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BUSINESS BULLETIN 40 / 2001

Thursday 8 March 2001

Section A – Daily Business List

 

 

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Debate on Scotland’s Fishing Industry—

S1M-1725 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Scotland's Fishing Industry—That the Parliament supports the aims of the cod recovery plan; acknowledges the financial sacrifices made by the Scottish fishing fleet towards that end, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to utilise Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance funding to provide financial support to our fishermen during the twelve week closure period and to outline its plans for the protection of other stocks such as haddock and programme for vessel decommissioning at the earliest opportunity.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-1725.2 Rhona Brankin: Scotland's Fishing Industry—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1725) in the name of Mr Jamie McGrigor, leave out from "utilise" to end and insert "continue to develop a range of measures aimed at returning whitefish stocks to sustainable levels".

S1M-1725.1 Richard Lochhead: Scotland's Fishing Industry—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1725) in the name of Mr Jamie McGrigor, leave out from "Financial Instrument" to "period" and insert "funding from the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance or other appropriate financial resources to provide financial support to our fishermen during the twelve week closure period in the form of an immediate compensated tie-up scheme and other suitable measures"

followed by Debate on the Crisis in Rural Scotland—

S1M-1726 Alex Johnstone: Crisis in Rural Scotland—That the Parliament expresses its profound concern about the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease, its sympathy for farmers and others in the meat supply chain facing the loss of their livelihoods, its concern about the general impact on the economy of the areas affected and its appreciation of the work of those fighting to contain the spread of the disease; affirms its support for the measures taken to date to control the spread of the disease; welcomes the introduction of the licensed movement of livestock to abattoirs, and calls upon the Scottish Executive, acting in concert with Her Majesty’s Government and the European Union, to ensure that all meat imports are subject to the same rigorous public health and animal welfare standards as our domestic produce.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-1726.2 Ross Finnie: Crisis in Rural Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1726) in the name of Alex Johnstone, insert at end "and approves the action being taken by the Food Standards Agency to control the quality of meat imports".

S1M-1726.1 Fergus Ewing: Crisis in Rural Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1726) in the name of Alex Johnstone, insert at end "; further resolves that the urgent priority in this crisis is to contain and eradicate foot and mouth disease by means of a policy of slaughter of infected animals, disinfection and movement control; notes that the nature and extent of restrictions upon life in rural communities should be based upon advice from the Chief Veterinary Officer; recognises that the restrictions are creating real financial hardship for those working in tourism, haulage and many other related industries in rural Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty's Government, once the outbreak is brought under control, to consider as a matter of urgency the plight of all of those whose livelihood has been materially affected as a result of this crisis.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-1728 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the time for consideration of Stage 3 of the Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill be allocated as follows, so that debate on the proceedings, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion on the expiry of the specified period (calculated from the time when Stage 3 begins)—

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 30 minutes.

S1M-1727 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Change of Decision Time—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of the Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 14 March 2001 shall begin at 5.30pm.

followed by Business Motion

S1M-1719 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

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

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1464 Des McNulty: Clydebank and the Blitz

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 Debate on Credit Unions

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

Wednesday 21 March 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Convention Rights (Compliance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1650 Kay Ullrich: School Swimming Lessons

Thursday 22 March 2001

9.30 am Social Justice Committee Debate on Drug Misuse and Deprived Communities

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

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will notify constituency MSPs of planning appeals lodged from within their constituencies. (S1O-3079)

2. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the future of open-cast mining. (S1O-3071)

3. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will seek an agreement with the Parliament’s Committees on a list of areas in which more statistical information is needed to inform good decision making, and whether it will provide resources for such improvements. (S1O-3082)

4. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that local authorities are making progress in reducing the amount of waste being landfilled in preparation for the implementation of the Landfill Directive. (S1O-3077)

5. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-13333 by Malcolm Chisholm on 27 February 2001, whether it intends to commission further research into the costs of free personal care for younger disabled people. (S1O-3050)

6. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to initiate an awareness campaign on dangers to children arising from use of the Internet. (S1O-3055)

7. Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps will be taken to respond to the fact that around 30% of all domestic abuse begins during pregnancy, as highlighted by the Minister for Health and Community Care on 27 February 2001. (S1O-3072)

8. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what further progress it has made in locating public sector jobs outwith Edinburgh. (S1O-3083)

9. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what response it will give to the information from the recent British Medical Association Scotland survey regarding the proportion of general practitioners who believe that the quality of hospital services has declined in the last five years. (S1O-3084)

10. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage the installation of fire sprinklers in homes. (S1O-3064)

11. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to improve career opportunities for women in the light of the pay differences highlighted in the Equal Opportunities Commission Report, Just Pay: Making Work Pay for Women. (S1O-3060)

12. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what the latest figures are on average waiting times for patients within Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust. (S1O-3081)

13. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive how the current remit of Scotland Against Drugs will be re-focused or enhanced. (S1O-3080)

14. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what submissions it has received regarding the draft Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. (S1O-3054)

15. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what benefits are anticipated from the proposed Scottish secure tenancy. (S1O-3062)

16. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to address the fact that children from low income families are more likely to die in road accidents than children from more affluent families. (S1O-3068)

17. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional measures are being taken to support vulnerable people living independently in the community. (S1O-3065)

18. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households will benefit from the transitional water and sewerage charges relief scheme. (S1O-3076)

19. Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will help to fund the establishment of football supporters’ trusts and what the reasons are for its position on this matter. (S1O-3048)

20. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what response it has made to the proposals affecting it in the Scottish Affairs Committee Report, Poverty in Scotland. (S1O-3073)

21. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have been treated by the NHS to date in 2000-01 compared to 1996-97. (S1O-3074)

22. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will issue advice and guidance on the setting up of football supporters’ trusts. (S1O-3070)

23. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is regarding the current fare structure of Caledonian MacBrayne. (S1O-3066)

24. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had or plans to have with Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive concerning the Glasgow Crossrail scheme. (S1O-3056)

25. Withdrawn.

26. Mr John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider giving compensation to those whose main activity is the haulage of livestock. (S1O-3059)

27. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is proposing to issue any guidelines to NHS Trusts on their consultation procedures. (S1O-3085)

28. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make additional financial aid available to the catching and processing sectors in the light of the current situation in the fishing industry. (S1O-3049)

29. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8534 by Mr Jim Wallace on 6 July 2000, whether any cases in the last six months have been abandoned because of a breach of statutory time limits and, if so, how many. (S1O-3052)

30. Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take to support fishermen during the period of the cod recovery plan. (S1O-3069)

3.10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

1. Mr John Swinney: 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-898)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues he plans to raise. (S1F-890)

3. Richard Lochhead: To ask the First Minister what measures the Scottish Executive intends to introduce to safeguard juvenile haddock stocks in the North Sea and to address any wider concerns in the fishing industry. (S1F-903)

4. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive is taking to protect biodiversity. (S1F-899)

5. Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive will initiate to ensure that disruption to power supplies in rural areas is minimised in adverse weather conditions. (S1F-900)

6. Shona Robison: To ask the First Minister what action it plans to take, in the light of the recent UNISON survey, to reduce the volume of student nurses leaving the nursing profession. (S1F-905)

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

S1M-1713 Susan Deacon: International Development Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principles included in the International Development Bill that Scottish Ministers’ consent be required before Scottish statutory bodies undertake international development activity, that Scottish Ministers can add or delete Scottish bodies from the list of those which can undertake such activity and that Scottish police officers who undertake international development activity abroad continue to enjoy the same conditions of service as in the UK, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these ends in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The Clerk has been informed that the following document(s) are relevant to this debate.

Executive Memorandum on the International Development Bill

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

S1M-1721 Mr Adam Ingram: Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill be passed.

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

S1M-1645 Allan Wilson: Culture and Recreation Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle of gaining efficiency and effectiveness in relation to public bodies by means of structural change to the Film Council and to Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries, as set out in the Culture and Recreation Bill; also endorses the provision of a simplified procedure for the making of parks regulations for application in Scotland, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve these ends in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-1720 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSIs—That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved:

The draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2001 and,

The draft Civil Defence (Scotland) Regulations 2001.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business—

debate on the subject of—

S1M-1452 Alex Fergusson: Less Favoured Areas—That the Parliament notes the concerns of farmers and crofters from all parts of Scotland regarding the Area Based Payments Scheme which will replace the Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance Scheme; further notes that at least 65% of all recipients will be disadvantaged by this change to such a degree that many currently viable businesses will be rendered unviable, and believes that the Minister for Rural Development must review the situation as soon as is practical in order to redress the situation which will arise in 2003 when the transitional arrangements have their greatest financial impact.

 
 
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