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BUSINESS BULLETIN No. 193/2012

Monday 20 February 2012

Summary of Today’s Business Meetings of Committees 11.30 am European and External Relations

Committee

Committee Room 2

For full details of today’s business, see Section A. For full details of the future business, see sections B and C.

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The sections which appear in today’s Business Bulletin are in bold Section A: Today’s Business

- Meetings of Committees - Meeting of the Parliament Section B: Future Meetings of the Parliament Section C: Future Meetings of Committees Section D: Oral Questions

- Questions selected for First Minister’s Question Time - Questions selected for response by Ministers and junior

Scottish Ministers at Question Time

Section E: Written Questions– new questions for written answer Section F: Motions and Amendments

Section G: Bills

- New Bills introduced - New amendments to Bills - Members’ Bills proposals

Section H: New Documents – new documents laid before the Parliament and committee reports published

Section I: Petitions – new public petitions

Section J: Progress of Legislation – progress of Bills and subordinate legislation

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Section A – Today’s Business

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

European and External Relations Committee 4th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 11.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Developments in the Eurozone: The Committee will take evidence from— The Rt Hon David Lidington, Minister of State (Europe and NATO), UK Government.

3. Developments in the Eurozone: The Committee will consider the evidence taken earlier in the meeting.

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Section B – Future Meetings of the Parliament

Business Programme agreed by the Parliament on 8 February 2012

Wednesday 22 February 2012

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rt Rev David Arnott, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.35 pm Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time (for text of SPCB Questions see Section D)

2.50 pm Scottish Government Debate: Green Investment Bank followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – S4M-02011 Dennis Robertson: Eating Disorders, Raising the Awareness (for text of motion see Section F)

Thursday 23 February 2012

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business: Transport

11.40 am General Question Time (for text of General Questions see Section D)

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time 2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy (for text of Themed Questions see Section D)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Economy and Recovery followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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followed by Members’ Business – S4M-01728 George Adam: Take a Step in 2012 for Fairtrade (for text of motion see Section F)

Wednesday 29 February 2012

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business Thursday 1 March 2012

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time (for names of those Members selected for General Questions see Section D)

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time 2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Infrastructure and Capital Investment;

Culture and External Affairs (for names of those Members selected for Themed Questions see Section D)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time

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Section C – Future Committee Meetings

This section includes the agendas of the forthcoming committee meetings and outlines proposed future business, which may be subject to change. Committees have the right to take items in private and this will be notified as far in advance as possible.

Many committees include details of their future business on their webpages, which can be accessed at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/index.htm

Education and Culture Committee 21 February 2012

6th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5, and consideration of a draft report on the National Library of Scotland Bill at a future meeting, in private.

2. National Library of Scotland Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs;

Carole Robinson, Bill Team Leader, and David Seers, Head of Cultural Excellence, Scottish Government;

Greig Walker, Solicitor, Economy and Transport Division, Scottish Government Legal Directorate.

3. Report of the Review of Further Education Governance in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Russel Griggs OBE.

4. Petition PE 1414: The Committee will consider a Petition by Dougie Deans, on behalf of Unison F.E Sector, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to reconsider its proposed cuts to the Further Education Sector of £74million over the next four academic sessions 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

5. National Library of Scotland Bill: The Committee will consider the evidence heard.

6. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

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At its next meeting, on 28 February, the Committee expects to take evidence on the Curriculum for Excellence and consider a draft report on the National Library of Scotland Bill.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Health and Sport Committee 21 February 2012 7th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private and whether its consideration of a draft report should be taken in private at future meetings. The Committee will also decide whether its consideration of the approach to the forthcoming Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill should be taken in private at future meetings.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Scotland) Amendments Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/9); and

the National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Section 17C Agreements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/10). 3. PIP silicone breast implants: The Committee will consider correspondence

received.

4. Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 28 February, the Committee expects to consider a revised draft Stage 1 report on the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice Committee 21 February 2012 6th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 7 and 8 in private.

2. Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

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Philip Lamont, Bill Team Leader, and Andrew Ruxton, Solicitor, Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Advice and Assistance (Assistance By Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 [draft] from—

Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

James How, Head of Access to Justice Team, and Felicity Cullen, Solicitor, Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill (Cabinet Secretary for Justice) to move—

S4M-1901—That the Justice Committee recommends that the Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 [draft] be approved.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) (Amendment) 2012 (SSI 2012/7).

6. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following instruments which are not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Messengers-at-Arms) (Amendment) 2012 (SSI 2012/8);

Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 (Commencement) Order 2012 (SSI 2012/20).

7. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

8. European Commission Work Programme: The Committee will consider the European Commission Work Programme and European Union priorities for engagement and scrutiny as well as its wider approach to EU scrutiny.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 28 February, the Committee expects to begin taking evidence on the Police and Fire Reform(Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Equal Opportunities Committee 21 February 2012

3rd Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Women and work: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion from—

Ann Henderson, Assistant Secretary, STUC;

Margaret Boyd, GMB and Chair, STUC Women’s Committee;

Pauline Rourke, Communication Workers Union representative, and Elaine Dougall, Regional Equalities Officer, Unite, STUC Women’s Committee;

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Kirsty Connell, Vice-Chair, STUC Youth Committee;

Barbra Farmer, Chair, STUC Disabled Workers Committee;

Anne-Marie Mackin, Freelance Trainer and Assessor, Play First (Scotland) Ltd;

Emma Ritch, Project Manager, Close the Gap;

Linda Somerville, Director, Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Proposed future business

The Committee’s next meeting is on 6 March 2012.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Local Government and Regeneration Committee 21 February 2012

5th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following instrument which is not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

Representation of the People (Variation of Limits of Candidates’ Local Government Election Expenses) (Scotland) Order 2012 (SSI 2012/16) 3. Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on

the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Councillor Barbara Grant, Community Safety Spokesperson, COSLA; Bob Jack, Spokesperson on Community Safety, Justice, Police & Fire, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives;

and then from—

Chief Constable Kevin Smith, President, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland;

Councillor Iain Whyte, Chair, Scottish Police Authorities Conveners Forum;

Andrew Laing, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland; Professor John McNeill, Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland; Gillian Campbell, Director of Human Resources, Scottish Police Services Authority;

and then from—

Chief Superintendent David O’Connor, President, Association of Scottish Police Superintendents;

Donald Urquhart, Chair, Scottish Community Safety Network; Calum Steele, General Secretary, Scottish Police Federation; George McIrvine, Vice-Chair, UNISON Scottish Police Committee;

Professor Nicholas Fyfe, Director, Scottish Institute for Policing Research, University of Dundee;

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Councillor Richard Durham, Vice-Chair, Scottish Fire Conveners Forum; Alex Clark, Chair, Chief Fire Officers Association Scotland;

Roddy Robertson, Scottish Executive Council Member, Fire Brigades Union.

4. Proposed building repairs bill: The Committee will consider the statement of reasons.

5. Public services reform and local government: strand 1 - partnerships and outcomes: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

6. Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 7 March, the Committee expects to take oral evidence on its inquiry into public services reform and local government: strand 1 - partnerships and outcomes. The Committee also expects to consider subordinate legislation relating to non-domestic rates.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Public Petitions Committee 21 February 2012 3rd Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.

2. PE1367 ban mosquito devices now The Committee will take evidence from— Andrew Deans MSYP, Petitioner;

Lisa Sturgess, Regional Officer, National Autistic Society;

Howard Stapleton, Managing Director, Compound Security Systems Ltd 3. Consideration of a new petition: The Committee will consider the following

new petition—

PE1415 Update Burial Grounds (Scotland) Act 1855

4. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will consider the following current petitions—

PE1364 Clarifying guidelines on Gypsy/Traveller encampments

PE1384 Giving Voice - speech and language therapy transforms lives

PE1395 Targeted funding for lesser taught languages and cultures at

universities

PE1407 Scottish cancer drug fund

PE1411 Reforming uniform policy in all Scottish local authority schools

PE1412 Bond of caution

5. Consideration of evidence - PE1367 ban mosquito devices now The Committee will consider the evidence received at item 2.

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At its next meeting, on 6 March, the Committee expects to consider petitions on acquired brain injury services, A90/A937 safety improvements, access to therapy for orphan diseases, equitable access to therapy for Pompe disease, access to therapy for PNH, adult ADHD in Scotland, training for education staff on learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders, developing a fruitful future for all Scots and telecommunications masts.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee 21 February 2012

4th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.

2. Instruments subject to negative procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2012 (SSI 2012/27)

Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/28)

Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/29)

Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Amendment Order 2012 (SSI 2012/30)

Home Energy Assistance Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/34)

The Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/37)

3. Instruments not subject to any parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2012 (SSI 2012/21 (C.5))

Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011 (Commencement) Order 2012 (SSI 2012/35 (C.7))

the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 (Commencement No. 1)

Amendment Order 2012 (SSI 2012/42 (C.9))

4. Long Leases (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee.

5. Transitional provisions: The Committee will consider its approach to transitional provisions.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 28 February, the Committee expects to consider Scottish statutory instruments.

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For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Finance Committee 22 February 2012 6th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill should be taken in private at future meetings.

2. Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill from—

Andrew Laing, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland;

Chief Constable Kevin Smith, President, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland;

Calum Steele, General Secretary, Scottish Police Federation; and then from—

Eileen Baird, Deputy Chief Officer Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and lead officer for Chief Fire Officers Association of Scotland Finance;

Roddy Robertson, Executive Council Member, Fire Brigades Union;

John Connarty, Business Support Manager, City of Edinburgh Council and member of COSLA’s Police and Fire Reform Task Group;

and then from—

Nick Bland, Head of Police Reform Unit, Lorna Gibbs, Head of Fire and Rescue Reform Unit, and Christie Smith, Head of Police and Fire Reform Division, Scottish Government.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 29 February, the Committee will take evidence from the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 22 February 2012

6th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Bill The Committee will take evidence from—

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Ernie Shippin, Deputy Head of Serious and Organised Crime Division, and Danny Kelly, Principal Depute, Policy Division, The Crown Office.

2. Council of Economic Advisers: The Committee will take evidence on the work of the Council of Economic Advisers from—

Crawford Beveridge, Chair, Council of Economic Advisers; Professor Andrew Hughes Hallett.

3. Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 29 February, the Committee expects to take evidence from Angela Constance MSP on youth employment and John Swinney MSP on enterprise areas.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 22 February 2012

4th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether item 7 and future consideration of a draft report, should be taken in private. 2. Broadband infrastructure in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence

from—

Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, Mike Neilson, Director, Digital, and Jackie McAllister, Head of Cities and Digital Strategies Division, Scottish Government.

3. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions—

PE1192, a petition by Donald Ewen Darroch calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to state how it is supporting and promoting independent vehicular ferry routes between the islands and the mainland and how the planning system is playing a constructive role in supporting the economic and social future of such routes; and

PE1394, a petition by Huw Francis on behalf of Stòras Uibhist calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to reintroduce a direct ferry service between Lochboisdale and Mallaig.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2012: SSI 2012/11.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following instrument which is not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement No. 5) Order 2012 SSI/2012/19(C.3).

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6. European Commission Work Programme: The Committee will consider the European Commission Work Programme and European Union priorities for engagement and scrutiny.

7. Broadband infrastructure in Scotland: The Committee will consider the evidence heard during the meeting and in previous sessions.

Proposed future business

The next meeting of the Committee will be held on 7 March.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 22 February 2012

5th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4 and 5 and future consideration of a draft Stage 1 report on the Agricultural Holdings (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill in private.

2. Long Leases (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from— Dale Strachan, Partner, Brodies LLP;

Lionel Most, Member, Conveyancing Committee, Law Society of Scotland; and then from—

Richard Blake, Legal Adviser, Scottish Land and Estates Ltd; David Melhuish, Director, Scottish Property Federation.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/24).

4. Work programme: The Committee will review its work programme.

5. Agricultural Holdings (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 29 February, the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Long Leases (Scotland) Bill.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 22 and 23

February 2012

22 February 2012

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

1. Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how it will monitor the progress of its policy on zero waste. (S4O-00690)

2. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will review the varieties of apple trees in the Parliament garden to ensure that they cross-pollinate. (S4O-00692)

3. Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body when it last carried out an accessibility audit of the parliamentary complex and what issues this highlighted. (S4O-00728)

4. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it considers the Parliament’s IT system to be fit for purpose. (S4O-00693)

5. Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body when the contract for the provision of catering services to the Parliament will next be up for renewal. (S4O-00695)

6. John Mason: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what plans are in place to provide funding or other travel assistance to schools from deprived areas that cannot afford to visit the Parliament. (S4O-00691)

7. Graeme Dey: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what provision there is for foreign visitors to access information on the workings of the Parliament in their own language. (S4O-00694)

8. Graeme Pearson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what advice it sought in relation to the proposal for an external security screening facility. (S4O-00696)

9. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what external and internal damage was caused to the parliamentary complex by the recent storms and what the financial implications are. (S4O-00727)

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General

1. Margaret Burgess: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with local authorities to progress the implementation of a Scottish living wage of £7.20 per hour. (S4O-00697)

2. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it can take to mitigate the economic impact of high delivery charges and road fuel taxes on sparsely populated areas. (S4O-00698)

3. Mike MacKenzie: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it can give to local authorities in the Highlands and Islands region to assist them in achieving sustainable economic growth. (S4O-00699)

4. Jenny Marra: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with firefighters regarding their pensions. (S4O-00700)

5. Bill Walker: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on ensuring that Scottish companies get the maximum amount of work possible from the Forth Replacement Crossing project. (S4O-00701)

6. John Pentland: To ask the Scottish Executive whether permitting or promoting payment to housing association board and committee members were intended consequences of the repeal of Schedule 7 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001. (S4O-00702)

7. John Park: To ask the Scottish Executive when the planned refurbishment of the Kincardine Bridge will commence and what measures it will put in place to minimise the impact of the works on the local community. (S4O-00703)

8. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to regulate bus services. (S4O-00704)

9. Chic Brodie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ask the Auditor General for Scotland to audit Scottish Government IT projects where costs are in excess of £20 million. (S4O-00705)

10. Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to promote buses as a method of travel. (S4O-00706)

Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy

1. John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on how many lives have been saved by the use of Naloxone in the last year. (S4O-00707)

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2. Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to support Eating Disorder Week, which began on 20 February. (S4O-00708)

3. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting deaf and hard of hearing people in the Scottish Borders. (S4O-00709)

4. Paul Wheelhouse: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will hold to account those NHS boards that are not meeting clinical standards in neurological health services so that there is a consistent service across Scotland, including in rural areas. (S4O-00710)

5. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the backlog maintenance risk profile of NHS Dumfries and Galloway, as reported in The State of the NHSScotland Estate 2011. (S4O-00711)

6. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of backlog maintenance of the NHS Ayrshire and Arran estate is assessed to be of a high or significant risk. (S4O-00712)

7. Alison Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that it has appropriately balanced its efforts to prevent cancer between lifestyle and environmental risks. (S4O-00713)

8. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will monitor progress by NHS boards in meeting the clinical standards for neurological health services after the implementation programme ends in March 2012. (S4O-00714)

9. Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy last met NHS Ayrshire and Arran and what matters were discussed. (S4O-00715)

10. Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to review the effectiveness of the NHS Individual Patient Treatment Request process. (S4O-00716)

11. Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has achieved in tackling poverty. (S4O-00717)

12. Colin Beattie: To ask the Scottish Executive how the NHS is increasing access to the Scottish Care Information Gateway referral pathway for local specialised practices. (S4O-00718)

13. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve access to treatments for people with Tourette’s syndrome. (S4O-00719)

14. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy last met NHS board chief executives and what was discussed. (S4O-00720)

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15. Maureen Watt: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to provide more children with the opportunity to learn to swim. (S4O-00721)

16. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact its cities strategy will have on Aberdeen. (S4O-00722)

17. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision it has made for investment in NHS property in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde board area. (S4O-00723)

18. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the £140 million maintenance backlog in NHS Lothian, as reported in The State of the NHSScotland Estate 2011. (S4O-00724)

19. Helen Eadie: [Not Lodged]

20. Marco Biagi: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to address the health inequalities particular to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. (S4O-00726)

Members selected for General and Themed Questions on 01 March 2012 The following members have been randomly selected for General and Themed Question times on the above date. The deadline for lodging the text of questions is 12 noon on Wednesday 22 February 2012. These will then appear in this section of the Business Bulletin on Thursday 23 February 2012.

Question Time General 1. Gil Paterson 2. Colin Beattie 3. Margaret Burgess 4. Annabelle Ewing 5. Murdo Fraser 6. Graeme Dey 7. Kevin Stewart 8. Anne McTaggart 9. Sarah Boyack 10. Alison Johnstone

Infrastructure and Capital Investment 1. Margaret McDougall 2. Jackie Baillie 3. Adam Ingram 4. John Mason 5. John Scott 6. Jenny Marra 7. Dennis Robertson

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9. Patrick Harvie 10. Angus MacDonald

Culture and External Affairs 1. Willie Coffey 2. Sandra White 3. Richard Baker 4. Nigel Don 5. Kenneth Gibson 6. Annabel Goldie 7. Elaine Murray 8. Kezia Dugdale 9. Tavish Scott 10. Neil Findlay

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Section E – Written questions lodged from 13 to 17 February 2012

Questions marked with a triangle (∆) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

Questions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

S4W-05573 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with local authorities since 2007 regarding the extension of public service obligation flights to all airports that serve routes that are eligible for the Air Discount Scheme.

S4W-05574 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the European Commission since 2007 regarding the extension of public service obligation flights to other air routes, including those eligible for the Air Discount Scheme.

S4W-05575 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with businesses in the Highlands and Islands since 2007 regarding the extension of public service obligation flights to these areas.

S4W-05576 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with (a) Flybe, (b) Loganair and (c) other airlines serving the Highlands and Islands since 2007 regarding the expansion of the public service obligation network. S4W-05577 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget for public service obligation flights has been in each year since 2007.

S4W-05578 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it has used since 2007 to determine a region’s eligibility for public service obligation flights.

S4W-05579 Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on the administration of public service obligation flights in each year since 2007.

S4W-05600 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many current Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) 2011 plans are being investigated regarding measurement of land, broken down by Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate area office.

S4W-05601 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what pressure the European Commission is bringing to bear on the Scottish Government in relation to land measurement under the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) of croft and farm areas.

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S4W-05602 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial target it has for total penalties being applied or to be applied to crofters and farmers under the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) of land measurement.

S4W-05603 Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many appeals relating to inaccurate Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) land measurement fines there were at each of the (a) three stages of appeal procedure for each of the years from 2003 to 2008 and (b) two stages of appeal procedure for each of the years from 2009 to 2011.

S4W-05605 Jim Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £3.2 million allocated by the UK Government to the devolved administrations to fund not-for-profit free advice services has been allocated to it; how it will distribute this, and what the timescale will be.

S4W-05608 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S4W-04383 by Richard Lochhead on 19 December 2011, whether it will identify (a) the 10 special protection areas with marine extensions that Marine Scotland has considered licence applications for, (b) the seven licence applicants, (c) the seven licence applications that have had appropriate assessment and (d) on what basis the four licence applications that received consent were considered to have no significant impact on the favourable conservation status of the special protection areas.

S4W-05609 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Marine Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage or any other public body records and monitors the accidental bycatch of seabirds in the fishing gear of vessels operating out to 200 nautical miles.

S4W-05610 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has established if the accidental bycatch of seabirds in fishing gear in the waters around Scotland out to 200 nautical miles has a negative impact on seabird populations. S4W-05611 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive how it ensures that the accidental bycatch of seabirds in fishing gear does not impact negatively on the favourable conservation status of special protection areas.

S4W-05612 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the suicide rate.

S4W-05613 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reasons the male suicide rate is increasing.

S4W-05614 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current salary is of the chief executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

S4W-05615 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current chief executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland was appointed on a temporary basis.

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S4W-05616 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current chief executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland was seconded to the post and, if so, from where.

S4W-05617 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the current chief executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland was appointed.

S4W-05618 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the salary was for the chief executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland when the post was advertised in September 2010.

S4W-05619 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether (a) the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy and (b) the board of Healthcare Improvement Scotland are aware of negotiations with the health directorate about the salary of the chief executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

S4W-05620 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the annual salary is of an NHS employee in the lowest pay band.

S4W-05621 Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any NHS employee is exempt from a pay freeze.

S4W-05622 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding has been provided for the protection of the red squirrel in each year since 2007-08.

S4W-05623 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is to be made available for the protection of the red squirrel until the end of the parliamentary session.

S4W-05624 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive what groups it provides with funding for work related to the conservation of the red squirrel.

S4W-05625 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to control numbers of grey squirrels.

S4W-05626 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to prevent the spread of the squirrel pox virus.

S4W-05627 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will send a delegation to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). S4W-05628 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive who will attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) on its behalf.

S4W-05629 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings have been planned for its delegation that will attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and what will be discussed.

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S4W-05630 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive what the strategic aims will be of its delegation attending the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

S4W-05631 Claudia Beamish: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will lay before the Parliament a draft report on proposals and policies for meeting annual targets to cover the period 2023-2027 as stipulated by section 35 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

S4W-05632 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many modern apprenticeships there have been in each year since 2002 and, of these, how many have been completed.

S4W-05633 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what pancreatic cancer survival rates are in Scotland and what information it has on how this compares with the rest of the (a) UK and (b) world.

S4W-05634 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on whether survival rates for pancreatic cancer in Scotland have improved since 1992. S4W-05635 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to assist in the early detection of pancreatic cancer.

S4W-05636 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of operable pancreatic cancer cases result in an operation being carried out in (a) Scotland and (b) the rest of the UK.

S4W-05637 Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason operable pancreatic cancer cases might not result in an operation being carried out.

S4W-05638 Colin Keir: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are currently employed directly on the Forth Crossing Project and how many are expected to be employed during construction.

S4W-05639 Colin Keir: To ask the Scottish Executive how many subcontracts for the Forth Crossing have been awarded to Scottish firms by Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors.

S4W-05640 Colin Keir: To ask the Scottish Executive how many subcontracts for the Forth Crossing are currently advertised on the Public Contracts Scotland advertising portal.

S4W-05641 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether changes to legislation on public entertainment licences made by the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 leave local authorities discretion regarding (a) the level of fees and (b) allowing small events to be exempt from the requirement to hold a licence.

S4W-05642 Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has assessed the likely impact on the Year of Creative Scotland if all free events that were

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previously exempt from the requirement to hold a public entertainment licence are, in future, required to hold one and are charged the full fee.

S4W-05643 Margaret McDougall: To ask the Scottish Executive how the £10 million allocated in the budget to Transport Scotland for the Dalry bypass will be spent on each phase of the project.

S4W-05644 Margaret McDougall: To ask the Scottish Executive what route the proposed Dalry bypass will follow and how much of the land needed has been procured by Transport Scotland.

S4W-05645 Margaret McDougall: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it will save in the next spending review period by cancelling the improvements to the A737 Beith bypass at the Head Street and Barrmill Road junctions and how it will use the amount saved.

S4W-05646 Margaret McDougall: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the construction of the Dalry bypass will cost; how it arrives at this figure, and what provision it has made for inflation over the lifetime of the project.

S4W-05647 Margaret McDougall: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will invite tenders for the procurement of the Dalry bypass; how much the procurement will cost, and what additional capital sums it estimates that it will need to allocate to this project, and when, in order to proceed to procurement in the next spending review period.

S4W-05648 Margaret McDougall: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has begun the statutory processes for the proposed bypass at Dalry and, if so, how much has been completed.

S4W-05649 Margaret McDougall: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it will take to complete the statutory processes for the proposed bypass at Dalry; how this compares with the time it took to complete the statutory processes for the (a) Roadhead junction of the A737 and (b) previously planned Head Street and Barrmill Road junctions, and what impact inflation will have on this timescale.

S4W-05650 Margaret McDougall: To ask the Scottish Executive what upgrades are planned for the A737 other than the Dalry bypass; what the timescales are, and whether the upgrades will be announced in the next spending review period.

S4W-05651 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the extent of human trafficking in Scotland.

S4W-05652 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S4W-03297 by Lesley Thomson on 2 November 2011, whether it has carried out a comparison between the number of successful convictions for human trafficking in Scotland and the rest of the UK since 2007 and, if so, what the outcome was.

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S4W-05653 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to raise awareness of human trafficking ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

S4W-05654 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how it helps the victims of human trafficking in Scotland.

S4W-05655 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements are planned for the A83 over the next 10 years.

S4W-05656 Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason only members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Scotland are permitted to issue domestic energy performance certificates for non-rental properties.

S4W-05657 Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children ordinarily resident in Scotland have been placed in specialist residential educational facilities in England in each of the last five years.

S4W-05658 Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have applied to be transferred to England in each of the last five years and how many applications are under consideration.

S4W-05659 Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many offenders given community service or probation orders in England have had their supervision transferred to local authorities in Scotland in each of the last five years.

S4W-05660 Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Cabinet Secretary for Justice (a) last met and (b) will next meet the Home Secretary to discuss serious and organised crime.

S4W-05661 Anne McTaggart: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding mutual aid in policing for the 2012 Olympics. S4W-05662 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has commissioned in the last three years on the incidence of post natal depression; what treatment options are available for those with the condition, and what funding is available for the provision of such treatment.

S4W-05663 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to monitor local authorities’ implementation of and compliance with the Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (Requirements for Care Services) Regulations 2011.

S4W-05664 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients have died from complications associated with hip-replacement operations and what the cause of death was in each case in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

S4W-05665 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will accept a request from the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) to engage with teachers on a possible redesign of the Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme.

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S4W-05666 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to await the outcome of negotiations between the UK Government and teaching unions on the Teachers’ Pension Scheme before meeting the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) and others to discuss the Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme.

S4W-05667 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions or engagement it has had with trade unions and employers on pension reform.

S4W-05668 Marco Biagi: To ask the Scottish Executive how much central funding has been given to strategic park and ride projects in each year since 1999.

S4W-05669 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individuals members there are of the (a) Scottish Older People’s Assembly and (b) Scottish Older People’s Assembly Steering Group.

S4W-05670 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many organisations are represented on the (a) Scottish Older People’s Assembly and (b) Scottish Older People’s Assembly Steering Group.

S4W-05671 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Older People’s Assembly has a written constitution.

S4W-05674 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive how (a) individual people and (b) organisations can become members of the Scottish Older People’s Assembly Steering Group.

S4W-05675 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it gives to the Scottish Older People’s Assembly.

S4W-05676 Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it considers that the Scottish Older People’s Assembly plays in society.

S4W-05677 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost to each NHS board was of prescribing Ritalin to children under 18 in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12.

S4W-05678 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people with PIP breast implants have sought advice regarding their implants from each NHS board.

S4W-05679 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has budgeted to treat people with PIP implants who have sought help from the NHS. S4W-05680 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the findings of the King’s Fund report, Long-term conditions and mental health: The cost of co-morbidities, what steps it has taken to ensure that all health professionals have knowledge of mental health problems.

S4W-05681 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the findings of the King’s Fund report, Long-term conditions and mental health: The cost of

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morbidities, what assessment it has made of NHS spend on mental health problems in people with long-term conditions.

S4W-05682 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider introducing a compulsory alcohol sobriety scheme for problem drinkers convicted of serious drink-related offences similar to that recently proposed by the Mayor of London.

S4W-05683 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that nuchal transparency screening is made available in NHS (a) Greater Glasgow and Clyde and (b) Western Isles.

S4W-05684 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive for what reason the introduction of nuchal transparency screening has been delayed in NHS (a) Greater Glasgow and Clyde and (b) Western Isles.

S4W-05685 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that the mental health of patients with mild to moderate depression or anxiety is not detrimentally impacted by the proposed move to introduce computer-based counselling in place of face-to-face counselling with a trained therapist.

S4W-05686 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure that serious mental illness is not missed if computer-based counselling is introduced in place of face-to-face counselling with a trained therapist.

S4W-05687 Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pregnant women have had a flu vaccination in each of the last three years, broken down by NHS board.

S4W-05688 Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the UK Government has provided funding to help house military personnel who have been made redundant.

S4W-05689 Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to issue guidance to local authorities on the allocation of social housing to veterans and those leaving the military.

S4W-05690 Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the UK Government has given any indication of its intention to transfer military housing to local authorities or housing associations.

S4W-05691 Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Executive how many former military personnel are on each council house waiting list.

S4W-05692 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to legislate to end or curtail train engine idling.

S4W-05693 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has on the (a) monthly productivity since 2005 and (b) current productivity of the Rhum

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gas field; how this compares with the forecast productivity, and what the impact on jobs has been in Scotland.

S4W-05695 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact on the Scottish economy has been of the gas produced by the Rhum gas field and what the impact is expected to be over the forecast lifespan of the field.

S4W-05697 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of NHS employees disclosed a disability to their employer in 2011-12 and how this compares with each of the last two years for which information is available.

S4W-05698 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the list of offences in the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 meets the serious offences test that was outlined in its document, The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Record Certificates - Children’s Hearings) (Scotland) Order 2012 Consultation.

S4W-05699 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Executive how it supports UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools programme.

S4W-05700 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Executive what the relationship is between its proposed Rights of Children and Young People Bill and support for UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools programme.

S4W-05701 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prosecutions there have been for littering since 2003, broken down by police force area.

S4W-05702 John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many fixed penalties have been issued for littering offences since 2003, broken down by police force area. S4W-05703 Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions it has in place for prisoners who have private medical insurance.

S4W-05704 Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Executive how many prisoners have an agreement with the Scottish Prison Service regarding private companies supplying their medical care.

S4W-05705 Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it plans to review the audit processes of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

S4W-05706 Kezia Dugdale: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it plans to review the role of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and, if so, whether this will include considering (a) the introduction of panel investigations similar to those operated by the UK Parliamentary Ombudsman and (b) extending the avenue for appeals.

S4W-05707 Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Executive what minimum car parking space per unit is required for new housing developments to be approved.

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S4W-05708 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on concerns expressed by businesses that, even with the additional support announced for transitional arrangements, there could be fare rises of up to 50% on the ferry routes serving the Western Isles, Coll and Tiree following the end of road equivalent tariff for commercial vehicles.

S4W-05709 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the economic impact on the Western Isles, Coll and Tiree of the possible fare rises on the ferry routes serving them following the end of road equivalent tariff for commercial vehicles.

S4W-05710 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings it has planned with (a) hauliers, (b) the logistics sector and (c) other business to discuss fare rises on the ferry routes serving the Western Isles, Coll and Tiree following the end of road equivalent tariff for commercial vehicles.

S4W-05711 Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the additional support for transitional arrangements for hauliers and other businesses on the ferry routes serving the Western Isles, Coll and Tiree will be available for occasional users and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S4W-05712 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Sentencing Council will be established.

S4W-05713 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what the remit of the Scottish Sentencing Council will be.

S4W-05714 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has consulted on the establishment of the Scottish Sentencing Council.

S4W-05715 Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with any organisations regarding the establishment of the Scottish Sentencing Council.

S4W-05719 Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been convicted each year under the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007 broken down by (a) police force and (b) local authority area.

S4W-05720 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to increase teachers’ contributions to the Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme. S4W-05721 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will establish a cost ceiling for the Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme.

S4W-05722 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when the last valuation of the Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme took place.

S4W-05723 Ken Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next conduct a valuation of the Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme.

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S4W-05726 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has paid a salary to any (a) civil servant, (b) official, (c) consultant or (d) contractor via a (i) private company or (b) other arrangement for reasons of tax efficiency.

S4W-05727 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings has it had with the Stagecoach Group, or organisations associated with that group, in the last year and what issues were discussed.

S4W-05728 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the cost of employing special advisers has been in each year since 2007 and what the projected cost is for (a) 2012 and (b) 2013.

S4W-05729 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S4W-04927 by Kenny MacAskill on 20 January 2012, when it expects to publish its response to the report.

S4W-05731 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what services it has procured from Feisty Productions Ltd since 2007 and how much these cost.

S4W-05732 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S4W-00282 by John Swinney on 1 July 2011 and S4W-02893 by Bruce Crawford on 6 October 2011, how many special advisers it now employs; which ministers they are attached to, and what their responsibilities are.

S4W-05733 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it receives specialist advice from any person on unpaid basis.

S4W-05734 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of its special advisers receive remuneration from other sources.

S4W-05735 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all of its special advisers have signed a code of conduct and declaration of interests and, if so, whether these are publicly available.

S4W-05736 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Dolby Medical can guarantee full coverage of oxygen supply to patients at home in all areas of Scotland, especially in remote and rural areas.

S4W-05737 Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether community pharmacists will be required to provide a role for NHS boards in the emergency supply of oxygen for use at home.

S4W-05738 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive which special advisers are authorised to brief or comment to the media.

S4W-05739 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on whether familial relationships between any of its staff and elected politicians should be declared.

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S4W-05740 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ministerial parliamentary aides have been appointed; to which ministers, and what their responsibilities are.

S4W-05741 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all staff in its directorates and agencies are paid at least the living wage level.

S4W-05742 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the pay multiples for all staff that it employs, as proposed in the Hutton Review of Fair Pay in the public sector.

S4W-05743 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or its agencies are, or have been, involved in the provision of workfare placements.

S4W-05744 Drew Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it or its agencies provide internships that are unpaid.

S4W-05746 Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what investment it will make to improve broadband in Highland Perthshire and the (a) Glenshee and (b) Killin areas.

S4W-05748 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the level of absenteeism due to mental health problems has been in each of its departments in each of the last five years.

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Business Bulletin: Monday 20 February 2012

Section F – Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are normally printed the day after they are lodged. If an amendment is lodged to a motion then the original motion will appear alongside the amendment, along with any support lodged that day, in this section.

Each Monday, this section also contains all motions and amendments lodged the previous week that are still live and any motions and amendments that have been lodged for debate in the coming week. A motion or amendment is live if it has not been debated, withdrawn or otherwise deleted from the list.

Where a motion or amendment has been withdrawn, it is indicated in this section the day after it has been withdrawn. Support for motions and amendments received after they are lodged is shown at the end of this section the day after such support is received.

Motions and amendments can be published with various symbols:

Asterisks before the motion or amendment number indicate a motion or amendment published for the first time;

Asterisks also identify alterations to the text of a motion or amendment made since it was first published;

A hash symbol identifies motions eligible for debate at Members’ Business;

A diamond symbol identifies motions lodged for Members’ Business that have not yet attracted the required cross-party support;

An "R", identifies motions or amendments in which the Member who lodged it has a registrable interest.

The Parliamentary Bureau periodically deletes motions or amendments not scheduled for debate and which are over six weeks old.

A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx.

Any questions in relation to this section should be directed to the Chamber Desk, for which contact details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S4M-02055 Roderick Campbell: Fife Diet Food Truck—That the Parliament welcomes the £93,000 investment from the People’s Postcode Lottery for the Fife Diet Food Truck; appreciates the workshops that will be made available throughout Fife thanks to this mobile unit and that these will focus on food and climate change, and considers that this type of initiative could encourage people to grow their own food, or at least purchase local produce and that it will help to transform and improve diets, lifestyles and communities throughout Fife and Scotland.

*S4M-02050 Colin Beattie: Money for Midlothian Families—That the Parliament congratulates the families in Midlothian who are eligible to benefit from an £899,081 award to Midlothian Sure Start; understands that Midlothian Sure Start will allocate the benefits to families that have siblings with caring responsibilities and those involved with foster and kinship care; notes that Midlothian Sure Start aims to work closely with voluntary groups such as Midlothian Community Health Partnership and Midlothian Council in distributing the funds; believes that this award will help families with planning a financially stable future for children, especially families that have children who have disabilities or who are affected by unemployment or substance abuse; commends Midlothian Sure Start for this work, and wishes it success in planning better futures for the children and families of Midlothian.

*S4M-02049 Kenneth Gibson: Scotland’s Clean Green Energy Future—That the Parliament welcomes announcements this week by Scottish and Southern Energy Renewables (SSE Renewables), National Grid and Scottish Power, which it believes demonstrates Scotland’s progress and commitment to creating and harnessing renewable energy in the near and long-term future; understands that SSE Renewables has revealed plans for the construction of a 600 megawatt hydro-electric plant, believed to be the biggest in Scotland, in the Great Glen near Loch Lochy, at the cost of £800 million; further welcomes the announcement that National Grid and Scottish Power have awarded a £1 billion contract to Siemens and cable manufacturer, Prysmian, to construct what is considered to be the longest 2,200 megawatt capacity high-voltage direct current cable in the world, between Hunterston in north Ayrshire to the Wirral peninsula in England to export renewable energy in the years ahead, and considers that both of these projects show that Scotland is not only pressing ahead in the quest to become Europe’s leading producer of green energy, but is also well placed to benefit financially from the export of surplus energy, which Scotland is already producing and will produce in the future.

*S4M-02048 Mark McDonald: Aberdeen Named as Tourist Hidden Gem—That the Parliament notes that Aberdeen has recently been named as one of the top unsung places to visit in 2012 by the Lonely Planet Guide; further notes that the guide included the city in a list of places that "stay persistently off the beaten track, despite their many charms" alongside cities as diverse as Utrecht, Helsinki and Takayama; also notes that Dunottar Castle, King’s College Chapel and Footdee are all mentioned as highlights, and hopes that this recognition will encourage more people to visit Aberdeen and the North East.

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Supported by: Margaret Burgess*, Mike MacKenzie*, Humza Yousaf*, Drew Smith*, Dennis Robertson*, George Adam*, Sandra White*, Jamie McGrigor*, Paul Wheelhouse*

*S4M-02046 Willie Coffey: Congratulations to Kosovo—That the Parliament congratulates the Republic of Kosovo on the fourth anniversary of its independence; welcomes the recognition of independence by 87 UN member states including the USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Norway; notes that, in its declaration of independence on 17 February 2008, Kosovo declared its commitment to be a democratic, secular and multi-ethnic republic, guided by the principles of non-discrimination and equal protection under the law, and welcomes Kosovo’s continuing progress toward peace and reconciliation in the region.

Supported by: Clare Adamson*, Mike MacKenzie*, Dennis Robertson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Sandra White*, George Adam*, Drew Smith*, Paul Wheelhouse*

*S4M-02045 Stuart McMillan: Congratulating West Scotland’s Big Lottery Fund Beneficiaries—That the Parliament welcomes the Big Lottery Fund’s announcement of 39 funding awards for the West Scotland region; notes that these awards total £1,633,661; congratulates the groups and organisations from throughout the region that will receive the grants, including Gourock Primary, Overton Primary, Wemyss Bay Primary, Aileymill Primary, Christie Park Primary, Inverclyde Academy and St Stephen’s High schools, sporting organisations such as Inverclyde Schools Athletics, Inverclyde Phoenix American Football Club, Key Fitness, Kirktonhill Lawn Tennis Club, Lomond Kayak Club and community groups including, RIG Arts Ltd, Barnardo’s, Inverclyde Community Care Forum, Haldane Youth Services, West Bridgend Bingo and Vale of Leven Mature Arts Group, and looks forward to these organisations, which it considers vital to the community, continuing to do good work. *S4M-02044 Stuart McMillan: Clydeview Academy Students Take National Medals—That the Parliament commends Clydeview Academy in Inverclyde on its students’ recent winning performances at the Scottish Schools Athletic Association National Indoor Track and Field Championships in Glasgow; congratulates Evie Semple on her gold medal win in the under-16 girls 300 metres with a time of 43.3 seconds, Sarah Glenny on winning in qualifying and taking the gold medal in the over-16 girls 300 metres with a time of 41.86 seconds, and Greg Williams on taking the bronze medal in the over-16 boys 800 metres with a time of 1 minute 59 seconds; recognises the other strong performances of Clydeview Academy athletes Jonathan Glen in the under-16 boys 800 metres, Sean Toner in the over-16 boys 200 metres and Ewan Wong in the over-16 boys 60 metres and 200 metres, and welcomes the news of such a strong performance in the school’s first year of participation at the national championships.

*S4M-02043 Gil Paterson: An American Scottish Spectacular—That the Parliament congratulates The Young Americans who performed in A Scottish Spectacular held in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow and thanks all those at every level in making what is considered a wonderful event a massive success; appreciates what it considers the enthusiasm, energy and sheer talent of The Young Americans, which was picked up and shared by 250 Scottish children from in and around West Dunbartonshire who it believes participated magnificently well in the second part of

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