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Business Bulletin No. 19 / 2004

Thursday 29th January 2004

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

Thursday 29 January 2004

9.30 am Executive Debate on Modernising the Court System - A New Supreme Court-

S2M-828 Cathy Jamieson: Modernising the Court System - A New Supreme Court-That the Parliament believes that it is a cardinal feature of a modern democratic state that the judiciary should be separated from the legislature and therefore supports the creation of a new Supreme Court believing that it will strengthen the independence of the judiciary.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-828.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Modernising the Court System - A New Supreme Court-As an amendment to motion (S2M-828) in the name of Cathy Jamieson, leave out from "believing" to end and insert "for England and Wales; considers, however, that its creation affords an opportunity for the modernisation and repatriation of Scotland's justice system, including an end to the historic anomaly that allows civil, but not criminal, cases to be appealed to a UK court and, having established that principle, calls on the Scottish Executive to consult on whether the Inner House of the Court of Session or a higher appellate authority within Scotland should be the final court of appeal in Scottish civil cases."

S2M-828.2 Miss Annabel Goldie: Modernising the Court System - A New Supreme Court-As an amendment to motion (S2M-828) in the name of Cathy Jamieson, leave out from "it is" to end and insert "in the event of a United Kingdom Supreme Court being created, the Scottish Executive needs to ensure both that Scottish judges are appointed to sit in all civil appeals from Scotland and that decisions of the Supreme Court in non-Scottish cases are not binding in Scots law except in so far as the law determining such cases is applicable on a United Kingdom basis."

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-569)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-578)

3. Robin Harper: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to discuss. (S2F-589)

4. Kate Maclean: To ask the First Minister how changes to the classification of cannabis will affect policing of the drug. (S2F-588)

5. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the First Minister whether cases of children who have been removed from a parent alleged to be suffering from Munchausen's syndrome by proxy will be independently reviewed. (S2F-577)

6. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive's position is on faith schools and shared campuses. (S2F-591)

2.30 pm Question Time

1. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to help restart the trade in seed potatoes to Iraq. (S2O-1178)

2. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that the labour force has the necessary skills to meet the country's needs. (S2O-1197)

3. John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive what the reasons are for any delay in launching the consultation document on the proposed national concessionary travel scheme for elderly and disabled people and whether a date has now been set for the launch. (S2O-1188)

4. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive whether contributors to the public enquiry on the M74 Northern Extension will be able to update their evidence, given the reported new funding arrangements of up to 1 billion for the motorway. (S2O-1200)

5. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to address the situation whereby 68% of people drive to work by car or van. (S2O-1187)

6. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in complying with the terms of the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters. (S2O-1201)

7. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to promote the learning of English as a foreign language as a reason to visit Scotland. (S2O-1172)

8. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what protection it will give to national services funded by the National Services Division, currently provided at the Queen Mother's Hospital, in the event of implementation of the recommended closure of the hospital by Greater Glasgow NHS Board. (S2O-1173)

9. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the revised state aid guidelines published by the European Union on 17 January 2004, what steps, including stopping the tendering process, it now proposes to take in respect of the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry routes. (S2O-1184)

10. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs have been dispersed to Dumfries and Galloway as a result of its job dispersal programme. (S2O-1162)

11. Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to increase the number of services stopping at Edinburgh Park station under the new Scotrail franchise. (S2O-1174)

12. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific action it is taking with regard to issues facing NHS dentistry in the Highlands. (S2O-1206)

13. Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the removal from schools of all vending machines selling fizzy drinks. (S2O-1155)

14. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to eradicate the sale of alcohol to under-age drinkers. (S2O-1179)

15. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports proposals by Scottish Natural Heritage to continue culling hedgehogs in the Western Isles. (S2O-1198)

16. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to improve safety in the Forth Estuary and, in particular, to ensure ease of access to, and a prompt and appropriate response from, emergency services. (S2O-1182)

17. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive how many individual members of the public, apart from farmers, responded to the consultation CAP Reform: Opportunities for Scotland and what efforts the Scottish Executive made to ensure that members of the general public had the chance to fully participate. (S2O-1202)

18. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what research has been undertaken into the employment pattern of graduates. (S2O-1190)

19. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what estimate it has made of the number of additional classrooms required to meet the targets set for class size reduction. (S2O-1192)

20. Withdrawn

21. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Fife NHS Board. (S2O-1160)

22. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the new 2004 European Community guidelines on state aid to maritime transport mean that the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry routes will still have to go out to tender. (S2O-1186)

23. Withdrawn

24. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to encourage the use of public transport from suburban areas into city centres. (S2O-1158)

25. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consult with communities in relation to the proposed powers of dispersal contained within the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill. (S2O-1193)

26. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will support Scottish community drama. (S2O-1153)

27. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in assisting elderly people with mental illness. (S2O-1169)

28. Withdrawn

29. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authority areas experienced a rise in domestic debt in relation to domestic water charges for Band A households between 2001 and 2003. (S2O-1204)

30. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current process is for determining which individuals should receive merit awards within the NHS. (S2O-1195)

3.10 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Budget (Scotland) Bill-

S2M-807 Mr Andy Kerr: Budget (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Motion on the Health Protection Agency Bill - UK Legislation-

S2M-786 Malcolm Chisholm: Health Protection Agency Bill - UK Legislation-That the Parliament endorses the principle that the Health Protection Agency should be able to carry out, in Scotland, certain devolved radiation protection functions and, subject to the prescribed statutory requirements and procedures, other devolved health protection functions as set out in the Health Protection Agency Bill; agrees that the Bill should confer powers and functions on the Scottish Ministers and make provision for various other related matters in respect of the Health Protection Agency, and agrees that the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Debate on the subject of-

S2M-793 Fiona Hyslop: Public Consultation on Private Prisons-That the Parliament notes the concerns of many of its members and amongst the wider public about the proposals for private prisons in Scotland; notes that applications for two new prisons have now been lodged in Addiewell and Low Moss but that as yet the public have not been informed if either or both are intended to operate as private prisons, and expresses the view that the public should be entitled to know what kind of operation is being planned for their local communities as part of any consultation and decision-making process.

 

 

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