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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: Report of the Literacy Commission—

S3M-5512 Des McNulty: Report of the Literacy Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the report of the Literacy Commission, set up by Labour, and its recommendations on actions needed to support the acquisition of basic literacy skills and the development of higher-order literacy-related skills; calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward as a matter of priority, following discussion with the Literacy Commission and all stakeholders, a literacy action plan; notes also the successful role of trade unions in promoting literacy and numeracy among adults and the commission’s support for nurture groups in primary schools in areas of disadvantage as pioneered by Glasgow City, North Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, Clackmannanshire councils and others, and suggests that, in order to assist those children facing the biggest barriers, the Scottish Government work in partnership with local authorities serving areas with concentrations of socio-economic disadvantage to implement and assess pilot schemes that can provide continuous and systematic support for families with children in the birth to three age group.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-5512.2 Michael Russell: Report of the Literacy Commission—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5512) in the name of Des McNulty, after "literacy action plan" insert "within the context of the Curriculum for Excellence, which has the aim of raising standards of literacy at every level".

S3M-5512.1 Elizabeth Smith: Report of the Literacy Commission—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5512) in the name of Des McNulty, insert at end ", and, in particular, recognises the need to ensure that pupils in Scotland are properly schooled and tested in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy by the end of primary seven and also to ensure that the qualifications structure better reflects the specific needs of all pupils, whether they wish to pursue courses that are more academically focused or more vocationally focused."

S3M-5512.3 Margaret Smith: Report of the Literacy Commission—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5512) in the name of Des McNulty, insert at end "and make sure that these efforts produce benefits for children from low-income families wherever they live in Scotland."

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what Barnett consequential money would arise from a cancellation of all nuclear weapons programmes by the UK Government for reinvestment in frontline services. (S3O-9077)

2. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to lay a statutory instrument relating to permitted development rights for domestic wind turbines and air source heat pumps. (S3O-9097)

3. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in exploring ways in which local agencies can help retain lifeline services for communities when a local post office closes. (S3O-9062)

4. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are plans to substantially reduce the capacity of HMP Dumfries in the next five years. (S3O-9126)

5. Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can confirm the long-term future of air services to the island of Barra.

The Member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

A dh’fhaighneachd de Riaghaltas na h-Alba an daingnich e gum bi seirbheisean adhar Bharraigh seasmhach anns an fad-ùine. (S3O-9070)

6. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what further representations it has received regarding the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi since 10 December 2009. (S3O-9105)

7. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to prevent prisoners from benefiting financially from their period in prison. (S3O-9116)

8. David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish ministers approved the salaries for the senior staff of the Scottish Futures Trust. (S3O-9135)

9. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the Chief Executive of Fife Council. (S3O-9103)

10. Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs are expected to be created and safeguarded by the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and whether it still expects the route to be completed by the end of 2012. (S3O-9075)

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-2126)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-2127)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2128)

4. Nigel Don: To ask the First Minister what the outcome was of the Jobs Summit - Keep Scotland Working. (S3F-2133)

5. James Kelly: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to tackle shoplifting gangs. (S3F-2131)

6. Liam McArthur: To ask the First Minister what impact Ofgem’s transmission charging regime has on the Scottish Government’s renewable energy ambitions. (S3F-2138)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing—

1. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in discussions with NHS Highland to ensure the provision of a seven-day rheumatology service in Dingwall providing specialist facilities to the whole NHS board area. (S3O-9079)

2. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have attended NHS emergency services due to falls during the recent cold weather conditions. (S3O-9094)

3. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to tackle fuel poverty in Fife. (S3O-9096)

4. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing last met representatives of COSLA and what issues were discussed. (S3O-9114)

5. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to reduce the overprescribing of antipsychotic drugs to older people. (S3O-9098)

6. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, given the recent cold weather, what further steps it plans to take in addition to those outlined on 29 October 2009, to reduce the average waiting time for central heating installation for applicants who have qualified for Stage Four of the Energy Assistance Package. (S3O-9059)

7. Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the letter of 17 December 2009 signed by all 17 of Scotland’s public health chiefs in support of minimum pricing for alcohol, what other support exists for its Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill. (S3O-9086)

8. Not Lodged

9. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions are being taken to improve services available to people affected by mental health issues. (S3O-9123)

10. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of NHS Lanarkshire. (S3O-9113)

11. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to tackle fuel poverty in areas of multiple deprivation in Glasgow and across Scotland given the impact that the recent severe cold weather will have on those already in or in danger of suffering the effects of fuel poverty. (S3O-9081)

12. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote the use of British Sign Language. (S3O-9101)

13. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it issues to NHS boards in respect of the cost of providing a nutritional diet to hospital inpatients. (S3O-9104)

14. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde patients have complained that renal consultants are seeing fewer patients and that waiting times have been adversely affected as a result of management decisions to relocate clinics from the inpatient unit at the Western Infirmary to outpatient clinics at the Victoria and Stobhill hospitals. (S3O-9124)

15. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how health services in Clydesdale have been affected by the recent cold weather. (S3O-9106)

16. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what value it places on swimming as a way of improving both physical and mental health. (S3O-9060)

17. Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the installation of renewable sources of heating in local authority and housing association housing. (S3O-9089)

18. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in tackling health inequalities brought about by deprivation as highlighted in Equally Well: Report of the Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities and how many of the 78 recommendations have been implemented. (S3O-9147)

19. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of NHS Highland and what issues were discussed. (S3O-9133)

20. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to ensure that newly qualified midwives find positions in the health service. (S3O-9122)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Attendance Allowance for People with Disabilities—

S3M-5515 Alex Neil: Attendance Allowance for People with Disabilities—That the Parliament notes that the UK Green Paper, Shaping the Future of Care Together, published in June 2009, may have long-term implications for vulnerable older and disabled people in Scotland who are eligible for attendance allowance and disability living allowance as it proposes to remove the universal benefits of attendance allowance and disability living allowance and instead redesign the benefit system to meet English social policy objectives and redirect funding to pay for the provision of a National Care Service in England, while failing to give adequate consideration to the position in Scotland, and calls on HM Government to consult fully with the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament, local authorities, NHS boards and other interested parties before proceeding any further.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-5515.1 Johann Lamont: Attendance Allowance for People with Disabilities—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5515) in the name of Alex Neil, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "welcomes the opportunity afforded by the UK Government’s Green Paper, Shaping the Future of Care Together, to contribute to the debate on issues concerning the future provision of care services; welcomes moves to address the postcode lottery of care and recognises the need for a similar debate to take place in Scotland, taking into account specific challenges and opportunities arising from a growing population of older people; notes that the consultation on the Green Paper closed in November 2009, and looks forward to ongoing dialogue with the UK Government to achieve shared objectives of ensuring that older and disabled people have fair access to good quality services and support."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-5098 Aileen Campbell: Save Lesmahagow’s Jubilee Hall—That the Parliament notes with concern plans by South Lanarkshire Council to close and sell the Jubilee Hall in Lesmahagow; notes that this concern is shared by many members of the local community, the Community Council and various groups and users of the hall; believes that the Support the Jubilee Hall fun day, held by hall users on 31 October 2009, will further demonstrate the concern and opposition to the decision that exists locally, and considers that the hall continues to play an important function in Lesmahagow and is an important part of the town’s heritage that should be preserved.

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