BUSINESS BULLETIN 179 / 2000
Wednesday 22 November 2000
Section A Daily Business List
Meetings of Committees
All meetings take place in Committee Chambers, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.
Education, Culture and Sport Committee
37th Meeting, 2000
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3
1. School Exams Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a first draft report.
Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee
29th Meeting, 2000
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in The Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh
1. Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from Nicol Stephen, the Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs.
2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following draft instruments—
The Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000
3. Commissioning of Research into Lifelong Learning: The Committee will consider the possibility of commissioning research.
4. Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main issues to be considered in its report.
5. Inquiry into Governance of SQA (in private): The Committee will consider its report.
Health and Community Care Committee
26th Meeting, 2000
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh
1. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—
The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/394)
The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/395)
The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/396)
Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee
36th Meeting, 2000
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1
1. Items to be taken in private: The Committee will consider whether items 5, 6 and 7 are taken in private.
2. Questions for witnesses (in private): The Committee will consider its lines of questioning for both the Scottish Churches Social Inclusion Network and also the petitioners for petition PE242.
3. Better Homes for Scotland's Communities (The Executive's proposals for the Housing Bill): The Committee will take evidence from the Scottish Churches Social Inclusion Network from—
Alastair Cameron, Scottish Churches Housing Agency
Graham Lumb, Church of Scotland Board of Social Responsibility
Colonel John Flett, Salvation Army.
4. Petition: The Committee will take evidence on petition PE242 – by Action of Churches Together In Scotland, Scottish Refugee Council and Amnesty International calling for the Scottish Parliament to give asylum seekers rights of access to various support services and to amend legislation to restore the entitlement of asylum seekers to accommodation and cash based support – from the petitioners.
5. Petition: The Committee will consider the evidence taken on petition PE242 and agree any further action.
6. Inquiry into Drug Misuse and Deprived Communities: The Committee will further consider the strategy for publication of its report.
7. Social Inclusion Work Programme: The Committee will consider a paper on its work programme.
Transport and the Environment Committee
28th Meeting, 2000
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2
1. Transport (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 6).
Meeting of the Parliament
2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Maryanne Ure, National Secretary of the Scottish Catholic Justice and Peace Commission
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—
S1M-1381 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Suspension of Standing Orders—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of the Standing Orders be suspended for the duration of the Meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 23 November 2000.
S1M-1380 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Change of Decision Time—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Thursday 23 November 2000 shall begin at 3.30 pm.
S1M-1379 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees
(a) the following revision to the Business Motion on 16 November 2000:
Thursday 23 November 2000
Wednesday 29 November 2000
Thursday 30 November 2000
Wednesday 6 December 2000
Thursday 7 December 2000
and, (c) that the Equal Opportunities Committee reports to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee by 11 December 2000 on The Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/draft).
followed by Debate on Renewing Local Government Finance—
S1M-1373 Angus MacKay: Renewing Local Government Finance—That the Parliament welcomes the improvements in the local government finance system proposed by the Executive and agrees that this will provide greater stability and improve accountability and will contribute to the Executive’s aims of revitalising government and ensuring better local services and tax stability for the citizens of Scotland.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments
S1M-1373.1 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Renewing Local Government Finance—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1373) in the name of Angus MacKay, leave out from "and will contribute" to end and insert "and believes that an independent and comprehensive review is essential to the renewal of local government finance and further welcomes the inquiry currently being conducted by Local Government Committee."
S1M-1373.2 Mr Keith Harding: Renewing Local Government Finance—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1373) in the name of Angus MacKay, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes the changes in the local government finance system proposed by the Scottish Executive but recognises that further changes and considerations are necessary with regard to the funding and powers of local government to ensure that a truly democratic, responsive, inclusive and accountable system of local government is put in place in Scotland.
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members' Business
debate on the subject of—S1M-1243 John Scott: SSSI, SPA and SAC Designations—That the Parliament notes and expresses its concern at the significant increase in proposed designations of Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation made during the last year and covering more than 8% of Scotland’s landmass; requests a report to the Parliament on the scientific basis for these designations and on the findings of any consultations undertaken prior to designation, and believes that this issue should be debated in the Parliament before these designations are finalised. R