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Business Bulletin No. 98 / 2003

Thursday 26th June 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9:30 am Debate on the Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003—

S2M-143 Ross Finnie: The Draft Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 be approved.

followed by Debate on the Motion on Fireworks Bill - UK Legislation—

S2M-136 Mr Andy Kerr: Fireworks Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle of making enabling regulations for the supply and use of fireworks as set out in the Fireworks Bill and agrees that those provisions in the Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

2:30 pm Question Time

1. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will address any shortage of blood supplies arising from an outbreak of West Nile virus. (S2O-269)

2. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what unit of population it will use in constructing the Scottish Index of Deprivation. (S2O-261)

3. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will empower people with disabilities to make their own choices about their care. (S2O-305)

4. Elaine Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any action will be taken to improve public transport links between north and south Lanarkshire. (S2O-262)

5. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has about withdrawal of bus services in the Scottish Borders. (S2O-273)

6. Mr Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the development of new incineration facilities. (S2O-281)

7. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to improve opportunities for sporting participation and achievement. (S2O-265)

8. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when its sexual health strategy will be implemented. (S2O-276)

9. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Greater Glasgow NHS Board regarding any shortfall in funding and budget cuts. (S2O-303)

10. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to tackle childhood obesity. (S2O-299)

11. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to tackle alcohol-related violence. (S2O-280)

12. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive whether seroxat will be withdrawn from use in the treatment of depression. (S2O-259)

13. John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to phase out and eliminate means testing. (S2O-271)

14. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to strengthen the national grid to accommodate the expansion of renewable energy opportunities in the Highlands and Islands. (S2O-279)

15. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what opportunities there will be to increase rail services to and from Fife under the next rail franchise. (S2O-263)

16. Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what protection will be given to public sector staff exposed to risk from blood-borne diseases. (S2O-267)

17. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Common Agricultural Policy reforms are in Scotland’s best interests. (S2O-274)

18. Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances it will give that elective surgery in Fife will continue to be available at any time in the year. (S2O-307)

19. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Prison Service will provide assistance to facilitate an early return to work for prison staff injured in accidents at work. (S2O-272)

20. Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the EU working time directive has been implemented for all NHS workers and whether its operation is being monitored. (S2O-285)

21. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage tourism. (S2O-304)

22. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its priorities are for animal welfare. (S2O-294)

23. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what precise steps it is taking as central authority under the Hague Convention in Scotland to support the Scottish mother and her attorney in the United States of America in the child abduction case Fawcett v McRoberts, and what further action is planned. (S2O-258)

24. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government about the designation of the Darwin Mounds as a special area of conservation under the EU habitats and birds directives. (S2O-277)

25. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the implementation of the pet passport scheme on the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry route. (S2O-255)

26. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in implementing its alcohol strategy. (S2O-264)

27. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to limit exam appeals of school pupils. (S2O-308)

28. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations have taken place with Her Majesty’s Government on its position on the need for progressive and substantial reductions in discharges of radioactive substances in the north-east Atlantic being considered at the Commission for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic on 23 to 26 June 2003. (S2O-296)

29. Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to improve the quality and availability of information for patients diagnosed with diabetes. (S2O-254)

30. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether cost efficiency has been achieved in the expenditure plans of non-departmental government bodies such as Scottish Water and, if not, what economies will be made. (S2O-260)

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. (S2F-121)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S2F-124)

3. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive enforces honesty and integrity amongst its members. (S2F-131)

4. Pauline McNeill: To ask the First Minister whether it intends to restrict electronic tagging of children to those children who might otherwise be placed in secure accommodation. (S2F-136)

5. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the First Minister what comparison has been made in terms of value for money between offering financial support to the Church of Scotland to keep care homes open and finding alternative accommodation for residents affected by the closure of Church of Scotland homes. (S2F-130)

6. Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive will take to improve the quality and availability of information for patients diagnosed with diabetes. (S2F-115)

followed by Parliamentary Business Motions—

S2M-202 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill- Business Motion —That the Parliament agrees that, during the Final Stage proceedings on the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (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 the Final Stage begins and excluding any periods when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended)—

Groups 1 to 3 – no later than 1 hour

Motion to pass the bill – no later than 1 hour 30 minutes

followed by Final Stage of Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-121 Mr Tom McCabe: Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing)(Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-195 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill.

S2M-196 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 (Saving and Transitional Provisions) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/287).

S2M-197 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated lead committee in consideration of the Drugs Courts (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/290).

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of—

S2M-110 Irene Oldfather: Valuing Carers—That the Parliament recognises the hard work and dedication of Scotland's 115,675 unpaid carers, a workforce comparable to the total NHS workforce in Scotland; acknowledges the role of Scotland's carer population as partners in the provision of care; recognises the measures outlined in Partnership for Care: Scotland’s Health White Paper and in the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 to increase partnership working across the health and social care services; notes that the health and well-being of many carers are affected as a direct consequence of the physical and emotional strains of caring; welcomes the dedication of care assistants across Scotland in providing vital respite services to carers and their families; congratulates the UK-wide network of 30,000 Princess Royal Trust for Carers centres on the level of support that they provide to carers and their families; recognises that there are many more unidentified carers in Scotland and that, for appropriate support to be administered, these carers must be identified; further welcomes the publication of Focus on Carers and the NHS - identifying and supporting hidden carers - Good Practice Guide by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the strategies for identifying carers contained therein, and considers that the Scottish Executive should target resources specifically on identifying and supporting carers in order that the vision underpinning recent legislation can be realised.

 

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