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BUSINESS BULLETIN 84 / 2000

Thursday 18 May 2000

Section A - Daily Business List

Revised 2.00pm

 

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Debate on Community Care—

S1M-868 Iain Gray: Community Care—That the Parliament commends the Executive’s approach to community care, which aims to put the people using services and their carers at the centre, building on Modernising Community Care: an Action Plan; welcomes progress on the Strategy for Carers in Scotland, published in November; welcomes the work of the National Care Standards Committee to ensure the quality of care provision through national standards; welcomes the consultation on proposals for the independent regulation of care services and staff; welcomes the setting up of the Joint Future Group in December; welcomes the publication of the Learning Disability Review report The same as you? on 11 May 2000, and calls upon the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary and private sectors to make joint working a reality in every aspect of community care, in a Scotland where everyone matters.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-868.1 Kay Ullrich: Community Care—As an amendment to motion (S1M-868) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "supports the concept of care in the community; recognises the excellent work done in the Sutherland Report on long term care With Respect to Old Age; condemns the continued failure of the Executive to implement fully the recommendations of that Royal Commission; demands adequate funding for those providing services within local government and the voluntary sector; urges the Executive to accept responsibility for community care, and invites it to provide real leadership, and the necessary funding, to enable successful joint working in this field."

S1M-868.2 Mary Scanlon: Community Care—As an amendment to motion (S1M-868) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "notes that the Scottish Executive’s approach to community care has resulted in a 40% increase in blocked beds in acute hospitals since 1997, to a total of 2,400 in the latest delayed discharge census, and that this costs the NHS in Scotland up to 96 million per year compared with the cost of nursing home places; further notes that many local authorities across Scotland have been forced to reduce services and increase costs for community care clients as a direct result of the Executive’s latest local government financial settlement; further notes that many nursing and residential homes are facing severe financial pressure, due to decisions by councils to freeze fees for social work funded places despite cost increases; calls upon the Scottish Executive to unify health and social work budgets within Community Health Trusts involving NHS community services, social work services, the voluntary sector and the private sector; and believes that NHS resources wasted on blocked beds should be transferred to Health Trusts in order to provide more community care places and to deliver seamless and more effective community care services for clients. "

followed by Business Motion—

S1M-864 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees

a) as an addition to the Business Motion agreed on 11 May 2000—

 

Thursday 18 May 2000

after Stage 1 Debate on the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill, insert:

followed by Executive Motion on Learning & Skills Bill – UK Legislation

and, b) the following programme of business—

 

Wednesday 24 May 2000

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Non Executive Business – Scottish National Party

2.30 pm Ministerial Statement

3.00 pm Stage 1 Debate – National Parks (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution on the National Parks (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – debate on the subject of S1M-724 Johann Lamont: Jobs and Training in the Construction Industry

 

Thursday 25 May 2000

9.30 am Executive Debate on Race Relations – UK Legislation

10.15 am Executive Debate on Rural Scotland – A New Approach

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution on the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-653 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Dyspraxia

 

Thursday 1 June 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement

10.00 am Committee Business

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-822 Mr Keith Harding: Bell Baxter High School in Cupar

and c),

that Stage 1 of the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill be completed by 25 May 2000

 

2.30 pm Question Time

 

1. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how patient care in Scotland will be affected by changes at the Heart Transplant Unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. (S1O-1735)

 

2. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to address the concerns expressed by livestock producers in relation to the new promotion body Quality Meat Scotland. (S1O-1712)

 

3. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for capital investment in rural economies in the current year. (S1O-1723)

 

4. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all the information contained in Scottish Health Statistics 1999 is accurate. (S1O-1714)

 

5. Withdrawn

 

6. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it has regarding the possible health consequences of the use of lead solder in water and heating systems. (S1O-1711)

 

7. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the activities of the Coach House Trust in the areas of community care, social inclusion, lifelong learning and the environment in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency. (S1O-1739)

 

8. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent statistics are concerning the proportion of new Scottish mothers choosing to breastfeed in comparison to other EU countries, and what steps are being taken to increase the proportion of women, particularly from lower income households, who choose breastfeeding as opposed to formula milk for their babies. (S1O-1699)

 

9. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what priority is being given to the introduction of salaried general practitioners. (S1O-1745)

 

10. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the proposal by Forest Enterprise to lease out part of the forest of Ae for a landfill waste site. (S1O-1713)

 

11. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in providing drugs education to Scotland’s children. (S1O-1720)

 

12. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the consultation on financial support for post-graduate students to be completed. (S1O-1728)

 

13. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it sees for information and communications technologies in actively promoting social inclusion. (S1O-1747)

 

14. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet the management and workforce of Kvaerner Methil to discuss the future of the yard. (S1O-1706)

 

15. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to re-examine the guidance it offers local authorities regarding the issue of deferred entry to primary school. (S1O-1715)

 

16. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets have been set for the implementation of Agenda 21 strategies by local authorities and how the progress of such strategies is being monitored. (S1O-1733)

 

17. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to retain the current status of very sheltered housing as housing provision, placing it outside the proposed framework for the regulation of care and social services. (S1O-1718)

 

18. Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to investigate public concerns about the public consultation on Paterson’s toxic waste landfill site in Glasgow. (S1O-1751)

 

19. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it now has to promote the re-establishment of the Borders railway. (S1O-1717)

 

20. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the unemployment rate in Glasgow compares to the rates in other Scottish cities. (S1O-1738)

 

21. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline its policy towards rural schools. (S1O-1744)

 

22. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to promote a positive approach among children and young people towards public transport. (S1O-1749)

 

23. Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce its decision concerning the outstanding planning application for the Lingerbay Quarry on the Isle of Harris. (S1O-1704)

 

24. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to encourage and support parents in introducing infants and their children to books and reading. (S1O-1748)

 

25. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the report commissioned by West Lothian Council into the re-opening of the rail link between Bathgate and Airdrie. (S1O-1710)

 

26. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the capital expenditure on school buildings in each of the last four years and how this expenditure compares to expenditure on information technology in schools in each of the past four years. (S1O-1732)

 

27. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-1570 by Susan Deacon on 27 April 2000, whether its policy is to further raise average life expectancies and to improve quality of life through health education, the prevention of ill health and improvements in diets. (S1O-1701)

 

28. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase expenditure on tackling fuel poverty following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s recent announcements of higher public expenditure. (S1O-1724)

 

29. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has in place or is preparing in the event of Glasgow City Council tenants voting against the proposed housing stock transfer. (S1O-1709)

 

30. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it intends to take to address any under-achievement of teenage boys in Scottish schools. (S1O-1722)

 

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

 

1. Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the First Minister what issues were discussed at the most recent meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S1F-322)

 

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he next expects to meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what they intend to discuss. (S1F-320)

 

3. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the First Minister what measures are being taken to support police forces throughout Scotland. (S1F-329)

 

4. Richard Lochhead: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive’s policy is in relation to private ownership of Scotland’s mountains. (S1F-321)

 

5. Allan Wilson: To ask the First Minister what progress is being made in promoting lifelong learning. (S1F-328)

 

6. Donald Gorrie: To ask the First Minister what progress has been made by the Scottish Executive in implementing its proposals for freedom of information. (S1F-331)

3.30 pm Ministerial Statement on Regulation of Early Education and Childcare

4.15 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill—

S1M-852 Tavish Scott: Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Motion on Learning and Skills Bill—

S1M-810 Henry McLeish: Learning and Skills Bill: That the Parliament agrees that the regulation-making powers relating to Scotland in respect of learning accounts in the Learning and Skills Bill should be devolved to the Scottish Ministers.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S1M-865 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Suspension of Standing Orders—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of the standing orders be suspended for the duration of the Meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 1 June 2000.

S1M-866 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Finance Committee considers the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill and reports on the provisions referred to in Rule 9.12.2 and 9.12.3 and that Rule 9.12.5 and Rule 9.12.6 of the standing orders be suspended for the purpose of the Parliament’s consideration of the Bill.

S1M-867 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of –

S1M-704 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Slopping Out in Scottish Prisons—That the Parliament agrees that urgent action must be taken in the 21st century to end "slopping out" at affected Scottish prisons, particularly Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow which is 90% without basic sanitation; acknowledges that Barlinnie cannot start its third century with this stomach churning and degrading practice continuing and that the practice of emptying chamber pots around five times a day is not only inhumane for prisoners but for also for staff who supervise and who deplore the practice; notes that Barlinnie’s high international status as an innovative prison and its excellent rehabilitation work is impaired seriously by the time consumed by slopping out, with around 400 staff hours a day wasted away from essential rehabilitation work with prisoners due to the security need to be on duty at sluice rooms, and urges that the money removed from the Scottish Prison Service budget for the Drugs Enforcement Agency must not result in any delay to plans to end slopping out as feared by prison officers.

  
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