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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Finance Committee Debate: Scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2010-11—

S3M-5405 Andrew Welsh on behalf of the Finance Committee: 7th Report 2009 (Session 3) of the Finance Committee on Scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2010-11—That the Parliament notes the 7th Report 2009 (Session 3) of the Finance Committee on the scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2010-11 (SP Paper 349) and refers the report and its recommendations to the Scottish Government for consideration.

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve funding for dementia services in Fife, in light of the predicted 100% increase in people in Fife with dementia by 2030. (S3O-8885)

2. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason HM Prison Noranside is being closed for Christmas. (S3O-8882)

3. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Justice last met the Chief Constable of Fife Constabulary and what was discussed. (S3O-8866)

4. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to support the computer games industry in Dundee. (S3O-8915)

5. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote the right to request time off for training. (S3O-8898)

6. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been progress in discussions with Her Majesty’s Treasury in respect of the liability for VAT of the Scottish Police Services Authority. (S3O-8860)

7. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the national dietary food standard is being met in relation to the provision of fresh fruit and vegetables to hospital inpatients. (S3O-8874)

8. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has consulted voluntary organisations regarding the removal of exemptions from licence fees for fundraising events as a result of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill and whether he can guarantee that organisations in Falkirk East will not have to pay £200 to hold their events. (S3O-8900)

9. Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to help acquitted defendants recover legal costs. (S3O-8888)

10. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to raise awareness among medical professionals of oesophageal cancer. (S3O-8869)

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-2094)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-2095)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2096)

4. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister, in light of its commitment to protect frontline public services, what the Scottish Government’s position is regarding reports that some NHS boards are considering cost-cutting exercises likely to impact on frontline services. (S3F-2099)

5. Des McNulty: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government will respond to the General Teaching Council for Scotland Teacher Induction Scheme employment survey 2008-09 showing that only one in five newly qualified teachers is in full-time permanent employment. (S3F-2105)

6. Murdo Fraser: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government will take in response to calls for investment in new nuclear capacity as a means of meeting emissions targets. (S3F-2098)

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-5087 Jim Tolson: Allotments, Community Gardens and Grow-your-own Projects—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society in its role supporting allotment holders and community gardens in Scotland, encouraging the development of new sites, enhancing biodiversity and preserving skills in gardening; acknowledges the valuable work carried out by other organisations in the promotion of community gardens and grow-your-own projects; recognises the links between green space, activity and good health and the social, financial, environmental and health benefits of gardening and growing one’s own food; highlights the need to protect and enhance green spaces, particularly in urban and deprived areas; notes that Crossford Community Council, in conjunction with Crossford Allotment Association and the Carnegie Trust, is investigating the provision of land for allotments, community gardens and social enterprise, and hopes that local authorities and other public bodies examine ways of transferring land to local communities to be used for such projects.

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth—

1. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth has had with Glasgow City Council regarding the allocation of additional funding to tackle deprivation. (S3O-8893)

2. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the Finance Committee’s Report on scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2010-11. (S3O-8856)

3. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to cap the financial remuneration of senior public sector staff. (S3O-8926)

4. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the economic and other impacts of the proposed move of the British Geological Survey Gilmerton Core Store from Gilmerton to Keyworth. (S3O-8907)

5. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the economic implications would be of the closure of West Freugh satellite ground station. (S3O-8929)

6. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29023 by Stewart Stevenson on 3 December 2009, what payments are to be made to Network Rail for the Airdrie to Bathgate, Glasgow Airport Rail Link main line and Glasgow/Barrhead/Kilmarnock rail projects, broken down by instalments for each project. (S3O-8878)

7. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support the textiles industry in Hawick and the Scottish Borders. (S3O-8854)

8. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth has had with NHS boards and local authorities about protecting frontline services. (S3O-8864)

9. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how it considers local government can best advertise public information notices, in light of the pilot testing of the Public Information Notices Portal by the Improvement Service. (S3O-8952)

10. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the City of Edinburgh Council’s proposals on alternative business models. (S3O-8870)

11. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with DB Schenker and Network Rail regarding freight traffic carried by rail to Longannet power station. (S3O-8901)

12. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out a further, more fundamental review of the distribution of funding allocated to local authorities, as recommended in the final report of the review carried out by it and COSLA. (S3O-8858)

13. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been provided with details of the strategic review that has led to Barclaycard’s decision to relocate its Barclays Partner Finance operations to Cardiff with a loss of 350 jobs at its Glasgow headquarters. (S3O-8935)

14. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the UK pre-Budget report will have on the Scottish Government budget for 2010-11. (S3O-8914)

15. Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the annual emission of a minimum of 6.88 million tonnes of CO2 from the proposed coal-fired power station at Hunterston over 10 to 15 years would have on Scotland’s climate change targets. (S3O-8938)

16. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress there has been with reporting on the implementation of single outcome agreements. (S3O-8884)

17. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what potential savings can be made in the public sector by a shared-service approach and the contracting out of services. (S3O-8855)

18. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive when the safety modifications to the A68 Dalkeith bypass will be completed. (S3O-8868)

19. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can confirm that the City of Edinburgh Council has received an above-inflation increase of 1.76% in its 2010-11 revenue budget and whether it expects the council to meet its concordat commitments. (S3O-8875)

20. Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Investment Bank will begin to make investments. (S3O-8853)

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-5415 Alex Neil: Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution: Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-5061 John Swinney: Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(i) or (iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

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