Thursday, 11 March 2010
Scottish Parliament Thursday 11 March 2010 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party debate on the management of schools.
To ask the Scottish Executive, following the final acquisition of land for the A801 Avon gorge upgrade, when its support will be forthcoming to enable the further progress of this project and...
To ask the Scottish Executive what action the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing is taking to resolve outstanding disputes regarding pay banding under the agenda for change. (S3O-9800)
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the progress being made regarding the introduction of the electronic bus service registration system. (S3O-9834)
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to review translation and interpretation services across public services. (S3O-9836)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has revised estimated passenger usage numbers for the proposed new railway station at Kintore. (S3O-9820)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on exempting common ridings and other similar community events from the provisions of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland)...
To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the fiscal stimulus measures that the United Kingdom Government has taken and their impact on Scotland's economy. (S3O-9793)
For entirely understandable reasons, question 6 has had to be withdrawn. That should not be an excuse for questions or answers to be any longer than usual.
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2263)
To ask the First Minister what discussions have taken place between the Scottish Government and the Public and Commercial Services Union regarding the impact on the Scottish Government's...
To ask the First Minister whether the European Court of Justice ruling on minimum pricing for tobacco products raises questions regarding the legality of minimum unit pricing of alcohol. (S3F-2265)
To ask the Scottish Executive what commitment it has to increase access to outdoor education facilities for all school pupils. (S3O-9763)
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to give primary and secondary school-age children and young people more and better physical education opportunities. (S3O-9818)
To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to promote its anti-drug policies in schools. (S3O-9852)
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities regarding the impact that a future United Kingdom Government emergency budget would...
To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is regarding the educational standard of pre-school nursery classes led by nursery nurses compared with those led by qualified teachers. (S3O-9809)
To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Aberdeenshire Council regarding the replacement of Kemnay academy. (S3O-9771)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether education authorities are obliged to take account of major planning developments in their area when planning primary and secondary school provision. (S3O-9816)
To ask the Scottish Government how often schools receive inspections. (S3O-9854)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for bringing together the design and creative industries, following the closure of the Lighthouse, in Glasgow, and what role creative Scotland is...
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the National Galleries of Scotland to extend the scope of exhibits made available to other museums and galleries across Scotland....
To ask the Scottish Government whether it supports the development of cultural links between Scotland and Catalunya by, for example, encouraging the organisation and holding of football matches...
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made towards establishing the Victoria and Albert Museum in Dundee. (S3O-9839)
To ask the Scottish Government what level of funding Scottish Opera receives. (S3O-9859)
To ask the Scottish Executive how much public money has been provided to support The Gathering 2009 Ltd since its inception. (S3O-9811)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support the culture of musical excellence in Fife, given the proposals by Fife Council to halve the number of visiting music teachers in Fife and the...
To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Culture and Sport Glasgow and what issues relating to its cultural remit were discussed. (S3O-9803)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-5929, in the name of Kenny MacAskill, on serious and organised crime. I call Kenny MacAskill to speak to and move the motion.
There are eight questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that amendment S3M-5926.3, in the name of Michael Russell, which seeks to amend motion S3M-5926, in the...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S3M-5336, in the name of Des McNulty, on the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice. The debate will be concluded without any...
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.