Thursday, 10 January 2008
Scottish Parliament Thursday 10 January 2008 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. Members should have on their desks a revised section A of the Business Bulletin , which shows the amendment in Derek Brownlee's name as an amendment to John Swinney's amendment...
To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with the City of Edinburgh Council. (S3O-1786)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is addressing the social needs of children from disadvantaged areas. (S3O-1805)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide further details of its proposals to reform legal aid. (S3O-1804)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reform the police funding formula to ensure that Grampian Police receives additional funding to recognise its responsibilities in relation to the...
To ask the Scottish Executive what it intends to do to help Berwickshire's fishing industry. (S3O-1848)
To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions have taken place about the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. (S3O-1781)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact of the local government settlement and the concordat with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities will be on West Dunbartonshire. (S3O-1828)
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-401)
To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government's priorities will be for 2008. (S3F-406)
To ask the First Minister what steps will be taken to meet the Scottish National Party's target of expanding tourism in Scotland by 50 per cent by 2015, in light of recent comments by Philip...
To ask the First Minister what measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the norovirus in hospitals in Scotland. (S3F-412)
To ask the Scottish Government what recent consideration it has given to rules or guidelines on the provision of school transport in rural areas. (S3O-1841)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote school building programmes throughout Scotland. (S3O-1816)
To ask the Scottish Executive how its funding settlement for universities will contribute to its ambition to grow the economy. (S3O-1800)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether each local authority's single outcome agreement will specify its class size reduction targets and the rates of progress expected for meeting such targets for...
To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Glasgow City Council education services. (S3O-1793)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the response of the teachers participating in the "Cuddy Brae: Language at Letham" project, it will encourage teacher training colleges to raise...
To ask the Scottish Executive with what procedures local authorities must comply when planning to close schools. (S3O-1788)
To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has in respect of workers entering Scotland under the fresh talent initiative, in light of reports of the exploitation of migrant workers. (S3O-1777)
To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Norwegian Government in respect of its proposal to close its consulate in Edinburgh. (S3O-1770)
To ask the Scottish Executive what financial and other support it provides for the promotion of tartan day, particularly in respect of sporting and cultural events. (S3O-1792)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the European Union reform treaty. (S3O-1858)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is monitoring any lessons for Scotland from the Basque Government's political initiative aimed at resolving the Basque conflict. (S3O-1782)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for the future of the cultural co-ordinators in Scottish schools programme. (S3O-1838)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-1110, in the name of Bruce Crawford, on the Gould report. Members may wish to note that a further revised section A of the Business Bulletin...
Before we come to decision time, I understand that there will be a point of order. I will be very happy if no one wants to raise a point of order.
There are eight questions to be put as a result of today's business. I remind members that, in relation to the debate on the spending review 2007, if the amendment in John Swinney's name is...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S3M-711, in the name of Des McNulty, on the St Margaret of Scotland hospice. Motion debated, That the Parliament...
The Scottish Parliament is the national legislature of Scotland, located in Edinburgh. The Parliament consists of 129 members known as MSPs, elected for four-year terms; 73 represent individual geographical constituencies, and 56 are regional representatives.