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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Impact of Severe Weather in Scotland

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-5429 John Swinney: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-5429.1 Jeremy Purvis: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5429) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "but, in so doing, calls on the Scottish Government to remove Part 2 of the Bill at Stage 2."

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be the role of community hospitals in the future delivery of health care. (S3O-9016)

2. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of NHS Grampian and what was discussed. (S3O-9026)

3. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to protect bus services across Scotland. (S3O-9000)

4. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any senior executive in the public sector received a Christmas bonus in 2009. (S3O-8976)

5. Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it anticipates the collapse of flyglobespan will have on passenger numbers at Aberdeen Airport. (S3O-9051)

6. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle inequalities given that, according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2009, Templehall, Gallatown and Sinclairtown have remained in the top 15% most deprived areas while parts of Linktown, Seafield and the West of Burntisland have moved into this category. (S3O-9005)

7. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to meet its Zero Waste policy. (S3O-9022)

8. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive when it now expects the conclusions of the traffic capacity study carried out by Scotland Transerv on the A9 Longman roundabout to be published. (S3O-8999)

9. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will assist Scotland’s aviation industry through measures that are compliant with European rules on state aid. (S3O-8998)

10. Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Army Cadet Force and, if so, how. (S3O-8961)

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-2111)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-2112)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2113)

4. Stewart Maxwell: To ask the First Minister what lessons the Scottish legal system can learn from the Peter Tobin case. (S3F-2116)

5. Sarah Boyack: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on WWF Scotland’s statement that Scotland needs more insulation in homes urgently to help achieve its climate change targets. (S3F-2117)

6. Jamie Stone: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to reduce waiting lists for access to NHS dental care. (S3F-2124)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education and Lifelong Learning;

1. Not Lodged

2. Not Lodged

3. Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the effect on Scottish universities of the introduction of Tier 4 of the Points Based System for international students. (S3O-9049)

4. Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its new 20% pass mark on reducing primary one to three class sizes is a threshold to be met by each local authority or an average target across them all. (S3O-9008)

5. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in Central Scotland have benefited from the intervention to safeguard the completion of apprenticeships. (S3O-8966)

6. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to maintain teacher numbers. (S3O-8984)

7. Not Lodged

8. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will promote the formal teaching of synthetic phonics as a way to improve literacy standards. (S3O-8960)

9. Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that every secondary pupil has access to Scottish literature. (S3O-9027)

10. Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is making available to colleges during the recession. (S3O-9029)

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. Not Lodged

2. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what was discussed at the last meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee. (S3O-9053)

3. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent meetings it has had with representatives of the national collections. (S3O-9024)

4. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers the impact will be on Scottish culture as a result of a reduction in advertising revenue for local newspapers if local authorities restrict advertising to the internet. (S3O-8956)

5. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with local authorities to establish what artworks of potential national significance are held in their archives but not currently on display. (S3O-9001)

6. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it has taken to promote the arts and culture of Aberdeenshire across the European Union. (S3O-8962)

7. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Culture and External Affairs has held meetings with relevant stakeholders to discuss cultural elements to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. (S3O-9007)

8. Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with support for the Scots language. (S3O-9050)

9. Not Lodged

10. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision has been made in the 2010-11 budget in relation to Creative Scotland. (S3O-9002)

2.55 pm Continuation of Stage 1 Debate: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-5150 John Swinney: Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament , for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(ii) or (iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-5391 John Park: Scotland’s Role in National Research into Asbestos-related Diseases—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the National Centre for Asbestos-Related Diseases (NCARD): A Strategy Document on 30 November 2009 by the NCARD Development Group; considers that this important document is significant for the future of research into asbestos-related illnesses and the treatment of such conditions; believes that Scottish involvement in the development of asbestos research in the United Kingdom would be beneficial; notes with deep concern that, according to the Health and Safety Executive, exposure to asbestos is the biggest single cause of work-related deaths and that the number of people dying of an asbestos-related disease is rising and is yet to peak; further notes that NHS Fife has reported that 239 people from Fife have been diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses in the last five years; is reminded that asbestos-related disease is by no means a problem of the past; recognises the important work of support organisations across Scotland, and sends a message to victims and their families in Scotland that MSPs will continue to work to improve awareness, research and treatment of asbestos-related diseases.

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
1st Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 12.45 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/412).

3. Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider candidates for appointment as adviser for Stage 1 scrutiny of the Bill.

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