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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Motion on Breach of the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006—

S3M-2442 Keith Brown on behalf of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee: Breach of the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006—That the Parliament notes the 6th Report, 2008 (Session 3) of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee, Complaint against Wendy Alexander MSP, and agrees to impose the sanction recommended in the report that Wendy Alexander MSP be excluded from all proceedings of the Parliament for the first Wednesday that is a sitting day following agreement of this motion.

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Getting it Right for Every Child—

S3M-2480 Fiona Hyslop: Getting it Right for Every Child—That the Parliament welcomes the continuing support for the Getting It Right For Every Child programme, initiated by the previous administration; acknowledges the significant progress in pathfinder activity, both in Highland and for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse, exploring how best agencies can work together to record and share information as necessary to inform effective decision making around children’s needs and to redesign services to reduce overlap and bureaucracy; welcomes progress in developing the eCare Framework to support positive practice change across all services and the plans to develop a safe and secure environment for exchanging information where necessary and for a particular purpose, respecting both data protection legislation and the privacy of individuals, and supports continuing activity to develop understanding and awareness of implementation of Getting It Right For Every Child and how services can best work to improve outcomes for children and delivery of the national outcomes.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-2480.1 Rhona Brankin: Getting it Right for Every Child—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2480) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, insert at end "and therefore voices its concern at the impact on vulnerable children of rising class sizes, cuts in the number of health visitors and cuts in the number of teachers of children with additional support needs, and calls on the Scottish Government to honour its pledge to pay kinship carers allowance to grandparents."

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what action was taken during the summer recess to advance the National Conversation. (S3O-4015)

2. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding support is available for traditional community-based Scottish arts to ensure that our culture survives into the future. (S3O-4038)

3. Christina McKelvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to sport in Lanarkshire. (S3O-4025)

4. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with COSLA and local authorities regarding the First Minister’s announcement of 19 August 2008 on housing investment. (S3O-4056)

5. Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the replacement of PPP funding schemes. (S3O-4030)

6. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional training has been offered to HM Inspectorate of Education inspectors following the death of headteacher Irene Hogg in the Scottish Borders. (S3O-4018)

7. Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether numbers are available for people suffering from autistic spectrum disorder, based on recent case studies of specific areas, that would allow for a detailed breakdown of numbers and severity of cases. (S3O-4019)

8. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new schools have been commissioned for (a) primary and (b) secondary for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. (S3O-4052)

9. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government about the conduct of future elections in Scotland. (S3O-4027)

10. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in taking forward the policy priorities of the 2008-09 Scottish budget. (S3O-4054)

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time—

1. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for the rest of the day. (S3F-953)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-954)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-955)

4. Nigel Don: To ask the First Minister what measures the Scottish Government is taking to bolster the Scottish economy in the current economic climate. (S3F-981)

5. Rhona Brankin: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive plans to respond to reports that fewer than one in four of last year’s probationer teachers have found permanent teaching jobs. (S3F-964)

6. John Lamont: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government intends to support sport in schools ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. (S3F-956)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Rural Affairs and the Environment

1. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in relation to the new entrants scheme for farmers. (S3O-3980)

2. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what lead ministers are giving the public on reducing their individual carbon footprints. (S3O-4046)

3. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what the composition and remit of the Seagull Task Force are and what resources the Executive has committed to the pilot project in Dumfries. (S3O-4067)

4. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the National Park Review will consider possible improvements to the mechanism by which Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park discharges its planning function. (S3O-4035)

5. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve environmental management in the business community. (S3O-3997)

6. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met local authorities to discuss flooding. (S3O-4044)

7. Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the provision of locally produced food in the public sector. (S3O-4004)

8. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of its pig support package, announced on 7 August 2008, had not previously been announced. (S3O-3999)

9. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what tonnage of waste collected for recycling by local authorities has been diverted to landfill since May 2007. (S3O-4060)

10. Not Lodged

Justice and Law Officers

1. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with HM Treasury in relation to police and fire service pensions. (S3O-4002)

2. David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in processing the application from the Association of Commercial Attorneys for third party right of audience in Scotland’s courts under the provisions of sections 25-29 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990. (S3O-4076)

3. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many petrol filling stations are licensed to sell alcohol. (S3O-4024)

4. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what statistics exist on the (a) incidence, (b) severity and (c) causes of fires in (i) domestic properties, (ii) hotels and (iii) bed and breakfast premises. (S3O-3984)

5. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had discussions with stakeholders, particularly in Grampian, on the need to act on deficiencies in the facilities and arrangements for police force custody management. (S3O-4005)

6. Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend the provision of domestic abuse courts to rural areas. (S3O-4006)

7. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to reduce reoffending rates. (S3O-3992)

8. Keith Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on allowing fatal accident inquiries to be held in Scotland for Scottish armed services personnel who are killed in accidents abroad. (S3O-4008)

9. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources are being put in place to roll out the ASSIST victim support services needed to match the extended responsibilities of the Domestic Abuse Court in Glasgow and how similar support services across Scotland will be funded. (S3O-4048)

10. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Justice last met the Glasgow Bar Association. (S3O-4034)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Obesity Action Plan—

S3M-2481 Shona Robison: Obesity Action Plan—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Government to tackle obesity as highlighted in the recent publication, Healthy Eating, Active Living: An action plan to improve diet, increase physical activity and tackle obesity, and further welcomes the £56 million over the next three years, which the Scottish Government has made available to build on the existing good work in support of the Scottish Diet Action Plan and the National Physical Activity Strategy as outlined in the action plan.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-2481.2 Margaret Curran: Obesity Action Plan—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2481) in the name of Shona Robison, insert at end "and calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward to the Parliament details on how it intends to meet its commitment to two hours per week PE tuition in schools by specialist teachers and guarantee five days’ outdoor education for every school pupil."

S3M-2481.1 Ross Finnie: Obesity Action Plan—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2481) in the name of Shona Robison, insert at end "and believes that progress in tackling obesity should be assessed and reported on a regular basis according to the 10 measurements set out in chapter two of the action plan."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

       S3M-2493 Bruce Crawford (Stirling) (SNP) on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: That the Parliament

           agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 10 September 2008—

           after

          

           Wednesday10 September 2008

           delete

          

           2.30 pm Time for Reflection

           and insert

           2.00 pm Time for Reflection

           followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Futures Trust

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-2011 Iain Smith: Enforcement of Planning Legislation—That the Parliament notes with concern the difficulties faced by planning authorities, such as Fife Council, in attempting to deal with breaches of planning legislation through enforcement and stop notices; considers that development without the appropriate planning approval undermines the rule of law and the planning process and that the present planning legislation does not provide a sufficient safeguard against unlawful development; believes that appeals against enforcement or stop notices should not be permitted on the grounds that planning permission for the development would have been granted or that a planning application for the development has been submitted; further believes that there should be a presumption against approval for any development that has been carried out without the appropriate planning approvals, and desires further debate on these proposals.

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