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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by SPCB Motion: Reappointment of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

S3M-7904 Mike Pringle on behalf of the SPCB: That the Parliament nominates Jim Martin to Her Majesty The Queen for reappointment for a second term as the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman from 1 May 2011.

followed by SPCB Motion: Reappointment of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner

S3M-7905 Mike Pringle on behalf of the SPCB: That the Parliament agrees with the recommendation of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body under Rule 3A.1.2 of Standing Orders that Stuart Allan be reappointed for a second term as the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner from 31 March 2011.

followed by SPCB Motion: Reappointment of Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

S3M-7906 Mike Pringle on behalf of the SPCB: That the Parliament nominates Tam Baillie to Her Majesty The Queen for re-appointment for a second term as the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland from 18 May 2011.

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business: Early Intervention in Health and Education

S3M-7923 Murdo Fraser: Early Intervention in Health and Education—That the Parliament recognises the importance of early childhood development and the impact of early intervention in determining future health, social wellbeing and educational achievement of individuals; notes the large and growing body of evidence that highlights the importance of child and parental interaction in the early years of life; recognises the vital role performed by health visitors in supporting families in the early years; notes with concern that, in seven NHS board areas, there was a fall in health visitor numbers between 2009 and 2010; supports a national health visiting strategy that ensures that all families, regardless of income, area or need have access to a health visitor service that will provide a guaranteed level of support to families until their child reaches the age of five; further believes that there needs to be greater flexibility in how parents use their child care entitlement; supports a more flexible mix of state, partnership and private provision of nursery school places, and believes that more information relating to good parenting should be made available to all parents through maternity units, early years settings, GP practices and on NHS websites.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-7923.3 Shona Robison: Early Intervention in Health and Education—As an amendment to motion (S3M-7923) in the name of Murdo Fraser, leave out from "with concern" to end and insert "the establishment of the Modernising Nursing in the Community Board, which is working with NHS boards to ensure that community nursing services in Scotland are fit for the 21st century, and further notes the increase in public health nurses/health visitors during the current parliamentary session; supports the current flexible use and mix of state, partnership and private provision of nursery school places in line with local needs and circumstances; welcomes the fact that the vast majority of Scottish local authorities and their partners have local parenting strategies in place, and endorses the current financial support to the leading third sector organisations that provide information and support to parents, including family mediation organisations that provide assistance to families in difficulty."

S3M-7923.2 Des McNulty: Early Intervention in Health and Education—As an amendment to motion (S3M-7923) in the name of Murdo Fraser, leave out from first "supports" to end and insert "believes that NHS boards and local authorities working with third sector organisations and volunteers must give children’s community services more integrated resources; recognises the valuable role being played by Sure Start and Family Centres and expresses concern regarding the impact of funding reductions on low-income families; further believes that health visitors linked with a GP practice and social workers have a key role to play in assessing, advising and supporting the parents of babies and very young children, especially young mums; welcomes the nurse family partnership pilots but proposes that Health for All Children 4 guidance should now be reviewed; considers that families should be partners in determining how services, including parenting support, should be provided; believes that early education and care is vital in providing a positive start for every child as well as in identifying and overcoming barriers to learning such as poor language and communication skills; believes that, where a child is at risk of neglect or abuse, a strict timeline for intervention is required, and welcomes the pilot being undertaken by Glasgow City Council, ensuring that giving every child the best chance in life as well as the protection of the child are the overriding considerations."

S3M-7923.1 Ross Finnie: Early Intervention in Health and Education—As an amendment to motion (S3M-7923) in the name of Murdo Fraser, leave out from first "supports" to end and insert "agrees with the conclusions of the Finance Committee’s recent inquiry into preventative spending that the current balance of government spending is skewed too much in favour of reactive, rather than preventative, spending; recognises that early intervention has proven benefits not only in health and education but also in other areas such as crime reduction measures, support for carers and services for older people, and supports a long-term shift to sustained investment in a high-quality, preventative approach to the growing social and economic challenges faced by public services."

11.40 am General Question Time

1. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it expects prisoners to be allowed to vote in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election and what impact this will have on the Scottish Prison Service. (S3O-12926)

2. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is providing to help young unemployed people in Edinburgh back into work. (S3O-12957)

3. Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on preventive work with vulnerable young people at risk of becoming involved in criminal or antisocial behaviour. (S3O-12943)

4. Nicol Stephen: To ask the Scottish Executive what action the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth has taken following his commitment to look again at funding for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils, as reported in The Press and Journal on 25 January 2011. (S3O-13004)

5. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth had with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing prior to reducing the budget line for access and support for the NHS from £151.3 million in 2009-10 to £102.80 million in 2011-12. (S3O-12962)

6. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding recent proposals to amend employment legislation. (S3O-12984)

7. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Network Rail regarding the reopening of Kintore Station. (S3O-13001)

8. Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the availability of tourist information following the closure of tourist information offices across Perthshire and Kinross-shire. (S3O-12917)

9. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve the A92 around Glenrothes. (S3O-12956)

10. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Scottish Enterprise and what issues were discussed. (S3O-12974)

12.00 pm 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-2897)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-2898)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2899)

4. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on schools being switched to a four-day week. (S3F-2902)

5. John Park: To ask the First Minister what advice the Scottish Government has given to local authorities that are considering reductions in spending regarding services and facilities that should be protected. (S3F-2907)

6. Jim Hume: To ask the First Minister what recent discussions the Scottish Government has had with Forestry Commission Scotland regarding the value of forestry under public ownership. (S3F-2911)

2.00 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

1. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve equity of access to healthcare for people with Huntington’s disease. (S3O-12977)

2. Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how the back-up and support for carers in Scotland’s remotest areas will be safeguarded during times of reduced government spending. (S3O-13005)

3. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing last met officials from NHS Forth Valley and what issues were discussed. (S3O-12987)

4. Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to increase the number of people registered with an NHS dentist in the north east. (S3O-12929)

5. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with local authorities, carers and service users regarding its proposed changes to adult community care. (S3O-12967)

6. Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the need for the St Brendan’s Hospital building on the Isle of Barra to be replaced. (S3O-12927)

7. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact of the reduced Scottish settlement is on the prospects for new housing in the West of Scotland. (S3O-12945)

8. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussion it has had with paediatric consultants regarding Glasgow’s new children’s hospital. (S3O-12980)

9. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in agreeing the basis on which the development of a new Balfour Hospital can be taken forward. (S3O-12995)

10. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how many Active Schools Coordinators there are and by how many sportscotland estimates this number will have to be reduced as a result of the 2011-12 budget. (S3O-12981)

11. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of the Scottish Ambulance Service and whether issues relating to its operations in the west Highlands were discussed. (S3O-12985)

12. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to meet the 26-week referral to treatment target for specialist children and adolescent mental health services. (S3O-12996)

13. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when the next report of the Audiology Services Advisory Group will be published. (S3O-12931)

14. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision it is making for patients with chronic pain. (S3O-12971)

15. Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve complaints handling in the NHS. (S3O-12928)

16. Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available to carers’ forums. (S3O-12948)

17. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made by NHS boards in increasing access to insulin pump therapy in line with the latest clinical guidance. (S3O-12989)

18. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the reduction in bed numbers at Monklands Hospital is having on patient care. (S3O-12990)

19. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it attaches to the recommendations in The Mackie Report. (S3O-12963)

20. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress NHS Ayrshire and Arran has made in delivering improved patient care in the last year. (S3O-12933)

2.40 pm Stage 1 Debate: Public Records (Scotland) Bill

S3M-7900 Fiona Hyslop: Public Records (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Public Records (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2011

S3M-7840 John Swinney: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2011—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2011 be approved.

followed by Ministerial Statement: Delayed Discharges

followed by SPCB Motion: Technical Changes to the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Act 2009

S3M-7736 Mike Pringle on behalf of the SPCB: Technical Changes to the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Act 2009—That the Parliament —

(a) in exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Act 2009 (asp 1) (the "2009 Act") determines that with effect from the day after the day this resolution is made the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme (within the meaning of section 4 of the 2009 Act) is modified in accordance with Annex 1 to this resolution, and

(b) notes that the Parliamentary corporation has, in accordance with Rule 8.11A.5 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders, consulted with relevant individuals whose interests may be affected by the modifications.

ANNEX 1 TO THE RESOLUTION

Paragraph (a)

MODIFICATIONS TO SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTARY PENSION SCHEME

1. Rule 13 (member-nominated trustees) of schedule 1 to the 2009 Act is omitted.

2. In rule 49 (deferred pensioner’s ill-health pension) of schedule 1 to the 2009 Act, for "4 and 5" substitute "5 and 6".

3. In rule 85 (buying added years by instalments) of schedule 1 to the 2009 Act, in sub-paragraph (2) for "irrevocable" substitute "revocable by the member giving notice to the Fund trustees".

4. After rule 85, insert—

"Revocation of accepted application

85A (1) This rule applies—

(a) where an MSP member buying added years by monthly instalments revokes the application before paying the last instalment, and

(b) where an office-holder member (who is not an MSP) buying added years by monthly instalments revokes the application before paying the last instalment.

(2) Where this rule applies no more instalments are payable and the individual’s reckonable service as an MSP or, as the case may be, office-holder is increased by a number of added years calculated as follows—

    A x

    B

    C

where—

"A" is the number of added years the individual applied to buy,

"B" is the period (in days) in respect of which instalments have been paid, and

"C" is the period (in days) for which instalments would have been paid had the individual remained in the scheme continuously and not revoked the application.".

5. In paragraph 18 (added years) of schedule 3 to the 2009 Act—

(a) in sub-paragraph (2)(a), after "effect" insert ", subject to the modifications in sub-paragraph (2A),", and

(b) after sub-paragraph (2) insert—

"(2A) (a) in paragraph 3 of Schedule 5 to the 1999 scheme rules for "irrevocable on and from the date when the Parliamentary corporation accepts it" substitute "revocable by the member giving notice in writing to the Fund trustees", and

(b) after paragraph 3, insert—

"3A. Where a participating member buying added years by periodical contributions revokes the application before paying the last instalment—

(a) no more instalments are payable; and

(b) the Fund trustees must calculate the number of added years in respect of which the periodical contributions have been paid as follows—

          A x

          B

          C

        where—

        "A" is the number of added years the individual applied to buy;

        "B" is the period (in days) in respect of which instalments have been paid; and

        "C" is the period (in days) for which instalments would have been paid in accordance with paragraph 4(a) had the individual not revoked the application.".

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-7506 Des McNulty: St Margaret of Scotland Hospice—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the continuing uncertainty faced by Scotland’s largest hospice as a result of proposals to remove places for the care of older people with complex needs; considers with regret that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has failed to enter into positive and constructive discussions with the board of the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice aimed at securing the future of the hospice and the retention of what is considered its outstanding provision; believes that insufficient progress is being made toward finding a solution, and would welcome the continuation of what is considered this much-valued provision.

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