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K: Progress of Parliamentary business

 

Business Bulletin No. 159/2002

Thursday 7 November 2002

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9:30 am Ministerial Statement on Housing-

followed by Debate on Forestry in Scotland-

S1M-3541 Allan Wilson: Forestry in Scotland-That the Parliament notes the report of the Interdepartmental Review Group on Forestry; welcomes the proposed changes to the administrative arrangements for forestry in Scotland contained in that report; notes the proposals by an industry wide steering group for a new Scottish Forestry Grants Scheme, and believes these changes will help achieve the objectives set out in the Scottish Forestry Strategy

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-3541.2 Fergus Ewing: Forestry in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3541) in the name of Allan Wilson, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "but believes that the Scottish Executive has failed to acknowledge the significant contribution to the Scottish economy of the timber and forest products industry and, in particular, in respect of the existing devolved functions of the Executive, further believes that it has failed to recognise the importance of the urgent need to improve the road network used for forestry extraction, of an effective policy of procurement to encourage the Scottish national industry interest, of effective promotion of biomass to assist in the achievement of more economic means of supplying energy from renewable sources and of the encouragement and active promotion of the use of wood as a building material."

S1M-3541.1 Alex Fergusson: Forestry in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3541) in the name of Allan Wilson, leave out from "and believes" to end and insert "but condemns the Scottish Executive's failure to address the practical problems which face the Scottish forestry industry, particularly with regard to transport; further notes that the Executive has failed to set and promote robust planting targets or to plan for the impending doubling of timber output over the next 10 to 15 years, and urges the Executive to give greater priority to the issues which so concern what is now the third biggest industry in Scotland."

followed by Business Motion

S1M-3549 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees-

(a) the following programme of business-

Wednesday 13 November 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

7:00 pm Decision Time

Thursday 14 November 2002

9:30 am Scottish National Party Debate on Poverty

followed by Scottish National Party Debate on Crime

followed by Business Motion

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3522 Johann Lamont: Regulation of Private Security Firms

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Debate on National Cultural Strategy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3416 Shona Robison: Licensing Scheme for Fireworks

Wednesday 20 November 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 21 November 2002

9:30 am Stage 1 Debate on Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Debate on Scottish Executive Response to Foot and Mouth Disease Inquiries

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

(b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 19 November 2002 on the Discontinuance of Legalised Police Cells (Ayr) Rules 2002 (SSI 2002/472);

(c) that Stage 2 of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill be completed by 11 December 2002 and that Stage 2 of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill be completed by 17 December 2002; and

(d) that the Preliminary Stage of the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 24 January 2003

2:30 pm Question Time

1. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote social work and social care as career options. (S1O-5848)

2. Withdrawn

3. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what health and safety standards for pupils are applicable in schools. (S1O-5831)

4. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to monitor the progress of EAGA in delivering its remit in relation to the central heating installation programme. (S1O-5820)

5. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is promoting the responsible growth of air travel in and to Scotland. (S1O-5851)

6. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring mechanism is in place to assess the effective implementation of the free concessionary travel scheme for elderly and disabled people. (S1O-5812)

7. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve the performance of students in Higher English, as referred to by the Scottish Qualifications Authority in its recent report on the 2002 exam diet. (S1O-5824)

8. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current position is with the award of contracts for official veterinary surgeon services in the Highlands. (S1O-5842)

9. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what support and guidance it now provides in relation to the disposal of dead horses. (S1O-5814)

10. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the establishment of Maggie's Centres and, if so, what assistance it will provide to see more centres established. (S1O-5811)

11. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are being made to fast-track procedures for children's hearings to deal with persistent young offenders. (S1O-5835)

12. Withdrawn

13. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the reorganisation of NHS acute services. (S1O-5827)

14. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the Campbeltown to Ballycastle ferry route. (S1O-5815)

15. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the future of farming given the impending enlargement of the European Union. (S1O-5826)

16. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people are currently being prescribed methadone on a regular basis. (S1O-5810)

17. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that social housing meets acceptable standards. (S1O-5846)

18. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of its crime statistics support the research by the Scottish Gas and Help the Aged partnership into the fear of crime amongst older people. (S1O-5845)

19. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation is being made of its concessionary travel scheme for elderly and disabled people. (S1O-5830)

20. Withdrawn

21. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in encouraging nurses to return to practice. (S1O-5849)

22. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote environmentally sustainable methods of farming. (S1O-5822)

23. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage men to take up careers in childcare. (S1O-5850)

24. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has reviewed the timescale for reviewing local authority boundaries in the light of the current review of parliamentary boundaries. (S1O-5825)

25. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will arrange for the installation of bar markings or take any further additional safety measures at the Sandyford Toll roundabout on the A77. (S1O-5813)

26. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in tackling GP recruitment in rural areas. (S1O-5841)

27. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to attract young people to live and work in rural areas. (S1O-5854)

28. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking on the current industrial dispute at the Central College of Commerce in Glasgow. R (S1O-5853)

29. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is tackling the fear of crime amongst elderly people. (S1O-5837)

30. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in closing the poverty gap. (S1O-5834)

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to raise. (S1F-2218)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S1F-2217)

3. Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive will do to address the skills gap outlined in the Future Skills Scotland report. (S1F-2235)

4. Alex Neil: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive will review the criteria for regional selective assistance and other forms of support available to incoming foreign companies. (S1F-2212)

5. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive is taking to eradicate child poverty. (S1F-2229)

6. Karen Gillon: To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Executive has to improve the transition between primary and secondary school. (S1F-2231)

3:30 pm Debate on Quality of Life-

S1M-3543 Mr Andy Kerr: Quality of Life-That the Parliament supports the work of the Scottish Executive, the all-party group on quality of life, local authorities and other stakeholders to improve the quality of life in Scotland's communities, notably the allocation to local authorities of 95 million this year and a further 180 million for the next three years to improve the local environment and the quality of people's daily lives

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-3543.1 Tricia Marwick: Quality of Life-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3543) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, insert at end ", but notes COSLA's concerns over the funding of core services."

S1M-3543.2 Mr Keith Harding: Quality of Life-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3543) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, leave out from "notably" to end and insert "but regrets that measures being taken are likely to prove ineffective unless a much more robust approach is taken to issues of disorder, vandalism and violence which afflict far too many of them."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S1M-3550 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI-That the Parliament agrees that the Codes of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Animal Health and Biosecurity (SE/2002/273) be approved.

S1M-3551 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill and that the Justice 1 and Justice 2 Committees be secondary committees.

S1M-3552 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committees-That the Parliament agrees that Bruce Crawford be appointed to replace Adam Ingram on the Transport and the Environment Committee.

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of-

S1M-3499 David Mundell: Nuisance to Communities Caused by Seagulls -That the Parliament notes that seagulls are causing an increasing nuisance in communities across Scotland and believes that the Scottish Executive should develop best practice guidance on how to tackle the problems associated with seagulls.

 

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