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BUSINESS BULLETIN 194 / 2000

Thursday 14 December 2000

Section A – Daily Business List

 

 

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Debate on Transport—

S1M-1461 Bruce Crawford: Transport—That the Parliament notes with concern and anger the crisis in the rail network in Scotland; regrets the lack of authority, influence or action demonstrated by the Scottish Executive and that the control and legislative powers over the rail industry in Scotland remain primarily reserved matters for Her Majesty’s Government, and calls for all the powers over the rail industry in Scotland to be transferred to the Parliament, for the Scottish Executive to be given Scotland’s share of new investment in transport infrastructure and for a mechanism to be established so that Scotland’s interests are directly represented on cross-border rail matters.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-1461.2 Sarah Boyack: Transport—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1461) in the name of Bruce Crawford, leave out from "with concern" to end and insert "the progress being made by the Scottish Executive to build a sustainable, effective and integrated transport system which provides genuine choice and delivers a safe, accessible and expanding Scottish rail system as an integral part of the GB rail network."

followed by Debate on Health and Community Care—

S1M-1453 Nicola Sturgeon: Health and Community Care—That the Parliament is concerned that there are 3,000 fewer beds in the NHS than in 1997 and a further 3,000 beds occupied by patients ready for discharge; is further concerned that there are 900 fewer nurses than in 1996 and that hospital waiting lists have increased by 15% since September 1999; believes that the policies of the Scottish Executive to date have not adequately addressed these issues; notes the imminent publication of the Scottish Health Plan, and calls on the Scottish Executive to include in that plan practical and adequately funded proposals that will ease the pressure on hard pressed NHS staff and deliver real improvements to the quality of care provided to patients in Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-1453.1 Malcolm Chisholm: Health and Community Care—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1453) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, leave out from "is concerned" to end and insert "notes the fact that the NHS in Scotland is treating more patients than ever before and welcomes the fact that funding for the NHS in Scotland is being increased by record amounts over the period 2000-2004, and looks forward to further modernisation and change in the interests of patients."

S1M-1453.2 Mary Scanlon: Health and Community Care—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1453) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, insert at end "and further notes the Royal Commission on Long Term Care’s recommendation on free personal care and calls upon the Scottish Executive to unequivocally commit itself to this recommendation and come forward with a firm date for its implementation."

followed by Ministerial Statement on the Health Plan

followed by Business Motion

S1M-1466 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees

(a) the following revision to the Business Motion agreed on 7 December 2000—

Thursday 14 December 2000

after the Debate on Committee Restructuring, replace

followed by Executive Debate on Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill – UK Legislation

with

followed by Debate on the Draft Undertaking by the Scottish Ministers under section 2 (1) of the Highlands and Islands Shipping Services Act 1960

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 20 December 2000

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Transport (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 Debate on the Transport (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1389 Cathy Jamieson: Home and Community Safety

(c) that the Local Government Committee reports to the Transport and the Environment Committee by 12 January 2001 on the Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/430)

(d) that Stage 1 of the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill be completed by 31 January 2001

and, (e) that Stage 1 of the Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill be completed by 18 January 2001

3.30 pm Question Time

1. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive when it next plans to meet Argyll and Bute Council and what issues will be discussed. (S1O-2712)

2. Withdrawn.

3. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has sufficient statistical information to identify the exact extent of rural deprivation. (S1O-2686)

4. Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government about the removal of the 1991 reservation on immigration and nationality from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and any implications for its policies on the welfare and rights of all children in Scotland including refugees. (S1O-2723)

5. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met the Secretary of State for Health and what matters were discussed. (S1O-2714)

6. Withdrawn.

7. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met North Lanarkshire Council and what matters were discussed. (S1O-2715)

8. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it offers or plans to offer to local planning authorities regarding development proposals for renewable energy. (S1O-2703)

9. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the voluntary sector has in the provision of services for ethnic minorities. (S1O-2701)

10. Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and what issues were discussed. (S1O-2691)

11. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive how many young people have entered full-time education because of the New Deal. (S1O-2709)

12. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-11158 by Mr Sam Galbraith on 24 November 2000, who represented it as part of the UK delegation at November’s UN Climate Change Summit in The Hague. (S1O-2694)

13. Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to bring together all agencies working to reduce drug-related deaths. (S1O-2685)

14. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to review the criteria used in the Arbuthnott formula for health expenditure in Scotland. (S1O-2696)

15. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to measure stress-related absence among teachers. (S1O-2697)

16. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-2565 by Sarah Boyack on 23 November 2000, what progress has been made in ongoing negotiations with Her Majesty's Treasury regarding the Scottish Transport Group pension schemes. (S1O-2717)

17. Mr Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that ethnic minorities have access to mainstream services. (S1O-2719)

18. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial resources will be made available to support the Scottish Forestry Strategy. (S1O-2705)

19. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to reduce the level of personal debt. (S1O-2707)

20. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure that specialist nurses are appointed to all hospitals. (S1O-2702)

21. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what can be done to improve the way emergency services respond to 999 calls. (S1O-2718)

22. Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review major incident planning following the derailment of the passenger train at Mossend, Lanarkshire and any delays in summoning the emergency services. (S1O-2706)

23. Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place Milestone House under the auspices of the National Services Division given its role as the national provider of care for HIV and AIDS sufferers. (S1O-2698)

24. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the number of Procurators Fiscal in Glasgow and to monitor the impact of any increases in workload within the criminal justice administration system. (S1O-2724)

25. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Children and Young People Safety Initiative implemented by Strathclyde Police in conjunction with South Lanarkshire council has been a success and what steps it will take to promote such initiatives elsewhere. (S1O-2689)

26. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to encourage skilled and experienced nurses to remain in front line work in the NHS. (S1O-2725)

27. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to match supply and demand in the labour market. (S1O-2704)

28. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to contribute financially to a Scottish bid to host the Euro 2008 football championships. (S1O-2690)

29. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Social Justice last met representatives of Scottish Homes. (S1O-2695)

30. Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive what controls on learning providers have been established to ensure equity of charging on Individual Learning Account approved learning. (S1O-2692)

3.10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister what issues were discussed at the last meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S1F-729)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to raise. (S1F-725)

3. Rhoda Grant: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Executive is taking to widen access to higher education in the Highlands and Islands. (S1F-738)

4. Mr John Munro: To ask the First Minister what measures the Scottish Executive intends to take in order to ensure that the number of drink-driving incidents over the festive period is as limited as possible. (S1F-727)

5. Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the First Minister when the Scottish Executive expects to be able to make a statement on the recommendations of the Estates Review undertaken by the Scottish Prison Service. (S1F-728)

6. Pauline McNeill: To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Executive has to ensure that the business sector has telecommunications technology of the highest specification available to it. (S1F-732)

3.30 pm Debate on Committee Restructuring—

S1M-1462 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Committee Restructuring—That the Parliament agrees that resolution of the Parliament S1M-37 agreed on 8 June 1999 shall be amended with effect from 8 January 2001 as follows:

Name of Committee: European

Remit: Unchanged.

Maximum number of members: 9.

Name of Committee: Equal Opportunities

Remit: Unchanged.

Maximum number of members: 9.

Name of Committee: Finance

Remit: Unchanged.

Maximum number of members: 7.

Name of Committee: Audit

Remit: Unchanged.

Maximum number of members: 7.

Name of Committee: Health and Community Care

Remit: Unchanged.

Maximum number of members: 9.

Name of Committee: Justice and Home Affairs be renamed Justice I

Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to the
administration of civil and criminal justice, the reform of
the civil and criminal law and such other matters as fall
within the responsibility of the Minister for Justice.

Maximum number of members: 7.

Name of Committee: New Committee to be established and named Justice II

Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to the
administration of civil and criminal justice, the reform of
the civil and criminal law and such other matters as fall
within the responsibility of the Minister for Justice.

Maximum number of members: 7.

Name of Committee: Education, Culture and Sport

Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to school
and pre-school education which fall within the
responsibility of the Minister for Education, Europe and
External Affairs; and on matters relating to the arts,
culture and sport which fall within the responsibility of the
Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture.

Maximum number of members: 7.

Name of Committee: Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector be renamed Social Justice

Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to
housing and the voluntary sector and such other related
matters as fall within the responsibility of the Minister for
Social Justice.

Maximum number of members: 7.

Name of Committee: Transport and the Environment

Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to
transport which fall within the responsibility of the Minister
for Transport; and matters relating to environment and
natural heritage which fall within the responsibility of the
Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture.

Maximum number of members: 9.

Name of Committee: Rural Affairs to be renamed Rural Development

Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to rural
development, agriculture and fisheries and such other
related matters as fall within the responsibility of the
Minister for Rural Development.

Maximum number of members: 11.

Name of Committee: Local Government

Remit: to consider and report on matters relating to local
government and which fall within the responsibility of the
Minister for Finance and Local Government.

Maximum number of members: 7.

and calls upon the Procedures Committee to bring forward amendments to the Standing Orders to allow substitutes with voting rights to be nominated for each of the committees.

followed by Debate on Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill – UK Legislation—

S1M-1460 Malcolm Chisholm: Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the need to ban tobacco advertising and promotion in Scotland as proposed to be set out in the Tobacco Advertising and Promotions Bill and agrees in principle that the relevant provisions in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-1458 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSIs—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved:

The draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 and

The draft Education (National Priorities) (Scotland) Order 2000 and

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/409) and

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/428) and

The draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001.

S1M-1459 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committees—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

The Transport and Environment Committee to consider The Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/430)

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

debate on the subject of—

S1M-808 Fergus Ewing: Shinty—That the Parliament recognises the importance of shinty as Scotland’s indigenous sport; notes that, whilst it is especially popular in the Highlands, it is played throughout Scotland; acknowledges that it makes a significant contribution to Scotland in terms of social inclusion, citizenship, healthy living, community development, volunteering and economic development; welcomes the comprehensive presentation made by the Camanachd Association to MSPs on 3 May 2000, and supports the Association’s case for enhanced funding from sportscotland.

 
 
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