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Business Bulletin No. 24/2003

Thursday 6 February 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9:30 am Debate on Local Government Bill - UK Legislation-

S1M-3833 Mr Andy Kerr: Local Government Bill - UK Legislation-That the Parliament endorses the principle of including in the Local Government Bill powers for the Scottish Ministers to issue directions and guidance to Scottish local authorities in relation to staff transfer matters and agrees that the relevant provisions to confer executive functions on the Scottish Ministers in relation to these matters 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 Local Government Bill - UK legislation

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill-

S1M-3727 Tricia Marwick: Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-3727.1 Iain Smith: Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3727) in the name of Tricia Marwick, leave out from "agrees" to end and insert "notes the Local Government Committee's Stage 1 Report on the Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) Bill and that any change to the election system could not come into effect until the 2007 local government elections at the earliest; further notes the publication by the Scottish Executive of its Local Governance (Scotland) Bill document which fulfils the commitments made to make progress on electoral reform and deals with wider issues to encourage greater participation in local government, and, with regard to the Proportional Representations (Local Government Elections) Bill, therefore does not agree to the general principles of this particular Bill for the reason that its provisions demonstrably do not meet the extensive requirements for renewing local democracy."

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill-

S1M-3856 Robin Harper: Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Business Motion

S1M-3854 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees-

a. the following programme of business-

Wednesday 12 February 2003

9:30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Debate on Education

followed by Scottish National Party Debate on Scottish Economic Growth

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3715 Robin Harper: Theatre in Scotland

2:30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill

followed by Executive Debate on Fisheries

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

7:00 pm Decision Time

Thursday 13 February 2003

9:30 am Justice 2 Committee Debate on its 4th Report 2003: Report on the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service Inquiry

followed by Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on its 1st Report 2003: Report on the Future of Tourism in Scotland

followed by,

no later than

1.00 pm Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Stage 3 of the Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill

followed by Stage 1 Motion on Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-3774 Robert Brown: Lead Pipes in Drinking Water Supplies

Wednesday 19 February 2003

9:30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Building (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 of Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

followed by Members' Business

2:30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 of Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

7:00 pm Decision Time

Thursday 20 February 2003

9:30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Continuation of Stage 3 of Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 of Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (b) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 24 February 2003 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 and the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/49).

2:30 pm Question Time

1. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in speeding up the processes of hearings to deal with young offenders. (S1O-6375)

2. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to facilitate a solution to the firefighters' dispute. (S1O-6384)

3. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress was made on the issue of transportation of timber at the meeting on 8 January 2003 between it, COSLA's Rural Affairs Committee and representatives of the forestry industry. (S1O-6403)

4. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve the support available to vulnerable families. (S1O-6404)

5. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making with the Victims' Strategy. (S1O-6374)

6. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations it has had with the European Union regarding planned EC directives restricting food supplements. (S1O-6391)

7. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to meet representatives of voluntary and community recycling businesses to discuss proposed changes in their funding. (S1O-6370)

8. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure equal treatment of gypsies and travellers in the public services. (S1O-6376)

9. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made in recruiting additional social workers. (S1O-6371)

10. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations have been received from teachers' unions urging the ending of automatic suspension of teachers following misconduct allegations. (S1O-6364)

11. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive how many pupils receive Gaelic-medium education at pre-school, primary and secondary levels. (S1O-6395)

12. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to change the balance between spending on prosecuting young offenders and on providing services to tackle youth offending. (S1O-6405)

13. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances it can give that any compensation to the fishing industry will be extended to include small businesses such as fish vans, shops and small-scale processors in areas like Arbroath. (S1O-6366)

14. Withdrawn

15. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures have been taken to address any shortage of NHS dentists in Grampian. (S1O-6365)

16. Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take to combat any detrimental impact of the EC Directive on food supplements on the provision of supplements, vitamins and minerals produced by UK companies whose production standards are outwith the directives. (S1O-6393)

17. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance is being given to the fish processing industry. (S1O-6368)

18. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will report on its proposals for music tuition in schools. (S1O-6361)

19. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the New Opportunities Fund about the PE and Sport in Schools Programme. (S1O-6392)

20. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are for the future of the fire service. (S1O-6398)

21. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of the Strategic Rail Authority and what issues were discussed. (S1O-6381)

22. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to protect Scottish agricultural interests in Europe. (S1O-6394)

23. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding provision is being made for the payment of nursing home fees for 2003. (S1O-6382)

24. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to fund and carry out research into multiple sclerosis. (S1O-6390)

25. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive what response it intends to make to the recent Office of Fair Trading report on pharmacy services. (S1O-6400)

26. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Minister for Health and Community Care retains the ultimate decision over the location of the proposed new single site hospital for the Forth Valley. (S1O-6362)

27. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in reviewing practices in hospital cleaning. (S1O-6372)

28. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government on the timescale for the completion of the M74 from Gretna to Carlisle. (S1O-6363)

29. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the voluntary sector can play in delivering public services. (S1O-6388)

30. Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take following the decision of the European Parliament's Petitions Committee to call for the closure of the cattle incinerator in Carntyne, Glasgow. (S1O-6399)

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-2471)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he last met the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues were discussed. (S1F-2488)

3. Scott Barrie: To ask the First Minister what measures are being taken to modernise the learning environment. (S1F-2484)

4. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the First Minister what review will be undertaken of the maintenance of trunk and local roads during the recent severe weather conditions. (S1F-2482)

5. Richard Lochhead: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive intends to respond to the European Commission's proposals on the mid-term review of the Common Agricultural Policy. (S1F-2472)

6. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the First Minister what plans the Scottish Executive has for the funding of a national theatre company. (S1F-2474)

3:30 pm Debate on Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003-

S1M-3807 Mr Andy Kerr: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003-That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/42) be approved.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-3848 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI-That the Parliament agrees that the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Disclosure of Information to and by Lord Advocate and Scottish Ministers) Order 2003 be approved.

S1M-3849 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI-That the Parliament agrees that the draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigations: Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of-

S1M-3765 Nicola Sturgeon: Removal of Thimerosal in Vaccines-That the Parliament notes with concern that thirteen vaccines currently available in the United Kingdom, including four that are administered to children, contain thimerosal, a compound 50% comprised of ethyl mercury and already banned in the United States of America; further notes the fears of a link between thimerosal and conditions such as autism and Alzheimer's disease, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take steps to eradicate thimerosal from vaccines available in Scotland and, in the meantime, inform the public about the availability of vaccines that do not contain thimerosal.

 

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