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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-5712 Ms Margaret Curran: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in each of the morning and the afternoon being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 to 4: 35 minutes

Groups 5 to 7: 1 hour

Groups 8 and 9: 1 hour 35 minutes

Groups 10 and 11: 2 hours

Groups 12 and 13: 2 hours 25 minutes

Groups 14 to 16: 3 hours.

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how many officers were recruited by Lothian and Borders Police in 2006. (S2O-12267)

2. Dave Petrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the value of Scottish Water’s investment in water quality in the Western Isles will be eroded if leakage in the pipe network is not addressed at the same time. (S2O-12261)

3. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to support the processing and marketing of Scottish produce. (S2O-12309)

4. John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans in respect of initiatives to reduce congestion on the Edinburgh city bypass. (S2O-12282)

5. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the cost of increased severe weather events for small harbours such as Wick. (S2O-12248)

6. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many births there have been at St John’s Hospital, Livingston, in the last five years. (S2O-12296)

7. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive why the number of training places for new dentists will be reduced to 150 in 2007-08 from 151 in 2006-07. (S2O-12308)

8. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking as a result of the report, Contemporary slavery in the UK: overview and key issues, produced for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. (S2O-12255)

9. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, as part of its strategies in respect of healthy living, it will consider, and provide the opportunity for an open debate on, introducing a structured scheme whereby older people may be prescribed exercise by their GP rather than conventional medication. (S2O-12269)

10. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what the role is of the Scottish Civic Forum. (S2O-12329)

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-2761)

2. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues they will discuss. (S2F-2762)

3. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the First Minister, in light of International Women’s Day on 8 March, what achievements there have been which have improved women’s lives in Scotland. (S2F-2769)

4. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Executive has to review the management of 999 emergency calls for ambulances. (S2F-2775)

5. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive is working to tackle gang-related violence. (S2F-2773)

6. Bill Aitken: To ask the First Minister, following the recent announcement of an increase in the number of persistent young offenders, what measures are being taken to support the children’s hearing system. (S2F-2772)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons have been learned from the experience of John Travers, who used whistleblowing procedures to make allegations about a possible financial irregularity in the City of Edinburgh Council accounts and who was subsequently the subject of disciplinary procedures. (S2O-12304)

2. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive how much green space and how many playing fields have been lost as a result of the use of private finance initiatives for new buildings. (S2O-12271)

3. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance and advice is given to local authorities on bridging any affordability gap for PPP projects. (S2O-12253)

4. Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive how, in advance of publication of the Howat Report, it is possible for the public to assess the achievability of the savings the Executive has targeted. (S2O-12254)

5. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote Challenge 21 to eradicate underage purchasing of alcohol. (S2O-12285)

6. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is being provided for rural affordable and socially rented housing. (S2O-12310)

7. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to provide affordable housing for first time buyers. (S2O-12291)

8. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with regard to second stage transfer of Glasgow housing stock. (S2O-12276)

9. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to regenerate town centres. (S2O-12298)

10. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total investment in affordable housing was from 1999 to (a) 2003 and (b) the most recent date for which figures are available. (S2O-12280)

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Mr Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it resources the provision of residential outdoor education courses for primary and secondary school pupils. (S2O-12281)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the implications of recent court and tribunal decisions for the education of children with additional support needs. (S2O-12262)

3. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve literacy and numeracy in primary schools. (S2O-12273)

4. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a further update on Glasgow’s bid for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. (S2O-12290)

5. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage more people to take up careers as Gaelic teachers. (S2O-12316)

6. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact closure of the former Commonwealth Games Stadium at Meadowbank in Edinburgh would have on the provision of athletics facilities in east central Scotland. (S2O-12318)

7. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will improve standards in the public library service. (S2O-12289)

8. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans have been initiated by its Education Department to address the issues raised in the UNICEF report on child poverty and what aspect of the report will be the department’s top priority. (S2O-12250)

9. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional investment has been made in education in the Clydesdale constituency since 2003. (S2O-12279)

10. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out an audit of library buildings to assess whether there is adequate library provision in appropriate, well-sited buildings. (S2O-12319)

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-5631 Hugh Henry: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Serious Crime Bill – UK Legislation—

S2M-5671 Cathy Jamieson: Serious Crime Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle that the offence of breaching a Serious Crime Prevention Order should be extended to Scotland and that amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 relating to the use of force in executing search warrants in Scotland under section 387 of that Act and the extension of production orders and search warrants to include cash seizures as set out in the Serious Crime Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 16 February 2007, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Standards and Public Appointments Committee Motion on Breach of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament—

S2M-5678 Brian Adam: Breach of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament—That the Parliament notes the 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Complaint against Brian Monteith MSP (SP Paper 758) and agrees to impose the sanction recommended in the report that Brian Monteith MSP be excluded from all meetings of the Parliament and all meetings of its committees for the first five sitting days immediately after this motion is agreed.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-5653 Christine May: Fairtrade—That the Parliament recognises the focus which Fairtrade Fortnight gives to the local, national and global effects of fair trade; notes that this year’s event is taking place from 26 February to 11 March 2007; welcomes the growing support in Scotland for fair trade, with 27 areas of Scotland having achieved Fairtrade status, including all of Scotland’s cities; notes that all local authority areas have groups working to achieve Fairtrade status; further notes that 40% of people in Scotland regularly buy Fairtrade products and 75% buy a Fairtrade product every year; congratulates the Co-operative Group on providing the first Fairtrade cotton shopping bag; believes that Scotland should continue to campaign to achieve Fairtrade country status, and further believes that such campaigning not only empowers people in the developing world but also empowers the people of Scotland.

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