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BUSINESS BULLETIN 70 / 2000

Thursday 27 April 2000

Section A – Daily Business List

 

 

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Ministerial Statement on CalMac and New State Aids.

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

S1M-637 Ms Wendy Alexander: Ethical Standards in Public Life etc (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill.

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

S1M-623 Mr Jack McConnell: Ethical Standards in Public Life Bill etc. (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of sums required to meet expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act.

followed by Business Motion—

S1M-776 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion That the Parliament agrees

(a) the following programme of business

Wednesday 3 May 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Business Motion to include timetabling of Stage 3 of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill

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 – debate on the subject of S1M-750 Gordon Jackson: Govan Shipyard



Thursday 4 May 2000

9.30 am Non-Executive Business - Scottish Conservative and 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

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-626 Margaret Ewing: Glenrinnes School Closure



Wednesday 10 May 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Non-Executive Business – Scottish National Party

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-769 Mr John Munro: The Cuillins



Thursday 11 May 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement

followed by Committee Business – Transport and Environment Committee Report on Telecommunications

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

followed by Debate on Special Educational Needs

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-737 David Davidson: A90 Upgrade

and (b) that the Stage 1 of the National Parks (Scotland) Bill be completed by 24 May 2000.

2.30 pm Question Time

 

1. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the current duties of local authorities in relation to rehousing convicted paedophiles and other sex offenders, especially in small rural communities. (S1O-1556)

 

2. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has withdrawn funding from the Scottish Council for Research in Education. (S1O-1562)

 

3. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to amend the Education Authority Bursaries (Scotland) Regulations 1995 to allow local authorities the discretion to make awards to students living outwith their boundaries. (S1O-1549)

 

4. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its housing policy will preserve the right to rent with equal importance as the right to buy. (S1O-1559)

 

5. Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress there has been on talks to secure the Ro-Ro contract and the 45 type destroyer contract for the BAE Systems yards in Govan and Scotstoun. (S1O-1565)

 

6. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what controls are in place to prevent the release of genetically modified salmon or other GM fish species in to the environment. (S1O-1557)

 

7. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the planned improvements to the A75 and the time scale for their implementation as outlined in the A75 Route Action Plan are sufficient to prevent any further losses of ferry traffic from the Loch Ryan corridor to other routes such as Holyhead. (S1O-1584)

 

8. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase expenditure on private sector housing in Scotland. (S1O-1591)

 

9. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress New Community Schools in Scotland are making. (S1O-1578)

 

10. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the "Health of the Nation" target has had upon death rates from lung cancer amongst women. (S1O-1567)

 

11. Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to learn from the experience of drug courts in the United States. (S1O-1579)

 

12. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive when detailed guidance will be given to universities and colleges as to proposed arrangements for the new maintenance grant and graduate contribution scheme to be introduced in 2001. (S1O-1560)

 

13. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it provides to Sheriff Courts on granting bail to offenders who are awaiting sentence, having admitted multiple offences such as theft by house-breaking and robbery. (S1O-1588)

 

14. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive when the genetically modified trial crop at Daviot will be planted. (S1O-1551)

 

15. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish the Ernst & Young report Better Homes – Stronger Communities – a report on the Key Financial Issues commissioned as part of the Glasgow stock transfer process. (S1O-1590)

 

16. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is in relation to supporting women, including child victims, who have suffered rape or other sexual abuse. (S1O-1554)

 

17. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive why, if sex education is generally well handled in schools as it has stated, underage pregnancies are on a steep rate of increase. (S1O-1558)

 

18. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the regulation of bus services and whether it will consider creating a Scottish bus watchdog and customers’ council, on the same lines as regulators of rail, water and other services. (S1O-1589)

 

19. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it has taken to prevent the closure of public toilets throughout Aberdeenshire. (S1O-1555)

 

20. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether young people undertaking Higher Still programmes will receive adequate, relevant and appropriate career guidance. (S1O-1569)

 

21. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average life expectancy in Scotland was in 1979 and what it was in 1997 and how these figures influence its policy in relation to the promotion of health education in Scotland. (S1O-1570)

 

22. Withdrawn

23. Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the importance is of economic links with the United States in promoting employment in Scotland. (S1O-1580)

 

24. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake a comprehensive review of services for the visually impaired in Scotland. (S1O-1573)

 

25. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to expedite replies to written parliamentary questions and letters from MSPs. (S1O-1547)

 

26. Withdrawn

 

27. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how scientific research is being supported in Scotland. (S1O-1586)

 

28. Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received recently from voluntary sector organisations regarding the future structure of funding for the sector. (S1O-1561)

 

29. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to safeguard the provision of EU subsidised milk for schools. (S1O-1571)

 

30. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will implement to ensure sustainable development in crofting communities. (S1O-1566)

 

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

 

1. Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the First Minister what issues were discussed at the most recent meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S1F-273)

 

2. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he last met the Prime Minister and what issues they discussed. (S1F-269)

 

3. Scott Barrie: To ask the First Minister what progress has been made in attracting investment from outside the UK to areas of Scotland such as Fife. (S1F-278)

 

4. Euan Robson: To ask the First Minister whether he will discuss changes to the revised assisted areas status map of 10 April 2000 with the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S1F-268)

 

5. David Mundell: To ask the First Minister, further to the statements by the Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs on 27 January and 8 March that the Scottish Executive would be conveying concerns about the future of the post office network in Scotland to Her Majesty’s Government, what the outcome of these discussions has been to date. (S1F-275)

 

6. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has made any representations to the BBC, ITV and the Scottish Media Group regarding the coverage of the Scottish Parliament. (S1F-274)



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

S1M-772 Tommy Sheridan: Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-772.1 Mr Jim Wallace: Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill—As an amendment to motion (S1M-772) in the name of Tommy Sheridan, leave out from "agrees" to end and insert

" notes that the Scottish Executive will:-

(a) during the 2001/02 Parliamentary year bring forward legislation to introduce a new system to:

(i) abolish the present system of poindings and warrant sales which in many of its aspects is archaic and inhumane and replace it with a modern system that protects those who can’t pay, ending the indignities they suffer, and supports the interests of those who pay their bills regularly;

(ii) ensure that those who can pay but won’t are rigorously pursued, including for debts incurred in the course of business;

(b) in the meantime, introduce secondary legislation to expand the list of goods exempt from domestic poindings and warrant sales; and

(c) establish a working group to consult widely and develop proposals for reforming the law of diligence against moveables, including proposals for debtor protection and debt arrangement schemes;

and for these reasons, while agreeing to the principle of abolition of the poindings and warrant sales system, does not agree to the general principles of the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill."


followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-775 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committees—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committees—

The Justice and Home Affairs Committee to consider The Census (Scotland) Regulations 2000; and,

The Transport and the Environment Committee to consider The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of—

S1M-718 Irene Oldfather: Relocation of Maternity Units— That the Parliament notes the proposed relocation of maternity wards throughout Scotland, including the Ayrshire Central Maternity Unit, Irvine; further notes the concerns of the communities affected; believes that any review of services should take into account all relevant factors, including the wishes of those communities and the effect of such closures on mothers and the local economy, and further believes that all health boards concerned should engage in full consultation with those affected, and take every factor into account when taking such decisions.

  
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