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Section A – Today’s Business

Revised at 1.00 pm

Meeting of the Parliament

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Withdrawn

2. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will develop purposeful play for primary 1 pupils. (S3O-313)

3. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it would accept an academic strategy for the Crichton Campus in Dumfries that did not include the continued participation of the University of Glasgow or included a reduced role for the university. (S3O-268)

4. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will fulfil the manifesto commitment to reduce all primary 1, 2 and 3 class sizes to 18 pupils. (S3O-296)

5. Withdrawn

6. Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will aim to build 250 new schools during this parliamentary session. (S3O-331)

7. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will improve standards of discipline in schools. (S3O-260)

8. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to address any inequalities in school funding across local authority areas. (S3O-281)

9. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the Rural Schools Network and what issues were discussed. (S3O-340)

10. Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new schools will be built during this session of the Parliament. (S3O-317)

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive when its Cabinet will next discuss engagement with Europe. (S3O-339)

2. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government in advance of the European Council meeting in Brussels on 21 and 22 June 2007. (S3O-286)

3. Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for a more formal and structured relationship between it and the UK Government. (S3O-272)

4. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it recognises the cultural and historical importance of Dumfries House and its contents and whether it considers that opening the house to the public has the potential to provide the communities of East Ayrshire with a significant regeneration boost. (S3O-262)

5. Withdrawn

6. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will define "artists" in relation to the manifesto proposal for a new grants scheme for artists. (S3O-324)

7. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with embassy representatives and consulate officials of EU states on issues of mutual interest. (S3O-328)

8. Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to proposals by the Electoral Commission to reduce the number of Members of the European Parliament who represent Scotland from seven to six at the 2009 European elections. (S3O-284)

9. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what value it places on the role of the arts and culture in the regeneration of Scotland’s cities. (S3O-316)

10. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what its intentions are for the draft Culture Bill published by the previous administration. (S3O-265)

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Climate Change

followed by Executive Debate: Housing

followed by SPCB Motion on membership of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit—

S3M-212 Tom McCabe on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: That the Parliament agrees to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s proposal to appoint Robert Brown, Derek Brownlee, Angela Constance and George Foulkes to be members of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-220 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 June 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Transport

followed by Executive Debate: Transport

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 28 June 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Approach to the Strategic Spending Review

followed by Executive Debate: Health and Wellbeing of the People of Scotland

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Debate on the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

followed by First Minister Statement: The Council of Economic Advisers

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and (b) that the period for Members to submit their names for General and Themed Question Times on 6 September 2007 should end at 12 noon on Wednesday 27 June.

S3M-215 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes, as permitted under Rule 6.3A—

Scottish Liberal Democrat Party

Audit Committee Iain Smith

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Liam McArthur

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee Hugh O’Donnell

Equal Opportunities Committee Jim Tolson

European and External Relations Committee Jeremy Purvis

Finance Committee Ross Finnie

Health and Sport Committee Mr Jamie Stone

Justice Committee Mike Pringle

Local Government and Communities Committee Robert Brown

Procedures Committee Alison McInnes

Public Petitions Committee Jim Hume

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee John Farquhar Munro

Standards and Public Appointments Committee Mike Rumbles

Subordinate Legislation Committee Margaret Smith

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change

Committee Tavish Scott

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-28 Jim Hume: Local Food—That the Parliament recognises the benefit to our health, the environment and Scotland’s farmers, fishermen and rural areas of choosing more local, fresh, seasonal produce; believes that by specifying requirements for freshness, delivery frequency, specific varieties and production standards the public sector can take a lead in the promotion of local food; notes the success of the East Ayrshire school meals pilot in showing how procurement rules can promote locally grown food and support Scotland’s local suppliers; considers that the school meals pilot should be rolled-out across Scotland, and recognises the importance of action across the public sector to encourage the procurement of more locally grown produce.

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