Thursday, 16 December 2010
Scottish Parliament Thursday 16 December 2010 [The Presiding Officer opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business is a Labour Party debate on motion S3M-7604, in the name of Andy Kerr, on winter resilience. As the debate is very heavily subscribed, I ask members to...
A few seconds early, we come to the next item of business, which is general question time. Question 1 has not been lodged.
To ask the Scottish Executive when deer farmers will be able to access support through the single farm payment scheme. (S3O-12344)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has had with local authorities regarding the employment of private sector solicitors. (S3O-12348)
To ask the Scottish Government what effects it considers the United Kingdom Government's review of benefits will have on vulnerable people in Scotland. (S3O-12426)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many post-probationary teachers it expects to be in full-time employment at the start of the 2011-12 school term. (S3O-12390)
To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will provide for the building of the new Royal hospital for sick children in Edinburgh. (S3O-12372)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is on target to end fuel poverty by 2016. (S3O-12337)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits have been of the energy assistance package. (S3O-12394)
To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S3F-2783)
To ask the First Minister what progress the Scottish Government is making on reducing the homicide rate. (S3F-2788)
To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government's position is on using global positioning satellite technology to monitor sex offenders released into the community. (S3F-2790)
To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Government had with the retail community prior to deciding to introduce a new levy on large retail properties. (S3F-2793)
The next item of business is a members' business debate on motion S3M-7490, in the name of Anne McLaughlin, on the United Kingdom Border Agency's contempt agenda for Scotland. The debate will be...
To ask the Scottish Government what financial assistance it provides to retailers with the aim of creating jobs, supporting the local economy and bolstering tourism. (S3O-12424)
To ask the Scottish Executive on what date it was made aware of the blowout incident on Shell's Sedco 711 platform on 23 December 2009 and by whom. (S3O-12432)
To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are in place to ensure that the content of the traffic Scotland website is current and accurate. (S3O-12395)
To ask the Scottish Government what concerns it has regarding the impact on the economy and communities of Scotland of the provisions of the United Kingdom Government's Postal Services Bill....
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that the Calman proposals in the Scotland Bill will provide the powers necessary to ensure a healthy and sustainable economy in the long...
To ask the Scottish Executive whether the introduction of a so-called bed tax by local authorities is compatible with its ambition to grow tourism's contribution to the economy. (S3O-12388)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that public transport is available for vulnerable people in Clydesdale during the current extreme weather conditions. (S3O-12377)
To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with business organisations regarding reforms to non-domestic rates. (S3O-12342)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth will monitor the use of the change fund announced in the draft budget for national health service...
To ask the Scottish Executive when it last had discussions with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the island local authorities regarding the future of the inter-island ferry...
To ask the Scottish Government what discussion it has had with representatives of South Lanarkshire Council regarding the local government settlement for 2011-12. (S3O-12423)
To ask the Scottish Executive what savings have been made on the cost of ministerial cars in the current budget exercise. (S3O-12376)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the response by public agencies to the recent severe weather. (S3O-12345)
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the performance of Transport Scotland in its consultation with local communities on projects for which it is responsible. (S3O-12358)
To ask the Scottish Executive what it estimates to be the cost to the Fife economy of the extreme winter weather. (S3O-12368)
To ask the Scottish Government how it promotes green energy technology. (S3O-12411)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and what issues were discussed. (S3O-12383)
The next item of business is a statement by Mike Russell on the future of Scottish higher education. As the cabinet secretary will take questions at the end of the statement, there should be no...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S3M-7605, in the name of Fergus Ewing, on the antisocial behaviour framework.
The next item of business is consideration of Parliamentary Bureau motion S3M-7611, amending the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee's remit. Motion moved, That the Parliament...
We come to decision time. There are nine questions to be put as a result of today's business. Members will wish to know that, in relation to the debate on the antisocial behaviour framework, if...
The final item of business today is a members' business debate on motion S3M-7259, in the name of Johann Lamont, on support for children in family and friends care. 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.