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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Debate: The Scottish National Party’s Broken Promises—

S3M-607 Iain Gray: The Scottish National Party’s Broken Promises—That the Parliament regrets the SNP Government’s failure to implement a range of policies that the SNP pledged to take forward in its election manifesto and its document, It’s time to look forward, including reneging on the promise to set out plans to employ 1,000 additional police officers, backtracking on a council tax freeze, failing to implement smaller class sizes in every primary school and not delivering on plans to give £2,000 to first-time house buyers; recognises that the SNP Government is already letting down communities and hardworking families across Scotland, and calls on Scottish ministers to make a statement to the Parliament explaining why they have failed to implement these policy pledges.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-607.3 Nicola Sturgeon: The Scottish National Party’s Broken Promises—As an amendment to motion (S3M-607) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "regrets" to end and insert "congratulates the SNP Government for its early action to deliver on a range of commitments, including the abolition of the graduate endowment, the retention of accident and emergency services at Ayr and Monklands hospitals and the abolition of tolls on the Tay and Forth bridges, and looks forward to the government continuing to deliver for the people of Scotland."

S3M-607.1 Murdo Fraser: The Scottish National Party’s Broken Promises—As an amendment to motion (S3M-607) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "regrets" to end and insert "notes the SNP Government’s failure to implement a range of policies that the SNP pledged to take forward in its election manifesto and its document, It’s time to look forward, including reneging on the promise to set out plans to employ 1,000 additional police officers, backtracking on a council tax freeze, failing to implement smaller class sizes in every primary school, shelving the commitment to adopt the Better Regulation Commission’s policy of "one in one out" and not delivering on plans to give £2,000 to first-time house buyers; recognises that the SNP Government is already letting down communities and hardworking families across Scotland, and calls on Scottish ministers to make a statement to the Parliament explaining why they have failed to implement these policy pledges."

S3M-607.2 Jeremy Purvis: The Scottish National Party’s Broken Promises—As an amendment to motion (S3M-607) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "further notes the SNP Government’s reluctance to keep its promise to students and dump student debt by writing off the debt to the Student Loans Company for Scottish domiciled graduates; notes the SNP Government’s refusal to meet its manifesto pledge for mandatory carbon reduction targets of 3% per annum; recognises that the SNP gained votes on these pre-election promises to the people of Scotland which they are now failing to keep, and calls on Scottish ministers to make a statement to the Parliament explaining which of these pre-election promises are no longer government policy and why, and which promises they do intend to implement and by when."

S3M-607.4 Patrick Harvie: The Scottish National Party’s Broken Promises—As an amendment to motion (S3M-607) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "further notes that the previous administration had its own failures, as will every government; recognises, however, the widespread disillusionment with confrontational and negative politics; recognises that in a parliament of minorities, and especially under a minority government, no single party can expect to implement its full manifesto without consultation or compromise; accepts that the current administration cannot claim a mandate to implement every manifesto commitment and that no political party that has served in coalition government was able to do so either; notes the words of Donald Dewar MSP, on being elected as Scotland’s first First Minister, that "Co-operation is always possible where there are common aims and values, even though there may be great and dividing differences in other areas"; further notes the words of Annabel Goldie MSP that Scotland "wants posturing and petty playground antics to be left at the door", those of the First Minister that "our overwhelming responsibility is to work together in the people’s interest" and Nicol Stephen MSP’s commitment to be "constructive and positive", and urges all members to hold the Scottish Government to account but also to work constructively and positively wherever possible for the benefit of the people and the country in the spirit of the founding principles of the Parliament."

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what negotiations it has had with Her Majesty’s Government regarding the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order which came into effect in 2000. (S3O-831)

2. Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in developing its strategy for the recruitment of additional police officers and on what date it expects the recruitment of such officers to commence. (S3O-817)

3. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports communities suffering environmental injustices that affect their health and wellbeing and what action it is taking to support such communities. (S3O-820)

4. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive on what subjects it has made representations to HM Treasury since May 2007. (S3O-812)

5. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle antisocial behaviour among young people in rural towns and villages. (S3O-814)

6. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the Disabled Persons Parking (Scotland) Bill. (S3O-857)

7. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering any changes to the arrangements for the supply of home oxygen. (S3O-894)

8. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to minimise the impact on farmers and crofters of the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Surrey. (S3O-843)

9. Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop the role of public partnership forums as a mechanism for public engagement in community health partnerships. (S3O-874)

10. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many good neighbour agreements have been entered into by developers, councils and communities since the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 came into force and how compliance with this provision is being monitored. (S3O-840)

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time—

1. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for the rest of the day. (S3F-191)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-192)

3. Nicol Stephen: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-193)

4. Paul Martin: To ask the First Minister, in light of the decision to end community reparation orders, what the Scottish Government’s plans are to ensure that perpetrators of crime are required to give something back to communities affected by antisocial behaviour. (S3F-200)

5. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government will take to improve the care provided to terminally ill people. (S3F-199)

6. Ross Finnie: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government intends to ensure that the raised age limit on buying tobacco is enforced. (S3F-203)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for the primary education sector. (S3O-867)

2. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will deliver its proposed reduction in class sizes in Edinburgh, in light of the City of Edinburgh Council’s financial situation and the impact on teacher numbers, school accommodation and parental choice. (S3O-849)

3. Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce the performance gap between male and female pupils in secondary schools. (S3O-823)

4. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many extra places it believes can be created in higher education institutions as a result of abolishing the graduate endowment fee. (S3O-866)

5. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the principles of A Curriculum for Excellence will cover both Gaelic and Scots languages. (S3O-830)

6. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that reducing the number of primary schools is compatible with reducing class sizes in primaries 1 to 3. (S3O-883)

7. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure continuation of West Dunbartonshire Council’s Early Intervention Initiative and what plans it has to roll out the programme across Scotland. (S3O-888)

8. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that it delivers on its responsibilities under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education to teach children about the human rights of themselves and others. (S3O-833)

9. Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional funding it intends to provide for new school buildings. (S3O-851)

10. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the proportion of women and minority ethnic people entering apprenticeships in construction and engineering. (S3O-872)

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on its review of existing international strategy and agreements. (S3O-876)

2. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be made available to support local cultural development. (S3O-854)

3. Withdrawn

4. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to protect historic coastal sites. (S3O-875)

5. Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements have been made to relations with European Union institutions since May 2007. (S3O-834)

6. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will be represented at the Royal National Mod in Fort William and Lochaber. (S3O-893)

7. David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Broadcasting Commission will meet and what the agenda is for its inaugural meeting. (S3O-899)

8. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what strategy is in place to promote the use of the Scots language. (S3O-836)

9. Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote the development of the Scottish film industry. (S3O-856)

10. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of Glasgow’s cultural performance, whether it will consider providing additional metropolitan funding for the city to ensure that it has sufficient resources to provide the best culture and entertainment in the longer term. (S3O-881)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Wildlife Crime—

S3M-609 Michael Russell: Wildlife Crime—That the Parliament notes the collaborative work being undertaken by a variety of agencies to fight wildlife crime and commends the enthusiasm and commitment of those involved in that fight; regrets that, despite these efforts and some highly successful prosecutions, 2006 was the worst year ever for recorded wildlife poisoning incidents and figures so far for 2007 show no improvement; condemns those responsible for such acts which destroy vital parts of our natural and national heritage while damaging our international reputation, and welcomes the thematic inspection of arrangements for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of wildlife crime which will be undertaken by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in association with HM Chief Inspector of Prosecutions in Scotland which will make recommendations by 31 March 2008.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-609.1 Sarah Boyack: Wildlife Crime—As an amendment to motion (S3M-609) in the name of Michael Russell, insert at end "and urges ministers to ensure that each Scottish police force * appoint at least one full-time police wildlife crime co-ordinator, that wildlife crime cases are prosecuted wherever possible by fiscals with specialist training and that guidance is produced which pulls together all legislation relevant to wildlife crime for use by landowners, managers and their staff, and further urges ministers to monitor the effectiveness of such guidance and report back to the Parliament."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-72 Bob Doris: Glasgow Milton and Chirnsyde Community Initiative—That the Parliament praises the continued courage and determination of the local community in the Glasgow Milton area in standing up against organised crime; thanks community activists who have worked tirelessly to ensure that community facilities provided in the area are safe for the local community to use, and looks forward to the speedy reopening of the Chirnsyde Community Initiative with a new management committee that will provide a range of much-needed local services for the people of Milton and Ashfield.

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