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Business Bulletin No. 34 / 2004

Wednesday 25th February 2004

Section F : Motions and Amendments

  

A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site as Current Motions. The full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin the following Monday.

 

Items marked with an asterisk (*) are new or have been altered. Asterisks in the text show the extent of alterations made.

Motions which members wish to be considered for debate as members' business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#)

*S2M-955 Mr Stewart Maxwell: A Recipe for Disaster-That the Parliament supports UNISON's campaign to oppose EU plans for the privatisation of meat inspection: shares its concerns for the safety of Scottish meat if these plans go ahead: notes the recent report by the US Department of Agriculture on the failure of the privatised Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points System-based meat inspection system in the USA and the fact that the EU wants to impose the same system on Scotland's meat hygiene industry, and urges the Scottish Executive to oppose this privatisation and fight to keep meat inspection in the hands of independent government inspectors.

*S2M-954 Christine Grahame: The Viability of Care Commission Self-Funding-That the Parliament notes the response on 2 February 2004 from the National Association of Inspection and Registration Officers, the professional association representing care commission officers working for the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care, to the Scottish Executive consultation paper on proposals for maximum fees to be levied by the Care Commission; notes in particular that the response questions whether it is realistic that the cost of regulation be covered by fee income generation and that currently there is a significant shortfall between the cost of regulation and fee income generation; notes that, if full cost is implemented even incrementally as the Executive intends, the response doubts whether the current level of regulation and protection for service users can be sustained without making fees prohibitively expensive; notes that to make ends meet it may be necessary to reduce the levels of regulatory visits and workforce to meet available income, with "resulting consequences for the safeguarding of vulnerable service users"; refers to the answer to question S2W-4301 by Mr Tom McCabe on 5 December 2003 stating that a financial and management policy review of the Care Commission is not due until April 2007, and therefore, in all these circumstances, and given the informed source of these concerns and the increasing demands on the Commission, calls upon the Executive to abandon the self-funding principle now.

*S2M-953 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees a revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 25 February 2004, as follows-

after,

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Mr Habib Malik, a director of Multi Ethnic Aberdeen Limited and Scotland Area Manager for Islamic Relief

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert,

followed by Ministerial Statement on Fresh Talent

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-952 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees-

(a) the following programme of business

Wednesday 3 March 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 4 March 2004

9.30 am Stage 3 of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Continuation of Stage 3 of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on Companies (Audit Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Motion on Civil Contingencies Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 10 March 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 11 March 2004

9.30 am Scottish Senior Citizens' Unity Party Business

followed by Scottish Socialist Party Business

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

and (b) that the rota for departmental themes for Question Time, to run for a trial period from 11 March 2004 to the summer recess, be as follows:

Week 1 Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning; Justice and Law Officers;

Week 2 Education, Tourism, Culture and Sport; Finance and Communities;

Week 3 Environment and Rural Development; Health and Community Care.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-951 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 Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/51).

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-950 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 Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/50).

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-949 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 Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/49).

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-948 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 draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-947 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 draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-946 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI-That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2003 Amendment Order 2004 be approved.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-945 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI-That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/21) be approved.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-944 Malcolm Chisholm: Building and Supporting NHS Workforce-That the Parliament appreciates the vital contribution of a high quality healthcare system to the lives of everyone in Scotland and to our economy; acknowledges the fundamental importance of the 150,000 staff who help care for patients and pays tribute to their dedication and professionalism; welcomes the recent significant increases in staff numbers across the NHS in Scotland and the action taken to promote more flexible ways of working, create safer workplaces and protect frontline staff, support continuing professional development, and develop new roles and teamworking, but recognises the challenges facing the Scottish Executive in achieving a sustainable healthcare workforce in the long term through local, regional and national service and workforce planning and redesign, against the background of wider demographic and labour market challenges.

Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe*

*S2M-943 Peter Peacock: A Better Deal for Young People-That the Parliament values the very positive contribution made by Scotland's young people and is committed to ensuring that they have the opportunities and support that they need to develop their skills and talents and participate fully and actively; supports the Scottish Executive's commitment to working with young people, their families and communities, with the newly appointed Children's Commissioner, and with those responsible for service delivery, to provide high quality universal services and targeted support for the most vulnerable; welcomes the Executive's commitment to helping looked after children make the transition to successful, independent adulthood, to ensuring that all children are safe from abuse and neglect, to addressing offending behaviour and to reviewing the Children's Hearings system to develop and improve the current service; recognises that young people are often predominantly the victims of anti-social behaviour, and welcomes the Executive's commitment to tackling it more effectively.

Supported by: Ms Margaret Curran*, Euan Robson*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*

*S2M-942 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees-

(a) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 12 March 2004 on the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2004; the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2004; the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/49); the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/50); and the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/51); and

(b) that consideration of the Prohibition of Smoking in Regulated Areas (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 2 November 2004.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-941# Frances Curran: Association of University Teachers Industrial Action-That the Parliament supports the decision by an overwhelming majority of staff in the Association of University Teachers (AUT) to take strike action and boycott assessment activity in the week of 23 to 27 February 2004 and beyond; condemns proposals to overhaul the higher education pay framework so that academic, and especially academic-related, staff face the loss of thousands of pounds over coming years; condemns the universities' attempts to move towards a system of local pay bargaining; notes the refusal of the universities to re-open negotiations with the AUT on these issues; further notes that, whilst academic and related pay has fallen by 40% in real terms in the past two decades, vice-chancellors have been, since the mid-1990s, awarded pay rises twice as high as other staff; applauds the support of students for the AUT's action and simultaneous campaign against top-up fees, and considers that the Scottish Executive should act on the Enterprise and Culture Committee's report Scottish Solutions Inquiry recognising problems of staff recruitment and retention in Scotland and calling for additional funding for higher education, specifically by providing the additional 100 million requested by Universities Scotland, NUS and AUT Scotland.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

*S2M-940 Colin Fox: Civil Service Pay Dispute-That the Parliament notes last week's industrial action in the civil service over pay; believes that starting salaries in some parts of the civil service at 9,000 are unacceptably low; further believes that thousands of civil servants suffer from low pay and have to rely on state benefits to make ends meet; supports the Public and Commercial Services Union in pursuit of its modest demands, and calls on the Scottish Executive to do all that it can to eradicate low pay from the civil service and to impress on Her Majesty's Government the need to move towards a minimum wage set at two-thirds of male median earnings as the starting point for pay scales in the civil service.

*S2M-939# Cathy Peattie: Stop Violence Against Women-That the Parliament notes that 8 March 2004 is International Women's Day; further notes that throughout the world women and children continue to suffer from violence and abuse; congratulates Amnesty International who on 5 March 2004 launch their global "Stop Violence Against Women" campaign; notes that in Scotland only a small percentage of domestic abuse incidents result in successful prosecutions, and believes therefore that the Scottish Executive should build on existing partnership work to ensure that the justice system affords protection to victims and acts as a deterrent to perpetrators.

Supported by: Mark Ballard*

*S2M-938# Mr Duncan McNeil: Baywatch-That the Parliament notes with dismay figures published by the Baywatch campaign group that show that over 20% of disabled parking bays in supermarket car parks are being used by non-disabled drivers; acknowledges the frustration of disabled drivers when the store management appears reluctant to enforce its own parking policy; appreciates that, for their part, some store managers are not clear about their powers to compel drivers to move from specially designated bays; notes that this situation leaves supermarkets vulnerable to future legal action under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended), and considers that, if a satisfactory solution cannot be found, the possibility of giving local authorities the appropriate enforcement powers should be examined.

Supported by: Mark Ballard*

*S2M-937 Richard Lochhead: Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2004-That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/44).

S2M-935# Government Overspend (lodged on 23 February 2004) Frances Curran*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-934 Methadone Prescribing (lodged on 23 February 2004) Michael Matheson*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-932# Paul Robeson US Commemorative Stamp (lodged on 23 February 2004) Mark Ballard*, Bill Butler*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-931# Fountainbridge Brewery Closure (lodged on 23 February 2004) Mark Ballard*

S2M-930 Consumer Credit Licensing (lodged on 23 February 2004) Michael Matheson*

S2M-929 Support for Local Sports Clubs and Activities (lodged on 23 February 2004) Mark Ballard*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-928 Developing Football in Scotland (lodged on 23 February 2004) Mark Ballard*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-927 GM Crops (lodged on 19 February 2004) Christine Grahame*

S2M-924 Hull City Council (lodged on 19 February 2004) Elaine Smith*

S2M-922 Strategic Waste Funding to the City of Edinburgh Council (lodged on 18 February 2004) Trish Godman*

S2M-921 Asthma in Scotland (lodged on 18 February 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*, Stewart Stevenson*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-919 Aberdeen Social Work Funding Crisis (lodged on 17 February 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-918 Compulsory Registration of Private Landlords (lodged on 17 February 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*, Rob Gibson*

S2M-916# Fuel Prices in Rural Scotland (lodged on 13 February 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-914# Better Access to Small Claims Courts (lodged on 12 February 2004) Bill Butler*, Mark Ballard*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-913# Commonwealth Day 2004 (lodged on 12 February 2004) Michael McMahon*, Mr Keith Raffan*, Iain Smith*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr David Davidson*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-912 British Heart Foundation "How Big is Your Heart" Campaign (lodged on 12 February 2004) Michael McMahon*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-911# Airborne Initiative (lodged on 12 February 2004) Mr Keith Raffan*, Eleanor Scott*, Stewart Stevenson*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-910 Smoking and Fertility (lodged on 12 February 2004) Robin Harper*, Mr Keith Raffan*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-907# Fish Farming in Scotland (lodged on 11 February 2004) Michael McMahon*

S2M-894# Bus Services for Holyrood and the New Scottish Parliament (lodged on 10 February 2004) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-891 Contraceptive Awareness Week (lodged on 9 February 2004) Mr Keith Raffan*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-875# Palliative Care in Scotland (lodged on 5 February 2004) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

S2M-870# The Institute for Science Education in Scotland (lodged on 5 February 2004) John Scott*, Alex Johnstone*

S2M-866# Asbestos-Related Illnesses (lodged on 4 February 2004) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-850# Tackling Debt (lodged on 3 February 2004) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-846 Message of Condolence Following the Tragic Fire at Rosepark Nursing Home, Uddingston (lodged on 2 February 2004) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-831# Disabled Parking Spaces (lodged on 28 January 2004) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-816# The Importance of Modern Language Learning (lodged on 23 January 2004) Marlyn Glen*

 

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