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Business Bulletin No. 49/2003

Thursday 13 March 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9:30 am Debate on The Current International Situation—

S1M-4012 Mr John Swinney: The Current International Situation—That the Parliament believes that no case for military action against Iraq has been proven; believes that no United Kingdom forces should take part in any military action without a United Nations mandate that specifically authorises such action and is based on clear, compelling and published evidence, and believes that any pre-emptive action by the United States of America and the United Kingdom without such a mandate would be contrary to international law

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-4012.6 Patricia Ferguson: The Current International Situation—As an amendment to motion (S1M-4012) in the name of Mr John Swinney, leave out from first "no" to end and insert "the authority of the United Nations is crucial to resolving conflicts in the Middle East, that Saddam Hussein is a danger to the international community, the region and his own people and that Saddam Hussein should co-operate fully with the implementation of UN resolution 1441 and notes the objective of Her Majesty’s Government to secure a further resolution in the UN Security Council before any military intervention."

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments to amendments

S1M-4012.6.1 Phil Gallie: The Current International Situation—As an amendment to amendment (S1M-4012.6) in the name of Patricia Ferguson, insert at end "registers its concern that the report published by the International Development Committee of the House of Commons concludes that insufficient emphasis has been placed on the humanitarian implications of military action in Iraq and urges Her Majesty’s Government, in co-operation with the United Nations, aid agencies and other governments, to address this as a matter of priority."

S1M-4012.6.2 Mr John McAllion: The Current International Situation—As an amendment to amendment (S1M-4012.6) in the name of Patricia Ferguson, leave out from "the authority" to end and insert "no case for military action against Iraq has been proven."

S1M-4012.5 Nora Radcliffe: The Current International Situation—As an amendment to motion (S1M-4012) in the name of Mr John Swinney, leave out from first "believes" to end and insert "condemns the failure of the Iraqi regime to respect international law and human rights; supports the United Nations’ (UN) efforts to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction under UN Security Council Resolution 1441; calls for the inspectors to be given sufficient time and resources to continue their work as long as the Security Council assesses that progress can be made; believes that only as a last resort, once all other options have been exhausted, should military action in Iraq be undertaken, and opposes any military action not sanctioned by a further resolution from the Security Council and an affirmative vote on a substantive motion in the House of Commons."

followed by Business Motion

S1M-4011 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 March 2003

9:30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Ministerial Statement

2:30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Continuation of Stage 3 Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3961 Jackie Baillie: Reform of Charity Law

Thursday 20 March 2003

9:30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Continuation of Stage 3 of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (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 Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on Sexual Offences Bill – UK Legislation

Motion on Railways and Transport Safety Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3897 Kenneth Gibson: Suicide Emergency Telephone Hotline

Wednesday 26 March 2003

9:30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

2:30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of Council of Law Society of Scotland Bill

followed by Stage 3 of Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill

followed by Final Stage of National Galleries of Scotland Bill

followed by Stage 3 of Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 27 March 2003

9:30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Members’ Business

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

4:00 pm Decision Time

2:30 pm Question Time

1. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what commitment it has made to finance the proposed Borders railway. (S1O-6610)

2. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the Out of Schools Learning funding under the New Opportunities Fund will be allocated to Scotland. (S1O-6648)

3. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to credit unions. (S1O-6637)

4. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will deliver its National Waste Strategy. (S1O-6605)

5. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the future of the National Lottery Community Fund. (S1O-6635)

6. Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether adequate resources are being applied to combat crime in North Ayrshire. (S1O-6622)

7. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to help parents encourage young children to read. (S1O-6631)

8. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will encourage young people to become involved in enterprise. (S1O-6634)

9. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure the early diagnosis and treatment of male cancers. (S1O-6640)

10. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Scottish Enterprise Tayside about encouraging enterprise and innovation in Tayside. (S1O-6614)

11. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it is giving City of Edinburgh Council in developing a cohesive and integrated public transport system. (S1O-6641)

12. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that people with cancer have access to the information they need, when they need it. (S1O-6636)

13. Withdrawn

14. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to alleviate student debt. (S1O-6615)

15. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will assist the families of those suffering from substance abuse. (S1O-6626)

16. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure a better future for Scottish football. (S1O-6624)

17. Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether enough dentists are qualifying following the closure of the Edinburgh Dental School. (S1O-6653)

18. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet English, Welsh and Scottish Railway and what issues will be discussed. (S1O-6651)

19. Dr Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Executive what role school nurses will have in new community schools. (S1O-6633)

20. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it has made available to support the inclusion of Scottish traditional music at the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival in Washington in June 2003. (S1O-6628)

21. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will commit more funding to support public transport projects in Glasgow than that announced for Edinburgh. (S1O-6617)

22. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average percentage salary increases for local authority chief officers and manual workers will be in 2003-04. (S1O-6601)

23. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to promote the use of broadband services in both the public and private sectors. (S1O-6644)

24. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its guns amnesty will not prevent the police following up unsolved crimes. (S1O-6602)

25. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the licensing of genetically modified crops for commercial use. (S1O-6650)

26. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met Argyll and Clyde NHS Board and what issues were discussed. (S1O-6612)

27. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for the provision of adequate dental services in Skye. (S1O-6642)

28. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the school closures planned by Dumfries and Galloway Council as part of its public private partnership bid are consistent with the Executive's rural development strategies. (S1O-6607)

29. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure an adequate supply of good quality social housing. (S1O-6638)

30. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will maintain the level of spending on the promotion of enterprise. (S1O-6647)

3:10 pm First Minister’s Question Time

1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S1F-2569)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S1F-2582)

3. Rhona Brankin: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive will ensure optimum access to broadband services. (S1F-2585)

4. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the First Minister what additional support is being given to local government emergency planning officers to assist in responding to emergencies following the relocation of military personnel from Scotland. (S1F-2575)

5. Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the First Minister what initiatives the Scottish Executive proposes to promote further local authority housing stock transfers to allow more investment into the public housing sector following the stock transfers in Glasgow and the Borders. (S1F-2593)

6. Rhoda Grant: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive is doing to support mountain rescue. (S1F-2580)

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-4019 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill - Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that, during the Stage 3 proceedings on the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of those proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when Stage 3 begins and excluding any periods when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended)—

Amendment 1 – no later than 30 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 1 hour

3:30 pm Stage 3 of Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill—

S1M-3866 Mr Keith Harding: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S1M-4007 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft General Commissioners of Income Tax (Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

S1M-4008 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Landfill (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

S1M-4009 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Road Traffic (Vehicles Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.

S1M-4010 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft SFGS Farmland Premium Scheme 2003 be approved.

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

debate on the subject of—

S1M-3932 David Mundell: Post Office Card Accounts—That the Parliament believes that those post office customers in Scotland who wish to continue receiving their benefits, pensions payments and tax credits through the Post Office, following the introduction of automated credit transfer in April 2003, should be allowed to do so through a post office card account opened at the counter of a post office or sub-post office; further believes that customers should be offered a genuine choice between the options available, including a post office card account; supports the National Federation of SubPostmasters’ call that there should be no administrative obstacles to customers opening a post office card account; notes the importance of post office card accounts to the future financial viability of sub-post offices, and considers that Scottish ministers should work with Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that there is a level playing field in the marketing, promotion and advertising of the banking options from all departments of Her Majesty’s Government, including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Inland Revenue and the Veterans Agency, the Scottish Executive and its agencies and local authorities.

 

 

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