Business Bulletin No. 176/2001
Thursday 29 November 2001
Section A : Daily Business List
Meeting of the Parliament
9.30 am Debate on Proportional Representation in Local Government Elections
S1M-2487 Tricia Marwick: Proportional Representation in Local Government ElectionsThat the Parliament approves the principle of proportional representation for local government elections, as recommended in the Kerley Report.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment
S1M-2487.1 Peter Peacock: Proportional Representation in Local Government ElectionsAs an amendment to motion (S1M-2487) in the name of Tricia Marwick, leave out from "approves" to end and insert "notes the Scottish Executives continuing commitment to the pledge made in its Programme for Government to make progress on electoral reform, to the principles of renewing local democracy as set out in the Kerley report, including the importance of the member/ward link in local government, to the need to secure general consent and wide support for the system of electing local councils and to producing a timetable for further progress with urgency."
followed by Debate on Scottish Transport Group Pension Scheme
S1M-2486 Fergus Ewing: Scottish Transport Group Pension SchemeThat the Parliament notes that both the Scottish Transport Group Staff Pension Fund and the Scottish Transport Group Transport Operatives Pension Scheme have still to be wound up some eight years after privatisation; further notes that the Scottish Executive promised in December 2000 that a total sum of £100 million would be distributed to the pension scheme members and that this would result in a payment of an average of about £7,000 for each member; recognises that the actual total surplus of the pension funds is considerably in excess of £100 million; believes that the level of payment proposed last December by the Scottish Executive is inadequate and should be increased, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to meet representatives of the Scottish Bus Group Pensioners Action Committee and to make available to them all relevant information to enable them to assist the pensioners in achieving a just settlement.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment
S1M-2486.1 Ms Wendy Alexander: Scottish Transport Group Pension SchemeAs an amendment to motion (S1M-2486) in the name of Fergus Ewing, leave out from "both" to end and insert "Scottish Ministers have secured from HM Treasury a substantial pay out for Scottish Transport Group Pension Scheme former members despite the absence of any legal entitlement; further notes that any change to the amount to be distributed to former members is a matter for HM Treasury, and finally notes that the key remaining step is the winding up of the pension schemes, which is a matter for the schemes trustees."
followed by Business Motion
12.30 pm Election of deputy Presiding Officer
2.30 pm Question Time
3. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that sustainable development is a primary consideration within all its policies and programmes. (S1O-4210)
4. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives from North Lanarkshire Council. (S1O-4174)
5. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have participated in the New Deal self-employment programme since the New Deals inception. (S1O-4163)
6. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that the recently announced additional resources for nurses recruitment and retention are used effectively. (S1O-4198)
7. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to facilitate the integration of bus and rail services. (S1O-4193)
8. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce proportional representation for the local government elections in 2003. (S1O-4180)
9. Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to offer financial support for the installation of solar heating. (S1O-4192)
10. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure provision of a world class prison service. (S1O-4160)
11. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to ensure that there are adequate numbers of community police. (S1O-4187)
12. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made by the Scottish Football Partnership. (S1O-4203)
13. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to raise nutritional standards. (S1O-4205)
14. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will reconsider its decision not to confer upon local authorities the power to remove from owners of holiday homes the 50% council tax discount to which they are presently entitled. (S1O-4165)
15. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are in place to ensure that people diagnosed with a mental health illness receive the appropriate services and resources. (S1O-4175)
16. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it is taking to promote female participation in modern apprenticeships. (S1O-4218)
17. Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive when a decision will be made on funding for theatres and what the reasons are for the time taken to reach a decision. (S1O-4167)
19. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what the most recent plans are for the reintroduction of the Campbeltown-Ballycastle ferry service. (S1O-4166)
20. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs last met representatives of the Scottish School Board Association. (S1O-4213)
21. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of recent difficulties facing the electronics industry in the Scottish Borders, it will address the state of the areas economy as a matter of urgency. (S1O-4173)
22. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in implementing the Action Plan for a Sustainable Scotland. (S1O-4194)
23. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to establish a public inquiry into the handling by the Crown Office of the recent Ayrshire sex abuse case following the abandonment of the trial. (S1O-4169)
24. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making towards the introduction of a small business rates relief scheme. (S1O-4178)
25. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its assessment is of the preparedness of the NHS for the coming winter. (S1O-4199)
26. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to implement local agreements on the 35-hour working week for teachers. (S1O-4212)
27. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making towards achieving its objectives in tackling drug misuse. (S1O-4207)
28. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what additional measures it intends to take to reform the public appointments system. (S1O-4161)
29. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what role Her Majestys Inspectorate of Education has in monitoring the educational performance of pupils in schools that are part of Public/Private Partnership projects. (S1O-4220)
30. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had, and with whom, on a railway link to Edinburgh Airport and what the outcome was. (S1O-4164)
3.10 pm First Ministers Question Time
1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister when he last met the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues they discussed. (S1F-1433)
2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when the Scottish Executives Cabinet will next meet and what issues will be discussed. (S1F-1424)
3. Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Executive has to review its spending priorities in light of the Chancellor of the Exchequers pre-budget statement. (S1F-1423)
4. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive intends to take following the report by the Commission for Integrated Transport. (S1F-1420)
5. Irene Oldfather: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executives plans for post-school education will contribute towards economic prosperity. (S1F-1429)
3.30 pm Debate on Social Justice
S1M-2492 Iain Gray: Social JusticeThat the Parliament welcomes the Executives publication of the Social Justice Annual Report 2001; notes the progress which is being made, and supports the work of the Executive, local government and other public agencies and the voluntary, community and private sectors in working together to deliver social justice in Scotland.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments
S1M-2492.3 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Social Justice As an amendment to motion (S1M-2492) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "the progress" to end and insert "the slow progress in addressing social inequality and believes that the Parliament could best succeed in driving forward the social justice agenda if it had the powers of an independent sovereign state."
S1M-2492.1 Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh: Social JusticeAs an amendment to motion (S1M-2492) in the name of Iain Gray, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes the information to date which shows that the Scottish Executive still has a long way to go to meet its own objectives against the targets and milestones it set itself on social justice; affirms its commitment to building a civic society based on opportunity and responsibility for all, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to address the problems of crime in Scotlands communities and devolve power to individuals, families and communities as an essential step on the road to achieving social justice."
The Clerk has been informed that the following document(s) are relevant to this debate.
Scottish Executive Social Justice Annual Report 2001.
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
S1M-2481 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Suspension of Standing OrdersThat the Parliament agrees that Rule 9.5.3A of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill.
S1M-2490 Euan Robson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSIsThat the Parliament agrees that the following instruments be approved:
The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.10) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/406);
The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.11) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/420);
The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.12) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/423); and
The draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2001 (Amendment) Order 2001.
S1M-2494 Euan Robson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead CommitteesThat the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Committee is designated as lead committee in consideration of the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman Bill and that the Health and Community Care Committee and the Social Justice Committee be secondary committees.
S1M-2495 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of CommitteesThat the Parliament agrees that the following Members be appointed to Committees
Tom McCabe and Des McNulty to replace Dr Richard Simpson and Mike Watson on the Finance Committee;
Sarah Boyack to replace Hugh Henry on the European Committee;
Susan Deacon to replace Patricia Ferguson on the Procedures Committee and on the Standards Committee;
Jackie Baillie to replace Cathy Peattie on the Education Committee;
Angus MacKay to replace Andy Kerr on the Transport and the Environment Committee;
Alasdair Morrison to replace Mary Mulligan on the Justice 2 Committee;
Alasdair Morrison and Irene Oldfather to replace Cathy Jamieson and Dr Elaine Murray on the Rural Development Committee;
Tommy Sheridan to be appointed to the Equal Opportunities Committee.
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members Business
debate on the subject of
S1M-2436 Mr Mike Rumbles: Digital Hearing Aids and Review of Audiology ServicesThat the Parliament notes that the Scottish Executive is conducting an audiology services review; recognises that many hard of hearing and profoundly deaf people are still provided with out-dated analogue hearing aids; is aware that new digital hearing aids can improve the quality of life for those who need them; realises that digital hearing aids are not widely available on the NHS in Scotland and are expensive to purchase privately; understands that the cost can be dramatically reduced by a system of bulk-buying; further notes that such a scheme has been introduced into 20 NHS hospitals in England, and considers that the Scottish Executive should make a commitment to provide digital hearing aids on the NHS in Scotland.