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Business Bulletin No. 111 / 2003

Thursday 4th September 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9:30 am Debate on Closing the Opportunity Gap—

S2M-293 Ms Margaret Curran: Closing the Opportunity Gap—That the Parliament welcomes the Executive's continuing commitment to breaking down the social, educational and economic barriers that create inequality and the commitment to working to end poverty by tackling deprivation and social needs, and notes that to close the opportunity gap the Executive will deliver community regeneration to build strong, safe and attractive communities; measures to increase financial inclusion to reduce debt, measures to improve standards of housing and to tackle homelessness and measures to overcome barriers to training and employment to increase participation in the labour market.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-293.3 Shona Robison: Closing the Opportunity Gap—As an amendment to motion (S2M-293) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, insert at end "but recognises that none of this action will be enough to reduce poverty levels in Scotland, which will only be achieved once the Executive has power and control over tax and social security policy."

S2M-293.1 Mary Scanlon: Closing the Opportunity Gap—As an amendment to motion (S2M-293) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes with concern that waiting lists are getting longer, children are failing to meet education attainment levels, violent crime is increasing, anti-social behaviour is rising and our economy is lagging behind that of the rest of the United Kingdom; recognises that it is the poorest and most vulnerable in society that suffer most as they are trapped in failing schools, most likely to suffer from ill health and most likely to be victims of crime, and believes ultimately that only by reforming key public services through offering choice and decentralisation, whilst encouraging economic growth by cutting business rates, removing red tape and mutualising Scottish Water, can we close any opportunity gap and give the people of Scotland a better future.

S2M-293.2 Tommy Sheridan: Closing the Opportunity Gap—As an amendment to motion (S2M-293) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "condemns the failure of the Scottish Executive's policy over the last four years to deal with the problem of poverty in Scotland; notes the findings of the recent Rowntree report on poverty and social inclusion which shows that the proportion of the population living in poverty in Scotland has risen to 23% and the proportion of children in poverty to 30%; believes that the problem of poverty will never be solved until there is a fundamental redistribution of income and wealth which requires an independent Scotland, but considers, however, that even with its limited power the Parliament could begin this process by abolishing regressive council tax and introducing a Scottish service tax based on people's ability to pay and, in addition, introduce a minimum wage in the public sector of 7.50 an hour and free, nutritious school meals for all state school children in Scotland."

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

1. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support the tourist industry. (S2O-334)

2. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review police policy in respect of "shoot to stop". (S2O-312)

3. Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive whether local authorities have sufficient funding and resources to meet the challenges and targets set by it in respect of the provision of social services. (S2O-321)

4. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the "twenty's plenty" schemes are having in reducing traffic speed in built-up areas. (S2O-353)

5. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on the detention of children. (S2O-311)

6. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to tackle the anti-social use of quad bikes in public areas. (S2O-317)

7. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will take forward consultation and legislation on the Nicholson Committee report on liquor licensing law. (S2O-339)

8. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will address the issue of civil partnership registration as part of its commitment to family law reform. (S2O-345)

9. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will respond to the recommendations of the report of the Nicholson Committee on liquor licensing law. (S2O-355)

10. Withdrawn

11. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to require companies bidding for the Clyde and Hebrides lifeline ferry service contracts to have agreed long-term pay deals in place. (S2O-310)

12. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take in response to any public concerns over the roll-out of the terrestrial trunked radio system. (S2O-346)

13. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to meet City of Edinburgh Council to discuss its public private partnership for building new schools. (S2O-344)

14. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is protecting NHS staff against violent attacks. (S2O-341)

15. Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many nurse and consultant vacancies there are in the NHS. (S2O-357)

16. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will undertake a survey of the success of area management agreements for marine fish farms in delivering their predicted environmental benefits. (S2O-343)

17. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive when it anticipates that the opening night of the Scottish National Theatre will be. (S2O-347)

18. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to support the European Union’s "In town without my car!" initiative. (S2O-349)

19. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure that Scotland’s social, environmental and local economic interests are represented and protected at the 5th World Trade Organisation ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico, from 10 to 14 September 2003. (S2O-350)

20. Mr Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Department of Trade and Industry to ensure that the electricity grid between the mainland and the northern and western isles is being strengthened and extended, given the social and economic implications of not doing so. (S2O-335)

21. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Scottish Water and what topics were discussed. (S2O-325)

22. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the European Commission regarding any possible ban on cod fishing. (S2O-323)

23. Withdrawn

24. Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what involvement it has had in the visit of the Flemish Community Commission including the representative of Vlaams Blok. (S2O-359)

25. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will encourage an upturn in bus passenger journeys. (S2O-354)

26. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to encourage catering departments of public bodies and local authorities to source locally-produced food. (S2O-348)

27. Marlyn Glen: To ask the Scottish Executive what new measures it plans to introduce to combat the fear of crime and what best practices it recommends are followed by local agencies in tackling this issue. (S2O-314)

28. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the economic impact of increased water charges on small businesses in the south of Scotland. (S2O-327)

29. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Scottish Water and what issues were discussed. (S2O-332)

30. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive on what areas within its responsibilities concerning the children of asylum seekers it has made representations to Her Majesty's Government following the case of the Ay children. (S2O-358)

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-157)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-158)

3. Robin Harper: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S2F-150)

4. Rhona Brankin: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive's position is on the comments of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland that there would be limited benefit in increasing police powers to disperse young people. (S2F-162)

5. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive will announce a long-term funding commitment to help establish a national theatre. (S2F-165)

6. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister what concerns the Scottish Executive has with regard to the delivery of cancer services. (S2F-160)

3.30 pm Debate on Investment and Change in Cancer Services—

S2M-292 Malcolm Chisholm: Investment and Change in Cancer Services—That the Parliament acknowledges the progress made and the remaining challenges in implementing the cancer strategy; recognises that the 60 million investment is leading to many improvements to patient care; welcomes the development of managed clinical networks and the redesign of cancer services under way across the three regional cancer networks; supports an increased focus on patient experience and patient involvement, and looks forward to continuing change and innovation in order to reduce waiting times and improve the quality of care.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-292.2 Shona Robison: Investment and Change in Cancer Services—As an amendment to motion (S2M-292) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, insert at end "but recognises that further action is required to tackle staffing shortages in the oncology field in Scotland, including consideration of enhanced terms and conditions."

S2M-292.1 Mr David Davidson: Investment and Change in Cancer Services—As an amendment to motion (S2M-292) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, leave out from "acknowledges" to end and insert "welcomes the improvement in survival rates for the majority of cancers, thanks to scientific advances, and praises those in the health service who work to combat this disease, but notes with grave concern that the delivery of health care in Scotland has fallen short of the standards that people expect and deserve, with patients' chances of survival under threat due to unacceptably long waiting times, staff shortages, postcode prescribing and the inequalities in accessing clinical assessment throughout Scotland."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-298 Patricia Ferguson: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 September 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Strategic Framework for
Aquaculture

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S2M-106
Dr Sylvia Jackson: Scotland's European Pollutant
Emission Register

Thursday 11 September 2003

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Ministerial Statement on Delivering for Scotland –
Funding the Partnership Agreement

followed by Executive Debate on Ministerial Statement

followed by Motion on Legal Deposit Libraries Bill 2003 - UK
Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S2M-145
Elaine Smith: Obesity Amongst the Scottish Population

Wednesday 17 September 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Review of Licensing Laws

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 18 September 2003

9.30 am Executive Debate on Health

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

followed by Continuation of Executive Debate on Health

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and, (b) that the Environment and Rural Development Committee reports to the Communities Committee by 26 September 2003 on the Environmental Impact Assessment (Water Management) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/341) and that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 16 September 2003 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 and on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No.2) Order 2003.

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of—

S2M-264 Roseanna Cunningham: Defence Aviation Repair Agency, Almondbank—That the Parliament notes the continued speculation about the impact of the Ministry of Defence’s ‘End to End Review’ on the future of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA) in Almondbank; is concerned about the threat to the 325 jobs at the facility; recognises the important and specialised skills of the workforce there which are significant to both Perthshire locally and Scotland as a whole; acknowledges the massive local economic impact of DARA in Almondbank as evidenced by the Mackay Consultants’ report of August 2003; further notes the cross party and multi-agency Welsh campaign to defend DARA jobs in Wales, and believes that the Scottish Executive should ensure that a similar campaign is organised in Scotland in order to protect and defend the continued existence of defence jobs at DARA in Almondbank.

 

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