BUSINESS BULLETIN 10 / 2001
Thursday 18 January 2001
Section A Daily Business List
Meeting of the Parliament
9.30 am Debate on Fisheries—
S1M-1548 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Fisheries—That the Parliament notes the failure of the Scottish Executive to take the lead in producing an appropriate cod recovery plan for presentation as a United Kingdom submission to the European Commission; believes that this failure has led to European proposals for the North Sea which would seriously disadvantage the Scottish fishing fleet; notes that the plan, unless altered, will cause tremendous economic damage to Scotland’s fishing communities, and calls for an alternative plan, devised in co-operation with the Scottish fishing industry, to be promoted immediately, which will lead to the revival of fish stocks and ensure a long-term future for Scotland’s fishing industry.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments
S1M-1548.2 Rhona Brankin: Fisheries—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1548) in the name of Mr Jamie McGrigor, leave out from "the failure" to end and insert "that the Scottish Executive, as part of the UK delegation, is currently involved in negotiations on a cod recovery plan with the European Commission, is aiming to secure the best possible deal for Scottish fishermen whilst ensuring a sustainable fishing industry, and is fully involving the industry in these discussions.
S1M-1548.1 Richard Lochhead: Fisheries—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1548) in the name of Mr Jamie McGrigor, at end insert "; notes that, while other European Member States provide generous financial support for their fishing industries, Scotland’s industry receives minimal support, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to announce an appropriate level of new investment in the industry given that such additional support for our fishing communities in their hour of need will ensure that they continue to make an enormous contribution to Scotland."
followed by Debate on Route Action Plan and Priority Trans-European Network Road Links—
S1M-1547 Mr Murray Tosh: Route Action Plan and Priority Trans-European Network Road Links—That the Parliament recognises the strategic importance of the ports of Stranraer and Cairnryan and the A75 corridor, in linking Northern Ireland and Scotland with the rest of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and in developing priority Trans-European Network links; applauds the efforts of Dumfries and Galloway Council and the North Channel Partnership to highlight the strategic importance of the corridor as well as its economic importance to South West Scotland; notes the concern of the Council and the Partnership that the Executive’s current proposals for the A75 will neither ensure improvements to the standards required for a Trans-European Networks road link, nor deliver agreed improvements within a timescale which would allow Stranraer and Cairnryan to compete effectively with the A55-Holyhead corridor, and calls upon the Scottish Executive, in recognition of the strategic importance of the A75 corridor, to work with all relevant partners to reassess the A75 Route Action Plan proposals, with a view to promoting a more comprehensive upgrading of the route and bringing forward firm funding proposals.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment
S1M-1547.1 Sarah Boyack: Route Action Plans and Priority Trans-European Network Road Links—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1547) in the name of Mr Murray Tosh, leave out from "notes the concern" to end and insert "welcomes the Executive’s decision in the Spending Review 2000 to increase expenditure on transport by £500 million in the period to March 2004, recognises the progressive improvement of the A75 most recently through the scheme at The Glen completed in 1999 and the measures covering the next 10 years set out in the Route Action Plan, and notes that the Executive has already completed the short term measures and is now implementing the medium term priorities in that Plan."
12.15 pm Ministerial Statement on Review of NDPBs in Scotland
followed by Business Motion
S1M-1550 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees:
(a) the following programme of business—
Wednesday 24 January 2001
Thursday 25 January 2001
Wednesday 31 January 2001
Thursday 1 February 2001
(b) that Stage 1 of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill be completed by 7 March 2001
(c) that Stage 1 of the Housing (Scotland) Bill be completed by 14 March 2001
and, (d) that the Rural Development Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 2 February 2001 on the Specified Risk Material Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/3) and the Specified Risk Material Order Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/4)
2.00 pm Debate on the International Criminal Court Bill – UK Legislation—
S1M-1528 Mr Jim Wallace: International Criminal Court Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle of establishing the International Criminal Court in the legal systems of the United Kingdom and agrees that the provisions within the International Criminal Court Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.
The Clerk has been informed that the following document(s) are relevant to this debate.
Executive Memorandum on the International Criminal Court Bill
2.30 pm Question Time
1. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with representatives of North of Scotland Water Authority regarding the future structure of the water industry. (S1O-2779)
2. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to improve children’s health. (S1O-2774)
3. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were used in deciding which museums were selected as beneficiaries of the funding package announced on 21 December 2000. (S1O-2806)
4. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to take action over fears for patient safety at Glasgow Royal Infirmary as reported in The Herald on 9 January 2001. (S1O-2781)
5. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding will be available to social inclusion partnerships in 2001-02. (S1O-2775)
6. Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to invest in the development of town centres across Scotland. (S1O-2801)
7. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Dundee and Glasgow City Councils on their funding situation. (S1O-2802)
8. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to reduce the level of road traffic accidents. (S1O-2776)
9. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to press Her Majesty’s Government to seek, at the earliest opportunity, a derogation from the proposed EU-wide ban on the use of fishmeal in feed for ruminants. (S1O-2787)
10. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the development of a national network for people with autistic spectrum disorder following the proposal of the Scottish Society for Autism and the National Autistic Society. (S1O-2810)
11. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last discussed with Her Majesty's Government the local impact of the development of the new Scottish Air Traffic Centre at Prestwick. (S1O-2791)
12. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce random breath-testing as a means of tackling the recent increase in drink-driving offences. (S1O-2786)
13. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to ScotRail on when the Inverness rail sleeper service will be re-instated. (S1O-2770)
14. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has all the necessary information to target activity and resources to best effect in tackling hospital-acquired infections. (S1O-2809)
15. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake an assessment of the impact UK membership of the European single currency would have on the Scottish economy. (S1O-2790)
16. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will restore primary destination status to Dunfermline to ensure new and improved signage to the city. (S1O-2798)
17. Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the £9 million aid allocated to assist the salmon farming industry because of the infectious salmon anaemia outbreak remains unspent. (S1O-2805)
20. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in the building of the M74 extension. (S1O-2796)
21. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current position is on the reorganisation of NHS acute services. (S1O-2783)
22. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce measures to ensure that every child in early years education has access to music and the arts. (S1O-2795)
23. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what work is currently in hand to audit the environmental impact of its policies and programmes.(S1O-2807)
24. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what implications the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s pre-budget statement will have for the promotion of rail freight in Scotland. (S1O-2794)
25. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to encourage individuals to train as physiotherapists. (S1O-2784)
26. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage the inclusion of red meat as part of a healthy diet. (S1O-2785)
27. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the implications of the recent Scottish health plan are for the delivery of healthcare in Argyll and Bute. (S1O-2778)
28. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to meet representatives of Glasgow City Council and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to help resolve their current dispute. (S1O-2789)
3.10 pm First Minister’s Question Time
1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to raise. (S1F-770)
2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues he plans to raise. (S1F-767)
3. Scott Barrie: To ask the First Minister whether there are any plans to review child protection procedures in Scotland. (S1F-766)
4. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the First Minister what measures have been taken in response to drops in recent years in the uptake of the MMR triple vaccination. (S1F-775)
5. Mary Scanlon: To ask the First Minister whether sufficient information is available to patients in the NHSiS to enable them to make an informed choice about their hospital referral and treatment. (S1F-768)
6. Paul Martin: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive is taking to improve services for the most deprived neighbourhoods. (S1F-784)
3.30 pm Debate on the Scottish Strategy for Victims—
S1M-1556 Mr Jim Wallace: Scottish Strategy for Victims—That the Parliament endorses the principles of the Scottish Strategy for Victims; commends the development of the strategy which gives proper recognition for victims of crime and their needs; welcomes its emphasis on partnership working between criminal justice agencies to achieve the Executive’s objectives of better support and information for victims, and welcomes the commitment to action and real improvements set out in the Justice Department’s Action Plan.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments
S1M-1556.1 Roseanna Cunningham: Scottish Strategy for Victims—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1556) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "recognises the long-standing neglect of victims within the Scottish criminal justice system which the strategy seeks to address, in particular the need for better support and involvement of victims throughout the criminal justice process, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to give higher status to the Victim Steering Group and ensure that sufficient resources are in place for the successful implementation of the Strategy."
S1M-1556.2 Phil Gallie: Scottish Strategy for Victims—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1556) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from "gives" to end and insert "represents a step forward in what has been a lethargic approach by the Scottish Executive."
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
S1M-1563 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Committees—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee is designated as the other committee in consideration in the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill.
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business
debate on the subject of—
S1M-1454 Alex Neil: Hepatitis C—That the Parliament notes with concern that there are currently 10,000 people carrying hepatitis C in Scotland and that there may be 50,000 undiagnosed cases; acknowledges that hepatitis C can be treated in a cost-effective manner through a comprehensive system of education, screening and holistic treatment, and recognises the work of C-Level, Capital C and other such groups in their attempts to gain adequate funding so that they might tackle the issue.