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Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Debate: Managing Scotland’s Finances

S3M-7330 Andy Kerr: Managing Scotland’s Finances—That the Parliament notes that, despite the Scottish Government having the highest ever Scottish budget and £1.5 billion in reserves when it came to power, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth’s wrong choices, which include the waste of money on the discredited Scottish Futures Trust, the cancellation of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link, the cutting of key economic budgets such as enterprise, regeneration and tourism and the dramatic rise in rates for some businesses, have contributed to Scotland’s unemployment rate rising above that of the United Kingdom; considers that the loss of more than 40,000 construction workers, almost 3,000 teachers, 1,000 classroom assistants, 1,500 nurses and 2,500 other NHS posts represents real people carrying out real services; notes that the number of young Scots who are not in work or education or training programmes has increased from 31,000 to 36,000 in the last year; condemns the UK Government for cutting back on support for young people when it is most needed; warns that the mistakes of the Thatcher years are being repeated, and calls on members to do everything in their power to prevent another generation of young people from being denied the opportunity of work or training.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-7330.3 John Swinney: Managing Scotland’s Finances—As an amendment to motion (S3M-7330) in the name of Andy Kerr, leave out from second "that" to end and insert " the dire condition of the United Kingdom’s finances due to years of Labour economic mismanagement; regrets the impact of the UK Comprehensive Spending Review that takes £1.3 billion out of the Scottish budget, including £800 million from the capital budget; regrets that UK Government cuts go too far and too fast, jeopardising the Scottish economy and putting jobs at risk, and calls for the Scottish Parliament to be given full financial responsibility as the best means of ensuring that Scotland can build sustainable economic recovery."

S3M-7330.1 Derek Brownlee: Managing Scotland’s Finances—As an amendment to motion (S3M-7330) in the name of Andy Kerr, leave out from "despite" to end and insert "the previous UK administration presided over a deficit in each year from 2001, seven years before the longest and deepest recession in British history and the banking crisis and nine years into a 16-year-long period of sustained economic growth, until its ejection from office in 2010; notes that the previous UK administration intended to continue running deficits for a further seven years if it were re-elected; regrets the failure of the Labour Party to acknowledge any responsibility for the state of the UK public finances and the impact that the fiscal mismanagement of the Blair/Brown years has had on the devolved budget, and calls on all parties in the Parliament to ensure that the Scottish budget for future years protects the vulnerable from the consequences of Labour’s legacy of overspending and debt."

S3M-7330.2 Jeremy Purvis: Managing Scotland’s Finances—As an amendment to motion (S3M-7330) in the name of Andy Kerr, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "believes that, in order for local authorities, NHS boards, universities, colleges and the wider public sector to plan services most effectively, the Scottish Government should publish a spending review for the period 2011-12 to 2014-15 in addition to its one-year budget proposals for 2011-12."

11.40 am General Question Time

General—

1. David Whitton: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking specifically to tackle rising unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds. (S3O-11840)

2. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding its decision to abolish Consumer Focus and what it considers the devolved implications to be for Scotland. (S3O-11819)

3. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to prevent the closure of rural primary schools in Argyll and Bute. (S3O-11761)

4. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to use the vessel, MV Isle of Arran, which sails on the Islay route, on other CalMac Ferries routes when the MV Finlaggan comes into service. (S3O-11829)

5. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can guarantee the completion of its announced school building programme on time and on budget. (S3O-11817)

6. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. (S3O-11824)

7. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support Scotland’s airports. (S3O-11762)

8. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to support a publicly owned postal service. (S3O-11830)

9. Anne McLaughlin: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review will be on the voluntary sector in Scotland. (S3O-11803)

10. Joe FitzPatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made regarding the Dundee Victoria and Albert Museum project. (S3O-11794)

12.00 pm 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-2661)

2. Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-2657)

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2672)

4. Michael Matheson: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the study by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs that placed alcohol above heroin and crack cocaine in terms of the harm that it causes to society. (S3F-2676)

5. Sarah Boyack: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on new, non-replacement, fossil fuel-fired power stations. (S3F-2673)

6. Elizabeth Smith: To ask the First Minister, further to the reported comment of the "source close to the Scottish Government" in The Sunday Times that the Scottish Government was in the business of controlling the cross-border flow of English students coming to study in Scotland, whether the Scottish Government plans to extend this control to Welsh and Northern Irish students. (S3F-2671)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing—

1. Not Lodged

2. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on access to podiatry services being based on clinical need rather than ability to pay. (S3O-11852)

3. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the intended closure of Glasgow’s Western Infirmary, what action has been taken to ensure that its patients continue to receive a high standard of care. (S3O-11843)

4. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a position on the involvement of supporters’ trusts in the ownership and governance of football clubs, given their community links and benefits. (S3O-11820)

5. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve the standard of patient care in hospitals. (S3O-11782)

6. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage sexually active individuals under the age of 25 to undergo testing for chlamydia. (S3O-11846)

7. Withdrawn

8. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the incidence of malignant melanoma. (S3O-11764)

9. Bill Kidd: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to develop and expand the impact of the Community Empowerment Action Plan. (S3O-11799)

10. Bill Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it holds statistics relating to the incidence of cancer, stillbirth and birth deformities in Scottish armed forces personnel and their families. (S3O-11812)

11. Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of NHS Lanarkshire. (S3O-11832)

12. David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been an increase in the number of patients receiving insulin pump therapy in the last three years and, if so, what the cost has been to the NHS. (S3O-11853)

13. Charlie Gordon: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on blood testing for the presence of xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV). (S3O-11828)

14. Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how NHS dentists can be encouraged to relocate to the far north. (S3O-11784)

15. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether training in the NHS continues to be a priority for the Scottish Government. (S3O-11823)

16. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase confidence in out-of-hours medical coverage and deal with confusion regarding accessing services. (S3O-11765)

17. Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available to NHS employees who have suffered stress as a result of bullying and harassment in their place of work. (S3O-11802)

18. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it expects a tenancy deposit protection scheme to become operational. (S3O-11818)

19. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources it will make available to ensure that full-time accident and emergency services at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy are maintained until the opening of the new hospital building. (S3O-11834)

20. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many electroencephalograph (EEG) technicians are in post and what support the NHS provides for out-of-hours EEG access for people with suspected acute epileptic seizure activity. (S3O-11771)

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

S3M-7295 Fiona Hyslop: Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-7335 Bruce Crawford (Stirling) (SNP) on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: That the Parliament agrees that—

Bill Kidd be appointed to replace Jamie Hepburn as a member of the European and External Relations Committee;

Jamie Hepburn be appointed to replace Bill Kidd as a member of the Equal Opportunities Committee;

Jamie Hepburn be appointed to replace Bill Kidd as a member of the Public Audit Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of-

S3M-6931 Rob Gibson: Investing in the Future of Scotland’s Peatlands—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) UK Peatland Programme and Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands with funding from the Peter De Haan Charitable Trust and believes that IUCN UK’s decision to base this prestigious programme in Scotland is recognition of the global significance of Scotland’s peatlands and underlines that Scotland leads the world in peatland restoration expertise; considers that, while scientific understanding of peatlands is developing rapidly, the knowledge base is strong enough to recognise that peatlands deliver multiple benefits for biodiversity, water and climate and that the example of the Flow Country of Caithness and Sutherland shows how peatlands can deliver significant economic benefits to local communities through encouraging visitors to these beautiful and fragile landscapes; believes that the land use strategy required by the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 provides an opportunity for peatland restoration to be championed at the heart of government, and further believes that action taken now could prevent massive future costs arising from the breakdown of peatland ecosystems and that target-based peatland restoration offers an important opportunity to help meet Scotland’s climate change targets.

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