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Business Bulletin No. 145/2004

Wednesday 6 October 2004

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that subject to the Parliament’s approval of Business Motion S2M-1824, set out below, today’s business will be as follows:

9.30 am Time for Reflection – Mr Graeme Sinclair, Deaf Action

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-1824 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for 6 October 2004—

Wednesday 6 October 2004

after,

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

leave out,

followed by Ministerial Statement on Efficient Government – Efficiency, Effectiveness and Productivity

followed by Executive Debate on Ministerial Statement on Efficient Government – Efficiency, Effectiveness and Productivity

and insert,

followed by First Minister’s Motion to appoint a Minister

followed by First Minister’s Motion to appoint Junior Scottish Ministers

S2M-1825 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill - Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings 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 the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 and 2 – no later than 30 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill – 1 hour

followed by Appointment of a Minister—

S2M-1822 Mr Jack McConnell: Appointment of Minister—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Tom McCabe be appointed as a Minister.

followed by Appointment of Junior Scottish Ministers—

S2M-1823 Mr Jack McConnell: Appointment of Junior Scottish Ministers—That the Parliament agrees that Rhona Brankin and Johann Lamont be appointed as junior Scottish Ministers.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-1823.2 Nicola Sturgeon: Appointment of Junior Scottish Ministers—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1823) in the name of Mr Jack McConnell, leave out "Rhona Brankin and".

S2M-1823.1 Bill Aitken: Appointment of Junior Scottish Ministers—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1823) in the name of Mr Jack McConnell, leave out "and Johann Lamont".

followed by Stage 3 of the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-1813 Peter Peacock: School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-1706 Bruce Crawford: Closure of Public Telephone Boxes by BT—That the Parliament recognises the value of public telephone boxes as an important public service throughout Scotland in terms of social need and access to emergency services; is concerned about the plans by British Telecom (BT) to close 165 call boxes in towns and villages throughout mid-Scotland and Fife and around 1,000 around Scotland; supports the many community councils who have expressed grave concern at the planned closure of public call boxes in their communities; considers the consultation process conducted by BT to be inadequate, and therefore believes that BT should consult directly with the communities affected and reconsider its plans.

2.00 pm Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the establishment of a Scottish biennale to celebrate Scottish culture and architecture. (S2O-3533)

2. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure early recognition of dyslexia amongst school pupils. (S2O-3559)

3. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has regarding the provision of school playing fields. (S2O-3601)

4. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to secure the status of Gaelic. (S2O-3646)

5. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote Scottish art. (S2O-3553)

6. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what its current plans are for reorganising area tourist boards. (S2O-3579)

7. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its assessment is of the benefits of private schools to the wider community. (S2O-3534)

8. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that all pupils leaving school for further and higher education have adequate literacy skills. (S2O-3566)

9. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the number of registered community amateur sports clubs. (S2O-3540)

10. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in negotiations between VisitScotland and local authorities on the setting up of an integrated tourism network. (S2O-3570)

11. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific steps it is taking to devolve greater control of local authority education budgets to head teachers. (S2O-3594)

12. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made by the Sustainable Development Education Liaison Group. (S2O-3630)

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Department for Work and Pensions on the rationalisation of civil service jobs. (S2O-3615)

2. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of support will be made available from the Domestic Abuse Service Development Fund in future. (S2O-3606)

3. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is planning any initiatives to increase the supply of affordable rented housing. (S2O-3545)

4. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making with the implementation of its environmentally-sensitive procurement policy. (S2O-3644)

5. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to change the basis on which funds from the Supporting People initiative are allocated to local authorities. (S2O-3597)

6. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will require that all future contracts into which it and its agencies and partners enter, and which involve the expenditure of public money, do not contain any clauses requiring confidentiality. (S2O-3620)

7. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes which affect Scotland were incorporated in the final version of the European Constitution, as agreed at the Intergovernmental Conference on 18 June 2004. (S2O-3655)

8. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to reduce business rates. (S2O-3612)

9. Withdrawn

10. Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that private sector tenants are more aware of their rights and responsibilities. (S2O-3627)

11. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will use increases in economic growth to deliver excellence in public services. (S2O-3626)

12. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance has been issued to the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland on the process and timetable for the creation of multi-member wards for the local government elections by single transferable vote in 2007. (S2O-3541)

General

1. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that more energy is provided from renewable sources. (S2O-3621)

2. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage the development of wave power. (S2O-3622)

3. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions are made for witnesses with special needs who are called to give evidence in court. (S2O-3608)

4. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive to what extent sheriff officers are deployed for collecting outstanding fines. (S2O-3535)

5. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to complete its consideration of the report, The Scottish Human Rights Commission: Analysis of Consultation Responses. (S2O-3638)

6. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will pursue the economic potential of developing international container ports at Scapa Flow and Hunterston. (S2O-3542)

7. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will review the criminal convictions of Skye Bridge protesters convicted of refusing to pay the bridge toll, in light of the European Union ruling that the toll is a service charge, not a tax. (S2O-3583)

8. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to reduce the number of NHS boards. (S2O-3582)

9. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Members’ Business debate on 23 September 2004, what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the future of the Scottish regiments. (S2O-3578)

10. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether land management contracts can be adjusted to reflect the needs of west Highland farmers and crofters. (S2O-3619)

11. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to improve access to freshwater fishing. (S2O-3544)

12. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will decide whether to raise the limit on claims before the small claims court. (S2O-3573)

13. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive why it differs from the conclusion agreed by a majority of the European and External Relations Committee in its 2nd Report in 2004 on European regional development funding that a proportion of at least 0.45% of EU25 Gross National Income is needed to fund regional development across the European Union from 2007. (S2O-3654)

14. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on progress regarding the upgrading of the A8000. (S2O-3536)

15. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether fingerprint technology currently being used by the Scottish Criminal Record Office is sufficiently up to date. (S2O-3560)

followed by Debate on Enterprise and Culture Committee’s 6th Report, 2004: Renewable Energy in Scotland—

S2M-1762 Alex Neil on behalf of the Committee: Enterprise and Culture Committee’s 6th Report 2004 (Session 2): Renewable Energy in Scotland—That the Parliament commends the 6th Report 2004 (Session 2) of the Enterprise and Culture Committee, Renewable Energy in Scotland, including its support for the Scottish Executive’s ambitious renewable energy targets; recognises that, if the targets are to be met, further development of all sources of renewable energy will be necessary, and urges the Executive to take active steps to ensure that the targets are met from a range of renewable sources including wind, wave, tidal, solar and bio-mass, that energy efficiency measures continue to increase and that the current planning regime is kept under review to facilitate this.

followed by Business Motion—

S2M-1826 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 27 October 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 28 October 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care;

General Questions

3.00 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 3 November 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 4 November 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time—

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

Justice and Law Officers;

General Questions

3.00 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S2M-1827 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that consideration of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 4 February 2005; and

(b) that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Prohibition of Smoking in Regulated Areas (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 28 January 2005.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-1828 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 be approved.

S2M-1829 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Freedom of Information (Fees for Required Disclosure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-1406 Helen Eadie: Reserved Contracts to Support Remploy—That the Parliament recognises the work of Remploy in Scotland in supporting 700 people with special needs in employment and congratulates the organisation on its training and development programme which has seen the creation of dedicated learning rooms at all 10 of its employment sites, with 275 employees currently undertaking skills training in language and mathematics and a further 135 involved in other learning activity, and a commitment of at least 5% of working time over a year to be dedicated to personal development; notes that this programme has been implemented in just over two years, and believes that the Scottish Executive and all publicly-funded organisations should examine their procurement policies with a view to reserving contracts for supported employment organisations such as those working with Remploy.

 

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