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F: Motions and Amendments
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I: Petitions lodged
K: Progress of Parliamentary business

 

Business Bulletin No. 80/2002

Thursday 16 May 2002

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Debate on Investment and Reform in Health and Community Care-

S1M-3106 Malcolm Chisholm: Investment and Reform in Health and Community Care-That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive's commitment to sustained investment in health; agrees that investment must be accompanied by reform that is focused on the needs and expectations of patients and service users; acknowledges the progress that has already been made by the National Waiting Times Unit and looks forward to further improvements; supports a collaborative approach to reform which involves patients, staff and the wider public; welcomes the priority attached to dealing with delayed discharge and hospital-acquired infection, and believes that improving health and tackling health inequalities in both urban and rural Scotland should be central features of the reform agenda.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-3106.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Investment and Reform in Health and Community Care-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3106) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert "regrets that the sustainability of investment in health is dependent solely on decisions taken by Her Majesty's Government rather than determined by the Scottish Parliament; agrees that reform in the delivery of health care is essential if we are to create a modern NHS which improves health and tackles health inequalities throughout Scotland, is transparent in its operation and publicly accountable, and prioritises the needs and expectations of patients and service users; is concerned that the Scottish Executive's use of the Private Finance Initiative and private healthcare capacity to redress decades of under-funding by the Tories damages the NHS and undermines the principle of a universal service that is free at the point of need; is further concerned that waiting lists and times are manipulated to the point of being meaningless, and believes that continuing reduction in the NHS acute sector capacity and staff shortages across the range of healthcare professions must be reversed if the NHS is to tackle effectively the crucial issues of bed blocking, waiting lists and times and hospital-acquired infection which remain fundamental obstructions to improving the health of the people of Scotland."

S1M-3106.3 Mary Scanlon: Investment and Reform in Health and Community Care-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3106) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert "agrees that investment in health must be accompanied by reform that is focused on the needs and expectations of patients and service users; supports a collaborative approach to reform which involves patients, staff and the wider public; believes that improving health and tackling health inequalities in both urban and rural Scotland should be central features of the reform agenda; regrets the failure of the Scottish Executive to deal with delayed discharge and hospital-acquired infection; notes that medical activity has decreased, and further notes that the Scottish Executive's National Waiting Times Unit has only achieved success after utilising the independent sector."

followed by Business Motion

S1M-3110 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees-

  1. the following programme of business-

Tuesday 28 May 2002

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on The Modernising Government Fund

11.30 am HM the Queen's Address

2.30 pm Executive Debate on Alternatives to Custody

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 29 May 2002

9.30 am Executive Debate on Potential Benefits to the Scottish Economy of the Planned Energy Research Institute and of the Diversification of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry

followed by Executive Motion on Nominations to the EU Economic and Social Committee

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Scottish National Party Debate on Scotland's Air Links

followed by Scottish National Party Debate on GM Crops

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 30 May 2002

9.30 am Ministerial Statement and Debate on the Executive Programme

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Business Motion

2.00 pm Question Time

3.00 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Implementing the Cancer Strategy

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 12 June 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill

followed by, Executive Business

no later than

3.35 pm

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 13 June 2002

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Business

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (b) that the Justice 1 Committee and the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee report to the Justice 2 Committee by 21 May 2002 on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Source Records) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/205), the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Juveniles) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/206) and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Cancellation of Authorisations) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/207).

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the terms and conditions of private sector cleaning and catering contracts at Hairmyres Hospital, Lanarkshire. (S1O-5204)

2. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the formulae used to distribute funding to public bodies. (S1O-5211)

3. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has given to Lothian NHS Board regarding the 1% per annum strategic change deduction agreed by the board's chief executives. (S1O-5213)

4. Withdrawn

5. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what statutory or other influence it has over Scotrail's train timetabling. (S1O-5207)

6. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that Scottish Water maximises the amount of work which is contracted out locally, particularly in rural areas. (S1O-5242)

7. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on implementing the New Deal Next Phase programme. (S1O-5239)

8. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken following the publication of the report on hospital-acquired infection by the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland. (S1O-5229)

9. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has to address the levels of freight costs faced by island communities. (S1O-5205)

10. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated increase is in the NHS drugs bill for 2002-03. (S1O-5230)

11. Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what procedures it has in place to consult with those local authorities which are not members of COSLA. (S1O-5202)

12. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to reinstate accident and emergency services at the Dunbar Hospital, Thurso. (S1O-5212)

13. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schoolchildren currently suffer from ME and chronic fatigue syndrome. (S1O-5196)

14. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will build on the fall in the fear of crime as reported in the 2000 Scottish Crime Survey. (S1O-5240)

15. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to develop walking in the Highlands within the tourism market. (S1O-5215)

16. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what support is currently available for the training of people involved in supporting victims of domestic abuse. (S1O-5217)

17. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it gives to counselling services for those with mental health problems. (S1O-5226)

18. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the work of the Digital Scotland pathfinder projects will lead to improved broadband access for businesses in rural areas. (S1O-5218)

19. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children currently live in low-income families. (S1O-5219)

20. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what the outcomes were of its meetings on 29 April 2002 with representatives of Angus Council and the other local authorities neighbouring Dundee. (S1O-5203)

21. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in the introduction of the career wind down scheme for teachers under the McCrone settlement. (S1O-5197)

22. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what evaluation has been made of the effectiveness of the drug court pilot schemes. (S1O-5214)

23. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the tourism and export opportunities for Fife from the new Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry service. (S1O-5208)

24. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what Scottish Water's policy is regarding first time water and sewerage connections. (S1O-5231)

25. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what future role is envisaged for racial equality councils in Scotland. (S1O-5243)

26. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it has issued to local authority education departments regarding school policy for supporting pupils with ME or chronic fatigue syndrome. (S1O-5199)

27. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what encouragement it is giving to forestry companies to remove their freight traffic from roads. (S1O-5210)

28. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what legislative changes it plans to make to help victims of domestic abuse. (S1O-5227)

29. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Central Scotland Police and what matters were discussed. (S1O-5228)

30. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the reform of charity law. (S1O-5238)

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S1F-1906)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S1F-1909)

3. Mr John McAllion: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive regards ME as a neurological illness. (S1F-1904)

4. Richard Lochhead: To ask the First Minister whether the draft UK Communications Bill will have an impact on Scottish culture. (S1F-1915)

5. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive is taking to correct any funding mismatch in respect of six local authorities as identified by Professor Arthur Midwinter. (S1F-1907)

6. Mary Scanlon: To ask the First Minister whether VisitScotland is maximising tourism opportunities. (S1F-1912)

3.30 pm Motion on the Golden Jubilee

S1M-3103 Mr Jack McConnell: The Golden Jubilee-That the Parliament congratulates Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of Her Golden Jubilee; expresses its gratitude for Her Majesty's outstanding public service and steadfast dedication to duty over half a century of immense change; affirms the respect that is held for Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland, and looks forward with anticipation to the continuation of that long and close association on the occasion of Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee tour of Scotland later this month and Her visit to the Parliament in Aberdeen on 28 May.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-3103.1 Tommy Sheridan: The Golden Jubilee-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3103) in the name of Mr Jack McConnell, leave out from "congratulates" to end and insert "believes that the position of Her Majesty the Queen and the monarchy represent the worst excesses of the extreme inequality of wealth and power which undermine society as a whole; calls on Her Majesty the Queen to pay full inheritance tax on the estate left to her by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and believes that Scotland's future is as an independent republic where the people are sovereign and are recognised as citizens, not subjects as is the case currently under our archaic and outdated monarchy arrangement."

4.00 pm Debate on National Waste Strategy-

S1M-3105 Ross Finnie: National Waste Strategy-That the Parliament supports the Scottish Executive's commitment to sustainable waste management; commends the progress being made towards the establishment of a National Waste Plan by partnership working between the Executive, local government, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and other stakeholders; welcomes the preparation of draft area waste plans to establish the best practicable environmental options for municipal waste management, and notes that all have a part to play in the reduction and better management of Scotland's waste.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-3105.1 Bruce Crawford: National Waste Strategy-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3105) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "notes that in February 2000 the European Commission applied for a declaration that the UK had failed to fulfil its obligations in particular under Council Directive 75/442/EEC of 15 July 1975 on waste, and that the UK accepted this failure and the European Court of Justice found the UK (including Scotland) in breach of a number of waste related Directives; further notes that the National Waste Strategy was published in 1999 together with a commitment to the production of Area Waste Plans by the end of 2000 and that this target date was subsequently extended to a final deadline of March 2002; is concerned with the slow progress being made towards the better management of waste in Scotland, and believes that in order to speed up progress the Executive must firstly introduce mandatory targets, on an all Scotland basis, of 30% to 35% for recycling and composting of household waste by 2010."

S1M-3105.3 John Scott: National Waste Strategy-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3105.3) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "welcomes the preparation of draft area waste plans; regrets the slow progress being made towards ambitious recycling targets being set in the National Waste Plan; notes the need to build on work done already by local authorities, and recognises the need for community involvement and ownership of the problems of waste disposal at all levels to make a National Waste Strategy effective throughout Scotland."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-3108 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Suspension of Standing Orders-That the Parliament agrees that Rule 13.6.2 and Rule 13.6.3 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 30 May 2002.

S1M-3111 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSIs-That the Parliament agrees that The Air Quality (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 be approved.

S1M-3117 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees-That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party as permitted under Rule 6.3A-

Miss Annabel Goldie Audit Committee

Murdo Fraser Education, Culture and
Sport Committee

Mr David Davidson Enterprise and Lifelong
Learning Committee

Mr Jamie McGrigor Equal Opportunities
Committee

David Mundell European Committee

Mr Keith Harding Finance Committee

Ben Wallace Health and Community
Care Committee

Bill Aitken Justice 1 Committee

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton Justice 2 Committee

John Young Local Government
Committee

Phil Gallie Procedures Committee

Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh Public Petitions
Committee

John Scott Rural Development
Committee

Keith Harding Social Justice Committee

Alex Johnstone Standards Committee

Brian Monteith Subordinate Legislation
Committee

David Mundell Transport and the Environment Committee

S1M-3118 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees-That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes for the Scottish National Party as permitted under Rule 6.3A-

Duncan Hamilton Audit Committee

Fiona McLeod Education, Culture and
Sport Committee

Fergus Ewing Enterprise and Lifelong
Learning Committee

Michael Matheson Equal Opportunities
Committee

Winnie Ewing European Committee

Andrew Wilson Finance Committee

Brian Adam Health and Community
Care Committee

Kay Ullrich Justice 1 Committee

Roseanna Cunningham Justice 2 Committee

Tricia Marwick Local Government
Committee

Richard Lochhead Procedures Committee

Irene McGugan Public Petitions
Committee

Alasdair Morgan Rural Development
Committee

Sandra White Social Justice Committee

Mike Russell Standards Committee

Kenny MacAskill Subordinate Legislation
Committee

Bruce Crawford Transport and the
Environment Committee

S1M-3120 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees-That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes for the Liberal Democrat Party as permitted under Rule 6.3A-

Jamie Stone Audit Committee

Robert Brown Education, Culture and
Sport Committee

John Farquhar Munro Enterprise and Lifelong
Learning Committee

Nora Radcliffe Equal Opportunities
Committee

Tavish Scott European Committee

Keith Raffan Finance Committee

Ian Jenkins Health Committee

Margaret Smith Justice 1 Committee

Donald Gorrie Justice 2 Committee

Robert Brown Local Government
Committee

Iain Smith Procedures Committee

Mike Rumbles Public Petitions
Committee

George Lyon Rural Development
Committee

Keith Raffan Social Justice Committee

Ian Jenkins Standards Committee

Mike Rumbles Subordinate Legislation
Committee

Iain Smith Transport and the
Environment Committee

S1M-3119 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee-That the Parliament agrees that Elaine Thomson be appointed to the Finance Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business-

debate on the subject of-

S1M-2622 Marilyn Livingstone: Cross-Party Support for a Review of the Construction Industry in Scotland-That the Parliament recognises the importance of the construction industry to the Scottish economy and the contribution it makes to supporting employment and vocational education and training; notes that nine out of every 10 construction firms employ less than eight people; acknowledges that the reputation of the whole industry is damaged by the actions of rogue traders, particularly within the residential sector, and that small businesses contend that their profitability and competitiveness is adversely affected by the system of cash retentions, and believes that the Scottish Executive should initiate a strategic review of construction in Scotland in order to (a) identify how best to combat the "cowboy" element, (b) support the education and training infrastructure so that it is able to meet the skill requirements of the industry, (c) examine the possibility of developing an inspection and assessment regime to evaluate the competence of construction companies, (d) address the system of cash retentions and (e) ensure that the provisions within the existing construction contracts legislation deliver a process that is fair, effective and easy to understand.

 

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