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BUSINESS BULLETIN 35 / 2001

Thursday 1 March 2001

Section A – Daily Business List

 

 

Section A – Daily Business List

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Debate on Primary Care—

S1M-1699 Susan Deacon: Primary Care—That the Parliament applauds the vital contribution which community-based health professionals make to the health and health care of the people of Scotland and affirms the commitment in the Executive’s health plan Our National Health: a plan for action, a plan for change to developing these services.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-1699.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Primary Care—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1699) in the name of Susan Deacon, leave out from "and affirms" to end and insert "notes the recent survey conducted by the Scottish General Practitioners Committee which found that primary care in Scotland is facing a crisis, with low morale and increasing levels of stress amongst general practitioners, and concludes that the Scottish Executive has a great deal still to do to develop primary care services in Scotland."

S1M-1699.2 Mary Scanlon: Primary Care—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1699) in the name of Susan Deacon, leave out from "affirms" to end and insert "further calls upon the Scottish Executive to address urgently the serious problem of low morale among GPs the associated issues of workload, bureaucracy and lack of resources, and to look to greater recognition of and partnership with community-based health professionals in order to ensure greater utilisation of local services and to put the patient at the heart of the NHS."

followed by Business Motion

S1M-1709 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees:

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 March 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1564 Marilyn Livingstone: Strategy to Tackle Sexual Abuse

Thursday 8 March 2001

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on the International Development Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill

followed by Executive Motion on the Culture and Recreation Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1452 Alex Fergusson: Less Favoured Areas

Wednesday 14 March 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Housing (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Housing (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 15 March 2001

9.30 am Executive Debate on Freedom of Information

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-1670 Mr George Reid: National Tartan Day

and, (b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 12 March 2001 on the Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (Draft) and the Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (Draft); and

that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 13 March 2001 on the Limited Liability Partnerships (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (Draft).

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to further develop the community schools initiative. (S1O-3022)

2. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish a policy on external affairs. (S1O-3013)

3. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources for investment in housing stock are available to housing associations and local authorities not pursuing stock transfer. (S1O-3044)

4. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Stirling Council and what issues were discussed. (S1O-3030)

5. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken to further encourage school and workplace cycling initiatives in the light of the recent evaluation of the Scottish Cycle Challenge Initiative. (S1O-3039)

6. Mr Duncan Hamilton: Withdrawn

7. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific initiatives it has introduced or will be introducing to assist and develop tourism. (S1O-3023)

8. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will clarify the remit of the Working Group on a replacement for poindings and warrant sales. (S1O-3002)

9. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has had with South Lanarkshire Council with regard to the opencast development at Broken Cross Muir. (S1O-3028)

10. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to facilitate tenant participation in rural areas. (S1O-3035)

11. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to review the effectiveness of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. (S1O-3010)

12. Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take on the sale of houses to tenants of Cumbernauld Development Corporation which were constructed using calcium chloride but sold after the use of this substance in construction was banned in 1977. (S1O-3007)

13. Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it will make to the Bank of Scotland and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry regarding the impact of retaining the bank’s Head Office in Edinburgh in the event of any merger involving the bank. (S1O-3014)

14. Cathy Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to help integrate young asylum seekers into the education system. (S1O-3008)

15. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the next steps will be in progressing the transport strategy for Aberdeen. (S1O-3021)

16. Mr Frank McAveety: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-2893 by Mr Jack McConnell on 1 February 2001, what further measures are being taken to improve discipline in schools. (S1O-3045)

17. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the latest additional funding package of £100 million to tackle drug misuse over the next three years will be spent on (a) treatment and aftercare, (b) prevention and (c) enforcement measures. (S1O-2998)

18. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to progress the aims of the Better Government for Older People programme in the light of the report from the Scottish pilot projects. (S1O-3040)

19. Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made or will make to Her Majesty’s Government regarding the potential impact on employment in Scotland of a defence diversification policy and budget which provides increased assistance to companies diversifying as a result of Ministry of Defence savings in Scotland or other changes in the defence industry. (S1O-3043)

20. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what evidence exists on the importance of early years education. (S1O-3038)

21. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for the re-organisation of NHS acute services. (S1O-3005)

22. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in establishing a task force to develop a national physical activity strategy as promised in Towards a Healthier Scotland. (S1O-3006)

23. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the implementation of the recommendations contained in The same as you? A review of services for people with learning disabilities is proceeding according to schedule. (S1O-3027)

24. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government regarding the impact of section 57(2) of the Scotland Act on devolved matters. (S1O-3015)

25. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to regulate property management factors in Scotland. (S1O-2997)

26. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take action to ensure that every person in Scotland has equal access to medical services. (S1O-3036)

27. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to establish an independent body to deal with complaints against solicitors as recommended in the January 1999 report of the Scottish Consumer Council. (S1O-2999)

28. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of the New Housing Partnership budget for 2000-01 has been spent. (S1O-3004)

29. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will clarify the remit of the Working Group on a replacement for poindings and warrant sales. (S1O-3001)

30. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to secure the future of Aberdeen’s tourist information centre. (S1O-3025)

3.10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues will be discussed. (S1F-875)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet will next meet and what issues will be discussed. (S1F-863)

3. Fergus Ewing: To ask the First Minister what measures have been taken in connection with the outbreak of foot and mouth disease and what other measures are being considered. (S1F-870)

4. Alex Johnstone: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive is doing to protect haddock fisheries during the implementation of the cod recovery plan. (S1F-868)

5. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the First Minister what new initiatives the Scottish Executive plans to ensure that people are prepared for work. (S1F-874)

6. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the First Minister what the current position is regarding the Executive’s proposed drug court pilot scheme and its likely impact on the demand for treatment services. (S1F-878)

3.30 pm Debate on Fuel Poverty—

S1M-1700 Jackie Baillie: Fuel Poverty—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Executive for its commitment to tackling fuel poverty, as set out in the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy and which will form part of the Housing (Scotland) Bill, through the central heating programme, which will provide all council and housing association tenants and all pensioners, irrespective of their tenure, with warm and dry homes by 2006, through the Warm Deal, New Housing Partnerships and investment in social rented housing and through its proposals for a new Index of Housing Quality and its plans to extend the scope of the improvement and repairs grant system to include energy efficiency measures. R

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-1700.2 Fiona Hyslop: Fuel Poverty—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1700) in the name of Jackie Baillie, leave out from "commends" to ends and insert "recognises the consistent calls from a number of parties for fuel poverty to be tackled as an early priority by the Executive, particularly in a country which has so much fuel wealth but also so much fuel poverty, is disappointed that the Housing (Scotland) Bill as currently drafted contains no targets for the eradication of fuel poverty or other measures previously indicated in earlier consultation documents, is further disappointed in the lack of detail, funding and timetabling of the Central Heating Initiative particularly for pensioners in areas where councils are considering wholesale stock transfer of council homes; recognises that Scotland should have its own Fuel Poverty Strategy, and calls on the Executive to address all these issues as a matter of urgency."

S1M-1700.3 Mr Keith Harding: Fuel Poverty—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1700) in the name of Jackie Baillie, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "notes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to tackling fuel poverty and that a major part of the action being taken is the continuation and expansion of the Housing Energy Efficiency Scheme introduced by the last Conservative Government in 1991; urges the Scottish Executive to expedite further transfers of Council housing stock to community ownership to facilitate the necessary investment to ensure the eradication of the poor housing conditions that contribute to fuel poverty, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to assist the Social Justice Committee in consideration of the detailed implementation of the Central Heating Programme in order to ensure that the Executive targets the available resources at those most in need.

followed by Executive Motion on the Culture and Recreation Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-1696 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSIs—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved:

Special Grant Report No. 1, Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seekers Assistance (SE 2001/60) and,

Special Grant Report No. 2, Special Grant for Scotland Kosovan Evacuees (SE 2001/61) and,

The Highlands and Islands Area of Operation (Scotland) Order 2001.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business—

debate on the subject of—

S1M-1263 George Lyon: Caledonian MacBrayne—That the Parliament recognises the high proportion of Caledonian MacBrayne employees who are drawn from the communities that the company serves; acknowledges the importance of these jobs to the economic well-being of these remote and island communities; notes with concern the fears that employees of Caledonian MacBrayne have regarding the potential consequences of the competitive tendering process required by the European Commission, and urges the Scottish Executive to do everything within its power to ensure that job security for staff at Caledonian MacBrayne is maintained throughout and after the conclusion of that process.

 
 
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