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A : Daily Business List
B : Business Programme
C : Agendas of Committee Meetings
D : Oral Questions Selected
E : Written questions lodged
F : Motions and Amendments
G : Bills: Notices and Amendments
H : New Documents
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 143 / 2003

Thursday 30th October 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Debate on Rural Development Committee's 1st Report 2003 - Inquiry into Integrated Rural Development-

S2M-477 Sarah Boyack: Rural Development Committee, 1st Report 2003 (Session 1): Inquiry into Integrated Rural Development-That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Rural Development Committee's 1st Report 2003 (Session 1): Inquiry into Integrated Rural Development (SP Paper 735).

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-288)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S2F-292)

3. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the First Minister when the Scottish Executive will establish its independent review of local government finance; who will be involved in the review body; how long the review will take, and whether the replacement of the council tax with a personal income-based alternative is now a realistic option. (S2F-301)

4. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive will take to deal with misuse of fireworks. (S2F-297)

5. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the First Minister what discussions the Scottish Executive has had on the provision of a Concorde for the National Museums of Scotland. (S2F-306)

6. Brian Adam: To ask the First Minister whether he has any plans to discuss with the BBC and Lord Fraser the BBC's refusal to release to the Holyrood Inquiry team, even on a confidential basis, the footage on the Holyrood Building programme. (S2F-294)

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to minimise the impact of any closure of the cod fishery on fish processors in Scotland. (S2O-645)

2. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the centralisation of maternity services in Glasgow. (S2O-658)

3. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students it expects to graduate within NHS Scotland in an audiology discipline in each of the next three years. (S2O-655)

4. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to make a statement on its plans for the future of GM crops. (S2O-663)

5. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement it has had, and plans to have, in the East Lothian schools Public Private Partnership. (S2O-641)

6. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill will help improve access to health services in remote rural areas. (S2O-627)

7. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to advance healthy eating in light of the recent reported issues with its Healthy Eating Advice line. (S2O-662)

8. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government about the representation of Scotland's interests at the inter-governmental conference on the proposed European Constitution. (S2O-652)

9. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, under the terms of the new housing grants scheme, local authorities may make grants in relation to applications made under the terms and conditions of the old scheme, with particular reference to water supply provision where current installations have been declared unfit for use. (S2O-666)

10. Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on regional and national planning in relation to the provision of maternity services. (S2O-651)

11. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that racism and sectarianism have no place in the Scottish Police Service at a grass roots level. (S2O-634)

12. Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it accepts the conclusions of the recent Newcastle University study that stated that Scottish forests contribute 104 million per year in total benefits and whether current support for Scottish forests is adequate. (S2O-659)

13. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the provision of standby generators at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is adequate. (S2O-649)

14. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that there are no negative impacts of sea lice originating from fish farms. (S2O-657)

15. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to help families living in overcrowded conditions. (S2O-661)

16. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to implement Directive 2002/91/EC of the European Parliament and Council on the energy performance of buildings. (S2O-644)

17. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is with regard to national testing and league tables. (S2O-638)

18. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the financial security of construction firms engaged in PFI/PPP contracts. (S2O-648)

19. Mr Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking, and will take, to protect and promote the fishing industry in Scotland. (S2O-622)

20. Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking, and will take, to promote the fishing industry in Scotland. (S2O-616)

21. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the availability of affordable housing across the Highlands. (S2O-637)

22. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how it expects to distribute the additional 65 million funding recently announced for tackling anti-social behaviour. (S2O-629)

23. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what rates relief is available to non-profit-making sports clubs. (S2O-626)

24. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive what infrastructure it will have in place by 2005 to manage the increase in re-use and recycling of electrical and electronic goods that the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directive will bring about. (S2O-656)

25. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to reports of illegal quarrying taking place in Scotland as a consequence of the introduction of the aggregates tax. (S2O-632)

26. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits will accrue to patients from the new General Medical Services contract and the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill. (S2O-631)

27. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle the illegal use of lead solder in drinking water pipes. (S2O-623)

28. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with NHS board officials regarding the future of the NHS. (S2O-625)

29. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take forward the suggestion of closed areas for conserving cod stocks in the North Sea proposed by Scottish fishermen to the EU Fisheries Council in December 2003. (S2O-654)

30. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-690, S2W-1162 and S2W-1163 by Mr Tom McCabe on 27 June and 16 July 2003, why small oxygen cylinders are not currently available on GP prescription. (S2O-665)

3.10 pm Executive Debate on Building Better Cities - Delivering Growth and Opportunities-

S2M-526 Mr Andy Kerr: Building Better Cities - Delivering Growth and Opportunities-That the Parliament notes the significant progress made by local authorities and their community planning partners in taking forward the recommendations set out in Building Better Cities: Delivering Growth and Opportunities since its publication in January 2003 and the collaborative process led by the community planning partnerships in each city region to develop a 10-year City-Vision; welcomes the strategic plans set out in the six City-Visions, including the projects to be funded by the Cities Growth Fund, and endorses the Scottish Executive's long-term commitment to the regeneration of Scotland's cities.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-526.2 Fergus Ewing: Building Better Cities - Delivering Growth and Opportunities-As an amendment to motion (S2M-526) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, leave out from "endorses" to end and insert "notes the concerns of many that the publication of the Review of Scotland's Cities was a modest response to the challenges facing Scottish cities and that the review neglects the opportunity to address properly important issues of transport infrastructure and finance."

S2M-526.4 Mr Brian Monteith: Building Better Cities - Delivering Growth and Opportunities-As an amendment to motion (S2M-526) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "believes that the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling are vital drivers of economic growth in Scotland and that they, together with Scotland's urban and rural economies, would benefit from a reduction in non-domestic rates, an improvement in transport infrastructure and better public services and further believes these three policies would achieve far more than centrally-directed government-inspired initiatives, strategic plans and visions."

S2M-526.3 Mark Ballard: Building Better Cities - Delivering Growth and Opportunities-As an amendment to motion (S2M-526) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, leave out from "since" to end and insert "; welcomes the bringing together of a wider range of policy strands; believes, however, that sustainability must lie at the heart of urban policy rather then being an afterthought to economic growth, and urges the Scottish Executive to take forward a policy of urban regeneration that is led primarily by the needs of local communities, rather than by big business."

The Clerk has been informed that the following document is relevant

to this debate:

Scottish Executive: Building Better Cities - Delivering Growth and Opportunities

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S2M-518 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 14 November 2003 on the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/486).

S2M-519 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI-That the Parliament agrees that the draft Victim Statements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

S2M-522 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI-That the Parliament agrees that the draft Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 (Ancillary Provisions) Order 2003 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of-

S2M-442 Karen Gillon: European Week for Safety and Health-That the Parliament notes that the European Week for Safety and Health will take place between 13 and 19 October 2003; welcomes the week's acknowledgement of the need to promote safety and health in the workplace; congratulates trade unions for the role that they have played in improving health and safety in the workplace, and commends the commitment of the European Agency for Safety and Health and the Health and Safety Executive to promote safe and healthy working.

 

 

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