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Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: A Framework for Science in Scotland

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Sea Fisheries—

S3M-2966 Richard Lochhead: Sea Fisheries—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Government in negotiating a deal that is fair and just for Scotland’s fishing communities and that reflects in full the leadership that Scotland’s fishermen are showing the rest of Europe on sustainable fisheries.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-2966.3 Sarah Boyack: Sea Fisheries—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2966) in the name of Richard Lochhead, leave out from "the Scottish Government" to end and insert "Team UK and in particular the positive approach taken by the new UK Fisheries Minister and the work of the Scottish Government in seeking to negotiate a deal that is fair and just for Scotland’s fishing communities, and which will secure sustainable fisheries for Scotland, and commends the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation’s recent environmental statement and for the leadership and innovation being shown by Scotland’s fishermen, demonstrating the way forward for the rest of Europe."

S3M-2966.1 John Scott: Sea Fisheries—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2966) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "; notes with concern the European Commission’s proposals for west coast stocks that, if implemented, could especially damage the viability of the west coast langoustine sector, and therefore calls on the Scottish Government to work towards a settlement that successfully balances the need to conserve depleted west coast whitefish stocks with a thriving langoustine fishery."

S3M-2966.2 Liam McArthur: Sea Fisheries—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2966) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "welcomes the work that Scottish fishermen have been taking forward with government, scientists and others over recent years to develop a more sophisticated approach to protecting cod and safeguarding fishing opportunities; recognises that the process of improving stakeholder involvement in EU fisheries policy began with the establishment of the influential regional advisory councils, and calls on the Scottish Government to continue driving forward this regionalised approach as a means of improving fisheries management decisions within the Common Fisheries Policy in the interests of sustaining stocks, Scotland’s fishing fleet and the communities that depend on it."

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were reported between 31 March 2007 and 1 April 2008 for (a) entering licensed premises while drunk and (b) being drunk on licensed premises. (S3O-4957)

2. Bashir Ahmad: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Strathclyde Police. (S3O-5008)

3. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve rail services for passengers to and from Fife, from both the north and south. (S3O-4986)

4. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made towards the proposed reopening of the Leven to Thornton rail link. (S3O-5022)

5. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to extend the national concessionary fares scheme and to which groups. (S3O-5017)

6. Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met NHS Tayside to discuss health provision for Perthshire. (S3O-5049)

7. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to the regeneration and economic development of southern Ayrshire. (S3O-4952)

8. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of aviation growth is compatible with its target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. (S3O-4961)

9. Peter Peacock: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to support improvement in the health and quality of cattle in the Highlands and Islands. (S3O-5000)

10. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the measures announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s pre-Budget report will have on the level of funding through the Scottish block grant in the current and future financial years. (S3O-5027)

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-1215)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-1216)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1217)

4. Bob Doris: To ask the First Minister, following the launch of Achieving our Potential, the Scottish Government’s framework on tackling poverty and income inequality, what plans there are to work with the UK Government on the anti-poverty agenda. (S3F-1240)

5. Karen Whitefield: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government intends to respond to official figures showing an increase in child protection referrals, including for unborn babies. (S3F-1237)

6. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the First Minister what recent discussions the Scottish Government has had on the future of the forestry sector. (S3F-1219)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education and Lifelong Learning

1. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support science education. (S3O-4962)

2. Withdrawn

3. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what support and funding it is providing to small businesses to assist them in training their staff. (S3O-5001)

4. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met officials from Scottish Borders Council’s education department. (S3O-4956)

5. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are taking place to reduce bullying in the school environment. (S3O-5033)

6. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for early years education. (S3O-5004)

7. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made towards granting university title to the University of the Highlands and Islands, given that it now has the ability to award its own taught degrees. (S3O-5018)

8. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from Dumfries and Galloway Council with regard to pressures on its education budget. (S3O-4997)

9. Not Lodged

10. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with local authorities on the use of biometric fingerprinting in schools. (S3O-5028)

Europe, External Affairs and Culture

1. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what allocation is made to the Indian subcontinent from its international development budget. (S3O-4994)

2. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to secure the future of the Scottish Mining Museum in Newtongrange. (S3O-4970)

3. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture has to visit the headquarters of the Department for International Development in East Kilbride. (S3O-4977)

4. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether is considers that Scotland’s culture is enhanced by a viable local newspaper sector. (S3O-5034)

5. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are in respect of Europe and external affairs. (S3O-4971)

6. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it can offer to groups trying to strengthen partnerships between communities in Scotland and Malawi by bringing small groups of Malawians to Scotland or vice versa. (S3O-5037)

7. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for culture. (S3O-4976)

8. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that, in its international development work, it should use its influence through all channels available to it to promote democracy and human rights. (S3O-5032)

9. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to extend the cultural pathfinder programme to the North Lanarkshire Council area. (S3O-4973)

10. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on progress in relation to the creation of Creative Scotland. (S3O-4955)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: St Andrew’s Day—

S3M-2965 Linda Fabiani: St Andrew’s Day—That the Parliament believes in the importance of St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day; recognises the opportunity that it presents for everyone in Scotland, and friends of Scotland around the world, to celebrate our history, culture and traditions as well as the vibrant, creative and dynamic nation that Scotland is today; notes the Scottish Government’s support for a programme of events throughout Scotland as part of the Winter Festival, and supports the opportunity that St Andrew’s Day provides to prepare the way for the 2009 Year of Homecoming, which will give a much-needed boost to the Scottish tourism sector and to the economy generally.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-2965.1 Ted Brocklebank: St Andrew’s Day—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2965) in the name of Linda Fabiani, insert at end ", and welcomes the example set by the ancient burgh of St Andrews in organising its own programme of events for St Andrew’s Day, which provides an appropriate focus for the nation’s celebrations at this time of year."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

Debate on the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008—

S3M-2958 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-2958.2 Rhona Brankin: Approval of SSI—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2958) in the name of Bruce Crawford, insert at end "but in doing so, recognises that this measure in itself will not deliver one free school meal and that it is the responsibility of the Scottish Government to fully fund the SNP’s manifesto commitments; therefore calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that funding is not diverted from vulnerable groups or teaching provision in order to implement the policy of free school meals for all pupils in primaries 1 to 3, and further calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward to the Parliament early in the New Year detailed up-to-date costings for implementing its free school meals proposal."

S3M-2958.1 Elizabeth Smith: Approval of SSI—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2958) in the name of Bruce Crawford, insert at end "but in doing so, calls on the Scottish Government not to impose any financial penalty, directly or indirectly, on any local authority that exercises its discretion not to provide school meals free of charge to all pupils in primaries 1 to 3."

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-2817 Marlyn Glen: World AIDS Day 2008—That the Parliament recognises the importance of World AIDS Day on 1 December 2008 and its aim of highlighting the challenges and consequences of the HIV epidemic around the world; acknowledges that there are 33 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide and that countries face a myriad challenges in halting the spread of the virus and improving the lives and experiences of people affected; recognises that HIV diagnoses in Scotland have been increasing in recent years with 2007 seeing the highest annual number on record; acknowledges that it is estimated that there are 5,500 people now living with HIV in Scotland; regrets that a recent poll found that people in Scotland had comparatively poorer rates of HIV knowledge than in other areas of the United Kingdom; considers that this lack of public understanding about the virus and how it is transmitted compounds and exacerbates the stigma and prejudice experienced by many people living with HIV in Scotland, and therefore supports this year’s theme of Respect and Protect, which highlights the responsibility of everyone to transform attitudes to HIV and encourage actions that stop its spread.

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