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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-5318 Ms Margaret Curran: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in each of the morning and the afternoon being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 to 5: 45 minutes
Groups 6 to 9: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Group 10: 2 hours
Groups 11 and 12: 2 hours and 25 minutes
Groups 13 to 17: 3 hours
Groups 18 to 20: 3 hours and 35 minutes
Groups 21 to 23: 3 hours and 55 minutes
Groups 24 to 29: 4 hours and 20 minutes
Groups 30 to 34: 4 hours and 45 minutes

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact on tourism and the local economy will be if the Wanlockhead Museum of Lead Mining does not open for its annual season at Easter. (S2O-11414)

2. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is planned to address the decline in the number of blood donors. (S2O-11446)

3. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to introducing a priority medical list for the central heating programme. (S2O-11471)

4. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has estimated the total cost to local authorities of refunding charges for assisting with meal preparation that were incorrectly made following the introduction of free personal care. (S2O-11432)

5. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s pre-Budget report will be on Scotland’s essential services, particularly in respect of education. (S2O-11430)

6. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives have been taken to tackle truancy in schools. (S2O-11477)

7. Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review its procedures in respect of the procurement of public contracts. (S2O-11436)

8. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support gardening and horticultural activities, including the provision of allotments, in towns and cities. (S2O-11463)

9. Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive how the mental health strategy will ensure that those in need receive the appropriate level of care. (S2O-11473)

10. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland fulfils its remit to represent individuals with the full range of long-term conditions and the small voluntary groups that support them. (S2O-11427)

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-2614)

2. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues they will discuss. (S2F-2615)

3. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the First Minister what implications the latest Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland report will have for Scottish public services. (S2F-2616)

4. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister whether Scottish ministers have assessed the level of additional social exclusion that will result from the proposed closure of rural post offices. (S2F-2622)

5. Michael McMahon: To ask the First Minister what progress has been made on the issue of sectarianism. (S2F-2617)

6. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive supports the introduction of private companies to run local GP practices. (S2F-2625)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

1. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage the use of speed warning signs on trunk roads in towns and villages. (S2O-11429)

2. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning last met the Chancellor of the Exchequer or HM Treasury officials to discuss the Scottish economy; how many such meetings have taken place, and what information it has on what steps are being taken by HM Treasury to improve Scotland’s IMD competitiveness rating relative to the United Kingdom as a whole. (S2O-11418)

3. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what flexibility Transport Scotland has in the allocation of its budget. (S2O-11428)

4. Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has examined the free public transport scheme operated in Hasselt in Belgium and whether it has considered replicating it in Scotland. (S2O-11435)

5. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority regarding the location of the UK national nuclear archive. (S2O-11449)

6. Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive at what point the cost to the provider of a one-person journey negates the value of the Ring ‘n’ Ride service. (S2O-11489)

7. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it anticipates that the upgrade to the Raith interchange will take place. (S2O-11420)

8. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on assessing safety improvements on roads. (S2O-11452)

9. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for the provision of a Maybole bypass. (S2O-11433)

10. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for the redevelopment of Haymarket Station to enable improved access for all passengers. (S2O-11460)

Justice and Law Officers

1. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive which policies it intends to re-evaluate, in light of the 15% increase in the number of persistent young offenders. (S2O-11493)

2. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that fingerprint experts at the Scottish Criminal Record Office will be treated in a fair manner when the organisation becomes part of the Scottish Forensic Science Service in April 2007. (S2O-11478)

3. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the operation of the youth court, given the critical evaluation it received from the University of Stirling academics commissioned to review the project. (S2O-11496)

4. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports increased use of custodial sentences for children and young people. (S2O-11492)

5. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in reducing youth offending in the Lothians. (S2O-11494)

6. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive how police forces across Scotland are planning to comply with the Disability Equality Duty. (S2O-11466)

7. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve policing of town centres on Friday and Saturday nights. (S2O-11458)

8. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to modernise the civil courts. (S2O-11484)

9. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the number of incidents involving the misuse of airguns in the Grampian Police area. (S2O-11459)

10. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average time is that it takes to consider proposals for local byelaws to ban drinking of alcohol in public spaces. (S2O-11443)

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-5223 Cathy Jamieson: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-5207 Nora Radcliffe: The Carbon Trust—That the Parliament notes the recent successful parliamentary reception held by the Carbon Trust; values the role the trust plays in Scotland in helping organisations to reduce carbon emissions, develop low-carbon technologies and respond to climate change; notes the positive views about the Carbon Trust in Scotland expressed by representatives of RHI Refractories in Clydebank and Ocean Power Delivery, two of the many Scottish companies that have received support from the Carbon Trust; notes that Aberdeen City Council pioneered the Local Authority Carbon Management Programme which Aberdeenshire Council is also using; notes with interest that organisations that take steps to reduce carbon emissions not only help the environment but can also benefit financially from more efficient use of energy, and believes that everyone concerned with reducing carbon emissions and improving business efficiency should be encouraged to spread the good word about what the Carbon Trust can do to help organisations, both large and small, across all sectors in Scotland to ensure that our nation’s carbon footprint on the world is as small as possible.

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