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Section A – Today’s Business

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9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-5464 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Crofting Reform etc. (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Crofting Reform etc. Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 to 5: 55 minutes

Groups 6 and 7: 1 hour 15 minutes

Groups 8 to 11: 1 hour 35 minutes.

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Crofting Reform etc. Bill—

S2M-5335 Ross Finnie: Crofting Reform etc. Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Crofting Reform etc. Bill be passed.

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to reduce MSSA infection rates in hospitals. (S2O-11795)

2. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make a submission to the UK Government’s consultation on the post office network and, if so, when. (S2O-11749)

3. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the percentage of prisoners who will be detained in private prisons if both Addiewell and Low Moss are operated by the private sector. (S2O-11753)

4. Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive, in circumstances where a GP partnership is dissolved, whether there is a statutory requirement for the NHS board to seek to tender the services provided openly to non-GPs. (S2O-11742)

5. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive which ministers plan in their official capacities to attend constituency events organised by MSPs from their own parties in the period up to dissolution and what guidelines apply to such visits in a pre-election period. (S2O-11745)

6. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will consult on the need for a full dental school for Aberdeen in line with its commitment to do so in the Partnership Agreement. (S2O-11801)

7. Not Lodged

8. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will undertake a comprehensive review of the transposition of, and compliance with, the EU Habitats Directive. (S2O-11807)

9. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will be in a position to announce whether it will support and provide finance for the dynamic loop on the Kilmarnock to Glasgow rail line. (S2O-11770)

10. Withdrawn

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time—

1. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S2F-2667)

2. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues they will discuss. (S2F-2668)

3. John Swinburne: To ask the First Minister what further action the Scottish Executive will take to address the essential needs of senior citizens who are currently living below government-defined poverty levels despite previous initiatives which provide for free bus travel, free central heating and free personal care. (S2F-2670)

4. Richard Lochhead: To ask the First Minister whether any recent steps have been taken in conjunction with the UK Government to improve the effectiveness of Scotland’s representation within the European Union. (S2F-2675)

5. Rosie Kane: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive intends to take to ensure the continued existence of One Plus. (S2F-2677)

6. Mr Alasdair Morrison: To ask the First Minister how the introduction of broadband is progressing across Scotland. (S2F-2672)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it or local authorities have to set a levy or tax on employers, in addition to non-domestic rates, to support local public services such as transport, as happens in France. (S2O-11741)

2. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to address any problems arising from the handover of management of the central heating programme. (S2O-11786)

3. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how the new Minister for Communities intends to reinvigorate the campaign for housing stock transfer across Scotland. (S2O-11736)

4. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to relocate small units to rural Scotland under its relocation policy. (S2O-11793)

5. Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received, or expects to receive, further representations from local authorities that tenants’ right to buy should be suspended, following Fife Council being awarded pressurised area status in respect of west Fife. (S2O-11799)

6. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that working families contribute proportionately to the funding of local public services in Inverclyde. (S2O-11779)

7. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what personal details would be required for the operation of a local income tax. (S2O-11768)

8. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive how much financial assistance it plans to provide to local authorities under the formula which it operates, similar to the Bellwin formula, to compensate for losses incurred during recent flooding. (S2O-11798)

9. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive how the planned relocation of UK civil service jobs will impact on the Executive’s relocation strategy. (S2O-11804)

10. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact there has been on government expenditure and revenue in Scotland arising from the increase in the number of tourists visiting Scotland in 2006. (S2O-11730)

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how the year of homecoming in 2009, which celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, will benefit culture and tourism in Dumfries and Galloway. (S2O-11784)

2. Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions its Education Department has had with Reliance regarding the security arrangements for young people while attending children’s hearings from custody. (S2O-11797)

3. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision for speech and language therapy is available to nursery age children. (S2O-11761)

4. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport will make a statement on her visit to Inverness on 12 January 2007. (S2O-11773)

5. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what amendments it intends to propose to the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill. (S2O-11806)

6. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how the creation of a national "champion" will help to improve the educational performance of children in care. (S2O-11760)

7. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total additional allocation to local authorities has been for nursery education since November 2006. (S2O-11765)

8. Not Lodged

9. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the proposals in the draft Culture (Scotland) Bill will have on people living in deprived or remote communities. (S2O-11775)

10. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive how many bookings Executive staff have made with accommodation providers accredited under the Green Tourism Business Scheme and what percentage this represents of total accommodation bookings made by the Executive since the announcement of the scheme on 24 August 2006. (S2O-11805)

2.55 pm Standards and Public Appointments Committee 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Reports 2006: Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006—

S2M-5431 Brian Adam on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee: Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006—That the Parliament notes the Standards and Public Appointments Committee’s 5th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 - Determination required under Section 4 (SP Paper 706), and agrees that the determination set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 4 April 2007.

S2M-5432 Brian Adam on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee: Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006—That the Parliament notes the Standards and Public Appointments Committee’s 6th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 - Determination required under Section 11 (SP Paper 707), and agrees that the determination set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 4 April 2007.

S2M-5433 Brian Adam on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee: Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006—That the Parliament notes the Standards and Public Appointments Committee’s 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 - Determination required under Section 13 (SP Paper 708) and agrees that the determination set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 4 April 2007.

S2M-5434 Brian Adam on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee: Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006—That the Parliament notes the Standards and Public Appointments Committee’s 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 - Determination required under the schedule, paragraph 8 (SP Paper 709), and agrees that the determination set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 4 April 2007.

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—

S2M-5441 Mr Tom McCabe: Budget (Scotland) (No. 4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No. 4) Bill.

followed by Debate on the draft Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2007—

S2M-5454 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2007 be approved.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-5414 Mike Pringle: Fair Parking for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh—That the Parliament welcomes the plan to build a new hospital for sick children alongside the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France in south Edinburgh; notes that parking costs only 70p per hour and is free in the evening and at weekends near the current Royal Hospital for Sick Children site in Sciennes but that parking at the Royal Infirmary is almost £1.20 per hour, up to a maximum of £10 per day, and that this applies for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and believes that bus services to the Little France area should be improved from all parts of the city and that NHS Lothian should guarantee that parking at any new hospital will not cost any more than the current site and that the mistakes that were made in respect of fixing parking charges at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh are not made in planning the new sick children’s hospital.

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