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Business Bulletin No. 147/2003

Wednesday 5 November 2003

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in Committee Chambers, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.

Education Committee

8th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from the Scottish Executive-

Mike Gibson (Head of Additional Support Needs Division)

Wendy Wilkinson (Bill team leader)

Donna Bell (Finance and Central Services)

Naseef Huda (Research, Economic and Corporate Strategy Unit)

Jillian Boyle (Performance Management and Finance, Health Department).

2. School discipline: The Committee will take evidence from the Scottish Executive-

Jo Young (Head of Pupil Support and Inclusion Division)

Ruth Campbell (Branch head, Pupil Support and Inclusion Division).

3. Scottish Youth Parliament: The Committee will consider a letter from the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Communities Committee

7th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

2. Mainstreaming equality: The Committee will consider recommendations from the Equal Opportunities Committee.

3. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach at Stage 1.

4. Budget process 2004-05: The Committee will consider its report at Stage 2.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

10th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from-

Richard Lockett, Perthshire Adviser, Farm Wildlife Advisory Group

Becky Shaw, Crofting Environment Officer, Scottish Crofting Foundation

Alasdair Laing, Vice Convener, Scottish Landowners' Federation

Andrew Hamilton, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Tony Andrews, Chief Executive, Scottish Countryside Alliance.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument-

the Protection of Animals (Anaesthetics) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2003, (SSI 2003/476).

  1. National Waste Plan inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Rev Dr David Sinclair, Convener of the Scottish Network for Civilian Peace Service

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Scotland's Transport-

S2M-541 Nicol Stephen: Scotland's Transport-That the Parliament recognises the importance of the Scottish Executive's proposals for improving transport in Scotland as set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, in particular its intention to set up a transport agency to secure delivery of the Executive's major investment programme to expand transport infrastructure and services across Scotland and to improve the integration of these services, the proposals to enhance the schemes of concessionary fares to benefit elderly and disabled people and the proposals to enhance the ability of local government to serve the travelling public through stronger regional transport partnerships, which should contribute to an effective transport system, central to a thriving economy and strong communities.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-541.4 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Scotland's Transport-As an amendment to motion (S2M-541) in the name of Nicol Stephen, leave out from "and the proposals" to end and insert "; notes with concern the under-performance of the Executive on major transport schemes to date; notes that for the new agency to be successful there must be transparency, accountability and direction for Scotland on all aspects of transport policy whether road, rail, marine or air, and recognises that the new agency should be strategic and should not undermine the role and function of Strathclyde Passenger Transport nor any future statutory regional transport authority elsewhere in Scotland and that the performance of the agency should be monitored to ensure that it delivers improvements to allow Scotland's transport system to match those of its European competitors."

S2M-541.1 David Mundell: Scotland's Transport-As an amendment to motion (S2M-541) in the name of Nicol Stephen, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "regrets that the Scottish Executive's transport policies continue to be driven by spin, the need for press releases and photo opportunities and a determination to introduce road tolls; notes the Scottish Executive's continuing failure to make any firm financial commitments to significant infrastructure projects, such as the Borders rail link and addressing missing strategic links in the road network; believes that there is no evidence that the introduction of further bureaucracy and delays to decision-making, as represented by the proposed transport agency, will improve infrastructure or services, and calls upon the Executive to produce detailed and costed measures with start and completion dates for the major transport infrastructure programmes that the Scottish economy and local communities need in the 21st century."

S2M-541.2 Chris Ballance: Scotland's Transport-As an amendment to motion (S2M-541) in the name of Nicol Stephen, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "notes with concern the Scottish Executive's proposals for improving transport in Scotland, as set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, in particular its failure to give sufficient support for healthy transport initiatives such as walking and cycling; further notes that the finance put aside so far overwhelmingly relates to encouraging road and air transport, the most polluting forms to transport, and, while welcoming any extension of concessionary fares, regrets the failure to promote an effective public transport system in Scotland."

followed by Business Motion-

S2M-554 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business-

Wednesday 12 November 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Debate on Justice 1 Committee's 3rd Report 2003 - Inquiry into Alternatives to Custody

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 13 November 2003

9.30 am Executive Debate on Reforming Child Protection in Scotland

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.30pm Question Time

3.10pm Executive Debate on Celebrating 150 Years of Public Libraries in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 19 November 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 20 November 2003

9.30 am Scottish Socialist Party Business

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Executive Business

followed by Motion on Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S2M-545 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 draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Amendment (Scotland) Order 2003.

S2M-546 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 Scottish Legal Aid Board (Employment of Solicitors to Provide Criminal Legal Assistance) Amendment Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/511).

S2M-547 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Education Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill and that the Equal Opportunities Committee be designated as secondary committee at Stage 1.

S2M-548 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Communities Committee be designated as lead committee and that the Justice 2 Committee and Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as secondary committees in consideration of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of-

S2M-313 Bruce Crawford: No Dumping of Nuclear Submarines in Scotland-That the Parliament rejects any proposal by Her Majesty's Government to dispose of nuclear waste from nuclear submarines in Scotland and opposes, in particular, any plans to cut up and store in Scotland any of the redundant nuclear submarines currently held at Rosyth or those that will become redundant in future.

 

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