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Business Bulletin No. 39/2003

Thursday 27 February 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9:30 am Ministerial Statement on Partnership for Care Scotland’s Health White Paper

followed by Preliminary Stage Debate on National Galleries of Scotland Bill—

S1M-3935 Rhona Brankin: National Galleries of Scotland Bill - Preliminary Stage—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the National Galleries of Scotland Bill and that the bill should proceed as a private bill.

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill—

S1M-3939 Margo MacDonald: Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

1. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to improve child protection. (S1O-6551)

2. Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings it has had with stakeholders following the Office of Fair Trading report on pharmacy services. (S1O-6512)

3. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has held with Dundee City Council about proposals for investment in public sector housing. (S1O-6517)

4. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to advance plans for a Glasgow Airport rail link. (S1O-6529)

5. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of its committed spending on public transport projects will be spent directly on public transport infrastructure and how much will be spent on public transport feasibility studies. (S1O-6537)

6. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has about the key statistics contained in the 2001 Census. (S1O-6545)

7. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the importance of the birthplace and artefacts of Robert Burns to the Ayrshire and Scotland economy and heritage. (S1O-6518)

8. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how the 107,000 funding package for Highland NHS Board will help the provision of dental services in Caithness. (S1O-6522)

9. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to combat climate change. (S1O-6528)

10. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in providing affordable child care. (S1O-6549)

11. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the prosecution of cannabis users represents an effective use of police time and resources. (S1O-6530)

12. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables in deprived areas. (S1O-6541)

13. Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that care homes for elderly people do not refuse new entrants. (S1O-6554)

14. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will improve air quality. (S1O-6516)

15. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in promoting sustainable transport. (S1O-6546)

16. Withdrawn

17. Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the provision of crematorium facilities. (S1O-6510)

18. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-6413 by Cathy Jamieson on 13 February 2003, whether the circular will clearly set out that no school should be closed on the basis of lack of funds for repairs and maintenance. (S1O-6533)

19. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in protecting biodiversity. (S1O-6548)

20. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive when the 5.4 million announced by the Deputy Minister for Justice on 12 December 2002 to help fund firefighters’ pensions was transferred from it to fire boards. (S1O-6523)

21. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the central heating installation programme. (S1O-6550)

22. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to promote the equine industry in (a) Angus and (b) Scotland. (S1O-6538)

23. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Eurocare Environmental Services Ltd holds any contracts for the disposal of waste from the NHS in Scotland. (S1O-6514)

24. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive on what date work will commence on the upgrade of the A77 between Fenwick and Malletsheugh. (S1O-6539)

25. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take following the publication of figures from the 2001 Census on the number of Gaelic speakers. (S1O-6544)

The member has provided the following translation

Coinneach Mac an Tòisich: A dh’ fhaighneachd do Riaghaltas na h-Alba dè na ceuman a tha iad am beachd a ghabhail as dèidh do na figearan bho chunntas-sluaigh 2001 airson àireamh luchd-labhairt na Gàidhlig a bhith air am foillseachadh.

26. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the number of specialist practice nurses within GP practices and what consideration it is giving to widening their powers to prescribe. (S1O-6555)

27. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps Historic Scotland is taking to increase access to its visitor attractions during the European Year of Disabled People. (S1O-6543)

28. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding support will be given to the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council in order to avoid staff redundancies in higher education institutions such as Glasgow School of Art. (S1O-6513)

29. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that local authorities have enough money to implement the McCrone settlement. (S1O-6524)

30. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what priority is being given to the diagnosis and treatment of perinatal mental illness. (S1O-6532)

3:10 pm First Minister’s 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-2536)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he last met the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues were discussed. (S1F-2533)

3. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the First Minister what impact the United Kingdom energy white paper will have on the Scottish Executive’s renewable energy targets. (S1F-2547)

4. Karen Whitefield: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive is taking to ensure that the views of local people are properly taken into account during the planning process. (S1F-2540)

5. Margo MacDonald: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive will institute a review of any difficulties in recruiting suitably qualified employees in both public and private sectors resulting from Edinburgh’s property values and economic performance. (S1F-2544)

6. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister what role mediation processes have in the justice system. (S1F-2535)

3:30 pm Debate on the European Year of Disabled People—

S1M-3956 Ms Margaret Curran: European Year of Disabled People—That the Parliament welcomes the European Year of Disabled People and reaffirms our commitment to ensuring equality of opportunity for disabled people; recognises and celebrates the European Year of Disabled People and the contributions that disabled people make to Scottish society at all levels; recognises the role of the arts, culture and sport in promoting social inclusion and equality of opportunity, and calls upon other organisations to recognise and celebrate the European Year of Disabled People

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-3956.1 Mr Kenneth Gibson: European Year of Disabled People—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3956) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, insert at end ", accepting that much more needs to be done to ensure that Scotland is fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-3947 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

S1M-3948 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Grants) (Scotland) Scheme 2003 (SSI 2003/52) be approved.

S1M-3949 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Members of the Parole Board (Removal Tribunal) Regulations 2003 be approved.

S1M-3950 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Human Intelligence Sources - Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

S1M-3951 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Surveillance - Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

debate on the subject of—

S1M-3647 Mr Jamie Stone: Wick Ambulance Service—That the Parliament recognises the vital work of the Wick ambulance service; is concerned at the lack of additional funding that was made available to the Highlands from the 22 million the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) received for modernisation; notes the long on-call working regime that means ambulance crews are often on duty for as much as 20 hours at a time and are routinely required to make long journeys of over 200 miles; is further concerned that crews suffer from sleep deprivation, possibly endangering themselves, their passengers and other road users, and asks the Scottish Executive and the SAS to urgently review the on-call working arrangements at Wick Ambulance Station, where staff are paid less than 90p per hour for being on-call, with a view to upgrading it from part-time on-call to full-time.

 

 

 

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