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Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Solidarity Group Debate: Workers’ Rights—

S2M-5581 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Workers’ Rights—That the Parliament supports the Simclar workers and calls for an appropriate redundancy package for them; welcomes the DTI investigation into the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Ayrshire plants; condemns poor employment practices that result in workers being sacked via text messages, video conferences and factory gate notices and denied real and proper consultation and appropriate redundancy payments, illustrated by the recent examples at Simclar Ayrshire, NCR Dundee and Young’s in Annan; recognises the need to improve workers’ rights and the existence of the Trade Union Freedom Bill in the Westminster Parliament last session which attracted cross-party support from 187 MPs and the re-lodged bill in the current term; recognises that this Trade Union Freedom Bill is supported and promoted by most trade unions, including the RMT and TGWU, and agrees to endorse and encourage support throughout Scotland for this necessary bill.

S2M-5581.4 Allan Wilson: Workers’ Rights—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5581) in the name of Ms Rosemary Byrne, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "believes that the right to work is a fundamental human right; supports the objective of full employment and welcomes the 150,000 new jobs created in Scotland since devolution in 1999; further supports the Simclar workers and calls for an appropriate redundancy package for them; supports the Scottish Executive’s call for a DTI investigation into the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Ayrshire plants; condemns poor employment practices that result in workers being sacked via text messages and factory gate notices and denied real and proper consultation and appropriate redundancy payments, illustrated by the recent example at Simclar Ayrshire; recognises the need to further improve workers’ rights and entitlements and agrees that the Parliament supports the enhancement of employee rights on consultation in a redundancy situation; reaffirms its commitment to providing appropriate resources to meet the costs of retraining and upskilling workers affected, and recognises the role that the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company will have in creating new job opportunities for the workforce."

S2M-5581.2 Jim Mather: Workers’ Rights—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5581) in the name of Ms Rosemary Byrne, leave out from "existence of" to end and insert "need to create a new era of social cohesion where employers, employees and the state work together to ensure that Scotland achieves new higher levels of competitiveness and co-operation in the workplace so that we achieve increased economic vibrancy, better terms and conditions in the workplace and an improved safety net for redundant employees."

S2M-5581.1 Phil Gallie: Workers’ Rights—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5581) in the name of Ms Rosemary Byrne, leave out from "and factory" to end and insert "or factory gate notices and denied real and proper consultation and appropriate redundancy payments, as illustrated by the recent example of Simclar Ayrshire."

followed by Independent Group Debate: School Education—

S2M-5570 Mr Brian Monteith: School Education—That the Parliament believes that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) plays a vital role in raising standards of attainment and enhancing the learning of pupils and students at all stages of school and college education and supports its strategic priorities of promoting public accountability through inspection and reporting, working with other organisations to build the capacity of high-quality education and informing education policy development through knowledge of the whole education system, while managing and developing HMIE as a best value public body.

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to promote links between business and universities. (S2O-12052)

2. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the statement by Glasgow’s New Children’s Hospital Clinical Advisory Group that "procurement of the adult and children’s hospital as a joint PFI project was seen to be the most appropriate way forward". (S2O-12000)

3. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is encouraging the development of small-scale hydro power schemes. (S2O-12015)

4. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has given to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ahead of the European Council of Ministers’ meeting to review the application for approval to plant BASF’s genetically modified potato EH92-527-1 on a commercial scale in Europe. (S2O-11990)

5. Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive which employment, training and personal development services formerly provided by One Plus are now being provided by other agencies and which agencies are involved. (S2O-12012)

6. Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received regarding the delivery of care services for elderly people in Orkney. (S2O-12019)

7. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce congestion in the city of Aberdeen. (S2O-12035)

8. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Scottish Prison Service is working with local communities to prevent crime. (S2O-12022)

9. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in respect of enterprise and transport to mark European Year of Equal Opportunities. (S2O-12063)

10. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to encourage environmental volunteering. (S2O-12040)

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-2719)

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-2720)

3. Dr Jean Turner: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive capitalises on the experience of, and rewards, the public sector workforce. (S2F-2721)

4. Christine May: To ask the First Minister what steps are being taken to ensure an effective emergency response in the event of an oil spillage resulting from ship-to-ship oil transfers around Scotland’s coastline. (S2F-2729)

5. Richard Lochhead: To ask the First Minister what measures the Scottish Executive is taking to reassure consumers at home and abroad that Scottish poultry is safe. (S2F-2731)

6. Phil Gallie: To ask the First Minister what the total cost has been of providing legal aid and compensation to people serving prison sentences for claims under the European Convention on Human Rights since its incorporation into Scots law. (S2F-2723)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new schools have been built since May 2003. (S2O-12060)

2. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many social workers there are and whether this figure has increased in recent years. (S2O-12024)

3. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what role surveillance technologies have in schools. (S2O-12069)

4. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to teach the concept of perpetual process improvement in primary schools in order to create increased receptiveness to learning, as suggested by Professor Umit Bititci and others. (S2O-11992)

5. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve literacy and encourage children to read books. (S2O-12064)

6. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to attract visitors to Edinburgh Zoo. (S2O-12023)

7. Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to meet representatives from the St Andrews World Class initiative. (S2O-12008)

8. Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new full-size football pitches have been built since 2003. (S2O-11998)

9. Mr Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will welcome the announcement by BBC Scotland that it will be the fifth major sponsor of Glasgow’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014. (S2O-12043)

10. Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving for the development of gymnastics facilities. (S2O-12014)

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the availability of affordable housing in the Highlands. (S2O-12027)

2. Mr Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to any problems raised by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in respect of funding for community groups. (S2O-12057)

3. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive how the use of PPP has helped to deliver major infrastructure projects on time and reduced subsequent maintenance costs. (S2O-12032)

4. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive within what timeframe compulsory purchase orders should be completed. (S2O-12038)

5. Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to act on the recommendations of the McClelland review of public procurement and the subsequently established advisory group. (S2O-12006)

6. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average council tax bill is for a pensioner household. (S2O-12026)

7. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any adjustment will be made to the local government finance settlement to local authorities in Ayrshire to address the impact of the closure of Simclar Ayrshire. (S2O-11994)

8. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how its relocation policy can aid regeneration of town centres. (S2O-12047)

9. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to make a statement on the funding of, and timescale for, second stage transfer of Glasgow Housing Association’s housing stock. (S2O-11995)

10. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to ensure that more affordable rented homes are made available in mid Scotland and Fife. (S2O-11989)

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—S2M-5580 Ms Margaret Curran: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill, debates 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 division following the first division in the afternoon being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 - 4: 25 minutes

Groups 5 - 8: 45 minutes

Groups 9 - 12: 1 hour and 10 minutes.

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-5362 Mr Andy Kerr: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-5444 Dr Elaine Murray: Threat to Crichton Campus in Dumfries—That the Parliament recognises and applauds the success of the Crichton university campus in Dumfries over the past seven years and the contribution made by all stakeholders involved in this unique partnership; is therefore concerned that the University of Glasgow is considering reducing its presence on the campus and possibly withdrawing from the site; notes that the University of Glasgow is considering this action because of an £800,000 annual shortfall in running its campus at the Crichton, and considers that the Scottish Funding Council should assist the University of Glasgow to maintain its presence at its Dumfries site and that the University of Glasgow should defer making any decision to reduce its presence or to withdraw from the site until after this year’s spending review and the forthcoming review of higher education funding.

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