Back to the Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin No. 132/2010: Thursday 16 September 2010
Archive Home

Business Bulletin 1999-2011

Minutes of Proceedings 1999-2011

Journal of Parliamentary Proceedings Sessions 1 & 2

Committees Sessions 1, 2 & 3

Annual reports

Contents An A B C D E F G H I J

Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Housing Strategy

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are under way to ensure that the 26,000 renewable energy jobs that it envisages being created over the next decade are of a sufficient quality to place Scotland in a competitive position in relation to other European nations. (S3O-11334)

2. Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what advantages there will be for Central Scotland as a result of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvements Programme. (S3O-11335)

3. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what issues it and Transport Scotland raised with the City of Edinburgh Council before handing over each instalment of funding for the Edinburgh tram project. (S3O-11356)

4. Withdrawn

5. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that digital technology could play a significant role in helping Scotland achieve its carbon reduction targets. (S3O-11349)

6. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to help secure public access to the Pathfinder broadband network in the Highlands and Islands. (S3O-11370)

7. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that Scottish companies, the local economy and the Scottish workforce benefit directly from the Forth Replacement Crossing project. (S3O-11319)

8. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with public bodies regarding plans to merge those with overlapping functions. (S3O-11305)

9. Withdrawn

10. Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the retention of the forensic services laboratory in Aberdeen. (S3O-11320)

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time—

1. Johann Lamont: To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for the rest of the day. (S3F-2555)

2. Murdo Fraser: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-2556)

3. Mike Rumbles: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2557)

4. Brian Adam: To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Government has had with trade unions on the implications of the forthcoming 2010 spending review. (S3F-2558)

5. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on moves to limit the amount of caffeine in ready-mixed drinks. (S3F-2568)

6. Nanette Milne: To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Government has had with local authorities regarding the reported £1.1 billion funding gap in care for older people by 2016. (S3F-2562)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture—

1. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken by the Minister for Culture and External Affairs to promote Scottish tourism in continental Europe. (S3O-11313)

2. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Minister for Culture and External Affairs has had with the UK Government with a view to ensuring that Scottish travellers affected by the volcanic ash emissions earlier this year receive the compensation due to them from airlines. (S3O-11317)

3. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made toward modernising the National Trust for Scotland. (S3O-11333)

4. Withdrawn

5. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive when the next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee will take place and what issues will be discussed. (S3O-11348)

6. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote music in Fife. (S3O-11352)

7. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how it supports architecture. R (S3O-11330)

8. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is developing its marketing strategy to increase awareness of the Edinburgh festivals in mainland Europe. (S3O-11341)

9. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Culture and External Affairs has made representations to the UK Government with regard to changing British Summer Time. (S3O-11294)

10. Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken since 2007 to support the development of the computer games sector in Dundee. (S3O-11346)

Education and Lifelong Learning—

1. Not Lodged

2. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the OECD report, Education at a Glance 2010. (S3O-11336)

3. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many working days were lost in each of the last five years due to school staff being granted authorised absence from normal duties to undertake trade union related activities and what the cost was to the taxpayer. (S3O-11296)

4. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will safeguard the future of rural schools. (S3O-11300)

5. Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to colleges to establish wind turbine technician apprenticeship courses. (S3O-11322)

6. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to reduce the educational achievement gap between children living in poverty and their classmates. (S3O-11311)

7. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last reviewed its guidance to local authorities on school transport. (S3O-11367)

8. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place regarding full university status for the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands. (S3O-11373)

9. Not Lodged

10. Withdrawn

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Celebrating the Growth of Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-6906 Bill Butler: Glas-goals Aiming High—That the Parliament supports the Evening Times’ Glas-goals campaign and its three targets of encouraging Glaswegians to walk or run a million miles, stub out a million cigarettes and shed half a million pounds in weight between them over the next year; notes that the paper will work with partners including NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow 2014 and Glasgow Housing Association to deliver a year-long series of events aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles; is alarmed that Glasgow, as it heads towards the 2014 Commonwealth Games, has one of the worst public health records in Europe with men in Glasgow having the lowest life expectancy in the United Kingdom, and with nearly a third of the city’s population suffering from obesity and over 190,000 of its citizens still smoking; believes Glas-goals has the potential to make a significant contribution in addressing these deep-seated problems; encourages Glaswegians to join the campaign by participating in the Glas-goals events, which so far have included fun runs, cycle races, bunny hops and the World’s largest tea dance, and encourages other local authorities and health bodies to consider using Glas-goals as a blueprint for campaigns across Scotland.

Contents An A B C D E F G H I J