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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Alternative Dispute Resolution—

S3M-738 Kenny MacAskill: Alternative Dispute Resolution—That the Parliament recognises the need to develop a broad range of appropriate dispute resolution schemes, as alternatives to the formal court system, which can offer more flexibility, quicker resolution, less stress and reduced expense for citizens.

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing last met the Scottish Ambulance Service. (S3O-1030)

2. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take following the recent publication of the Social Work Inspection Agency report into Argyll and Bute Council. (S3O-1032)

3. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage secondary teachers to apply for vacancies in areas where there is a teacher shortage. (S3O-999)

4. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will deliver maximum class sizes of 18 for primary 1 to primary 3 by 2011. (S3O-1036)

5. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide further details of the working group which is to be set up to examine issues surrounding the replacement for Trident being based in Scotland. (S3O-1020)

6. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will make available to former coalfield communities. (S3O-1050)

7. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with the Scottish Association for Steiner Waldorf Education since May 2007. (S3O-1031)

8. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in taking forward the Scotland Malawi Partnership. (S3O-1044)

9. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for the relocation of Inverness College to a greenfield site. (S3O-1072)

10. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to tackle hospital-acquired infections. (S3O-1073)

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-230)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-231)

3. Nicol Stephen: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-232)

4. Sandra White: To ask the First Minister whether improving links between Glasgow and Edinburgh will lead to substantial economic benefits for the whole of Scotland. (S3F-236)

5. John Park: To ask the First Minister how many redundancies the Scottish Government expects to make following the announcement that it will reduce the number of quangos and government agencies by a quarter. (S3F-239)

6. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will ensure that parents of children with additional support needs can choose schools that best suit their children, even if the schools lie outside their local authority areas. (S3F-244)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers

1. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to tackle the illegal poisoning of wildlife using poisoned baits that also pose a health risk to humans and domestic animals. (S3O-1035)

2. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will establish a domestic abuse court in Edinburgh or support one if proposed by local agencies. (S3O-1038)

3. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to deal with child welfare issues arising out of underage alcohol consumption. (S3O-1000)

4. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to fight crime in Scotland’s communities. (S3O-1042)

5. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive, with the exception of fines imposed for breaches of health and safety at work legislation, what the total monetary value of fines imposed by Scottish courts has been in the last three financial years and what percentage of that figure has been collected. (S3O-1022)

6. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what account it took of the views of Aberdeen Prison Visiting Committee in making its decision on the closure of Aberdeen Prison. (S3O-1058)

7. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what protection it will offer to shop workers and retail staff who are compelled to work on New Year’s Day. (S3O-1037)

8. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on its ongoing justice reviews. (S3O-1052)

9. Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is tackling prosecutions for alcohol consumption in public places. (S3O-1082)

10. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider the decision not to continue the process of levelling up the funding to Grampian Police beyond the 2008-09 financial year. (S3O-1083)

Finance and Sustainable Growth

1. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the tourism impact of achieving World Heritage Site status for the Antonine Wall. (S3O-1024)

2. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage economic growth on islands such as Luing in Argyll. (S3O-1026)

3. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to ensure the financial sustainability of voluntary organisations. (S3O-1012)

4. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive which SNP manifesto commitments will not be provided for in the Scottish budget. (S3O-1051)

5. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions and lessons for Scotland the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism identified in his meetings with economic, social and political representatives during his recent trip to Canada. (S3O-1005)

6. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to decentralise decision-making to local communities. (S3O-1007)

7. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what alternatives to PPP are available for funding major capital projects in schools, hospitals and transport. (S3O-1086)

8. Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage the development of the renewable energy sector in Scotland. (S3O-1017)

9. Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether representations have been received from Clackmannanshire Council concerning any unforeseen costs associated with PFI schemes and, if so, what the outcomes of any discussions have been. (S3O-1003)

10. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to upgrade the A1 in Berwickshire. (S3O-1023)

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Child Protection

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Environment—

S3M-739 Michael Russell: The Environment—That the Parliament notes the important relationships among Scotland’s natural and built environment, culture and history, which together make us who we are; recognises the achievements over the centuries of artists such as Sir Walter Scott, James Hogg, Alexander Naysmith, Robin Jenkins, Sorley MacLean, Joan Eardley and Ian Hamilton Finlay and, continuing those connections today, Angus Farquhar, Alasdair Gray, Andy Scott and Frances Walker among many others; is glad that so many artists from Scotland and from elsewhere have taken their inspiration from Scotland’s people, landscape and natural resources and the ways of life which they support and continue to do so, and recognises the need for the Scottish Government to work closely with cultural and environmental organisations, local authorities, community groups and individuals to celebrate, explore and reveal the diversity and ever-changing nature of Scotland, its people and its place in the world.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-739.1 Des McNulty: The Environment—As an amendment to motion (S3M-739) in the name of Michael Russell, insert at end "further notes the involvement of artists, architects and urban designers with housing associations, local authorities and others in efforts to regenerate urban as well as rural environments; notes the importance of the Environmental Justice Fund and the Community Regeneration Fund in enabling communities that have suffered from degraded environments to gain support to regenerate their communities, and calls on the Scottish Government to do more to protect and enhance Scotland’s landscapes, particularly in light of the challenges brought by climate change, and to link together cultural entitlements with environmental justice."

S3M-739.2 Mike Rumbles: The Environment—As an amendment to motion (S3M-739) in the name of Michael Russell, leave out "in the world" and insert "within the United Kingdom and the wider world".

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-568 Tavish Scott: Crown Estate Taxation on Harbour Developments—That the Parliament notes the vital importance to island and coastal communities of their ports and harbours which serve lifeline transport links and, by supporting such industries as fishing, aquaculture, offshore oil, tourism and renewable energy, provide major employment opportunities; further notes that ports and harbours in the Highlands and Islands are largely owned by local authorities, trusts or other public bodies that operate for the benefit of the communities they serve and reinvest any profits in these communities; views with concern the charges such ports and harbour owners have to pay to the Crown Estate for the rental of areas of seabed; further views with concern the royalty charges imposed by the Crown Estate when material dredged from the seabed to assist navigation is used productively by harbour owners for land reclamation rather than being wastefully dumped at sea, and believes that serious consideration should be given as to how the Parliament’s powers to legislate over the property rights of the Crown in Scotland, as outlined in the December 2006 report of the Crown Estate Review Working Group, could be used to lift this unjustifiable burden of Crown Estate taxation from ports and harbour operators.

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