Business Bulletin No. 153 / 2003
Thursday 13th november 2003
Section A : Daily Business List
Meeting of the Parliament
9.30 am Executive Debate on Reforming Child Protection in Scotland-
S2M-593 Peter Peacock: Reforming Child Protection in Scotland-That the Parliament agrees that keeping Scotland's children and young people safe from harm and neglect must be a priority for all; agrees the importance of having a sustainable programme of reform of child protection services; notes the progress on the three-year child protection reform programme and future plans, and supports the Scottish Executive's decision to require local authorities, NHS boards and the police to review their practices in respect of child protection, take action where there are weaknesses, ensure that there are robust quality assurance processes in place and continue with initiatives to ensure that there are sufficient and well-trained social workers to meet current and projected needs.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments
S2M-593.3 Fiona Hyslop: Reforming Child Protection in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-593) in the name of Peter Peacock, leave out from "continue" to end and insert " acknowledges its own role in increasing the scale, pace and range of staff recruitment in social work and child care and protection to ensure there are sufficient, well-paid staff to meet current and projected needs, and agrees to review the role and powers of the Social Work Services Inspectorate in this area."
S2M-593.1 Mary Scanlon: Reforming Child Protection in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-593) in the name of Peter Peacock, insert at end "; acknowledges the findings of Susan O'Brien QC's inquiry into the death of Caleb Ness, and as a result calls for greatly improved co-operation and communication between agencies along with new arrangements that encourage greater responsibility and accountability within the child protection system."
S2M-593.2 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Reforming Child Protection in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-593) in the name of Peter Peacock, insert at end "; notes the continuing shortage of social workers, particularly in the child and family teams and that the current initiatives will not produce sufficient new workers to fill these vacancies and replace those due to retire; recognises that the current situation of local authorities competing with each other to attract staff is counter-productive; notes that there is a need to invest significantly to retain and attract future staff; regrets the continuing scapegoating of social workers when things go wrong which only serves to undermine the confidence of staff and contributes to the difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff, and recognises the extremely valuable work that social workers carry out every day making significant contributions to the lives of children and their families."
12 noon First Minister's Question Time
2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's cabinet. (S2F-344)
3. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the First Minister how often the Scottish Executive's Cabinet has discussed the ongoing industrial action involving nursery nurses; how often the Executive has contacted COSLA in relation to this dispute, and what value it places on the contribution of nursery nurses to the early education and development of children. (S2F-348)
4. Bill Butler: To ask the First Minister what steps are being taken to support the City of Glasgow in achieving its city vision. (S2F-341)
5. Mary Scanlon: To ask the First Minister what action is being taken to support the scotch single malt whisky industry. (S2F-339)
6. Dennis Canavan: To ask the First Minister what changes the Scottish Executive proposes regarding public information about the performance of schools. (S2F-345)
2.30pm Question Time
1. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to raise awareness amongst small and medium-sized companies of the implications of the forthcoming Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directive. (S2O-751)
2. Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will next meet COSLA and what issues will be discussed. (S2O-750)
3. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultations there have been between its officials responsible for building regulation reform and those who have expertise in sustainable development, in particular Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. (S2O-755)
4. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what extra resources will be made available to NHS boards following implementation of the new primary medical services contracts for out-of-hours GP cover in those circumstances where not enough GPs register to work beyond contracted hours. (S2O-722)
5. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give practical and financial support to transport for nursery education in rural areas. (S2O-716)
6. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what human rights issues there are in relation to the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill. (S2O-756)
7. Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure the safety of children in schools. (S2O-738)
8. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking at European, or other, level to address issues such as cod and other white fish bycatch associated with industrial fisheries. (S2O-753)
9. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether its pilot study of house sellers' surveys will include an assessment of household energy efficiency and, if so, how this assessment will be carried out. (S2O-754)
10. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to ensure continued European funding for tourism. (S2O-719)
11. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that high quality, modern primary care health facilities are provided in local communities. (S2O-739)
12. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the key performance indicators are for the Scottish Prison Service. (S2O-726)
13. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made with regard to placing the land register online. (S2O-734)
14. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to increase NHS dental provision in Inverness. (S2O-748)
15. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on Strathclyde Passenger Transport's Crossrail Technical feasibility study submitted to the Minister for Transport on 28 October 2003. (S2O-720)
17. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on free transfer of land currently managed by Forest Enterprise to community groups where there is a demonstrable capability to manage the land for community and environmental benefit. (S2O-752)
18. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations or reports it has received from the staff and management of the Hannah Research Institute or any other individual or organisation with regard to the effects of any funding shortfall of the institute. (S2O-717)
19. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it marked Armistice Day. (S2O-747)
20. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to support the proposal by Scottish churches and voluntary organisations for the provision of community-based accommodation for asylum seekers' children and their parents. (S2O-732)
21. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact the implementation of the European Commission Waste Incineration Directive will have on the use of small waste oil burners. (S2O-749)
22. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to assist probationer teachers placed at schools many miles from their homes. (S2O-746)
24. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide revenue funding for locally-based CCTV projects. (S2O-730)
25. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive how discussions with the European Commission are progressing with regard to the tendering of Caledonian MacBrayne routes. (S2O-744)
26. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last communicated with Dumfries and Galloway Council regarding its public private partnership proposals for rebuilding and refurbishing its school estate. (S2O-724)
27. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government with regard to taking appropriate action to deal with the international trade in counterfeit whisky, as highlighted in the BBC documentary "On the trail of the whisky bandits" on 4 November 2003. (S2O-718)
28. Mr Alasdair Morrison: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures are being taken to protect the fish farming industry from illegal activities of non-EU salmon producers. (S2O-715)
29. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of whether a British Olympic football team would affect the status of Scotland's international football side and the Scottish Football Association. (S2O-742)
30. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what figures are available on the level of prosecutions for driving under the influence of drugs. (S2O-757)
3.10pm Executive Debate on Celebrating 150 Years of Public Libraries in Scotland-
S2M-594 Mr Frank McAveety: Celebrating 150 Years of Public Libraries in Scotland-That the Parliament notes that this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Public Libraries Act in Scotland; congratulates public libraries on the diverse service they provide and, in particular, commends them for the success of the People's Network in encouraging even greater use of library facilities, and praises local authorities for the part they play in providing this service.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments
S2M-594.2 Roseanna Cunningham: Celebrating 150 Years of Public Libraries in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-594) in the name of Mr Frank McAveety, leave out from "and, in particular", to end and insert "; calls on the Scottish Executive to secure funding for the People's Network beyond the cessation of New Opportunities Fund support in April 2004; recognises the important part that local authorities have played, and continue to play, in providing library services, and urges the Executive to enable local authorities to reverse the recent trend of a decline in the proportion of funds spent on libraries."
S2M-594.1 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Celebrating 150 Years of Public Libraries in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-594) in the name of Mr Frank McAveety, insert at end "and notes the importance that libraries play in improving literacy rates for people of all ages."
S2M-594.4 Chris Ballance (South of Scotland) (Green): As an amendment to motion S2M-00594 in the name of Mr Frank McAveety (Celebrating 150 Years of Public Libraries in Scotland), insert after “facilities” “congratulates Scotland’s librarians but notes with concern falling visitor numbers and calls on the Scottish Executive and local authorities to do all they can to reverse this situation; notes that libraries have great potential as community hubs and that their outreach and social inclusion functions are vital and often overlooked and applauds those libraries that are imaginatively tackling these important issues, and further congratulates those libraries that have put their catalogues online and engaged fully with new technology, enabling more of the population to access them,”
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-
S2M-588 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees-
(a) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 24 November 2003 on the Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/519);
(b) that Stage 1 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill be completed by 12 March 2004; and
(c) that Stage 1 of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill be completed by 30 January 2004.
S2M-586 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Office of the Clerk-That the Parliament agrees that the Office of the Clerk will be closed on 29, 30 and 31 December 2003.
S2M-587 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Suspension of Standing Orders-That the Parliament agrees that Rules 13.6.4 and 13.6.7 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purpose of Question Time on Thursday 8 January 2004.
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members' Business
Debate on the subject of-
S2M-481 Cathy Peattie: Women's Social and Political Union-That the Parliament notes that, on 10 October 1903, a group of women met in the Manchester home of Emmeline Pankhurst and founded the Women's Social and Political Union, which became known as the suffragette movement, with the aim of recruiting more working class women into the struggle for the vote and believes that this centenary year should be marked by efforts to promote the participation of women in the democratic process.