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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-5749 Ms Margaret Curran: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) 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 4: 55 minutes

Groups 5 to 6: 1 hour 35 minutes

Groups 7 to 12: 2 hours 20 minutes.

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that children across Scotland are not being put at risk by the approach of local authority child protection services to the rights of drug-addicted parents, following the publication of Joint Inspection of Services to Protect Children and Young People in the Midlothian Council Area. (S2O-12378)

2. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will review the formula for the distribution of GAE funding to local authorities, as announced by the Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform on 7 February 2007. (S2O-12401)

3. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact is being made in terms of attainment and achievement as a result of additional monies allocated directly to schools and nurseries. (S2O-12388)

4. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it attaches to a quality learning environment in the development of pupils. (S2O-12384)

5. Dave Petrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the need to continue to provide a passenger and vehicle ferry service into the centre of Dunoon. (S2O-12338)

6. Dr Jean Turner: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration is given to the redeployment of staff in the event of a prison closure, such as at HM Prison Low Moss, when redundancy is not available. (S2O-12350)

7. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive to where staff and prisoners from HM Prison Low Moss will be moved after its closure. (S2O-12345)

8. John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value to the economy is of exports of electricity to other parts of the United Kingdom through the national grid, in both financial and employment terms. (S2O-12367)

9. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is still its policy to disperse civil service jobs across Scotland. (S2O-12337)

10. Ms Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the level of sports facility provision across Scotland. (S2O-12344)

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-2777)

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-2778)

3. Shiona Baird: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to discuss. (S2F-2786)

4. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the First Minister what action is proposed to reduce the presence of trans fats in Scotland’s diet. (S2F-2787)

5. Ms Sandra White: To ask the First Minister, further to his reported comments on hospital car parking charges at a recent "Ask Jack" event, what intervention the Scottish Executive plans to make to address the concerns of hospital staff and users. (S2F-2779)

6. Richard Baker: To ask the First Minister, in Scottish Tourism Week 2007, what steps are being taken to grow tourism. (S2F-2784)

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-5725 Karen Gillon: Malawi—That the Parliament welcomes the partnership that has been established between Scotland and Malawi and, in particular, the historic co-operation agreement signed by the Scottish Executive and the Government of Malawi; congratulates the wide range of schools, churches and civic organisations in Clydesdale that are involved in joint work with similar groups in Malawi, and believes that MSPs should sign up to the Scotland Malawi Partnership’s pledge in advance of the election to ensure that this mutually beneficial partnership continues.

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care

1. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address doctors’ concerns regarding Modernising Medical Careers and the Medical Training Application Service. (S2O-12347)

2. Not Lodged

3. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that the experience of patients informs the development of healthcare. (S2O-12362)

4. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the proposal by Pfizer to distribute its medicines through a single UK wholesaler will have on small pharmacies, particularly those in rural areas of the Highlands. (S2O-12372)

5. Not Lodged

6. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the recent increase in the cost of prescriptions will have on patients with chronic conditions. (S2O-12390)

7. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to NHS boards to take account of co-location and dispersal of non-patient interface services to meet best value and efficient government objectives. (S2O-12370)

8. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is improving the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts in Fife. (S2O-12374)

9. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to extend the list of conditions exempt from prescription charges. (S2O-12404)

10. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its Capital Investment Group agreed at its meeting on 6 March 2007 with the recommendation of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s expert body that PPP/PFI should not be the preferred procurement route for the modernisation of maternity services at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital. (S2O-12341)

Environment and Rural Development

1. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to progress flood prevention schemes throughout Scotland. (S2O-12387)

2. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the implementation of the provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 in respect of access to the countryside. (S2O-12342)

3. Mr Jim Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Natural Heritage regarding levels of compensation paid under management agreements following the introduction of the Single Farm Payment. (S2O-12396)

4. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions it has reviewed the current structure of Scottish Water since its creation. (S2O-12340)

5. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how the fishing and fish processing industries in the north east will benefit from the latest round of funding allocated through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance programme. (S2O-12360)

6. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how it can support and learn from local residents such as those in Neilston responsible for the successful community buyout of the former Clydesdale Bank. (S2O-12376)

7. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the volume of regulation dealt with by farmers. (S2O-12393)

8. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in consulting on amending the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 in respect of ship-to-ship oil transfer in the Firth of Forth. (S2O-12408)

9. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will work towards a target of zero waste in Scotland. (S2O-12392)

10. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made through the National Waste Plan towards achieving recycling and composting rates of 30% by 2008 and 55% by 2020. (S2O-12365)

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-5632 Cathy Jamieson: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 10th Report 2006, Scottish Commission for Public Audit—

S2M-5626 Donald Gorrie: Scottish Commission for Public Audit—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 10th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Scottish Commission for Public Audit and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from the day after the Parliament is dissolved at the end of the current session.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-5492 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Rum’s Red Deer—That the Parliament notes that the red deer is an iconic part of the image of Scotland; further notes that, because of its isolation, the red deer herd on Rum has arguably the purest bloodline in the country and has been the subject of scientific research, and considers that Scottish Natural Heritage’s plans to cull Rum’s red deer solely to protect the trees that it has decided to plant on the island without any protective fencing is to be condemned.

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