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G : Bills: Notices and Amendments
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K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 83 / 2003

Thursday 5th June 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9:30 am Debate on Young People—

S2M-103 Peter Peacock: Young People—That the Parliament celebrates the contribution made to society by the young people of Scotland, both at home and abroad; applauds their dynamism, intellect, enthusiasm, enterprise, creativity and individuality; will work in partnership with young people to help meet their aspirations; believes that the establishment of the new Children’s Commissioner, measures to reform education by ensuring that the curriculum is built around the needs of the child and that education takes place in the most modern facilities, extending access to high quality sport and leisure facilities and support for youth work and volunteering will help young people to reach their full potential and participate in society; recognises that some young people require additional support and measures to do so, and commits itself whenever possible to making sure that appropriate support is provided

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-103.3 Fiona Hyslop: Young People—As an amendment to motion (S2M-103) in the name of Peter Peacock, leave out from first "will" to end and insert "recognises, however, that it is essential for Scotland that we have the powers to ensure that young people do not have to leave Scotland in their 20s to find a future; further recognises that tackling the low birth rate and developing an effective inward migration policy for Scotland are vital elements towards ensuring that there are enough young Scots to maintain our country’s vitality, and, in the meantime, notes that it is right for there to be a Children’s Commissioner and for the Scottish Executive to develop measures in the field of education and youth work, and to provide additional support for learning, volunteering, culture, sport and leisure facilities for young people in Scotland."

S2M-103.1 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Young People—As an amendment to motion (S2M-103) in the name of Peter Peacock, insert at end "whilst recognising the central role played by parents and families in enabling young people to become responsible adults and therefore fulfil their potential."

S2M-103.4 Eleanor Scott: Young People—As an amendment to motion (S2M-103) in the name of Peter Peacock, insert at end "and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that educational programmes dealing with sustainable development and environmental and social justice issues are included in the curriculum in order to foster responsible attitudes, that opportunities for outdoor education are emphasised, that particular attention is paid to those one in seven young people who are reported to have "disappeared" from the system and are not in a job, training, education or on the unemployment register despite government measures such as the New Deal, and that the minimum age for voting and standing in elections is lowered to 16 years."

followed by Business Motion—

S2M-102 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 11 June

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stages 2 and 3 of the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Final Stage of the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 12 June

9:30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Debate on Investing in Public Transport

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 18 June

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Patient Focus and Public Involvement

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 19 June

9:30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

2:30 pm Question Time

1. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Scottish Enterprise regarding the future of the Pentair Enclosures factory at Macmerry. (S2O-93)

2. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in view of the possible closure of Church of Scotland homes for elderly people. (S2O-88)

3. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the Campbeltown to Ballycastle ferry tendering process. (S2O-94)

4. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to improve standards in the health service across the Highlands. (S2O-124)

5. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it offers carers. (S2O-104)

6. Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to increase diversity in the judiciary. (S2O-121)

7. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in regard to the implementation of the Right for Fife review of Fife's health services. (S2O-113)

8. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made by its working group on extending legislation to protect women and disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual and older people against hate crimes. (S2O-126)

9. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what meetings it plans to have in respect of the bid from the National Museum of Scotland for a Concorde aircraft to be added to the collection of the Museum of Flight at East Fortune. (S2O-79)

10. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered the environmental implications of new nuclear power stations being built at Torness or Hunterston. (S2O-103)

11. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive when it next plans to meet Fife NHS Board. (S2O-78)

12. Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on use by ministers of the word "ned" in relation to young people. (S2O-98)

13. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to respond to concerns raised with regard to the proposed relocation of the headquarters of Scottish Natural Heritage from Edinburgh to Inverness. (S2O-102)

14. Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many discussions it has had with COSLA in the last two years regarding a pay review for nursery nurses. (S2O-101)

15. Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what further plans it has to attract health professionals to return to work in the NHS. (S2O-106)

16. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has to review its monitoring of radioactive discharges from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant. (S2O-127)

17. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to reduce the impact on small businesses of increased standing charges for the provision of water and sewerage services. (S2O-112)

18. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to introduce charity law reform. (S2O-90)

19. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to provide assistance for small business start-ups. (S2O-91)

20. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to encourage younger people to apply for appointment to the boards of public bodies. (S2O-122)

21. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what priority it gives to improving the link between paediatric services and maternity care in the health service. (S2O-109)

22. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to help people from deprived urban areas exercise their statutory rights of access to mountains under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. (S2O-114)

23. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its detailed plan to reduce class sizes at primary one to 25 children as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland. (S2O-85)

24. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what research it has conducted into vehicular accidents involving deer. (S2O-87)

25. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how its commitment to environmental justice is linked to its commitment to social justice. (S2O-123)

26. Withdrawn

27. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what standard will be used to define the proposed new energy banding system to classify houses according to energy efficiency. (S2O-132)

28. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what restrictions apply to tenant and local authority representatives on the boards of housing partnerships that have received former council housing stock in respect of the public discussion of matters arising at board meetings. (S2O-73)

29. Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether public sector workers are adequately rewarded by the current minimum wage. (S2O-99)

30. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the Fort William Medical Community Working Group's proposal that Belford Hospital become a rural general hospital and what action it will take to put this proposal into effect. (S2O-76)

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. (S2F-42)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to discuss. (S2F-47)

3. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the First Minister what powers the Scottish Executive has to abolish the council tax and whether it will use these powers in view of comments made by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation that the tax is regressive. (S2F-57)

4. Karen Whitefield: To ask the First Minister how communities affected by pollution can make use of the new online pollution register. (S2F-59)

5. Murdo Fraser: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive is satisfied with the performance of Scottish Water. (S2F-40)

6. Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the First Minister what evaluation will be made of the youth court pilot project in Lanarkshire. (S2F-44)

3:30 pm Continuation of Executive Debate on Young People

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

debate on the subject of—

S2M-89 Mr Jamie Stone: Rural Rail Services—That the Parliament notes that the contract to operate Scotland’s internal rail services over the next seven years is shortly to be awarded; recognises that the provision of affordable, reliable and regular rail services across all of the Scottish network is important to the social and economic well-being of communities, and believes that, in considering the tender proposals offered by the competing train operators, the vital needs of communities served by rural lines should not be forgotten.

 

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