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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-964 Fiona Hyslop: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-964.1 Jeremy Purvis: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-964) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, insert at end "and, in so doing, calls for a statutory duty on Scottish Ministers to provide student support and provision made thereunder to be improved for existing and future students and further calls for more research into the barriers to accessing further and higher education to be undertaken."

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for expenditure on affordable housing over the period of the current spending review. (S3O-1720)

2. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to prevent the spread of sudden oak death. (S3O-1674)

3. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last spoke to NHS Borders and what issues were discussed. (S3O-1693)

4. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support farming communities in the Borders. (S3O-1675)

5. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address inequalities in health. (S3O-1768)

6. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to the NHS was of VAT paid in connection with the employment of agency staff in the latest year for which figures are available. (S3O-1698)

7. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to target resources and services for raising awareness of the effects of alcohol consumption among young people and for providing rehabilitation services for them. (S3O-1695)

8. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether recent comments by Trevor Phillips, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, about the celebration of Christmas will affect its equal opportunities policies. (S3O-1711)

9. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to expand the provision of NHS dentistry in north-east Scotland. (S3O-1740)

10. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote good standards of animal welfare. (S3O-1761)

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-376)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-377)

3. Nicol Stephen: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-378)

4. Alasdair Allan: To ask the First Minister what representations the Scottish Government is making to Her Majesty’s Government about the price of fuel in rural areas. (S3F-380)

5. Sarah Boyack: To ask the First Minister how the agreement reached at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali will impact on the policy direction of the Scottish Government. (S3F-389)

6. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister whether it is the policy of the Scottish Executive to seek operational control over the activities of British Transport Police in Scotland. (S3F-391)

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-953 Bill Butler: Support Project Scotland—That the Parliament expresses its dismay at the decision of the Scottish Government to withdraw funding from Project Scotland, the ground-breaking volunteering project, which since its inception has secured well over 1,000 placements for young people throughout Scotland; recognises the very real and tangible benefits both to local communities and organisations, such as the Temple Shafton Youth Project in Glasgow, which have participated in the scheme and wholeheartedly applauds the effort and commitment of the volunteers involved; acknowledges that participants have been able to discover and develop new skills during their time with Project Scotland; notes the cross-party support for motion S3M-695 in the name of Sandra White, which acknowledged the positive role played by Project Scotland in helping "those previously excluded from participating in society to realise their true potential and aspirations", and believes that the decision should be reversed and support given to a project which, through the sterling efforts of volunteers, has made a significant contribution to a more inclusive and co-operative Scotland.

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Sustainable Growth

1. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value is of public sector contracts currently sourced from small and medium-sized enterprises. (S3O-1681)

2. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it will pursue to deliver domestic energy efficiency and what reduction in CO2 emissions these initiatives are intended to deliver. (S3O-1730)

3. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how its energy strategy will be affected by the decision to extend the operating life of Hunterston B. (S3O-1753)

4. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide funding in 2008-09 for a full grade-separated junction on the A90 at Laurencekirk. (S3O-1725)

5. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how much additional revenue is being allocated under the local government finance settlement for 2008-09 to support the reduction in class sizes to 18 in primary 1 to primary 3. (S3O-1744)

6. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact of the recent local government settlement and concordat will be on Aberdeen. (S3O-1684)

7. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to publish in full the outcome agreements with local authorities. (S3O-1765)

8. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether everyone who currently pays council tax will benefit from the council tax freeze. (S3O-1701)

9. Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to local authorities about finance and sustainable growth issues since May 2007. (S3O-1707)

10. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how the overall economic strategy and spending plans detailed in Scottish Budget: Spending Review 2007 provide for the promotion of gender equality. (S3O-1766)

11. Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make funds available from the 2007-08 underspend to ensure that improvements on the A9 in Caithness and Sutherland can go ahead. (S3O-1724)

12. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many redundancies there will be in local government as a result of the planned reductions in bureaucracy. (S3O-1728)

13. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the Social Return on Investment tool successfully piloted by the New Economics Foundation and Social Economy Scotland. (S3O-1706)

14. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the council tax freeze will benefit all household income deciles. (S3O-1742)

15. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what work has been undertaken to assess Scotland’s future energy requirements. (S3O-1746)

16. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has for the use of the unallocated asset fund of dormant bank accounts and whether it will consider using some of this money for the provision of music rehearsal space for young people. (S3O-1733)

17. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd to develop and market new routes from the highlands and islands to Europe and other parts of the United Kingdom. (S3O-1767)

18. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in Edinburgh would gain and how many would lose from a council tax freeze. (S3O-1738)

19. David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive how the £11 billion block allocation to local government and the £8 billion block allocation to NHS boards are aligned to contribute to sustainable economic growth. (S3O-1769)

20. Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many small businesses in Inverclyde will benefit from the proposed cut in business rates. (S3O-1700)

2.55 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-1058 Bruce Crawford: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Group 1:                20 minutes.

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-992 Stewart Stevenson: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Climate Change Bill – UK Legislation—

S3M-1023 Stewart Stevenson: Climate Change Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle of introducing for the United Kingdom as a whole statutory targets and a related framework for action to mitigate climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions as set out in the Climate Change Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 14 November 2007, and agrees that the provisions in the Bill which fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

4.30 pm Decision Time

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