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Business Bulletin No. 183/2002

Thursday 12 December 2002

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that subject to the Parliament’s approval of Business Motion S1M-3694, set out below, today’s Business will be as follows:

9:30 am Debate on Children’s and Young People’s Services in Scotland—

S1M-3698 Irene McGugan: Children's And Young People's Services in Scotland—That the Parliament commends the recent reports into children’s services of the Child Protection Audit and Review, It’s everyone’s job to make sure I’m alright, Audit Scotland, Dealing with offending by young people and the Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals, Special Report on the Children’s Hearings System; notes in particular the references to the need to address urgently the crisis in the recruitment and retention of social workers; urges the Scottish Executive to give serious consideration to this matter and to the other recommendations in the reports and to act upon them; agrees that, when implemented, the recommendations would offer substantial improvements to the services for our most vulnerable children and young people; recommends bringing forward legislation to provide a statutory basis for child protection committees thereby ensuring increased status and resources and uniformly high quality services across the country, and recognises the need for the Scottish Executive to tackle once and for all the underlying social problems which disfigure our nation by limiting the chances of Scottish children, too many of whom continue to live in poverty

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-3698.2 Cathy Jamieson: Children and Young People's Services in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3698) in the name of Irene McGugan, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "welcomes the constructive recommendation of the recent reports into children’s services, the Child Protection Review, It’s Everyone’s Job to make Sure I’m Alright, the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with Offending by Young People and the Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals’ report into Children’s Hearings; notes the need to address recruitment and retention of social workers and welcomes progress in the Executive’s Action Plan for Social Services; notes that the reports highlight a need to continue to focus on delivery which improves outcomes for Scotland’s children, and agrees that the Executive should continue to address the problems of poverty and exclusion and close the opportunity gap."

S1M-3698.1 Bill Aitken: Children's and Young People's Services in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3698) in the name of Irene McGugan, leave out from "in particular" to end and insert "the concern expressed within reports about the pressures facing children’s hearings and the inadequate nature of the resources and disposals available; acknowledges that the problems of youth disorder must be given high priority if the right to peace and security at home and in the community is to be protected; calls upon the Scottish Executive to introduce an increased range of disposals for children’s hearings, including weekend and evening detention, restriction of liberty orders and expansion of supervised attendance orders and community service orders along with an increase in secure accommodation and a substantial increase in police officers visible in our communities, and recognises that, while much material poverty has been alleviated, 21st Century forms of vulnerability require policies that create wealth and provide economic opportunity and security for all, which can only happen within a framework of public order in which people have the security of strong families, communities and high quality public services."

followed by Business Motion

S1M-3694 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) as a revision to the business programme agreed on 5 December 2002—

Thursday 12 December 2002

after Business Motion, insert

followed by Motion on appointment of Scottish Information Commissioner

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

(b) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 18 December 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3526 Marilyn Livingstone: Solvent Abuse

Thursday 19 December 2002

9:30 am Finance Committee Debate on its 7th Report on Stage 2 of the 2003-04 Budget Process

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Stage 1 Debate on Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3393 Alex Neil: Firefighters and Fire Control Staff

Wednesday 8 January 2003

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Local Government in Scotland Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 9 January 2003

9:30 am Debate on the draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2003

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill

followed by Preliminary Stage Debate on Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Debate on the Review of Child Protection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (c) that Stage 2 of the Building (Scotland) Bill be completed by 22 January 2003.

followed by Motion on appointment of Scottish Information Commissioner

S1M-3701 Jackie Baillie on behalf of the Selection Panel: Appointment of Scottish Information Commissioner—That the Parliament nominates Kevin Dunion to Her Majesty The Queen for appointment as the Scottish Information Commissioner.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-3702 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Cairngorms National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-3702.1 Alex Fergusson: Approval of SSI—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3702) in the name of Patricia Ferguson, insert at end "but, in doing so, notes amendments S1M-3621.1 and S1M-3621.2 which were approved by the Rural Development Committee on 10 December 2002 and therefore regrets the exclusion from the boundaries of the Cairngorms National Park of those areas of Highland Perthshire and Drumochter, including the forest of Atholl, Beinn a ‘Ghlo and Blair Atholl, all of which were recommended for inclusion within the park’s boundary by Scottish Natural Heritage in its report, prepared for the Scottish Executive, on the proposal for a National Park in the Cairngorms, and is concerned that, if these areas remain excluded, the attainment by the park of World Heritage Status may be put in jeopardy, and further regrets that the Order does not include the Gaelic translation of Cairngorms National Park which is Pàirc Nàiseanta a’ Chàirn Ghuirm."

S1M-3703 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Cairngorms National Park Elections (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

2:30 pm Question Time

1. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive what effect the recently published business failure rate in Scotland will have on the economy. (S1O-6083)

2. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken in the light of recent developments to ensure that firefighters’ pensions will be fully funded without any need to cut front-line services. (S1O-6070)

3. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Network Rail about the timetable for refurbishment and remedial work on the Forth Bridge. (S1O-6078)

4. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy is with regard to improving the infrastructure of canals. (S1O-6108)

5. Brian Fitzpatrick: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is promoting innovation and developing good practice within the NHS. (S1O-6095)

6. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to improve standards of literacy and numeracy in schools. (S1O-6101)

7. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what public facilities, other than hospital buildings, are required under statute to provide defibrillators. R (S1O-6086)

8. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the City of Glasgow is a special case with regard to the provision of Executive funding to address poverty and deprivation and their consequences. (S1O-6103)

9. Withdrawn

10. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the availability of broadband across the Highlands and Islands. (S1O-6080)

11. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make a decision on whether it will make a substantial contribution to the 247 million needed to implement the NESTRANS plans for a modern transport system for the north east. (S1O-6094)

12. Withdrawn

13. Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30396 by Cathy Jamieson on 5 November 2002, whether its Education Department is aware of research conducted by RNIB Scotland and Visual impairment Scotland indicating that the actual prevalence rate of visual impairment among school pupils is approximately 2.3 per thousand, equating to more than 2000 pupils, compared with the total figure of 429 pupils quoted in that answer. (S1O-6079)

14. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to increase the number of stops made by Scotrail services on the east coast mainline. (S1O-6102)

15. Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce guidance similar to that issued in England and Wales under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970, placing a duty on local authorities to be proactive in their efforts to serve deafblind people. (S1O-6069)

16. John Young: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress the Improving Regulation in Scotland Unit has made in reducing bureaucratic burdens on business. (S1O-6075)

17. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that full access to broadband internet services is available throughout Scotland. (S1O-6109)

18. Withdrawn

19. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will review funding of the arts. (S1O-6071)

20. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its policies will speed up the roll-out of broadband to rural areas. (S1O-6076)

21. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to address the rising male suicide rate. (S1O-6077)

22. Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations it has had with Her Majesty’s Government on student funding. (S1O-6082)

23. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the effectiveness of speed cameras in reducing traffic accidents. (S1O-6119)

24. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking in schools to help tackle racism. (S1O-6089)

25. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in discussions with the European Commission on next year’s management regime for white fish stocks in waters round Scotland. (S1O-6088)

26. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to highlight road safety during the festive season. (S1O-6114)

27. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to address housing shortages in rural areas. (S1O-6118)

28. Withdrawn

29. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to extend access to broadband services for communities. (S1O-6105)

30. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve services for people who are HIV positive. (S1O-6116)

3:10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S1F-2337)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S1F-2340)

3. Elaine Thomson: To ask the First Minister whether proposed measures to tackle sectarianism will impact on local authority powers in respect of public order. (S1F-2353)

4. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the First Minister what the up-to-date position is on the handling of the fire in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh; what the extent of the damage is, and what the long-term implications are of the fire. (S1F-2335)

5. Robert Brown: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive supports the continued existence of community pharmacists. (S1F-2355)

6. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive is taking to protect the public from any possible terrorist smallpox or anthrax attacks. (S1F-2339)

3:30 pm Debate on Fisheries 2003—

S1M-3700 Ross Finnie: Fisheries 2003—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Executive in its efforts to negotiate an outcome from the Fisheries Council meeting in December 2002 that reflects both the best achievable deal for the Scottish fishing industry and the fishing communities that depend on it and the need to preserve stocks for the long term.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-3700.2 Richard Lochhead: Fisheries 2003—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3700) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "urges the Scottish Executive to officially lead the UK delegation at next week’s Fisheries Council with a view to opposing vigorously any draconian cuts in fishing opportunities; calls on the Executive to propose that viable quotas be set that will allow the fleet to return to sea in the new year, providing the opportunity for states with a direct interest in the North Sea and the Irish Sea to bring forward management plans later in 2003 that promote fisheries conservation and secure a future for our fisheries communities, and further calls on the Minister for Environment and Rural Development to engage directly with other EU states and Norway to achieve this objective."

S1M-3700.1 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Fisheries 2003—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3700) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "recognises the importance of sustainable fisheries for the well-being of the Scottish fishing industry and fishing communities and therefore strongly rejects any advice that would close Scotland’s mixed fishery; believes that more time is required to assess truly the current state of fish stocks and the effects of the conservation measures already taken by Scottish fishermen; believes that elected MEPs should have the opportunity to debate and vote on any new quota cuts before they are implemented; urges fisheries ministers Ross Finnie and Elliot Morley to ensure that they do not preside over the decimation of Scotland’s fishing industry but instead achieve an outcome that is fair and equitable to Scottish fishermen, and ultimately believes that the Common Fisheries Policy of collective management has failed and therefore should be scrapped and replaced by national and local control and management of European waters as the only way to ensure future sustainability of fish stocks and thus the fishing industry."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

debate on the subject of—

S1M-3464 Donald Gorrie: Debt and Lending—That the Parliament is concerned by the number of households badly affected by debt and by the contribution to debt problems made by banks, retailers issuing credit cards, building societies and money lenders vigorously encouraging people to borrow more money, when they are already heavily in debt or obviously have no means of repaying the loan, and as regulation in this sphere is outwith the powers of the Parliament, believes that the Scottish Executive should address this issue by means of holding discussions with these lending bodies to seek voluntary agreements that they will not advertise or press credit on people that are manifestly not creditworthy and should ask the banks instead to lend money to credit unions for them to lend to people of limited means on the basis of such unions’ better assessment of the likelihood of each loan.

 

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