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To ask the First Minister what the impact will be on the Scottish Government's budget of the reported £1 billion per annum to be paid to private firms for PFI projects.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 06/10/2011

To ask the First Minister how Scotland’s trade links with China will be improved as a result of his visit.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 08/12/2011

To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government's position is on the impact on business and tourism of having only one carrier between Scottish airports and Heathrow.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 13/09/2012

To ask the First Minister what recent progress has been made with the Forth Replacement Crossing.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 25/10/2012
Europe’s Largest Economy Abandons Nuclear Power

That the Parliament applauds the decision by the Federal Republic of Germany to close all 17 nuclear plants in the country by 2022, aiming to replace around 20% of its total electricity consumption with emissions-free sources of energy; further notes that Germany, Europe’s largest economy with a population of over 81 million, will become the biggest industrial power to commit to a nuclear-free future; considers that Scotland has the potential to benefit from Germany’s increased demand for renewable energy and that the ambitious EU plans for a North Sea energy interconnector will enable Scotland to become the green energy powerhouse of Europe with the ability to export power to countries across the continent, and believes that Germany’s landmark decision to abandon nuclear power and embrace renewables demonstrates that Scotland is on the right path with its commitment to generate 100% of its own electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020 and become a nuclear-free nation.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie, Joe FitzPatrick, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, John Finnie, Kevin Stewart, David McLetchie, Fiona McLeod, Jamie Hepburn, Derek Mackay, David Torrance, Graeme Dey, Richard Lyle, John Mason, Adam Ingram, Stuart McMillan, Chic Brodie

Current Status: Fallen on 05/10/2011
State Street Expands in Edinburgh

That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that State Street, which provides financial services to institutional investors, is expanding its Scottish operations by creating a European centre of excellence for cash servicing in Edinburgh; notes that this will create 90 new jobs, increasing the company's workforce in Scotland from 750 to 840; further notes that both Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise have worked with the business to develop its growth in Edinburgh; understands that the firm’s decision to expand its operations in the capital, as opposed to numerous other European locations, was influenced by the city’s reputation as a key financial centre and for what it considers to be the high-calibre talent pool that exists in the financial services industry in Scotland, and recognises the substantial contribution that the financial services industry makes to Edinburgh’s economy.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie, Paul Wheelhouse, Rob Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Maureen Watt, Mark McDonald, Kevin Stewart, Jamie Hepburn, Derek Mackay, Richard Lyle, Gordon MacDonald, Gil Paterson, Stuart McMillan, Adam Ingram, Chic Brodie

Current Status: Fallen on 05/10/2011
Opposition to Leith Biomass Plant

That the Parliament acknowledges the staunch opposition to the proposed Leith biomass plant among the communities of Leith and across Edinburgh; understands that over 3,100 objections have so far been made on various grounds including noise, visual impact, emissions, air quality, odour and traffic concerns; remains unconvinced that the plant will generate environmental and economic benefits to Edinburgh, with some research suggesting that biomass power may fail to help Scotland meet its short-term CO2 reduction targets; notes the consultation responses by, for example, the Scottish Forestry Commission, Architecture and Design Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and WWF Scotland, highlighting what they consider the numerous shortcomings of the proposals, including the size of the plant, the demolition of a B listed building, the impact on natural heritage sites and the potential failure to adhere to Scottish Government policy as set out in the Draft Electricity Generation Policy Statement 2010 and the National Planning Framework 2 to see biomass deployed in heat-only or combined heat and power schemes off-gas grid at an appropriate scale to make best use of both the available heat and of local supply; observes that the second public consultation period will close on 17 June 2011 and encourages residents in Leith and across Edinburgh to express their views by taking part in the consultation, and believes that, until an independent assessment of the impact of large-scale biomass plants has been undertaken, a moratorium on their development would be highly justified.

Supported by: Graeme Dey, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lyle, Malcolm Chisholm, Marco Biagi, Mike MacKenzie, Rob Gibson, Alison Johnstone, David Torrance, Adam Ingram, Margo MacDonald, Jamie Hepburn, Jean Urquhart, Stewart Maxwell

Current Status: Fallen on 05/10/2011
Edinburgh Clipper Team to Sail Global Race

That the Parliament wishes luck to the 12-person clipper team that will sail the Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, beginning 25 July 2011, in the Clipper Round the World yacht race, which is a year-long event; recognises that the team is comprised of numerous transplant recipients and headed by the Professor of Transplantation Surgery at the University of Edinburgh, and notes that the team wishes to highlight the necessity of organ donors and the life-altering changes that transplants can achieve.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Stewart Maxwell, Paul Wheelhouse, Adam Ingram, David Torrance, Annabelle Ewing, Humza Yousaf, Rob Gibson, Jean Urquhart, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Jamie McGrigor, Colin Beattie, Hugh Henry, Sandra White, Marco Biagi, Roderick Campbell, Gil Paterson, Joan McAlpine, Linda Fabiani

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011
Paul Egan to Sail in Britain’s Largest Yacht Race

That the Parliament wishes luck to Paul Egan of Edinburgh on his bid to compete in the 80th year of Britain’s largest yacht race, the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, a 50-nautical-mile-long regatta on 25 June 2011, comprising of a record 1,908 competitors, where the goal is to circumnavigate the Isle of Wight.

Supported by: Jamie McGrigor, Jamie Hepburn, Stuart McMillan

Current Status: Fallen on 05/12/2011