Thursday, 22 March 2012
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S4M-02421, in the name of Elaine Murray, on ferries.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S4M-02430, in the name of Johann Lamont, on children. I will allow members a moment to find their seats and their notes. Ms Lamont, you have 10 minutes.
1. To ask the Scottish Government what impact the UK budget of 21 March 2012 will have on devolved matters. (S4O-00819)
2. To ask the Scottish Executive what retailers will be included in its joint conference with the Scottish Retail Consortium that is scheduled to take place later this year. (S4O-00820)
3. To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to address female unemployment in Fife. (S4O-00821)
4. To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is providing to the Machrihanish Airbase Community Company. (S4O-00822)
5. To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to prioritise the completion of the A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount improvement scheme. (S4O-00823)
6. To ask the Scottish Government when work on the Aberdeen western peripheral route will be completed. (S4O-00824)
7. To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made on insulating homes and helping to protect families from rising energy costs. (S4O-00825)
8. To ask the Scottish Executive what the average length of time and dosage is for a course of methadone. (S4O-00826)
9. To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that tenants in the private rented sector can participate in consultations and policy making on housing. (S4O-00827)
1. To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for the rest of the day. (S4F-00570)
2. To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S4F-00554)
3. To ask the First Minister what the impact will be of the UK budget on the people of Scotland. (S4F-00560)
4. To ask the First Minister what impact possible changes by the United Kingdom Government to regional pay awards would have in Scotland. (S4F-00573)
5. To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Government will reconsider its support for the continuation of the bonus points scheme for hospital doctors in light of a reduction in national...
6. To ask the First Minister whether he considers that separation from the rest of the United Kingdom could be negotiated within a year of an independence referendum. (S4F-00558)
Good afternoon. The first item of business is themed questions. In order to get in as many members as possible, I would prefer short and succinct questions and answers.
1. To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to invest in cycling infrastructure to improve take-up rates of active travel. (S4O-00829)
2. To ask the Scottish Executive when it will officially launch its climate justice fund. (S4O-00830)
3. To ask the Scottish Government how many breaches of the sulphur dioxide 15-minute mean objective, as specified in the Air Quality (Scotland) Regulations 2000, have taken place since the...
4. To ask the Scottish Executive what the total actual reduction in CO2 tonnage has been from projects receiving grants from the climate challenge fund. (S4O-00832)
6. To ask the Scottish Executive what contingency plans it has put in place to ensure the continuing sale of mackerel in view of the possible loss of the Marine Stewardship Council certification...
7. To ask the Scottish Government what progress the climate challenge fund is making in combating climate change by helping local communities to reduce their carbon emissions. (S4O-00835)
8. To ask the Scottish Government what the environmental impact on the Forth estuary was of the leak of contaminated water near South Queensferry on 14 November 2011 and what action has been...
9. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made with its zero waste plan. (S4O-00837)
1. To ask the Scottish Executive what analysis it has made of the impact of the creation of a single police force on the allocation of major function hubs across the country. (S4O-00839)
2. To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with police forces regarding the development and upgrade of emergency service communication equipment. (S4O-00840)
3. To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the need for a further level of scrutiny of expenditure by police and fire services. (S4O-00841)
4. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to assist Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service following the recent Audit Scotland report, “Audit of Best Value:...
5. To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the support that it provides to Grampian Police in relation to civil contingencies. (S4O-00843)
6. To ask the Scottish Government what procedures are followed in relation to police officers under investigation. (S4O-00844)
7. To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines there are for police on how to treat children when arresting a parent. (S4O-00845)
9. To ask the Scottish Government how well the Scottish Prison Service is performing against its key performance indicators. (S4O-00847)
The next item of business is a statement by Fergus Ewing, which is an update on Scotland’s fossil fuel levy. The minister will take questions at the end of his statement; therefore, there...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S4M-02431, in the name of Fergus Ewing, on the United Kingdom Government’s response on the future of Remploy.
The next item of business is decision time. There are seven questions to be put as a result of today’s business. The first question is, that amendment S4M-02421.1—
This afternoon, the First Minister, as he has done before, dismissed reports of patients in national health service hospitals having to sleep without blankets as being scare stories and untrue....
The final item of business is a members’ business debate, on motion S4M-02277, in the name of Sarah Boyack, on the green investment bank. The debate will be concluded without any question...
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.