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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-4612 Patricia Ferguson: Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Compensation Bill – UK Legislation

S2M-4634 Cathy Jamieson: Compensation Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the UK Parliament should consider those provisions of the Compensation Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 2 November 2005, which will legislate in the devolved area of damages law in respect of joint and several liability, as laid out in LCM(S2) 8.1.

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive how community safety can be enhanced through the deployment of police officers. (S2O-10370)

2. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been paid in public subsidies to bus companies in the last three years. (S2O-10360)

3. Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will monitor local authorities to ensure that they continue to resource supported bus services. (S2O-10336)

4. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its employees work some or all of the time from home and how many work on flexible arrangements by which they can choose when they travel to their workplace. (S2O-10327)

5. Not Lodged

6. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. (S2O-10322)

7. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to tackle rural exclusion in relation to access to public transport. (S2O-10374)

8. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to reform the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance system, in particular in respect of long-distance rail routes, to meet government commitments in respect of sustainability and strategic environmental assessment. (S2O-10326)

9. Dave Petrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the regeneration of Caithness and Sutherland, in light of any loss of jobs as a result of the decommissioning of Dounreay nuclear power station. (S2O-10340)

10. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is meeting the needs of gypsy traveller communities, particularly in relation to the provision of caravan sites. (S2O-10393)

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time—

1. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues they will discuss. (S2F-2393)

2. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S2F-2394)

3. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the First Minister, in light of recent and ongoing concerns over salmonella linked to Spanish egg imports, what action the Scottish Executive will take to ensure that outbreaks traced back to these imports do not undermine the Scottish egg industry. (S2F-2405)

4. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive plans to challenge energy companies whose price rises risk jeopardising the Executive’s action to address fuel poverty. (S2F-2398)

5. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister what concerns the Scottish Executive has regarding increases in referrals to the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration on non-offence grounds and what the reasons are for these increases. (S2F-2401)

6. Patrick Harvie: To ask the First Minister whether the forthcoming Sentencing Bill will be used to address the issue of hate crime. (S2F-2406)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care

1. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank is making to addressing waiting times and what plans it has for the hospital. (S2O-10367)

2. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many dental practices in Fife deregistered patients from NHS lists in the last year for which figures are available. (S2O-10357)

3. Not Lodged

4. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions have been reached regarding the distribution of NHS board expenditure between different parts of Scotland. (S2O-10320)

5. Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities in the Highlands and Islands are fully meeting the Executive’s commitment to free personal care for the elderly and which are not. (S2O-10342)

6. Not Lodged

7. Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place with NHS boards regarding transport difficulties of staff, patients, families and visitors travelling to and from hospitals. (S2O-10338)

8. Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to raise public awareness of the opportunities for registering as a potential bone marrow donor. (S2O-10358)

9. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillator procedure is available to Scottish patients who require it. (S2O-10356)

10. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that its guidance on the use of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy system for direct payment accounting for disabled people is being recognised and implemented by local councils. (S2O-10392)

Environment and Rural Development

1. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage people to take personal responsibility for climate change. (S2O-10363)

2. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the significance is of Scotland’s peatlands in terms of climate change emissions. (S2O-10394)

3. Withdrawn

4. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to introduce legislation on freshwater fishing. (S2O-10333)

5. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will contribute to the work of the Finnish Presidency of the EU in moving towards a new generation of environmental policy. (S2O-10388)

6. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in bringing environmental justice to the people of Greengairs. (S2O-10396)

7. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the significant environmental impact of onshore wind developments, it accepts the recommendation of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s report, Inquiry into Energy Issues for Scotland, that a locational strategy for such developments should be drawn up. (S2O-10341)

8. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage more local recycling groups. (S2O-10332)

9. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to implement the European Landscape Convention. (S2O-10321)

10. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about the impact on the environment of building houses on public parkland and ground adjacent to it. (S2O-10377)

2.55 pm Executive Debate: International Development & Co-operation with Malawi

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
24th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 12.30 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Crofting Reform etc. Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

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