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Business Bulletin No. 116/2003

Thursday 11 September 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Debate on the Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Scotland-

S2M-329 Mr John Swinney: Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Scotland-That the Parliament calls for an end to the detention of children at the Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-329.1 Miss Annabel Goldie: Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-329) in the name of Mr John Swinney, leave out from "calls for" to end and insert "deplores the operation by Her Majesty's Government of an inadequate and ineffectual policy on asylum and profoundly regrets the policy implications of such deficiencies for asylum seekers in Scotland."

S2M-329.2 Robert Brown: Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-329) in the name of Mr John Swinney, leave out from "calls for" to end and insert "reiterates its strong support for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; believes that decisions affecting children whose parents are to be detained should be made in the best interests of the child; notes that the issue of asylum and immigration policy is reserved to Westminster but welcomes the significant progress made by Scottish Ministers to improve services and support for asylum seekers and refugees in the community; notes that Dungavel is one of eight UK removal centres operated by the Home Office throughout the United Kingdom; notes the reports by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and HM Inspectorate of Education on the educational provision made for the children detained at Dungavel; calls on Her Majesty's Government to take immediate action to implement the recommendations in the two reports and to end a system of detention of children at Dungavel which denies them access to social contact and to educational and other services in the local community, and calls on the Scottish Executive to convey the Parliament's concerns to Her Majesty's Government."

S2M-329.3 Elaine Smith: Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-329) in the name of Mr John Swinney, leave out from "calls for" to end and insert "recognises that there are widespread concerns regarding the care and education of children detained in Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre and calls on the Scottish Executive to engage in communications with Her Majesty's Government to seek to end the detention of children and their families at the centre and to develop a more humane alternative to this practice."

12 noon 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. (S2F-178)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-180)

3. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the First Minister how many local sports centres, community centres, youth clubs and other facilities providing activities for young people have been closed by local authorities in the last seven years and how many of these facilities have been subsequently replaced. (S2F-184)

4. Christine May: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive is satisfied with the performance of Scottish Enterprise. (S2F-187)

5. Fergus Ewing: To ask the First Minister when the inquiry by Lord Fraser into the Holyrood building project will be completed. (S2F-170)

6. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive will support the construction of the Borders railway link. (S2F-194)

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Mr Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will address any concerns relating to delays in accessing drug treatment and rehabilitation. (S2O-365)

2. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to ensure that local authorities and the police will be able to enforce forthcoming legislation on the misuse of fireworks. (S2O-372)

3. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with stakeholders and the rail industry over reopening the Edinburgh south suburban railway line to passenger services. (S2O-384)

4. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there will be an increase from last year in the number of students accepted for physical education degrees and diplomas in universities and colleges. (S2O-370)

5. Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has for a review of public consultation processes. (S2O-362)

6. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the conclusions of its assessment of the reasons for the shortfall in the number of dentists in some areas. (S2O-367)

7. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the results of its consultation on water fluoridation and whether it will reassure people that the public water supply will not be fluoridated against their will. (S2O-404)

8. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with trade unions regarding the future of the fire service. (S2O-374)

9. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will congratulate Scottish Opera on its recent performance of Wagner's Ring at the Edinburgh Festival and take action to address the financial position of Scottish Opera and keep ticket prices low to increase public access to opera. (S2O-388)

10. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make specific funding available to local authorities for the maintenance of roads used by lorries transporting timber. (S2O-392)

11. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how per capita health funding in the Orkney Islands compares with that in the Western Isles. (S2O-368)

12. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that there is an integrated approach between the environment and rural development divisions within its Environment and Rural Affairs Department. (S2O-401)

13. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will increase funding for sport and the arts to enable them to make a full contribution to reducing anti-social behaviour. (S2O-397)

14. Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements it has made to discuss with Her Majesty's Government the economic implications of its policies for the north east. (S2O-376)

15. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what long-term support it will give to develop and retain the skills of the 112 new apprentices starting at Clyde shipyards. (S2O-394)

16. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it still plans to reduce road traffic to 2001 levels by 2021. (S2O-400)

17. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to reduce the number of serious and fatal road accidents on the A90 in Aberdeenshire. (S2O-391)

18. Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government regarding the implications for the health of children in the Dungavel immigration removal centre if they do not have access to proper meals. (S2O-386)

19. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the provision of dental services in the Dumfries and Galloway area. (S2O-383)

20. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is satisfied with the administration of Scottish Water. (S2O-395)

21. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what input it has had into the review by HM Treasury of the housing market as part of its economic assessment of membership of the single currency. (S2O-364)

22. Marilyn Livingstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the Department for Transport, given the Executive's responsibility for road safety, regarding the training sheriffs receive in the application of road traffic law on careless driving offences that have caused death or serious injury and, in particular, section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. (S2O-398)

23. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it is making to Her Majesty's Government and the European Union to protect the water industry in the light of the current negotiations on liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services. (S2O-402)

24. Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what its plans are to address the funding implications for higher education in Scotland of higher student tuition frees in England. (S2O-390)

25. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it places on pre-school modern language learning. (S2O-381)

26. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to tackle odour emissions from waste water treatment works. (S2O-382)

27. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will investigate the possibility of testing all primary school children for dyslexia as part of its commitment to promoting equality and inclusion in education. (S2O-396)

28. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what timescale is in place for consultation on, and implementation of, the Common Agricultural Policy reforms. (S2O-385)

29. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase the social housing stock in the Borders. (S2O-377)

30. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is monitoring the action local authorities are taking to meet their recycling targets. (S2O-379)

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-

S2M-240 Mr Frank McAveety: Legal Deposit Libraries Bill-That the Parliament supports the principles of the Legal Deposit Libraries Bill 2003 and agrees that the provisions in the Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Business Motion-

S2M-317 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business-

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 Rising to the Challenge of Improving Scotland's Health

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Continuation of Executive Debate on Rising to the Challenge of Improving Scotland's Health

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 24 September 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Better Behaviour - Better Learning

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 25 September 2003

9.30 am Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

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-That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of the recent study carried out by Dr Andrew Walker of the University of Glasgow, The Cost of Doing Nothing - the economics of obesity in Scotland; recognises that an estimated 21% of adults are now obese and that the annual cost to the NHS of obesity and obesity-related illnesses has been estimated at 171 million; acknowledges the efforts of the Scottish Executive and health care providers in attempting to address this problem, in particular those of Coatbridge Local Healthcare Co-operative whose "Weigh-In Without Women" programme recently received the National Obesity Forum award for excellence in weight management, and considers that such examples of best practice could be rolled out across the country as part of a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to tackling this problem.

 

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