Thursday, 30 September 2010
Scottish Parliament Thursday 30 September 2010 [The Deputy Presiding Officer opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business this morning is a debate on motion S3M-7109, in the name of Elizabeth Smith, on higher education.
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will benchmark the attainment of Scottish school pupils and the performance of the school education system against those of other countries. (S3O-11509)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received representations from bodies seeking to re-establish a passenger ferry link between Rosyth and continental Europe. (S3O-11561)
To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to tackle poverty. (S3O-11528)
To ask the Scottish Government what consultation it will have with people in Lewis and Harris concerning whether there should be one or two replacement vessels on the Stornoway to Ullapool ferry...
To ask the Scottish Executive what total annual amount was paid to councillors in salaries and allowances in the three years prior to 2007, and how much has been paid in each year since 2007....
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve standards of literacy. (S3O-11469)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council, Moray Council and Aberdeenshire Council regarding the closure of the Achbuie respite unit in Alford. (S3O-11556)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to assist the construction industry. (S3O-11510)
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-2600)
To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to combat obesity in the adult population. (S3F-2616)
To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government will take to improve the cleanliness of hospitals in view of the findings of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland's health care...
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government remains confident that the cost to the public purse of the 2014 Commonwealth games will be within budget. (S3F-2605)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the work being undertaken by the Scottish policing board to examine structural reform options. (S3O-11557)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce methadone dependence among prisoners. (S3O-11470)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is reviewing any aspect of Scots law in relation to the European convention on human rights. (S3O-11508)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Minister for Community Safety has had with the Minister for Housing and Communities regarding the introduction of a statutory instrument to...
To ask the Scottish Executive what stage has been reached in its plans to construct HMP Grampian and close Craiginches prison in Aberdeen. (S3O-11483)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that best use is made of the open prison estate. (S3O-11548)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to make court processes more efficient and better serve the needs of the victims of crime. (S3O-11499)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in diverting waste from landfill in the north-east. (S3O-11503)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that effective action is taken to address the recurring flooding problems in the Inverclyde area. (S3O-11507)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote Scottish food and drink. (S3O-11497)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with local authorities regarding the joint commissioning of waste processing facilities. (S3O-11547)
To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to ensure that dairy farmers receive a fair price for their milk. (S3O-11564)
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in encouraging the growth of green cities. (S3O-11545)
To ask the Scottish Executive when the renotification process for the Portencross coast site of special scientific interest will take place. (S3O-11549)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to combat Johne's disease in cattle. (S3O-11525)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-7116, in the name of Kenny MacAskill, on administrative justice and the future of tribunals.
We come to decision time. There are seven questions to be put as a result of today's business. I remind members that in relation to the debate on higher education, if the amendment in the name of...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S3M-6366, in the name of Maureen Watt, on the offshore valuation study. The debate will be concluded without any question being...
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