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BUSINESS BULLETIN 102 / 2000

Thursday 15 June 2000

Section A – Daily Business List

 

 

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Motion by Bill Aitken—

S1M-905 Bill Aitken: Announcements made by the Scottish Executive—That the Parliament agrees that considerable confusion has been caused by a number of recent Scottish Executive announcements, particularly funding announcements; believes that the way funding announcements are made by the Scottish Executive has done little to further open government; notes that the Executive has allowed the same resources to be announced as "new funding" on more than one occasion, thus damaging public scrutiny, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to institute a new protocol for all public and press announcements in order that these make clear whether funding announced is additional resources or whether it is part of a previous funding package and, if it is, when and through what statement the funding was previously announced.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-905.1 Mr Tom McCabe: Announcements Made by the Scottish Executive—As an amendment to motion (S1M-905) in the name of Bill Aitken, leave out from "agrees" to end and insert "notes that the provision of information by the Scottish Executive about its policies, spending plans and public services is an essential part of open, participative Government; agrees that such provision of information needs to be carried out in a modern, professional, pro-active and impartial manner so as to engage all interested citizens, and notes that the Scottish Executive will continue to pursue these aims".

S1M-905.2 Michael Russell: Announcements made by the Scottish Executive—As an amendment to motion (S1M-905) in the name of Bill Aitken, leave out from "a new protocol" to end and insert "and implement with immediate effect a policy for all Parliamentary, press and public announcements which is based upon the founding principles of this Parliament as defined by the Consultative Steering Group, that is to be accountable, accessible and open, and in particular to make absolutely clear in all such announcements whether policy innovations are new or repeated, whether funding announcements are allocations or distributions and from what budget in what year these sums will come."

followed by Motion by Phil Gallie—

S1M-1008 Phil Gallie: Crime and Punishment—That the Parliament notes that public confidence in the criminal justice system is at an all time low due to the Scottish Executive’s failure to take effective steps to curb rising crime; recognises the frustration and anxiety felt by the victims of crime and the wider Scottish public arising from early prisoner release and asks the Scottish Executive to restore honesty in sentencing by ending automatic remission; further notes with concern the proposals to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 8 to 12 and to bring 16 and 17 year old offenders within the Children’s Hearings System; calls upon the Executive to reject the proposals and demands that the Executive brings forward its proposals to strengthen the law in relation to the seizure and confiscation of assets suspected of being derived from drug dealing.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-1008.1 Angus MacKay: Crime and Punishment—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1008) in the name of Phil Gallie, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "continues to support the Executive’s policies on law and order and commends the priorities identified in the Programme for Government being taken forward by the Executive, including combating drug misuse as set out in the Drugs Action Plan Protecting our Future and through the creation of the Scottish Drugs Enforcement Agency which will fund an additional 100 officers in local forces, tackling youth crime, particularly persistent offenders, as set out in the Report It’s a Criminal Waste: Stop Youth Crime Now and the Executive’s response, helping witnesses by extending a volunteer Witness Service to all Sheriff Courts, and the injection of an additional 8.9 million for the police which is sufficient for forces to recruit a further 300 extra officers".

S1M-1008.2 Roseanna Cunningham: Crime and Punishment—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1008) in the name of Phil Gallie, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "recognises that issues of crime and punishment are complex; contends that to ensure public confidence a criminal justice system requires to be effective, which in turn depends on adequate resourcing at every level; further recognises that there is some identifiable concern amongst the public about both current sentencing patterns and the effectiveness of detention; welcomes the fact that Scotland has human rights responsibilities as a result of the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights; and calls upon the Scottish Executive to consider the establishment of an accurate review of public attitudes to sentencing and detention which would inform both the judiciary and the Scottish Prison Service and further to address urgently the current under-resourcing of all parts of the criminal justice system in Scotland."

12.15 pm Ministerial Statement on the Water Industry

followed by Business Motion—

S1M-1006 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

 

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

 

Wednesday 28 June 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Committee Business – Finance Committee Debate

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

 

Thursday 29 June 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Education and Training (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

 

2.30 pm Question Time

 

1. Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to develop Holocaust memorial programmes in Scottish schools and communities. (S1O-1936)

 

2. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the initiative "Beyond 2000" will benefit the ambulance service. (S1O-1957)

 

3. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to remunerate adequately voluntary organisations for their expertise and time contributed in respect of the consultation period on rape and domestic violence issues. (S1O-1946)

 

4. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle youth crime. (S1O-1951)

 

5. Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to secure the financial viability of the Scottish National Dictionary Association. (S1O-1941)

 

6. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many rural schools are currently threatened with closure. (S1O-1942)

 

7. Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will institute a review of bed capacity, medical and ancillary facilities for the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in advance of the implementation of the Arbuthnott Report on the distribution of NHS resources. (S1O-1918)

 

8. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in increasing transport choices for rural communities. (S1O-1965)

 

9. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for its proposal to withdraw funding support to the Scottish Council for Research in Education and what its proposals are to provide an alternative source of independent research into education. (S1O-1927)

 

10. Euan Robson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that people from low-income groups have improved access to higher and further education. (S1O-1938)

 

11. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to encourage parents to participate in their children’s education. (S1O-1967)

 

12. Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in ensuring that lifelong learning benefits all social groups and particularly those from the most socially excluded areas of Scotland. (S1O-1954)

 

13. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when the next meeting of the British-Irish Council will take place. (S1O-1926)

 

14. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with regard to the franchise renewal process for the ScotRail network. (S1O-1931)

 

15. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to assist Buchan and the wider economy in the North East of Scotland in the light of recent decisions such as the downgrading of RAF Buchan. (S1O-1962)

 

16. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Department of Social Security Ministers in relation to benefit adjustments to match the increases in water charges in Scotland. (S1O-1932)

 

17. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what its view is on the proposed closure of St. Vigeans Primary School, Arbroath, by Angus Council. (S1O-1940)

 

18. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken to ensure that the Board of Caledonian MacBrayne accurately reflects the communities that it serves. (S1O-1929)

 

19. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to develop cultural tourism in Scotland. (S1O-1950)

 

20. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to give additional funding to branches of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. (S1O-1953)

 

21. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Transport and the Environment last visited Moffat and what road issues she discussed with local residents. (S1O-1969)

 

22. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had regarding the impact of the proposed climate change levy in Scotland. (S1O-1924)

 

23. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what it intends to do to support the work of the Scottish Council for Research in Education. (S1O-1917)

 

24. Withdrawn

 

25. Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what implications the requirements of asylum seekers placed with local authorities in Scotland will have for the housing stock transfer proposals. (S1O-1943)

 

26. Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it intends to take regarding women who have received soya breast implants and are now perceived to be at risk. (S1O-1935)

 

27. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policies are on the promotion of road safety. (S1O-1958)

 

28. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to introduce licensing under section 44 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 of body piercers or premises which are engaged in tattooing, piercing and modification procedures. (S1O-1961)

 

29. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is monitoring the progress of the new Higher Still exams and any teachers’ concerns about them. (S1O-1937)

 

30. Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it is providing to Scotland’s textile industry. (S1O-1970)

 

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

 

1. Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive’s main priorities currently are. (S1F-410)

 

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he next expects to meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to raise with him. (S1F-406)

 

3. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the First Minister what assessment the Scottish Executive has made of the European Convention on Human Rights in relation to the cross examination of rape victims by the alleged perpetrator. (S1F-422)

 

4. Tricia Marwick: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive intends to take in response to the recent UNICEF report on child poverty. (S1F-415)

 

5. Euan Robson: To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Executive has to promote the Scottish cashmere industry. (S1F-411)

 

6. Karen Whitefield: To ask the First Minister what actions the Scottish Executive is taking to recognise and support Carers’ Week 2000. (S1F-400)

 

3.30 pm Debate on Early Education and Childcare—

S1M-1007 Mr Sam Galbraith: Early Education and Childcare—That the Parliament supports the progress that the Executive has made towards the twin goals of free pre-school education and affordable, accessible, quality childcare in every locality and welcomes the additional resources allocated to local authorities and other bodies in order to make further progress with these objectives.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments—

S1M-1007.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Early Education and Childcare—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1007) in the name of Mr Sam Galbraith, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "congratulates local authorities and childcare partnerships on the progress made by them in providing more nursery places to three and four year olds and increasing provision of affordable, accessible, quality childcare in every locality; welcomes the resources already allocated for the furtherance of these objectives: and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that its future policies and spending plans will enable local authorities to make continued progress towards the achievement of universal access to free pre-school education and affordable, accessible, quality childcare.

S1M-1007.2 Mr Brian Monteith: Early Education and Childcare—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1007) in the name of Mr Sam Galbraith, insert at end "; recognises that this progress has built upon the achievements of the last UK Conservative Government in increasing demand for high quality pre-school education and childcare and in increasing choice for patients through the nursery voucher scheme, and looks forward to the reintroduction of vouchers as a means to further extend provision of childcare and increase choice for patients".

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—That the Parliament recognises that football plays an important part in our social culture and sporting life; recognises the important contribution made by local football clubs to the communities in which they are based; expresses concern over recent reports of developments at Greenock Morton Football Club; acknowledges that to lose a community asset such as Greenock Morton would be detrimental, not only to its supporters, but also to the community as a whole, and recognises that proposals such as community ownership and increased rights for supporters in the running of their teams offer the best opportunity for securing the long-term future of local clubs and promoting links between them and the communities they serve.

  
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