Thursday, 28 October 2010
Scottish Parliament Thursday 28 October 2010 [The Presiding Officer opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business is a Liberal Democrat debate on motion S3M-7273, in the name of Jeremy Purvis, on support for business.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-7269, in the name of Liam McArthur, on renewable energy.
To ask the Scottish Executive what level of reduction in public expenditure in Scotland for which it is responsible it would not consider to be "too far too fast" given the financial situation...
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will fulfil its commitment to replace the Inveramsay bridge during its current term of office. (S3O-11670)
To ask the Scottish Executive what specific support the Carbon Trust gives the agricultural sector in terms of advice or loans. (S3O-11666)
To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to protect the Bervie braes from future landslips. (S3O-11681)
To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons have been learnt from Audit Scotland's report on the role of boards. (S3O-11703)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met United Kingdom Government ministers to discuss the provision of broadband services in Scotland. (S3O-11675)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable is for the tendering of the Gourock to Dunoon ferry service. (S3O-11755)
To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives of Glasgow City Council and what was discussed. (S3O-11701)
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-2639)
To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government is taking to counteract the effects of the reduction in defence spending on the economy. (S3F-2641)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government plans to give local authorities a one-year budget only. (S3F-2654)
To ask the First Minister what preventative action the Scottish Government is taking to tackle obesity and address increasing rates of diabetes. (S3F-2647)
To ask the Scottish Executive how the economic benefits from Scotland's Roman heritage are maximised. (S3O-11758)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether plans for the relocation of Creative Scotland will be carried forward or reassessed in light of funding constraints. (S3O-11746)
I draw members' attention to my entry in the register of members' interests, which says that I am a member of the friends of the Dundee Rep and the Friends of the Byre Theatre in St Andrews. To...
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place with staff representatives since the establishment of Creative Scotland. (S3O-11735)
To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration has been given by it and Creative Scotland to the future of the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. (S3O-11725)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to help Scotland's museums to survive difficult economic conditions. (S3O-11732)
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to protect Scotland's built heritage. (S3O-11688)
To ask the Scottish Executive how much net saving per annum it expects to make through the replacement of Learning and Teaching Scotland and HM Inspectorate of Education with the new Scottish...
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made towards implementation of the curriculum for excellence. (S3O-11743)
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to assist and fund further education colleges to meet the challenge of strengthening Scotland's economy during the current financial...
To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning last met officials or councillors from Clackmannanshire Council and what issues were discussed. (S3O-11753)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many newly qualified teachers not employed at the beginning of the new school year it expects will find employment in the course of the remainder of the school...
To ask the Scottish Executive where engineering provision will be provided in the college sector in Glasgow following its decision to approve the city of Glasgow college merger. (S3O-11661)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to conduct a review of the range, quality and relevance of courses on offer in further and higher education institutions. (S3O-11706)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-7272, in the name of Shona Robison, on the carers and young carers strategy.
The next item of business is a statement by John Swinney on the economic and social impact of the strategic defence and security review. The cabinet secretary will take questions at the end of...
Members will recall that I wanted to look at the Official Report following today's First Minister's question time in order to reflect on some of the language that was used in exchanges. Having...
There are eight questions to be put as a result of today's business. I remind members that if the amendment in John Swinney's name, on support for business, is agreed to, the amendment in Derek...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S3M-7235, in the name of Willie Coffey, on addressing young offenders communication support needs. Motion debated, That the...
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.