Thursday, 27 November 2008
Scottish Parliament Thursday 27 November 2008 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business is a statement by Fiona Hyslop on a framework for science in Scotland. The cabinet secretary will take questions at the end of her statement and there...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-2966, in the name of Richard Lochhead, on sea fisheries.
To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were reported between 31 March 2007 and 1 April 2008 for (a) entering licensed premises while drunk and (b) being drunk on licensed premises. (S3O-4957)
To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives of Strathclyde Police. (S3O-5008)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve rail services for passengers to and from Fife, from both the north and south. (S3O-4986)
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made towards the proposed reopening of the Leven to Thornton rail link. (S3O-5022)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it plans to extend the national concessionary fares scheme and to which groups. (S3O-5017)
To ask the Scottish Government when it last met NHS Tayside to discuss health provision for Perthshire. (S3O-5049)
To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to the regeneration and economic development of southern Ayrshire. (S3O-4952)
To ask the Scottish Executive what level of aviation growth is compatible with its target of 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. (S3O-4961)
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1217)
To ask the First Minister, after the launch of "Achieving Our Potential", the Scottish Government's framework on tackling poverty and income inequality, what plans there are to work with the...
To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government intends to respond to official figures showing an increase in child protection referrals, including for unborn babies. (S3F-1237)
To ask the First Minister what recent discussions the Scottish Government has had on the future of the forestry sector. (S3F-1219)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met officials from Scottish Borders Council's education department. (S3O-4956)
To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are taking place to reduce bullying in the school environment. (S3O-5033)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for early years education. (S3O-5004)
To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made towards granting university title to the university of the Highlands and Islands, given that it now has the ability to award its own...
To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from Dumfries and Galloway Council with regard to pressures on its education budget. (S3O-4997)
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with local authorities on the use of biometric fingerprinting in schools. (S3O-5028)
To ask the Scottish Executive what allocation is made to the Indian subcontinent from its international development budget. (S3O-4994)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to secure the future of the Scottish mining museum in Newtongrange. (S3O-4970)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture has to visit the headquarters of the Department for International Development in East Kilbride....
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that Scotland's culture is enhanced by a viable local newspaper sector. (S3O-5034)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are in respect of Europe and external affairs. (S3O-4971)
To ask the Scottish Executive what support it can offer to groups trying to strengthen partnerships between communities in Scotland and Malawi by bringing small groups of Malawians to Scotland,...
To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for culture. (S3O-4976)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-2965, in the name of Linda Fabiani, on St Andrew's day. The minister has 11 minutes.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-2958, in the name of Bruce Crawford, on the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order...
There are nine questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that amendment S3M-2966.3, in the name of Sarah Boyack, which seeks to amend motion S3M-2966, in the...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S3M-2817, in the name of Marlyn Glen, on world AIDS day 2008. The debate will be concluded without any question being put....
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