Thursday, 18 November 2010
Scottish Parliament Thursday 18 November 2010 [The Presiding Officer opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business this morning is a Conservative party debate on motion S3M-7422, in the name of Mary Scanlon, on care home costs.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-7423, in the name of Derek Brownlee, on prescription charges.
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to revise its decision to introduce free parking at hospital car parks. (S3O-12046)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that public services such as health services are made fully accessible to disabled people, particularly when new facilities are...
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to protect communities in Edinburgh from flooding. (S3O-11970)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to protect front-line policing from budgetary pressures. (S3O-11972) [ Interruption .]
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has agreed a remit for Lord Carloway's review, which was announced in the context of the emergency legislation on the detention of suspects. (S3O-12037)
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on local authorities refusing additional alcohol licences in areas deemed to be oversubscribed in licensed premises. (S3O-12031)
To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to tackle youth violence. (S3O-12048)
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2710)
To ask the First Minister what the impact on local communities across Scotland will be of the decision by the United Kingdom Border Agency to cancel its contract with Glasgow City Council. (S3F-2711)
To ask the First Minister to what extent new coal-fired power generation will support the Scottish Government's plans for a low-carbon economy. (S3F-2721)
To ask the First Minister what effect the European Commission's 2011 fishing quota proposals will have on Scotland's fishing industry if they are ratified. (S3F-2724)
To ask the Scottish Executive how its budget will impact on the Highlands and Islands. (S3O-11961)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding high-speed rail. (S3O-11994)
To ask the Scottish Executive what degree of impartiality public sector planning officials are expected to show towards planning developments under consideration. (S3O-12008)
To ask the Scottish Executive how much the decision to lower the poundage rate to match that of England has saved for businesses in Angus. (S3O-12034)
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth has had regarding plans for the future of the urban regeneration companies. (S3O-12038)
To ask the Scottish Executive what financial incentives are in place to promote renewable energy. (S3O-11981)
Now I know how it feels to be insignificant. To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that other sectors of the economy might benefit by following VisitScotland's example in...
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth plans to take to tackle the record level of youth unemployment. (S3O-11990)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications of the Scottish budget will be for Lanarkshire, Falkirk and other areas in Central Scotland. (S3O-11963)
To ask the Scottish Executive what costs and reductions in budget, beyond those to the Scottish block grant, are being fed through directly to local authorities from the UK Government. (S3O-12000)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the effects of the Scottish budget will be on local authorities. (S3O-12015)
To ask the Scottish Executive from which budget lines the £70 million for the national renewables infrastructure fund will be taken and from what current projects or initiatives resources...
To ask the Scottish Executive what support is being given to new enterprises in the renewable energy sector in Fife. (S3O-12051)
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-7427, in the name of Jim Mather, on the alternative vote referendum and 2011 Scottish Parliament election clash.
There are nine questions to be put as a result of today's business. I remind members that in relation to this morning's debate on prescription charges, if the amendment in the name of Nicola...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S3M-6654, in the name of Nanette Milne, on increasing access to self-monitoring and self-management of anticoagulation therapy....
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.