm animals during transport. (S2O-11179)

3. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive when amendments to the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 will be laid before the Parliament. (S2O-11183)

4. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to address the level of anorexia among young people. (S2O-11221)

5. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to continue the new school building programme. (S2O-11226)

6. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has put in place to support the right of teachers to teach, and young people to learn, in a safe and disciplined environment. (S2O-11199)

7. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the restoration of Castle Tioram would provide benefits to Scotland’s tourism industry; whether it is satisfied with Historic Scotland’s position in respect of such a restoration, and what value it places on the significance of cross-party support from MSPs for its restoration. (S2O-11162)

8. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the level of housing association grants provided to housing associations in the Scottish Borders. (S2O-11173)

9. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to record and publish secondary school class sizes before May 2007. (S2O-11142)

10. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what investment it has made in housing in the Linlithgow parliamentary constituency since 2003. (S2O-11222)

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 they will discuss. (S2F-2560)

2. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S2F-2561)

3. Campbell Martin: To ask the First Minister whether there are sufficient economic operators within the PPP contract market in Scotland to ensure that the requirement for genuine competition is achieved in relation to every contract. (S2F-2565)

4. Sarah Boyack: To ask the First Minister what action is being taken to tackle poverty among children, in light of recent reports. (S2F-2570)

5. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive considers that the number of education authorities should be reduced. (S2F-2571)

6. Phil Gallie: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has had discussions with Her Majesty’s Government regarding reports that the EU wishes to end the UK veto on crime policies. (S2F-2563)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers

1. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures the Justice Department is taking to help to address the level of road traffic accidents in Moray and across the Grampian area. (S2O-11161)

2. Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent re-offending figures are for people given (a) prison sentences, (b) community service orders and (c) drug treatment and testing orders. (S2O-11169)

3. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how the latest knife crime campaign will reduce violence in communities across Scotland. (S2O-11204)

4. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis has been made of drug and drink driving offences recorded in Fife and nationwide in 2005-06 compared with the previous year. (S2O-11175)

5. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent the Minister for Justice will support the implementation of More Choices, More Chances: A Strategy to Reduce the Proportion of Young People not in Education, Employment or Training in Scotland in respect of the provision of youth justice services and how the impact of that support will be measured over time. (S2O-11140)

6. Not Lodged

7. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how the police and procurator fiscal service ensure that anti-racism legislation is applied equally inside and outside sporting arenas. (S2O-11163)

8. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the contract for Addiewell Prison has been signed with the private consortium involved and, if not, on what date it is due to be signed and what the cost of the prison will be to the public purse over the lifetime of the contract. (S2O-11192)

9. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will act on the recommendation of its Working Group on Hate Crime to introduce a statutory aggravation for crimes motivated by malice or ill-will towards an individual based on their sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability. (S2O-11201)

10. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to end overcrowding at HM Prison Inverness. (S2O-11138)

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

1. Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to build on economic successes of businesses across Scotland, in particular within the manufacturing and service sectors. (S2O-11208)

2. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it can offer to the 120 people to be made redundant by Young’s Seafood in Annan. (S2O-11223)

3. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards addressing traffic congestion on the A725 Bellshill bypass. (S2O-11216)

4. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what technology solutions it is considering to ensure that broadband can be delivered to locations that are currently out of reach. (S2O-11145)

5. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding its proposal for an energy technologies institute. (S2O-11170)

6. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce road casualties. (S2O-11213)

7. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve co-ordination and assessment in providing needs packages for disabled higher education students. (S2O-11143)

8. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in moving freight from the A9 onto rail. (S2O-11211)

9. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the closure of the Solectron factory in Dunfermline could be avoided by learning any lessons from Motorola’s closure of its Bathgate facility. (S2O-11167)

10. Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to support elderly people who live in communities without a scheduled bus service and who find the "ring ‘n’ ride" service too inflexible for their needs. (S2O-11180)

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-5042 Mr Andy Kerr: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-4377 Mr Tom McCabe: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-5213 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Marilyn Livingstone be appointed to replace Ms Wendy Alexander on the Education Committee.

S2M-5214 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Gordon Jackson be appointed to replace Des McNulty on the Finance Committee.

S2M-5215 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Janis Hughes be appointed to replace Gordon Jackson on the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-4833 Alex Neil: School Bus Safety—That the Parliament notes that in certain local authority areas in Ayrshire and elsewhere there is a concern about the need to tighten up the rules and guidelines regarding the safety of buses carrying children to school and, in particular, believes that the regulations should be changed so that it is mandatory for a supervising adult to accompany primary school children travelling on a school bus whether the bus is a single or double decker.

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee
8th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 5.15 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Approach to Consideration Stage: The Committee will consider a paper on its approach to Consideration Stage.

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