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BUSINESS BULLETIN 39 / 2000

Thursday 2 March 2000

Section A – Daily Business List

 

 

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Motion by David McLetchie –

S1M-610 David McLetchie: European Convention on Human Rights—That the Parliament notes with concern the disruption to Scotland’s judicial system resulting from Her Majesty’s Government’s decision to directly incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into Scots Law without having paid due attention to the consequences; further notes that the Convention now impacts directly upon the legislative competence of the Parliament and the powers of the Scottish Executive and from October 2000 will apply to all public authorities in Scotland; calls upon the Scottish Executive to provide, at the earliest opportunity, a full report to the Parliament on the impact of incorporation to date and a statement on the Executive’s state of preparedness for October when the Convention becomes fully operational, and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to provide a full and detailed analysis of the ECHR implications of legislative proposals submitted to the Parliament and to consider establishing a Human Rights Commission or some other body to provide expert advice and guidance on the impact of the ECHR on public authorities in Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-610.1 Mr Jim Wallace: European Convention on Human Rights—As an amendment to motion (S1M-610) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "with concern" to end and insert "that the obligation to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) has existed since 1951; appreciates that the Scotland Act 1998 together with the Human Rights Act 1998 will enable Scots to enforce their basic human rights in their own courts; notes that substantial training on the ECHR has been provided for the main justice agencies and that detailed guidance has been sent to public authorities; notes that the Scottish Executive will be considering the possibility of establishing a Scottish Human Rights Commission; and further notes that if it is considered necessary to do so, proposals for legislation will be brought forward in due course.

S1M-610.2 Roseanna Cunningham: European Convention on Human Rights—As an amendment to motion (S1M-610) in the name of David McLetchie, delete from "consider" to end and insert: "establish a Human Rights Commission which would advise both the Parliament and the Executive, issue guidance and promote good practice in public authorities, promote greater access to justice and advise on wider international human rights obligations."

followed by Business Motion

S1M-611 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees

the following programme of business—

Wednesday 8 March 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Non - Executive Business – Scottish National Party

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-557 Patricia Ferguson: International Women’s Day


Thursday 9 March 2000

9.30 am Executive Debate on "Created in Scotland – The Way Forward for Manufacturing in the 21st Century"

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Ministerial Statement

4.00 pm Stage 1 of the Census Bill

followed by Financial Resolution on the Census Bill

followed by Motion on The Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-606 Mr Alex Salmond: Peterhead Prison


Wednesday 15 March 2000

2.30 pm Time For Reflection

followed by Stage 2 of the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 of the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business


Thursday 16 March 2000

9.30 am Committee Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

12.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

to conclude at 3.30pm

 

2.30 pm Question Time

 

1. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in its forthcoming meeting with the Chief Executive of Railtrack, it will discuss the issue of investment to reduce journey times between Aberdeen and Edinburgh. (S1O-1269)

 

2. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to establish a First Minister’s website, similar to the Prime Minister’s site at www.number-10.gov.uk. R (S1O-1249)

 

3. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to revise the Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) control regime in the light of the expected revised EU Directive permitting national ISA regimes. (S1O-1279)

 

4. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been distributed from the Mental Health and Well Being Development Fund, and how many projects have benefited. (S1O-1284)

 

5. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure the physical protection of elderly people in society. (S1O-1262)

 

6. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision it has made for meeting the cost of establishing the Loch Lomond National Park and whether all funding, once determined, will be additional and will not displace resources from environmental programmes in other geographic areas outside the park boundaries. (S1O-1281)

 

7. Ms Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty’s Government regarding reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. (S1O-1266)

 

8. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many local authorities now have bylaws in place to protect children from taking on unsuitable employment at a young age and what steps it is taking to ensure that those bylaws are enforced where they exist and are promoted as necessary where they do not. (S1O-1241)

 

9. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the incineration of municipal solid waste to create electricity is a renewable form of energy generation. (S1O-1278)

 

10. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what policy and funding initiatives have been implemented to promote access to further education and community based training. (S1O-1288)

 

11. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns regarding the uptake of the MMR injection. (S1O-1282)

 

12. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to continue funding the Strathclyde Police witness protection programme from 1 April 2000. (S1O-1252)

 

13. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure the future of the Campbeltown–Ballycastle route. (S1O-1257)

 

14. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will support the Education, Culture and Sport committee in calling for the Scottish Football Association to explore the feasibility of the 2010 World Cup being hosted by the celtic nations of the British Isles. (S1O-1263)

 

15. Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive what incentives are in place to encourage members of the public to report organised counterfeit groups to the relevant enforcement authorities and, if there are none, whether it intends to introduce such incentives. (S1O-1267)

 

16. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in developing a science strategy for Scotland. (S1O-1264)

 

17. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans regarding genetically modified food. (S1O-1286)

 

18. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in supporting best practice and best value in local authority service delivery. (S1O-1244)

 

19. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will set out the legal position on the use of barbed and razor wire on the boundaries of residential properties. (S1O-1251)

 

20. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to support Glasgow City Council in meeting the needs of its older citizens. (S1O-1260)

 

21. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure equalisation of waiting times, across all specialities, within NHS Trusts and health boards. (S1O-1253)

 

22. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in the development of anti-racist education since the publication of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report and whether it will include a provision to promote equality of opportunity in the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Bill. (S1O-1268)

 

23. Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many police officers were on duty during the protest at the Faslane Nuclear Base on 14 February 2000 and how much this police presence cost. (S1O-1265)

 

24. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific steps it is taking or intends to take to tackle fuel poverty during this session of the Parliament. (S1O-1270)

 

25. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the representations it has received, whether it now intends not to proceed with its proposed repeal of section 2A of the Local Government Act 1986. (S1O-1245)

 

26. Withdrawn

 

27. Withdrawn

 

28. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Ministerial Statement by the Minister for Transport and the Environment on 7 October 1999, what steps are being taken to promote the safety of rail passengers. (S1O-1277)

 

29. Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to maintain the overnight rail freight service from the Highlands to London. (S1O-1242)

 

30. Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Lothian University Hospitals’ Trust have informed it of any adjustment to the levels of service which will be required to eliminate or minimise the projected overspend of £5 million. (S1O-1243)

 

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

 

1. Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the First Minister what currently are the Scottish Executive’s main priorities. (S1F-163)

 

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he last met the Prime Minister and what issues were discussed. (S1F-160)

 

3. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive is taking to improve the criminal justice system. (S1F-162)

 

4. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Executive has to mark International Women’s Day. (S1F-168)

 

5. Nick Johnston: To ask the First Minister whether any members of the Scottish Executive have forfeited part of their ministerial salaries for 1999-2000 and 2000-01. (S1F-157)

 

6. Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the First Minister what measures are being taken to increase the employment opportunities of those in Scotland’s most disadvantaged areas. (S1F-167)

 

3.30 pm Motion by Mr Alasdair Morison –

S1M-607 Mr Alasdair Morrison: Gaelic—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s programme of action in support of the Gaelic language, in particular its support for Gaelic-medium education; recognises the cultural, economic and social contribution of Gaelic to Scotland; supports the Scottish Executive’s participation in the Columba Initiative (Iomairt Chaluim Chille) to strengthen the links between the Gaelic-speaking communities of Scotland and of Ireland, and commends the work of local authorities, schools, colleges, universities and voluntary bodies in making available Gaelic-medium education at all levels from pre-school to tertiary and continuing education and in promoting the Gaelic arts.

Gu bheil Pàrlamaid na h-Alba

a’ cur fàilte air iomairt Riaghaltais na h-Alba airson taic a chur ris a’ Ghàidhlig, gu h-àraid an taic a tha a’ toirt do fhoghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig;

a’ gabhail ri luach cultarail, eacononmach agus sòisealta na Gàidhlig do dh’Alba;

a’ cur taic ris a’ phàirt a tha Riaghaltas na h-Alba a’ gabhail ann an Iomairt Chaluim Chille gus na ceanglaichean a neartachadh eadar coimhearsnachdan Gàidhlig an Alba agus an Eirinn; agus

a’ moladh na h-obrach a tha ùghdarrasan ionadail, sgoiltean, colaistean, oilthighean agus buidhnean saor-thoileach a’ dèanamh airson foghlaim tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig a thairgse aig gach ìre ro-sgoile gu treas-ìre agus foghlam leantainneach agus airson a bhith a’ leasachadh nan ealan Gàidhlig.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-607.1 Mr Brian Monteith: Gaelic—As an amendment to motion (S1M-607) in the name of Mr Alasdair Morrison, leave out from "in particular" to "Ireland" and insert "building upon the increased investment of the previous Conservative governments but believes it could go much further by supporting grant aided Gaelic medium schools and ultimately allowing Gaelic education boards to run Gaelic schools within the state system; recognises the cultural, economic and social contribution of Gaelic to Scotland"

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business –

S1M-474 Richard Lochhead: Grampian Television—That the Parliament recognises the contribution made in the past by Grampian Television to the regional identity of the North East of Scotland and to the social cohesion of the diverse communities it services; notes the threat posed to the station by the Scottish Media Group’s proposals on re-organisation of its regional production department, which involve the shedding of jobs and a cut in pay levels; supports the high standard of regional broadcasting and the dedicated work of broadcasting professionals whose livelihoods are now under threat, and urges the Scottish Executive to state publicly its support for regional broadcasting.

  
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