Thursday, 23 December 2010
Scottish Parliament Thursday 23 December 2010 [The Presiding Officer opened the meeting at 09:00]
Good morning. The first item of business this morning is consideration of two Parliamentary Bureau motions. I invite Bruce Crawford to move motion S3M-7644, on committee membership, and motion...
The next item of business is a statement by Angela Constance on Skills Development Scotland. The minister will take questions at the end of her 10-minute statement and there should therefore be...
The next item of business is a debate on violence against women. We have a little leeway on timing, so members should feel free to take interventions, despite the fact that a speaking time of...
To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to protect Gaelic language and culture given the current economic position. (S3O-12452)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Culture and External Affairs plans to repeat the gathering in future years. (S3O-12499)
To ask the Scottish Government what measures it undertakes to ensure that official exchanges with the countries it provides aid to are carried out to the highest ethical standards. (S3O-12487)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the "2010 Brussels Declaration on Sign Languages in the European Union", which emphasises the importance of deaf culture in society and urges...
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the Maid of the Loch to be a cultural asset and, if so, what assistance it will provide to the Loch Lomond Steamship Company to help her sail...
To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to be informed which Scottish sites have been added to the tentative list for nomination for UNESCO world heritage site status. (S3O-12438)
To ask the Scottish Government what role it has in the regulation of activities in Antarctica. (S3O-12473)
To ask the Scottish Government what support it makes available to juvenile pipe bands outwith the education sector. (S3O-12481)
We move on to questions on education and lifelong learning. I go to question 2, from Frank McAveety.
To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it considers the real-terms reduction in college bursary funding announced in the 2011-12 draft budget will have on further education students. (S3O-12508)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are in receipt of education maintenance allowance in East Kilbride. (S3O-12505)
To ask the Scottish Executive what encouragement careers advisers give pupils to interest them in pursuing a career in farming. (S3O-12439)
To ask the Scottish Government what action local authorities are required to undertake when proposing the closure of a primary school. (S3O-12477)
To ask the Scottish Executive what dialogue it has had with Aberdeen City Council on its education budget and teacher numbers. (S3O-12491)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the real-terms change to the college student support budget will be in 2011-12, as a result of funding remaining at the 2010-11 level. (S3O-12522)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many higher education institutions have recognised the Scottish baccalaureate. (S3O-12453)
To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on island businesses of the removal of business-related travel from the air discount scheme. (S3O-12450)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the importance of services such as community mothers in the support and promotion of breastfeeding. (S3O-12524)
To ask the Scottish Government what support it gives to businesses in the West Dunbartonshire area. (S3O-12482)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider reinstating the Glasgow airport rail link project once the £2.2 billion borrowing capacity proposed in the Scotland Bill starts to...
To ask the Scottish Executive how many medical professionals are employed by NHS Grampian compared with May 2007. (S3O-12484)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it takes to support the ski industry. (S3O-12437)
To ask the Scottish Government what the change has been in the number of nurses who are employed by NHS Ayrshire and Arran since May 2007. (S3O-12470)
To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has recently had with Highland Council regarding the proposed Inverness bypass. (S3O-12525)
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S3F-2802)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will make representations to the United Kingdom Government regarding the proposal by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to reduce the...
To ask the First Minister what assessment the Scottish Government has made of the impact of large-scale biomass plants on its climate change objectives. (S3F-2808)
To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to raise awareness of the importance of the flu vaccine among eligible groups. (S3F-2805)
We come to decision time. The first question is, that motion S3M-7644, in the name of Bruce Crawford, on committee membership, be agreed to. Motion agreed to, That the Parliament agrees...
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.