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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Green Party Debate: Green Procurement—

S2M-5494 Patrick Harvie: Green Procurement—That the Parliament notes the transposition into Scots Law of the European public procurement directive (2004/18/EEC) in January 2006 and, in particular, notes the directive’s clarification that public bodies may legitimately specify social and environmental criteria in their procurement contracts; welcomes the publication by the European Commission of Buying Green!: A Handbook on Environmental Public Procurement but regrets that Scottish-specific guidance on the matter is not currently available, and calls on the Scottish Executive to make social and environmental criteria mandatory in all public contracts and to issue guidance to all local authorities and public bodies to enable them to meet these requirements.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-5494.4 George Lyon: Green Procurement—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5494) in the name of Patrick Harvie, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "recognises the Scottish Executive’s record on sustainable/green procurement; notes that Scottish-specific guidance on sustainable procurement for public sector buyers and sellers is available on the Executive’s website; notes that the Executive has issued best practice guidance on sustainable procurement, including a contribution to the Best Value toolkits, to local authorities and public bodies, and welcomes the contribution which public procurement has made, and will continue to make, to the achievement of the partnership commitments to a successful, sustainable Scotland."

S2M-5494.3 Richard Lochhead: Green Procurement—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5494) in the name of Patrick Harvie, insert at end "and further calls on the Executive to report to the Parliament, prior to dissolution, providing details of any measures taken, and their results, in response to the call made by the Environment and Rural Development Committee in its report published in May 2005 for public procurement to be used to tackle climate change."

S2M-5494.2 Murdo Fraser: Green Procurement—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5494) in the name of Patrick Harvie, leave out from "and calls on" to end and insert "further regrets that, whilst there are some good examples of local food procurement in Scotland, as the Environment and Rural Development Committee’s 8th Report (2006) notes, "there is no sense that the Executive has a robust strategy for rolling this out"; further regrets the bureaucratic hurdles faced, especially by small and social firms, in tendering for public contracts, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to establish a dedicated procurement unit to act as a single point of entry for the public sector and to be tasked with taking forward ways of procuring local produce without contravening European law."

followed by Scottish Green Party Debate: Scottish Water—

S2M-5510 Mr Mark Ruskell: Scottish Water—That the Parliament notes growing pressure for Scottish Water to be privatised; further notes the substantial improvements that have been made in Scottish Water’s performance, all of this having been achieved while keeping Scottish Water in the public sector; notes the Water Industry Commission’s lack of a wider social and environmental remit and its use of a regulatory model more suited to a private utility than to a public one; considers that improving the service, upgrading the water and sewerage system, reducing leakages and ensuring effective regulation should not centre on short-term efficiency measures but on the quality and safe delivery of services in the long term, and affirms its commitment to keeping Scottish Water under public ownership and control.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-5510.2 Sarah Boyack: Scottish Water—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5510) in the name of Mr Mark Ruskell, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "welcomes the substantial improvements that have been made in Scottish Water’s performance, all of this having been achieved while keeping Scottish Water in the public sector; recognises that the objectives set by ministers for 2006-14, which properly recognise the social and environmental priorities of the Scottish Executive, will not only deliver further improvements in drinking water quality, environmental protection, and customer service but also relieve development constraints, upgrade the water and sewerage system and reduce leakages; recognises that the role of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland is to assess the lowest reasonable overall costs of delivering the objectives that ministers have specified, taking account of appropriate external benchmarks, and affirms that Scottish Water operating in the current regulatory framework will go on to deliver further improvements in this vital public service."

S2M-5510.1 Murdo Fraser: Scottish Water—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5510) in the name of Mr Mark Ruskell, leave out from "further notes" to end and insert "believes that Scottish Water is failing its customers because it is inefficient, misallocates resources, overcharges customers, particularly businesses which were overcharged by £44 million every year, and holds back much-needed development; further believes that Scottish Water must be removed from state control and transferred into a "not-for-dividend" organisation in line with Welsh Water, and considers that this would enable Scottish customers to benefit from the lower costs and higher levels of service enjoyed by their counterparts south of the Border."

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact its policies have had on economic growth since 1999. (S2O-11820)

2. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the role of mediation will be in the reformed planning system. (S2O-11893)

3. Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to give local authorities more powers to move unauthorised gypsy/traveller encampments quickly to official sites and to recover the costs of relocation, provision of toilet and waste facilities and clean-up after the unauthorised sites have closed. (S2O-11837)

4. Not Lodged

5. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to upgrade junction 4 on the M77 to improve access to Barrhead. (S2O-11875)

6. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what further steps it is taking to improve the marketing of tourism in Scotland. (S2O-11812)

7. Mr Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on the Air Discount Scheme. (S2O-11879)

8. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussion it is having with the UK Government regarding the possibility of implementing a ban on personal use of fireworks. (S2O-11869)

9. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to tackle child poverty in the Glasgow Springburn parliamentary constituency. (S2O-11872)

10. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review education provision in Fife. (S2O-11887)

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-2683)

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-2684)

3. Mike Rumbles: To ask the First Minister what recent discussions the Scottish Executive has had with representatives of the Catholic Church regarding adoption in Scotland. (S2F-2699)

4. Fergus Ewing: To ask the First Minister what additional measures the Scottish Executive considers should be taken to improve road safety, in light of recent fatalities in road accidents. (S2F-2689)

5. Cathie Craigie: To ask the First Minister what action is being taken to ensure that teachers are fully equipped to support children with autistic spectrum disorder. (S2F-2691)

6. Alex Fergusson: To ask the First Minister how withdrawal of the University of Glasgow from the Crichton Campus would affect the Scottish Executive’s policies on access to lifelong learning. (S2F-2690)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care

1. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how the investment in NHS Fife will improve services to patients and staff. (S2O-11870)

2. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that there is sufficient accident and emergency unit capacity in Lanarkshire. (S2O-11813)

3. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether NHS Lanarkshire has carried out the transport impact assessment that it stated it would undertake after the decision was taken to close Monklands Hospital’s accident and emergency department and, if so, what the results were of the assessment. (S2O-11832)

4. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial contribution NHS boards are making towards the funding of motor neurone disease clinical specialists. (S2O-11810)

5. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking as a result of the response by the Chief Executive of NHS Scotland on 17 January 2007 to the Audit Committee’s report, Implementing the NHS Consultant Contract in Scotland. (S2O-11817)

6. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered the impact of abolishing all targets for the NHS in Scotland. (S2O-11876)

7. Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are currently diagnosed as suffering from wet age-related macular degeneration. (S2O-11830)

8. Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that NHS Tayside made the correct decision in respect of the number and location of minor injury and illness units in its area. (S2O-11854)

9. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it considers that midwife-led units will play in maternity services in the future. (S2O-11877)

10. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the impact that Sir Gerry Robinson is reported to have had on NHS waiting times and given how NHS Tayside health professionals demonstrated in the Parliament last year their commitment to perpetual improvement, what steps the Executive is taking to empower all NHS professionals to achieve similar results by using comparable working principles and methods across the NHS. (S2O-11818)

Environment and Rural Development

1. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive how CO2 emissions can be reduced and climate change targets met by the use of hydrogen. (S2O-11873)

2. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to review the approach to minimising flooding risks to communities, in light of recent incidents highlighting the failure of hard engineering flood defence schemes. (S2O-11894)

3. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the extent and current status are of the restricted areas arising from the Chernobyl incident. (S2O-11850)

4. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution Scotland is making to reducing its carbon footprint in respect of food miles, in light of the decision by Young’s of Annan to send prawns to Thailand for processing. (S2O-11825)

5. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will monitor the success of the Declaration on Climate Change, signed by all of Scotland’s local authorities. (S2O-11874)

6. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in improving the recycling of household waste by local authorities. (S2O-11880)

7. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to reduce the risk of flooding in Moray and across Scotland. (S2O-11836)

8. Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the impact on Scottish producers of the initial findings of the Competition Commission’s inquiry into the UK grocery market. (S2O-11828)

9. Withdrawn

10. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how voluntary and not-for-profit waste recycling organisations are being supported. (S2O-11871)

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-5360 Cathy Jamieson: Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Statistics and Registration Services Bill – UK Legislation—

S2M-5467 Mr Tom McCabe: Statistics and Registration Service Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 21 November 2006, which relate to statistics in Scotland and which are within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or which confer functions on the Scottish Ministers, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-5359 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: Cervical Cancer and the HPV Vaccine—That the Parliament welcomes the licensing of the first vaccine against strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) responsible for around 70% of cases of cervical cancer; expresses its concern that, despite a 40-year history of cervical screening in the United Kingdom, almost 3,000 women are diagnosed and 1,000 women still die of cervical cancer each year in the UK; recognises that the vaccine will not prevent all cases of cervical cancer and that it is not known whether it will prevent cancer in women already infected with HPV; therefore believes that the cervical cancer screening programme should be continued and that further action should be taken to increase the take-up of screening in more deprived areas, among ethnic minority groups and among women with learning difficulties; further believes that this will improve early detection and allow earlier treatment of this disease; recognises the role of charities such as Jo’s Trust, Cancerbackup and Cancer Research UK, amongst others, in supporting patients with cervical cancer and their families and in counselling the thousands more women who worry about their health following an abnormal smear result; recognises the huge potential benefits to be had through vaccination in East Renfrewshire and throughout Scotland from reducing the incidence of cervical cancer, reducing the number of colposcopies, reducing the number of abnormal smears and reducing the number of people requiring treatment for genital warts; further recognises the success of the Scottish Executive in its public health campaigns and cancer prevention strategies, and considers that ministers should put in place measures to raise awareness and to prepare for a vaccination programme.

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