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Meeting of the Parliament

8.45 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Influenza A (H1N1)

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate: Scotland Needs a General Election—

S3M-4344 Annabel Goldie: Scotland Needs a General Election—That the Parliament believes that the interests of Scotland and the United Kingdom would be best served by holding a general election for a new House of Commons as soon as possible.

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Justice last met the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police and what issues were discussed. (S3O-7319)

2. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support young people not in employment, education or training during the economic downturn. (S3O-7352)

3. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the estimated £53.8 million in increased funding in housing investment for Scotland from the UK Budget will be allocated to Fife. (S3O-7320)

4. Not Lodged

5. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what rights tenants have when facing eviction as a result of their landlord defaulting on a property’s mortgage. (S3O-7315)

6. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to matching the previous administration’s schools building programme brick for brick. (S3O-7318)

7. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total amount of fines imposed by Scottish courts was, excluding those paid by civil diligence, in the last three financial years. (S3O-7292)

8. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the National Carers Strategy for Scotland. (S3O-7345)

9. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-6290 by Kenny MacAskill on 19 March 2009 in which he stated that he would be more than happy to have discussions with representatives of Scotland’s law centres including Paisley Law Centre, whether he has met with law centre representatives and, if not, when such meetings will take place. (S3O-7299)

10. Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on creating a national protocol for the objective and independent handling of employment disputes between foster carers and the local authorities they are contracted by. (S3O-7368)

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-1764)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S3F-1765)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1766)

4. Ian McKee: To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Government has to improve the outcomes for people with lung cancer. (S3F-1782)

5. Andy Kerr: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government is content with the progress that the Scottish Futures Trust is making. (S3F-1771)

6. Margaret Smith: To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Government has had with the EIS about the threat of industrial action by teachers regarding the SNP’s manifesto pledge to reduce class sizes. (S3F-1781)

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of–

S3M-4044 Michael Matheson: Larbert Rail Damage—That the Parliament recognises the serious problems being experienced by residents in the Larbert area as a result of heavy coal freight being introduced to the line; understands that this is having a damaging effect on their quality of life as well as their properties; regrets that to date Network Rail has refused to introduce a speed restriction for freight trains on the line, and believes that the problems being experienced by residents in Larbert are unacceptable.

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth—

1. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered the financial implications for local authorities of the Court of Session decision in the case of Boath versus Perth and Kinross Council. (S3O-7287)

2. Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of a number of local authorities announcing budget cuts, what impact this will have on services. (S3O-7323)

3. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will convene a meeting of all interested parties to discuss an inquiry into the banking industry in relation to protecting jobs in Scotland. (S3O-7384)

4. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what budgetary provision it will make for improvements to the A9 over the next five years. (S3O-7314)

5. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote energy efficiency. (S3O-7378)

6. Withdrawn

7. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will provide to encourage the manufacture and uptake of electric vehicles. (S3O-7312)

8. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive when ministers last met Fife Council to discuss transport priorities and what in particular was discussed. (S3O-7302)

9. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support the financial services industry in Scotland. (S3O-7365)

10. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the decision of the public inquiry into the proposed wind farm at Fallago Rig in Berwickshire. (S3O-7286)

11. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it considers credit unions will play during the economic downturn. (S3O-7336)

12. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it is giving to local authorities regarding the reduction in the Scottish block grant for 2010-11. (S3O-7288)

13. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the environmental impact of increasing the use of rail freight. (S3O-7372)

14. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Enterprise Grampian on the findings of the feasibility study on the proposed developments at Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen. (S3O-7301)

15. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when the first project funded through the Scottish Futures Trust will be completed. (S3O-7295)

16. Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance and support is available for people who are made redundant and how this support is obtained. (S3O-7377)

17. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial assistance it has made available to start-up businesses in Dumfries and Galloway in the last 12 months. (S3O-7331)

18. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what efforts are being made to support expanding businesses in the Scottish Borders during the economic downturn. (S3O-7367)

19. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on COSLA’s decision to go it alone to build new infrastructure projects as a result of its concerns about the Scottish Futures Trust. (S3O-7321)

20. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it proposes to make a statement to the Parliament on the details of its proposed Scottish Investment Bank. (S3O-7351)

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: National Qualifications

followed by Scottish Government Debate: National Waste Strategy—

S3M-4348 Roseanna Cunningham: National Waste Strategy—That the Parliament notes Scotland’s achievement of its share of the 2010 landfill diversion target 18 months early; encourages the Scottish Government to continue working with stakeholders to further improve recycling rates, increase reuse and do more on waste prevention, and looks forward to the forthcoming consultation on the new National Waste Management Plan, which will help Scotland further along the path to becoming a zero waste society.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-4348.3 Elaine Murray: National Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4348) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from ", and looks forward" to end and insert "; recognises however that the provisions of the EU-revised Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) are required to be transposed into Scots law by 12 December 2010; notes the forthcoming consultation on the new National Waste Management Plan, and believes that the new plan must fully address the waste hierarchy of prevention, reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal, as described in the National Waste Plan 2003 and the revised EU framework directive."

S3M-4348.2 John Scott: National Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4348) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end ", and notes that, in order to meet medium and long-term targets, the issue of developing further waste infrastructure must be tackled as a priority to better address the management, reduction, recycling and disposal of commercial and industrial waste in Scotland."

S3M-4348.4 Liam McArthur: National Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4348) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, after "early" insert ", made possible by the success of the first National Waste Plan; recognises that meeting each subsequent target will become progressively more challenging and that Audit Scotland has raised serious concerns over the ability of local authorities to meet their obligations under the 2013 landfill directive; notes with concern the decision to cut the budget for recycling and the removal of incentives for local authorities to collaborate over waste management plans".

S3M-4348.1 Robin Harper: National Waste Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-4348) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end ", and believes that, given the good progress being made so far, there should be no necessity for any large-scale waste-to-energy plants to be built in Scotland and that reuse, reducing waste creation and recycling are the best way forward."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of–

S3M-3698 John Park: Anne Frank Day—That the Parliament notes that 12 June 2009 is Anne Frank Day, the 80th anniversary of the birth of Anne Frank; welcomes the establishment in 2008 of Anne Frank Scotland as the new education programme for the Anne Frank Trust UK; further welcomes the work carried out by Anne Frank Scotland with young people to develop an understanding of positive citizenship and human rights; further notes that the programme is focussed on Glasgow, Edinburgh and Fife and supports the expansion of the programme across the whole of Scotland; looks forward to the opportunity for the Parliament to host the travelling exhibition, Anne Frank: A History for Today, which is the centrepiece of the programme; understands that the exhibition uses Anne Frank’s story and the history of the Holocaust to address contemporary challenges and discrimination in Scotland, and hopes that all MSPs sign up to the Anne Frank Declaration to mark this anniversary as a recognition of the millions of children and young people who have been victims of persecution and to challenge the prejudice and hatred that harms us all.

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