Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Good afternoon, the first item of business is portfolio questions. Question 1 is from Baroness Goldie. We are glad to see you back in your rightful place.
1. Thank you, Presiding Officer. To ask the Scottish Government what funding strategy it has to facilitate a high-speed rail link between Scotland and London. (S4O-02562)
2. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives of the Scottish Futures Trust. (S4O-02563)
3. To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made on the Tay estuary rail service. (S4O-02564)
4. To ask the Scottish Government how many passengers there have been on the Glasgow to Edinburgh line via Airdrie since it reopened. (S4O-02565)
5. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Scottish Water and other bodies about improvements to drainage infrastructure in urban areas. (S4O-02566)
6. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Community Transport Association and what assistance it can provide to this sector, in light of the Infrastructure and...
7. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Highland Council about the infrastructure and capital investment required to meet the needs of communities in the...
8. To ask the Scottish Government what steps the Scottish Futures Trust has taken to ensure that non-profit distributing model investment achieves forecast levels. (S4O-02569)
1. To ask the Scottish Government how it will promote the culture of greater Glasgow and West Scotland before and during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. (S4O-02572)
2. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government on the decision to refuse visas for Chinese teachers working in Scotland through the Confucius hubs system....
3. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it had with the new US ambassador to the United Kingdom on his recent visit to the Parliament. (S4O-02574)
4. To ask the Scottish Government when it last met Creative Scotland. (S4O-02575)
5. To ask the Scottish Government how the Scottish Ten project is using the latest laser technology to examine data from the eastern Qing tombs in China. (S4O-02576)
6. To ask the Scottish Government what support is available to keep rural theatres open as accessible cultural hubs. (S4O-02577)
7. To ask the Scottish Government what the outcomes were of the President of Turkey’s recent visit to Scotland. (S4O-02578)
8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will support the development of a major new performance venue in the city as part of a new Aberdeen exhibition and conference centre. (S4O-02579)
9. To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it can provide from the culture and external affairs budget to the paddle steamer, the Maid of the Loch, so that it can sail again on Loch...
10. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support the creative arts in Dumfries and Galloway. (S4O-02581)
The next item of business is a statement by Fergus Ewing. The minister will take questions at the end of his statement, so there should be no interventions or interruptions.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S4M-08270, in the name of Keith Brown, on modernising Scotland’s transport infrastructure: meeting the challenges of the 21st century.
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S4M-08288, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a business programme.
The next item of business is consideration of a Parliamentary Bureau motion. I ask Joe FitzPatrick to move motion S4M-08281, on approval of a Scottish statutory instrument. Motion moved, That the...
There are four questions to be put as a result of today’s business. I remind members that, in relation to today’s debate, if the amendment in the name of Mark Griffin is agreed to,...
The final item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S4M-07932, in the name of Claire Baker, on national parks: unfinished business. The debate will be concluded without any...
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