BUSINESS BULLETIN 92 / 2000
Thursday 1 June 2000
Section A Daily Business List
Meeting of the Parliament
9.30 am Time for Reflection Captain Christopher Connelly, Salvation Army
followed by Ministerial Statement on Civic Participation
followed by Debate on Borders Rail Link
S1M-922 Alex Johnstone on behalf of the Rural Affairs Committee: Borders Rail LinkThat the Parliament recognises and endorses the case for the establishment of a railway linking the Scottish Borders to the national network at Edinburgh and Carlisle and urges the Scottish Executive to consult with the Strategic Rail Authority and others to facilitate its establishment.
12.00 pm Business Motion
S1M-923 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business MotionThat the Parliament agrees
followed by Members' Business
debate on the subject of
S1M-822 Mr Keith Harding: Bell Baxter High School in CuparThat the Parliament notes that Bell Baxter High School in Cupar, Fife has operated on a split-site for the past 40 years, that pupils must walk along busy roads between both sites to attend classes with a loss of teaching time, and that Fife Councils capital programme for the school will take four years to implement and will nevertheless omit the refurbishment of the swimming pool and gymnasium and the provision of community facilities, and believes that the Scottish Executive should review the situation as a matter of urgency in order to determine whether it is able to assist Fife Council to resolve this problem at the earliest opportunity.
2.30 pm Question Time
2. Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to recognise and address the increase in recent years in the percentage of teenage girls leaving school with no qualifications. (S1O-1858)
3. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it was first informed that seed contaminated with GM seed had been sold to Scottish farmers. (S1O-1823)
4. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how interpretation and translation services required by refugees using NHS services are funded. (S1O-1808)
5. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support proposals for a Highlands and Islands transport authority to have the ability to purchase petrol and diesel for resale to motor vehicle users in the area. (S1O-1863)
7. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive why capital investment in Glasgows council housing fell in real terms from £100 million in 1995-96 to £52 million in 1999-2000. (S1O-1838)
9. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to address depression specifically among women aged 15 to 24. (S1O-1835)
10. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government or public bodies about the proposals by Babcock Ltd to store radioactive waste from HMS Renown at Rosyth. (S1O-1853)
11. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive which prisons are currently involved in the manufacture of goods for commercial enterprises. (S1O-1839)
12. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place in Glasgow to ensure that refugees and asylum seekers who live in the city receive timely, appropriate and accessible health care services. (S1O-1837)
13. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) concerning the disposal of surplus MoD housing in Helensburgh. (S1O-1811)
14. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to make resources available to local authorities in order to allow security upgrades of schools to be made. (S1O-1830)
15. Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to promote equality of opportunity in the fields of education, lifelong learning and economic development in order to address gender divisions in the labour market. (S1O-1846)
16. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is available to local drugs forums to tackle the problem of drugs in Scotland. (S1O-1836)
17. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the possible remit of Scottish Drugs Courts. (S1O-1816)
18. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress the Working for Communities programme is making in the 13 pathfinder areas. (S1O-1852)
19. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish a consultation paper on alcohol misuse. (S1O-1829)
20. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve road safety for children. (S1O-1854)
21. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to prioritise youth work in Scotland. (S1O-1809)
22. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has had with The Scotland Office regarding the reinstatement of the four Angus wards excluded from the revised Assisted Area proposals. (S1O-1845)
23. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will report on any further progress on the multi-modal study into the completion of the M8. (S1O-1826)
24. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will examine any difficulties experienced by voluntary organisations in relation to "matched funding" and, in particular, those faced by Central Rape Crisis. (S1O-1843)
25. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of any implications for the financial sector if the demutualisation of Standard Life goes ahead. (S1O-1813)
26. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what stage the development of electronic prescribing of medicines has reached. (S1O-1819)
27. Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits Joint Ministerial Committees bring to Scotland. (S1O-1855)
28. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact it anticipates the recently announced additional resources for the National Health Service will have on delayed discharges from hospitals. (S1O-1862)
29. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure the survival of the papermaking industry in Scotland. (S1O-1824)
30. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it sees for Historic Scotland in the development of a strategic approach to culture and the built heritage at a national and local level. (S1O-1859)
3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time
1. Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the First Minister when he last met the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues they discussed. (S1F-367)
2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister whether there are any plans for future meetings of joint ministerial committees. (S1F-363)
3. Karen Gillon: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive intends to mark "Volunteers Week". (S1F-365)
4. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Executive has to introduce designated status for Glasgow museums which house collections of national importance. (S1F-358)
5. Mr Keith Harding: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has any plans to introduce a local income tax in addition to council tax or to return non-domestic rates to council control. (S1F-360)
6. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the First Minister what is the current position on the development of New Community Schools. (S1F-373)
3.30 pm Debate on Tackling Rough Sleeping in Glasgow and Across Scotland
S1M-921 Ms Wendy Alexander: Tackling Rough Sleeping in Glasgow and Across ScotlandThat the Parliament welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to achieving its aim that no one in Scotland should have to sleep rough by the end of this session of the Parliament; recognises the allocation of funds through the Rough Sleepers Initiative to projects which address the complex needs of rough sleepers including health needs, and notes the progress of the high level review team in carrying out a strategic review of current measures to tackle the problems of street homelessness in Glasgow and across Scotland.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments
S1M-921.1 Fiona Hyslop: Tackling Rough Sleeping in Glasgow and across ScotlandAs an amendment to motion (S1M-921) in the name of Ms Wendy Alexander, leave out from "welcomes" to "recognises" and insert "notes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to achieving its aim that no-one should have to sleep rough by the end of this session of the Parliament; notes that this commitment has been moved back from an original deadline of 2002, and believes that the challenge funding nature of the Rough Sleepers Initiative aligned with a general fall in housing resources is hindering the ability of the Executive to meet its target of ending rough sleeping; however recognises".
S1M-921.2 Bill Aitken: Tackling Rough Sleeping in Glasgow and across ScotlandAs an amendment to motion (S1M-921) in the name of Ms Wendy Alexander, insert at end: "and also recognises that concrete proposals are now essential to ensure that the commitments of the Executive are achieved, that these proposals must include provision for support to rough sleepers to enable them to obtain, and in turn to maintain, short and medium term tenancies with a view to enabling them to return to mainstream housing in the shortest possible time, and that such support should ensure that the needs of homeless people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems are met."
followed by Executive Motion on Insolvency Bill
S1M-889 Angus MacKay: Insolvency BillThat the Parliament endorses the principle of including in the Insolvency Bill a power for the Secretary of State, with the consent of the Scottish Ministers, to make regulations to implement the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law model law on cross-border insolvency and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
S1M-926 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead CommitteesThat the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committees
The Finance Committee to consider The Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000.
S1M-925 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Draft Census (Scotland) Amendment Order 2000That the Parliament agrees that the draft Census (Scotland) Amendment Order 2000, to the extent that it relates to the particulars printed in italics in article 2 (3), be approved.
S1M-924 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Order 2000That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Order be approved.
5.00 pm Decision Time