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H : New Documents
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 172 / 2003

Thursday 11th December 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate on Reform of Public Services-

S2M-718 David McLetchie: Reform of Public Services-That the Parliament acknowledges the increased levels of spending on our public services, but notes that this has not been reflected in improved standards of service; recognises that fundamental reform is needed of public services in Scotland to achieve the standards of many other European countries and provide value for money for our taxpayers; calls, therefore, on the Scottish Executive to give patients genuine choice over the treatment they receive, establish foundation hospitals within the NHS in Scotland and promote the development of, and partnership with, the independent sector; calls on the Executive to expand choice and diversity in education by enabling taxpayers' money to follow children to the schools of their parents' choice and develop a network of state-funded but independently managed schools, and further calls on the Executive to enhance local accountability in respect of the provision of police services by the direct election of conveners of police boards.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-718.3 Peter Peacock: Reform of Public Services-As an amendment to motion (S2M-718) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "acknowledges" to end and insert "supports the radical, demanding and relevant agenda set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland including the delivery of excellent public services that put patients, pupils and victims first, ensure equality of access across urban and rural Scotland, devolve decision-making to front-line staff, establish national standards on which local excellence can be built, backed by inspection, and share best practice and action to tackle and turn around poor performance."

S2M-718.1 Shona Robison: Reform of Public Services-As an amendment to motion (S2M-718) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "acknowledges" to end and insert "rejects the proposals by the Conservative Party to privatise our public services and deplores the continued use of PPP/PFI to fund our public services by the current Labour/Liberal Democrat Scottish Executive; believes that the developing crisis in the NHS will only be addressed by increasing the capacity of the NHS to treat more patients and reduce waiting times through effective policies to recruit and retain staff within the NHS in Scotland, and calls for a national debate on the way forward for the health service in Scotland."

S2M-718.2 Carolyn Leckie: Reform of Public Services-As an amendment to motion (S2M-718) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from second "the" to end and insert "the crucial role played by low-paid public sector workers in delivering high quality services in often stressful situations; notes however, that they are poorly rewarded for their efforts; recognises that the time has come for radical reform of public services so that they can play a fuller role in eradicating poverty and social exclusion; believes, therefore, that the Scottish Executive should reverse the privatisation of public services involved in PFI and PPP and ensure that all public services are directing their main efforts into reducing the inequalities caused by poverty and discrimination, and further believes that the Executive should introduce a 7.50 an hour minimum pay level for all public sector workers in Scotland, call a moratorium on the centralisation of hospital services which reduces access to maternity, accident and emergency and other health services for those living in our most deprived and isolated communities and instigate a full, democratic and inclusive public debate to establish the real health needs of communities and the resources and measures required to meet those needs."

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-435)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S2F-434)

3. Robin Harper: To ask the First Minister how the active promotion of air travel in Scotland leading to projected increases in such travel and increased greenhouse gas emissions is consistent with the Scottish Executive's policy of reducing such emissions and addressing climate change. (S2F-447)

4. Pauline McNeill: To ask the First Minister what criteria will be used to determine the scope of the proposed Bill to protect emergency workers. (S2F-453)

5. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive is taking to reduce drink-driving over the festive period. (S2F-449)

6. Murdo Fraser: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive's response is to the Auditor General's report Scottish Enterprise: Special audit examination. (S2F-440)

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Natural Heritage is monitoring the status of species listed as a priority for action under the UK biodiversity action plan generally or only in Sites of Special Scientific Interest. (S2O-936)

2. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met Postwatch Scotland to discuss the impact of its work on communities. (S2O-941)

3. Withdrawn

4. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact of the proposed EU animal transport regulations will be on farming and crofting in the Highlands and Islands. (S2O-944)

5. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what projection it has of the number of heating systems to be installed up to the end of this year through the Eaga Partnership scheme. (S2O-921)

6. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has responded to the consultation exercise by the Department of Trade and Industry on the draft Nuclear Sites and Radioactive Substances Bill and whether copies of any response will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre. (S2O-934)

7. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what study it has made of the use of the single transferable vote in the recent Northern Ireland Assembly elections and what lessons can be learned for future Scottish elections. (S2O-945)

8. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in improving transport links in Ayrshire. (S2O-923)

9. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to Her Majesty's Government on the impact of shop workers being required to work on Christmas day. (S2O-911)

10. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what stage the implementation of the McCrone agreement on teachers' pay and conditions has reached and whether it envisages any difficulties arising. (S2O-943)

11. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to introduce a change to the law in relation to corporate culpable homicide. (S2O-938)

12. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost of the public inquiry into the M74 extension will be. (S2O-937)

13. Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that women from the most deprived sections of society have improved access to specialist maternity care. (S2O-955)

14. Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions have been made for public scrutiny of the PPP schools project in Renfrewshire. (S2O-951)

15. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish its review of area tourist boards. (S2O-927)

16. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the reform of bank arrestment as a means of recovering debt. (S2O-933)

17. Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will guarantee that, if the costs of the proposed M74 northern extension rise above 500 million, any further cost increases will not be met by private funding. (S2O-917)

18. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent progress has been made in the transfer of the regulatory powers of the Crown Estate Commission in Scotland to the Executive. (S2O-925)

19. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to improve the availability of renal transplants. (S2O-950)

20. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will meet electricity and other utilities companies to discuss the impact of the level of disconnections in 2003. (S2O-957)

21. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how the changes in telephone directory enquiry services have affected Scottish businesses. (S2O-954)

22. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive why the cost of the M74 extension has risen from 245 million in 2001 to between 375 and 500 million at present. (S2O-935)

23. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the statement in The Scotsman on 3 December 2003 by a Scottish Executive spokeswoman that the Borders rail line is among its rail priorities and that "the money is in place to start these projects going" represents a firm commitment to provide its 110 million contribution required for the line. (S2O-932)

24. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in meeting its commitment to establish a co-operative development agency. (S2O-930)

25. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has met trunk road operating companies and local authorities to ensure that pre-emptive action is taken to address severe winter conditions on roads. (S2O-947)

26. Withdrawn

27. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will address the lack of a replacement consultant at the Caithness General Hospital maternity unit. (S2O-940)

28. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will cancel poll tax debts. (S2O-952)

29. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how sites designated for their natural heritage are protected from wind farm development. (S2O-928)

30. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with East Lothian Council regarding East Lothian PPP schools project. (S2O-953)

3.10 pm Preliminary Stage Debate on Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill-

S2M-711 Bill Butler on behalf of the Committee: Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill - Preliminary Stage-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill and that the Bill should proceed as a Private Bill.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Debate on the subject of-

S2M-615 Bill Butler: 20 mph Speed Zones Around Schools-That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow City Council on its decision to introduce mandatory 20 mph speed limits outside every school in Glasgow; hopes that other local authorities will follow Glasgow City Council's example in trying to improve the safety of pupils travelling to and from school, and views this as a significant and welcome step in implementing the Scottish Executive's commitment to improve Scotland's record on road traffic accidents, in particular the objective of cutting the number of young people killed and injured on roads each year.

 

 

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