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BUSINESS BULLETIN 94/1999

Thursday 18 November 1999

Section A – Daily Business List

 

   

Meeting of the Parliament

 

9.30 am Ministerial Statement on the Publication of a draft Ethical Standards in Public Life Bill

followed by Motion by Henry McLeish

S1M-296 Henry McLeish: Modernisation of the Scottish Economy—That the Parliament acknowledges the very real progress being made to prepare the Scottish economy for the next century, but recognises the growing global competitive pressures it faces, that as a result modernisation of every sector of the Scottish economy will need to be accelerated and that public support is best targeted on initiatives which encourage modernisation.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-296.1 Miss Annabel Goldie: Modernisation of the Scottish Economy—As an amendment to motion (S1M-296) in the name of Henry McLeish, leave out all from "initiatives" to end and insert "improving our education system and our transport infrastructure; and in particular urges the Scottish Executive to promote an expanded enterprise base by encouraging a new culture of risk management in Scotland to enhance the opportunities for new and young entrepreneurs."

S1M-296.2 Mr John Swinney: Modernisation of the Scottish Economy—As an amendment to motion (S1M-296) in the name of Henry McLeish, leave out from "encourage" to end and insert "will create new wealth and sustainable employment but regrets that these ambitions will be difficult to realise due to the absence of macro-economic powers from this Parliament."

followed by Business Motion by Mr Tom McCabe—

S1M-299 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees

the following programme of business—

 

Wednesday 24 November 1999

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Debate on an Executive motion on Social Justice Targets

followed by, no later than 3.45 pm Debate on an Executive motion on Land Reform

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-250 Ms Irene Oldfather: Tobacco Sales to Under-Aged Children

 

 

Thursday 25 November 1999

9.30 am Debate on a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party motion

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no

later than 3.15 pm Ministerial Statement on Freedom of Information

followed by, no later than 3.45 pm Debate on an Executive motion on Carers’ Strategy

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-261 George Lyon: The Kintyre Economy

 

 

Wednesday 1 December 1999

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

followed by Stage 3 debate on the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

 

 

Thursday 2 December 1999

9.30 am Debate on a motion by the Scottish National Party

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

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 Equalities

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motion by Mr Tom McCabe—

S1M-292 Mr Tom McCabe: Membership of Standards Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Patricia Ferguson be appointed to the Standards Committee.

2.30 pm Question Time

 

1. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision will be made in order to enforce any future freedom of information legislation. (S1O-648)

 

2. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how the proposed upgrading of the A8000 will be funded, what the timescale for this upgrading is likely to be and whether the A8000 will be a trunk road after upgrading. (S1O-622)

 

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive when Ministers last met the North of Scotland Water Authority and what matters were discussed. (S1O-630)

 

4. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the Chairman of Caledonian MacBrayne and what matters were discussed. (S1O-647)

 

5. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering options for alternatives to prison for female offenders. (S1O-625)

 

6. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will be concluding a concordat regarding the terms of the forthcoming Immigration and Asylum legislation with Her Majesty's Government. (S1O-667)

 

7. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review the process which determines the level of funding made available to individual police forces in Scotland. (S1O-654)

 

8. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport last met the Scottish Football Association and what they discussed. (S1O-658)

 

9. Mr Jamie Stone: Withdrawn

 

10. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the recommendations of the acute services review will be submitted to the Scottish Parliament for approval. (S1O-659)

 

11. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority about delays in handling claims from Scottish victims. (S1O-619)

 

12. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to offset any financial disadvantages which may be imposed on pig farmers due to new pig welfare legislation banning the stall and tether system used in pig breeding which has yet to be imposed elsewhere in the EU. (S1O-650)

 

13. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that the actions of the Sheriff in Ayr Sheriff Court on 9 November 1999 in relation to Ryan Ingram who had pleaded guilty to three separate charges involving assault and theft are in line with its recently announced plans for the treatment of juvenile offenders. (S1O-636)

 

14. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to address the position whereby Scottish Police Forces have to cover the entire cost of policing visiting dignitaries from existing budgets whilst the Metropolitan Police are granted over 150 million extra to cover the policing of visiting dignitaries and other special duties. (S1O-620)

 

15. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on the provision of acute services by Fife Health Board. (S1O-638)

 

16. Mr Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on the future of the Scottish Gliding Union Portmoak airfield in Kinross and any potential dangers presented by the developments adjacent to the runways and flight path. (S1O-616)

 

17. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a centre of excellence will be established in Scotland to provide health care and therapeutic services to people with polio. (S1O-639)

 

18. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there have been any discussions with English, Welsh and Scottish railways to increase their capacity to transport Scottish coal on the national rail network. (S1O-642)

 

19. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1109 by Ross Finnie on 5 November 1999, whether it is satisfied that there is no risk of genetically modified crops in test sites in Scotland pollinating surrounding non-genetically modified crops and wild plants. (S1O-641)

 

20. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the proposal for a number of "half-way houses" which would allow women to live under supervision with their children, as an alternative to prison. (S1O-663)

 

21. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support and strengthen the work of trading standards officers in Scotland’s local authorities. (S1O-660)

 

22. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what level of provision is made throughout Scotland in secondary schools for pupils with speech and language impairments. (S1O-617)

 

23. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it can provide on research into motor neurone disease. (S1O-666)

 

24. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation took place between itself and the Department for Education and Employment in relation to the submission of evidence to the Independent Committee of Inquiry into Student Finance. (S1O-627)

 

25. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2238 by Donald Dewar on 28 October 1999, what specific matters of mutual interest were discussed at the last meeting between the First Minister and the Prime Minister and what specific matters will be discussed at the next meeting. (S1O-621)

 

26. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet with representatives of the North of Scotland Water Authority. (S1O-635)

 

27. Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any further plans to promote its Scotland in Europe campaign. (S1O-611)

 

28. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the Chief Executive of Caledonian MacBrayne and what issues were discussed. (S1O-634)

 

29. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to increase the number of women appointments to public bodies. (S1O-662)

 

30. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to lift the restrictions on scallop farms which have fallen within the permitted toxin level on two consecutive tests. (S1O-629)

3.00 pm Open Question Time

 

1. Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the First Minister last met the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues were discussed. (S1O-612)

 

2. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive when the First Minister last met the Prime Minister and what subjects they discussed. (S1O-657)

 

3. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to monitor the effectiveness and operation of anti-social neighbour orders. (S1O-618)

 

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Motion by Peter Peacock—

S1M-295 Peter Peacock: Digital Scotland Initiative—That the Parliament recognises the crucial importance to Scotland’s economic and social well-being of embracing and making full use of new developments in digital information and communications technology; believes that Scotland must seize the opportunities offered to gain competitive economic advantage, enhance learning opportunities for all, open up information resources to every citizen, and offer modern and efficient public services; believes that every community in Scotland must have high quality access to digital technology and information in the future no matter where they live; and welcomes the creation by the Executive of the Ministerial Committee on Digital Scotland and the Digital Scotland Task Force to create a partnership which will help develop a shared analysis of the challenges and champion the opportunities for Scotland arising from developments in information and communications technology, co-ordinate action and help to create conditions where Scotland can realise the benefits of working at the leading edge of application of those technological developments.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-295.1 Fiona McLeod: Digital Scotland Initiative—As an amendment to motion (S1M-295) in the name of Peter Peacock, delete from "help develop" to end and insert "produce an Integrated Information Strategy for Scotland which aims to influence the global development of the information society, ensures the development of an information society at national level and supports regional and local information society development in Scotland, which ensures the implementation of the strategy in and across every sphere and sector of Scottish society, and which will produce a National Action Plan in line with the European Commission’s Information Society Action Plan that addresses the priority areas for action and has a clear timetable for achievement and progress."

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Debate on the subject of –

S1M-189 Michael Matheson: Pollution of Bo'ness Domestic Water Supply—That the Parliament notes with concern the ongoing pollution of the domestic water supply in parts of Bo’ness with heavy metals; notes that East of Scotland Water has failed to publish scientific reports into the extent of the pollution and has not operated in an open and accountable manner; notes the potential health risks to the local community and calls for an urgent review of East of Scotland Water’s handling of this matter and for related scientific reports to be placed in the public domain.

   
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