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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Independent Budget Review

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the recent consultation exercise regarding the Scottish Police Services Authority forensic service, whether it will ensure that the current standard of forensics services in Edinburgh is maintained. (S3O-11241)

2. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will respond to Glasgow City Council’s review of policy on public processions stakeholder consultation. (S3O-11200)

3. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to monitor levels of professional development of those working in the areas of additional support needs and dyslexia. (S3O-11286)

4. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made to provide ambulance cover for rural communities. (S3O-11285)

5. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with its science strategy. (S3O-11256)

6. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to drive forward its various fitness campaigns when local authorities are signalling reductions in budgets for fitness, sport facilities and related programmes. (S3O-11292)

7. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has an estimate of how much food waste is generated by supermarkets and their supply chains every year. (S3O-11276)

8. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it plans to include in its proposed bill on private sector housing. (S3O-11290)

9. Not Lodged

10. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it gives to local authorities to support children with additional support needs.(S3O-11202)

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-2531)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-2532)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2533)

4. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the First Minister what evidence the Scottish Government considered before deciding on a 45 pence per unit minimum price for alcohol. (S3F-2552)

5. Karen Gillon: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government is doing to address concerns that the total allowable catch quotas for mackerel set by Iceland and the Faroe Islands could impact negatively on Scotland’s fishing communities and destabilise global mackerel stocks. (S3F-2548)

6. Liam McArthur: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will withdraw the proposal for a £1 million reduction in the Northern Isles ferry services budget. (S3F-2536)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Sustainable Growth

1. Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Scottish Enterprise. (S3O-11282)

2. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth or his officials last met representatives of Glasgow City Council. (S3O-11281)

3. Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to reforming the structure of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited. (S3O-11279)

4. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local planning authorities have targets for the amount of installed wind-generating capacity to guide local planning recommendations and decisions and, if so, how such targets are aggregated to meet Scotland’s renewable targets. (S3O-11228)

5. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much debt it estimates that Scotland would inherit if it was to become independent. (S3O-11222)

6. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth or his officials last met representatives of COSLA and what issues were discussed. (S3O-11278)

7. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the council tax freeze has had on the provision of local government services and the budget-setting process. (S3O-11207)

8. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has met its target to maintain Scotland’s position on labour market participation as the top performing country in the United Kingdom. (S3O-11212)

9. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding will be allocated in the next 12 months for the reopening of Kintore Station. (S3O-11243)

10. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its decision to extend the Road Equivalent Tariff pilot until 2012 was based on an independent evaluation. (S3O-11208)

11. Not Lodged

12. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on urban regeneration. (S3O-11226)

13. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what limits, if any, it is considering imposing on further development of open cast mining. (S3O-11291)

14. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the funding formula for the Councils for Voluntary Service network. (S3O-11209)

15. Not Lodged

16. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average saving on council tax band D property has been over the first three years of the council tax freeze. (S3O-11249)

17. Not Lodged

18. Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive how much more the average household in the north east would have had to pay if the council tax freeze had not been introduced in 2007. (S3O-11254)

19. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth or his officials last met representatives of Midlothian Council. (S3O-11199)

20. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth or his officials last met the leader of Glasgow City Council. (S3O-11216)

2.55 pm Continuation of Scottish Government Debate: Independent Budget Review

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business—

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-6881 Gavin Brown: Drop-off Charges at Edinburgh Airport—That the Parliament regrets the decision taken by Edinburgh Airport to introduce a £1 drop-off charge, due to start in October 2010; notes that no other BAA airport in the United Kingdom currently has a drop-off charge; considers that BAA failed to consult widely with passengers ahead of taking the decision; notes that, since the decision has been made public, thousands of residents, businesses and other organisations across the Lothians and elsewhere in Scotland have voiced their opposition to the charge; considers that for many people, including older residents and those with young children, taking public transport to the airport is not a viable option, and notes that over 71% of businesses who responded to the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce survey believed that the introduction of the drop-off fee would have a negative effect on Scottish business and tourism.

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