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Section A – Today’s Business

Meeting of the Parliament

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Influenza A (H1N1)

followed by Ministerial Statement: Elder Abuse

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Marine (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-4969 Richard Lochhead: Marine (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Marine (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution: Marine (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-4518 John Swinney: Marine (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Marine (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rules 9.12.3(b)(ii) and (iii) and 9.12.4 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

11.40 am General Question Time—

1. Elizabeth Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made with its commitment paper that outlines work to support military personnel through improving access to housing, health, transport, education and training. (S3O-8256)

2. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with voluntary sector organisations about future funding issues. (S3O-8189)

3. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that ministers are responsible for oversight of the procurement and delivery of major transport projects in its capital programme. (S3O-8198)

4. Not Lodged

5. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport on protecting socially necessary bus services. (S3O-8187)

6. Not Lodged

7. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions ministers have had with Orkney Islands Council about the funding for the next generation of vessels for Orkney’s internal ferry services. (S3O-8212)

8. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland’s plans to suspend its grant-making activities for the foreseeable future. (S3O-8215)

9. Angela Constance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it endorses the People’s Charter as supported by the Trades Union Congress. (S3O-8227)

10. Not Lodged

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-1953)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-1954)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1955)

4. Michael Matheson: To ask the First Minister whether the recent opinion from the European Court of Justice on tobacco pricing affects the Scottish Government’s plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol. (S3F-1974)

5. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government intends to announce its decision on the proposed grid upgrade between Beauly and Denny. (S3F-1975)

6. Ross Finnie: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government is satisfied with the progress of the influenza A (H1N1) vaccination programme and rates of uptake among health workers. (S3F-1966)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Education and Lifelong Learning—

1. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the recent report by the Centre for Public Policy for Regions, what its views are on expenditure on education per pupil in Scotland. (S3O-8252)

2. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent progress has been made in taking forward the 12 recommendations in the Teacher Employment Working Group workforce plan. (S3O-8219)

3. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive which active education PFI project has the highest ratio of lifetime unitary charge to capital value. (S3O-8231)

4. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is being provided for apprenticeships and work-based training in community learning and development. (S3O-8204)

5. Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the University of Aberdeen regarding the provision of student accommodation. (S3O-8248)

6. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on the teaching and learning of modern languages. (S3O-8201)

7. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding has been provided to rebuild Dumbarton Academy; over which financial years, and when it expects pupils to be taught in the new school. (S3O-8170)

8. Ross Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address regional disparities in educational attainment. (S3O-8210)

9. Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation local authorities are required to undertake among local communities before closing nursery and primary schools. (S3O-8235)

10. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what its criteria are for classifying a school as refurbished or rebuilt. (S3O-8200)

Europe, External Affairs and Culture—

1. Not Lodged

2. Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made since completion of the audit of the Scots language. (S3O-8247)

3. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what it anticipates that the impact will be of the real-terms cut to the Cultural Collections budget in 2010-11. (S3O-8174)

4. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations the Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution is making to the European Union on the subject of climate change. (S3O-8245)

5. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are in place to sustain and develop Scotland’s film industry. (S3O-8184)

6. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution has had with the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning to ensure that the Youth Music Initiative continues to contribute to the future of instrumental music services in schools. (S3O-8194)

7. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in developing and implementing protocols on ministerial relationships with the UK Government. (S3O-8209)

8. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution last visited Brussels. (S3O-8195)

9. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the Scots language alongside Gaelic in the summary of responsibilities of the Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution on its website. (S3O-8251)

10. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it plans to have with the National Galleries of Scotland regarding the number of proposed venues across Scotland and their availability and accessibility to ensure that Titian’s Diana and Actaeon can be viewed by as large an audience as possible. (S3O-8183)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: The Scottish Economy—

S3M-5071 John Swinney: The Scottish Economy—That the Parliament recognises the impact of the recession on Scotland and notes the actions that the Scottish Government is taking to support jobs and communities, strengthen education and skills and invest in innovation and industries of the future to ensure that the nation is both protected from the worst of the downturn and well placed to take advantage of any recovery.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-5071.3 Andy Kerr: The Scottish Economy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5071) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "notes the concern of Scotland’s business organisations that the Scottish Government’s budget fails to prioritise sustainable economic growth, as the Scottish Government has made substantial cuts to the enterprise, tourism, regeneration and housing budgets and has decided to cancel the Glasgow Airport Rail Link, a decision that was taken without prior consultation, despite the fact that it is an infrastructure project of national importance; believes that all of these decisions compound the failure of the Scottish Futures Trust to deliver capital investment, to the detriment of jobs and infrastructure, and calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward new proposals to create jobs, increase infrastructure investment and grow the Scottish economy."

S3M-5071.1 Derek Brownlee: The Scottish Economy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5071) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "; further recognises the need to support existing and new businesses to create jobs; regrets the historic underperformance of the Scottish economy in new business creation; welcomes the positive and timely impact of the significant business rate reductions for small and medium-sized businesses and the Town Centre Regeneration Fund, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with all other levels of government and with the business community to do more to help raise the level of new business start-ups in Scotland."

S3M-5071.2 Jeremy Purvis: The Scottish Economy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5071) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "; believes that it is in the best interests of the Scottish economy to encourage a vibrant and competitive banking sector by separating the investment and retail functions of the biggest banks and giving customers and businesses the choice of smaller and more secure banks, for example by bringing the Bank of Scotland home to Scotland as a low-risk high street bank that serves the needs of local people and businesses."

S3M-5071.4 Patrick Harvie: The Scottish Economy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5071) in the name of John Swinney, insert at end "; believes that the Scottish Government should be supporting only those projects that can promote true sustainability in the long term such as public transport, energy efficiency, low-carbon technologies, including renewable energy and its required infrastructure such as vital grid upgrades, and accepts that the benefits of a low-carbon economy must be achieved in a manner that ensures fairer distribution of wealth and opportunity and promotes wellbeing in the broadest sense, instead of continuing to promote an economy that is still based on ever more unsustainable levels of ecological and financial debt."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-4110 Ted Brocklebank: New Secondary School for North-east Fife—That the Parliament believes that the children, parents and communities of Tay Bridgehead in north-east Fife require a new secondary school and community facility in addition to the proposed single site at Madras College; highlights that the campaign for a new Tay Bridgehead school has been ongoing for more than half a century; considers, in light of recent leaked figures, that the proposed new Madras College will not be big enough to accommodate all the pupils, including those from the Tay Bridgehead area; notes that currently around 850 pupils from the Tay Bridgehead and Leuchars area have to be bussed to school and that this has affected their education and involvement in school activities, as has been the case for generations; congratulates The Courier, Fife Herald and St Andrews Citizen for highlighting the growing public support for a Tay Bridgehead school, and supports all those involved in the campaign.

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