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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Justice 2 Committee Debate: 9th Report, 2005, Inquiry into Youth Justice—

S2M-3317 Miss Annabel Goldie on behalf of the Committee: Report on Inquiry into Youth Justice—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Justice 2 Committee’s 9th Report 2005 (Session 2): Report on Inquiry into Youth Justice (SP Paper 370).

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that there are adequate numbers of chemistry teachers in secondary schools. (S2O-7701)

2. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it plans to monitor the impact on house prices and the working age population in the Highlands and Islands and other parts of rural Scotland of the new pension tax legislation which will allow investors to include residential property in their personal pension portfolios from 6 April 2006. (S2O-7699)

3. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how the proposed Health Promotion Bill will specifically improve the health of children. (S2O-7714)

4. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to develop and expand the school nursing service to achieve the standards set out in A Scottish Framework for Nursing in Schools. (S2O-7659)

5. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for Rowallan Castle. (S2O-7668)

6. Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive how long on average it takes Historic Scotland to reach a decision regarding a listed building where the local authority has granted planning consent and referred the matter to Historic Scotland. (S2O-7697)

7. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met education officials at Scottish Borders Council and what issues were discussed. (S2O-7711)

8. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the release of figures stating that 148,000 people in Scotland suffer from diabetes and up to 500,000 women in the United Kingdom may have diabetes without realising it, what measures are in place to offer diagnostic checks more widely. (S2O-7672)

9. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to encourage more people to eat healthily. (S2O-7655)

10. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure sufficient supply of NHS staff in the fields of ophthalmology and audiology. (S2O-7656)

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-1836)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S2F-1837)

3. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the First Minister what percentage of citizens live on less than £10,000 per annum; what action the Scottish Executive is taking to improve the disposable incomes of individuals and households living on the lowest incomes, and whether it considers that they should be exempt from local taxation. (S2F-1842)

4. Jackie Baillie: To ask the First Minister how the new proposals on bail and remand will ensure greater public safety. (S2F-1839)

5. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Executive has had with the Home Office regarding how its anti-terrorism plans will operate in Scotland. (S2F-1843)

6. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the First Minister how many drug dealers were convicted in 2004. (S2F-1838)

12.30 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers

1. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps can be taken to encourage more female and ethnic minority recruitment to the fire and police emergency services. (S2O-7662)

2. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to commence sections 25 to 29 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 to allow rights of audience and rights to conduct litigation to be sought by suitably qualified persons. (S2O-7647)

3. Withdrawn

4. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that no offences of attempting or conspiring to commit torture are being committed in Scotland or Scottish airspace when US aeroplanes are transporting prisoners between Guantanamo Bay and countries where the torture of prisoners is commonplace. (S2O-7722)

5. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive how public safety is being improved in Scotland’s towns. (S2O-7673)

6. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a shoot-to-kill policy exists in Scotland and, if so, when the decision to introduce it was taken and by whom. (S2O-7715)

7. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any failings by its preferred bidder in the monitoring of electronically tagged prisoners and whether it can give assurances that strict supervision of monitoring will be in place. (S2O-7717)

8. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to address violent crime. (S2O-7676)

9. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is employing to deal with people who offend whilst on bail. (S2O-7657)

10. Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is being provided to police in dealing with antisocial behaviour in respect of quad bikes and other off-road vehicles. (S2O-7720)

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

1. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when the buy-out of the PFI at Inverness Airport Terminal will be completed and what is causing the delay. (S2O-7689)

2. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the outcome of its review of the levels of tolls on road bridges. (S2O-7687)

3. Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether plans are in place that will lead to the removal of the tolls on the Erskine Bridge before the end of 2005. (S2O-7663)

4. Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from the Northern Isles Livestock Shipping Working Group regarding the carriage of livestock under the proposed new Northern Isles ferry franchise. (S2O-7718)

5. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors the level of economic activity of immigrants who remain in Scotland for more than one year. (S2O-7693)

6. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Fife Council regarding the reopening of the Leven to Thornton rail link. (S2O-7698)

7. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made on the reopening of the Airdrie to Bathgate rail link. (S2O-7681)

8. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet Falkirk Council and West Lothian Council to discuss the upgrading of the A801 Avon Gorge road. (S2O-7684)

9. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken towards establishing a grade-separated junction on the A90 at Laurencekirk. (S2O-7713)

10. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to offer construction trade employment opportunities and modern apprenticeships for local residents in regeneration areas, for example through the model of local agreements negotiated by Stirling Council in the Raploch regeneration project. (S2O-7667)

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

1.10 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-3162 Mr David Davidson: Role of Firefighters in Remote and Rural Areas—That the Parliament applauds the excellent work and invaluable role carried out by those firefighters in remote and rural parts of north east Scotland on the retained duty system but acknowledges the chronic shortage of such firefighters in some Scottish towns; notes that figures published by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Fire Services in Scotland in 2003-04 show levels of retained staff in Scotland running at some 30% below the authorised establishment; considers that these staffing shortages place considerable strain on existing retained staff to support their local communities, and believes that the Scottish Executive should consider innovative ways in which businesses could support recruitment into the retained sector and undertake to examine new mechanisms to encourage businesses and the self-employed to understand the benefits of releasing staff to perform the role of retained firefighters in their communities.

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