Section A: Today's Business

 

Meeting of the Parliament

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Climate Justice

S4M-02156 Stewart Stevenson: Climate Justice—That the Parliament understands that it is poor and vulnerable people in developing countries who are most affected by climate change and are least equipped to respond to it; supports Scotland acting as an international model of best practice on climate change and promoting the moral, environmental and economic reasons for action by other countries; strongly endorses the opportunity for Scotland to champion climate justice, which places human rights at the heart of global development, ensuring a fair distribution of responsibilities, and welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensuring respect for human rights and action to eradicate poverty and inequality, which are at the heart of Scotland’s action to combat climate change both at home and internationally and strengthening Scotland’s support for developing countries on climate change as part of Scotland’s international profile.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S4M-02156.1 Claudia Beamish: Climate Justice—As an amendment to motion S4M-02156 in the name of Stewart Stevenson (Climate Justice), insert at end “, and calls on the Scottish Government to redouble its efforts to reduce emissions and target climate change in Scotland by working with local authorities, public services, business and individual communities to ensure that all are equipped to respond to this growing threat in a manner that puts environmental justice and equality at its heart, developing new and transferrable skills and encouraging the sharing of knowledge internationally to benefit the world”.

S4M-02156.2 Patrick Harvie: Climate Justice—As an amendment to motion S4M-02156 in the name of Stewart Stevenson (Climate Justice), insert at end “, and calls on the Scottish Government to announce a timescale for the creation of a Scotland-wide climate adaptation fund as outlined in the SNP manifesto and for the development of a system of consumption-based reporting targets as specified in section 37 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009”.

11.40 am General Question Time

1. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are constitutional issues on which it will not compromise in negotiations. (S4O-00729)

2. Colin Beattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to combat the dumping of vehicle tyres in rural areas. (S4O-00730)

3. Margaret Burgess: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that the education and training of young people is appropriate to meet the future needs of the economy. (S4O-00731)

4. Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote economic activity in rural areas. (S4O-00732)

5. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the interim operating base at Perth Community Fire Station as the permanent base for the proposed single fire and rescue service. (S4O-00733)

6. Graeme Dey: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Carer Information Strategy funding will continue in and after 2012. (S4O-00734)

7. Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Aberdeen City Council regarding the business rates incentivisation scheme. (S4O-00735)

8. Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. (S4O-00736)

9. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is providing to local authorities to ensure sufficient availability of supply teachers. (S4O-00737)

10. Alison Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) (Amendment) Order 2012 aims to remove subsidies for large-scale biomass plants. (S4O-00738)

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

1. Johann Lamont: To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for the rest of the day. (S4F-00511)

2. Ruth Davidson: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S4F-00490)

3. Alex Fergusson: To ask the First Minister what steps have been taken to deal with Schmallenberg virus if it spreads to Scotland. (S4F-00492)

4. Maureen Watt: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to improve childcare provision. (S4F-00496)

5. Drew Smith: To ask the First Minister whether the timetable for reform of the children’s hearings system has been changed. (S4F-00503)

6. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister whether, in light of comments in the recently published biography of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the Scottish Government considers that an inquiry into all aspects of the Lockerbie bombing is now urgent. (S4F-00502)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Infrastructure and Capital Investment

1. Margaret McDougall: To ask the Scottish Executive what investment in its transport infrastructure North Ayrshire will receive in the next five years. (S4O-00739)

2. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the latest statistical bulletin shows that the Scottish Government is meeting its 2012 homelessness target. (S4O-00740)

3. Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for the development of the Ayr-Stranraer railway line. (S4O-00741)

4. John Mason: To ask the Scottish Executive what the tendering process is for work related to the Forth Replacement Crossing project. (S4O-00742)

5. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve rail services in the west of Scotland. (S4O-00743)

6. Jenny Marra: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to promote collective bargaining energy schemes as a means of tackling fuel poverty. (S4O-00744)

7. Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is meeting its affordable housing programme targets. (S4O-00745)

8. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on its discussions with the European Commission regarding public procurement processes. (S4O-00746)

9. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme will have on existing rail services in Glasgow. (S4O-00747)

10. Angus MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in delivering improvements in port, road and rail infrastructure to support Grangemouth’s role as Scotland’s largest port and main freight distribution centre. (S4O-00748)

Culture and External Affairs

1. Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider establishing closer working relationships with the emerging democracies in Europe in order to share best practice. (S4O-00749)

2. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to BBC Scotland regarding the proposed service reductions and job losses at Radio Scotland and what the outcome has been. (S4O-00750)

3. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what dialogue it has had with Aberdeen City Council on the potential for funding new contemporary arts initiatives in the city. (S4O-00751)

4. Nigel Don: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the V&A at Dundee will have on the community of Angus. (S4O-00752)

5. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to raise the Antarctic and Scotland’s role there with the UK Government as part of any future discussions on devolution or an independence settlement. (S4O-00753)

6. Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to encourage parents to take their children to visit art galleries, theatres and museums. (S4O-00754)

7. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive who has the right to dispose of historic buildings that have been gifted to communities. (S4O-00755)

8. Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Executive what the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs is doing to support employment opportunities for young people in the culture and arts sector. (S4O-00756)

9. Tavish Scott: [Not lodged]

10. Neil Findlay: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Historic Scotland concerning staffing matters. (S4O-00758)

2.55 pm Local Government and Regeneration Committee Debate: Living Wage in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S4M-01745 Sandra White: BBC Scotland Job Cuts—That the Parliament expresses concern at the proposed cuts at BBC Scotland’s Glasgow headquarters and Edinburgh offices, which will result in one third of BBC Radio Scotland’s production staff losing their jobs and the axing of Scotland at Ten and Newsweek; believes that, at this time of historic political debate on the future of Scotland, these cuts are counterproductive to the aims of a thorough and informed debate; acknowledges calls for these proposals to be explored in more detail with an aim to producing alternative future models for broadcasting in Scotland, and hopes that any final decision will address these concerns.

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