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A: Daily Business List
B : Business Programme
E : Written Questions lodged
F : Motions and Amendments
H : New Documents
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 157/2004

Wednesday 3 November 2004

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee

7th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

3. Oral evidence on the adequacy of accompanying documents: The Committee will take evidence from—

Scope of the Bill

Panel 1

Barry Cross, Traffic Control Manager, The City of Edinburgh Council;

Angus Walker, Assistant Lawyer, Bircham Dyson Bell;

Maps, Plans and Sections; Book of Reference and Notification

Panel 2

Ashley Parry Jones, Referencing Project Manager, LandAspects;

James Walker, Task Manager, LandAspects;

Mike Gillespie, Principal Engineer, Faber Maunsell;

Angus Walker, Assistant Lawyer, Bircham Dyson Bell;

Promoter’s Statement: Consultation

Panel 3

Hazel Young, Chairperson, West Edinburgh Residents Trams Action Group;

Jacky McInney, Vice Chairperson, West Edinburgh Residents Trams Action Group;

Panel 4

Gordon Mitchell, Director, CGM (Edinburgh) Ltd;

Cameron Walker, Architect, City Point;

Stuart Reid, Partner, McLay Murray & Spens;

Craig Wallace, Associate Director, Jones Lang LaSalle; and

Panel 5

Lesley Clark, Associate Director, Weber Shandwick;

Geoff Duke, Project Manager, Transport Initiatives Edinburgh;

Andrew Callander, Project Manager, Transport Initiatives Edinburgh.

4. Approach to consideration of general principles: The Committee will consider written evidence and a paper on its approach to oral evidence taking on the general principles of the Bill.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

25th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Budget process 2005-06 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

2. Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Dr Iain D. Campbell, Free Church, Back, Isle of Lewis

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Schools–

S2M-1925 Peter Peacock: Ambitious, Excellent Schools—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Executive’s agenda for the most comprehensive modernisation programme in Scottish schools for a generation, as described in Ambitious, Excellent Schools, which builds on the investment and success in education over recent years and sets out plans to bring a transformation in ambition and achievement through higher expectations for schools and school leadership, greater freedom for teachers and schools, more choice for pupils and better support for learning so that the individual needs of young people can be better met, and tough, intelligent accountabilities to drive improvement.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-1925.2 Fiona Hyslop: Ambitious, Excellent Schools—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1925) in the name of Peter Peacock, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "acknowledges the publication of the proposed changes to education contained in the Scottish Executive’s Ambitious, Excellent Schools but is concerned that many of the proposals are structural, administrative and managerial in nature, depend from a resource perspective on the short-sighted presumption of continued falling school rolls and that, although they may have an impact on the educational experience of a few pupils, they will not provide comprehensive change for all and are centred on a national curriculum review which will deliver only in 2007 after the current generation of pupils has passed though school under Labour ministers of education, and urges the Executive to provide a shared national vision and strategy for education which the nation can contribute to by establishing a National Education Convention to address the persistent under-achievement of 20% of pupils and to provide a pupil-centric education system which can create the conditions for success for this generation of school pupils."

S2M-1925.1 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Ambitious, Excellent Schools—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1925) in the name of Peter Peacock, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "acknowledges the Scottish Executive’s agenda described in Ambitious, Excellent Schools; recognises, however, that, in order to achieve its aim of promoting ambition and encouraging excellence, schools must be granted greater autonomy and that public funds must be allowed to follow the pupil to any school of the parents’ choosing so that parents can exercise genuine choice between schools and not just within schools, encouraging the expansion of popular schools and the upgrading of unsuccessful schools."

S2M-1925.3 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Ambitious, Excellent Schools—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1925) in the name of Peter Peacock, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "believes that all Scottish schools should be ambitious, excellent schools and that a first move towards achieving this would be to reduce all non-practical class sizes to 20 and all practical class sizes to 15 or less as part of a national minimum class size policy."

followed by Business Motion–

S2M-1939 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 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 11 November 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

General Questions

3.00 pm Procedures Committee Debate on its 6th Report 2004: A New Procedure for Members’ Bills and on its 7th Report 2004: Timescales and Stages of Bills

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 17 November 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 18 November 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Fire (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Fire (Scotland) Bill

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 Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions–

S2M-1928 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Maximum Number of Judges (Scotland) Order 2004 be approved.

S2M-1929 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/435) be approved.

S2M-1930 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/436) be approved.

S2M-1931 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/417) be approved.

S2M-1932 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.11) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/418) be approved.

S2M-1933 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.12) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/447) be approved.

S2M-1934 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Eleanor Scott be appointed to replace Mr Mark Ruskell as the Green Party substitute on the Environment and Rural Development Committee.

S2M-1935 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as lead committee and the Enterprise and Culture Committee be designated as secondary committee in consideration of the Transport (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

S2M-1936 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Equal Opportunities Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

S2M-1937 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business–

Debate on the subject of–

S2M-1674 Maureen Macmillan: Development and Manufacture of Renewable Energy—That the Parliament congratulates Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Group and the trade union Amicus on their initiative to promote the development and manufacture of renewable energy structures, whether for wind, wave or tidal power, in the Highlands and Islands; recognises that there is a skilled engineering workforce available locally; further recognises the considerable socio-economic benefits that would flow from this work to the nearby communities; believes that renewable energy infrastructure would be better supported by these communities if they perceived that it was bringing local economic benefit, and therefore believes that the Scottish Executive should do all it can to support Highland-based companies in bidding for renewables contracts in Scotland and elsewhere.

 

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