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K: Progress of Parliamentary business

Business Bulletin No. 115/2003

Wednesday 10 September 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meetings of Committees

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

Education Committee

4th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Draft Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: In connection with its pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill, the committee will take evidence from-

Professor Sheila Riddell, Chair of Social Policy (Disability Studies), Glasgow University

Professor Julie Allan, Professor of Education, Stirling University

Professor Gilbert MacKay, Professor of Special Education, Strathclyde University.

2. Scottish Executive review of children's therapist services: The Committee will note the Scottish Executive Review of Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy for Children and Speech and Language Therapy for Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

3. Budget process 2004-05: The Committee will consider its approach to the Scottish Executive budget 2004-05.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

4th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Subordinate legislation: Maureen Macmillan MSP to move motion S2M-3967-That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Prohibition of Fishing for Scallops (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/371).

2. Subordinate legislation: Allan Wilson MSP (Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development) to move-

motion S2M-190 in the name of Ross Finnie MSP-That the Environment and Rural Development Committee, in consideration of the Draft Code of Recommendation for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs (SE/2003/173), recommends that the code be approved;

motion S2M-232 in the name of Ross Finnie-That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle (SE/2003/175) be approved; and

motion S2M-189 in the name of Ross Finnie-That the Environment and Rural Development Committee, in consideration of the draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003, recommends that the regulations be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments-

The Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/333)

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Water Management) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/341).

4. Work programme: The Committee will consider its forward work programme.

5. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions-

PE246 by Kildalton and Oa Community Council, Kilarrow and Kilmeny Community Council and the Kilchoman and Portnahaven Council, and Councillor J Findlay and Councillor R Currie on Special Areas of Conservation.

PE365 by Mr Iain MacSween on behalf of the Scottish Fishermen's Organisation Ltd on fixed fishing quota allocations and property rights.

PE449 by Mr Alex Hogg on behalf of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association on the impact of predatory birds on waders, songbirds, fish stocks and gamebirds.

PE462 by Mrs Margaret Currie, PE 463 by Councillor Donald Manford and PE464 by Robert Cunyngham Brown on Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

PE517 by Mr Rob Kirkwood on waste water treatment plants.

6. Budget process 2004-05 (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the 2004-05 budget process, including-

whether to seek the appointment of an adviser

the remit and person specification for an adviser

possible candidates for the post.

Communities Committee

2nd Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Subordinate legislation: Mary Mulligan MSP (Deputy Minister for Communities) to move-

S2M-188: The Draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003

S2M-187: The Draft Housing Grants (Minimum Percentage Grant) (Scotland) Regulations 2003

S2M-186: The Draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Amendment Order 2003.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments-

the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/284)

the Improvement and Repairs Grant (Prescribed Valuation Band) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/314).

3. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

4. Anti-social behaviour: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

5. Debt arrangement scheme: The Committee will consider its approach to the Executive's consultation on draft subordinate legislation.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Father Chris Boles, Edinburgh Jesuit Community

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by debate on Strategic Framework for Aquaculture-

S2M-310 Allan Wilson: Strategic Framework for Aquaculture-That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive's commitment, as set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, to support an aquaculture industry that is sustainable, diverse and competitive; endorses A Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture, prepared in collaboration with, and supported by, a wide range of stakeholders and launched in March 2003 and notes the progress already achieved in addressing the priorities for action listed therein, and further welcomes the Executive's continuing commitment to work in partnership with industry and all the other key stakeholders in regularly reviewing and reporting to the Parliament progress with the monitoring and implementation of the full programme of work contained in the strategic framework.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-310.2 Richard Lochhead: Strategic Framework for Aquaculture-As an amendment to motion (S2M-310) in the name of Allan Wilson, leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert "expresses support for sustainable aquaculture and recognises the sector's vital economic contribution to Scotland; urges the industry to strive continually to achieve the highest environmental standards and welcomes progress already made; believes that the regulatory framework must be guided by well-resourced science; further believes that lessons must be learnt from other countries on the streamlining and simplification of the regulatory framework and is disappointed that this is one of many issues that the strategy fails to address adequately; calls for the powers currently exercised by the Crown Estate to be transferred to the Parliament, and further calls for the early introduction of legislation transferring planning control to local authorities in order to enhance openness and accountability to ensure that local communities have a say over the siting of fish farms. "

S2M-310.1 Mr Ted Brocklebank: Strategic Framework for Aquaculture-As an amendment to motion (S2M-310) in the name of Allan Wilson, leave out from "endorses" to end and insert "but regrets that the strategic framework for Scottish aquaculture increasingly looks more like a straightjacket, with no fewer than eight bodies currently overseeing it, and further regrets that the Executive has failed to make meaningful financial provision to the industry in terms of research and development, especially of new species and has failed to protect the quality "Scottish" brand for farmed salmon and failed to safeguard the 6,500 Scottish jobs in salmon farming by its inadequate approach to dumping of inferior foreign product on the European market with the subsequent collapse in Scottish prices."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S2M-330 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Establishment of Committee- That the Parliament agrees to establish a committee of the Parliament as follows:

Name of Committee: Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

Remit: To consider and report to the Parliament on the Stirling- Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

Duration: Until the Bill has received Royal Assent, falls or is withdrawn

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener a member of the Scottish National Party

Membership: Bill Butler (Labour), Mr Richard Baker (Labour), Mr Rob Gibson (SNP), David Mundell (Conservative), Nora Radcliffe (Lib Dem)

S2M-331 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Committee Substitutes-That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes, as permitted under Rule 6.3A

Labour Party

Audit Committee Marlyn Glen

Communities Committee Christine May

Education Committee Mr Richard Baker

Enterprise and Culture Committee Rhona Brankin

Environment and Rural Development Committee Janis Hughes

Equal Opportunities Committee Jackie Baillie

European and External Relations Committee Ms Wendy Alexander

Finance Committee Gordon Jackson

Health Committee Paul Martin

Justice 1 Committee Helen Eadie

Justice 2 Committee Cathie Craigie

Local Government and Transport Committee Bill Butler

Procedures Committee Irene Oldfather

Public Petitions Committee Susan Deacon

Standards Committee Marilyn Livingstone

Subordinate Legislation Committee Maureen Macmillan

Scottish National Party

Justice 1 Committee Roseanna Cunningham

Scottish Socialist Party

Education Committee Rosie Kane

Justice 2 Committee Ms Rosemary Byrne

Local Government and Transport Committee Colin Fox

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of-

S2M-106 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Scotland's European Pollutant Emission Register-That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish European Pollutant Emission Register by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency; recognises that this is an important component of a strategy to deliver environmental justice in Scotland; notes that all communities have a right to know about chemical emissions in their environment; further notes that, in the United States, the introduction of the Toxic Release Inventory resulted in emission reductions of over 40%, and looks forward to the rapid development and publication of a comprehensive and easily accessible system that includes contextual health and environmental impact information.

 

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