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A : Daily Business List
B : Business Programme
D : Oral Questions selected for answer
E : Written questions lodged
F : Motions and Amendments
G : Bills: Notices and Amendments
H : New Documents
I : Petitions lodged
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 78 / 2003

Thursday 29th May 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Revised at 12.30pm

Meeting of the Parliament

2:30 pm Question Time

1. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on protests on 29 May 2003 about the environmental effect of the testing of depleted uranium weapons at Dundrennan. (S2O-47)

2. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the results of the area tourist board network review. (S2O-37)

3. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will carry out an urgent survey of the A9 at Kessock Junction and undertake any improvements identified. (S2O-34)

4. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent steps have been taken with Her Majesty's Government to formulate policies and strategies to ensure that Scottish economic growth matches that achieved by the rest of the United Kingdom. (S2O-18)

5. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the commencement date will be for the construction of the Edinburgh tram network. (S2O-39)

6. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in reducing the amount of on-call work carried out by Scottish Ambulance Service staff. (S2O-3)

7. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive when it next plans to meet the Scottish Agricultural College and what matters will be discussed. (S2O-2)

8. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will meet the Forth Bridgemaster as a matter of urgency to discuss measures to relieve peak hour congestion levels on, and leading up to, the Forth Road Bridge. (S2O-30)

9. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions there have been with City of Edinburgh Council about its new housing system for homeless people. (S2O-20)

10. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of any implications of the congestion charging scheme in London for similar schemes proposed in Scotland. (S2O-42)

11. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what its first steps will be to achieve economic growth. (S2O-53)

12. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive how the national waste strategy will ensure the future of community-based recycling schemes. (S2O-57)

13. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is anticipated on the construction of the Borders railway. (S2O-27)

14. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Agricultural College Board regarding its rationalisation proposals. (S2O-43)

15. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce legislation for a statutory independent charity regulator, supported by an accessible appeals procedure and incorporating a new definition of charity based on public benefit and limiting charitable status to bodies independent of government and, if so, when it will do so. (S2O-63)

16. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the number of NHS consultant surgeons. (S2O-67)

17. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will begin to implement its proposals to tackle anti-social behaviour and make communities safer. (S2O-58)

18. Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will meet representatives of the Scottish Agricultural College. (S2O-9)

19. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will commence its review of existing bridge tolls and enter into negotiations to end tolling on the Skye Bridge. (S2O-16)

20. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what the economic impact will be of the delay in the opening of the rail station at Edinburgh Park. (S2O-28)

21. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what extra resources it will make available for the purchase of digital hearing aids and for staff training, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland. (S2O-56)

22. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the availability of dentists in rural areas and across the north east. (S2O-26)

23. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government regarding the bid for the European Maritime Safety Agency to be located in Glasgow. (S2O-36)

24. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet Scottish Water. (S2O-23)

25. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the jobs potential in the Highlands from Scotland's renewable energy sources. (S2O-29)

26. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend the provision of mobile NHS chiropody facilities in rural areas where NHS chiropody services are no longer available. (S2O-15)

27. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support a bid from the National Museums of Scotland for a Concorde aircraft to be added to the collection of the Museum of Flight at East Fortune. (S2O-32)

28. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met Fife NHS Board and what matters were discussed. (S2O-65)

29. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve the diet of schoolchildren. (S2O-17)

30. Withdrawn

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. (S2F-35)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S2F-22)

3. Robin Harper: To ask the First Minister when he will reconvene the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Sustainable Scotland and what issues will be discussed. (S2F-21)

4. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the First Minister when the Scottish Executive will introduce measures to tackle anti-social behaviour. (S2F-30)

5. Tricia Marwick: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive is taking to ensure that there is a national review of nursery nurses' pay and conditions. (S2F-29)

6. Mike Rumbles: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive will improve the transport infrastructure. (S2F-10)

3:30 pm Continuation of Debate on the First Minister's Statement on the Programme of the Scottish Executive

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S2M-72 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Office of the Clerk-That the Parliament agrees that between 1 June 2003 and 27 August 2004 the office of the Clerk shall be open all days except: Saturdays and Sundays, 28 November 2003, 24 December (pm), 25 December and 26 December 2003, 1 and 2 January 2004, 9 and 12 April 2004, 3 May, 28 May and 31 May 2004.

S2M-73 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Rule 2.3.1-That the Parliament agrees the following dates under Rule 2.3.1: 28 June - 31 August 2003 (inclusive), 11 - 26 October 2003 (inclusive), 20 December 2003 - 4 January 2004 (inclusive), 14 February - 22 February 2004 (inclusive), 3 April - 18 April 2004 (inclusive) and 26 June - 29 August 2004 (inclusive).

S2M-76 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill - Electronic Voting-That the Parliament directs that under Rule 11.8.3 of the Standing Orders any division at Stage 2 of the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill shall be conducted using the electronic voting system.

S2M-85 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill - Suspension of Standing Orders: That the Parliament agrees that Rules 9.5.3A, 9.5.3B, 9.6.1, 9.6.2, 9.6.3, 9.6.4, 9.6.5, 9.6.6, 9.7.9 and 9.8.3 of the Standing Orders to be suspended for the purposes of the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill.

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of-

S2M-10 Mr Adam Ingram: Scottish Agricultural College-That the Parliament views with concern the plans by the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) board to move the college's teaching and research services from Auchincruive, Ayrshire and Craibstone, Aberdeen to Edinburgh; believes that there should be a full economic impact assessment that takes into account the effect that this move would have on students, staff and local communities before the proposal is approved by the Scottish Executive; questions the methodology used by the consultants in their review and report, and considers that there should be a halt to the movement of staff from the SAC campuses in Ayrshire and Aberdeen to Edinburgh, which runs contrary to the Scottish Executive's policy of dispersing agency and department jobs and offices outwith the central belt, until proper scrutiny is carried out by the Parliament and its committees.

 

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