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BUSINESS BULLETIN 97 / 2000

Thursday 8 June 2000

Section A – Daily Business List

 

 

 

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Ministerial Statement on Diligence

followed by Committee Debate on Local Economic Development Services Inquiry-

S1M-935 Mr John Swinney on behalf of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee: Local Economic Development Services Inquiry-That the Parliament notes the 1st Report 2000 of the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee on local economic development services (SP Paper 109) and commends the conclusions to the Scottish Executive in the context of its current review of economic development structures.

12.00 pm Ministerial Statement on Local Government: Best Value and Community Planning

followed by Business Motion-

S1M-970 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees

(a) the following programme of business-

Wednesday 14 June 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-659 Robert Brown: Housing Needs of Disabled People

Thursday 15 June 2000

9.30 am Non-Executive Business - Conservative Party

12.15 pm Ministerial Statement

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Early Education and Childcare

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-894 Mr Duncan McNeil: Greenock Morton Football Club

Wednesday 21 June 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-882 Roseanna Cunningham: Edinburgh Folk Festival

Thursday 22 June 2000

9.30 am Non-Executive Business - Scottish National Party

followed by Business Motion

followed by Executive Motion on Care Standards Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-913 David McLetchie: Milestone House Hospice

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Bail and Judicial Appointments etc (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Bail and Judicial Appointments etc (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

(b) that the Rural Affairs Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 23 June 2000 on the following:

The Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2000 SSI 2000/158

The Food (Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Revocation Order SSI 2000/159

and, (c) that Stage 2 of the National Parks (Scotland) Bill be completed by 20 June 2000

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most up to date plans are for the A8000 upgrading and what the timescale is for its completion. (S1O-1876)

2. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made to date on securing funding for the upgrading of the A77 to motorway standard. (S1O-1885)

3. Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that the Scottish economy benefits in the long term from the depletion of oil and gas reserves. (S1O-1905)

4. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a contingency fund available for emergency repairs to schools. (S1O-1886)

5. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive which Ministers participated in "Volunteers' Week" activities and what was learned from the week which may affect its policies on the voluntary sector. (S1O-1872)

6. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to help children get to school more safely. (S1O-1883)

7. Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can confirm with certainty that seed contaminated with genetically modified seed was not planted and harvested in 1999. (S1O-1879)

8. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect local health co-operatives have had on the development of health services in local areas. (S1O-1894)

9. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has for the provision of services for anorexia sufferers in Scotland. (S1O-1865)

10. Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive what strategies it has to establish secure funding for voluntary sector organisations. (S1O-1910)

11. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the impact of the rate of fuel excise in rural areas of Scotland. (S1O-1884)

12. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to make St Andrew's Day a public holiday in Scotland. (S1O-1906)

13. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will outline its policies for tackling racism in Scotland. (S1O-1902)

14. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to publish its social justice action plan. (S1O-1890)

15. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it holds on the percentage of pensioners who received council tax benefit in the last year for which figures are available. (S1O-1891)

16. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to enable those from disadvantaged areas to gain entry to higher education. (S1O-1898)

17. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what economic benefit will accrue from the opening of the Millennium Canal Link. (S1O-1911)

18. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the announcement of 30 May 2000 regarding the resurfacing of the main runway at Wick Airport, what plans it has to improve the condition of the cross runway. (S1O-1880)

19. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to abolish "ransom strips" in the forthcoming Land Reform Bill. (S1O-1904)

20. Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional resources are being made available to assist agencies in identifying the cause of the recent deaths of heroin users in Glasgow and Aberdeen. (S1O-1899)

21. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to reduce the number of stations on the Perth to Inverness railway line. (S1O-1881)

22. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-2943 by Susan Deacon on 17 December 1999, whether it now has any plans to provide a dedicated brain injury rehabilitation unit for children and teenagers in Scotland. (S1O-1869)

23. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to target investment in skills and lifelong learning to the job vacancies that currently exist. (S1O-1887)

24. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to withdraw the statement on investment in the water industry contained on page 40 of Rural Scotland: A New Approach. (S1O-1912)

25. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the National Heritage Lottery Fund with regard to support for Scottish museums. (S1O-1882)

26. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what further progress it has made in implementing the Carers Strategy for Scotland. (S1O-1908)

27. Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how effective the New Deal has been in providing jobs for young unemployed people in North Ayrshire and in Scotland in general. (S1O-1888)

28. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have been held with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the NHS Management Executive to co-ordinate the planning and funding of mental health strategies. (S1O-1874)

29. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in achieving a "Joined up Government" approach to the granting of permission for road signs, given the implications for tourism. (S1O-1867)

30. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Regional Selective Assistance boundaries will be finalised. (S1O-1907)

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-388)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister whether he has any plans to reshuffle his Cabinet. (S1F-382)

3. Allan Wilson: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive intends to promote an inclusive system of higher education in Scotland. (S1F-394)

4. Kay Ullrich: To ask the First Minister why hospital waiting lists increased by 17.2% between 31 March 1999 and 31 March 2000. (S1F-375)

5. Ian Jenkins: To ask the First Minister whether he will make a statement about the closure of Laidlaw and Fairgrieve Ltd in the Scottish Borders and Dalkeith. (S1F-391)

6. Pauline McNeill: To ask the First Minister whether he will make a statement about the cross-examination of victims in rape trials. (S1F-395)

3.30 pm Debate on Learning Disability Review-

S1M-966 Iain Gray: Learning Disability Review-That the Parliament notes that the report of the Learning Disability Review, The Same as you?, was issued on 11 May to a wide range of consultees, calls for the fullest possible debate on how its recommendations should be implemented, and looks forward to a future where all relevant agencies work together with people with learning disabilities to ensure that they can live as full lives as possible in our communities.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-966.1 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Learning Disability Review-As an amendment to motion (S1M-966) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "and" to end and insert "recognises the difficulties faced by local authorities as a result of underfunding; calls upon the Scottish Executive to press for a review of the social security and benefits systems to provide greater support to those with learning disabilities and welcomes the opportunity for inter-agency co-operation to ensure that those with learning disabilities are treated with equality and respect."

The Clerk has been informed that the following document(s) are relevant to this debate.

Learning Disability Review- consultation document launched on 11 May

The Same as You? A Review of Services for People with Learning Disabilities

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S1M-973 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committees-That the Parliament agrees that the Transport and Environment Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Transport (Scotland) Bill; other Committees will be the Local Government Committee and the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee.

S1M-972 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: The Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2000-That the Parliament agrees that The Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/draft) be approved.

S1M-971 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committees-That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees-

The Health and Community Care Committee to consider The Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/158)

The Health and Community Care Committee to consider The Food (Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2000 (SSI 2000/159).

S1M-969 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Suspension of Standing Orders-That the Parliament agrees that Rule 9.5.3 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill and the Bail and Judicial Appointments etc (Scotland) Bill.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of-

S1M-908 Elaine Thomson: Women's Pay - 30 Years on from the Equal Pay Act-That the Parliament notes with concern that 30 years after the introduction of the Equal Pay Act women earn only 73.3% of average male earnings; notes further that Aberdeen has the widest discrepancy between men and women's earnings in Scotland, with women in Aberdeen earning only 64.2% of men's earnings; believes that these figures clearly show that legislation in itself has failed to deliver parity in the labour market; believes that the Scottish Executive and its economic development agencies should pursue policies that would assist in the equalisation of pay between the genders, and asks the Scottish Executive, whilst pursuing the creation of a knowledge economy, to put in place adequate monitoring and evaluation to ensure that women will become equal players in the labour market.

 
  
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