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BUSINESS BULLETIN 46/1999

Thursday 2 September 1999

Section A – Daily Business List

 
 

9.30 am Motion by Mr Jim Wallace—

S1M-109 Mr Jim Wallace: Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill be treated as an Emergency Bill.

Followed by a decision

followed by, no

later than 11.00 am Motion by Mr Tom McCabe—

S1M-110 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Timetabling of Emergency Bill—That the Parliament agrees that (a), all Stages of the Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill shall not be taken in one day, and (b) that the time available for the Stages and debates at each of the Stages should be as follows:

Stage 1 – debate on Thursday 2 September 1999 to last 1 hour 30 minutes;

Stages 2 and 3 – debates on Wednesday 8 September to last 3 hours 20 minutes

To be taken without debate followed by a decision

followed by Motion by Mr Jim Wallace—

*S1M-115 Mr Jim Wallace: Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill

Followed by a decision no later than 1 hours after the start of the debate

followed by Motion by Mr Tom McCabe—

S1M-111 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Emergency Bill Procedures—That the Parliament agrees that (a), Rules 9.7.8 and 9.7.9 of Standing Orders should be suspended for the purposes of the meeting of the Parliament at which Stages 2 and 3 of the Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill are taken, and (b) directs that any vote to be taken during Stage 2 of the Bill in the Committee of the Whole Parliament shall be conducted using the electronic voting system

To be taken without debate followed by a decision

2.30 pm Question Time—

1. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it still endorses the contents of The Scotland Bill: A Guide, published by The Scottish Office in December 1997. (S1O-203)

2. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will congratulate Inverclyde Council and their partners on the staging of the recent Tall Ships event in Greenock. (S1O-204)

3. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on how it intends to use the internet to provide assistance for business start-ups. (S1O-231)

4. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make available resources to improve the frequency and quality of services on the Edinburgh-Shotts-Glasgow railway line. R (S1O-225)

5. Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to implement an integrated information strategy for Scotland. R (S1O-207)

6. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to monitor the effectiveness of town and city centre closed-circuit television systems. (S1O-223)

7. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has provided to enable improvements to be made to the Glasgow to Cumbernauld rail link and whether it intends to fund any new stations on this route. (S1O-222)

8. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has set targets for the elimination of poverty in Scotland. (S1O-192)

9. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has to improve the frequency of bus services in Lanarkshire. (S1O-219)

10. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish an audit of the Parliamentary Questions it has been asked, broken down by MSP and topic. (S1O-206)

11. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it intends to take to address the decline in the numbers of tourists visiting Scotland. (S1O-233)

12. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will deal with submissions and responses to the Green Paper Investing in Modernisation – an Agenda for Scotland’s Housing. (S1O-221)

13. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive how many storage units exist in Scotland containing animal remains resulting from the BSE cattle cull and what are their locations. (S1O-201)

14. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve public services for the disabled. (S1O-226)

15. Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of new employment opportunities identified by the Local Enterprise Companies covering the Forth Valley, Fife and Lothian areas. (S1W-245)

16. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement on what provision is being made to promote the take up of warm deal grants to pensioners and families on low incomes. (S1O-238)

17. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is working with the Ministry of Defence in preparing a plan for economic aid to the islands of Unst to help replace the jobs to be lost at the RAF Saxa Vord base, and when an announcement on the plan will be made to the people of Unst. (S1O-191)

18. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will examine public perceptions of the treatment of victims of crime by the judicial system. (S1O-239)

19. Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that the Skye Bridge Company will reduce the toll on the bridge over the winter months, as in previous years. (S1O-244)

20. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to be able to make an announcement with regard to lifting the beef-on-the-bone ban. (S1O-205)

21. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the level of fuel prices is having upon the number of visitors to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland this season and what steps it will take to address this issue. (S1O-198)

22. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive which elements of public spending on education and childcare in Scotland are not devolved to the Scottish Parliament. (S1O-243)

23. Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what planned expenditure by The Scotland Office is included in the Scottish Budget in each year from 1999-2000 forward, in real terms, when this information was first published, and where. (S1O-216)

24. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the importance for voluntary youth bodies of it paying the proposed 10 charge for police checks on people working with young people. (S1O-211)

25. Ben Wallace: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the future funding of Tourist Boards. (S1O-224)

26. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of its power to give grants for rail services, what representations it intends to make to Her Majesty’s Government in order to ensure that Scotland has adequate independent representation on the Strategic Rail Authority. (S1O-215)

27. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements are in place in Scotland for the disposal of cattle over the age of 30 months that have been culled as part of the programme to eradicate BSE. (S1O-210)

28. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to improve rail services in Scotland. (S1O-214)

29. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the average cost per pupil for primary school pupils attending schools with 65 or less pupils. (S1O-234)

30. Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what in outline is the role of the Food Standards Agency in Scotland and the nature and degree of its areas of responsibility. (S1O-202)

3.00 pm Open Question Time—

1. Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the details of its transport policy. (S1O-194)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive how its guidelines on collective decision making will improve the governance of Scotland. (S1O-236)

3. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take in relation to funding the Scottish Civic Forum. (S1O-200)

followed by, no
later than 3.15 pm Motion by Mr Sam Galbraith—

S1M-107 Mr Sam Galbraith: National Cultural Strategy—That the Parliament agrees that culture, in all its diversity, has a central role in shaping a sense of community and civic pride in the new Scotland, and a contribution to make to its prosperity, health and cohesion; welcomes the Executive’s proposals to develop a national cultural strategy for all of Scotland’s people, and endorses the far-reaching consultation process on which Scottish Ministers have embarked.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business—

Debate on the subject of—

SM1-94 Maureen Macmillan: Domestic Violence—

That the Parliament notes the Work Plan drawn up by the Scottish Partnership on domestic violence which has as part of its remit an examination of the experience of women in rural areas; calls for swift consideration to be given to improving the safety of women at risk, and supports the work carried out in this field by Women’s Aid and other organisations in the Highlands and Islands.

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