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Business Bulletin No. 107/2002

Thursday 27 June 2002

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meetings of Committees

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

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

20th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 1.45 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Tourism Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider and select an adviser for the tourism inquiry.

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-3258 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill - Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that, at Stage 3 of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion at the time specified –

Consideration of amendments – no later than 10.15 am

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 10.30 am

followed by Stage 3 Debate on Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill—

S1M-3112 Mr Mike Rumbles: Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill - Stage 3—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill be passed.

followed by Finance Committee Debate on its Report on Stage 1 of the 2003/04 Budget Process—

S1M-3225 Des McNulty on behalf of the Finance Committee: 3rd Report of the Finance Committee 2002—That the Parliament notes the 3rd Report 2002 of the Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2003/04 Budget Process (SP Paper 597) and refers the recommendations to the Scottish Executive for consideration.

followed by Motion on Police Reform Bill – UK Legislation

S1M-3237 Mr Jim Wallace: Police Reform Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle that sex offenders orders made in one jurisdiction within the United Kingdom should be recognised and enforceable throughout the UK with appropriate provisions in place concerning how the orders are applied for, amended and discharged, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these ends should be considered by the UK Parliament in the Police Reform Bill.

followed by, no

later than 1.00 pm Motions on appointment of Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsmen—

S1M-3244 Trish Godman on behalf of the Selection Panel: Appointment of Scottish Public Services Ombudsman—That the Parliament nominates Professor Alice Brown to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

S1M-3245 Trish Godman on behalf of the Selection Panel: Appointment of Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman—That the Parliament nominates Mr Eric Drake to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman.

S1M-3246 Trish Godman on behalf of the Selection Panel: Appointment of Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman—That the Parliament nominates Ms Carolyn Hirst to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman.

S1M-3247 Trish Godman on behalf of the Selection Panel: Appointment of Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman—That the Parliament nominates Reverend Lewis Shand Smith to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman.

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to extend proposals to allow NHS boards to withhold medical treatment from repeatedly violent patients to include patients who threaten violence. (S1O-5437)

2. Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce a certificate in the management of drug misuse in conjunction with the Royal College of General Practitioners in Scotland. (S1O-5428)

3. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken following publication of the Agriculture and Environment Working Group report. (S1O-5424)

4. Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it remains committed to supporting community councils. (S1O-5427)

5. Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to revise the fee payable to optometrists in order to take account of extra time needed to conduct an eye test for an adult with learning disabilities. (S1O-5406)

6. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it is giving to amending police bail conditions. (S1O-5413)

7. Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support the work of local authorities and the police in respect of loan sharks. (S1O-5433)

8. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in evaluating local authority bids for funding for school improvements. (S1O-5405)

9. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to protect Scotland’s historic fishing rights. (S1O-5411)

10. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce the number of alcohol-related deaths in women. (S1O-5444)

11. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering increasing core funding to Victim Support Scotland, given the increasing number of referrals to Victim Support Scotland following changes in data protection arrangements. (S1O-5407)

12. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is monitoring the introduction of free personal and nursing care for elderly people in the run up to 1 July 2002. (S1O-5418)

13. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in eradicating any health inequalities between deprived areas and the rest of Scotland. (S1O-5425)

14. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of abolishing tuition fees and reintroducing student bursaries on the number of school leavers attending higher education. (S1O-5415)

15. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the renovation and building of schools. (S1O-5435)

16. Mr Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish its response to the consultation paper, Review of Liquor Licensing Law in Scotland. (S1O-5440)

17. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking ahead of the First Minister’s attendance at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in August. (S1O-5436)

18. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it has sought about the position of the Belgian Government in regard to crop trials of genetically modified oil seed rape and what information it has received about the position of the Belgian Government on this matter. (S1O-5408)

19. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any new developments in its community regeneration policies. (S1O-5432)

20. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to discuss with Communities Scotland the responsibility for maintenance costs of amenity areas and unadopted roads and paths that have been passed to owners of former Scottish Special Housing Association homes. (S1O-5416)

21. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all assessments for the implementation of free personal care on 1 July 2002 have been carried out. (S1O-5442)

22. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in tackling indiscipline in schools and in addressing concerns over violence against teachers. (S1O-5434)

23. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to protect Scotland's historic fishing rights during current negotiations on the Common Fisheries Policy. (S1O-5412)

24. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking in order to encourage more children to walk to school. (S1O-5410)

25. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will reach a decision on the application by Dumfries and Galloway Council to close Laurieston Primary School in Kirkcudbrightshire. (S1O-5438)

26. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what new proposals it has to address the number of GPs resigning in the Highlands. (S1O-5422)

27. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is introducing in order to tackle drug dealers. (S1O-5430)

28. Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure an equitable system of rating of gear stores for the aquaculture and fishing industries. (S1O-5421)

29. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities provide a textphone service. (S1O-5439)

30. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce median waiting times for people awaiting cataract operations. (S1O-5417)

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-2005)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S1F-2010)

3. Johann Lamont: To ask the First Minister what progress is being made by the Ministerial Group on Youth Crime, with particular regard to persistent young offenders and the effectiveness of the Children’s Hearings system. (S1F-2013)

4. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Executive has to address the need for capital investment in Highland and Islands Fire Brigade. (S1F-2007)

5. Fergus Ewing: To ask the First Minister whether sufficient measures have been taken to prevent any recurrence of the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic. (S1F-2023)

6. David Mundell: To ask the First Minister what support the Scottish Executive will give to the development of new nuclear power stations. (S1F-2021)

3.30 pm Debate on Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap—

S1M-3256 Ms Margaret Curran: Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s community regeneration statement Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap; agrees that despite past successes in community regeneration more needs to be done to improve the quality of life of people in Scotland’s deprived areas; fully endorses the policy proposals for improving public services in deprived communities, placing community regeneration more firmly within the strategic framework of community planning, giving more priority to community learning and development and improving monitoring and evaluation, and agrees that these measures will make a significant contribution to closing the gap between deprived areas and the rest of Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-3256.1 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3256) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, leave out from "warmly" to end and insert "notes with disappointment the content of the Scottish Executive’s community regeneration statement Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap; believes that community regeneration is a topic worthy of serious consideration, and demands that the Executive go back to the drawing board and come back when it has some well thought out, workable solutions to the problems faced by Scotland’s deprived communities."

S1M-3256.2 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3256) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, leave out from "warmly" to end and insert "notes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s community regeneration statement Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap; agrees that despite past successes in community regeneration more needs to be done to improve the quality of life of people in Scotland’s deprived areas; notes the Executive’s worthwhile aim of empowering professionals and communities to resolve local problems but considers that its bureaucratic, centralising approach fails to shift the emphasis of regeneration away from traditional government-imposed structures; notes that Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap contains no meaningful proposals to measure the success or failure of regeneration initiatives, and calls upon the Executive to implement a genuinely diverse approach, independent of government, to empower families, communities, local voluntary organisations and professionals to take action to resolve the difficulties faced by Scotland’s deprived communities."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-3250 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSIs—That the Parliament agrees that the following be approved—

Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Laying Hens (SE/2002/100);

Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Meat Chickens and Breeding Chickens (SE/2002/101); and

The draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002.

S1M-3251 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee be designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 and that the Health and Community Care Committee, the Education, Culture and Sport Committee and the Justice 1 and 2 Committees be secondary committees.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

debate on the subject of—

S1M-3207 Christine Grahame: Peebles Sheriff Court—That the Parliament notes with concern the threat of the permanent closure of Peebles Sheriff Court; further notes that the Minister for Justice is currently considering a report into the expenditure required to make the courthouse fully operational and intends to make his conclusion public soon, and further notes that the retention of the sheriff court at Peebles is supported by, inter alia, the Sheriff Principal of Lothian and Borders, the two sheriffs who sit there, the Society of Solicitors in the Shires of Selkirk and Peebles and the Faculty of Solicitors in Roxburghshire.

 

 

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