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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Debate: Energy Efficiency—

S3M-2864 Sarah Boyack: Energy Efficiency—That the Parliament recognises the significant role that energy efficiency and microgeneration measures could have in reducing energy costs for householders and businesses, in achieving urgent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 80% by 2050 and contributing to the eradication of fuel poverty by 2016; notes that research carried out by the Energy Savings Trust suggests that widespread installation of microgeneration could provide 30 to 40% of our electricity needs by 2050 but that current investment in energy efficiency and microgeneration measures is insufficient to achieve these goals, and calls on the Scottish Government to take steps, as set out in the Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration Bill proposals, such as fiscal incentives for householders and businesses, to improve the energy efficiency of new and existing housing stock and ensure that microgeneration technologies become widely available and used.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-2864.1 Patrick Harvie: Energy Efficiency—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2864) in the name of Sarah Boyack, leave out from "improve" to end and insert "ensure that microgeneration technologies become widely available and used and to consider other energy efficiency measures for new and existing housing stock to tackle fuel poverty, climate change and security of energy supply; notes the evidence given by Friends of the Earth Scotland to the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee suggesting that an additional £100 million per annum would be a welcome change to the draft budget for 2009-10, and calls on the Scottish Government to consider a comprehensive and fully funded Scotland-wide scheme on this scale to provide energy audits, insulation provision and financial support for micro-renewables where appropriate."

followed by Scottish Labour Party Debate: Health Funding—

S3M-2863 Cathy Jamieson: Health Funding—That the Parliament condemns the emerging cuts to frontline services in Scotland’s health service as a direct result of the SNP’s budget settlement, which provides the NHS with its lowest spending increase since devolution; notes with concern that NHS boards across Scotland are facing extreme financial pressure as evidenced by the comments of NHS Highland that it needs to find savings that "would mean consideration of issues that were previously thought to be scary or untouchable"; further notes that NHS Shetland is reviewing the number of nurses, cancer care services and mental health funding to generate budget savings and that the Director of Finance and Planning at NHS Forth Valley has reported that the size of the savings required "will impact on direct patient services and on staffing levels", and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to take urgent action to ensure that NHS boards receive sufficient funding in order that they are not forced to consider cuts to frontline services.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-2863.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Health Funding—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2863) in the name of Cathy Jamieson, leave out from "condemns" to end and insert "notes that the Scottish Government’s spending plans are set against the background of the 2007 spending review settlement from the UK Treasury that represents the lowest increase for Scotland since devolution; recognises that the NHS has received a fair share of the financial settlement and that the Scottish Government is increasing spending on health in Scotland; further recognises that in this context it is right that the NHS should strive to make sure that resources are spent as efficiently as possible; commends the NHS’s record in achieving efficiency savings linked to good quality care; welcomes the Scottish Government’s decision to continue the practice whereby all efficiency savings generated by the NHS will be retained by the NHS for local reinvestment in frontline services, and condemns the Labour Party, which instituted efficiency savings while in government but has irresponsibly attacked them in opposition."

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to UK import agencies with regard to the importation of animal skins from Africa used in the manufacture of drums, in light of deaths from anthrax in Scotland and England. (S3O-4822)

2. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance last met representatives of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and what issues were discussed. (S3O-4788)

3. Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to hold local authorities to account when a building has been placed on the buildings at risk register. (S3O-4754)

4. Not Lodged

5. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects levels of student hardship to increase in this academic year. (S3O-4771)

6. Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to architecture and design services. (S3O-4828)

7. Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how it supports the learning of Gaelic at pre-school level. (S3O-4823)

8. Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that homeowners facing repossession orders receive protection under the Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Act 2001. (S3O-4839)

9. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities that introduce free school meals for all P1 to P3 pupils will still be able to give priority to those children most in need. (S3O-4793)

10. Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what it will do to ensure that public sector jobs are dispersed throughout Scotland. (S3O-4812)

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time—

1. Iain Gray: To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for the rest of the day. (S3F-1165)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-1166)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1167)

4. Alex Neil: To ask the First Minister what further discussion the Scottish Government has had about the proposed merger of HBOS and Lloyds TSB and the impact that this will have on jobs. (S3F-1173)

5. Andy Kerr: To ask the First Minister for what reasons his own portfolio has not achieved the 2% efficiency savings asked of all directorates, including those responsible for health and education. (S3F-1183)

6. Mary Scanlon: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government intends to take following the publication of figures showing that domestic abuse against men has increased by 110% since 1999. (S3F-1176)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Rural Affairs and the Environment

1. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that materials containing CFCs in buildings being demolished are disposed of in such a way as to minimise the release of these greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. (S3O-4784)

2. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for rural development. (S3O-4785)

3. Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the decline in breeding sea bird populations. (S3O-4761)

4. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support the provision of flood defences. (S3O-4768)

5. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reform the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board. (S3O-4770)

6. Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts evidence that a 90% reduction in plastic carrier bags will result in 13,700 tonnes of additional waste per annum. (S3O-4816)

7. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to help improve rates of recycling in Glasgow. (S3O-4838)

8. Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support fishermen in the west of Scotland. (S3O-4767)

9. Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is responding to the points raised at the town hall meeting on flood management in Newmilns on 18 April 2008. (S3O-4815)

10. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many renewable energy projects Scottish Natural Heritage has objected to on environmental grounds, in particular in relation to the proposed height of turbines, and how many have been delayed as a result. (S3O-4830)

Justice and Law Officers

1. Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive how many licences have been removed from off-sales for selling alcohol to people under 18 since May 2007 and how many of those have been reinstated by a sheriff. (S3O-4792)

2. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the opening of HMP Addiewell will be brought forward to help reduce current overcrowding in prisons and how soon it will be able to take its full capacity of prisoners. (S3O-4773)

3. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the Kirkwall Sheriff Court building to be fit for purpose. (S3O-4841)

4. Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to monitor and analyse the effectiveness of the summary justice reforms. (S3O-4765)

5. Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring it is carrying out of the impact of voluntary sector cuts on criminal justice services. (S3O-4799)

6. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to help reduce fire-related deaths. (S3O-4826)

7. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to prevent intrusive and humiliating questioning of women on their sexual histories in the course of rape trials. (S3O-4775)

8. Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on how the fiscal fines system is working. (S3O-4813)

9. Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to address youth violence in the east end of Glasgow. (S3O-4777)

10. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what the requirements are for recruits to the police service and whether the standards have changed in the last 18 months. (S3O-4791)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Futures Trust—

S3M-2862 John Swinney: Scottish Futures Trust—That the Parliament agrees that modern infrastructure is essential to economic well-being and excellent public services in Scotland; notes actions to invest in public infrastructure set out in the Scottish Government’s £35 billion Infrastructure Investment Plan; notes efforts to promote collaboration among public authorities and agencies in planning and developing capital projects to maximise value for money; believes that identifying and managing risk effectively through the capital project life cycle and providing a range of approaches to structuring and financing infrastructure investment are important objectives to be pursued; notes the steps being taken by the Scottish Government to develop the non-profit distributing model for capital schemes to achieve an appropriate balance of risk and reward; believes that the establishment of the Scottish Futures Trust, with its role of maximising value for money by facilitating and encouraging effective and efficient investment in public infrastructure schemes, is in the public interest, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that the Scottish Futures Trust makes a full contribution to these objectives.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-2862.3 Andy Kerr: Scottish Futures Trust—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2862) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from "notes actions" to end and insert "believes that the Scottish Government has failed to deliver a workable method of funding for public infrastructure projects, a view supported by, among others, the building industry, the financial services community and the trades unions; considers that this damaging hiatus is costing jobs and harming the Scottish economy, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to bring an end to its Scottish Futures Trust proposals immediately."

S3M-2862.1 Derek Brownlee: Scottish Futures Trust—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2862) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from "notes the steps" to "public interest".

S3M-2862.2 Jeremy Purvis: Scottish Futures Trust—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2862) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from "agrees" to end and insert "considers that the proposed Scottish Futures Trust is nothing more than a £22.95 million quango that will duplicate existing functions of government and therefore believes that the Scottish Government’s Scottish Futures Trust should not proceed."

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Energy Bill – UK Legislation—

S3M-2843 John Swinney: Energy Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the UK Energy Bill in Part 2 (Electricity from Renewable Sources – the Renewables Obligation), introduced in the House of Commons on 10 January 2008 and that the relevant amendments to Part 5 (Miscellaneous Provisions – Renewable Heat Incentives), tabled by Her Majesty’s Government on 29 October 2008, should, insofar as they relate to matters within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or alter the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers, be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-2870 Bruce Crawford 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: Review of SPCB-supported Bodies;

Remit: To consider and report on whether alterations should be made to the terms and conditions of the office-holders and the structure of the bodies supported by the SPCB; to consider how any proposals for future arrangements should be taken forward, including by way of a Committee Bill, and to make recommendations accordingly;

Duration: Until the Parliament has concluded consideration of the committee’s report;

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

Membership: Jackson Carlaw, Ross Finnie, Joe FitzPatrick, Trish Godman, Jamie Hepburn, Johann Lamont.

S3M-2871 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Establishment of Committee—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows—

Name of Committee: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill Committee;

Remit: To consider the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions 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 Scottish Labour Party;

Membership: Bill Aitken, Keith Brown, Nicol Stephen, David Stewart;

and

(b) that "4" be substituted for "5" in Rule 6.3.2 of Standing Orders for the purpose of the membership of the committee.

S3M-2879 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Committee Membership—That the Parliament agrees that—

Keith Brown be appointed to replace Gil Paterson as a member of the European and External Relations Committee;

Gil Paterson be appointed to replace Keith Brown and Aileen Campbell be appointed to replace Christina McKelvie as members of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee;

Bob Doris be appointed to replace Gil Paterson as a member of the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

S3M-2880 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Committee Membership—That the Parliament agrees that—

Nanette Milne be appointed to replace Jamie McGrigor as a member of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

S3M-2881 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that—

Gil Paterson be appointed to replace Keith Brown as the Scottish National Party substitute on the European and External Relations Committee;

Christina McKelvie be appointed to replace Bob Doris as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Public Petitions Committee.

S3M-2882 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that—

Jamie McGrigor be appointed to replace John Scott as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Public Petitions Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-2657 Ms Wendy Alexander: Paisley Festival Company/Voices in Paisley 2008—That the Parliament congratulates the continued success of the Paisley Festival Company and the Voices in Paisley 2008 choral programme between 24 October and 8 November 2008; notes that the Paisley Festival Company is a recognised Scottish charity committed to increasing the accessibility and impact on the local community through a wide variety of magnificent music and choral events from classical through to folk and jazz, and notes the company’s aims to establish Paisley and its environs as a nationally-recognised centre for all types of choral activity and deserving of the title Scotland’s Choir Town.

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