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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate: Local Government Finance—

S3M-2631 Derek Brownlee: Local Government Finance—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Government to publish in detail, prior to the introduction of a council tax abolition Bill, how it proposes to allocate to each local authority local income tax revenues and all other sources of funding, including revenue support grant and non-domestic rates income, in the event of the Bill being enacted.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-2631.2 John Swinney: Local Government Finance—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2631) in the name of Derek Brownlee, insert at end "and believes the UK Government should agree that Council Tax Benefit money forms an integral part of local government finance and should be available to local government as part of decisions by the Scottish Parliament to reform local taxation in Scotland."

S3M-2631.1 Andy Kerr: Local Government Finance—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2631) in the name of Derek Brownlee, after second "income" insert ", together with indicative figures for each local authority for the first year of operation of local income tax, and how stability of funding is delivered to ensure that no local authority loses revenues directly because of the introduction of the new tax system"

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate: Age limits on purchases of alcohol—

S3M-2629 Murdo Fraser: Age Limits on Purchases of Alcohol—That the Parliament rejects the Scottish Government’s proposals to raise the age limit for purchasing alcohol from off-licences and supermarkets from 18 to 21.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-2629.1 Kenny MacAskill: Age Limits on Purchases of Alcohol—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2629) in the name of Murdo Fraser, leave out from "rejects" to end and insert "welcomes the period of consultation, listening and debate that is happening in Scotland on how to rebalance the country’s relationship with alcohol; welcomes the initiatives being taken at local level, including voluntary agreements not to sell alcohol to persons under 21; notes the ongoing work done by licensing boards and other partners to implement the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005; recognises the need to build on that legislation with further measures including the ending of irresponsible alcohol promotions, and acknowledges that given the major public health implications failure to take further action to tackle alcohol misuse is not an option."

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Withdrawn

2. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to respond to its recent figures showing a decline in the number of registered teaching staff in nurseries since May 2007. (S3O-4411)

3. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will deal with the consequences for VisitScotland and its investment partners of the change of emphasis from a commercial to an information-based approach to accommodation booking on the visitscotland.com website. (S3O-4400)

4. Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive when referrals for mental health services will be guaranteed within 18 weeks, as they are for other specialisms. (S3O-4409)

5. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive when the consultation responses on the proposed local income tax will be published. (S3O-4380)

6. Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing last met representatives of the STUC. (S3O-4396)

7. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost to business is of the collection of a local income tax that is set and levied by 32 individual local authorities. (S3O-4427)

8. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when local residents directly affected by the construction of the Forth replacement crossing and related motorways will be informed about the preferred route, any impact on their homes and their rights to compensation for property blight that may result. (S3O-4469)

9. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met First ScotRail to discuss rail services in Fife and what issues were discussed. (S3O-4468)

10. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to the submission by Govanhill Housing Association regarding slum landlords. (S3O-4408)

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time—

1. Iain Gray: To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for the rest of the day. (S3F-1057)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-1058)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1059)

4. Rob Gibson: To ask the First Minister how marine energy developments in the Pentland Firth and at other locations around Scotland will contribute to sustainable development. (S3F-1077)

5. Cathie Craigie: To ask the First Minister, in light of the comments by the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service that the record prison population of 8,137 is at a level that is "unsafe operationally and legally", what steps the Scottish Government will take to alleviate prison overcrowding. (S3F-1082)

6. Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government is supporting students with care responsibilities for children. (S3F-1060)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers

1. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of monies collected through fiscal fines is retained by HM Treasury and how much this has amounted to since 2004 in real terms. (S3O-4453)

2. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place between Scottish and UK Government ministers regarding the consultation by the Home Office on plans to replace the Police Negotiating Board with a new pay review body. (S3O-4379)

3. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the perpetrators of vandalism and graffiti to undertake community-based punishments. (S3O-4443)

4. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the activities of local authorities that choose not to apply the law even-handedly across all sections of the community with regard to parking on public or private land. (S3O-4376)

5. Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to tackle knife crime. (S3O-4416)

6. Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made to protect residents whose title deeds bind them to a specific land maintenance company. (S3O-4435)

7. Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive how many off-sales operators were issued with a warning in the last year for selling alcohol to children under 18 years of age and how many licences were withdrawn on that basis. (S3O-4382)

8. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to enforce existing provisions for controlling the sale of alcohol. (S3O-4401)

9. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider a full review of the current application process and issuing fresh guidance to organisations looking to gain rights of audience under sections 25 to 29 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990, in light of concerns that the Association of Commercial Attorneys have expressed over the time taken to progress its application. (S3O-4373)

10. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to Amnesty International’s request that it adopt a basic anti-rendition policy for the airports under its control. (S3O-4446)

Rural Affairs and the Environment

1. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with Scottish Water to ensure that flooding issues in the Greenock and Inverclyde area are tackled. (S3O-4413)

2. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will encourage new entrants into the farming sector. (S3O-4460)

3. David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made, as a result of its food procurement guidelines, on increasing the amount of locally sourced food. (S3O-4426)

4. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making on flood management schemes in the Highlands and Islands. (S3O-4424)

5. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been allocated to deal with new flood management issues in Scotland. (S3O-4422)

6. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to local authorities to enable them to provide joint facilities for waste recycling. (S3O-4412)

7. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on the development of sites that may be contaminated by hazardous waste. (S3O-4374)

8. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what environmental justice projects it is funding. (S3O-4407)

9. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce flooding in Scotland. (S3O-4445)

10. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the amount of commercial and industrial waste recycled in Scotland. (S3O-4438)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Scudamore Report into Foot and Mouth Disease—

S3M-2635 Richard Lochhead: Scudamore Report into Foot and Mouth Disease—That the Parliament supports the Scudamore report’s conclusions on Scotland’s handling of the 2007 foot and mouth disease outbreak, contained in Foot and Mouth Disease Review (Scotland) 2007, and welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to take the recommendations forward, including consideration of any potential opportunities for regionalisation and other steps to minimise the potential future disruption to the Scottish livestock industry.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-2635.3 Sarah Boyack: Scudamore Report into Foot and Mouth Disease—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2635) in the name of Richard Lochhead, leave out from "to minimise" to end and insert "such as the role that local abattoirs might play and the unique circumstances of Scotland’s islands; notes however the continuing difficulties experienced by the pig industry, and calls on the Scottish Government to take urgent action to support the Scottish pig industry and to consider further action to minimise the potential future disruption to the Scottish livestock industry."

S3M-2635.1 John Scott: Scudamore Report into Foot and Mouth Disease—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2635) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "notes the continued economic impact of the outbreak on Scotland’s beef, sheep and pig farmers, and calls on the Scottish Government to address proactively the continuing decline in livestock numbers across Scotland."

S3M-2635.2 Liam McArthur: Scudamore Report into Foot and Mouth Disease—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2635) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "believes that, although the devolution settlement has largely been a success for Scottish agriculture, the current position whereby Scotland decides on animal health policy but has no control over its funding is an anomaly of the Scotland Act 1998, which is detrimental to relationships between the two administrations, and calls on the Scottish Government to press the case for devolving a proportionate share of the animal health budget currently held at Westminster to Scotland, while preserving the right to access the UK Treasury reserve fund."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-2648 Bruce Crawford: Committee Membership—That the Parliament agrees that—

Cathie Craigie be appointed to replace Charlie Gordon as a member of the Audit Committee;

Wendy Alexander be appointed to replace David Whitton as a member of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee;

Claire Baker be appointed to replace Mary Mulligan as a member of the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee;

Malcolm Chisholm be appointed to replace Richard Baker as a member of the Equal Opportunities Committee;

Charlie Gordon be appointed to replace Malcolm Chisholm as a member of the European and External Relations Committee;

David Whitton and Jackie Baillie be appointed to replace Elaine Murray and Tom McCabe as members of the Finance Committee;

Jackie Baillie be appointed to replace Rhoda Grant as a member of the Health and Sport Committee;

Mary Mulligan be appointed to replace Johann Lamont as a member of the Local Government and Communities Committee;

Marlyn Glen and Bill Butler be appointed to replace Rhoda Grant and Claire Baker as members of the Public Petitions Committee;

Elaine Murray be appointed to replace Des McNulty as a member of the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee;

Peter Peacock and Marilyn Livingstone be appointed to replace Cathie Craigie and Marlyn Glen as members of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee;

Malcolm Chisholm and Tom McCabe be appointed to replace John Park and Jackie Baillie as members of the Subordinate Legislation Committee;

Des McNulty be appointed to replace David Stewart as a member of the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee.

S3M-2649 Bruce Crawford: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that—

David Whitton be appointed to replace George Foulkes as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee;

Cathy Peattie be appointed to replace Claire Baker as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee;

Johann Lamont be appointed to replace John Park as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Equal Opportunities Committee;

Ken Macintosh be appointed to replace Jackie Baillie as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the European and External Relations Committee;

Lewis Macdonald be appointed to replace Peter Peacock as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Finance Committee;

Frank McAveety be appointed to replace Irene Oldfather as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Health and Sport Committee;

Richard Simpson be appointed to replace Marlyn Glen as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Justice Committee;

Paul Martin be appointed to replace Rhoda Grant as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Local Government and Communities Committee;

Claire Baker be appointed to replace Marilyn Livingstone as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Public Petitions Committee;

Rhoda Grant be appointed to replace David Stewart as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee;

Mary Mulligan be appointed to replace Trish Godman as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee;

David Stewart be appointed to replace Richard Baker as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-2419 Jim Tolson: Alloa to Fife and Edinburgh Rail Link—That the Parliament notes that the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership has proposed that a feasibility study into a rail passenger service between Alloa or Stirling and Edinburgh via Fife should be sought; believes that the upgrading of the Charlestown Junction would allow a direct rail service between Alloa and Edinburgh and improve direct freight operations from the west coast via Stirling-Alloa and into Rosyth; notes that the usage of the newly reopened Stirling-Alloa rail service has greatly exceeded the forecast passenger numbers, and believes that there is a strong case for early work to explore the opportunities to increase the sustainable transport options available to people in the Stirling, Fife and Edinburgh areas.

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