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A: Daily Business
B: Business Programme
D: Oral questions
E: Written questions
F: Motions and Amendments
G: Bills
H: New Documents
K: Progress of Parliamentary business

 

Business Bulletin No. 134/2001

Thursday 20 September 2001

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate on Juvenile Justice-

S1M-2205 Bill Aitken: Juvenile Justice-That the Parliament recognises that the Children's Hearings system as at present constituted is manifestly failing to deal with criminal and offending behaviour and calls upon the Executive to carry out a full review of Scotland's system of juvenile justice, such a review to include consideration of giving Children's Hearings an increased range of disposals.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-2205.2 Nicol Stephen: Juvenile Justice-As an amendment to motion (S1M-2205) in the name of Bill Aitken, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "confirms its support for the principles of the hearings system in dealing with children who are at risk whether through offending or anti-social behaviour or are in need of care and protection; considers that the children's hearings system provides the best framework within which to identify the needs of vulnerable children and young people and to determine the most appropriate response; praises the commitment and skill of the volunteers who are appointed as members of Children's Panels and Children's Panel Advisory Committees; welcomes the consensus achieved by the Advisory Group on Youth Crime and confirms its support for the Group's recommendations for reducing and stopping youth crime; further welcomes the increased expenditure by the Executive on children's services and Youth Crime Review to support targeted services in local authorities; supports the Executive in its drive to reduce re-offending rates among children and young people, as set out in Working Together for Scotland, as this will benefit communities, victims and young people, and encourages local authorities, service providers and other partners to develop programmes and services which seek to address the offending behaviour and underlying contributory factors in the lives of young people who offend."

S1M-2205.1 Irene McGugan: Juvenile Justice-As an amendment to motion (S1M-2205) in the name of Bill Aitken, leave out from "as" to end and insert "has served society and Scotland's children and families very well and that it will continue to do so in the future, provided that adequate and effective resources are applied to the system to help young people who offend, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward without further delay the national strategy and framework arising from the youth crime review in order to set out national programmes for effectively working with young people to prevent crime, ensure that measures are in place to support those at risk of offending and recommend proven intervention strategies for offenders.

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate on Improving Patient Care-

S1M-2207 David McLetchie: Improving Patient Care-That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the new hospitals built thanks to the PFI programme initiated by the last Conservative governments but notes with grave concern that the delivery of health care in Scotland has fallen far short of the standards people expect, with local hospital services under threat and patients waiting longer for treatment and facing the prospect of being forced to go abroad to get the treatment they need in a reasonable time; calls upon the Scottish Executive to extend the principle of partnership with the independent sector to the delivery of health care and begin discussions with the independent sector with a view to signing a "concordat" in similar terms to that already established in England, and further calls upon the Executive to initiate a debate in Scotland about how to improve standards of health care to the levels of the best European countries without raising taxes to unacceptable levels and whilst ensuring that access to high quality care is guaranteed for all.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-2207.2 Susan Deacon: Improving Patient Care-As an amendment to motion (S1M-2207) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "built" to end and insert ", notes the progress that has already been made across Scotland in improving services for patients and believes that continued implementation of Our National Health: a plan for action, a plan for change will deliver increasing benefits for patients, with the objective of high quality care for all."

S1M-2207.1 Shona Robison: Improving Patient Care-As an amendment to motion (S1M-2207) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes that, as a result of successive government policies, Scotland has become the PFI capital of Europe and that PFI is the most expensive method of financing hospital building; further notes that the privatisation of domestic services in hospitals presided over by the last Conservative government has resulted in a deterioration of standards of cleanliness in hospitals and record levels of hospital-acquired infections; believes that further private involvement in the delivery of health services is not in the interests of patients, and is committed to rebuilding a public health service in Scotland that is capable of delivering the highest quality of care for all our citizens."

followed by Business Motion

S1M-2235 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business-

Wednesday 26 September 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on its Support for the Voluntary Sector

followed by Motion on the Publication of the Ombudsman for Scotland Annual Report 2000-2001

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2221 Irene Oldfather: European Languages Day

Thursday 27 September 2001

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 Stage 1 Debate on the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2054 Margaret Smith: RCN Scotland's "Value Nurses" Campaign

Wednesday 3 October 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on a Forward Strategy for Agriculture

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-2118 Mrs Mary Mulligan: Oxfam

Thursday 4 October 2001

9.30 am Committee Business

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-2098 Christine Grahame: Borders' Children with Special Education Needs

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place between it, Strathclyde Passenger Transport and ScotRail regarding the provision of parking at Croy Railway Station for travellers wishing to travel from Croy by train. (S1O-3784)

2. Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to fund increased numbers of uniformed police and police support personnel. (S1O-3786)

3. Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to alleviate problems in the scallop industry. (S1O-3780)

4. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its review of cities will take into account the effects of the council tax system on low-paid and pensioner citizens of Glasgow. (S1O-3815)

5. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in improving services for adults with autism. (S1O-3793)

6. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people in Scotland are currently registered on methadone programmes for drug users. (S1O-3790)

7. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve the supply of health care professionals in rural areas. (S1O-3805)

8. Withdrawn

9. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the Minister for Environment and Rural Development foresees for rural schools in relation to rural development. (S1O-3778)

10. Mr Andy Kerr: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken, in light of the Learn to Let Go project, to ensure that the public transport system meets the needs of women. (S1O-3806)

11. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to improve health at work in line with the aims of Scotland's Health at Work Week. (S1O-3773)

12. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have been held with Her Majesty's Government regarding the impact of the Competition Act 1998 on the future structure of Scotland's water and sewerage industry. (S1O-3812)

13. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish details on the progress being made by the ministerial group on women's offending, particularly in relation to the proposal to set up time out centres. (S1O-3809)

14. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in its discussions with Her Majesty's Government on possible modifications to the role of enrolled dental therapists in the health service. (S1O-3791)

15. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in tackling housebreaking. (S1O-3781)

16. Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements it is seeking in reviewing compulsory purchase powers and what its position is in relation to proposals for the establishment of a centrally-funded agency to support authorities in the exercise of compulsory purchase powers. (S1O-3788)

17. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has received regarding the cost of travel on the lifeline air services between the Scottish mainland and the Northern Isles. (S1O-3782)

18. Withdrawn.

19. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what further funding will be made available to local authorities to ensure that the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network guidelines on attention deficit and hyperkinetic disorders in children and young people are fully implemented. (S1O-3803)

20. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the date set by the Water Commissioner for the achievement of efficiency targets by the water authorities should be delayed pending the possible creation of a single water authority. (S1O-3777)

21. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to compensate farmers whose cattle went over 30 months of age during the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak and were consequently prevented from entering the food chain. (S1O-3785)

22. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive to whom the Scottish Prison Service is accountable. (S1O-3792)

23. Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take in relation to any delays in seeing a consultant being experienced by hip replacement patients in Glasgow. (S1O-3789)

24. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent representations it has received about strategic planning arrangements in Fife. (S1O-3798)

25. Withdrawn.

26. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review its contractual arrangements with Premier Prison Service with regard to the running of HM Prison Kilmarnock in light of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland's Report for 2000-2001. (S1O-3811)

27. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle abuse against health workers. (S1O-3814)

28. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources are made available to assist community groups who are seeking to respond to planning applications. (S1O-3797)

29. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will detail the research projects to be funded from the 1.9 million funding awarded to the Scottish Crop Research Institute on 10 September 2001. (S1O-3799)

30. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of secondary schools exceeded their targets for attainment in school examinations in the most recent period for which information is available. (S1O-3808)

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

1. Michael Russell: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues he plans to discuss. (S1F-1243)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister whether he has any plans to reshuffle his Cabinet. (S1F-1245)

3. Shona Robison: To ask the First Minister what discussions have been undertaken with Her Majesty's Government regarding the recommendations of the Care Development Group. (S1F-1249)

4. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the First Minister whether the industrial action being taken by medical secretaries in Glasgow and the current ballots for industrial action taking place in the Lothians are related to pay and morale levels across the NHS in Scotland. (S1F-1255)

5. Janis Hughes: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive will assist homeless people who also have mental health problems. (S1F-1252)

6. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the First Minister what health benefits will be derived from setting tougher standards for air pollution. (S1F-1247)

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Effective Assessment in Scotland's Schools-

S1M-2236 Mr Jack McConnell: Effective Assessment in Scotland's Schools-That the Parliament recognises the importance of effective assessment in schools as a means of improving learning and achievement and supports the Executive's plans to create a coherent system of assessment for Scotland; further recognises that the best way to achieve this is by (a) ensuring that the monitoring and reporting of pupils' progress is done in a consistent way throughout the school years; (b) supporting teachers to make sound judgements about pupils' learning and parents to be involved with their children's development; (c) improving national monitoring of achievement in key areas, and (d) bringing together diverse approaches to record-keeping and reporting in a single, integrated framework, and supports the Executive's plans to involve stakeholders in carrying forward these proposals and to introduce a simpler, more streamlined approach which is effective and easier for teachers, parents and pupils to understand.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-2236.1 Michael Russell: Effective Assessment in Scotland's Schools-As an amendment to motion (S1M-2236) in the name of Mr Jack McConnell, insert at end ", whilst ensuring that the core activities of teaching and learning remain the priorities for our education system."

S1M-2236.2 Mr Brian Monteith: Effective Assessment in Schools-As an amendment to motion (S1M-2236) in the name of Mr Jack McConnell, insert at end "and considers that the Executive should strongly encourage all publicly funded schools to participate in the new assessment system."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S1M-2233 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Committee Membership-That the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees-

Donald Gorrie to replace Nora Radcliffe on the Justice 1 Committee,

John Farquhar Munro to replace George Lyon on the Rural Development Committee,

George Lyon to replace Tavish Scott on the Justice 2 Committee,

Nora Radcliffe to replace John Farquhar Munro on the Transport and the Environment Committee.

S1M-2232 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSIs-That the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved:

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/255); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/256); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/273); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/281); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic, Paralytic and Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/282); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 3) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/284); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 4) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/289); and

the draft International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2001.

S1M-2231 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Lead Committees-That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee is designated as Lead Committee in consideration of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) (Scotland) Bill.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business-

debate on the subject of-

S1M-2119 Paul Martin: Community Issues in Sighthill, Glasgow-That the Parliament deplores the recent racist attacks in Sighthill that have been carried out by a minority; recognises that the community in Sighthill welcomes asylum seekers and that they require support and resources to ensure successful community relations; welcomes Glasgow City Council's introduction of an emergency action plan which will take a corporate approach to tackling many of the estate management issues that face residents in Sighthill, and considers that the Executive should ensure that Scottish local authorities share examples of best practice and expertise in implementing the dispersal programme, take steps to ensure that local police levels are kept to the maximum level possible, consider what additional resources can be allocated to assist communities with integration and the delivery of local services and develop an action plan that would work towards ensuring that councils and communities are assisted and informed during the dispersal programme.

 

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