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H : New Documents
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 86 / 2004

Thursday 20th May 2004

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Skills and Continued Learning-

S2M-1340 Lewis Macdonald: Skills and Continued Learning-That the Parliament supports Scottish Executive initiatives, such as the Scottish Union Learning Fund, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and the Determined to Succeed programme, to ensure the provision of effective skills and learning opportunities that will allow more people to play a full and productive role in the workplace and in the community; recognises the vital contribution that skills and learning make in helping to stimulate sustainable economic growth and to close the opportunity gap, and congratulates all those involved in the Modern Apprenticeship programme, which has exceeded its target of having 30,000 apprentices in training two years ahead of schedule.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-1340.1 Fiona Hyslop: Skills and Continued Learning-As an amendment to motion (S2M-1340) in the name of Lewis Macdonald, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "regrets the absence of a national skills and lifelong learning strategy from the Scottish Executive as part of the Smart, Successful Scotland policy; recognises the contribution of the Scottish Union Learning Fund, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, the Determined to Succeed programme and the Modern Apprenticeship programme, but notes that these individual elements by themselves will not deliver the appropriate skills and continued learning requirements for Scotland in the 21st century."

S2M-1340.2 Murdo Fraser: Skills and Continued Learning-As an amendment to motion (S2M-1340) in the name of Lewis Macdonald, insert after "gap," "urges the Scottish Executive to increase the opportunity for school pupils across Scotland to access courses in further education colleges from the age of 14,".

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-880)

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-888)

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-900)

4. Rhona Brankin: To ask the First Minister whether Scottish Opera has a future. (S2F-893)

5. Shona Robison: To ask the First Minister why the Scottish Executive has not met its 2001 target on waiting times for breast cancer treatment. (S2F-896)

6. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the First Minister how the new ScotRail franchise will maintain and improve the level of rail services across Scotland. (S2F-898)

2.00 pm Question Time-

Education, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive when VisitScotland will publish a brochure to list and promote members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme. (S2O-2462)

2. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has assessed the impact of Skye Bridge tolls on the tourism industry of Skye and Lochalsh. (S2O-2403)

3. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent consideration it has given to the role of subject principal teachers in secondary schools. (S2O-2413)

4. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution the Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Act 2000 is making to the improvement of education in schools. (S2O-2456)

5. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is monitoring the impact of the Route Development Fund on tourism. (S2O-2426)

6. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals are being considered to address any present difficulty in recruiting suitably qualified secondary school teachers in an area such as the Highlands. (S2O-2387)

7. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to help teachers to deal with disruptive pupils as part of its strategy to reduce antisocial behaviour. (S2O-2392)

8. John Swinburne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to provide more support services for children who are vulnerable as a result of substance abuse by their parents. (S2O-2389)

9. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support the further development of the Dyslexia Friendly Schools Award. (S2O-2370)

10. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive by how much it expects school rolls in secondary schools to fall by 2010. (S2O-2479)

11. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take to ensure the adequate provision of social workers for the city of Edinburgh. (S2O-2378)

12. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, how frequently and in what ways it engages with local authorities about education improvement in their areas. (S2O-2459)

Finance and Communities

1. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive what it is doing to support and increase the engagement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the life of Scotland. (S2O-2467)

2. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on its plans to provide central heating in households occupied by senior citizens. (S2O-2414)

3. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is tackling the issue of binge drinking in deprived areas. (S2O-2425)

4. Withdrawn

5. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive what opportunities the accession of 10 new member states to the European Union provides for the Fresh Talent initiative. (S2O-2434)

6. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Glasgow housing stock transfer has achieved all its objectives. (S2O-2397)

7. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what specific support it is providing to cities and towns to carry out environmental improvement work. (S2O-2407)

8. John Farquhar Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Scottish Public Pensions Agency will make final payments of monies remaining in the Scottish Transport Group pension funds to former members. (S2O-2405)

9. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what response it will make to the research by the Scottish Council for Single Homeless stating that local authorities estimate that 12,500 new, affordable, rented homes are needed every year, compared with the 4,900 completed in 2003-04. (S2O-2393)

10. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to improve provision of impartial debt advice. (S2O-2396)

11. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the community ownership housing programme. (S2O-2451)

12. Margaret Mitchell: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidelines it gives to social inclusion partnerships in respect of their definition and evaluation of best value. (S2O-2428)

General

1. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the full retention of in-patient provision at the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital. (S2O-2454)

2. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to Her Majesty's Government about the impact that rising petrol and diesel prices have on remote rural communities. (S2O-2383)

3. Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to improve the system for the payment of fines. (S2O-2390)

4. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken in respect of the petrochemicals industry since the recent announcement by BP plc regarding the future of its olefins and derivatives division. (S2O-2431)

5. Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when it next intends to meet representatives of Scottish Water. (S2O-2402)

6. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to address the needs of retirement home owners who own a share in the equity of their property. (S2O-2375)

7. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2O-2239 by Nicol Stephen on 6 May 2004, how many passengers used Strathclyde Passenger Transport-supported rail services in each year since 1995. (S2O-2380)

8. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it plans to take in light of the National Audit Office report, Improving public transport in England through light rail. (S2O-2379)

9. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is in respect of the recent report by Scottish Chambers of Commerce on economic policy. (S2O-2373)

10. Withdrawn

11. Mr Ted Brocklebank: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to visit the Faroe Islands to assess how Faroese communities manage their local fishery resources. (S2O-2374)

12. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will act on the recommendation of Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer for England, that everyone should exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. (S2O-2443)

13. Mrs Nanette Milne: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it has given to making asthma a national priority in health care in light of new research from Asthma UK stating that; for 20% of people with asthma in Scotland, there are still no medicines that adequately control their condition. (S2O-2391)

14. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive whether penalty charges introduced in the Health Act 1999 are being levied on those in receipt of incapacity benefit who are uncertain as to whether they are entitled to free NHS prescriptions. (S2O-2385)

15. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made on implementing A Partnership for a Better Scotland in the year since the Scottish Parliament elections. (S2O-2487)

3.00 pm Executive Debate on Major Events and Festivals in Scotland-

S2M-1341 Mr Frank McAveety: Major Events and Festivals in Scotland-That the Parliament recognises Scotland's excellent track record of creating and hosting world-class events and festivals; recognises the great benefits that events and festivals can bring throughout Scotland, such as boosting our economy, promoting the international profile of Scotland as a place to visit and in which to live, work and invest and encouraging Scots, particularly young people, to participate in sport and culture; welcomes the success achieved by EventScotland in its first year of operation in realising the potential of Scotland as a world-class destination for events, and congratulates the many organisers of festivals throughout Scotland in their success in getting communities involved in these festivals and attracting visitors to Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-1341.1 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Major Events and Festivals in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-1341) in the name of Mr Frank McAveety, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes the success of the festivals and events throughout Scotland over many years, created and contributed to by a variety of organisations, whether central or local government, national or area tourist boards or private or public bodies; notes that the impediment to further success has been a shortage of funds and that the creation of an additional and unnecessary tier of bureaucracy is not the solution, and calls for the abolition of EventScotland and the creation of an event fund for appropriate organisations and bodies to access in order to continue and build upon the success to date."

S2M-1341.2 Chris Ballance: Major Events and Festivals in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-1341) in the name of Mr Frank McAveety, insert at end "further notes that EventScotland's mission statement encompasses environmental as well as other benefits and that the Scottish Executive's major events strategy, while mentioning sustainability and affordability, places these items 11th and 16th respectively out of a total of 16 priorities, and calls on the Executive, through bodies such as EventScotland and VisitScotland, to work to ensure that environmental and community benefits are not given a lower priority in the quest to attract prestige events."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Debate on the subject of-

S2M-1201 Linda Fabiani: Local Television-That the Parliament congratulates Thistle Television, the only local television station in Scotland, on commencing local television broadcasting throughout Lanarkshire with a potential audience of 400,000 local people; welcomes Thistle Television as a valuable addition to local media networks and creative employment, and looks forward to its contribution to local business, culture, education, and community involvement.

Meetings of Committees

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

Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee

9th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 12.45 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Consideration Stage report.

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee

4th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 12.45 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Approach to consideration of accompanying documents: The Committee will consider its approach to the consideration of the accompanying documents to the Bill.

 

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