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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Local Government and Communities Committee Debate: 8th Report 2008: Elections 2007—

S3M-2667 Duncan McNeil: Report on Elections 2007—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Local Government and Communities Committee’s 8th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Elections 2007 (SP Paper 120).

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the independence and robustness of school inspections by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education. (S3O-4552)

2. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are planned to increase the level of value for money achieved in the NHS. (S3O-4481)

3. Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last held discussions with the house building industry and COSLA about the current housing situation. (S3O-4537)

4. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns in relation to their education were raised by young carers at the recent Young Carers Festival in West Linton. (S3O-4474)

5. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to ensure adequate childcare facilities in order that parents can access further and higher education. (S3O-4509)

6. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what investment plans it has to address issues relating to flooding in the east end of Glasgow. (S3O-4511)

7. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue an instruction to NHS boards requiring them to give patients the opportunity to donate tissue for research purposes provided proper consent is granted. (S3O-4496)

8. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to ensure that private housing sector modernisation is delivered effectively. (S3O-4516)

9. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of the fire service. (S3O-4548)

10. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it received about the 100 nuclear safety lapses at Faslane and Coulport since June 2006, given that one such incident was categorised as having a "high potential for actual radioactive release to the environment". (S3O-4546)

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-1086)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-1087)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1088)

4. Michael Matheson: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government will take to address the link between youth offending and alcohol. (S3F-1108)

5. Karen Whitefield: To ask the First Minister how many local authorities have indicated that they can afford to implement the Scottish Government’s policy of free school meals for all primary 1 to 3 pupils without a reduction in any other services. (S3F-1107)

6. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to alleviate fuel poverty for pensioners. (S3F-1103)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Sustainable Growth

1. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support delivery of National Outcome 10 in North Lanarkshire Council’s single outcome agreement. (S3O-4497)

2. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in efforts to acknowledge the funding implications of Edinburgh’s capital city status. (S3O-4570)

3. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Futures Trust will first be used in the commissioning of a new school building in 2008-09, 2009-10 or 2010-11. (S3O-4514)

4. Hugh O’Donnell: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial issues were discussed during the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth’s recent visit to China. (S3O-4565)

5. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is planning to ensure that major economic opportunities of national importance located in geographically dispersed areas are underpinned by modern infrastructure and transport improvements. (S3O-4542)

6. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Glasgow City Council about the implementation of a local income tax based on ability to pay. (S3O-4539)

7. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Scottish Futures Trust to be fully operational and when is it anticipated that it will be used in the commissioning of a new school building. (S3O-4489)

8. Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reply to the responses submitted to the consultation on the second National Planning Framework. (S3O-4535)

9. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications for public services are of its tax-cutting agenda. (S3O-4508)

10. Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the promotion of volunteering in Scotland. (S3O-4483)

11. Not Lodged

12. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to fund Co-operative Development Scotland after March 2009. (S3O-4520)

13. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has data on the impact of the credit crunch on small businesses in Scotland. (S3O-4553)

14. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with regard to the establishment of a capital city supplement to recognise Edinburgh’s role as capital and a main driver of the Scottish economy. (S3O-4549)

15. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive, given the financial situation of Aberdeen City Council, whether it believes that efficiency savings of 2% are achievable. (S3O-4491)

16. Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of disruption to growth and investment from economic upheaval and scarcity of resources, whether it has plans to consider scenario-modelling strategies to envisage possible future developments and to audit the social, economic and environmental consequences of these. (S3O-4544)

17. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is in respect of allocation to directorates of additional resources arising from Barnett consequentials. (S3O-4515)

18. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for economic development in Hawick. (S3O-4484)

19. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional investment is planned for the A82. (S3O-4490)

20. Aileen Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to redevelopment of the rail network in South Lanarkshire, including branch lines to Symington and Coalburn, and integration with any proposed high-speed rail link from London. (S3O-4534)

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Strengthening Scotland’s Secure Accommodation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-2683 Bruce Crawford: Scottish Register of Tartans Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill, debate on amendment 1 shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a close no later than 20 minutes after the Stage begins (excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress).

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Register of Tartans Bill—

S3M-2656 Jamie McGrigor: Scottish Register of Tartans Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill be passed.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-2137 Michael McMahon: Living and Dying with Advanced Heart Failure—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Living and dying with advanced heart failure: a palliative care approach, by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care with the support of British Heart Foundation Scotland and the Scottish Government; notes that people with heart failure have a worse prognosis and poorer quality of life than many cancer patients and that 50% of advanced heart failure patients die within a year of diagnosis, many of them suddenly and unexpectedly, particularly in the west of Scotland; believes that uncertainty around prognosis should not be a barrier to people with advanced heart failure, or those with any other condition, receiving appropriate palliative care; is concerned that, despite the recommendations of the CHD and Stroke Task Force in 2001 that provision needed to be made for palliative care for advanced heart failure, too many of these vulnerable patients are still not getting the care they need at the time that they need it most, and believes that account should be taken of the report’s recommendations and that the needs of patients with conditions other than cancer, like advanced heart failure, should be explicitly addressed in the forthcoming palliative care strategy and the refreshed CHD and Stroke Strategy.

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice Committee
24th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 12.45 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

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