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Section A – Today’s Business

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers

1. Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007 will come into force. (S3O-2848)

2. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from the Ethnic Minorities Law Centre regarding funding. (S3O-2811)

3. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour caused by individuals who are drunk and incapable. (S3O-2818)

4. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive, following the implementation of summary justice reforms, how many summary prosecutions it envisages over the next 12 months and what approximate percentage reduction in prosecutions this would represent. (S3O-2758)

5. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police and what issues were discussed. (S3O-2817)

6. Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in upgrading Alloa Sheriff Court. (S3O-2777)

7. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is involving young people in the development of justice policy. (S3O-2850)

8. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last held discussions with Lothian and Borders Police and what issues were discussed. (S3O-2785)

9. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce mandatory custodial sentences for the unlawful possession of a knife or other bladed weapon. (S3O-2828)

10. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it is planning to publish its drugs strategy. (S3O-2826)

Rural Affairs and the Environment

1. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on achieving the waste reduction and recycling targets set out in the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment’s statement to the Parliament on 24 January 2008. (S3O-2803)

2. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were used in determining the allocation of LEADER funding from the Scottish Rural Development Programme to local action groups. (S3O-2807)

3. Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date farmers can expect to receive their full compensation for last year’s outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. (S3O-2843)

4. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it supports and promotes deer farming in Scotland. (S3O-2853)

5. Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the results of its wildlife crime review. (S3O-2856)

6. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Glasgow City Council to discuss household waste recycling targets. (S3O-2805)

7. Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to support farmers and other food producers in relation to food security. (S3O-2792)

8. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is encouraging people to eat Scottish produce. (S3O-2788)

9. Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has in place to ensure that local authorities offer to recycle a variety of substances, not only paper. (S3O-2824)

10. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has attempted to assess the total value of single farm payment reductions suffered by farmers and crofters as a result of having reduced livestock numbers on their land during all, or part of, the 2000 to 2002 reference period to comply with the terms of their land management agreements with Scottish Natural Heritage. (S3O-2845)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Fatal Accident Inquiries—

S3M-1638 Frank Mulholland: Fatal Accident Inquiries—That the Parliament welcomes the review of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976, to be led by Lord Cullen of Whitekirk, which will ensure that Scotland has an effective and practical system of public inquiry into deaths which is fit for the 21st century.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-1638.2 Margaret Smith: Fatal Accident Inquiries—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1638) in the name of Frank Mulholland, insert at end "considers that there is a pressing need for the Scottish Government to enable inquiries to be held in Scotland into the deaths of military personnel, normally domiciled in Scotland, who are killed in active service overseas, and believes that the Scottish Government should give consideration to all available options, including the holding of fatal accident inquiries on a mandatory basis, so that the families of Scottish military personnel no longer have to suffer from the additional burden of attending coroners' inquests in England."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-1646 Bruce Crawford: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Companies Act 2006 (Scottish public sector companies to be audited by the Auditor General for Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1529 Mary Scanlon: Elgin Bypass—That the Parliament supports the need for a bypass for the city of Elgin; recognises the efforts of Moray Council, Elgin Community Council, the Elgin Bypass Steering Group and many other individuals and groups who have campaigned for this bypass for many years; notes that 26,000 vehicles pass through Elgin on a daily basis; further notes that four successive ministers with responsibility for transport have visited Elgin since the formation of the Parliament, all of whom have been supportive of the proposal; notes that Moray is the base of many world-renowned companies that distribute their produce globally but feel restricted in Elgin where traffic slows considerably; also notes that the Moray 2020 strategy recognised that local transport links needed to be transformed in order to enhance the area and to attract inward investment, government dispersals and growing businesses, and notes the need for bypasses for other towns along the A96 corridor.

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