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BUSINESS BULLETIN 64 / 2000

Thursday 6 April 2000

Section A – Daily Business List

 

 

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Motion by Andrew Wilson—

S1M-736 Andrew Wilson: Financing Public Services—That the Parliament expresses its concern at the level of resources allocated to Scotland by Westminster which takes no account of the requirements of Scottish public services, the level of revenues raised in Scotland or of the priorities of the Scottish people; notes in particular that health expenditure is rising faster in the rest of the UK than in Scotland despite the fact that there is no evidence of relative improvement in health standards in Scotland; observes that the latest polling evidence suggests that more than two thirds of Scots want greater powers for the Parliament, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals for a fairer, more fiscally responsible and more democratically accountable system of funding Scottish public services that allows the Scottish people, through the Scottish Parliament, to make the key choices about the share of the nation’s wealth that should be allocated to public services.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-736.1 Mr Jack McConnell: Financing Public Services—As an amendment to motion (S1M-736) in the name of Andrew Wilson, leave out from "expresses its concern" to end and insert "welcomes and supports the investment by the Scottish Executive in education, health and other vital services, matching the people’s priorities with prudent costed expenditure plans, and endorses the additional funding of 288 million for 2000-01 announced by the Minister for Finance last week."

S1M-736.2 Nick Johnston: Financing Public Services—As an amendment to motion (S1M-736) in the name of Andrew Wilson, leave out from "expresses its concern" to end and insert " recognises that the application of the block mechanism and Barnett formula by successive governments has enabled Scotland to develop high standards of public services and recognises that further improvements in public services in Scotland will be best achieved through sustaining our partnership within the economic, monetary and political union of the United Kingdom."

followed by Motion by Mr Adam Ingram—

S1M-738 Mr Adam Ingram: Dairy Industry—That the Parliament recognises the serious crisis affecting Scotland’s dairy industry; notes with concern that farm gate price for milk has fallen by over 30% in the last three years, yet the retail milk price has remained virtually static, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to enter into a dialogue with the industry with a view to developing a strategy to ensure its long term future.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-738.1 Ross Finnie: Dairy Industry—As an amendment to motion (S1M-738) in the name of Mr Adam Ingram, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "supports the Executive in its determination to help the dairy industry and all other sectors of Scottish agriculture as part of its overall commitment given in the Partnership for Scotland agreement to promote rural development in Scotland."

followed by Business Motion—

S1M-739 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 April 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Committee Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-632 Tavish Scott: Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme

Thursday 27 April 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement

10.00 am Stage 1 Debate on the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution on the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Abolition of Poindings and Warrants Sales Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-718 Irene Oldfather: Relocation of Maternity Units

Wednesday 3 May 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Stage 3 of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 4 May 2000

9.30 am Non-Executive Business - Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Members' Business

2.30 pm Question Time

 

1. Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with Her Majesty’s Government concerning Scotland’s surviving thalidomide victims. (S1O-1506)

 

2. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on the Scottish economy of sterling remaining outside the European Single Currency. (S1O-1498)

 

3. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government in support of dispersal of services personnel to Scotland, in the light of anticipated or possible closures of military bases in England. (S1O-1500)

 

4. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has allocated, committed or underwritten in respect of the extension to Ayr College and the proposed School of Music and Recording Technology (SMART) at Dam Park, Ayr. (S1O-1512)

 

5. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered undertaking an assessment of the contribution that arts and sports can make to tackling social exclusion. (S1O-1509)

 

6. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the closure of Kinlochleven Aluminium Smelter in June, what plans it has to ensure that workers who have lost or will lose their jobs will receive all the help possible to achieve employment in the future. (S1O-1496)

 

7. Mr Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on developing multi-modal transport initiatives in Lanarkshire. (S1O-1507)

 

8. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances it can give that pollen from GM test sites will not be allowed to contaminate the wider environment. (S1O-1532)

 

9. Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are plans to tackle fraud in the NHS in Scotland by introducing a body with a remit similar to that of the Directorate of Counter Fraud Services. (S1O-1499)

 

10. Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to encourage effective and genuine public and community participation in decision making at local and national level with regard to the provision of public services. (S1O-1517)

 

11. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any environmental concerns relating to pollution caused by Sellafield. (S1O-1514)

 

12. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made to date with its multi-modal study of the M8. (S1O-1535)

 

13. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the establishment of a film commission in the North East of Scotland. (S1O-1502)

 

14. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take regarding the planning permission granted by Glasgow City Council in respect of 7 and 8 Alfred Terrace, Hillhead, Glasgow. (S1O-1527)

 

15. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on the treatment of persons who are alleged to have committed further offences while on bail. (S1O-1534)

 

16. Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution it anticipates the Scottish Parliament building as currently planned will make to Scotland’s architectural heritage. (S1O-1542)

 

17. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place within the Executive following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budget. (S1O-1543)

 

18. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is made to support children diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis with their school work. (S1O-1519)

 

19. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government and local authorities about the electronic delivery of public services. (S1O-1546)

 

20. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to take any action regarding the proposed sale of the Black Cuillins on Skye. (S1O-1528)

 

21. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure the future of Wick Airport by bringing the runway up to the required standard. (S1O-1544)

 

22. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support farming families who have low or negative incomes. (S1O-1493)

 

23. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the arrangements are for monitoring levels of cycling in Scotland and how it is evaluating progress in meeting the targets set out in the national cycling strategy. (S1O-1531)

 

24. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce a rebate or relief scheme this year for those on low incomes who are liable for water charges. (S1O-1525)

 

25. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it will play in implementing the e-commerce initiatives agreed at the Lisbon EU Summit. R (S1O-1516)

 

26. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last made representations to the Department of Trade and Industry and what was discussed. (S1O-1521)

 

27. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to use new technology to improve the delivery of public services. (S1O-1520)

 

28. Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what account it will take of the outcome of the proposed private referendum regarding the repeal of section 2A of the Local Government Act 1986. (S1O-1515)

 

29. Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the role of tourist centres will develop in the light of the current tourism strategy for Scotland. (S1O-1533)

 

30. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the next local government elections will be held in the year 2002 and what electoral system will be used for these elections. (S1O-1511)

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

 

1. Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister and what issues are likely to be discussed. (S1F-260)

 

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he last met the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues they discussed. (S1F-257)

 

3. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the First Minister what progress the Scottish Executive has made in tackling long term unemployment in farming communities in rural areas. (S1F-258)

 

4. Brian Adam: To ask the First Minister what assessment the Scottish Executive has made of any adverse effect on the services provided by voluntary and community groups in the light of any reduced local authority funding and what action it plans to take. (S1F-263)

 

5. Richard Lochhead: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive is aware of any plans to set up a National Fisheries Institute with a UK-wide remit and, if so, where it will be located. (S1F-254)

 

6. Rhoda Grant: To ask the First Minister whether he will report on the first meeting of the reconvened Highlands and Islands Convention. (S1F-259)

3.30 pm Motion by Mr Jim Wallace—

S1M-733 Mr Jim Wallace: UK Legislation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—That the Parliament endorses the principle of ensuring that the use of investigatory techniques is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights, as set out in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, and agrees that the provisions within that Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-733.1 Roseanna Cunningham: UK Legislation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—As an amendment to motion (S1M-733) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from "as set out" to end and insert " and accordingly agrees that the provisions within the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill which relate to devolved matters should be considered by the Scottish Parliament."

The Clerk has been informed that the following document is relevant to this debate.

Executive Memorandom on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill.

4.15 pm Ministerial Statement on a Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S1M-740 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000 be approved.

S1M-741 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Special Grant Report No.3 - Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on Rail Services in the Strathclyde Passenger Area—That the Parliament agrees that the Special Grant Report No.3 - Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on Rail Services in the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Area be approved.

S1M-743 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSIs—That the Parliament agrees that the following SSIs be approved:

the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000

the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000

the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of—

S1M-418 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Suicide—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the death of 874 Scots by their own hand in 1998; is aware that since 1984 the proportion of male Scots aged 35 or under whose deaths can be attributed to suicide has increased from one in nine to one in four, and for females from one in twenty to one in seven in the same age category, making suicide the most common cause of death in young Scots; recognises that in Scotland the suicide rate for males and females of all age groups is 32 and 10 respectively per 100,000 and increasing, whereas in England it is 18 and 6 per 100,000 and decreasing; believes the reasons for suicide to be complex, multi-functional and poorly understood, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to commission, at the earliest date possible, wide ranging, comprehensive research into the issue of suicide, analysing what makes people take their own lives, why the suicide rate in Scotland is increasing, why particular groups in society are more vulnerable than others, how other countries prevent suicide, and introducing an early warning system of diagnosis and intervention.

  
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