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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

S3M-6266 Roseanna Cunningham: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-6266.1 Sarah Boyack: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-6266) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end "but, in so doing, notes the opposition of the Scottish Crofting Federation to the Bill’s proposed new crofting register to be kept by the Keeper of Registers; notes that no additional resources are being proposed to the Crofting Commission to administer its new duties; further notes that new charges proposed to be levied on crofters are not supported by crofters, and urges the Scottish Government to consider proposing changes to the Bill and to its policy proposals to address these issues and others raised by the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee."

followed by Financial Resolution: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-5673 John Swinney: Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the UK Government’s legislative programme is expected to have on the Scottish Government’s legislative plans. (S3O-10526)

2. Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the Growing Up in Scotland reports, what measures are being taken to tackle child poverty. (S3O-10499)

3. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it attaches to delivering health services at a local level. (S3O-10456)

4. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. (S3O-10467)

5. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with EU environment ministers regarding the labelling of food products with genetically modified contents. (S3O-10507)

6. Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when ministers last met NHS Lothian and what issues were discussed. (S3O-10476)

7. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the result of the UK general election will have on relations between the Scottish Government and its UK counterparts. (S3O-10505)

8. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it anticipates making an announcement on the second tranche of its capital funding for the schools investment programme. (S3O-10486)

9. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Grampian Police regarding its new local policing model. (S3O-10497)

10. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the operation of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. (S3O-10474)

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-2386)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-2387)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2388)

4. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the signs of economic recovery in Scotland highlighted in the latest Bank of Scotland Purchasing Managers’ Index report. (S3F-2398)

5. Jackie Baillie: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government will take to better protect medical records. (S3F-2401)

6. Liam McArthur: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to support Scotland’s fishing fleet and help avoid the early closure of fisheries. (S3F-2395)

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-6233 Jim Tolson: Bluelight Initiative—That the Parliament congratulates the highly successful and well regarded youth engagement initiative, Bluelight, which aims to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour and build positive police, youth and community partnerships through a range of alcohol and drug-free youth events and programmes; notes that the Bluelight concept was first introduced into Scotland in Dunfermline in 2004, having been modelled on the successful youth programmes in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, and that projects have now been established in all Scottish police force areas; congratulates the partners involved in the delivery of Bluelight in Fife, including Fife Constabulary, Fife Council, NHS Fife, Community Volunteers, Fife Fire and Rescue Service, Carnegie College and many members from voluntary sector agencies, on the success of the initiative, and believes that Bluelight is a valuable and effective initiative that should be developed further in communities across Scotland.

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth—

1. Not Lodged

2. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth has had with the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning regarding the need for additional funding for further education colleges. (S3O-10483)

3. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will exceed its target of 2% cash-releasing efficiency savings in 2010-11. (S3O-10494)

4. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is providing to businesses in Edinburgh to help them cope with increased business rates. (S3O-10452)

5. Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to the UK Government for the restoration of a fiscal stimulus programme for the Scottish economy. (S3O-10516)

6. Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government regarding proposed cuts to the Access for All Small Schemes Fund. (S3O-10519)

7. Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to meet the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss the implications of any future cuts to the Scottish budget on the West of Scotland and Scotland in general. (S3O-10517)

8. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many third sector organisations based in Lanarkshire have successfully applied for funding from the Scottish Investment Fund since 1 September 2008. (S3O-10492)

9. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made to pilot a business rates incentivisation scheme across local authorities. (S3O-10503)

10. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support the voluntary sector. (S3O-10496)

11. Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Highlands and Islands Enterprise invested in economic development in 2009-10. (S3O-10520)

12. Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when a minister last had a meeting with representatives of the Scotch whisky industry and what issues were discussed. (S3O-10485)

13. Withdrawn

14. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support bus services across Scotland. (S3O-10453)

15. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the recommendation by the Financial Services Authority in its recent consultation paper to increase the minimum initial capital threshold from £1,000 to £10,000 for version 1 credit unions and from £5,000 to £50,000 for version 2 credit unions. (S3O-10527)

16. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth last met representatives of Orkney Islands Council. (S3O-10530)

17. Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its projected monetary saving will be on the Scottish budget for the four years to 2010-11 and its targeted 2% annual saving over the next three years. (S3O-10528)

18. Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what it will do to promote the tourist industry in the Western Isles in 2010-11. (S3O-10498)

19. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the cancellation of the renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system would have on the Scottish budget. (S3O-10512)

20. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-28748 by John Swinney on 16 November 2009, how it monitors the number of small and medium-sized enterprises that compete for public sector contracts. (S3O-10504)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: NHS Quality Strategy—

S3M-6295 Nicola Sturgeon: NHS Quality Strategy—That the Parliament commends The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland as the right approach, at the right time, to delivering the highest quality healthcare to everybody in Scotland, responding to what they want, need and deserve and, through this, to ensuring that the quality of healthcare services across NHS Scotland becomes recognised as among the best in the world.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-6295.3 Jackie Baillie: NHS Quality Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-6295) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, insert at end "; therefore notes with concern submissions by NHS boards to the Health and Sport Committee identifying cuts to frontline services, and believes that these risk undermining the NHS Quality Strategy."

S3M-6295.1 Mary Scanlon: NHS Quality Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-6295) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, insert at end "and calls on the Scottish Government to report back to the Parliament by the end of summer recess on how it intends to respond to the needs highlighted in the report, The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland, in order to protect NHS frontline services."

S3M-6295.2 Ross Finnie: NHS Quality Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-6295) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, insert at end "but further notes that NHS boards, while accepting that there is scope for further efficiency savings, are concerned that the proposed efficiencies of 2%, 4% and 6% over the next three years will impact adversely on frontline services."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-5959 Jackie Baillie: Pushed off the EDGE—That the Parliament expresses its concern that the Encouraging Dynamic Global Entrepreneurs (EDGE) programme has been cancelled; understands that EDGE is an innovative, international entrepreneurial programme that brings together students from leading Scottish universities, fifth-year school pupils in the Dumbarton constituency and in the rest of Scotland and students from international universities; further understands that the students form consultancy teams working on projects with Scottish businesses; considers that, in the four years that EDGE has been operating, it has equipped Scotland’s pupils and students with an understanding about business needs; notes that EDGE has also helped businesses to grow and develop, with projected outcomes of £24.6 million turnover, £3 million profits and 264 jobs created; further considers that the benefit to young Scottish students at both high school and university level is invaluable, and would welcome discussion by all those involved to secure the future of the programme.

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