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Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Scottish Government Debate: Competition, Regulation and Business Structures in the Scottish Legal Services Market—

S3M-847 Kenny MacAskill: Competition, Regulation and Business Structures in the Scottish Legal Services Market—That the Parliament notes the Office of Fair Trading’s response to the super-complaint by Which? on restrictions on business structures and direct access in the Scottish legal profession and the Law Society of Scotland’s consultation on alternative business structures; believes that the regulatory and business structures of the Scottish legal profession should reflect Scottish circumstances and support improved access to high-quality legal services in a competitive and appropriately regulated market in accordance with competition law, and notes the Scottish Government’s approach of working closely with the legal profession to secure reforms that will allow the Scottish legal profession to compete internationally while enhancing access to justice in local communities.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-847.1 Pauline McNeill: Competition, Regulation and Business Structures in the Scottish Legal Services Market—As an amendment to motion (S3M-847) in the name of Kenny MacAskill, insert at end "and considers that this approach should also widen choice, provide easier access to legal services and create the conditions for more affordable services so that social justice will be at the heart of future changes."

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase tourism to Scotland. (S3O-1201)

2. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the regulations for the installation of fire sprinklers. (S3O-1229)

3. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish its consultation on the wider principles of charging for water and sewage services for 2010-14. (S3O-1199)

4. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what future it envisages for local tourist information centres. (S3O-1192)

5. Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the future of all tourist information centres. (S3O-1188)

6. Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to support economic development in Fife. (S3O-1207)

7. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to improve the education of young people. (S3O-1247)

8. Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to bring forward a national strategy on the location of onshore wind farms. (S3O-1196)

9. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take action to raise the level of home loss payments for those affected by transport schemes. (S3O-1250)

10. Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what direction is being given to Scottish Water regarding water rates and the application of rateable values. (S3O-1239)

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-266)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-267)

3. Nicol Stephen: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-268)

4. Bill Kidd: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government has plans to propose changes to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. (S3F-278)

5. Paul Martin: To ask the First Minister what further funding will be committed to additional policing resources following the recent terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport. (S3F-275)

6. Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the First Minister when the Scottish Government will fulfil its commitment to provide access to a fully qualified nursery teacher for every nursery-age child. (S3F-276)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Wellbeing

1. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support it will provide to the British Red Cross in Scotland in 2008-09. (S3O-1223)

2. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to make Cetuximab freely available across NHS Scotland. (S3O-1248)

3. Withdrawn

4. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to combat childhood obesity. (S3O-1191)

5. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in implementing the Scottish Diabetes Framework Action Plan 2006-09. (S3O-1283)

6. David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have benefited from the Warm Deal since its introduction in 1999. (S3O-1285)

7. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the planned provision of accident and emergency units in Glasgow will be reviewed in light of the recent forecast of a higher than expected rise in the Scottish population. (S3O-1227)

8. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will increase funding to the Chief Scientist for medical research purposes, in light of media reports of a lack of research into, among other things, the causes of multiple sclerosis. (S3O-1225)

9. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the exercise of its responsibilities for equal opportunities, it has taken account of any harm done to women as a result of extreme pornography. (S3O-1282)

10. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the outcome of the 2014 Commonwealth Games decision, what commitments it will give to the city of Glasgow that it will continue plans for regeneration through infrastructure investment and sport to tackle deprivation, particularly in the east end. (S3O-1267)

Rural Affairs and the Environment

1. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make interim payments to farmers and crofters to alleviate the impact of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak. (S3O-1213)

2. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last had discussions on flooding and coastal erosion issues in the Forth estuary with the Forth Estuary Forum, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and relevant local authorities. (S3O-1252)

3. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what practical sustainable development measures are being taken in 2007 and 2008 to achieve a 3% per annum reduction in carbon emissions to fulfil the SNP commitment to reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint. (S3O-1274)

4. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scotland has the required capacity for rendering animals. (S3O-1271)

5. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to fulfil its commitment to safeguarding Scotland’s biodiversity, as stated by the Minister for Environment on 9 October 2007. (S3O-1205)

6. Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings it has had with environmental organisations since May 2007 and what issues were discussed. (S3O-1197)

7. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to support the pig industry. (S3O-1189)

8. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it gives to environmental initiatives in Glasgow. (S3O-1221)

9. Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will introduce to improve recycling in the west of Scotland. (S3O-1232)

10. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to ensure that the volume of hen manure deposited by the planned free-range egg enterprise at Blythbank, set to be the largest in Europe, will not contaminate the water supply of the Edinburgh South parliamentary constituency via the Talla Main aqueduct which runs under the proposed site. (S3O-1210)

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-780 Stewart Stevenson: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-691 John Swinney: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-668 Bill Wilson: Perceived Norms of Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption - Pilot Studies in Scottish Educational Institutions—That the Parliament notes the recent survey on student alcohol consumption carried out by McAlaney and McMahon in the University of Paisley and detailed in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?linkbar=plain&db=journals&term=0096-882X (2007; 68(3):385 – 392); notes that it replicates work in the United States of America that has demonstrated that most people overestimate the alcohol and tobacco intake of their peers and that this misperception of the norm leads to increased consumption; notes the authors’ statement that this raises the possibility of applying social norms interventions, as demonstrated to be effective in the USA, to the United Kingdom; further notes that pilot schemes along these lines are being undertaken in several schools in the Croydon area of England, and considers that the practicality of initiating such schemes in Scottish educational institutions should be investigated.

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