Thursday, 7 October 2010
Scottish Parliament Thursday 7 October 2010 [The Presiding Officer opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business today is a debate on motion S3M-7157, in the name of Lewis Macdonald, on the future of Scotland's supported employment workplaces.
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that the national dementia strategy's aim of strengthening the integration of health and social care services is met. (S3O-11654)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it is having with NHS Highland regarding the future of Dunbar hospital. (S3O-11656)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support victims and witnesses. (S3O-11613)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that people traffickers are prosecuted and that their victims are protected and supported. (S3O-11583)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on developing the carers and young carers strategies and when the implementation group will be set up. (S3O-11605)
To ask the Scottish Government what requirements local authorities must meet when consulting on proposed school mergers. (S3O-11618)
To ask the Scottish Executive when a minister last visited a supported employment workshop. (S3O-11585)
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2619)
To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government's position is regarding the claim by Children 1st that the NHS is not doing enough to tackle drinking among the alcoholic parents of 80,000...
To ask the First Minister what percentage of business rate appeals was successful after the 2005 revaluation and how many the Scottish Government expects to be successful this year. (S3F-2634)
To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking in response to the report by the managed diagnostic imaging clinical network showing that specialist emergency teams are...
Question 1 was not lodged.
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support a high-speed rail link to Scotland. (S3O-11644)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth has met the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning to discuss tackling youth...
To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it estimates that work is likely to commence on the construction of the Aberdeen western peripheral route. (S3O-11578)
To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it is giving to bringing about closer working between local authorities and national health service boards and other public authorities in island...
To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on supporting a council tax freeze in 2011-12. (S3O-11571)
To ask the Scottish Executive, further to its decision to support tax increment financing for developments on Edinburgh's waterfront, whether it is aware of the plan by XStream Scotland to build...
To ask the Scottish Government what actions it has taken to ensure that large-scale infrastructure projects benefit workers in local communities. (S3O-11636)
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the Ofgem transmission charging review and the potential outcomes. (S3O-11639)
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to encourage better use of underdeveloped commercial and industrial land in urban areas. (S3O-11629)
To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to using the Scottish Parliament's tax-varying powers to increase revenue. (S3O-11587)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated value is of the co-operative sector to the economy. (S3O-11582)
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in securing the fossil fuel levy moneys held by HM Treasury. (S3O-11625)
To ask the Scottish Government what representations ministers have made to the United Kingdom Government regarding the renewable heat incentive. (S3O-11621)
To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been recruited externally and internally by it and its agencies since February 2010, and how many of these posts were permanent. (S3O-11572)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-7164, in the name of Keith Brown, on the refresh of the skills strategy. The debate is fully subscribed and no time is spare, so members will...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-7154, in the name of Bruce Crawford, on the Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) Order 2010. Motion moved, That the Parliament agrees...
There are eight questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that amendment S3M-7157.2, in the name of Jim Mather, which seeks to amend motion S3M-7157, in the name...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S3M-6498, in the name of James Kelly, on support for sport in Scotland's communities. Motion debated, That the Parliament notes...
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.