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Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Annual Sea Fisheries Negotiations—

S3M-893 Richard Lochhead: Annual Sea Fisheries Negotiations—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Government in negotiating a deal which is fair and just for Scotland’s fishing communities and which reflects in full the leadership which Scotland’s fishermen are showing the rest of Europe on sustainable fisheries.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-893.2 Sarah Boyack: Annual Sea Fisheries Negotiations—As an amendment to motion (S3M-893) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "agrees that the precautionary principle should prevail in setting levels of permissible fishing activity; acknowledges that much more work needs to be done to create a truly sustainable fishery in the North Sea, including measures to reduce dramatically if not eliminate discards, recognising that one good year class does not of itself create a sustainable fishery stock, and further agrees that there needs to be dialogue between the fishing industry, scientists and conservation interests to ensure continuous improvement in stocks and a long-term sustainable future for the industry."

S3M-893.1 John Scott: Annual Sea Fisheries Negotiations—As an amendment to motion (S3M-893) in the name of Richard Lochhead, after "Government" insert ", working with the UK Government,".

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Withdrawn

2. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients benefit from the NHS Minor Ailments Scheme. (S3O-1361)

3. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase NHS dental provision in Argyll and Bute. (S3O-1297)

4. Withdrawn

5. Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to continue funding the four Scottish centres of excellence in music. (S3O-1331)

6. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the board of NHS Ayrshire and Arran. (S3O-1366)

7. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make a decision about the future of sportscotland and how it intends to replicate the work done by sportscotland on behalf of many Scottish sporting bodies. (S3O-1314)

8. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the announcement by the then Minister for Health and Community Care on 29 March 2006, what progress is being made on new premises for Dalkeith Medical Centre. (S3O-1336)

9. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits will be for the whole of Scotland as a result of hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games. (S3O-1323)

10. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve neonatal services. (S3O-1332)

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-284)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-285)

3. Nicol Stephen: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-286)

4. Alex Neil: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s timetable is for implementing the replacement of council tax by a local income tax. (S3F-290)

5. Richard Baker: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government will encourage research and development in universities. (S3F-298)

6. Mary Scanlon: To ask the First Minister how many additional physiotherapists will be employed in the NHS. (S3F-295)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Sustainable Growth

1. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commission an independent study on the cost of freezing council tax over the next three financial years while maintaining current levels of service provision for each local authority. (S3O-1293)

2. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what support Scottish Enterprise will provide to small businesses. (S3O-1315)

3. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the resources allocated in the recent spending review will be ring-fenced to deliver the SNP’s manifesto commitments. (S3O-1373)

4. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current estimated building costs are for the Waverley railway line to Galashiels. (S3O-1294)

5. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment its enterprise department has made of the potential economic benefit to the north east of the establishment of a 50m swimming pool in Aberdeen. (S3O-1313)

6. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it provides for the post office network in Scotland. (S3O-1375)

7. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Development prioritised spending between government departments for his statement on the spending review. (S3O-1353)

8. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making on its review of public sector procurement policy. (S3O-1301)

9. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will promote to enhance the economic development of Scottish cities. (S3O-1345)

10. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact on the Scottish budget would be of the revenue consequences of increasing the justice department budget sufficiently to allow police numbers to increase by a total of 1,000. (S3O-1292)

Justice and Law Officers

1. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive, in respect of the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Act 2007, whether it will reconsider its recent decision not to proceed with the proposed study into the impact of a ban on large retailers trading on New Year’s Day. (S3O-1337)

2. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is in dialogue with foreign agencies with regard to controlling child abuse on the internet. (S3O-1327)

3. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers will be brought out of retirement as part of its strategy to retain more police in active service. (S3O-1352)

4. Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to redeploy existing police officers in north-east communities. (S3O-1324)

5. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are for expansion of the open prison estate. (S3O-1295)

6. Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of the 500 intended new police officers will be committed to Northern Constabulary. (S3O-1312)

7. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of community wardens. (S3O-1372)

8. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it believes that Scotland’s law on culpable homicide can be developed. (S3O-1344)

9. Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees that the £30 million spent annually on community wardens would better be spent providing a greater number of additional police officers. (S3O-1303)

10. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the prisons budget was spent in 2005-06 on education and other reoffending reduction strategies. (S3O-1306)

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Pandemic Flu

followed by Scottish Government Debate: A Better Future for Scotland’s Children: Ending Domestic Abuse Against Women—

S3M-894 Adam Ingram: A Better Future for Scotland’s Children: Ending Domestic Abuse Against Women—That the Parliament believes that it is unacceptable that thousands of children in Scotland are affected by domestic abuse, seriously impacting on their wellbeing, safety, health, schooling and life experience; pays tribute to those working in the field to help women and children affected by domestic abuse and those taking on the challenge of wider issues of violence against women; reaffirms its commitment to ending violence against women and recognises as part of its support for the UN 16 days of activism against gender violence, the importance of tackling not only domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault but also emerging issues such as human trafficking, and welcomes the establishment of the National Delivery Group on Children Affected by Domestic Abuse, the cross-cutting approach being taken and the involvement of children and young people.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-894.1 Johann Lamont: A Better Future for Scotland’s Children: Ending Domestic Abuse Against Women—As an amendment to motion (S3M-894) in the name of Adam Ingram, after first "violence against women" insert "acknowledges the need to review the effect of current enforcement measures to tackle violence against women, in order to ensure that women and children receive the protection and security that they require".

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-425 Mary Scanlon: Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale) Industry—That the Parliament recognises the potential for the bog myrtle (sweet gale) industry in the Highlands and Scotland; considers that support should be accelerated for the industry, which sees bog myrtle grow wild and be cultivated on plantations across the Highlands, and is soon to be expanded to other regions including Moray, Aberdeenshire and the Borders; notes that immediate support is necessary to establish development, planting and research study which will ensure that the industry develops quickly and that crofters, farmers and landowners involved in the production of bog myrtle see an immediate effect, and believes that support should be given to the commercial planting programme to help mitigate the risk undertaken by initial growers to establish crops in order to see the production of bog myrtle increase in the Highlands and establish the crop in other parts of Scotland in an effort to meet the anticipated global demand for this plant from the healthcare industry and drinks manufacturers and ensure that the subsequent planting by growers continues on a sustained basis.

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