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Business Bulletin No. 106/2002

Wednesday 26 June 2002

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in Committee Chambers, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.

Health and Community Care Committee

18th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Items in Private: The Committee will consider whether to take items three to five in private.

2. Local Government Bill in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from –

Heather Knox, Ayrshire and Arran Primary Care

Fiona Lees, East Ayrshire Council

Tom Divers, Chief Executive, Greater Glasgow Health Board

Peter Bates, Chief Executive, Tayside NHS Board

Councillor Robin Presswood, Non Executive Trustee of Tayside NHS Board.

3. Cancer services in Scotland: The Committee will consider a paper by the clerk.

4. Petition 374 Chronic Pain: The Committee shall discuss a draft questionnaire.

5. Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will discuss possible witnesses on the Bill.

Finance Committee

14th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Items in Private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 2 in private.

2. Financial Scrutiny Review: The Committee will consider a paper on potential advisers on Financial Memoranda.

3. Financial Memorandum (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Criminal Justice (Scotland) bill’s Financial Memorandum.

4. PFI/PPP Report (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Social Justice Committee

13th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 6, 7 and 8 in private.

2. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items at future meetings on the draft report at Stage 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill in private.

3. Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider issues arising from oral evidence.

4. Petition PE373: The Committee will consider petition PE373 calling for the Scottish Parliament to amend the current legislation with regard to the issue of summary warrants by Sheriffs to local authorities, insofar as this relates to the rights of alleged debtors to reply or make comment before a warrant is issued.

5. Consultation on the Legislative proposals contained in the Homelessness Task Force final report: The Committee will consider its approach.

6. Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 - Guidance on Homelessness Strategies and Homelessness Advice and Information: The Committee will consider its response to the Scottish Executive consultation.

7. Draft Annual Report: The Committee will consider its draft annual report for the Parliamentary year 12 May 2001 to 11 May 2002.

8. Communities Against Poverty (CAP) - Older People and Poverty: The Communities will consider its response to the meeting held with CAP on 8 May 2002.

Standards Committee

11th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Item in Private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 6 in private.

2. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider a proposal to establish a Cross-Party Group on Learning Disabilities.

3. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider a draft consultation paper.

4. Forward Work Programme: The Committee will consider its forward work programme from September to December 2002.

5. Annual Report: The Committee will consider a draft Committee Annual Report.

6. Replacing the Members' Interests Order: The Committee will consider a draft proposal for a Committee Bill and an issues paper setting out outstanding policy issues.

Transport and the Environment Committee

22nd Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 1

1. Items in Private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

The Designation of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/276)

The New Water and Sewerage Authorities Dissolution (Scotland) Order 2002, (SSI 2002/277)

The Bus Service Operators Grant (Scotland) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/289)

The Travel Concessions (Eligible Services) (Scotland) Order 2002, (SSI 2002/290)

The Home Zones (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/292).

3. Organic Waste Spread on Land: The Committee will consider the response of the Scottish Executive to the Committee’s report on Petition PE 327 by the Blairingone and Saline Action Group on Organic Waste Spread on Land.

4. Polluting Activities in Built-Up Areas: The Committee will consider a reporter’s paper on Petition PE 377 by Michael Kayes on polluting activities in built-up areas.

5. Parliamentary Debate: The Committee will consider whether to seek a debate in the Parliament on its report on the rail industry in Scotland in due course.

6. Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider arrangements for its consideration of the Bill at Stage 1.

7. Rail Inquiry: The Committee will consider the evidence it has taken.

Health and Community Care Committee

19th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 5.45 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Forthcoming mental health legislation (in private): The Committee will consider the Executive’s proposed Bill on mental health and its future work on the proposed legislation.

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that subject to the Parliament’s approval of Business Motion S1M-3252, today’s Business will be as follows:

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - The Reverend Dr J. Philip Newell, Church of Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau—

S1M-3259 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: University of St Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill - Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that time for consideration of Stages 2 and 3 of the University of St Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill be allocated as follows, so that debate on proceedings at each Stage, if not previously brought to a conclusion, shall be brought to a conclusion at the time specified –

Stage 2 – no later than 3.20 pm

Stage 3 – no later than 3.30 pm

S1M-3252 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the Business Programme agreed on Thursday 20 June 2002:

Wednesday 26 June 2002

after first Parliamentary Bureau Motions, delete all and insert

followed by Ministerial Statement on Budget Revision

followed by, no

later than 3.05 pm Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 of the University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill

followed by Stage 3 Debate on University of St. Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill

followed by Executive Debate on Action on Waiting and Delayed Discharge

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3173 Trish Godman: Loan Sharks

Thursday 27 June 2002

after Stage 3 Debate on Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill, delete all and insert

followed by Finance Committee Debate on its Report on Stage 1 of the 2003/04 Budget Process

followed by Motion on Police Reform Bill - UK Legislation

followed by, no

later than 1.00 pm Motions on appointment of Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsmen

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3207 Christine Grahame: Peebles Sheriff Court

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 4 September 2002

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 5 September 2002

9.30 am Executive 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

and (c) that Stage 1 of the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill be completed by 10 January 2003 and that Stage 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill be completed by 31 October 2002.

followed by Ministerial Statement on the Budget Revision

followed by Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 of the University of St Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill

followed by Stage 3 Debate on University of St Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill—

S1M-3209 Iain Smith: University of St Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill - Stage 3—That the Parliament agrees that the University of St Andrews (Postgraduate Medical Degrees) Bill be passed.

followed by Debate on Action on Waiting and Delayed Discharge—

S1M-3248 Malcolm Chisholm: Action on Waiting and Delayed Discharge—That the Parliament applauds the outstanding commitment and work of NHS staff in delivering reductions in waiting lists and the longest waiting times; recognises that more needs to be done, particularly for those patients experiencing the longest waits; welcomes the work of the National Waiting Times Unit and the proposed use of HCI as a national waiting times centre; notes the outcome of the Audit Scotland report on the management of waiting lists and that the Health Department will be working with others to implement its recommendations, and supports vigorous action on a range of fronts to reduce waiting times and the delays experienced by patients awaiting discharge from hospital.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-3248.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Action on Waiting and Delayed Discharge—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3248) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, leave out from "delivering" to end and insert "the face of increasing in-patient and out-patient waiting times; is extremely concerned at the disturbing findings of the recent Audit Scotland report, Review of the management of waiting lists in Scotland; calls for deferred waiting lists to be abolished and for all patients to be given a maximum waiting time guarantee; supports the work of the National Waiting Times Unit but calls on the Scottish Executive to give a commitment that HCI will be used exclusively for NHS patients in Scotland, and supports more vigorous action on a range of fronts to reduce waiting times and the delays experienced by patients awaiting discharge from hospital."

S1M-3248.2 Mary Scanlon: Action on Waiting and Delayed Discharge—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3248) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, leave out from "in delivering" to end and insert "; regrets the fact that waiting times are longer than they were when the Scottish Executive took office; notes with concern a simultaneous drop in NHS activity; particularly regrets the political interference within the NHS which has led to the inconsistent and unclear record keeping within the NHS discovered by Audit Scotland; and further notes that while the Executive continues to exert political control over our health service waiting times and delayed discharges will only get worse and that the best way to deliver improvements is to put patients first by giving them real choices and devolving power to local hospitals and GPs so that decisions are taken on the basis of clinical priorities."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

debate on the subject of—

S1M-3173 Trish Godman: Loan Sharks—That the Parliament commends the excellent initiative of the Daily Record to name and shame the "loan sharks" who prey on vulnerable people living in poverty throughout Scotland; agrees with the newspaper that Scotland must not be a country where it is a crime to be poor and where loan sharks obtain huge profits out of other people's precarious financial circumstances, and is of the firm view that the Parliament, in close partnership with the UK Parliament, the police and other appropriate public agencies, must take decisive action to drive these predators out of their sordid "business" in the interests of their victims and victims’ families.

 

 

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