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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-5285 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended, other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage in the morning and afternoon being called, or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 to 5: 1 hour 5 minutes

Group 6: 1 hour 50 minutes

Groups 7 to 10: 2 hours 20 minutes

Groups 11 to 17: 3 hours 5 minutes

Groups 18 to 20: 3 hours 25 minutes.

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill—

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what information Audit Scotland has been provided with in respect of the findings of the Howat review. (S2O-11343)

2. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its review of the Blue Badge Scheme. (S2O-11373)

3. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on community justice authorities. (S2O-11403)

4. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is concerned about the predicted rise in the prison population. (S2O-11396)

5. Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received the consultants’ report referred to by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning in his answer to question S2O-11145 on 23 November 2006 regarding delivery of broadband access to those who are currently excluded from this technology. (S2O-11346)

6. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has assessed the economic impact and reduction of amenity in communities arising from the closure of post offices. (S2O-11412)

7. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there were for offences related to noise pollution in town centres in the last year for which figures are available. (S2O-11351)

8. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will address road traffic reduction targets in its national transport strategy. (S2O-11409)

9. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the progress it has made on the planning and implementation of a new Forth crossing. (S2O-11388)

10. Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase pedestrian safety and reduce road accidents and damage to property in villages with narrow pavements. (S2O-11406)

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-2598)

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-2599)

3. Dennis Canavan: To ask the First Minister what measures the Scottish Executive is taking to encourage people to volunteer to help with sport and other activities involving children and young people. (S2F-2611)

4. Jackie Baillie: To ask the First Minister what action can be taken to ensure that full and easy access to public buildings is available for disabled people. (S2F-2605)

5. Richard Lochhead: To ask the First Minister what steps are being taken to ensure that the risk of flooding for communities is reduced. (S2F-2603)

6. John Scott: To ask the First Minister what action it is taking to address the backlog of work that Scottish Gas inherited when it was awarded the contract for the central heating programme. (S2F-2600)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care

1. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what services are provided for people with long-term skin conditions, including psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. (S2O-11375)

2. Dave Petrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average and maximum waiting times are for patients seeking appointments with dentists and orthodontists in the Highlands and Islands. (S2O-11349)

3. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in modernising acute hospitals in Glasgow. (S2O-11392)

4. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive when the target of 95% of cancer patients starting treatment within two months of urgent referral will be met. (S2O-11332)

5. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the recommendations of the independent inquiry into the care and treatment of John Barrett, published in November 2006 by NHS London, when it considers NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s critical incident review on the abscondings of Mark Biggley. (S2O-11387)

6. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what further provision is being made to increase the number of beds for elderly people in care homes in the Highlands. (S2O-11359)

7. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to heighten awareness among the public and medical practitioners of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (S2O-11400)

8. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive the report of the review of car parking arrangements in each NHS board and when it expects to respond to the conclusions of that report. (S2O-11325)

9. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to assist the transfer of the ethos and knowledge of continuous improvement, as demonstrated by the staff of NHS Tayside in the garden lobby of the Parliament in November 2006, to NHS Highland and other NHS boards. (S2O-11328)

10. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on ensuring that patients have adequate access to health service information. (S2O-11401)

Environment and Rural Development

1. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is encouraging people to have a "green" Christmas. (S2O-11366)

2. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it monitors the testing of crops for GM traits so that the necessary GM-test templates can be made freely and widely available internationally. (S2O-11327)

3. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support and encourage farmers’ markets. (S2O-11360)

4. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in discussion with Her Majesty’s Government on cleaning up radioactive contamination on Dalgety Bay beach. (S2O-11380)

5. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the recycling initiative for tenement households in Glasgow. (S2O-11390)

6. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to promote rural development, for example by addressing issues in relation to poor housing. (S2O-11334)

7. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that action is required to ensure that crops are not contaminated by unauthorised GM organisms. (S2O-11329)

8. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to recycling in central Fife. (S2O-11391)

9. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how it proposes to address the incidence and severity of inland flooding. (S2O-11413)

10. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that rural areas receive a fair allocation of resources. (S2O-11365)

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill

S2M-5041 Peter Peacock: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-5188 Sarah Boyack: A Century of Change—That the Parliament recognises the launch of "Edinburgh’s Volunteers: A Century of Change", an exhibition which celebrates the history of volunteers in Edinburgh and the Lothians and outlines the development of volunteering in this area over the centuries; considers that all MSPs should visit the exhibition, which is located at the Museum of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile until 3 March 2007 and includes photographs, objects and oral histories about volunteers; recognises the collaboration of the Living Memory Association and the Volunteer Centre Edinburgh to provide tremendous assistance in the creation of this exhibition, and further notes the importance of volunteer contributions to enriching the lives of the people of Edinburgh and the Lothians over the last century.

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