Thursday, 26 March 2009
Scottish Parliament Thursday 26 March 2009 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S3M-3796, in the name of Mary Scanlon, on the national health service and the independent health care sector.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-3778, in the name of Bill Aitken, on alcohol strategy.
To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it is providing to people looking for employment in Scotland in light of recent figures showing that an average of 10 people apply for each...
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will instigate national testing in reading, writing and maths for 10-year-olds, to ensure that underachieving pupils have the opportunity to catch up...
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce a strategy on creating green jobs. (S3O-6414)
To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to protect children who live with a parent with a drug addiction. (S3O-6402)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on refinancing the Aberdeen 3Rs school project to allow building work on the affected schools to restart. (S3O-6454)
To ask the Scottish Government, in developing the details of the town centre regeneration fund, whether it will include plans to inform local communities about how they can apply for funding....
To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings are planned between ministers and leaders of local authorities to discuss education. (S3O-6379)
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-1576)
To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government is taking to support children and young people who may feel depressed or suicidal. (S3F-1586)
To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government is taking to tackle gang-related violence. (S3F-1578)
To ask the First Minister what forecast the Scottish Government has made of how many junior doctors will be working more than 48 hours per week from August 2009. (S3F-1594)
To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the recently published December 2008 survey of agriculture, what action it will take to halt the decline of agricultural production. (S3O-6366)
. Mike Pringle (Edinburgh South) (LD): To ask the Scottish Executive what support is available to individuals and community groups to undertake targeted environmental improvement projects in...
. Gil Paterson (West of Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Government what support it intends to give to the Keep Scotland Beautiful national spring clean campaign. (S3O-6436)
. John Lamont (Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con): To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support farming in the Scottish Borders. (S3O-6361)
. Mary Mulligan (Linlithgow) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what recent meetings ministers have had with representatives of NFU Scotland. (S3O-6405)
To ask the Scottish Executive, whether, in light of the 2008 wood fuel demand and usage data published by Forestry Commission Scotland, it considers that the biomass energy industry is...
. Gavin Brown (Lothians) (Con): To ask the Scottish Executive how many agricultural regulations it has removed since 2007. (S3O-6372)
To ask the Scottish Government how many incidents of assault in the last year involved unlicensed taxis or private hire cars illegally picking up passengers. (S3O-6437)
To ask the Scottish Executive what recent meetings it has had with the chief constable of Strathclyde Police. (S3O-6385)
. Jim Tolson (Dunfermline West) (LD): I begin by offering the Presiding Officer and members an apology. I have been asked to take part in a panel debate at 2.45 this afternoon and will have to...
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that offenders begin community service orders within seven days. (S3O-6450)
. Peter Peacock (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what responsibility its justice directorates have for ensuring that Scottish Government proposals comply with EU law....
. Jim Hume (South of Scotland) (LD): To ask the Scottish Executive what legal or other measures it will put in place to prevent and reduce alcohol misuse. (S3O-6444)
. Joe FitzPatrick (Dundee West) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to reform criminal law during the parliamentary session. (S3O-6422)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it agrees with Her Majesty's chief inspector of prisons for Scotland that the conditions for young women at Cornton Vale are unacceptable. (S3O-6443)
The next item of business is a subject debate on supporting economic recovery.
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S3M-3808, in the name of Bruce Crawford, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, which sets out a timetable for stage 2 of the...
There are seven questions to be put as a result of today's business. Members should note that, if amendment S3M-3796.3, in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, on the national health service and the...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S3M-3349, in the name of Shirley-Anne Somerville, on earth hour 2009. The debate will be concluded without any question...
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.