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Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 19th June 2014

Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 19th June 2014

2.15 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

1. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many incidents there have been in the Parliament complex since 2012 that have led to police action. (S4O-03388)

2. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what prices it will set for the proposed pilot of commercial access to the Parliament, and whether these will be reduced for non-profit or charitable organisations. (S4O-03389)

3. Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what progress the Parliament is making in meeting its environmental targets. (S4O-03356)

4. Cara Hilton: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what steps it is taking to ensure that it maximises the benefits of digital working. (S4O-03387)

5. Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what security support and advice is available to members. (S4O-03390)

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Bill

S4M-10335 David Stewart: Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Historic Environment Scotland Bill

S4M-10371 Fiona Hyslop: Historic Environment Scotland Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Historic Environment Scotland Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution: Historic Environment Scotland Bill

S4M-09869 John Swinney: Historic Environment Scotland Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Historic Environment Scotland Bill, agrees to—

(a) any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act, and

(b) any charge or payment in relation to which Rule 9.12.4 of the Standing Orders applies arising in consequence of the Act.

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

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Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 21st August 2014

Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 21st August 2014

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scotland’s Future S4M-10843 Alex Salmond: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament agrees that Scotland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, is rich in human talent and benefits from vast natural resources; believes that a Yes vote on 18 September 2014 is the opportunity of a lifetime to build a fairer, greener, more prosperous country for everyone who lives in Scotland; agrees that the best people to take decisions about Scotland’s future are the people who care most about Scotland, those who live and work here; further agrees that an independent Scotland will protect the founding values of the NHS, build a more secure, sustainable economy with greater job opportunities and will provide parents, children and disabled people with the support expected of a decent society, and agrees therefore that Scotland should be an independent country. The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments S4M-10843.1 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-10843 in the name of Alex Salmond (Scotland’s Future), leave out from first “agrees” to end and insert “looks forward to the democratic decision of the people of Scotland on Scotland’s future and recognises that it will be they who determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom or continues to enjoy the benefits of devolved government within the UK; believes that remaining in the UK is best for jobs, best for schools and hospitals, best for business and best for pensions, and that a strong Scottish Parliament, which will gain new powers, backed up by the strength and security of the UK, represents the best of both worlds for Scotland; notes that, if the Scottish people say ‘No Thanks’ to separation, Scotland will continue as a partner in a political, social, economic and currency union that pools and shares resources with its closest neighbours and friends in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; looks forward to that positive partnership continuing to evolve in the event of a No vote, and resolves to support every effort to unify the country again once the votes have been counted”. S4M-10843.1.2 Ruth Davidson: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-10843.1 in the name of Johann Lamont (Scotland’s Future), after “within the UK;” insert “is proud of the contribution that Scotland makes to the UK as well as the benefits that it receives; recognises the shared institutions that have grown and developed over time to the benefit of all nations in the UK and is committed to furthering these shared institutions;”. S4M-10843.1.1 Willie Rennie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-10843.1 in the name of Johann Lamont (Scotland’s Future), after “both worlds for Scotland;” insert “applauds the ambition of the people of Scotland to reach their individual as well as collective potential in all spheres of life, building on the achievements of Scots over the last 300 years and recognises the array of additional opportunities that they each enjoy as a strong part of the UK family of nations;”. followed by Business Motions followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions S4M-10853 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Historic Environment Scotland as Specified Authority) Order 2014 [draft] be approved. 5.00 pm Decision Time

Members' Business - Scottish Parliament: 21st August 2014

Members' Business - Scottish Parliament: 21st August 2014

Members’ Business Debate on the subject of— S4M-10661 James Dornan: Celebrating Glasgow the Caring City—That the Parliament celebrates the 15th birthday of Glasgow the Caring City in 2014; notes that Glasgow the Caring City is a Scottish charity based in Cathcart that supports children in crisis at home and overseas; notes that the charity achieves this aim by supporting a range of health, education and security programmes worldwide, from what it considers its successful Give a Kid a Goal campaign for children across Glasgow to helping to fund the Himbaza School in Burundi’s capital city, Bujumbara; notes the work that it has done in organising the Celebration City Festival for the Commonwealth Games; considers its contribution over the last 15 years to children worldwide and closer to home to be invaluable; thanks the charity for the work that it does, and wishes it every success as it moves forward with its plans for future development. The publisher of this material is: The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP During the referendum period the Scottish Parliament is obliged to provide this information in order to ensure transparency and comply with the campaign rules. For further details, please see Schedule 4, Paragraph 27 of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013: www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2013/14/schedule/4

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing - Scottish Parliament: 21st August 2014

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing - Scottish Parliament: 21st August 2014

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private. 2. Armed police: The Sub-Committee will take evidence from— Vic Emery, Chair, and Iain Whyte, Board Member, Scottish Police Authority; Derek Penman, HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland, and Dr Brian Plastow, Lead Inspector, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland. 3. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme. The publisher of this material is: The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP During the referendum period the Scottish Parliament is obliged to provide this information in order to ensure transparency and comply with the campaign rules. For further details, please see Schedule 4, Paragraph 27 of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013: www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2013/14/schedule/4

First Minister's Questions - Scottish Parliament: 21st August 2014

First Minister's Questions - Scottish Parliament: 21st August 2014

1. Johann Lamont: To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for the rest of the day. (S4F-02266) 2. Ruth Davidson: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S4F-02263) 3. Duncan McNeil: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government will ensure the future of shipbuilding in the lower Clyde. (S4F-02267) 4. John Wilson: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the final report by the Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy. (S4F-02270) 5. Neil Findlay: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government’s economic strategy will help achieve the aims of its Arbroath “declaration of opportunity”. (S4F-02281) 6. Jim Eadie: To ask the First Minister what progress has been made in reducing cancer mortality rates. (S4F-02272) The publisher of this material is: The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP During the referendum period the Scottish Parliament is obliged to provide this information in order to ensure transparency and comply with the campaign rules. For further details, please see Schedule 4, Paragraph 27 of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013: www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2013/14/schedule/4

General Questions - Scottish Parliament: 21st August 2014

General Questions - Scottish Parliament: 21st August 2014

1. Jamie Hepburn: To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the recent comments by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions regarding further changes to welfare benefits and the impact that these changes would have on poverty in Scotland. (S4O-03481) 2. John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government what methods of consultation it uses to gauge the views of cyclists regarding major trunk road works. (S4O-03482) 3. Jim Eadie: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will confirm the latest total annual service charge payable by NHS Lothian to Consort Healthcare for the most recent financial year in relation to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. (S4O-03483) 4. Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to strengthen and grow the economy. (S4O-03484) 5. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met Dumfries and Galloway Council and what matters were discussed. (S4O-03485) 6. Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to recent reports that the North Sea could hold more than £40 billion worth of unforeseen oil reserves. (S4O-03486) 7. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out on the cumulative impact of UK Government reductions in benefits on disabled people in Scotland. (S4O-03487) 8. Colin Keir: To ask the Scottish Government whether a review has been carried out on how effective the Queensferry Crossing consultation forums have been in dealing with local groups and people. (S4O-03488) 9. Christian Allard: To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the most recent labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics. (S4O-03489) 10. Richard Lyle: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking regarding the provision of a specialist centre for robot-assisted surgery for radical prostatectomies. (S4O-03490) The publisher of this material is: The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP During the referendum period the Scottish Parliament is obliged to provide this information in order to ensure transparency and comply with the campaign rules. For further details, please see Schedule 4, Paragraph 27 of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013: www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2013/14/schedule/4

European and External Relations Committee - Scottish Parliament: 21st August 2014

European and External Relations Committee - Scottish Parliament: 21st August 2014

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 2 in private. 2. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme. The publisher of this material is: The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP During the referendum period the Scottish Parliament is obliged to provide this information in order to ensure transparency and comply with the campaign rules. For further details, please see Schedule 4, Paragraph 27 of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013: www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2013/14/schedule/4

Local Government and Regeneration Committee - Scottish Parliament: 20th August 2014

Local Government and Regeneration Committee - Scottish Parliament: 20th August 2014

1. Decision on taking business in Private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private. 2. Local government benchmarking system: The Committee will take evidence from— David Martin, SOLACE Scotland; Mark McAteer, Director of Governance and Performance Management, Improvement Service; and then from— Steve Grimmond, Chief Executive, Fife Council; Elma Murray, Chief Executive, North Ayrshire Council; and then from— Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education Services, Glasgow City Council; Mhairi Shaw, Director of Education, East Renfrewshire Council; Councillor Stephen Curran, Executive Member for Education and Young People, Glasgow City Council; Councillor Elaine Green, Chair of the Education Committee, East Renfrewshire Council. 3. Public petitions:PE01469 The Committee will consider the following petition- PE1469 by Aileen Jackson, on Neighbour notification distances for wind turbine applications 4. Local government benchmarking system: The Committee will consider the evidence received. 5. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2015-16 (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2015-16. 6. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1. The publisher of this material is: The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP During the referendum period the Scottish Parliament is obliged to provide this information in order to ensure transparency and comply with the campaign rules. For further details, please see Schedule 4, Paragraph 27 of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013: www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2013/14/schedule/4

Members' Business - Scottish Parliament: 20th August 2014

Members' Business - Scottish Parliament: 20th August 2014

Members’ Business Debate on the subject of— S4M-09923 Margaret McCulloch: The Future of DFID in Scotland—That the Parliament recognises the contribution that the Department for International Development (DFID) staff based in East Kilbride make in administering the world’s second largest aid budget; notes that approximately 600 people are employed the Abercrombie House office, where work is undertaken on a wide range of areas, including development policy and research, African and Asian regional programmes and the eradication of world hunger and malnutrition in addition to key corporate services for the department; welcomes reports that the UK has at last become the first country in the G8 to spend 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) on overseas development assistance; considers that, while there are legitimate differences of opinion among political parties and between those campaigning on different sides of the constitutional debate about the future of international development, there is also a welcome consensus on the importance of Scotland and the UK’s international obligations, including honouring the commitment to spend a minimum of 0.7% of GNI on overseas development assistance and enshrining this commitment in law; believes that the wider debate on independence would be enhanced by thoughtful, informed consideration of the implications of independence on international development; therefore notes remarks by Dave Fish, who, it considers, as a former head of DFID in Scotland and former director of DFID’s Africa programme, can be regarded as an authority on international development, who warned that DFID jobs in East Kilbride would be “relocated back to the residual United Kingdom” in the event of a Yes vote in September 2014 and that “the suggestion by SNP ministers that the United Kingdom would continue to employ hundreds of people in what would be a foreign country is – like so much of the case for independence – simply not credible”; further notes the findings of the House of Commons International Development Committee, which expects DFID’s aid budget to fall by around £1 billion as a consequence of independence; considers that the costs of establishing an independent Scottish development agency would likely require a greater share of development spending to be allocated toward administration instead of frontline aid; believes that the development policies set out in the white paper on independence could lead to the fragmentation of aid spending, which is overwhelmingly pooled and resourced across the UK at present, and believes that Scotland continuing as part of the UK is key to safeguarding civil service employment at Abercrombie House in East Kilbride and securing Scotland’s role in shaping global development and supporting 28 countries across Asia, Africa and the Middle East through DFID. The publisher of this material is: The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP During the referendum period the Scottish Parliament is obliged to provide this information in order to ensure transparency and comply with the campaign rules. For further details, please see Schedule 4, Paragraph 27 of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013: www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2013/14/schedule/4

Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 20th August 2014

Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 20th August 2014

Ministerial Statement: Update on the economic impact of new innovation centres followed by Scottish Government Debate: Increasing Opportunities for Women S4M-10829 Angela Constance: Increasing Opportunities for Women—That the Parliament welcomes the growth in women’s employment to its highest ever level of 1,250,000 and the significant reduction in female economic inactivity; believes that Scotland must have even higher ambitions to further increase the opportunities for women to enter the workforce; further believes that the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce and the Working Together Review present important contributions to increasing opportunities for women; recognises however that significant powers to improve opportunities are currently reserved, and agrees that, with independence, these powers will give Scotland the opportunity to remove barriers to women’s ambitions and increase female economic activity, employment and living standards. The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments S4M-10829.3 Jenny Marra: Increasing Opportunities for Women—As an amendment to motion S4M-10829 in the name of Angela Constance (Increasing Opportunities for Women), leave out from “recognises” to end and insert “recognises that the UK is a deeply integrated economy, which is underpinned by sterling, and that this provides the basis for the economic opportunities for women in Scotland; believes that a world-class further education sector is key to future Scottish productivity growth and that the decline of 140,000 college places since 2007, a reduction that has disproportionately impacted on women, is incompatible with this objective; considers the proposals by the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce to reduce youth unemployment by 40% to be insufficiently ambitious, and believes that the Scottish Government must do much more to encourage women into apprenticeships presently dominated by males, such as in construction and IT.” S4M-10829.2 Mary Scanlon: Increasing Opportunities for Women—As an amendment to motion S4M-10829 in the name of Angela Constance (Increasing Opportunities for Women), leave out from “and the Working Together Review” to end and insert “is an important contribution to increasing opportunities for women; acknowledges that women’s employment has increased to its highest ever level as a result of the UK Government’s economic and fiscal policy; notes that Scotland’s economy is much stronger as part of the UK and that the IMF estimates that the UK will have the highest GDP growth out of the G7 this year, and considers that this progress should not be undermined by the potential risks and uncertainty over Scottish independence, especially the currency.” S4M-10829.1 Alison McInnes: Increasing Opportunities for Women—As an amendment to motion S4M-10829 in the name of Angela Constance (Increasing Opportunities for Women), leave out from “recognises” to end and insert “notes the new research that shows that 270,000 Scottish jobs are dependent on trade with the rest of the UK and that nearly 100,000 of these are held by women; believes that key issues such as the economy and the currency will determine the opportunities available to women in Scotland in the future; further believes that lack of certainty around the Scottish Government’s plan B on currency puts women’s jobs and future aspirations on the line; expresses disappointment at the Scottish Government’s continued failure to stack up its costings for its plan to increase female participation through childcare, even after the First Minister’s New Statesman lecture in March 2014, in which he asserted, without evidence, that the policy paid for itself; regrets the lack of explanation as to why the Scottish Government continues to defy the will of SNP members and ministers in the Parliament that was expressed in motion S4M-05521 on 31 January 2013, which said that child benefit should be increased for people earning more than £60,000; regrets that the Scottish Government decided to follow up its professed policy that 40% of members of public boards would, in future, be women by making nominations to the next body, the Fiscal Commission, of just 33% women; believes that overcoming gender stereotypes across the board, but particularly in science, technology, engineering and maths, is in everyone’s interest and will help Scotland thrive; further believes that the loss of highly trained women from the workforce is not only a loss of opportunity to individuals but also represents a major quantifiable loss to the economy and society; notes the report of The Royal Society of Edinburgh that concluded that the doubling of women’s high-level skill contribution to the economy would be worth as much as £170 million per annum to Scotland’s national income; welcomes the UK Government’s measures to promote equal opportunities and working practices, such as shared parental leave; further welcomes the UK Government’s increase in the income tax threshold to £10,000; considers that the increase in the threshold has supported people on low and middle incomes, many of whom are women, and believes that being part of a United Kingdom with broad economic shoulders and a stable currency is the best future for Scotland and for all of the people of Scotland.” followed by Business Motions S4M-10833 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business— Tuesday 23 September 2014 2.00 pm Time for Reflection followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Topical Questions (if selected) followed by Statement by the First Minister followed by Scottish Government Debate on First Minister’s Statement followed by Business Motions followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members’ Business Wednesday 24 September 2014 2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions 2.00 pm Portfolio Questions Health and Wellbeing followed by Continuation of Scottish Government Debate on First Minister’s Statement followed by Business Motions followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members’ Business Thursday 25 September 2014 11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions 11.40 am General Questions 12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions followed by Members’ Business 2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Scottish Government Debate: Assisted Tourism followed by Business Motions followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time Tuesday 30 September 2014 2.00 pm Time for Reflection followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Topical Questions (if selected) followed by Scottish Government Business followed by Business Motions followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members’ Business Wednesday 1 October 2014 2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions 2.00 pm Portfolio Questions Infrastructure, Investment and Cities; Culture and External Affairs followed by Scottish Government Business followed by Business Motions followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members’ Business Thursday 2 October 2014 11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions 11.40 am General Questions 12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions followed by Members’ Business 2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions followed by Scottish Government Business followed by Business Motions followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions 5.00 pm Decision Time S4M-10837 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 be completed by 6 February 2015. followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions S4M-10834 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Lanarkshire Colleges Order 2014 [draft] be approved. S4M-10835 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of the Convener of the School Closure Review Panels as Specified Authority) Order 2014 [draft] be approved. S4M-10836 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2014 [draft] be approved. 5.00 pm Decision Time The publisher of this material is: The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP During the referendum period the Scottish Parliament is obliged to provide this information in order to ensure transparency and comply with the campaign rules. For further details, please see Schedule 4, Paragraph 27 of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013: www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2013/14/schedule/4

Portfolio Questions - Scottish Parliament: 20th August 2014

Portfolio Questions - Scottish Parliament: 20th August 2014

Justice and the Law Officers 1. Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met the Chief Constable and what issues were discussed. (S4O-03491) 2. Jackson Carlaw: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on police stations having mental health nurses assigned to them, similar to the pilot exercise being carried out in England. (S4O-03492) 3. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with stakeholders about the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill. (S4O-03493) 4. David Torrance: To ask the Scottish Government what the latest crime figures are. (S4O-03494) 5. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Government how it supports community organisations in the Glasgow region in using funding from the CashBack for Communities programme and other money seized under proceeds of crime legislation. (S4O-03495) 6. George Adam: To ask the Scottish Government what consultation it has had with the UK Government regarding the implementation of legislation relating to data laws. (S4O-03496) 7. Dave Thompson: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the need for innovative thinking when planning new justice-related buildings. (S4O-03497) 8. Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Government how much the Scottish Court Service will save as a result of the closure of sheriff and Justice of the Peace courts. (S4O-03498) 9. Marco Biagi: To ask the Scottish Government what action Police Scotland is taking to tackle men’s violence against women. (S4O-03499) 10. Mark McDonald: To ask the Scottish Government what the implications for justice in Scotland would be if the UK Government were to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. (S4O-03500) Rural Affairs and the Environment 1. Colin Beattie: To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the level of Pillar 2 funding for rural development that an independent Scotland could expect to receive from the EU. (S4O-03501) 2. Stuart McMillan: To ask the Scottish Government what impact marine protected areas will have on recreational boating and marine tourism. (S4O-03502) 3. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met the British Veterinary Association. (S4O-03503) 4. Aileen McLeod: To ask the Scottish Government how independence would support rural development funding in rural communities such as in Dumfries and Galloway. (S4O-03504) 5. Mike MacKenzie: To ask the Scottish Government what benefit farmers and crofters would have through Pillar 1 funding in an independent Scotland. (S4O-03505) 6. Gordon MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce red tape for agricultural industries. (S4O-03506) 7. Angus MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Government whether an independent Scotland would see an increase in funding from the EU European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and, if so, by how much. (S4O-03507) 8. Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making in reducing the vulnerability of the towns referred to in the report, Rural Scotland in Focus 2012. (S4O-03508) 9. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on implementation of the new common agricultural policy. (S4O-03509) 10. Roderick Campbell: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on agricultural land being exempt from the provisions of The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003. (S4O-03510)