Business Bulletin No. 19/2003
Thursday 30 January 2003
Section A : Daily Business List
Meeting of the Parliament
9:30 am Debate on Transforming Public Finance for Social Justice, Regeneration and the Environment
S1M-3818 Robin Harper: Transforming Public Finance for Social Justice, Regeneration and the EnvironmentThat the Parliament notes recent studies by the Scottish Executive and is interested in building on them by considering and investigating the contribution that land value taxation could make to the cultural, economic, environmental and democratic renaissance of Scotland
followed by Debate on Abolition of the Council Tax
S1M-3809 Tommy Sheridan: Abolition of Council TaxThat the Parliament believes that the council tax is a fundamentally unfair and regressive tax; believes in social justice and the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor; therefore agrees to abolish the council tax and replace it with the Scottish Service Tax which is based on an individuals income and is inherently fairer, more efficient and redistributive; notes that this tax would raise more revenue than the council tax and that it would remove the burden of paying for local government jobs and services from the shoulders of low-paid workers and pensioners and place it firmly on the shoulders of the well-paid and the wealthy, and believes that the introduction of this tax should be complemented by the return of the right for local authorities to raise and retain their business rates and a thorough investigation of land value and speculation taxes to supplement local authority revenue
followed by Debate on Support for the February 15 Anti-War on Iraq Demonstration in Glasgow
S1M-3811 Tommy Sheridan: Support for the February 15 Anti-War on Iraq Demonstration in GlasgowThat the Parliament notes the organisations that support the Scottish Coalition for Justice Not War that include the Scottish Trades Union Congress, Scottish UNISON, Scottish UCATT, Fire Brigades Union, Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Scottish Quakers, Iona Community, Trident Ploughshares, Faslane Peace Camp, Church and Nation Committee Church of Scotland, Roman Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Christian Aid, Scottish United Nations Association, Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, Islamic Society of Britain, UK Islamic Mission, Muslim Association of Britain, Glasgow Refugee Action Group, Chhokar Family Campaign, Scottish Green Party, Labour Party Campaign for Socialism, Labour Campaign for Justice Not War, Scottish Socialist Party, Communist Party of Britain, Communist Party of Scotland, Democratic Left Scotland, Globalise Resistance, Socialist Labour Party, Campaign to Welcome Refugees, Scottish Centre for Non-Violence and Finance Workers Broad Left; agrees to support the demonstration on 15 February 2003 in Glasgow called by the Scottish Coalition for Justice Not War against attacking Iraq, and believes that waging world-wide war against poverty and injustice would deliver a more stable, peaceful and just world than a war waged on Iraq with the resultant loss of innocent Iraqi citizens' lives
followed by Members Business
debate on the subject of
S1M-3753 Gordon Jackson: Regeneration of the ClydeThat the Parliament recognises the importance to Scotland of efforts to regenerate the Clyde; considers that the Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise should establish and resource a development framework for the Clyde which encourages joined-up thinking and action; further considers that the respective councils, enterprise companies, regeneration agencies and private developers should work co-operatively in reclaiming derelict land, ensuring adequate flood protection and improving the transport infrastructure, and believes that ministers should make the regeneration of the Clyde one of the top economic, environmental and social justice priorities for Scotland.
2:30 pm Question Time
1. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what statutory measures it has introduced to reduce litter pollution. (S1O-6355)
2. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of any abuse by bus companies of the free local off-peak bus travel scheme for older people. (S1O-6346)
3. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to consult on the draft Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill. (S1O-6332)
4. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to address the issue of violence in schools. (S1O-6302)
5. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive in what ways new technologies, such as the internet, are improving access to information services for NHS patients. (S1O-6350)
6. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider issuing updated guidance to local authorities on their responsibilities towards children in need under section 22 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. (S1O-6342)
7. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Sector Skills Development Agency about establishing sector skills councils in Scotland. (S1O-6318)
8. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all police officers have access to protective vests and body armour when required. (S1O-6347)
9. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the aggregates tax has had on road projects such as the dualling of the A92 Dundee to Arbroath. (S1O-6339)
10. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the position on the use of military service personnel for emergency fire cover has changed in the light of current circumstances and what discussions it has had, and what agreements have been reached, in respect of guaranteeing that requisite numbers of servicemen will be available. (S1O-6305)
11. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much more direct grant support Glasgow City Council would receive if it received the average mainland increase in direct grant expenditure in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06. (S1O-6322)
12. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact NHS 24 has had on primary and secondary health care in areas in which it has been rolled out. (S1O-6301)
13. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the Strategic Rail Authority and what matters were discussed. (S1O-6312)
14. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received from Grampian NHS Board in respect of the Arbuthnott formula. (S1O-6353)
15. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve access to further and higher education for people with disabilities. (S1O-6329)
16. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet representatives of the Scottish Arts Council and what issues will be discussed. (S1O-6310)
17. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve parental involvement in education. (S1O-6337)
18. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact re-opening the railway line between Airdrie and Bathgate will have on rail services in Edinburgh. (S1O-6349)
19. Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to advocate sexual equality in the workplace in relation to terms and conditions of employment, particularly in relation to pay and opportunities for promotion. (S1O-6343)
20. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the appointment of active members of the Labour Party to the boards of public bodies. (S1O-6307)
21. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to widen access to libraries. (S1O-6324)
22. Mr Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that the funding that was set aside for the European Football Championships in 2008 is used to develop youth football. (S1O-6351)
23. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Water about the maintenance of the public water supply. (S1O-6311)
24. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2003. (S1O-6330)
25. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in developing proposals to regulate the private security industry. (S1O-6304)
26. Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the re-opening of railway stations on existing lines and what criteria it sets before giving support. (S1O-6308)
28. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to further reform of local government. (S1O-6344)
29. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the current shortage of social workers in childrens services. (S1O-6335)
30. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how businesses will benefit from recent Regional Selective Assistance grant offers. (S1O-6321)
3:10 pm First Ministers Question Time
1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S1F-2442)
2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executives Cabinet. (S1F-2447)
3. Rhoda Grant: To ask the First Minister what measures are being introduced to support communities affected by cuts in the fishing industry. (S1F-2462)
4. Mary Scanlon: To ask the First Minister what action is being taken to address the incidence of critically ill patients being turned away from hospitals because of a shortage of beds and staff at accident and emergency departments. (S1F-2454)
5. Andrew Wilson: To ask the First Minister what impact the changes to Her Majestys Governments funding policy for higher education in the rest of the UK will have on the Scottish budget. (S1F-2453)
6. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the First Minister what resources will be available to support communities buying their own land under the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. (S1F-2458)
3:30 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill
S1M-3785 Mr Andy Kerr: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill - Stage 1That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill.
followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Bodys nomination for the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner
S1M-3799 Mr Duncan McNeil on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Appointment of Scottish Parliamentary Standards CommissionerThat the Parliament agrees with the recommendation of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body under Rule 3A.1.2 of Standing Orders that Dr James Dyer should be appointed as Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner under section 1(2) of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act 2002 with effect from 1 April 2003.
followed by Standards Committee motion on changes to the Code of Conduct
S1M-3786 Mr Mike Rumbles on behalf of the Standards Committee: Standards Committee, The Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act 2002: Consequential Changes to the Code of ConductThat the Parliament agrees to amend the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament in the manner indicated in Annex A of the Standards Committees 12th Report 2002, The Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act 2002: Consequential Changes to the Code of Conduct, with effect from 30 January 2003.
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
S1M-3815 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead CommitteeThat the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Child Support Appeals (Jurisdiction of Courts) (Scotland) Order 2003.
S1M-3816 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead CommitteeThat the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Prescription of Offices, Ranks and Positions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/20).
S1M-3817 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead CommitteeThat the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Police and Police (Special Constables) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/21).
5:00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members Business
debate on the subject of
S1M-3766 Murdo Fraser: British Cattle Movement ServiceThat the Parliament notes the widespread concern amongst the Scottish farming community in relation to the operation of the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) and, in particular, the volume of administrative errors and the delays by the BCMS in dealing with correspondence; further notes that, as a result, the operation of the service has contributed to financial hardship in the farming sector at a time when farming incomes are already at desperately low levels, and considers that the Scottish Executive's Environment and Rural Affairs Department should institute an amnesty for all farmers that have been alleged by the BCMS not to have accurately and timeously supplied cattle record information and make representations to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that a thorough review of the operation of the BCMS should be instituted with a view to eradicating the difficulties that have been identified.