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Business Bulletin No. 40/2004

Thursday 4 March 2004

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S2M-993 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill - Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees that, during the Stage 3 proceedings of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of those proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when Stage 3 begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress)

Groups 1 and 2 - no later than 45 minutes

Groups 3 and 4 - no later than 1 hour 10 minutes

Group 5 - no later than 1 hour 30 minutes

Groups 6 and 7 - no later than 1 hour 45 minutes

Group 8 - no later than 2 hours

Groups 9 to 11 - no later than 2 hours 30 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 3 hours 20 minutes

followed by Stage 3 of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill-

S2M-699 Cathy Jamieson: Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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-684)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-691)

3. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the First Minister what the top three priorities will be for the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's cabinet. (S2F-697)

4. Pauline McNeill: To ask the First Minister whether the interception of personal communication in Scotland is limited and appropriate. (S2F-704)

5. Mike Pringle: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has any specific plans to introduce a law on corporate killing. (S2F-695)

6. Mark Ballard: To ask the First Minister what progress the Scottish Executive is making on the National Waste Plan in respect of reducing the amount of waste being produced and landfilled. (S2F-698)

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure a fair rate of pay for overseas workers employed in the NHS. (S2O-1423)

2. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in seeking to address "unintended consequences" of the December EU fisheries negotiations. (S2O-1414)

3. Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place between it and Ofcom regarding broadcasting content and regulation under the new communications regime. (S2O-1426)

4. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will contribute to addressing projected shortages in rail capacity between Scotland and London by 2015. (S2O-1398)

5. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to the City of Edinburgh Council to co-ordinate future transport planning with neighbouring local authorities. (S2O-1407)

6. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made under the Small Units Initiative in identifying units within the Executive that are suitable for relocation from Edinburgh to rural Scotland. (S2O-1402)

7. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the reopening of the Airdrie to Bathgate rail link. (S2O-1384)

8. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what implications the rate of retirement of teachers will have for its ability to ensure that there are sufficient teacher numbers to meet its targets. (S2O-1399)

9. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what implications Sir Peter Gershon's government efficiency review will have for the delivery of public services in Scotland. (S2O-1390)

10. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to the representations of parents at Temple and Borthwick primary schools in Midlothian, currently facing possible closure. (S2O-1432)

11. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage people to apply to become members of children's panels. (S2O-1397)

12. Withdrawn

13. Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to allow for the suspension of tolls on the Erskine Bridge during the period when the Clyde Tunnel is under repair. (S2O-1394)

14. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage women into business. (S2O-1421)

15. Withdrawn

16. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support small businesses in complying with Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 when it comes into force. (S2O-1427)

17. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many abattoirs there currently are and how many have closed down in the last 20 years. (S2O-1413)

18. Withdrawn

19. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to promote the availability of Scottish literature in Scotland's major bookshops. (S2O-1392)

20. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support Scottish football in light of recent financial difficulties in the Scottish Premier League. (S2O-1428)

21. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport next plans to meet Scottish Opera and what issues will be discussed. (S2O-1383)

22. Withdrawn

23. Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the recent findings of the Global Initiative for Asthma that Scotland has the highest incidence of childhood asthma in the world, what consideration it has given to making asthma a national priority in primary health care. (S2O-1391)

24. Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking in respect of sewage flooding in Campbeltown. (S2O-1425)

25. Withdrawn

26. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the availability of affordable housing in urban Scotland. (S2O-1424)

27. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with representatives of Scottish butchers regarding the implementation of the Animal By-Products (Scotland) Regulations 2003. (S2O-1400)

28. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the removal of unhealthy food and drink from vending machines in schools. (S2O-1385)

29. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to change the organ donor scheme from a voluntary opt-in scheme to one of presumed consent. (S2O-1429)

30. Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to introduce free nutritious school breakfasts, lunches and tea-time snacks for all primary school children on a similar basis to Hull City Council in order to improve children's health, nutrition and educational attainment. (S2O-1416)

3.10 pm Continuation of Stage 3 of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill - UK Legislation-

S2M-973 Ms Margaret Curran: Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill - UK Legislation-That the Parliament agrees to the principle that, in the contexts of provisions in the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill enabling charities to convert to become community interest companies, conversion should be regulated and agrees that the provisions in the Bill that relate to the power to regulate such conversion should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Motion on Civil Contingencies Bill - UK Legislation-

S2M-974 Cathy Jamieson: Civil Contingencies Bill - UK Legislation-That the Parliament agrees the principle of a single statutory framework for civil protection across the UK, as set out in the Civil Contingencies Bill, and agrees that the relevant provisions in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Debate on the subject of-

S2M-758 Cathie Craigie: Achievements of Deaf Pupils in Scotland Project-That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Executive for funding the Achievements of Deaf Pupils in Scotland project since November 2000; is concerned to note the gap in achievements between deaf and hearing children identified in its initial findings, and considers that the Executive should continue to fund the project so that groundbreaking year-on-year evidence can be collected to enable identification of factors which can be addressed by education services for deaf pupils in Scotland.

 

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