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BUSINESS BULLETIN 107 / 2000

Thursday 22 June 2000

Section A – Daily Business List

 

 

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Debate on the McCrone Report—

S1M-1027 Nicola Sturgeon: McCrone Report—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to publish its response to the report of the McCrone Committee of Inquiry into the Professional Conditions of Service for Teachers and to confirm what additional resources it will make available to local authorities to fund the committee’s recommendations.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-1027.1 Peter Peacock: McCrone Report—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1027) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, leave out from "calls upon" to end and insert "welcomes the Executive’s approach to establish genuine consultation and partnership through constructive dialogue and mature consideration of the recommendations of the McCrone Report, and calls upon the Executive to maintain its progress towards the objective of securing a modern and flexible mechanism for determining the professional conditions of service for teachers in Scotland’s schools as a critical determinant in establishing a world class reputation for the Scottish education system".

followed by Debate on Petrol and Diesel Prices—

S1M-1026 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Petrol and Diesel Prices—That the Parliament notes that since 1997 petrol and diesel prices have risen in excess of 25%; further notes that Scottish public services are being forced to operate under ever increasing financial constraints; recognises that the increased cost of fuel is a burden which must be carried not just by motorists, but which falls on all Scottish citizens through rising fuel costs to the public sector; believes that it is unacceptable that money should be diverted from over-stretched Scottish public service budgets to the Treasury in Westminster, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to consider extending the fuel duty rebate and to examine the possibility of extending the availability of rebated fuel across Scotland’s public services in order to ensure that money spent on Scottish services is spent here rather than being returned to London.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-1026.2 Mr Alasdair Morrison: Petrol and Diesel Prices—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1026) in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "recognises concern about the impact of fuel prices especially in rural, highland and islands areas where public transport alternatives are more difficult to provide; recognises that fuel duty is a reserved matter; welcomes the investigation by the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee into the bulk purchase of fuel for remote areas; welcomes the progress made by the Scottish Executive in implementing a comprehensive integrated transport strategy and investing in public transport projects across Scotland; in particular notes support for rural public transport services and the network for petrol stations in rural Scotland, as well as measures to sustain lifeline air and ferry links, including the Highlands and Islands; and further notes that the current budget for the fuel duty rebate would have no impact on Treasury receipts but would be a cost to the current budget for Scottish public services.

S1M-1026.1 Mr Murray Tosh: Petrol and Diesel Prices—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1026) in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill, leave out from "through rising" to end and insert "and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government with a view to ensuring that fuel prices in Scotland are kept broadly in line with those of neighbouring countries and that prices in remoter areas are brought into line with those in other areas of Scotland."

followed by Business Motion—

S1M-1035 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees

(a) the following programme of business—


Wednesday 28 June 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Committee Business – Finance Committee Debate

followed by Executive Motion on Written Agreements on Budgeting Process

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-380 Johann Lamont: Cross Examination During Sexual Crimes Trials



Thursday 29 June 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement on the Framework for Economic Development in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill

followed by Ministerial Statement on the Active Communities Initiative

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-999 Linda Fabiani: 999 Emergency Calls



Wednesday 5 July 2000

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the National Parks (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm Executive Business

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-756 Allan Wilson: West Kilbride: Scotland’s Craft Town



Thursday 6 July 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement

followed by Executive Debate on Modernisation in the NHS

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

 

(b) that the Equal Opportunities Committee reports to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee by 11 September 2000 on the Census (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/194); and

that the Transport and Environment Committee reports to the Local Government Committee by 4 September 2000 on The Environmental Protection (Waste Recycling Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/185)

and, (c) that Stage 1 of the Transport (Scotland) Bill be completed by 14 September 2000.

followed by Executive Motion on Care Standards Bill—

S1M-975 Mr Sam Galbraith: Care Standards Bill—That the Parliament endorses the principle of a power to make an Order in Council to vary the functions of the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, a cross-border public authority, as set out in the Care Standards Bill and agrees that the relevant provision to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The Clerk has been informed that the following document(s) are relevant to this debate.

Executive Memorandom on Care Standards Bill

followed by Members’ Business

debate on the subject of—

S1M-913 David McLetchie: Milestone House Hospice—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposal to close Milestone House in Edinburgh, Scotland’s only hospice for AIDS sufferers, and urges the Scottish Executive to initiate discussions with Lothian Health Board, the City of Edinburgh Council and Waverley Care Trust with a view to devising a funding package which recognises that it is a national facility equipped to meet the needs of patients and their families

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review its guidelines on field trials for genetically modified crops in the light of the comments of the UK Minister for the Environment on 14 June 2000 regarding contamination and the distance between GM crops. (S1O-2000)

2. Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the DTZ Pidea report on the Skye Bridge which was prepared between May 1998 and June 1999. (S1O-1972)

3. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote better air quality in Scotland. (S1O-2024)

4. Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the information provided by Midlothian Council regarding its proposals for the A701 upgrade is in the public domain and, if not, whether it can be made available to public scrutiny. (S1O-1997)

5. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on its response to the Carers National Association Scotland’s report Caring on the Breadline. (S1O-1985)

6. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish Towards a Just Conclusion. (S1O-2007)

7. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it can play in encouraging better collaboration between oil producers and the oil fabrication industry in order to develop a long-term strategy for Scotland’s oil fabrication industry. (S1O-2014)

8. Withdrawn

9. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the soya bean used in, and leaking in some cases from, breast implants is derived from genetically modified or non-genetically modified soya bean plants. (S1O-1981)

10. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is making any further progress in encouraging the movement of freight by rail. (S1O-2029)

11. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the adequacy of telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas. (S1O-2001)

12. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total amount is that will be provided to support the revised Scottish Prison Service drugs strategy and what percentage of that total will be spent on mandatory random testing. (S1O-1989)

13. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure that direct rail links between Stonehaven and Glasgow are protected. (S1O-1973)

14. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make Glasgow a special case and grant it additional funds to implement the new licensing system for houses in multiple occupancy. (S1O-2017)

15. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it is providing to the Scottish Youth Parliament in the current financial year. (S1O-1980)

16. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what new initiatives are underway to improve the position regarding delayed discharges from hospital. (S1O-2032)

17. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to protect the current level of investment in specialist services provided by Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust. (S1O-1992)

18. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the issue of speeding vehicles in built-up areas. (S1O-2004)

19. Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue guidelines to local authorities regarding schools supplementing income by installing vending machines which sell soft drinks and confectionery and, if so, what these guidelines will be. (S1O-2010)

20. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its regulations for early education and childcare have the flexibility to permit local areas to meet their differing needs. (S1O-1993)

21. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received the recommendations of the inquiry into the Ayr United stadium planning application and whether it will give an assurance that it will publish its verdict quickly. (S1O-1987)

22. Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote equal opportunities and tackle racism. (S1O-2030)

23. Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive in what ways it is listening to the views and concerns of Scotland’s local communities. (S1O-2013)

24. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce a cull ewe scheme in the Highlands and Islands. (S1O-1974)

25. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in establishing a network of Healthy Living Centres. (S1O-1994)

26. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Knowledge Economy Task Force to report. (S1O-1995)

27. Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive what regulations are in place governing the sale of offensive weapons including replica swords, daggers and axes, either through retail outlets or through mail order. (S1O-1988)

28. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is undertaking any initiatives on smoking aimed at primary school-age children. (S1O-1998)

29. Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that the local labour market has the necessary skills base to benefit from any increase in jobs in construction projects generated by both the Public/Private Partnership programme in Glasgow’s schools and the proposed housing stock transfer in Glasgow. (S1O-2005)

30. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive why it has decided not to designate the University of the Highlands and Islands as an institution eligible for funding by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. (S1O-2022)

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-441)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he next intends to meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise with him. (S1F-440)

3. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the First Minister what representations have been made by the Scottish Executive to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the future of the local Post Office network in Scotland in the light of the announcement of post-tax losses by the Post Office. (S1F-442)

4. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the First Minister what progress has been made on the action programme for youth. (S1F-451)

5. Tavish Scott: To ask the First Minister what progress was made at the meeting of the Fisheries Council in Luxembourg on 16 June 2000. (S1F-433)

6. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the First Minister what progress the Scottish Executive is making in promoting equal opportunities and tackling racism. (S1F-449)

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Bail and Judicial Appointments etc (Scotland) Bill—

S1M-984 Mr Jim Wallace: Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Bail and Judicial Appointments etc (Scotland) Bill—

S1M-1024 Mr Jack McConnell: Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution—That the Parliament , for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Bail, Judicial Appointments etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure—

(a) payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund, of sums required by the Scottish Ministers to pay remuneration and allowances to part-time sheriffs; and

(b) charged on that Fund, of any increase attributable to the Act in expenditure charged on that Fund by any other Act.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S1M-1031 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

The Local Government Committee to consider The Environmental Protection (Waste Recycling Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/185).

S1M-1032 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

The Justice and Home Affairs Committee to consider The Census (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/194).

S1M-1033 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of Draft Instrument—That the Parliament agrees that The Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000 be approved.

S1M-1034 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of Draft Instrument—That the Parliament agrees that The Budget (Scotland) Act 2000 (Amendment) Order 2000 be approved.

5.30 pm Decision Time

  
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