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BUSINESS BULLETIN 146 / 2000

Thursday 28 September 2000

Section A – Daily Business List

 

 

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Debate on Tourism in Scotland—

S1M-1216 Mr David Davidson: Scottish Tourism—That the Parliament recognises the tremendous difficulties faced by Scottish tourism and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make an urgent statement, clearly stating its plans to deal with these difficulties and to improve efficiency in tourism support.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-1216.2 Mr Alasdair Morrison: Scottish Tourism—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1216) in the name of Mr David Davidson, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "acknowledges that tourism has had a difficult year, but recognises and supports the Executive’s on-going implementation of the New Strategy for Scottish Tourism, published in February this year."

S1M-1216.1 Fergus Ewing: Scottish Tourism—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1216) in the name of Mr David Davidson, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "notes that tourism in Scotland faces considerable competitive disadvantages in comparison with countries such as Ireland in respect of the high pound, high levels of tax on fuel, high business rates and lower resourcing for generic and other promotion; believes that those involved in the tourism industry are to be congratulated for their work and the measure of success achieved despite these disadvantages; further believes that the tourism strategy launched by the Scottish Executive, whilst it has certain good elements, cannot in itself meet the needs of the sector, and calls for (a) an immediate assessment of the efficacy of the Ossian on-line booking system, (b) targetting of resources to permit locally based marketing, (c) a review of the level of landing charges in our airports and (d) a commitment that the area tourist board structure will be amended in the light of the conclusions of the local economic forums with the aim of finding the best solution for each area."

followed by Debate on the Report by The Royal Commission on Long Term Care—

S1M-1215 Mary Scanlon: Long Term Care—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement the key recommendations of the report With Respect to Old Age: Long Term Care – Rights and Responsibilities of the Royal Commission chaired by Sir Stewart Sutherland, including the funding of personal care on the basis of assessed need in order to alleviate the problems facing those who require long term care.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-1215.1 Iain Gray: Long Term Care—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1215) in the name of Mary Scanlon, leave out from "calls" to end and insert "notes the report and recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Long Term Care of the Elderly; welcomes the Commission’s emphasis on the importance of older people in our society; welcomes their concentration on issues related to the quality of care, the balance between residential care and care provided in the home, and the value of joint management and resourcing of services for older people; welcomes the additional resources announced in the spending review for the care of older people, and calls upon the Executive to ensure that these additional resources are used to deliver significant improvements in care for the largest possible number of older people, particularly those in greatest need and to continue, over time, to work towards fulfilling the Royal Commission’s objectives of fairness and equity in the care of the elderly.

followed by Business Motion—

S1M-1220 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 4 October 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Justice and Home Affairs Committee Debate on the Carbeth Hutters

followed by Standards Committee Debate on Register of Members’ Staff Interests

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1140 Patricia Ferguson: 25th Anniversary of Establishment of Local Health Councils

Thursday 5 October 2000

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Ministerial Statement

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1132 Tricia Marwick: Multiple Sclerosis in Scotland

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider, in the light of the current fuel situation, the advice it gave to the shadow strategic rail authority about the franchise bids for the east coast mainline between Edinburgh and Aberdeen. (S1O-2289)

2. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has reviewed the effects of the discounted scheme for local users on the Skye Bridge in accordance with the commitment to do so contained in the Partnership Agreement. (S1O-2311)

3. Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive what overspend there has been in each of Scotland’s acute hospital Trusts in the first four months of the current financial year. (S1O-2295)

4. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8819 by Sarah Boyack on 25 August 2000, whether it intends to review the level of water authority chairmens’ salary packages. (S1O-2306)

5. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with reporters to Children’s Panels with regard to the availability of secure places for young offenders. (S1O-2312)

6. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to the use of statement validity analysis in allegations of rape as developed by Chris Few. (S1O-2310)

7. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to restore the historic rights and titles of Scotland’s Royal Burghs. (S1O-2319)

8. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to bring forward legislation, or to make representations to Her Majesty's Government to legislate, for mandatory consultation with local communities and other interested parties prior to consideration of applications for GM crop trials. (S1O-2292)

9. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that every student in further and higher education develops appropriate IT skills. (S1O-2314)

10. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to secure the future of the Carrick-City of Adelaide, currently owned by the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine. (S1O-2301)

11. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines exist for the screening of the vision of children by an orthoptist. (S1O-2318)

12. Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are proposed to ensure that Highland Council is allocated sufficient resources to maintain the area’s roads infrastructure. (S1O-2320)

13. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports Scotland entering a team in the next and subsequent Olympic Games. (S1O-2298)

14. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure the survival of rural filling stations. (S1O-2313)

15. Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to protect the interests of anglers in Scotland. (S1O-2300)

16. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage the recruitment and training of more Gaelic medium teachers. (S1O-2309)

17. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the Marine Health Check report by Worldwide Fund for Nature, in particular the conclusion that the health of the marine environment is deteriorating, and what action it intends to take in response to this report. (S1O-2327)

18. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive why Tayside Health Board spent 14% of their capital allocation in 1999-2000. (S1O-2291)

19. Withdrawn

20. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take regarding the possible closure of the Miners’ Library in Wanlockhead. (S1O-2290)

21. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to restructure the hill farming sector. (S1O-2294)

22. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the use of public transport across Scotland. (S1O-2302)

23. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in considering what action is necessary to ensure that digital technology is available in all areas of Scotland. (S1O-2316)

24. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when its report on haemophiliacs and hepatitis C will be published. (S1O-2321)

25. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria will be applied to prioritise the allocation of the funds being made available from 2001-02 for the provision of central heating for pensioners. (S1O-2328)

26. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in relation to the Modernising Government agenda. (S1O-2317)

27. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the total cost of the construction of the Malletsheugh–Dumbreck stretch of the M77 has been spent on compensation for noise and disruption to residents and to deal with air and noise pollution. (S1O-2305)

28. Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether voluntary organisations in Scotland will benefit from its newly announced spending plans. (S1O-2296)

29. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to protect and enhance Scotland’s beaches. (S1O-2322)

30. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to ensure that consideration of sustainable development issues is integrated into the policy formulation processes of each of its departments. (S1O-2324)

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive’s main priorities currently are. (S1F-561)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he next intends to meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise with him. (S1F-557)

3. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the First Minister what the sources are of the £220 million public funding recently announced by the Minister for Communities for the installation of central heating systems. (S1F-569)

4. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the First Minister what measures are being taken to support and encourage adults with poor basic literacy and numeracy skills to access education and training. (S1F-566)

5. Dennis Canavan: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive intends to take following the arrival in Scotland of convicted criminals deported from elsewhere. (S1F-571)

6. Allan Wilson: To ask the First Minister what the priorities are for investment in enterprise and lifelong learning. (S1F-563)

3.30 pm Ministerial Statement on Transport Expenditure

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill—

S1M-1222 Tavish Scott: Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-1225 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committees—That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to committees—

Alex Neil to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

Alasdair Morgan to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee

Donald Gorrie to the Transport and Environment Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of—

S1M-994 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Body Piercing—That the Parliament notes that body piercing carries a risk of hepatitis, HIV, cellulitis and wound infections; further notes that local authorities have introduced very different ways of regulating the industry; recognises the potential dangers of this situation; believes that an enforceable national regulatory framework to govern body piercing should be introduced, and urges the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation to cover this industry.

 
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