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Business Bulletin No. 44/2003

Thursday 6 March 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in Committee Chambers, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.

Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill Committee

2nd Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 1.15 pm in Room 2.12, Parliamentary Headquarters, Edinburgh

1. Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft Consideration Stage Report on the Bill.

Meeting of the Parliament

9:30 am Debate on the Record of the Scottish Executive—

S1M-3986 David McLetchie: Record of the Scottish Executive—That the Parliament notes that four years of government by Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland have not achieved the better public services and stronger economy that people in both our urban and rural communities were led to expect and believes that Scotland needs an Executive that will undertake a coherent programme of reform designed to boost Scotland's economic performance and improve our public services by reducing the burden of tax and red tape, empowering parents, professionals and local communities and increasing choice and accountability

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-3986.2 Patricia Ferguson: Record of the Scottish Executive—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3986) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "not achieved" to end and insert "delivered a clear record of achievement which includes, amongst many other accomplishments, a full legislative programme and Executive action in urban and rural areas that has led to record investment in the health service, the abolition of tuition fees, the introduction of free personal care for older people, nursery places for all three- and four-year-olds for those whose parents want them, record numbers of police, an increase in the seizure of class "A" drugs by 173%, freezing business rates, rates relief for small businesses and a substantial programme for long-term investment in transport; notes that Scotland has achieved the lowest level of unemployment for 25 years, and further believes that the next Parliament will have every opportunity to build upon the foundations laid in this first session for a prosperous, confident Scotland.

S1M-3986.1 Roseanna Cunningham: Record of the Scottish Executive—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3986) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "regrets that four years of government by Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland has failed to improve on the disastrous record of 18 years of Conservative rule; notes that since the Labour/Liberal Executive came to power, hospital waiting lists have grown longer, violent crime has risen, one in three children live in poverty and the economy has recorded the lowest level of growth anywhere in the European Union; recognises that a change of government is essential to reverse the decline in public services, and believes that only with the normal powers of an independent Parliament will Scotland be able to release its full potential."

followed by Business Motion

S1M-3976 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 March 2003

9:30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill

2:30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 of Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3953 Dr Richard Simpson: New Forth Road Bridge Crossing Near Kincardine

Thursday 13 March 2003

9:30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

3:30 pm Stage 3 of Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3932 David Mundell: Post Office Card Accounts

Wednesday 19 March 2003

9:30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

2:30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Continuation of Stage 3 Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 20 March 2003

9:30 am Continuation of Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on Sexual Offences Bill – UK Legislation

Motion on Railways and Transport Safety Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3897 Kenneth Gibson: Suicide Emergency Telephone Hotline

and (b) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 17 March 2003 on the Sheriff Court Fees Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/97) and that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 17 March 2003 on the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2003.

2:30 pm Question Time

1. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to deal with the selling of alcohol to under age young people. (S1O-6572)

2. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to change the council tax system and, if so, when and in what way. (S1O-6576)

3. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations have been made to the Department of Work and Pensions about the impact of changes to the method of payment of benefits on urban and rural communities. (S1O-6590)

4. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive on what criteria its decisions to disperse civil service and executive agency posts are based. (S1O-6586)

5. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the provision of emergency ambulances in Dumfries and Galloway is adequate. (S1O-6570)

6. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in tackling pollution. (S1O-6595)

7. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the achievements of its Learn to Let Go campaign have been. (S1O-6568)

8. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to help children living with parents that misuse drugs and alcohol. (S1O-6566)

9. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans for further development of hospital services in the Lothians. (S1O-6582)

10. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to improve road safety. (S1O-6593)

11. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment has been made of the effects of the outcome of the negotiations over GP contracts on the provision of GP services in the islands. (S1O-6581)

12. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements it has made for consultation with the voluntary sector during the development of its response to the McFadden Commission recommendations on charity law reform. (S1O-6565)

13. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to sponsor investment and enterprise in deprived communities. (S1O-6573)

14. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring is carried out at landfill sites and their surrounding areas with regard to the sites’ impact on health. (S1O-6579)

15. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that people feel safe on the streets of their communities. (S1O-6598)

16. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how the British Medical Association’s proposed overhaul of GP services will impact on patient care in rural areas. (S1O-6584)

17. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is meeting the transport needs of disadvantaged rural communities. (S1O-6583)

18. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of English, Welsh and Scottish Railways and what issues were discussed. (S1O-6589)

19. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce levels of re-offending by those leaving prison. (S1O-6597)

20. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will report on the liquor licensing review. (S1O-6571)

21. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to establish a national service for people diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. (S1O-6580)

22. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve renal services. (S1O-6577)

23. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is using information technology innovation to improve delivery of NHS services. (S1O-6599)

24. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any consideration was given to design and construct contracts for the road improvement schemes recently announced for the Ayr to Stranraer section of the A77. (S1O-6561)

25. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to address the occurrence of odours emanating from waste water treatment plants. (S1O-6587)

26. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from air travel on targets to reduce climate change. (S1O-6578)

27. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the relevant local authorities and other interested parties about the Tay Estuary Rail Study. (S1O-6585)

28. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive when remedial works to the A95 trunk road following the autumn storms will be completed. (S1O-6562)

29. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce its proposals for the future funding and organisation of the museum and heritage sector. (S1O-6588)

30. Withdrawn

3:10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S1F-2554)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues he will raise. (S1F-2553)

3. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the First Minister what impact the amnesty on illegal firearms will have on making communities safer. (S1F-2567)

4. Murdo Fraser: To ask the First Minister whether the performance of Scottish Enterprise is satisfactory. (S1F-2550)

5. Donald Gorrie: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive is taking to attract more immigrants that can contribute to growth and development to Scotland. (S1F-2568)

6. Fergus Ewing: To ask the First Minister what support will be provided to ensure that the Ardtoe Marine Farming Unit will continue to operate as a national resource for research into marine fin fish farming. (S1F-2552)

3:30 pm Stage 1 on Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill—

S1M-3618 Michael Russell: Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill.

The member has provided the following translation—

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a' toirt taic do phrionnsabalan coitcheann Bile Cànan na Gàidhlig (Alba).

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-3977 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2003 be approved.

S1M-3978 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order be approved.

S1M-3979 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Petrol Filling Stations, Public Houses and Hotels) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

S1M-3980 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

S1M-3981 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

S1M-3982 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

S1M-3998 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2002 Amendment Order 2003 be approved.

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

debate on the subject of —

S1M-3691 Linda Fabiani: Scotland's Fair Trade Towns—That the Parliament congratulates the towns of Strathaven and Aberfeldy on becoming Scotland’s first fair trade towns; recognises the vision of both South Lanarkshire and Perth and Kinross councils in this regard; commends the commitment of the respective fair trade groups in achieving this status, and notes that fair trade can be beneficial to both national and international suppliers and consumers. R

 

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