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No. 14 Wednesday 1 September 1999

The meeting opened at 2.30 pm .

1. Business Motion: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-113—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 1 September 1999

2.30 pm Business Motion

followed by Ministerial Statement and Questions on Continental Tyres

followed by Debate on an Executive motion on Public Health

followed by Motion to Designate lead committees for Scottish Statutory Instruments (to be taken without debate)

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-90 Mr Duncan Hamilton: The Regeneration of Cowal

Thursday 2 September 1999

9.30 am Debate on a motion to treat the Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill as an Emergency Bill, followed by a decision

followed by, no later than 11.00 am Parliamentary Bureau motion on timetabling of the Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill (to be taken without debate), followed by a decision

followed by Stage 1 debate on the Me ntal Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill, followed by a decision no later than 1½ hours after the start of the debate

followed by Motion on Procedures for Stages 2 and 3 of the Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill (to be taken without debate), followed by a decision

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Debate on Executive motion on National Cultural Strategy

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business debate on the subject of S1M-94 Maureen Macmillan: Domestic Violence

Wednesday 8 September 1999

2.30 pm Motion on a Financial Resolution required in relation to the provisions of the Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill (to be taken without debate), followed by a decision

followed by Motion on the timetabling of debates in Stages 2 and 3 of the Me ntal Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill (to be taken without debate), followed by a decision

followed by Debates on Stages 2 and 3 of the Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill (including decisions)

6.00 pm Decision Time

Thursday 9 September 1999

9.30 am Debate on an Executive motion on Programme for Government

12.20 pm Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Conclusion of debate on an Executive motion on Programme for Government

4.30 pm Debate on a motion on Time for Reflection

followed by Motion on Me mbership of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (to be taken without debate)

followed by Motions to Approve SSIs (to be taken without debate)

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (b) the following dates by which other committees should make any recommendations on instruments or draft instruments to the lead committee—

the European Committee to report to the Transport and the Environment Committee on the Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/1) by 1 October 1999 ; and

the European Committee to report to the Rural Affairs Committee on the Plant Health (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/22) by 1 October 1999.

The motion was agreed to.

2. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning made a statement on Continental Tyres.

3. Public Health: The Minister for Health and Community Care moved S1M-105—That the Parliament agrees the key priority of promoting better health as outlined in the Partnership Agreement ; endorses the principles of the White Paper, Towards a Healthier Scotland , as the foundation for action to improve the health of the people of Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to work in partnership with relevant organisations to implement measures to achieve this aim.

Mary Scanlon moved amendment S1M-105.1 to motion S1M-105—

Leave out from “the key” to end and insert—

“that a partnership between individuals and health providers based on shared responsibilities is a better route to improving health in Scotland than the Scottish Executive's plans, based on “improved life circumstances” and action in relation to “health topics”, which are failing the people of Scotland .”

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 18, Against 94, Abstentions 0).

The motion was then agreed to (DT).

4. Designation of Lead Committees: Mr Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S1M-112—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of lead committees—

the Rural Affairs Committee to consider the Plant Health (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/22); and
the Transport and Environment Committee to consider the Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/1).

The motion was agreed to (DT).

5. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 3 and 4 as noted above.

6. The Regeneration of Cowal: The Parliament debated S1M-90 in the name of Mr Duncan Hamilton—That the Parliament notes with concern the economic crisis facing Cowal as a result of the continued decline in jobs and job opportunities, recent local authority cut backs, the perilous state of repair of Dunoon Pier, and the uncertain future of the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry link, and welcomes the call by the Dunoon Observer for an inclusive, all party campaign to seek assistance for the area and to act as a focus for the regeneration of this important part of Argyll.

he meeting closed at 5.32 pm.

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