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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Energy—

S3M-1152 Jim Mather: Energy—That the Parliament notes the Energy Bill introduced by the UK Government; welcomes the Bill’s provisions in relation to promotion of renewable energy which will allow the Scottish Parliament to determine levels of support for emerging technologies; recognises the potential of carbon capture and storage for reducing carbon emissions and supports further dialogue with the UK Government on exercise of powers in relation to regulation of carbon storage; welcomes the Scottish Government’s position that new nuclear power stations are not necessary to meet renewable electricity targets or carbon emissions targets and are not wanted in Scotland; welcomes the UK Government’s recognition that the Bill’s provisions on nuclear decommissioning should not extend to Scotland, and believes that Scotland can have a secure, low-carbon, non-nuclear energy future through a combination of a growing renewables sector exploiting a range of technologies, including marine energy, cleaner energy from fossil fuels, improved energy efficiency resulting from better insulated buildings and increased awareness of the benefits that accrue from behavioural change and demand reduction.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-1152.2 Lewis Macdonald: Energy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1152) in the name of Jim Mather, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "supports the further development of a Scottish energy strategy, in partnership with the UK Government, which delivers a mixed energy supply and a focus on energy efficiency to meet our energy needs, secure sustainable economic growth and tackle climate change; believes that the Scottish Government should work towards more ambitious targets for generating electricity from renewable technologies; believes that Scotland needs the full range of renewables to be developed including biomass, marine and local combined heat and power technologies; believes that the investment in the grid and the costs of transmitting electricity should continue to be shared by consumers across Great Britain; believes that, while there are ongoing concerns about different sources of energy generation, we should not rule out any single energy source, as doing so may risk both the security of our electricity supply and thousands of jobs across Scotland, and calls on Scottish ministers to work in partnership with UK ministers on addressing our future energy needs."

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment to amendment

S3M-1152.2.1 Gavin Brown: Energy—As an amendment to amendment (S3M-1152.2) in the name of Lewis Macdonald, insert at end "calls for more emphasis to be placed on decentralised energy, promoting micro-generation and small providers to give communities greater control of their energy production and increased energy efficiency."

S3M-1152.1 Liam McArthur: Energy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1152) in the name of Jim Mather, after "fossil fuels" insert "microgeneration and biomass; acknowledges the important role of the enterprise networks in helping to achieve this and the need for renewables to remain a priority for a well-resourced Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and further recognises the central importance of".

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to mark Burns night this year and how it intends to encourage the celebration of Burns night. (S3O-1951)

2. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place between ministers and Transport Scotland regarding the proposed upgrade of the A77 at Symington and Bogend Toll. (S3O-1871)

3. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Glasgow City Council. (S3O-1941)

4. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that its proposals to freeze council tax do not breach any legislation. (S3O-1912)

5. Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase tourism in the highlands and islands. (S3O-1955)

6. Not Lodged

7. Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will provide to village halls during this session of the Parliament. (S3O-1873)

8. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will encourage the development of scheduled train services from Scotland to continental Europe via the recently improved Channel Tunnel Rail Link. (S3O-1893)

9. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what response the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture has had from the US Congress to the concerns raised over the reclassification of Scottish literature as a subsection of English literature. (S3O-1947)

10. Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in negotiations with the UK Government over elections to the Scottish Parliament, in light of the parliamentary debate on the Gould report. (S3O-1939)

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-427)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-428)

3. Nicol Stephen: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-429)

4. Aileen Campbell: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government is taking to promote healthy diets from locally sourced products among the people of Scotland. (S3F-445)

5. George Foulkes: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government supports a system of "presumed consent" for organ donation. (S3F-434)

6. John Lamont: To ask the First Minister what information the Scottish Government has on how many jobs will be lost in Scotland following the announcement that it will not allow any new nuclear power stations to be built in Scotland. (S3F-433)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Wellbeing

1. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available for healthy living centres in remote and island communities. (S3O-1872)

2. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress the NHS is making to improve fire safety in hospitals. (S3O-1949)

3. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met NHS Fife and what issues were discussed. (S3O-2057)

4. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the full range of children’s cancer services will continue to be delivered in Aberdeen. (S3O-1905)

5. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to tackle obesity. (S3O-1875)

6. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to help low-paid workers in the NHS. (S3O-1896)

7. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in relation to Glasgow Housing Association’s improvement plan. (S3O-1957)

8. Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to promote active and healthy lifestyles among older people. (S3O-1946)

9. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy priorities are for 2008 for the Health and Wellbeing portfolio. (S3O-1889)

10. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it can take to assist in the elimination of the norovirus from Scottish hospitals. (S3O-1868)

11. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to improve the delivery of cancer treatment in Dumfries and Galloway. (S3O-1876)

12. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in order to involve local councillors in decisions about health services in their areas, it will consider extending their role and powers. (S3O-1924)

13. Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what capital funding it is making available to respond to increasing demands at local health centres. (S3O-1911)

14. Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that medical services are not compromised while hospital wards are closed due to outbreaks of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus. (S3O-1878)

15. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what income will be generated by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as a result of the introduction of car parking charges at Stobhill Hospital and the Southern General Hospital. (S3O-1902)

16. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to children and young people living with domestic violence. (S3O-1894)

17. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to it will be of the reduction in the costs of pre-payment prescription certificates and individual prescription charges in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11. (S3O-1869)

18. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is with regard to the incidence of unplanned teenage pregnancies. (S3O-1950)

19. Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will meet NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to discuss the NHS board’s decision to press ahead with plans to abolish the community maternity units in Inverclyde Royal Hospital and the Vale of Leven Hospital despite one of the recommendations by the Independent Scrutiny Panel. (S3O-1952)

20. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to ensure that its priorities regarding the Janny’s Hoose in Inverness and the other healthy living centres in the highlands and islands are met by local authorities. (S3O-1915)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Firearms—

S3M-1153 Kenny MacAskill: Firearms—That the Parliament recognises the increasing public concern about gun crime; agrees that action is required to give better protection to our communities by effectively banning the ownership and use of all firearms and air weapons other than for recognised and legitimate occupational and sporting interests, and supports the Scottish Government’s intention to engage with the wide range of interests, including the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS), sporting bodies and gun lobbies, in re-energising the United Kingdom debate started in 2004, but not progressed, on reform of the existing firearms regime into a system that is simpler to understand, administer and enforce and places prime importance on public safety.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-1153.2 Pauline McNeill: Firearms—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1153) in the name of Kenny MacAskill, leave out from "gun crime" to end and insert "the unacceptable incidence of gun crime and in particular the illegal misuse of air weapons across Scotland; welcomes the actions of the previous Scottish Executive, working with the UK Home Office, to restrict the sale of airguns and increase the age at which an airgun can be obtained; notes that there is a case for reviewing the effect of these provisions with a view to implementing further restrictions on the ownership of airguns other than for recognised and legitimate occupational and sporting interests; but further believes that improved firearm legislation would be best obtained by retaining consistency across all parts of the United Kingdom, and therefore calls on Scottish ministers to engage constructively with the UK Government to better control and reduce serious and violent crime in Scotland."

S3M-1153.1 Bill Aitken: Firearms—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1153) in the name of Kenny MacAskill, leave out from "action" to end and insert "laws regarding firearms control should be regularly reviewed but notes that firearms legislation is reserved to Westminster; notes also with regret that the great majority of weapons used in gun crime are held illegally in breach of the existing law; acknowledges that the most effective way of making Scotland’s communities safer is more effective enforcement of the existing law, and calls on the Scottish Government to support an increase in police resources to improve enforcement of current firearms legislation."

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill – UK Legislation—

S3M-1087 Jim Mather: Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament supports the principle of clauses in the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 7 November 2007, providing for the collection and distribution of sums released from dormant bank and building society accounts for social and environmental purposes, and agrees that the provisions in the Bill that relate to the distribution of such sums in Scotland should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-1087.1 Jeremy Purvis: Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill - UK Legislation—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1087) in the name of Jim Mather, insert at end "and, in so doing, calls on ministers to return to the Parliament following Royal Assent to the Bill and make a statement that the funds to be distributed in Scotland will be diverted towards youth services and facilities for all parts of Scotland."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-969 Roseanna Cunningham: Defence Aviation and Repair Agency Almondbank - No To Privatisation—That the Parliament respects the important role played by the DARA rotary wing and components business at Almondbank near Perth which provides in-depth maintenance, repair and overhaul of components for the UK’s military helicopter fleet; applauds the management and workforce at DARA for creating what has become a world-class centre of excellence; recognises the important role played by helicopters at the front line of modern conflicts; notes that an announcement is expected in Westminster on 15 December 2007 on the future of DARA; regrets that, far from protecting the critical work that DARA does to keep its helicopters flying, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) seems set to sell the organisation to the private sector with the sole bidder being the small Canadian company, Vector Aerospace, in a decision which would mean the permanent loss of helicopter support to the MoD and would be effectively exporting the intellectual property and design skills required to maintain operational sovereignty; welcomes the proposals submitted by the joint trade unions which, through measures such as mobile repair teams, integrating service personnel into the business, funding for capability rather than fixed pricing and directing MoD work into the business, would ensure the long-term viability and success of the business inside the MoD; notes that Baroness Taylor of Bolton is the minister responsible for the decision, and believes that support should be given to the unions’ proposals which will protect jobs, technologies and armed forces personnel.

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