Thursday, 16 September 2010
Scottish Parliament Thursday 16 September 2010 [The Presiding Officer opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business this morning is a debate on housing strategy.
To ask the Scottish Government what steps are under way to ensure that the 26,000 renewable energy jobs that it envisages being created over the next decade are of a sufficient quality to place...
To ask the Scottish Government what advantages there will be for central Scotland as a result of the Edinburgh to Glasgow improvement programme. (S3O-11335)
To ask the Scottish Executive what issues it and Transport Scotland raised with the City of Edinburgh Council before handing over each instalment of funding for the Edinburgh trams project....
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that digital technology could play a significant role in helping Scotland to achieve its carbon reduction targets. (S3O-11349)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to help secure public access to the pathfinder broadband network in the Highlands and Islands. (S3O-11370)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that Scottish companies, the local economy and the Scottish workforce benefit directly from the Forth replacement crossing...
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2557)
To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Government has had with trade unions on the implications of the forthcoming 2010 spending review. (S3F-2558)
To ask the Deputy First Minister what the Scottish Government's position is on moves to limit the amount of caffeine in ready-mixed drinks. (S3F-2568)
To ask the Deputy First Minister what discussions the Scottish Government has had with local authorities regarding the reported £1.1 billion funding gap in care for older people by 2016....
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken by the Minister for Culture and External Affairs to promote Scottish tourism in continental Europe. (S3O-11313)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Minister for Culture and External Affairs has had with the United Kingdom Government with a view to ensuring that Scottish travellers affected...
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made toward modernising the National Trust for Scotland. (S3O-11333)
To ask the Scottish Government when the next meeting of the joint ministerial committee will take place and what issues will be discussed. (S3O-11348)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote music in Fife. (S3O-11352)
I declare an interest as an honorary fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. To ask the Scottish Government how it supports architecture. (S3O-11330)
To ask the Scottish Government how it is developing its marketing strategy to increase awareness of the Edinburgh festivals in mainland Europe. (S3O-11341)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Culture and External Affairs has made representations to the United Kingdom Government with regard to changing British summer time. (S3O-11294)
To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken since 2007 to support the development of the computer games sector in Dundee. (S3O-11346)
Question 1 was not lodged.
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report, "Education at a Glance 2010". (S3O-11336)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many working days were lost in each of the past five years due to school staff being granted authorised absence from normal duties to undertake trade...
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will safeguard the future of rural schools. (S3O-11300)
To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to colleges to establish wind-turbine technician apprenticeship courses. (S3O-11322)
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to reduce the educational achievement gap between children living in poverty and their classmates. (S3O-11311)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it last reviewed its guidance to local authorities on school transport. (S3O-11367)
The next item of business is a debate on celebrating the growth of Scottish food and drink fortnight. I call Richard Lochhead to open the debate.
There are no questions to be put as a result of today's business.
The next item of business is a members' business debate on motion S3M-6906, in the name of Bill Butler, on Glas-goals aiming high. The debate will be concluded without any question being put....
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.