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Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Influenza A (H1N1)

followed by First Minister’s Statement: Scottish Government’s Programme

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Government’s Programme

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last had discussions with VisitScotland. (S3O-7658)

2. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a timetable for implementation of the measures contained in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. (S3O-7652)

3. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to the UK Government on the proposed high-speed rail link connecting central Scotland to London. (S3O-7640)

4. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will give to further develop the biotechnology industries in Aberdeen. (S3O-7618)

5. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria are being used to select the 55 schools to be built by 2018 under the Scottish Futures Trust. (S3O-7653)

6. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Executive in what way the new Scottish Clinical Leadership and Excellence Award Scheme for hospital consultants will reward outstanding performance in a fairer manner. (S3O-7636)

7. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will work with Orkney Islands Council to find an acceptable alternative site for the Stromness Ferry Terminal lorry parking and marshalling area if a new school is built on the existing site. (S3O-7605)

8. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place on the draft Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill. (S3O-7666)

9. Not Lodged

10. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what screening currently takes place for newborn babies in Scotland. (S3O-7685)

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-1827)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-1826)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1839)

4. Stewart Maxwell: To ask the First Minister what impact short sentences have on reconviction rates. (S3F-1846)

5. Karen Whitefield: To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Government has to improve inter-agency information sharing following the Significant Case Review and Review for Chief Officers’ reports into the death of Brandon Muir. (S3F-1843)

6. Robert Brown: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government has taken in response to the anticipated problems in implementation of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. (S3F-1837)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and Law Officers—

1. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what further consultation has taken place regarding the future of district courts in Ayrshire. (S3O-7665)

2. Not Lodged

3. George Foulkes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it reconciles freezing council tax with its guarantee to increase police numbers and maintain law and order, when Scotland’s biggest police force is reporting a cash shortfall of up to £34.7 million. (S3O-7660)

4. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering bringing forward proposals for changes to the eligibility criteria for receipt of legal aid. (S3O-7680)

5. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to change the scrutiny process for quasi-judicial matters. (S3O-7606)

6. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to address knife crime in Paisley. (S3O-7648)

7. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers are on the streets of Scotland compared to May 2007. (S3O-7624)

8. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers were required to guard Kafeel Ahmed in a Glasgow hospital from 30 June to 2 August 2007. (S3O-7591)

9. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it considers surveillance material of lawful demonstrations and gatherings should be retained by the police. (S3O-7609)

10. Alasdair Allan: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on the provision of adequate tied police houses in rural areas as a means of ensuring that police cover is maintained in these areas. (S3O-7619)

Rural Affairs and the Environment—

1. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to implement the provisions of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 that relate to reduction of excess packaging. (S3O-7616)

2. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what support the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment provides to local authorities to allow local residents to make use of unused derelict lands in urban areas for the purpose of community growing projects, gardens and orchards. (S3O-7631)

3. Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with the farming industry regarding the introduction of electronic identification for sheep in December 2009. (S3O-7598)

4. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has reached a decision on the future of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board. (S3O-7682)

5. Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to implement measures contained in the National Food and Drink Policy. (S3O-7641)

6. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with the Western Isles fishing community and processing industry on the future of prawn fishing. (S3O-7686)

7. Jim Tolson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action the Minister for Environment is taking to ensure that local authorities undertake their legal obligation under the Allotments acts to provide allotments if there is a proven demand. (S3O-7615)

8. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is prepared to fund new approaches to waste management which will be required from local authorities, as outlined in the Zero Waste Plan. (S3O-7654)

9. Christopher Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what statistical information it has documenting closures of pubs, village stores, post offices and schools affecting rural communities in Scotland and the impact of those closures on rural communities. (S3O-7629)

10. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions ministers have had with North Lanarkshire Council to discuss the implications of the Zero Waste Plan. (S3O-7675)

2.55 pm Continuation of Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Government’s Programme

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-4723 David Stewart: Insulin Pump Therapy—That the Parliament acknowledges the benefits that insulin pumps have for people with type 1 diabetes in assisting with the condition; notes that between 4% and 14% of people with type 1 diabetes meet the criteria for eligibility for insulin pump therapy under current clinical guidance; notes the variation in financial provision across NHS boards for insulin pump therapy, whereby in Fife funding has been allocated for 10 pumps per year, whereas in Highland there is no separate budget despite all NHS boards having received funding for access to insulin pumps; further notes the differences in waiting times for eligible patients whereby in Lothian the average waiting time including waiting for training and education is estimated to be around 12 months and in Grampian and Orkney the current waiting time is six months; notes with concern the low level of insulin pump usage in Highland, which, at 0.9%, is the second lowest in Scotland, after Ayrshire and Arran; believes that further steps are required to monitor NHS boards to avoid a postcode lottery for patients with insulin-dependent diabetes, and looks forward to renewed commitment to action on diabetes in Scotland in 2010 and beyond.

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