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A : Daily Business List
B : Business Programme
C : Agendas of Committee Meetings
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. 28 / 2004

Wednesday 11th February 2004

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Revised at 12.40 pm

Meetings of Committees

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

Education Committee

5th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 2

1. Child Protection Inquiry: The Committee will consider draft terms of reference for the inquiry.

2. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Communities Committee

6th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to its report at Stage 1.

Justice 1 Committee

6th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

5th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSSI 2004/13).

2. Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

3. 2005-06 Budget (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the 2005-06 budget process, including—

whether to seek the appointment of an adviser;

the remit and person specification for an adviser; and

possible candidates for the post.

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 11 February 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Dr Michael Purcell, Parish Priest, St Mary of the Angels, Camelon

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

The clerk has been advised of the topics of the following Scottish National Party business

followed by Scottish National Party debate on The Future of Scottish Football—

S2M-889 Mr Kenny MacAskill: The Future of Scottish Football—That the Parliament notes the crisis faced by Scottish football; recognises football’s significant contribution and potential impact in terms of its economic, social and health benefits and its role in our culture and identity; sympathises with the backroom and playing staff of those clubs worst affected; calls on professional football clubs to work with their supporters to harness the emotional and financial investment they make in their clubs; calls on the football authorities and clubs to ensure better business planning and financial management; believes that public funding for the game is essential but not the bail out of individual clubs; welcomes current and proposed financial support from the Scottish Executive but calls for such support to be matched by structural change; calls for the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to be a more integrated governing body for the game; calls for a review of the professional league structure in Scotland and the criteria for membership, and further calls for the SFA to regulate and develop participation by all ages and at all levels from grassroots in the community through to the national team.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-889.1 Mr Jamie McGrigor: The Future of Scottish Football—As an amendment to motion (S2M-889) in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill, leave out from "significant" to end and insert "importance in terms of its economic, social and health benefits and also its contribution to our culture and identity; believes, however, that football clubs must take responsibility for their own commercial decisions and that a well-run football club should be sustainable without the need for public funding; further believes that the Scottish Executive can help club finances by lifting the outdated alcohol ban in all-seater stadia, and invites the Scottish Football Association to consider reinstating the home international championship as a means of generating additional revenue for the development of the game."

S2M-889.2 Colin Fox: The Future of Scottish Football—As an amendment to motion (S2M-889) in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill, leave out from "sympathises" to end and insert "; notes the experience of successful club teams such as Barcelona that are mutually owned and elect their own board of directors to run the club; further notes that some clubs in the English Nationwide League have already chosen this path by setting up supporters’ trusts, and believes that public funding should be made available to allow for wider community involvement in the clubs and to co-ordinate the game across Scotland."

followed by Scottish National Party debate on Nuclear Waste—

S2M-890 Roseanna Cunningham: Nuclear Waste—That the Parliament is concerned that policies related to nuclear waste management are being discussed and debated at UK and European level without significant input from Scotland; believes that appropriate statutory guidance for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on radioactive discharges is urgently required, and considers that decisions regarding the control, management and disposal of nuclear waste material in Scotland should be a matter solely for the Scottish Ministers.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-890.3 Allan Wilson: Nuclear Waste—As an amendment to motion (S2M-890) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from "is concerned" to end and insert "agrees that the review of options for the long-term management of radioactive waste, currently being undertaken by the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, is the correct means of engaging Scotland in the debate to find a long-term publicly acceptable solution to the disposal of long-lived radioactive waste and that the Scottish Executive should continue to input into UK, European and international radioactive waste issues and require the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to implement policy such as the UK Strategy for Radioactive Discharges 2001-2020."

S2M-890.1 Alex Johnstone: Nuclear Waste—As an amendment to motion (S2M-890) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from "is concerned" to end and insert "believes that nuclear power capacity is vital in meeting Scotland’s future energy needs; recognises technical advances in the handling and disposal of the associated waste materials, and considers that the resolution of nuclear waste issues and the development of new nuclear power capacity can and must run in parallel, as the lengthy commissioning process means that decisions about new nuclear power stations cannot be put off any longer."

S2M-890.4 Mr Mark Ruskell: Nuclear Waste—As an amendment to motion (S2M-890) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert after "Parliament", "acknowledges that radioactive nuclear waste for which there is no safe disposal route will remain harmful to human health and the environment for many thousands of years and that responsibility for nuclear waste created by this generation will have to be inherited by countless future generations; considers that the most important step in tackling the growing problem of nuclear waste must be to stop creating the waste in the first instance; believes that Scotland should not accept nuclear waste originating outside Scotland and that waste arising from Scottish civil and military nuclear facilities should remain on the site of the originating facility in secure, monitorable and retrievable storage;".

followed by Business Motion—

S2M-906 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 12 February 2004—

after,

9.30 am Procedures Committee Debate on its 2nd Report 2003 (Session 2): Oral Questions in the Chamber; on its 1st Report 2004: Oral Questions and Time in the Chamber; and on its 2nd Report 2004: Emergency Bills

insert,

followed by Motion on Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill – UK Legislation

and after,

2.30 pm Question Time

delete,

3.10 pm Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill – UK Legislation

and insert,

3.10 pm Ministerial Statement on Common Agricultural Policy Reform

followed by Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) Bill

S2M-898 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 February 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 26 February 2004

9.30 am Executive Debate on a Better Deal for Young People

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Debate on Building and Supporting the NHS Workforce

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and (b) that consideration of the Tenements (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 3 June 2004.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-899 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Health Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Prohibition of Smoking in Regulated Areas (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-847 Nora Radcliffe: VisitScotland Tourist Information—That the Parliament notes the criticisms from the tourism industry about the performance and operation of the visitscotland.com website; in particular, notes the concerns among some operators about the negative impact the website is having on their custom due to technical problems with the site, the high cost of subscription, the apparent lack of reliable information in some instances and the cost in lost tourism; recognises how important tourism is to the Scottish economy, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive and VisitScotland must ensure that these problems are resolved ahead of the 2004 tourist season.

 

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