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BUSINESS BULLETIN 98/1999

Wednesday 24 November 1999

Section A – Daily Business List

 

Meetings of Committees
 
 

All meetings take place in Committee Chambers, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.
 
 

Health and Community Care Committee

14th Meeting

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh.

1. Line of Questioning (in private): The Committee will consider the line of questioning for item 2

2. Petition: The Committee will consider petition PE13 from Stracathro Staff Action Committee on acute services at Stracathro Hospital and will hear evidence fromž 

Stracathro Staff Action Committee

Brechin and District Patients Association

Angus and Mearns Action to Save Stracathro

Tayside Health Board

Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust

3. Fair Shares for All, Report of the National Review of Resource Allocation of the NHS in Scotland (The Arbuthnott Report): The Committee will consider the draft report
 
 

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

8th Meeting

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Local Economic Development Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from the Careers Guidance Service, the National Union of Students, the Scottish Trades Union Congress and the Employment Service Scotland. 

2. Work Programme: The Committee will consider its forward work programme.

3. Further Inquiries: The Committee will consider possible further inquiries.
 
 

Standards Committee

13th Meeting

 

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Regulation of Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider its draft Report on regulation of Cross-Party Groups in the Scottish Parliament.

2. Interim Complaints Procedure: The Committee will consider its draft Report establishing an interim complaints procedure.

3. Draft Code of Conduct for Members: The Committee will consider the following sections of a draft Code of Conduct:

Introduction to the Members’ Interests Order

Lobbying

Cross-Party Groups

General Conduct
 
 

Local Government Committee

10th Meeting

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Inquiry - Business rating revaluation: The committee will consider paper LG/99/10/1 by the convener.

2. Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill: The committee will consider paper LG/99/10/2 by the clerk.

3. Executive Bill - Ethical Standards in Public Life: The committee will consider paper LG/99/10/3 by the clerk.

4. Committee forward plan: The committee will consider paper LG/99/10/4 by the clerk.

5. Visits to councils: The committee will receive reports on visits to—

Glasgow City Council: Reporter - Bristow Muldoon

Stirling Council: Reporter - Donald Gorrie

6. Convener's report: The convener will report on a meeting with Unison officials held in Stirling on Tuesday 16 November.
 
 

Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee

10th Meeting

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

 

1. Action points: The Committee will consider action points from its previous meeting.

2. Housing Stock Transfer: The Committee will take evidence on the policy of Housing Stock Transfer from—

John Carracher and Jenni Marrow, Scottish Tenants’ Organisation

Sean Clerkin, Glasgow Campaign Against Housing Stock Transfer

George Mckie, Edinburgh Tenants Federation

Isobel Dunsmuir and Alan Benson, Joint Steering Group of Glasgow And West of Scotland Forum Of Housing Associations & the Scottish Community Ownership Housing Forum

3. Timetable of future business: The Committee will consider its future timetable of work. 
 
 

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Reverend David Beckett, Minister of Greyfriars Tolbooth and Highland Kirk, Edinburgh

followed by Motion by Ms Wendy Alexander— 

S1M-314 Ms Wendy Alexander: Social Justice Targets—That the Parliament agrees that social justice should be the hall-mark of Scottish society; welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the groundbreaking report Social Justice – a Scotland where everyone matters and the targets, milestones and developments in budgetary mechanisms that it contains, and commends this as an example of the success of the Partnership Agreement and as an appropriate opportunity to work with the UK Government for the betterment of Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-314.2 Mr Alex Salmond: Social Justice Targets—As an amendment to motion (S1M-314.2) in the name of Ms Wendy Alexander, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "recognises the appalling poverty we have in Scotland and the need for immediate action to tackle this poverty; welcomes the publication by the Scottish Executive of the report Social Justice – a Scotland where everyone matters; believes however that the report lacks definition, range, focus and clear achievable targets and agrees that the Executive should re-evaluate the report brought forward by the Evaluation Framework action team and bring forward revised targets and indicators to the Parliament."

S1M-314.1 Bill Aitken: Social Justice Targets—As an amendment to motion (S1M-314) in the name of Ms Wendy Alexander, leave out all from "agrees" and insert "notes the Scottish Executive’s publication of "Social Justice ….a Scotland where everyone matters" which sets out statements not targets; does not provide any proposals for action or details of funding; does not set out any meaningful way in which progress on the issues highlighted can be measured; and completely fails to address the needs of Scotland’s people." 

followed by, no

later than 3.45 pm Motion by Mr Jim Wallace— 

S1M-313 Mr Jim Wallace: Land Reform—That the Parliament commends the openness of the Scottish Executive’s approach to land reform, as demonstrated by the extensive consultations on the Land Reform White Paper published in July; recognises the scale of their overall commitments to legislation and other action on land reform as set out in the Land Reform Action Plan published in August, and welcomes the progress to date as shown in the first Progress Report published earlier this month.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-313.2 Mr Alex Salmond: Land Reform—As an amendment to motion (S1M-313) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "notes the progress of the Scottish Executive’s consultation on the Land Reform White Paper; welcomes the commitment to a community right to purchase contained within the proposals; nevertheless is concerned that these proposals remain too narrowly focused and therefore agrees that they should be widened to include proposals which would increase community involvement in local land management throughout Scotland." 

S1M-313.1 Alex Johnstone: Land Reform—As an amendment to motion (S1M-313) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "recognises that the problems facing our rural communities and way of life will not be solved by land reform and calls upon the Scottish Executive to recognise the fact that many of the proposals contained in the Land Reform Action Plan will have a damaging effect on the rural economy."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motion by Mr Tom McCabe—

S1M-307 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: The draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Appropriations) Amendment Order 1999—That the Parliament agrees 

that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Appropriations) Amendment Order 1999 be approved.

5.30pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business 

Debate on the subject of –
 
 

S1M-250 Ms Irene Oldfather: Tobacco Sales to Under-Aged Children—That the Parliament notes that surveys by trading standards officers in North Ayrshire and the Borders indicate that tobacco continues to be sold to under-aged children; notes that those retailers who are successfully prosecuted are treated leniently; and supports the establishment of a system of negative licensing under the jurisdiction of local licensing boards, whereby retailers who repeatedly sell tobacco to young people will lose their right to sell age restricted products altogether.

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