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Business Bulletin No. 131/2004

Thursday 16 September 2004

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meeting of the Parliament

 

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Growing Scotland’s Economy – Building on Progress—

S2M-1695 Mr Jim Wallace: Growing Scotland’s Economy - Building on Progress—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s response to the issues raised at the Business in the Parliament Conference 2004; welcomes the input of the business community into the current revision of A Smart, Successful Scotland and welcomes this opportunity for members to influence that revision; notes the broad consensus in support of the Executive’s recently published framework for economic development in Scotland for addressing Scotland’s historically low rate of economic growth by working to deliver improved productivity, and believes that improved economic growth is key to generating first-class public services for the people of Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-1695.2 Jim Mather: Growing Scotland’s Economy - Building on Progress—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1695) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from "; notes" to end and insert "in the belief that the case has now been made and popularly acclaimed at home and internationally-proven in recent competitiveness indices for more powers for the Parliament, which are needed in order to reverse Scotland’s historically low rate of economic growth and generate both the wealth required to provide world-class public services and infrastructure and the high quality employment opportunities needed to retain and develop fresh talent in Scotland."

S2M-1695.1 Murdo Fraser: Growing Scotland’s Economy - Building on Progress—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1695) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert "notes the continuing underperformance of the Scottish economy relative to the United Kingdom as a whole, despite the economic strategies of the Scottish Executive over the last five years; further notes with concern that Scotland was ranked 36th out of 60 countries in IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2004, some 14 places behind the United Kingdom as a whole; recognises the broad consensus of the business community in response to the Executive’s recently published framework for economic development in Scotland, that action rather than words is required from the Executive to grow the Scottish economy, and calls upon the Executive to take immediate steps to create a more business-friendly environment by reducing business rates and water charges and cutting red tape, thereby encouraging business development and boosting Scotland’s economic competitiveness."

S2M-1695.3 Shiona Baird: Growing Scotland’s Economy - Building on Progress—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1695) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert "acknowledges that Scotland’s economy, society and environment are interlinked and cannot be treated in isolation; notes that prioritising economic growth, above all else, contradicts the Scottish Executive’s stated commitment to human and environmental welfare, and that GDP growth alone is not a measure of improvement in people’s quality of life and environmental sustainability; notes the revelation in the recent report to the Environment and Rural Development Committee by CAG Consultants, Is The Scottish Executive Structured and Positioned to Deliver Sustainable Development? that the most significant weakness emerged in relation to the perceived need for economic growth and the failure to acknowledge the negative environmental impacts of growth policies, and calls on the Executive to place quality of life as its number one priority, supported by the development of a sustainable economy that does not undermine social and environmental justice."

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time—

1. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues will be discussed. (S2F-1038)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S2F-1030)

3. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive endorses calls for a moratorium on the closure of hospitals and rationalisation of health services first made in the Parliament in October and December 2003, following calls at the Parliament’s Health Committee for such a moratorium and recent protests against proposed health service cuts and closures. (S2F-1055)

4. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive will respond to the report of the Holyrood inquiry. (S2F-1035)

5. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has had any discussions with the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland about the health and welfare of children at Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre. (S2F-1033)

6. David Mundell: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has any plans for a national police force. (S2F-1032)

2.00 pm Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

1. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to make a solo bid to host the European Championships in 2012. (S2O-3220)

2. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in plans to increase physical education in schools. (S2O-3230)

3. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to support Scottish traditional music in responding to requests for examples of Scottish cultural excellence to be performed at overseas events. (S2O-3199)

4. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the work of area tourist boards in promoting green tourism will be continued in the new local tourism hubs network and, if so, how. (S2O-3247)

5. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it has taken to ensure that all secondary school pupils have the opportunity to participate in rugby. (S2O-3161)

6. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will take as part of its efforts to support growth in wildlife tourism to address any increasing risk that operators and visitors can inadvertently disrupt wildlife and their natural habitats. (S2O-3245)

7. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the funding arrangements will be for the new local tourism hubs. (S2O-3198)

8. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered the tourist potential of Jura as the location where George Orwell wrote 1984. (S2O-3158)

9. Ms Wendy Alexander: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is scope for local authorities to work more effectively together in delivering education services. (S2O-3240)

10. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what strategy it has to develop Edinburgh as a "must see" tourist destination. (S2O-3212)

11. Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to promote environment-related tourism. (S2O-3165)

12. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage sport and physical education in schools. (S2O-3237)

Finance and Public Services and Communities

1. Jeremy Purvis: To ask the Scottish Executive how it plans to address the impact of inflation of land prices on the construction of social housing. (S2O-3225)

2. Chris Ballance: To ask the Scottish Executive how voluntary sector funding will be reformed. (S2O-3255)

3. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Commissioner for Children and Young People on the impact of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004. (S2O-3261)

4. Mike Pringle: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the council tax to be a fair system of local authority taxation. (S2O-3216)

5. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive how the discretion given to local authorities to reduce the current 50 per cent discount on council tax on second homes and long-term empty properties will benefit rural communities. (S2O-3190)

6. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review planning regulations to increase the ability of local communities to develop vacant properties or land. (S2O-3221)

7. Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures in its procurement policy will contribute to a sustainable Scotland. (S2O-3257)

8. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to encourage the provision of affordable housing for first time buyers. (S2O-3156)

9. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to protect and enhance green space in urban areas. (S2O-3228)

10. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive what role areas of green belt play in the management of urban change. (S2O-3189)

11. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in addressing the issue of overcrowding and increasing the supply of affordable housing to those affected. (S2O-3205)

12. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the allocation procedures of rural housing associations. (S2O-3196)

General

1. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive how Scottish Water will be involved in its community planning process. (S2O-3201)

2. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive whether congestion charging can assist in improving public transport options. (S2O-3171)

3. Frances Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money NHS Argyll and Clyde has allocated for the current consultation on its clinical services review. (S2O-3148)

4. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering the prescription of heroin under clinical conditions as part of a drug treatment plan. (S2O-3140)

5. Rhona Brankin: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to increase the participation of young people from underprivileged backgrounds in higher education. (S2O-3200)

6. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to review its policy on climate change in light of recent flooding and landslides. (S2O-3251)

7. Colin Fox: To ask the Scottish Executive how the shortage of NHS consultants is impacting on communities. (S2O-3159)

8. Iain Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made on the handover of the ScotRail franchise. (S2O-3183)

9. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it values the involvement of trade unions in economic development. (S2O-3153)

10. Jackie Baillie: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of the membership of NHS boards is made up of employees of those boards. (S2O-3170)

11. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive how the forthcoming Environmental Impact Assessment Bill will deliver a more accountable planning system. (S2O-3180)

12. Kate Maclean: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to reduce congestion and develop public transport in Dundee. (S2O-3173)

13. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on reviewing bridge tolls. (S2O-3202)

14. Susan Deacon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve procedures for dealing with complaints against lawyers. (S2O-3195)

15. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to reduce substance misuse amongst offenders. (S2O-3222)

3.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-1702 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Tenements (Scotland) Bill - Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Tenements (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 to 4 – no later than 30 minutes

Groups 5 to 8 – no later than 45 minutes

Groups 9 to 11 – no later than 1 hour and 15 minutes

Groups 12 to 16 – no later than 1 hour and 30 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill – 2 hours

followed by Stage 3 of the Tenements (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-1493 Ms Margaret Curran: Tenements (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Tenements (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-1685 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 24 September 2004 on the International Criminal Court (Enforcement of Fines, Forfeiture and Reparation Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/360), the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/370), the Freedom of Information (Fees for Disclosure under Section 13) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/376) and the draft Freedom of Information (Fees for Required Disclosure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-1306 Trish Godman: Children of Drug Abusers—That the Parliament notes the widespread incidence in Scotland of children whose parents misuse drugs and who, as a result, suffer diminished lives in all kinds of ways; believes that such children, many of whom are infants, require comprehensive care by those concerned with the protection of vulnerable families, and considers that the Scottish Executive, social work departments and other interested parties should adopt healthcare programmes that will ensure that such young citizens escape the blighting of their lives brought about by parents who are themselves in need of treatment and support.

 

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee

6th Meeting, 2004

 

The Committee will meet at 12.45 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Bill notification arrangements: The Committee will consider a memorandum prepared by the promoter on its notification arrangements.

 

 

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