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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. 163 / 2003

Thursday 27th November 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Executive Debate on Violence Against Women-

S2M-660 Ms Margaret Curran: Violence Against Women-That the Parliament approves the continuing progress made in implementing the National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland by raising awareness of the issue and increasing the protection of women and children experiencing domestic abuse and the services available to them and welcomes the work of the National Group to Address Violence Against Women in tackling this unacceptable behaviour.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-660.2 Nicola Sturgeon: Violence Against Women-As an amendment to motion (S2M-660) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, leave out from "approves" to end and insert "deplores the fact that while over 36,000 women reported a domestic abuse incident to the police in the last 12 months, over half of the incidents did not lead to the recording of a crime or offence and only 66% of those recorded were referred to the procurator fiscal; is appalled at recent research which shows that Scotland has a prosecution rate of 10% and a conviction rate of 6% following rape allegations, the second poorest conviction rate in Europe; welcomes the "prevention, protection, provision" theme of the National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland and work done to date, but believes that the Scottish Executive must consider what action could reasonably be taken to improve dramatically prosecution and conviction rates for rape and other cases of violence against women."

S2M-660.1 Miss Annabel Goldie: Violence Against Women-As an amendment to motion (S2M-660) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, insert at end "but notes with grave concern the escalating pattern of repeat victimisation highlighting the fact that more and more victims are trapped in abusive situations."

S2M-660.3 Shiona Baird: Violence Against Women-As an amendment to motion (S2M-660) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, insert at end "but urges the Scottish Executive to consider making an equally strong commitment to tackle rape and sexual abuse."

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-379)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S2F-378)

3. Christine May: To ask the First Minister what contingency plans are in place in the event of terrorist attacks in Scotland. (S2F-388)

4. Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the First Minister what representations will be made to Her Majesty's Government in order to rectify any error made by the Office of National Statistics resulting in the loss of Objective 1 funding for the Highlands and Islands and whether the Scottish Executive will seek compensation for such loss. (S2F-385)

5. Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the First Minister what outcome the Scottish Executive expects to be reached on quotas and days at sea for Scotland's fishermen in the forthcoming December negotiations in Brussels. (S2F-381)

6. Janis Hughes: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive's support for the completion of the M74 accords with its sustainable transport policy. (S2F-383)

 

 

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets it has set for its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to ensure that new homes and public buildings increasingly incorporate solar power or other renewable energy sources and what progress it has made towards achieving those targets. (S2O-853)

2. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in light of the sentence of John Walsh at Stranraer Sheriff Court. (S2O-862)

3. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when the consultation on widening the right of appeal in the planning system will commence. (S2O-835)

4. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy is for the provision of barrier-free transport in urban areas for those with mobility problems. (S2O-857)

5. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting the provision of dermatology services. (S2O-832)

6. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to measure the impact of the decline in Scotland's population. (S2O-843)

7. Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the drug memantine (Ebixa) will be made available equitably in all NHS board areas. (S2O-819)

8. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that there is continued provision of acute health services in the west Highland area. (S2O-849)

9. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend the December deadline for horse owners applying for an equine passport. (S2O-821)

10. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the establishment of a fully devolved Scottish opportunities fund accountable to the Parliament. (S2O-827)

11. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for introducing transport accessibility audits. (S2O-854)

12. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle the issue of domestic abuse. (S2O-833)

13. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures, in addition to postal ballots, it is considering to increase turnout at elections. (S2O-859)

14. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in tackling the shortage of NHS dentists. (S2O-842)

15. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether funding to local authorities for roads is adequate to maintain road infrastructure. (S2O-845)

16. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-3812 by Lewis Macdonald on 17 November 2003, on what basis it set the target that 18% of electricity generated in Scotland will be from renewable sources by 2010. (S2O-841)

17. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied that Care Commission reports are readily accessible to the public. (S2O-824)

18. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to announce the final decision on the planning application for the site of the former Ravenscraig Steelworks in Motherwell. (S2O-820)

19. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the creation of non-commercial rest areas on the A9 between Perth and Inverness. (S2O-826)

20. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to have Gypsy travellers recognised as an ethnic group in Scots law. (S2O-838)

21. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to provide Scottish universities with additional funding to avoid a possible "brain drain" due to the introduction of top-up fees in English universities. (S2O-839)

22. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive when a decision is likely to be taken on the proposed relocation of NHS Health Scotland. (S2O-846)

23. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received about restrictions on planning permissions for developments in the vicinity of chemical works. (S2O-829)

24. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has a national strategy for the delivery of services to multiple sclerosis patients. (S2O-825)

25. Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the funding for the M74 northern extension is being obtained from the private sector and under what criteria that money will be provided. (S2O-861)

26. Withdrawn

27. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what timetable has been set for the removal of Crown immunity from the planning system. (S2O-840)

28. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when ministers last visited schools in Fife. (S2O-830)

29. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to enhance sports education for young people. (S2O-851)

30. Withdrawn

3.10 pm Executive Debate on Physical Activity: The Need for Improvement and the Cost of Failure-

S2M-661 Mr Tom McCabe: Physical Activity: The Need for Improvement and the Cost of Failure-That the Parliament acknowledges the significance of the Scottish Executive's physical activity strategy Let's Make Scotland More Active as the approach to tackling the serious, nationwide problem of inactivity; acknowledges the need for urgency and the action taken thus far to tackle inactivity in Scotland as part of the Executive's wide-reaching programme to improve health in Scotland; welcomes the Executive's plans to emphasise walking as the means of increasing levels of physical activity in Scotland, and supports the Executive's intentions to secure national leadership for physical activity in Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-661.2 Shona Robison: Physical Activity: The Need for Improvement and the Cost of Failure-As an amendment to motion (S2M-661) in the name of Mr Tom McCabe, insert after first "physical activity in Scotland" "; recognises that the physical activity levels amongst children and adults would be enhanced by improved provision and access to community sports facilities".

S2M-661.1 Mr David Davidson: Physical Activity: The Need for Improvement and the Cost of Failure-As an amendment to motion (S2M-661) in the name of Mr Tom McCabe, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes the Executive's plans to emphasise walking as one of the means to increase levels of physical activity; encourages people to take more responsibility for their own health and that of their family; calls for more access to organised sport in schools and the community, and further calls on the Executive to provide more support for the voluntary sector, which provides a huge variety of sporting opportunities for children and adults alike".

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S2M-651 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees-

(a) that the Justice 1 Committee report to the Justice 2 Committee by 5 December 2003 on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2003 (SSI 2003/538); and

(b) that Stage 2 of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill be completed by 12 December 2003.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Debate on the subject of-

S2M-564 Des McNulty: World AIDS Day 2003-That the Parliament acknowledges the importance of World AIDS Day, 1 December 2003, both for Scotland and for all those nations and peoples most affected by the spread of HIV/AIDS; notes the need to combat HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination which is highlighted by this year's theme, "Do you have time?"; further notes that there are now over 42 million people living with HIV/AIDS, including 50,000 people in the UK and nearly 4,000 people in Scotland; recognises that women account for half of those infected with HIV/AIDS and there are more than 13.2 million AIDS orphans; notes the importance of practical assistance for the poorer countries devastated by HIV/AIDS; believes that pharmaceutical companies and governments should take the steps necessary to allow access to appropriate antiviral treatments to all those who need them; congratulates and applauds all of the agencies that work with those living with HIV/AIDS in Scotland, the UK and worldwide, and encourages each MSP to raise awareness about the disease and work towards its global eradication.

 

 

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