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Business Bulletin No. 88 / 2003

Thursday 12th June 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9:30 am Debate on Europe—

S2M-124 Nicola Sturgeon: Europe—That the Parliament supports the European Union as a confederation that collectively exercises certain sovereign rights pooled by states but in which each state retains its own sovereignty in respect of constitutional, fiscal and other matters of national importance; believes that decisions about pooled and retained sovereignty should always be taken in Scotland’s national interest; therefore welcomes the development of a European constitution but opposes the conferral of exclusive European Union competence over the conservation of marine biological resources under the common fisheries policy; considers that the terms of the final draft constitution should be subject to the approval of the Scottish people in a referendum prior to ratification; regrets that the decision by Her Majesty’s Government to delay entry to the single currency does not take account of Scotland’s economic interests, and believes that Scotland’s interests would best be represented in the European Union as an independent member state

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-124.4 Tavish Scott: Europe—As an amendment to motion (S2M-124) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "welcomes the many benefits that the European Union (EU) has delivered for Europe and for Scotland; continues to believe that the EU should seek to become more effective, efficient, democratic, transparent, accountable and easier to understand; notes the work of the Convention on the Future of Europe towards these objectives; further welcomes the submission to the convention of the proposals on Europe and the regions drawn up by the Scottish Executive in conjunction with Her Majesty’s Government and the Welsh Assembly Government; further notes with approval the references in the draft Constitutional Treaty under consideration in the convention to the role of the regions, and to mechanisms for consulting them; welcomes the intention of Her Majesty’s Government to involve the devolved administrations in the operation of the subsidiarity mechanism proposed by the convention, and calls on the Scottish Executive to continue to work with other sub-member state administrations and Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that Scottish interests are fully taken into account during the forthcoming Inter-Governmental Conference."

S2M-124.2 Phil Gallie: Europe—As an amendment to motion (S2M-124) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, leave out from "confederation" to end and insert "partnership of nation states working together for the common interest; expresses concern at the clearly federalist objectives of the current proposals of the Convention on the Future of Europe; pledges to analyse the detail of these proposals as they affect devolved responsibilities and report back our objections to Her Majesty's Government along with our view that, given the conclusions drawn up by HM Treasury over the last six years on the United Kingdom entering the European single currency, there is no basis for the United Kingdom surrendering the pound for the euro and that further uncertainty on monetary union will be bad for Scottish interests, and urges Her Majesty's Government to hold an early referendum on both the Convention proposals and European monetary union."

S2M-124.3 Frances Curran: Europe—As an amendment to motion (S2M-124) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "believes in a socially just, democratic and accountable Europe for citizens and not big business; further believes that the structure of the current European Union undermines democracy within Scotland and that any further attempt to centralise political power in Brussels, or financial decisions at the European Central Bank in Stuttgart, would not be in the interest of ordinary Scots; is concerned that the economic agenda of European monetary union has the intention of furthering the aims of capitalist globalisation and the interests of trans-global corporations, resulting in lower wages, cuts in public services and a wholesale onslaught against workers’ pensions; demands the right of the Scottish people to make their views known through a referendum; opposes entry to the euro, and calls on the Scottish Executive to offer to host the 2004 annual anti-globalisation event, the European Social Forum, involving up to 100,000 people, that has already taken place in Florence and will meet in Paris in November 2003."

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time—

1. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what problems it has identified regarding the provision of hospital care services as a consequence of the reduction in junior doctors’ hours to 56 and what further reductions in doctors’ hours are planned. (S2O-158)

2. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to the organisation Combat Stress. (S2O-147)

3. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to increase the recruitment and retention of radiographers and oncologists in the Greater Glasgow NHS Board area. (S2O-189)

4. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote sport in schools. (S2O-187)

5. Mr Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting Men's Health Week from 9 to 15 June 2003. (S2O-183)

6. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will advise the Scottish Agricultural College to publish in full the Deloitte and Touche report on the college and the Farm Appraisal Options for the farm at the Craibstone campus. (S2O-142)

7. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many objections were received in the recent consultation on the M74 northern extension. (S2O-168)

8. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive how the genetic modification national public debate is being conducted in Scotland and what role it is playing in this debate. (S2O-169)

9. Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what intermediate and long-term financial aid it plans to make available to assist with the current situation in the fishing industry in north-east Fife. (S2O-152)

10. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the effectiveness of visitscotland.com. (S2O-134)

11. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is with regard to indiscipline in schools.(S2O-145)

12. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths have been caused since 1999 by (a) lung cancer, (b) road traffic incidents and (c) amnesic shellfish poisoning. (S2O-138)

13. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to support credit unions. (S2O-164)

14. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport will next visit the Stirling district. (S2O-148)

15. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will take forward its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to protect and enhance the coastline and whether areas such as Wester Ross or the Inner Hebrides are being considered for marine national park status. (S2O-170)

16. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote tourism in the Scottish Borders. (S2O-154)

17. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it provides guidance to education authorities on educating children with language and learning difficulties in Picture Exchange Communication System or British Sign Language. (S2O-179)

18. John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that the highest standard of care is provided to elderly people residing in all care homes. (S2O-171)

19. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to support school transport. (S2O-140)

20. Withdrawn

21. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government regarding the economic impact of employment restrictions on asylum seekers in Scotland. (S2O-194)

22. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that the carriage of human organs for transplant by blue-light ambulance service vehicles will be considered a medical emergency and exempt from speed restrictions. (S2O-181)

23. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that temporary trunk road closure orders to facilitate community events such as gala days and common ridings are fully effective. (S2O-150)

24. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will arrange to meet the football authorities to discuss the future of football. (S2O-162)

25. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has conducted a safety review of junctions on the A9 between Perth and Stirling. (S2O-143)

26. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessments it is making of the operation of its care in the community policies. (S2O-156)

27. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will increase the availability of affordable housing in rural areas. (S2O-173)

28. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution Scotland is making to the genetic modification national public debate. (S2O-137)

29. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to reduce drug-related crime. (S2O-144)

30. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle the rise in sexually-transmitted infections among men. (S2O-176)

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. (S2F-67)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to discuss. (S2F-66)

3. Irene Oldfather: To ask the First Minister what action has been taken to assist the preparedness of public and private sector organisations in Scotland for adoption of the European single currency. (S2F-79)

4. Alex Neil: To ask the First Minister what arrangements are being put in place to recruit and appoint a new Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise. (S2F-65)

5. Janis Hughes: To ask the First Minister what progress is being made regarding an investigation into the Holyrood building project. (S2F-78)

6. David Mundell: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive will regard as the "resolution of waste management issues", as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, before supporting the building of new nuclear power stations. (S2F-84)

3:30 pm Debate on Investing in Public Transport—

S2M-130 Nicol Stephen: Investing in Public Transport—That the Parliament welcomes the proposals set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland for a reliable, safe, efficient and sustainable transport system to connect Scotland and encourage economic growth; recognises the importance that the Scottish Executive attaches to delivering improved public transport services by increasing investment and establishing a strategic authority, and recognises that the public transport system must serve the environmental, health and educational needs of people of Scotland

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-130.3 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Investing in Public Transport—As an amendment to motion (S2M-130) in the name of Nicol Stephen, insert at end "notes that the delivery of tangible improvements within defined timescales is essential; recognises, furthermore, that in order to achieve these an integrated and inter-modal public transport network is required, and therefore calls for the transfer of the legislative and financial powers to the Parliament that are necessary to address fully rail and aviation services in addition to bus and ferry services in order to ensure the delivery of the network sought."

S2M-130.1 David Mundell: Investing in Public Transport—As an amendment to motion (S2M-130) in the name of Nicol Stephen, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "believes that only a fully costed programme of investment in transport infrastructure with detailed start and completion dates, rather than platitudes, will deliver the improvements to public transport that the travelling public and Scottish business so desperately need and calls on the Scottish Executive to present such a programme to the Parliament forthwith."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-127 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Deputy Convener of Subordinate Legislation Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Deputy Convener of the Subordinate Legislation Committee be appointed from the Labour Party.

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

debate on the subject of—

S2M-34 Shona Robison: Closure of Animal Welfare Centres—That the Parliament is concerned about the possible closure of at least seven of the 13 animal welfare centres across Scotland owing to financial difficulties being experienced by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA); believes that this would be detrimental to animal welfare; notes with relief that the SSPCA board of management has postponed making a final decision on the closures of the centres for a further six months, and considers that the Scottish Executive should hold urgent discussions with the SSPCA to try to find a way of keeping the animal welfare centres open.

 

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