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H : New Documents
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 131 / 2003

Thursday 2nd October 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Executive Debate on Anti-Social Behaviour

12 noon 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-236)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S2F-237)

3. Eleanor Scott: To ask the First Minister when the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Sustainable Scotland will next meet and what will be on the agenda. (S2F-244)

4. Sarah Boyack: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive’s timetable is for the introduction of digital hearing aids across Scotland. (S2F-239)

5. Shona Robison: To ask the First Minister whether he will reconsider the level of support to be given to those infected with hepatitis C through contaminated blood products in light of the recent comments by Lord Ross, chair of the expert group. (S2F-252)

6. David Mundell: To ask the First Minister what criteria the Scottish Executive will apply in determining whether its policy of dispersal of government jobs throughout Scotland has been effective. (S2F-235)

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to modernise the planning system. (S2O-536)

2. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet NFU Scotland. R (S2O-514)

3. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria it will apply when assessing the business case produced to support a request for Executive funding of the Borders railway. (S2O-523)

4. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Ministry of Defence about whether the decision on the acceptability of the proposals for decommissioning submarines at Rosyth will be based on the environmental principles of waste minimisation and "concentrate and contain". (S2O-555)

5. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will be represented at the Justice and Home Affairs Council of the EU in Luxembourg on 2 and 3 October 2003. (S2O-513)

6. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the provision of respite care for people with dementia. (S2O-519)

7. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to tackle traffic congestion around schools. (S2O-541)

8. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to increase the percentage of electricity generated in Scotland from renewable sources. (S2O-547)

9. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what funds have been committed by the Strategic Rail Authority to rail projects in Scotland. (S2O-557)

10. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given since May 2003 to the provision of a Maybole bypass. (S2O-542)

11. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last had discussions with Fife Constabulary about the level of police cover in Fife. (S2O-512)

12. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to prepare the NHS for winter pressures. (S2O-548)

13. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the council tax. (S2O-546)

14. Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support and resource the free availability of emergency contraception at all current outlets including pharmacies. (S2O-543)

15. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when the review into the true cost of care will be completed and published. (S2O-559)

16. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the support package announced for shore-based fishing businesses has been disbursed. (S2O-545)

17. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive how many drugs have been banned and withdrawn from use since April 2002. (S2O-549)

18. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all individuals affected by a planning proposal should have equal status in the consultation process. (S2O-551)

19. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities have now appointed school travel co-ordinators and how many schools have a Safer Routes to School scheme in operation. (S2O-552)

20. Mr Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle anti-social use of cars. (S2O-537)

21. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is tackling noise pollution. (S2O-527)

22. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to improve the Borders economy. (S2O-525)

23. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the future operation of the Airborne Initiative. (S2O-515)

24. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will enable Cube Housing Association Ltd to achieve competitive financial parity with other stock transfer arrangements rather than continue its 10.1% deferred interest payments to Communities Scotland. (S2O-561)

25. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the proposed crofting reform legislation will include provision to establish new crofts outwith the existing crofting counties. (S2O-556)

26. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether education will continue to be provided in the long term by the Scottish Agricultural College at the Craibstone complex in light of the strategic review announcement on Tuesday 16 September 2003. (S2O-550)

27. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to target anti-smoking information and advertising towards teenage girls. (S2O-516)

28. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive in what ways it is supporting the recruitment and training of voluntary coaches and the development of clubs in all sports. (S2O-529)

29. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the value of the horse racing industry is to the Scottish economy. (S2O-534)

30. Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made by COSLA in conjunction with independent and church care home sectors in their examination of the true cost of care for older people. (S2O-560)

3.10 pm Continuation of Executive Debate on Anti-Social Behaviour

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-435 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

    1. that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 7 October 2003 on the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/438), the Victims’ Rights (Prescribed Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/440), the Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/441) and the draft Victim Statements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2003;
    2. that Stage 1 of the Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill be completed by 30 April 2004; and

(c) that the Preliminary Stage of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Private Bill be completed by 12 December 2003.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of—

S2M-326 Margaret Mitchell: Private Escorting of Abnormal Loads—That the Parliament recognises the importance to the Scottish economy of the ability of the haulage industry to safely and efficiently transport abnormal loads on Scotland's road network; notes the present difficulties being experienced by the industry in relation to the operation of police escorts for HGVs carrying abnormal loads; believes that the use of private escorting services which operate in parts of England would improve the efficiency of the haulage industry and reduce the burden on our police force, and considers that the Scottish Executive should facilitate this in consultation with chief constables, police boards and Her Majesty's Government.

 

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