BUSINESS BULLETIN 34 / 2001
Wednesday 28 February 2001
Section A Daily Business List
Meetings of Committees
All meetings take place in Committee Chambers, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.
Health and Community Care Committee
7th Meeting, 2001
The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1
2. Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.
3. Budget Process 2002/03: The Committee will consider details relating to the appointment of an adviser.
Transport and the Environment Committee
6th Meeting, 2001
The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2
1. Water Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider possible lines of questioning for witnesses on its inquiry into water and the water industry.
Not before 9.45am
2. Items in Private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 6, 7 and 8 in private.
3. Water Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence as part of its inquiry into water and the water industry from—
Sam Galbraith MSP, Minister for the Environment, Sport and Culture.
Not before 11.00am
4. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following affirmative instrument—
The Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2001.
5. Highlands and Islands Ferry Services: The Committee will consider the Scottish Executive’s proposals for the future of the Highlands and Islands ferry service network.
6. Water Inquiry: The Committee will review evidence taken at the meeting.
7. Budget Process 2001-2002: The Committee will consider its approach to the Budget Process for 2001-2002.
8. Witness Expenses: The Committee will consider whether to approve two claims for expenses from witnesses on its inquiry into water and the water industry.
Social Justice Committee
7th Meeting, 2001
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4
1. Housing (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.
3rd Meeting, 2001
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh
1. Item in Private: The Committee will decide whether to take Item 4 in private.
2. Lobbying: The Committee will take evidence from
Stirling Media Research Institute (SMRI)
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).
3. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider applications for approval as a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament from the following:
Proposed Cross-Party Group on the Scots Language
Proposed Cross-Party Group on Mental Health.
4. Questions for Witnesses: The Committee will consider its line of questioning for its next evidence-taking session on Lobbying.
Justice 2 Committee
3rd Meeting, 2001
The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3
1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 2 in private.
2. Work Programme: The Committee will consider its forward work programme.
3. Subordinate Legislation: Iain Gray (Deputy Minister for Justice) to move (S1M-1688)—
Iain Gray: The Civil Defence (Scotland) Regulations 2001—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Civil Defence (Scotland) Regulations 2001 be approved.
Meeting of the Parliament
2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Reverend Archie McPhail, Minister of Campbell Street Associated Presbyterian Church, Oban
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
S1M-1697 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committees—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committee—
The Justice 1 Committee to consider the Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (Draft) and,
The Justice 1 Committee to consider the Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (Draft) and,
The Justice 2 Committee to consider the Limited Liability Partnerships (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (Draft).
followed by Ministerial Statement on the Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak
followed by Debate on Sustainable Development—
S1M-1694 Mr Sam Galbraith: Sustainable Development—That the Parliament affirms its commitment to sustainable development; recognises the importance of sustainable development to achieving social justice for all peoples, and commends the Scottish Executive for continuing to place the issue central to its policies and programmes, as evidenced in its Programme for Government Working together for Scotland.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments
S1M-1694.2 Bruce Crawford: Sustainable Development—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1694) in the name of Mr Sam Galbraith, insert at end "however, also recognises that a great deal of work still requires to be undertaken regarding sustainable development in the fields of social inclusion, rural affairs, fishing, education, health, transport and economic development as well as in relation to the wider environmental aspects, and believes in particular that meaningful sustainability monitoring indicators should be produced by the end of May 2001.
S1M-1694.3 Mr Murray Tosh: Sustainable Development—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1694) in the name of Mr Sam Galbraith, leave out from ", and commends" to end and insert "and to passing on a decent inheritance to future generations of Scots; notes the progress reported to date in Working together for Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to consult urgently to produce a transparent and effective implementation strategy for sustainability.
S1M-1694.1 Robin Harper: Sustainable Development—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1694) in the name of Mr Sam Galbraith, leave out from "and commends" to end and insert "recognises that conserving and protecting environmental resources is the key to ensuring that the welfare of future generations is not compromised by present day activities and, in order to ensure that sustainable development is placed at the centre of all Scottish Executive policies and programmes, calls upon the Executive (a) to adopt urgently comprehensive indicators of sustainable development and to measure progress against these indicators annually, (b) to set specific targets for a 10% reduction in road traffic by 2010, for 22% of electricity sold to be from wind, hydro and wave renewable energy sources by 2010, for conversion of 20% of agricultural land to organic production by 2010 and for recycling of 30% of municipal waste by 2010, (c) to adopt the recommendations of the Transport and the Environment Committee on telecommunication mast developments, (d) to set up an independent inquiry into sea cage fish farming within two months, (e) to exclude waste-to-energy incineration schemes under the Renewables Obligation (Scotland), (f) to institute bi-monthly meetings of the Ministerial Group on Sustainable Scotland, with publication of its minutes and (g) to carry out an annual environmental audit of its Programme for Government.
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business—
debate on the subject of—
S1M-1251 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Discrimination Against Teaching Centres of Artistic Excellence—That the Parliament notes the decision of the Department for Education and Employment to introduce Dance and Drama Awards for students to study at institutions in England and Wales; is aware that Scottish students compete on equal terms for places at such institutions with their counterparts from other parts of the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU); is concerned that tuition fees are only paid if students study in England and Wales and regrets that no parallel funding scheme exists for students who wish to study in Scotland; believes that this discrimination against Scottish institutions can only harm them and in the case of Ballet West may force it out of business or to relocate from Taynuilt to outwith Scotland, to the detriment of the local economy and employment; notes that Ballet West attracts students from across the United Kingdom, the EU and as far afield as Guatemala, Japan and Malaysia and outperforms competitor schools from south of the border in ballet competitions and quality of training; is puzzled by the Minister for Children and Education’s view that "there is no evidence of significant demand for Dance and Drama training for young people aged 16 and over in Scotland" when 613 applications were received by Ballet West for 23 places; regrets that 34 students withdrew or rejected offers from Ballet West due to lack of funding, compared with only two students doing so at English institutions; notes that the Excellence Fund supports and encourages talent secondary school dancers in Scotland but that the only progression into tertiary training encouraged by the Scottish Executive is in England; is concerned that Scotland will become denuded of teaching centres of artistic excellence and be drained of artistic talent as a result of this discrimination; believes the current position of the Scottish Executive on this issue contradicts its own cultural strategy that has as its key themes "widening opportunities, promoting education, developing and celebrating excellence" and believes that the Scottish Executive should act in order that students from across the UK can choose where to study dance, drama or stage management based on the quality of course offered rather than on whether or not tuition fees will be paid.