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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-5717 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 and 2: 15 minutes.

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-5650 Alex Neil: The Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Access to BBC Alba—

S3M-5720 Fiona Hyslop: Access to BBC Alba—That the Parliament welcomes the contribution made by BBC Alba to Scottish culture and the promotion of the Gaelic language since its launch in September 2008; believes that this contribution would be even greater ifBBC Albawas available on a wider variety of broadcasting platforms, and urges the BBC Trust to decide to make BBC Alba available on Freeview following its recent consultation on this issue.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-5720.2 Pauline McNeill: Access to BBC Alba—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5720) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, after "platforms" insert "and therefore calls on the BBC management and Virgin Media to resolve the ongoing dispute regarding carrying BBC channels on the cable network to ensure the widest possible access to BBC Alba".

S3M-5720.1 Ted Brocklebank: Access to BBC Alba—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5720) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, after "2008" insert "; believes that BBC Alba’s growing viewership, along with the direct employees and the independent broadcasters working for the channel, requires assurances about its long-term economic and cultural future".

S3M-5720.3 Iain Smith: Access to BBC Alba—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5720) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, insert at end "however the removal of existing BBC radio stations from the digital terrestrial TV platform in Scotland should not have to be a consideration in that decision; further believes that all Scottish residents should have access to the full range of broadcasting following digital switchover, and calls on the UK Government to require that all relay transmitters in Scotland are capable of transmitting the full range of Freeview channels by the 2010 and 2011 launch dates."

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with the implementation of summary justice reforms. (S3O-9473)

2. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to combat the use of legal highs such as bubbles, which is a form of methadrone. (S3O-9520)

3. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to respond to the report of Lord Cullen’s Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry Legislation. (S3O-9465)

4. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will have to find in total from 2010-11 onwards to fund all existing PFI and PPP contracts. (S3O-9521)

5. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress there has been in community planning. (S3O-9482)

6. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to address dangerous and antisocial parking since May 2007. (S3O-9491)

7. Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that courses developed under the Curriculum for Excellence meet eligibility requirements for Scottish Qualification Authority awards. (S3O-9516)

8. Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given to using people subject to community service orders, where appropriate, to work in alleviating flooding. (S3O-9533)

9. Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated timescale is for consideration of the appeal in relation to the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Act 2009 through the possible stages of the Inner House of the Court of Session, the Supreme Court, and the European Court of Justice. (S3O-9517)

10. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the number of foster parents. (S3O-9541)

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-2203)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-2204)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2205)

4. Ian McKee: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government will respond to the increasing public demand for the availability of primary care medical services in the evenings and at weekends. (S3F-2210)

5. Johann Lamont: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the survey by Unison that predicts that local authorities are facing a £305 million drop in income and the loss of 3,000 jobs over the next year. (S3F-2217)

6. Iain Smith: To ask the First Minister what assessment the Scottish Government has made of potential locations for offshore wind turbine manufacturing and construction operations, in light of the recent report by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. (S3F-2214)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing—

1. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the catchment area is for maternity services at the Southern General Hospital and whether it considers that there is sufficient capacity in Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. (S3O-9484)

2. Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what reports it has received from NHS Lothian regarding the New Pyjamas campaign organised by the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. (S3O-9535)

3. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what will be discussed at its next meeting with representatives of NHS Fife. (S3O-9457)

4. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the commitments made in Scotland’s Sporting Chance: a Manifesto for Sport in Scotland, recently launched by the Scottish Sports Alliance. (S3O-9478)

5. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in tackling fuel poverty. (S3O-9475)

6. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing last met the chief executive of NHS Fife. (S3O-9551)

7. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the MMR vaccination. (S3O-9459)

8. Not Lodged

9. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive when ministers last met representatives of Health Protection Scotland. (S3O-9474)

10. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures are in place to monitor the effectiveness of patient transport services, especially in relation to visits to accident and emergency departments. (S3O-9504)

11. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with regard to changes in testing for healthcare associated infections. (S3O-9492)

12. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in developing eating disorder services for children and young people. (S3O-9545)

13. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-27069 by Nicola Sturgeon on 17 September 2009, in light of the almost 75% of consultation responses that raised concerns about applying national standard eligibility criteria and waiting times for personal and nursing care to adults with disabilities, what it means by saying that the criteria "should apply to older people in the first instance". (S3O-9458)

14. Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress there has been in relation to the Home Owners’ Support Fund. (S3O-9486)

15. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage children to swim. (S3O-9481)

16. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-29930 by Nicola Sturgeon on 11 January 2010, whether the rules regarding legal authority to access medical records without explicit consent apply equally to children and adults. (S3O-9461)

17. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many homes with a band E energy performance rating have been accepted for the Energy Assistance Package since the eligibility criteria were changed in November 2009. (S3O-9487)

18. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS Grampian patients have been treated by plastic surgeons following illness or injury in each of the last three years. (S3O-9480)

19. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding GPs’ recommendations on the physical and mental wellbeing of patients in relation to the employment and support allowance. (S3O-9512)

20. Not Lodged

2.55 pm Equal Opportunities Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2009: Female offenders in the criminal justice system—

S3M-5679 Margaret Mitchell on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Committee: Report on Female Offenders in the Criminal Justice System—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Equal Opportunities Committee’s 3rd Report 2009 (Session 3): Female offenders in the criminal justice system (SP Paper 332).

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

S3M-5719 Kenny MacAskill: Bribery Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Bribery Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 19 November 2009, relating to bribery and corruption, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Crime and Security Bill – UK Legislation—

S3M-5718 Kenny MacAskill: Crime and Security Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Crime and Security Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 19 November 2009, relating to the regulation of the private security industry, 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-5751 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Committee Membership—That the Parliament agrees that Michael Matheson and Ian McKee be appointed as members of the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill Committee.

S3M-5755 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 24 February 2010—

after

2.30 pm Rev Alex Noble, Saltcoats North Parish Church, Ayrshire

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Representing Constituents

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-5469 Dr Richard Simpson: Celebrating Scotland’s First Ever General Practice Week in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that more than 21 million patient consultations take place in general practice in Scotland every year; is proud of the high quality service provided by GPs and their practice teams every day, and welcomes the first ever General Practice Week in Scotland, from 8 to 14 February 2010, hosted by the British Medical Association Scotland in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland, which aims to celebrate the very best of NHS general practice in Scotland.

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