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BUSINESS BULLETIN 56/1999

Thursday 16 September 1999

Section A – Daily Business List

 

9.30 am Motion by Mr Murray Tosh—

S1M-151 Mr Murray Tosh: Transport—That the Parliament welcomes the increased profile that has been given to transport issues and the Scottish Executive’s commitment to continue reducing vehicle emission levels; recognises the importance of Scotland’s transport links by road, rail, sea and air to our markets in the rest of the UK, the European Union and beyond; expresses concern that the Scottish Executive does not attach sufficient importance to the strategic road network, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to—

(a) increase the current level of spending on construction and maintenance of the trunk road network as part of the strategic roads review;

(b) withdraw the proposals to levy new tolls and taxes on motorists and other road users;

(c) initiate urgent talks with Her Majesty’s Government with a view to increasing the share of the UK budget devoted to transport to allow strategic road and rail investment to proceed so that Scotland’s needs are reflected in policies pursued at a UK level, and

(d) urge Her Majesty’s Government to review the level of fuel taxes and vehicle excise duties.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment—

S1M-151.2 Sarah Boyack: Transport—As an amendment to motion (S1M-151) in the name of Mr Murray Tosh, leave out from ‘expresses concern’ to end and insert: ‘commends the efforts the Scottish Executive is making to tackle the consequences of eighteen years of Conservative transport policies and reverse the resulting legacy of under investment, rising congestion and environmental degradation, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to continue to work to deliver a sustainable, effective and integrated transport system through in particular the Programme of Government commitments on investing in public transport, promoting an national transport timetable and bringing forward a Transport Bill in early 2000 whilst reflecting the diverse transport needs of all Scotland’s people, in particular those living in rural area, and by so doing to take the decisions required to deliver, working with others, an integrated transport system fit for the 21st century.’.

followed by, no later than 12.20 pm Business Motion by Mr Tom McCabe—

S1M-152 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 September 1999

2.30 pm Debate on an Executive Motion on Tourism

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - Debate on the subject of motion S1M-126 Paul Martin – Stobhill Hospital (for text of motion, see Section F of Business Bulletin for Monday 13 September 1999)

 

Thursday 23 September 1999

9.30 am Debate on an Executive Motion on Crime Prevention

followed by, no later than 12.20 pm Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Debate on an Executive Motion on the Voluntary Sector

followed by Other Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

 

Wednesday 29 September 1999

2.30 pm Debate on an Executive Motion on a Manufacturing and Industrial Strategy for Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

 

Thursday 30 September 1999

9.30 am Non-Executive Business: Debate on a Motion by the Scottish National Party

followed by, no later than 12.20 pm Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on a Financial Resolution required in relation to the provisions of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill

followed by Other Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

 

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive which services and staff posts have been withdrawn from or reduced in Stracathro hospital over the past five years and what steps are being taken to ensure the future of Stracathro hospital and the services it provides. (S1O-297)

 

2. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive, if it decides to abolish the Scottish Joint Negotiating Committee, what mechanism it intends to use to achieve the abolition. (S1O-306)

 

3. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends making representations to Her Majesty’s Government requesting an increase in the Scottish Block. (S1O-302)

 

4. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many miscalculations have occurred in awards made by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland in each of the last four academic sessions. (S1O-339)

 

5. Christine Grahame: Withdrawn

 

6. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to double the number of refuge places for women and their children fleeing domestic violence in Scotland. (S1O-310)

 

7. Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will be possible to launch the Scottish University for Industry in autumn 2000 as planned given that no company has yet been set up and no chief executive or directors have been appointed. (S1O-329)

 

8. Andrew Wilson: Withdrawn

 

9. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive which Ministers have so far met their counterparts from the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales. (S1O-305)

 

10. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to assist Inverness College, which faces a deficit of 4 million, in providing high quality further and higher education. (S1O-331)

 

11. Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider giving Hill Livestock Compensation Allowance payments to deer farmers. (S1O-327)

 

12. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to the Strategic Rail Authority regarding the issuing of directions and guidance by it in respect of rail services to or from stations in Scotland, including Lockerbie and Dumfries, where no services to such stations both begin and end in Scotland. (S1O-315)

 

13. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve services for those who suffer from terminal illness. (S1O-300)

 

14. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Tourism Strategy to be published in January 2000 will address the problem of high transport costs faced by the tourist industry in island areas. (S1O-308)

 

15. Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all pupils in Scotland with Records of Needs are receiving appropriate educational provision. (S1O-322)

 

16. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any Ministers have plans to visit St Mary’s Episcopal Primary School, Dunblane before the end of the year. (S1O-334)

 

17. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to her Majesty’s Government requesting that the Scottish Executive lead European and international fisheries negotiations on behalf of the United Kingdom. (S1O-317)

 

18. Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurance can be given that the proposed closure of wards 15 and 6 at Strathcathro Hospital, Brechin will not prejudice the outcome of the acute services review currently being undertaken by Tayside Health Board. (S1O-309)

 

19. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a breakdown of the total cost of the launch of Making it Work Together: A Programme for Government on 6 September 1999. (S1O-314)

 

20. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to ensure that Scottish local authorities are fully cognisant with the terms of the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998. (S1O-332)

 

21. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on the action it is taking to prevent heart disease in Scotland. (S1O-323)

 

22. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive why 1 million has been earmarked to support ‘People’s Juries’ rather than existing local community voluntary groups and whether it has any plans to increase funding for such groups. (S1O-333)

 

23. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it believes that it would be of benefit to business in Scotland if it exercised the tax varying power for the years 2000-2001 and 2001-2002. (S1O-335)

 

24. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to follow the Land Reform Policy Group’s recommendation that the Scottish Law Commission be invited to review and revise the law of the foreshore and seabed and, in light of the numerous and protracted disputes over the ownership of the seabed around Scotland, what plans it has to review the powers of the Crown Estate in Scotland. (S1O-307)

 

25. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will quantify the contingency funds within its budget are as yet uncommitted in the current financial year. (S1O-312)

 

26. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take steps to build, within the next two years, safety barriers on all dual carriageways where they do not currently exist. (S1O-303)

 

27. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve the A8 and adjoining roads in the Coatbridge-Newhouse area. (S1O-299)

 

28. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the establishment of a new road bridge crossing the river Forth near Kincardine. (S1O-313)

 

29. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-28 by Donald Dewar on 2 July 1999, whether it will now specify the total number of Special Advisers or political appointees that it has appointed and the total estimated annual cost of their employment. (S1O-298)

 

30. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make a decision on the future of cardiac surgery at Glasgow Royal Hospital for Sick Children. (S1O-316)


3.00 pm Open Question Time

 

1. Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the details of its higher education policy. (S1O-318)

 

2. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many times the First Minister has met with the Secretary of State for Scotland since 1 July 1999 to discuss matters relating to the governance of Scotland and whether further regular meetings between them have been scheduled. (S1O-319)

 

3. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it has had in the redrawing of the Objective 2-status map for Scotland. (S1O-328)

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Ministerial Statement on the Water Industry

followed by Motion by Ms Wendy Alexander—

S1M-154 Ms Wendy Alexander: Homelessness—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Executive is fully committed to tackling the scourge of homelessness in Scotland by virtue of its pledge in the Programme for Government that it will ensure that no-one has to sleep rough by 2003; by providing new accommodation and better support services, and by the establishment of a Task Force to (a) review the causes and nature of homelessness in Scotland, (b) examine current practice in dealing with cases of homelessness, and (c) make recommendations on how homelessness in Scotland can be best prevented and, where it does occur, tackled effectively.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment—

S1M-154.2 Fiona Hyslop: Homelessness—As an amendment to motion (S1M-154) in the name of Ms Wendy Alexander, leave out from ‘the Scottish’ to end and insert ‘tackling homelessness is one of the major challenges facing it, that it supports the Rough Sleepers Initiative and welcomes the Scottish Executive’s continuing support for it, and that it recognises that rough sleeping is only one aspect of homelessness and that any initiative designed to tackle it can only deal with the reality of rough sleeping not the causes behind it; calls upon the Scottish Executive to make the newly established Homelessness Taskforce a priority and to bring forward early measures to deal with the causes of homelessness, new regulations to help homeless people and new legislative proposals to bring homelessness legislation up to date; believes that Executive time is required for early legislation to deal with homelessness and housing in general, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward the proposed publishing date of a draft housing bill to the end of 1999.’

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business—

Debate on the subject of—

S1M-98 Tavish Scott: Crisis in Salmon Farming—That the Parliament recognises the financial pressures the Salmon Farming industry in Shetland is facing, and notes that the industry creates employment for 900 people in this peripheral area of Scotland and contributes 60 million per annum to the Shetland economy.

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