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Business Bulletin No. 54/2003

Thursday 20 March 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9:30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-4047 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill - Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that, during today’s proceedings at Stage 3 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when today’s proceedings at Stage 3 begin and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress)—

Groups 58 to 67 - no later than 1 hour and 30 minutes

Groups 68 and 69 - no later than 3 hours

Groups 70 to 81 - no later than 4 hours

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 4 hours and 30 minutes

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

2:30 pm Question Time

1. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in developing a national disposal scheme for fallen stock. (S1O-6679)

2. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give details of its e-health plan. (S1O-6684)

3. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that elderly people with mental health problems receive the care and support that they require. (S1O-6658)

4. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how initiatives such as community warden schemes can help to tackle anti-social behaviour. (S1O-6687)

5. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding under the Arbuthnott formula is being used to address poverty, deprivation and access to NHS care and treatment. (S1O-6664)

6. Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in taking forward the joint futures agenda. (S1O-6677)

7. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to further improve school buildings and ensure that pupils have a modern learning environment. (S1O-6688)

8. Mr Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance or advice it gives to local authorities and other public sector employers on time off work for members of children's panels to attend children’s hearings. (S1O-6666)

9. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what immediate action it will take to prevent the spread of the parapox virus from the identified outbreak in Sefton, Merseyside, into the Scottish red squirrel population. (S1O-6654)

10. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet representatives of universities. (S1O-6686)

11. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to alter planning guidelines for local authorities on opencast mining and landfill. (S1O-6681)

12. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with OFGEM and Her Majesty's Government about the impact of proposed zonal charges for transmission losses on the promotion of renewable energy generation. (S1O-6680)

13. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to deal with traffic issues on the A76 between Sanquhar and Kirkconnel. (S1O-6698)

14. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and what matters were discussed. (S1O-6694)

15. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking following recent criticisms of Scottish Enterprise. (S1O-6670)

16. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to review the boundaries of the Cairngorms National Park. (S1O-6676)

17. Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any emergency plans in respect of the termination on 31 March 2003 of an employment programme for 300 people by the East End Partnership Ltd and Glasgow Access to Training and Employment Ltd following budget reductions by Scottish Enterprise. (S1O-6660)

18. Withdrawn

19. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether retinal imaging is included in free tests on the NHS and what the reasons are for the position on this matter. (S1O-6693)

20. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will be able to evaluate the "golden hello" scheme for dentists. (S1O-6697)

21. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to regenerate deprived communities. (S1O-6678)

22. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it plans to introduce in order to reduce drug-related crime in the north east. (S1O-6675)

23. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been given to local authorities on the implementation of the McCrone settlement in relation to promoted posts. (S1O-6673)

24. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Outdoor Access Code is to be finalised. (S1O-6690)

25. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current provision of accident and emergency units in Glasgow is sufficient. (S1O-6659)

26. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage young people to study science in schools. (S1O-6683)

27. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has identified in respect of the Scottish Borders’ economy. (S1O-6695)

28. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to stimulate the market for recycled goods. (S1O-6671)

29. Mr Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve literacy in secondary schools. (S1O-6696)

30. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the development of Oban Airport. (S1O-6665)

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-2608)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S1F-2617)

3. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive is taking to support families of servicemen and servicewomen based in the Gulf area. (S1F-2613)

4. Dennis Canavan: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive is taking to find a solution to the firefighters’ dispute. (S1F-2622)

5. Andrew Wilson: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive is taking to ensure that it has the full confidence of the business community. (S1F-2616)

6. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the First Minister how VisitScotland plans to help safeguard the tourism industry in the light of international events. (S1F-2619)

3:30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill—

S1M-4024 Malcolm Chisholm: Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill be passed

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-4024.1 Shona Robison: Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S1M-4024) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, insert at end "but, in doing so, supports the view expressed by many giving evidence on the Bill, and by three committees of the Parliament, that the aims of the Bill will not be met unless services and facilities are adequate to meet the demands placed on them."

followed by Motion on Sexual Offences Bill – UK Legislation—

S1M-4022 Mr Jim Wallace: Sexual Offences Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle of protecting society from persons who pose a risk of causing sexual harm and agrees that the provisions within the Sexual Offences Bill that relate to devolved matters and which re-enact the Sex Offenders Act 1997, extend the categories of offenders required to register, increase restrictions on sex offenders and strengthen the notification requirements and operation of the Sex Offenders’ Register should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Motion on Railways and Transport Safety Bill – UK Legislation—

S1M-4023 Iain Gray: Railways and Transport Safety Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle of introducing alcohol and drug testing for mariners as set out in the Railways and Transport Safety Bill and agrees that the relevant provisions in the bill on these issues that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S1M-4032 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualifications) Order 2003 be approved.

S1M-4033 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusion and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

debate on the subject—

S1M-3897 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Suicide Emergency Telephone Hotline—That the Parliament notes with concern that in 2000 there were 880 reported suicides in Scotland, 676 males and 204 females, although the true figure could be higher; is conscious that many thousands of other people attempt to take their own lives each year; regrets that only a minority of the population know the telephone number of the Samaritans or any other organisation they could contact for help when feeling suicidal; believes that, to assist in achieving the goal of a 20% reduction in the incidence of suicide by 2013 set by the Scottish Executive in its National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland, everyone should be made aware of an all-Scotland telephone number to call for help; acknowledges that in the United States anyone can call a nationwide toll free number from anywhere in the country, 1-800-SUICIDE or 911, to ask for help which is provided swiftly if they say they are in ‘suicidal danger’; believes that the Scottish Executive should set up a suicide prevention crisis hotline, whereby calls from suicidal individuals are treated as an emergency, through using the existing 999 emergency number from which they can be referred directly to a dedicated suicide prevention 24 hour hotline, and further acknowledges that the purpose of this line would be to save lives through dissuading suicidal people from killing themselves and that the Executive should, once such a line was established, take steps to let the public know about it.

 

 

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