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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scrutiny Improvement Changes to Structures

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Patients’ Rights

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what further improvements are planned for the A76. (S3O-4704)

2. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place, or are planned, between Scottish ministers and the European Commission about the forthcoming review of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the welfare of animals during transportation. (S3O-4675)

3. Gavin Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of recent events in the financial sector on economic growth in Scotland. (S3O-4677)

4. Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can provide details of the likely timescale for publication of the results of the recent consultation process on SQA exam reform. (S3O-4682)

5. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that the nation’s cultural identity is enhanced by the permanent presence in Scotland of a vibrant, robust and competitive television programme making industry. (S3O-4745)

6. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve further the junction of the A90 with the A937 at Laurencekirk. (S3O-4681)

7. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to revisit legislation on charities. (S3O-4699)

8. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise regarding possible events to take place in the Highlands and Islands during the Homecoming Scotland 2009 celebrations. (S3O-4726)

9. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive how many consented renewable energy projects in the north of Scotland are currently awaiting connection to the grid. (S3O-4712)

10. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop alternatives to custody for women offenders to counter the unprecedented intake of women to HM Prison Cornton Vale. (S3O-4700)

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-1142)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-1143)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1144)

4. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Government has had with HM Treasury about ensuring that an estimated £46 million of local authority investment, along with charity deposits, are recovered from Icelandic banks. (S3F-1150)

5. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the First Minister what further actions the Scottish Government will take to ensure repossession is used only as a last resort by lenders where homeowners are having mortgage repayment difficulties. (S3F-1160)

6. Bill Aitken: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government, in liaison with the UK Government, has plans to redefine the role of the Lord Advocate. (S3F-1147)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Wellbeing

1. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive when it next plans to meet the British Dental Association. (S3O-4729)

2. Not Lodged

3. Derek Brownlee: To ask the Scottish Executive what factors explain the recently announced increase in the percentage of the population registered with an NHS dentist. (S3O-4684)

4. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what investment it is making in the development of social rented housing. (S3O-4727)

5. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive when it next plans to meet with the chief executives of NHS boards. (S3O-4694)

6. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive how patients in Ayrshire and Arran will benefit from having a directly elected NHS board. (S3O-4738)

7. Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing last met officials of the board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. (S3O-4730)

8. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that all adults and children in Caithness and other parts of the Highlands and Islands are able to register with an NHS dentist. (S3O-4739)

9. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made towards implementing the Wheelchair and Seating Services Modernisation draft action plan. (S3O-4714)

10. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to develop a secure forensic mental health service for young people. (S3O-4701)

11. Not Lodged

12. Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to provide value for money media and communication services for hospital inpatients. (S3O-4734)

13. Not Lodged

14. Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made by the Scottish Ambulance Service to enhance the service in the Braemar area following transfer of the ambulance station to Ballater. (S3O-4735)

15. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what new measures it will introduce to protect homeowners against repossession. (S3O-4696)

16. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any information on the future status of the Vale of Leven Hospital. (S3O-4749)

17. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider making representations to the Royal Bank of Scotland, which is providing a £1.6 million CT scanner to NHS Lothian, to ensure equal access for all patients. (S3O-4740)

18. Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the current provision for physiotherapy services in the NHS Highland area to be adequate. (S3O-4750)

19. Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met NHS Lothian and what issues were discussed. (S3O-4718)

20. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what costs are involved in funding elections to NHS boards. (S3O-4705)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-2693 Nanette Milne: Community Service Volunteers (CSV)—That the Parliament commends Community Service Volunteers (CSV) for its strong track record in supporting retired people to engage with their local communities as volunteers; congratulates the Energy Challenge project in Aberdeen, which trains older volunteers to bring fuel efficiency and energy savings advice to people in their own homes to ensure that they stay warm and have energy-efficient homes; notes that, in view of government funding ending in March 2009, CSV’s support to 1,600 older volunteers working in their local areas will come to an end, which will have a huge impact on communities and individuals across Scotland, and believes that consideration should be given to how continued support can be provided for volunteer-involving organisations.

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