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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Debate: Calman Commission Report—

S3M-4490 Michael McMahon: Calman Commission Report—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution’s report, Serving Scotland Better: Scotland and the United Kingdom in the 21st Century, which is based firmly on evidence and engagement with the people of Scotland; thanks the chair and members of the commission for their work on behalf of the Parliament and the UK Government; agrees that the commission’s report is a comprehensive response to the remit approved by the Parliament on 6 December 2007; welcomes the establishment of the steering group to take forward the report’s recommendations to strengthen devolution and enable the Parliament, through new powers and responsibilities, to serve the people of Scotland better in the United Kingdom; calls on the Scottish Government to make fully available the resources of the Scottish administration to cooperate in this respect, and calls on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to continue to allocate appropriate resources and funding to enable the Parliament to support the work of the steering group and consider the recommendations that apply to the Parliament.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-4490.1 Michael Russell: Calman Commission Report—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4490) in the name of Michael McMahon, leave out from after first "Parliament" to end and insert "welcomes the constitutional debate in Scotland; notes the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution’s report, Serving Scotland Better: Scotland and the United Kingdom in the 21st Century, and puts forward a plan for implementation that (a) urges the UK Government to work with the Scottish Government to implement now those recommendations for additional powers that have attracted consensus by devolving electoral administration (5.1), airguns (5.13), licensing of controlled substances for treating addictions (5.14), drink-driving limits (5.15) and national speed limits (5.16), (b) calls on the Parliamentary Bureau to consider the recommendations that apply to the procedures of the Parliament, (c) further calls on the Scottish Government to work with other devolved administrations and the UK Government to take forward recommendations on the relationships between the respective governments, and (d) calls for continued debate towards a decision by the Scottish people on the merits of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution’s financial proposals in contrast to those that would offer real financial independence for Scotland."

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Hybrid Bills—

S3M-4432 Gil Paterson on behalf of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee: Hybrid Bills—That the Parliament notes the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 7th Report 2009 (Session 3), Hybrid Bills (SP Paper 299), and agrees that changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 26 June 2009.

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve rail services in the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley parliamentary constituency. (S3O-7565)

2. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government about the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme. (S3O-7532)

3. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce the number of knives being carried and used in our communities. (S3O-7570)

4. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of its advertising is placed in local newspapers compared with national newspapers. (S3O-7500)

5. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to upgrade the A83. (S3O-7498)

6. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive, given the approval of funding by the previous administration for Laurencekirk railway station and its subsequent recent reopening, whether it will commit to provide funding for the reopening of Kintore station. (S3O-7511)

7. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support a transport summit for Glasgow, bringing together various stakeholders to discuss the challenges and aspirations facing the city and its environs. (S3O-7545)

8. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review its procedures on school closures. (S3O-7564)

9. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce legislation to further limit class sizes. (S3O-7499)

10. Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to protect jobs in the Livingston parliamentary constituency. (S3O-7521)

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-1805)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-1806)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1807)

4. Michael Matheson: To ask the First Minister how the outcomes of the Scottish Government’s Alcohol Summit will be taken forward. (S3F-1813)

5. Bill Butler: To ask the First Minister when the Scottish Government will present a national anti-sectarianism strategy to the Parliament. (S3F-1808)

6. Iain Smith: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to ensure parity of coverage for all homes in Scotland following the digital switchover. (S3F-1825)

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of–

S3M-3762 Margaret Curran: St Bridget’s Chapel and the Mary’s Meals Backpack Project—That the Parliament endorses the work of the Mary’s Meals international movement and in particular the group working from St Bridget’s Chapel in Baillieston; commends the initiative, which is helping to feed over 350,000 children in poor areas of the globe on a daily basis, encouraging hungry children to attend school to be fed and, through education, gain a better future for themselves and their communities; expresses great pride in the fact that Mary’s Meals is based in Glasgow and administers volunteers and feeding programmes in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, and recognises the hard work of the volunteers at St Bridget’s who participate in the Backpack Project, providing deprived children across five continents with school bags and school essentials donated by local community members.

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing—

1. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it considers the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill will have on the number of children taking up smoking. (S3O-7526)

2. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will offer to NHS volunteer drivers to continue to give their time in light of a reduction in overall mileage rates. (S3O-7561)

3. Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what support in the community the NHS provides for people affected by multiple sclerosis. (S3O-7530)

4. Withdrawn

5. Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to guarantee that all NHS boards offer three cycles of NHS-funded IVF treatment to those who are eligible. (S3O-7557)

6. Withdrawn

7. Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being introduced to encourage engagement between the public and NHS Grampian. (S3O-7522)

8. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current position is on the Independent Scrutiny Panel reviewing the consultation process in NHS Dumfries and Galloway. (S3O-7495)

9. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review the procedures for considering applications for new pharmacies. (S3O-7512)

10. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts are being made to ensure that delayed discharges from NHS hospitals are kept to a minimum. (S3O-7517)

11. Withdrawn

12. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how the consequential funding of £31 million for affordable housing will be allocated among local authority areas. (S3O-7573)

13. Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it envisages for local employment partnerships between NHS boards and other agencies during the current economic climate. (S3O-7537)

14. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the single regional developer model for affordable housing. (S3O-7568)

15. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of recent research findings that people materially affected by the recession were up to eight times more likely to have sought treatment for the first time for a mental health problem, what actions it will take to ensure that the current financial crisis does not develop into a mental health crisis. (S3O-7546)

16. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance for the nation’s health it considers that the current powers for making decisions concerning food content and labelling have. (S3O-7527)

17. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting the building of affordable housing in the Borders. (S3O-7496)

18. Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of adults and of children in the Aberdeen South parliamentary constituency are registered with an NHS dentist. (S3O-7514)

19. Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for the rise in antidepressant prescribing over the last 10 years, from 43.54 defined daily doses per 1,000 population per day in 1997-98 to 93.20 in 2007-08. (S3O-7520)

20. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive, in view of the recent announcement of pilots of NHS board elections in Fife and Dumfries and Galloway, when and where the alternatives to elections will be piloted and what form they will take. (S3O-7582)

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: End Year Flexibility

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Arbitration (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-4465 Jim Mather: Arbitration (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Arbitration (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill – UK Legislation—

S3M-4454 Alex Salmond: Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 26 January 2009, relating to the return from public museum and gallery collections of cultural objects stolen during the Nazi era, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-4504 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Committee Membership—That the Parliament agrees that Bill Kidd be appointed to replace Andrew Welsh on the Public Audit Committee.

S3M-4505 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Andrew Welsh be appointed to replace Bill Kidd as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

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