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Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Debate: Firearms Legislation—

S2M-2622 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Firearms Legislation—That the Parliament notes with concern recent tragedies involving firearms and the continuing dangers in our communities posed by both real and replica guns; recognises that, notwithstanding action taken after the Dunblane tragedy in 1996, there are ongoing difficulties and gaps in the current legislation; calls, therefore, for powers over firearms to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament in view of the distinctive nature of our society, the distinct nature of the gun problem in Scotland and the urgent needs in our communities, and further calls for a new and all-encompassing Firearms Act to clarify what constitutes a firearm, who may possess a firearm, the circumstances under which people may acquire, keep and use firearms and all other aspects relating to firearms, including authorisation, monitoring and revocation.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-2622.2 Cathy Jamieson: Firearms Legislation—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2622) in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill, leave out from “notes with concern” to end and insert “extends its sympathies to those affected by recent tragedies involving firearms; acknowledges that following the Dunblane tragedy in 1996 UK governments have considerably tightened firearms legislation so that the UK now has some of the toughest firearms laws in the world; welcomes additional action taken by the Scottish Executive to encourage people to hand in air weapons to the police; reaffirms the benefits of a UK-wide legal framework and system of gun control, and supports the Executive in its continuing engagement with the UK Government on the current wide-ranging and comprehensive review of firearms provisions.”

S2M-2622.1 Miss Annabel Goldie: Firearms Legislation—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2622) in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill, leave out from “recognises” to end and insert “notes the legislation passed by Westminster following the tragedy in Dunblane; supports the continuing role of Westminster in being responsible for firearms legislation; recognises and welcomes the fact that Scotland has seen a decline in gun crime despite increases in crime with legal and illegal weapons in England; notes that, despite a ban on handguns, there continue to be handgun-related crimes in Scotland, and believes that, in order to reduce the illegal use of firearms and the consequent tragedies, there is a need to ensure that there are police on the beat to deter and detect crime, a fully-resourced court system to prosecute those who choose to break the law and adequate prison places to ensure the protection of the public from continual law breakers.”

followed by Scottish National Party Debate: Nuclear Weapons—

S2M-2640 Roseanna Cunningham: Nuclear Weapons—That the Parliament is opposed to the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Scotland; believes that the existing Trident nuclear system which costs almost £1 billion annually to keep in operation should be scrapped; recognises that a decision on the replacement of Trident will require to be taken within the next UK Parliament; further recognises that the cost of replacing Trident would be over £20 billion, and wishes to register strong opposition to any proposal by Her Majesty’s Government to procure a replacement for the Trident nuclear system.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-2640.4 Scott Barrie: Nuclear Weapons—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2640) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from “is opposed” to end and insert “acknowledges that defence and national security are matters reserved to the UK Parliament and acknowledges, in the words of the Government’s Strategic Defence Review, “the goal of the global elimination of nuclear weapons”; welcomes the many moves taken to reduce the number of weapons in the world including UK support for the convention to ban anti-personnel landmines, end-user certificates and other restrictions on the arms trade and the significant reductions in the UK’s nuclear weapons stockpile; notes the position of the Scottish National Party, in favour of withdrawal from the United Kingdom and NATO; recognises that withdrawal from the United Kingdom and from NATO would put at risk 25,000 direct MoD jobs in Scotland, 6,000 more dependent on MoD contracts and 12,000 more jobs supported by the military presence, and notes that between 2000 and 2004 the MoD placed 2,500 contracts in Scotland worth around £2 billion, all of which would be at risk under the SNP.”

S2M-2640.2 Robert Brown: Nuclear Weapons—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2640) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from “is opposed” to end and insert “believes that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is central to nuclear weapons control; supports the universal ratification of, and adherence to, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty; regrets that technology in the production of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, continues to advance and to proliferate around the globe; supports the retention, against this background, of Britain’s nuclear deterrent until real progress can be made on the multilateral elimination of nuclear weapons; believes that for nuclear non-proliferation and weapons reduction to be achieved, nuclear-armed countries such as Britain must be willing to participate in any disarmament process; believes that a decision to commit any research or other funding for the preparation of any successor to Trident must be first approved by the Westminster Parliament and that no effective case for a successor to Trident has yet been made, and calls on the UK Government to press for a nuclear weapons convention to formalise the commitment of all nuclear weapon states to nuclear disarmament.”

S2M-2640.3 Chris Ballance: Nuclear Weapons—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2640) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert after “£20 billion” “; notes that communities and the environment across Scotland are endangered by nuclear convoys, by the dismantling of nuclear submarines at Rosyth and the testing of depleted uranium shells at Dundrennan; furthermore calls on Her Majesty’s Government to honour its international obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,”

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time—

1. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues will be discussed. (S2F-1547)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S2F-1548)

3. Colin Fox: To ask the First Minister what representations the Scottish Executive will make to the Israeli Government requesting it to allow world peace campaigner, Mordechai Vanunu, to visit Scotland to take up his role as Rector of Glasgow University. (S2F-1566)

4. Bill Butler: To ask the First Minister how reforms to the justice system will meet the needs of victims of crime. (S2F-1561)

5. Richard Lochhead: To ask the First Minister what progress is being made to encourage pupils to eat healthy food during school hours. (S2F-1552)

6. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the First Minister whether faith-based schools are able to discriminate against teachers because of sexual orientation. (S2F-1558)

2.00 pm Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development

1. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it can provide to reduce the cost to producers of delivering livestock to markets from island and remote communities. (S2O-5963)

2. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage waste reduction and recycling. (S2O-5982)

3. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for determining whether approval should be granted for the proposal by Scottish Natural Heritage for a trial reintroduction of European beavers in Argyll. (S2O-6005)

4. Withdrawn

5. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that producers of unsubsidised crops are not disadvantaged by the Single Farm Payment Scheme. (S2O-5915)

6. Withdrawn

7. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has plans to introduce legislation similar to the UK Government’s proposed marine legislation. (S2O-5983)

8. Mr Andrew Arbuckle: To ask the Scottish Executive why there has been a delay in payments under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme. (S2O-5956)

9. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation it has carried out on the effectiveness of the “Do a Little – Change a Lot” campaign. (S2O-5984)

10. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to assess the impact of land availability on rural development. (S2O-5936)

11. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in increasing access to freshwater fishing. (S2O-5906)

12. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how the publication of the inshore fisheries review will benefit rural development and the environment. (S2O-6017)

Health and Community Care

1. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what provisions are being put in place for NHS Tayside to cope with the expected demand placed on it during the G8 summit. (S2O-5921)

2. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what the success rate has been of recent organ donation campaigns. (S2O-5994)

3. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what further initiatives are being considered to halt the spread of hospital-acquired infection. (S2O-6018)

4. Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to reduce complications suffered by diabetics. (S2O-5947)

5. Withdrawn

6. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce waiting times for MRI scans in the NHS Lothian area. (S2O-5913)

7. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure increased provision of Parkinson’s disease specialist nurses in the NHS. (S2O-5918)

8. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve staff retention by providing flexible employment opportunities for NHS nursing staff. (S2O-5996)

9. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it monitors safe alcohol use. (S2O-5942)

10. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how its oral health proposals will facilitate access to dental services in remote and rural areas. (S2O-5992)

11. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to address Scotland’s record on men’s health. (S2O-5997)

12. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what action the Minister for Health and Community Care will take in light of recent research by the US Department of Health stating that levels of air pollution in Edinburgh and Glasgow could be damaging to unborn babies, leading to an increased risk of cancer. (S2O-6006)

General

1. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on Glasgow’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014. (S2O-5940)

2. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being considered to encourage businesses to employ disabled people. (S2O-5932)

3. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that Scottish Higher Education Funding Council research funding is in line with Executive policies. (S2O-5972)

4. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is promoting Scotland as a tourist destination in new and emerging markets. (S2O-5950)

5. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation has taken place on the formulation of its international development strategy. (S2O-5917)

6. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children being held at Dungavel House immigration removal centre have been referred to the Children’s Reporter under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. (S2O-5962)

7. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the standard of answers that it provides to written questions from members. (S2O-5941)

8. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support women’s football. (S2O-5952)

9. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the impact on the local economy of the loss of 1,000 jobs at the Moray air bases. (S2O-5899)

10. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons in the management of demonstrations have been learned as a result of the Trident Ploughshares demonstration outside the Parliament on 10 March 2005. (S2O-5924)

11. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when the proposed legislation on the reform of the planning system will be introduced. (S2O-6013)

12. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Health and Safety Executive regarding asbestos disposal on sites intended for housing development. (S2O-5967)

13. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in reducing S1 and S2 English and mathematics classes to a maximum of 20 pupils. (S2O-5898)

14. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making on its programme of support for small-scale renewables. (S2O-5949)

15. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the increasing number of needs-based referrals to children’s panels. (S2O-5969)

3.00 pm Executive Debate: Life Sciences—

S2M-2644 Mr Jim Wallace: Life Sciences—That the Parliament recognises the important role of life sciences in Scottish society and the contribution they make to economic prosperity, wealth creation and improving the health and quality of life of millions of people; believes that the sector harnesses Scotland’s world-class scientific excellence and fosters greater entrepreneurial spirit; endorses the Scottish Executive’s support to the sector, notably through successful, innovative initiatives such as the Scottish Co-investment Fund and the Life Sciences Intermediary Technology Institute; welcomes the Executive’s commitment to the Life Sciences Strategy, working in partnership with industry, academia, the investment community, NHS Scotland and all the other stakeholders to create a stable infrastructure in which the life sciences sector can flourish, and supports the firm intention to work in partnership to deliver the 15-year vision for 2020.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-2644.1 Jim Mather: Life Sciences—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2644) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from “endorses” to end and insert “and also recognises the need to root that spirit and its resultant wealth in Scotland by gaining the economic powers that will allow Scotland to produce an increasingly more competitive proposition, thereby retaining and attracting more investment and talented people and providing an environment that encourages the growth of indigenous and multi-national businesses in Scotland.”

S2M-2644.2 Murdo Fraser: Life Sciences—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2644) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from “endorses” to end and insert “notes the Scottish Executive’s support to the sector, notably through initiatives such as the Scottish Co-investment Fund and the Life Sciences Intermediary Technology Institute; regrets, however, that the Scottish Life Sciences Community Strategy failed to engage adequately with all sectors of the industry; notes the industry’s very real concerns about bureaucracy, infrastructure and an appropriate skills base, and therefore calls on the Executive to supplement glossy brochures with tangible action to grow biosciences and encourage venture capitalist investment in Scotland by creating a more business-friendly environment.”

followed by Business Motion—

S2M-2642 Ms Margaret Curranon behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 13 April 2005

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Independents’ Group Debate: Meeting the Needs and Aspirations of people in Scotland

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Women in Prison

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 14 April 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Skills

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 20 April 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 21 April 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Health Committee Debate: Access to Dental Health Services in Scotland

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-2624 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau : Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 8 April 2005 on the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/107);

(b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 15 April 2005 on the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/113);

(c) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 22 May 2005 on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors and Witnesses in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2005 (SSI 2005/149);

(d) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 22 May 2005 on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2005 (SSI 2005/150)

(e) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 8 April 2005 on the Antisocial Behaviour (Fixed Penalty Offence) (Prescribed Area) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/106);

(f) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 8 April 2005 on the Antisocial Behaviour (Amount of Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/110);

(g) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 15 April 2005 on the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/111);

(h) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 15 April 2005 on the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/112); and

(i) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 15 April 2005 on the Intensive Support and Monitoring (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/129).

S2M-2625 Ms Margaret Curranon behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that consideration of the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 6 May 2005;

(b) that consideration of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 24 June 2005;

(c) that consideration of the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 17 June 2005; and

(d) that consideration of the Licensing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 24 June 2005.

S2M-2623 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Valuation of Utilities) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005 be approved.

S2M-2626 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 Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/107).

S2M-2627 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 Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/113).

S2M-2628 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Antisocial Behaviour (Fixed Penalty Notice) (Prescribed Area) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/106).

S2M-2629 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Antisocial Behaviour (Amount of Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/110).

S2M-2630 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/111).

S2M-2631 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/112).

S2M-2632 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Intensive Support and Monitoring (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/129).

S2M-2633 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 Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors and Witnesses in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2005 (SSI 2005/149).

S2M-2634 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 Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2005 (SSI 2005/150).

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-2411 Bill Butler:  Co-operative Education— That the Parliament commends the work being undertaken by the Co-operative Group in Scotland to work in partnership with the Scottish Executive and local authorities to introduce knowledge and experience of co-operative principles into the mainstream curriculum of Scottish education; recognises that co-operatives offer a unique and valuable form of business structure from which Scotland can derive economic and social benefit and recognises the need to make more Scots aware of the value of co-operation; supports the establishment of the Co-operative Education Trust Scotland which will involve the wider co-operative movement in education, and believes that the Scottish Executive, Careers Scotland, Learning and Teaching Scotland and local authorities should continue to work with the co-operative movement to ensure the distribution of co-operative resource materials for use in schools, support for teacher placements in the co-operative business environment and support for the involvement of the young co-operatives in schools.



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