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E : Written questions lodged
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G : Bills: Notices and Amendments
H : New Documents
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 109 / 2004

Thursday 24th June 2004

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Ministerial Statement on Future Arrangements for Cross-Border Students

followed by Procedures Committee Debate on its 3rd Report, 2004: Suspension of Standing Orders and its 5th Report, 2004: Two Minor Changes to Standing Orders-

S2M-1447 Iain Smith on behalf of the Procedures Committee: Suspension of Standing Orders and Two Minor Changes to Standing Orders-That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee's 3rd Report, 2004 (Session 2), Suspension of Standing Orders (SP Paper 93), and its 5th Report, 2004 (Session 2), Two Minor Changes to Standing Orders (SP Paper 174), and agrees that the changes to standing orders set out in Annexe A to each Report be made with effect from 6 September 2004.

followed by Finance Committee Debate on its 5th Report, 2004: Stage 1 of the 2005-06 Budget Process-

S2M-1498 Des McNulty on behalf of the Committee: 5th Report (Session 2) of the Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2005-06 Budget Process-That the Parliament notes the 5th Report, 2004 (Session 2) of the Finance Committee, Stage 1 of the 2005-06 Budget Process (SP Paper 182), and refers the recommendations to the Scottish Executive for consideration.

12 noon First Minister's Question Time-

1. Mr John Swinney: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues he intends to raise. (S2F-948)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive's Cabinet. (S2F-951)

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-965)

4. Withdrawn

5. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has confidence in the senior management of the Scottish Prison Service. (S2F-949)

6. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive will include a third party right of appeal as part of a fundamental reform of the planning system. (S2F-962)

2.00 pm Question Time-

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote Ayrshire as a film location. (S2O-2875)

2. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce class sizes in schools following recent representations from the Educational Institute of Scotland. (S2O-2871)

3. Mr Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support the publishing industry. (S2O-2790)

4. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what innovative measures it is taking in schools regarding the teaching of the Scots language. (S2O-2822)

5. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what issues are faced by local authorities, such as East Renfrewshire, where school rolls are increasing. (S2O-2876)

6. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what education projects are available during the summer to help pupils' transition from primary to secondary school. (S2O-2872)

7. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what role the new appointments to the Culture Commission will play. (S2O-2867)

8. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the inspection process of local authority education functions is successful. (S2O-2861)

9. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether rising fuel prices may impact adversely on the tourism industry and, if so, what measures it proposes in the tourism industry to address this issue. (S2O-2851)

10. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive what was discussed at the last meeting of the Sustainable Development Education Liaison Group and what will be on the agenda of its next meeting. (S2O-2880)

11. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is promoting the Southern Upland Way as a tourist attraction. (S2O-2810)

12. Withdrawn

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to upgrade residential properties to help eliminate fuel poverty and address energy wastage. (S2O-2803)

2. Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to deal with antisocial behaviour causing light and noise nuisance. (S2O-2831)

3. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will put in place to support affordable housing. (S2O-2863)

4. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive how guidelines on building on green belt land are being implemented. (S2O-2855)

5. Shiona Baird: To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable will be for implementation of each of the sections of the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003. (S2O-2854)

6. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to purchase land for affordable housing. (S2O-2823)

7. Withdrawn

8. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to encourage local authorities to improve accessibility in their existing housing stock. (S2O-2834)

9. Withdrawn

10. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last met representatives of Communities Scotland. (S2O-2816)

11. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to ensure that street parades and marches do not encourage antisocial behaviour. (S2O-2835)

12. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its strategy is to deal with antisocial behaviour linked to alcohol. (S2O-2832)

General

1. Withdrawn

2. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is taking forward the findings of the Prime Minister's strategy unit's report into the UK fishing industry. (S2O-2845)

3. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the results were of the research it commissioned from an independent contractor into the current incidence of physical punishment of children by their parents, as announced on 18 March 2002. (S2O-2792)

4. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in tackling odour emissions from waste water treatment plants. (S2O-2813)

5. Mark Ballard: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it offers to enable small retail businesses to improve their premises. (S2O-2859)

6. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it will give to responses to the consultation on the proposed Christmas Day and New Year's Day Trading (Scotland) Bill. (S2O-2846)

7. Cathy Peattie: To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits to passengers will be of the new ScotRail franchise. (S2O-2841)

8. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is promoting the development of renewable energy. (S2O-2839)

9. Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive what lessons can be learned from the recently-published recorded crime statistics for 2003. (S2O-2838)

10. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will avoid the charge of "paying farmers not to break the law" as referred to in Scottish Environment Link's evidence in respect of cross-compliance rules in Common Agricultural Policy reform. (S2O-2877)

11. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it is issuing regarding the prescription of risperidone and olanzapine to elderly people with dementia. (S2O-2811)

12. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage all sections of society to engage in its consultation on smoking in public places. (S2O-2837)

13. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is taking to address delays in the High Court. (S2O-2878)

14. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive which supplies of milk on sale in supermarkets are GM-free. (S2O-2821)

15. Withdrawn

3.00 pm Ministerial Statement on Efficient Government

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill-

S2M-1119 Peter Peacock: School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Motion on the Publication of Lord Fraser's Report into the Scottish Parliament Building Project-

S2M-1529 Murray Tosh: Publication of Lord Fraser's Report into the Scottish Parliament Building Project-That the Parliament authorises Lord Fraser to lay his report into the Scottish Parliament Building Project before the Parliament and orders the Clerk to publish the report.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S2M-1519 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 (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/282).

S2M-1520 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees-

(i) that consideration of the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 19 November 2004;

(ii) that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 24 September 2004; and

(iii) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 27 June 2004 on the Police (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/257); the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/262); the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/263); the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/264); and by 3 July 2004 on the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/281) and the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/282).

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Debate on the subject of-

S2M-1431 Chris Ballance: Education for Peace Across Scotland-That the Parliament commends the work of the World Peace Prayer Society at its European headquarters in Dumfriesshire, particularly in peace education in schools; recognises the valuable contribution that principles of non-violence and co-operation can make to society and supports the development of skills in conflict resolution, and believes that the Scottish Executive should therefore consider a cross-sectoral review of various peace initiatives, not just in education, but in justice, health and other areas, liaising with COSLA, NHS boards, religious groups, voluntary organisations and other relevant bodies in order to bring forward an integrated strategy for encouraging the peaceful resolution of disputes in all fields and promoting education for peace.

 

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