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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-2775 Cathy Jamieson: Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution: Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-2933 Mr Tom McCabe: Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees—

(a) to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(i) expenditure of the Scottish Administration in consequence of the Act; and

(ii) increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of that Fund under any other enactment; and

(b) to any payment required to be made by virtue of the Act.

11.10 am Ministerial Statement: ID Cards

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been commissioned in Scotland into the causes of mental health disorders and, in particular, any links with cannabis use. (S2O-7142)

2. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making towards the establishment of forest crofts. (S2O-7175)

3. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make a decision on the location of the headquarters of sportscotland and what criteria it used in assessing each application. (S2O-7121)

4. Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the potential impact that the issues surrounding events associated with the G8 summit might have on the expected benefits to tourism. (S2O-7134)

5. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-16433 by Peter Peacock on 18 May 2005, whether it will publish responses to the consultation on the draft Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill on 5 July 2005. (S2O-7146)

6. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a policy on responding to enquiries from MPs about individual constituents in respect of devolved matters. (S2O-7147)

7. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is providing for people living with Asperger’s syndrome. (S2O-7094)

8. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the level of public participation in the running of the NHS. (S2O-7105)

9. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what help has been offered to producers in remote areas and islands to market their cattle and sheep. (S2O-7153)

10. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to create local call centres for NHS 24. (S2O-7145)

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 will be discussed. (S2F-1721)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S2F-1722)

3. Colin Fox: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to discuss. (S2F-1732)

4. Des McNulty: To ask the First Minister whether the announcement on the countries that will benefit immediately from debt relief will affect the Scottish Executive’s Malawi appeal. (S2F-1738)

5. Tricia Marwick: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive intends to order an independent inquiry following the publication of the internal Fife Council/Fife Constabulary report, Review of Management Arrangements of Colyn Evans. (S2F-1725)

6. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive’s role will be in the selection of sites for storage of radioactive waste. (S2F-1728)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers

1. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to protect the public through reducing the number of offences committed by people already on bail. (S2O-7122)

2. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive when its five-point plan to tackle knife crime will be implemented. (S2O-7139)

3. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average fine was for an environmental crime in 2004. (S2O-7174)

4. Not Lodged

5. Not Lodged

6. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that each person who has completed a custodial sentence has the best opportunity of becoming legitimately economically active and what mechanisms are in place or are planned to record their employment status. (S2O-7161)

7. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional measures it intends to implement to address the causes of antisocial behaviour. (S2O-7148)

8. Not Lodged

9. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the criminal convictions imposed on Skye Bridge protesters for non-payment of tolls will be quashed. (S2O-7099)

10. Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the security arrangements for the forthcoming G8 summit are sufficient to ensure public safety. (S2O-7170)

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

1. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that rail services in the Strathclyde area are run effectively following implementation of the Transport (Scotland) Bill. (S2O-7090)

2. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has received from the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council on how the tertiary education sector could make a meaningful contribution to the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development. (S2O-7176)

3. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in implementing Working for a Change to help people with a learning disability access employment. (S2O-7101)

4. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give assistance to new businesses established through the Scottish and Highlands and Islands Enterprise networks, for example by abolishing business rates for the first 12 months of their existence. (S2O-7096)

5. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it would expect Scottish Enterprise to offer local employers and employees when redundancy notices are issued. (S2O-7129)

6. Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on the proposed direct rail link from Glasgow city centre to Glasgow airport. (S2O-7114)

7. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce its commitment to the provision of the dynamic loop on the Kilmarnock to Barrhead rail line. (S2O-7116)

8. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when the transport strategic projects review will commence and how it will take account of the need to tackle climate change emissions. (S2O-7097)

9. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that road charges have a major part to play in meeting its pledge to stabilise traffic levels at 2001 levels by 2021, in light of recent proposals by the Secretary of State for Transport. (S2O-7172)

10. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council with a view to improving the Haudagain Roundabout in Aberdeen in order to address congestion. (S2O-7102)

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-2774 Ross Finnie: Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution: Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-2894 Mr Tom McCabe: Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-2869 Jackie Baillie: Learning Disability Week, 19 to 26 June 2005—That the Parliament welcomes the 28th annual Learning Disability Week which takes place from 19 to 26 June 2005; notes that this week is important in raising the profile of people with learning disabilities and family carers; further notes that the theme, “It’s Our Community Too”, highlights the difficulties that people with learning disabilities face in becoming involved with their local communities; celebrates the work of ENABLE and the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability in raising awareness, changing negative perceptions, encouraging participation and building respect; recognises that it is five years since the seminal policy document, The same as you?, was published by the Scottish Executive which aims to improve access to opportunities for people with learning disabilities; welcomes direct ministerial involvement in chairing the Implementation Group, and, while congratulating the Executive on the steps taken so far, encourages it to maintain the momentum for change in order to achieve full implementation of the recommendations.

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.

Ad Hoc Standards Committee
2nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 12.35 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Complaint against Members of the Standards Committee (as at March 2004) and David Davidson MSP: The Committee will announce its decision at Stage 3 on a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

3. Complaint against Members of the Standards Committee (as at March 2004) and David Davidson MSP: The Committee will consider its draft report.



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