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Business Bulletin No. 177/2003

Thursday 18 December 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meetings of Committees

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

Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee

6th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 2

  1. Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill:

    The Committee will consider a paper from the Convener on the grouping of objections for Consideration Stage.

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Ministerial Statement on the Development in vCJD

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motion—

S2M-747 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the procedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time limits indicated (each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended)–

Group 1 – no later than 1 hour and 30 minutes

Groups 2 and 3 – no later than 2 hours

Groups 4 and 5 – no later than 2 hours and 30 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 3 hours and 50 minutes

followed by Stage 3 of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-698 Malcolm Chisholm: Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill be passed.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-698.1 Shona Robison: Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S2M-698) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, insert at end "but, in so doing, is concerned that rural practices unable to opt out of out-of-hours services will have serious difficulty in recruiting new doctors and therefore believes that it is imperative that the Scottish Executive ensures that NHS boards honour the principles of the Patient Services Guarantee in all areas, in particular in securing assistance for single-handed GP practices in the provision of out-of-hours services to remote and rural Scotland."

S2M-698.2 Mr David Davidson: Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S2M-698) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, insert at end "but, in so doing, expresses concern that the delivery of the objectives of the Bill requires scrutiny of all draft regulations by the Health Committee before they are laid before the Parliament."

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s cabinet. (S2F-464)

2. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-460)

3. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive’s position is on the average nursery nurse’s salary being a quarter of an MSP’s and one sixth of a Minister’s salary and what the Executive’s response is to nursery nurses’ industrial action to secure a salary increase. (S2F-485)

4. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the First Minister whether Public Private Partnerships continue to be an effective way of improving education and health provision. (S2F-484)

5. Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive will intervene to ensure that the selection process for a site for a medium secure care unit for the west of Scotland is fair, transparent and robust. (S2F-465)

6. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive will use the £47 million allocation for Scotland announced in the Pre-Budget Statement to address the needs and concerns of council taxpayers.(S2F-479)

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to address head lice infection. (S2O-973)

2. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the definition of household income used in the Scottish Household Condition Survey. (S2O-990)

3. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve support to those involved in the child adoption process. (S2O-993)

4. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there has been any extra workload for ambulance services in the Lothians following the opening of the new Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, and, if so, how this is affecting patient care. (S2O-969)

5. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions were drawn from the visit by the Minister for Transport to Maybole on Monday 8 December. (S2O-962)

6. John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to energy companies on reducing charges for services to senior citizens. (S2O-964)

7. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take in relation to activity that results in avoidable releases of radioactivity to the marine environment. (S2O-1000)

8. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to increase the level of funding allocated to Strathclyde Police to take account of any particular pressures of policing the city of Glasgow. (S2O-958)

9. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to raise awareness of the dangers of drug-assisted sexual assault. (S2O-991)

10. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the energy legislation announced in the Queen’s Speech. (S2O-999)

11. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its green jobs strategy. (S2O-997)

12. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in tackling drugs crime through its drugs court pilots. (S2O-971)

13. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote the resumption of the calf trade to the European mainland.R (S2O-1006)

14. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting and promoting contemporary visual arts throughout Scotland. (S2O-970)

15. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress NHS boards are making towards ensuring that, once the new GP contract commences, out-of-hours cover in remote areas is maintained at current levels or enhanced. (S2O-1011)

16. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that all NHS boards issue prompt responses to the report of the short life working group on myalgic encephalomyelitis. (S2O-1013)

17. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce legislation to ensure that the crime of male rape is covered by Scots law. (S2O-1002)

18. Mr Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the draft constitution for Europe in relation to Scotland’s fishing industry. (S2O-989)

19. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific provision for children with autism will be made as a result of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill. (S2O-976)

20. Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote youth football. (S2O-992)

21. Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on multinational companies having access to schools through sponsorship and advertising. (S2O-980)

22. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional measures it will now take to end child poverty in Scotland. (S2O-967)

23. Withdrawn

24. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with VisitScotland and the Scottish Borders Tourist Board in respect of boosting tourism in the Borders. (S2O-995)

25. Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what its responsibilities are in respect of the Scottish Prison Service. (S2O-963)

26. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received with regard to Greater Glasgow NHS Board’s maternity services review. (S2O-1004)

27. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on whether there should be a maximum time or distance limit within which people can access consultant-led maternity services. (S2O-987)

28. Withdrawn

29. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in improving the youth justice system. (S2O-984)

30. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the number of fine defaulters. (S2O-959)

3.10 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 of the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-365 Bristow Muldoon: Edinburgh’s Proposals for Congestion Charging—That the Parliament notes that the draft congestion charging scheme approved by the City of Edinburgh Council proposes to exempt Edinburgh residents who live outwith the proposed outer cordon from paying a congestion charge, whilst still proposing to levy a charge on residents of other local authorities; believes that such a proposal is discriminatory and unfair, thus failing to meet the requirement of "fair treatment" emphasised by the Scottish Executive in giving approval in principle to a charging scheme, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should reject any subsequent proposal from the City of Edinburgh Council which is based on this form of charging regime.

 

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