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Scottish Parliament: Business Bulletin 65/1999

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BUSINESS BULLETIN 65/1999

Thursday 30 September 1999



Section A - Daily Business List

Section B - Business Programme

Section D - Oral questions selected for answer on 7 October 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged on 29 September 1999#

Section F - Motions and Amendments

Section G - Bills, amendments to Bills and proposals for members’ Bills

Section H - New Documents

Section J - Progress of Parliamentary business

Announcements



BUSINESS BULLETIN 65/1999

Thursday 30 September 1999

Section A – Daily Business List




Meeting of the Parliament



9.30 am Motion by Mr Alex Salmond—

S1M-172 Mr Alex Salmond: Education—That the Parliament notes the overwhelming rejection of CoSLA’s pay and conditions offer (dated 20 August 1999) by Scotland’s teachers, recognises the validity of the concerns expressed by the teaching profession and parents’ representatives about the details of CoSLA’s offer and agrees that the implementation of the offer in its current form would have resulted in a deterioration of standards in our classrooms and a further decline in teachers’ morale; considers that the defects in CoSLA’s offer are the result of a lack of resources and that the current impasse between CoSLA and the teaching profession is a direct result of the failure of the Scottish Executive to make sufficient resources available to local government to fund an acceptable settlement and further considers that the approach adopted by the Scottish Executive on this issue has been delibarately provocative to Scotland’s teachers; and calls upon the Scottish Executive to adopt a genuine partnership approach to reaching a settlement with teachers, to abandon its proposals to remove the statutory basis of the Scottish Joint Negotiating Committee and establish a Committee of Inquiry, and to refer the findings of the Millennium Review ( a joint inquiry established by COSLA and teachers’ unions in 1997 to look at various issues in education) for investigation by the Parliament’s Education, Culture & Sport Committee.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments—

S1M-172.1 Mr Sam Galbraith: Education—As an amendment to motion (S1M-172) in the name of Mr Alex Salmond, leave out from ‘notes’ to end and insert ‘supports the Executive’s intention to earn a world class reputation for the Scottish education system; calls upon the Executive to ensure that all children get the best start in life by maximising pupil attainment; welcomes the provision of substantial new resources for education including an additional £51m for school education identified in the Partnership Agreement; agrees that the quality of education in our schools depends on the professionalism and commitment of teachers; recognises the high standards and dedication of Scottish teachers; endorses the Executive’s commitment to a programme of continuous professional development to assist teachers in maintaining and improving professional standards; agrees that the Scottish Joint Negotiation Committee machinery has failed Scottish teachers, pupils and parents, and calls upon the Executive to continue work towards its objective of ensuring a modern, adaptive and flexible mechanism for determining the professional conditions of service for teachers in Scotland’s schools through the appointment of an independent Committee of Inquiry.’

S1M-172.2 Mr Brian Monteith: Education—As an amendment to motion (S1M-172) in the name of Mr Alex Salmond, leave out from ‘the overwhelming’ to end and insert: ‘the entrenched positions being taken by the teaching unions and CoSLA in regard to reaching a settlement for teachers’ pay and conditions and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring both parties together for a settlement through the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.’

followed by, no later than 12.20 pm Business Motion by Mr Tom McCabe—



S1M-175 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees:

(a) the following programme of business -


Wednesday 6 October 1999

2.30 pm Ministerial Statement and Debate on the Executive’s Expenditure Plans

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business Debate on the subject of SM1-162 Pauline McNeill: Breast Cancer




Thursday 7 October 1999

9.30 am Debate on an Executive Motion on a Memorandum of Understanding and Concordats

12.20 pm Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Ministerial Statement on the Transfer of Executive Functions for Railways

followed by Debate on an Executive Motion on Agenda 2000 and the Development of Agriculture in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business Debate on the subject of SM1-156 Andrew Wilson: Criminal Checks for Voluntary Organisations




Wednesday 27 October 1999

2.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business




Thursday 28 October 1999

9.30 am Executive Business

12.20 pm Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (b), the following dates by which other committees should make any recommendations on instruments or draft instruments to the lead committee :

the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee to report to the Education, Culture and Sport Committee by 29 October 1999 on The Educational Development, Research and (Scotland) Grant Regulations 1999, SSI 1999/65.

followed by, no later than 12.30 pm Ministerial Statement on Beattie Media and the activities of professional lobbying firms



2.30 pm Question Time



1. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to the efforts of Argyll & Bute council to secure special islands needs allowance for the area. (S1O-391)



2. Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it can give an assurance that plans are in place to ensure that there is no repeat during the coming Christmas and New Year period of the situation experienced in accident and emergency units over the last Christmas and New Year period. (S1O-379)



3. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current backlog for processing applications with the Student Awards Agency for Scotland is and when it is expected to be cleared. (S1O-380)



4. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what is on the agenda for the next meeting between the First Minister and the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S1O-383)



5. Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will back the campaign organised by the Paisley Daily Express, ‘It Pays to be in Paisley’. (S1O-408)



6. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Local Enterprise Companies in Central Scotland are achieving their performance targets. (S1O-394)



7. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how much flexibility local authorities are allowed in respect of the indicative spending guidelines which it sets for each authority. (S1O-406)



8. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to amend local authority regulations to ensure safety in houses of multiple occupation. (S1O-388)



9. Mr Adam Ingram: To ask the Scottish Executive what recommendations have been made by the Accounts Commission regarding the financial problems of East Ayrshire Council, and what plans it has to implement these recommendations. (S1O-412)



10. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in the light of £9 million aid package on offer to the salmon farming industry, it will consider the provision of support to wild fishery management in the West Highlands to reverse the decline of salmon and sea trout stocks. (S1O-399)



11. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it plans to put in place to improve the competitiveness of the pig industry in Scotland. (S1O-398)



12. Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has to review Scotland’s strategic transport links by sea. (S1O-402)



13. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce traffic calming or other measures to protect pedestrians on the A78 trunk road from the IBM plant to Inverkip. (S1O-403)



14. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will name the ten local authorities, identified by the Forum for Private Business in Scotland on 12 July, who pay 35% or more of their external invoices after 30 days. (S1O-382)



15. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has been consulted by or has made representations to the Driving Standards Agency over its programme of review of the viability of Driving Test Centres classified as outstations or occasional centres, given the implications for centres in Scotland. (S1O-395)



16. Mr David Davidson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1260 by Sarah Boyack on 14 September 1999, whether it considers, on the basis of the data which it holds, that action to improve the safety of the Aberdeen to Peterhead road is necessary. (S1O-377)



17. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will congratulate Aberdeen City Council on its recent success in the ‘World in Bloom’ competition. (S1O-396)



18. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it is taking to ensure that a comprehensive bus service is available to all areas of Scotland, with particular regard to rural and village communities. (S1O-397)



19. Mr Kenny MacAskill: Withdrawn.



20. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations, if any, it has made to Her Majesty’s government regarding the publication date of the Office of Fair Trading report on petrol pricing in the Highlands and Islands. (S1O-385)



21. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement as to the possible outcome of recent discussions with the Levi Strauss Company. (S1O-405)



22. John Young: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to honour Peter Nicol, Scotland’s only individual world champion. (S1O-384)



23. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have been held to resolve the issues of dispute between teachers, education authorities and the Scottish Executive. (S1O-389)



24. Bill Aitken: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the level of funding available to police boards for the next financial year will be at least at current levels in real terms. (S1O-404)



25. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what stage the report into the reinstatement of the Waverley Line from Galashiels to Edinburgh has reached. (S1O-410)



26. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish any minutes taken during discussion with representatives of Her Majesty’s Government in connection with the Memorandum of Understanding and related concordats. (S1O-392)



27. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-1891 by Rhona Brankin on 20 September 1999, what level of assistance will be made available specifically to Dumbarton Football Club from the Football Trust, from sportscotland, and from any other national agencies under the direction of the Scottish Executive to allow the club to complete construction of its proposed new stadium. (S1O-390)



28. Mr John Munro: To ask the Scottish Executive what options are being considered in relation to the establishment of an appeals mechanism for crofters and farmers who are suffering penalties incurred from the current EU subsidy system and whether the claims mechanism when introduced will be applied retrospectively. (S1O-381)



29. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken, following the completion of the M74 from Gretna to Beattock Summit, to address the impact on Dumfries and Galloway council of having now to maintain the landscaped areas along the length of the former A74. (S1O-401)



30. Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps Historic Scotland will be instructed to take to secure the status of Iona Abbey as a place of pilgrimage as well as a place of spiritual and historical discovery for many casual visitors and tourists. (S1O-378)



3.00 pm Open Question Time



1. Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the First Minister last met the Chancellor of the Exchequer and what subjects were discussed. (S1O-400)



2. David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive what are the aims of its proposed Freedom of Information regime. (S1O-407)



3. Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reform crofting legislation to encourage absentee crofters to release land for potential usage by fellow crofters. (S1O-413)



followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Motion by Mr Jack McConnell—

S1M-155 Mr Jack McConnell: Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill.



followed by Motion by Mr Jack McConnell—

S1M-144 Mr Jack McConnell: Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

(a) the following expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(i) expenditure of the Scottish Administration and Audit Scotland in consequence of the Act, and

(ii) increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of the Fund by or under any other Act,

(b) payments into the Fund and to the Scottish Ministers, and

(c) charges imposed by Audit Scotland in respect of the exercise of its functions.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motion by Mr Tom McCabe—



S1M-176 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees the following designation of Lead Committee—

The Education Culture and Sport Committee to consider the Educational Development, Research and Services (Scotland) Grant Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/65).

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business—

Debate on the subject of—

S1M-140 Fergus Ewing: Upgrading of the Mallaig Road—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to make the planned upgrading and improvement of the remaining single track sections of the A830 road between Mallaig and Fort William a top priority when it announces the results of the strategic roads review.



BUSINESS BULLETIN 65/1999

Thursday 30 September 1999

Section B – Business Programme




Wednesday 6 October 1999

2.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business





Thursday 7 October 1999

9.30 am Ministerial Statement and Debate on the Executive’s Expenditure Plans

12.20 pm Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Open Question Time

followed by, no later than 3.15 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business




BUSINESS BULLETIN 65/1999

Thursday 30 September 1999

Section D – Oral questions selected for answer on 7 October 1999



Question Time

1. Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any children have ceased to benefit from free school transport in Kilbarchen, Bridge of Weir and Erskine due to recent redefinition of routes to schools by Renfrewshire Council and, if so, how many. (S1O-433)



2. Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of children due to enter primary school next year will not receive the diptheria and anti-tetanus injections they would normally receive in the next two months. (S1O-419)



3. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to review the number of secure accommodation places available in Scotland. (S1O-422)



4. Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that meetings of health boards and health trusts are open to the press and public. (S1O-435)



5. Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to address the rising level of police ill health retirals as a consequence of injury on duty and stress related illness. (S1O-434)



6. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussion it has had with Dumfries and Galloway Council concerning trunk roads in that area and whether it will make a statement on the upgrading of trunk roads in the area. (S1O-426)



7. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to address the potential loss of European Regional Funding to Glasgow City Council of up to £500,000. (S1O-424)



8. Mr John McAllion: To ask the Scottish Executive what proposals it has for improving the stability of funding for voluntary organisations working in the field of social inclusion. (S1O-416)



9. Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers the Prime Minister’s statement in his speech on 29 September regarding class to be relevant to its social inclusion strategy and, if so, in what way. (S1O-443)



10. Mr Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce a ban on the erection of telecommunication masts in conservation areas. (S1O-440)



11. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements will be made for the provision of street lighting in the village of Longriggend following the proposed closure of Longriggend Remand Centre. (S1O-429)



12. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the meeting between the reference laboratories working group and director of reference laboratories at Foresterhill, referred to by the Minister for Health and Community Care in the food standards debate on 15 September 1999, has taken place and what the outcome was. (S1O-447)



13. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to deal with the growing problem of foxes in the urban environment in Scotland. (S1O-445)



14. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what is on the agenda for the next meeting between the First Minister and the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S1O-414)



15. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has conveyed to the Secretary of State for Scotland the fishing industry’s concerns relating to the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order (SI 1999/1126) as resolved by the Parliament on 3 June 1999 under motion S1M-19 as amended and, if so, whether it intends to inform the fishing industry and the Parliament of the Secretary of State’s response. (S1O-427)



16. Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it is planning to promote the Scottish popular music industry, and whether it will include popular music in the national cultural strategy. (S1O-418)



17. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to resolve the current situation at Oban Hospital, where Argyll and Clyde Acute hospital Trust is unable to accept the North British Hotel Group’s offer of a CT scanner because the Trust does not have the funding to meet staffing and running costs. (S1O-423)



18. Mr Keith Raffan: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the charging of voluntary organisations for criminal record checks on their staff. (S1O-442)



19. Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive what its view would be on members taking a second public oath against involvement in any dealings with commercial lobbyists, as the first oath of May 12 1999 did not contain any pledge on ethical standards. (S1O-439)



20. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to support the contribution of the proposed Greenbank day care centre and associated housing in Langholm, Dumfriesshire to its social inclusion strategy and to strengthening the local community. (S1O-441)



21. Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what the proposed timescale is between the announcement of the Homelessness Task Force and the report of that Task Force. (S1O-432)



22. Mr Andrew Welsh: To ask the Scottish Executive what cuts and closures are currently proposed by Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust at Stracathro Hospital, Angus and what effect these proposals will have on the still to be announced Tayside acute services review. (S1O-436)



23. Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure closer integration between agricultural and forestry incentives, in order to promote diversification within agriculture and further the commitment to sustainable rural development. (S1O-428)



24. Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Ministers will be able either to take final decisions themselves relating to the current review of Sheriff Court provision in Lothian and Borders, or to ensure that any final decisions take fully into account implications for the operational costs of all relevant agencies. (S1O-437)



25. Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to reform the system of payment for returning officers in local government, Scottish Parliament and general elections. (S1O-446)



26. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Committee of Inquiry into the future of teachers’ pay and conditions will consider teachers’ workload subject by subject so that particular areas of severe overload can be addressed. R (S1O-438)



27. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to make provision of day care for elderly and frail people a statutory requirement. (S1O-431)



28. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has given consideration to the introduction of retractable syringes in the NHS. (S1O-417)



29. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it is giving to the relocation of public service jobs, particularly in relation to departments or agencies with rural responsibilities, to the Scottish Highlands. (S1O-425)



30. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any element of the £750 million funding gap for care of the elderly identified by Sir Stewart Sutherland, Chairman of the Royal Commission for the long-term care of the elderly applies to Scotland, and if so, what action it is taking to address it. (S1O-421)




Open Question Time

1. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what increases or decreases have been applied to the Scottish assigned budget since 1994 as a result of European structural funds allocated to Scotland. (S1O-430)



2. Miss Annabel Goldie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-101 by Angus MacKay on 30 June, what progress the Ministerial Group has made in tackling the drugs problem in Scotland. (S1O-420)



3. Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to introduce proposals to allow local authorities to ring fence housing stock suitable for older people from Right to Buy legislation. (S1O-444)




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Thursday 30 September 1999

Section E - Written questions lodged on 29 September 1999




S1W-1602 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-623 by Ross Finnie on 2 August 1999, whether it will provide further details of its examination of the Scottish Rural Partnership Fund (SRDF) and whether it intends to publish any report on completion of this examination and, in particular, whether it intends to continue funding to the SRDF beyond the current three year period.



S1W-1715 Bristow Muldoon: To ask the Scottish Executive what is the number of haemophiliacs in Scotland identified as carrying the Hepatitis C virus as a result of contaminated blood products, and what action it intends to take with regard to a compensation programme.



S1W-1717 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will acknowledge the work of Skill, Scotland, in assisting students with disabilities at the universities and colleges of Scotland and whether it will make available the necessary £60,000 per annum funding to prevent its possible closure after December when its current lottery grant runs out.



S1W-1734 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS beds are currently ‘blocked’ in Scotland.



S1W-1735 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are sufficient diphtheria and tetanus vaccines to satisfy the level of demand in Scotland.



S1W-1736 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money was spent on compensation payments by the NHS in Scotland in 1998-99.



S1W-1738 Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive to specify, for each Procurator Fiscal office, in each of the last five years, the number of cases (a) marked no proceedings (b) dealt with by fiscal warnings, and (c) the total number of cases dealt with.



S1W-1739 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will give a commitment that its recent initiative to disperse civil service jobs will encompass all parts of the Highlands and Islands including locations outside Inverness.



S1W-1740 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is proposed to deal with any shortages in diphtheria, tetanus and BCG vaccines.



S1W-1741 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many students from Scotland have benefited from the UK Dance and Drama Awards Scheme and which local authorities have provided support funding to students receiving an award under the scheme and attending courses outside Scotland.



S1W-1742 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to provide free access by individuals, with no commercial interest, to information contained in the land register.



S1W-1743 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Presiding Officer, further to his answer to question S1W-288 on 13 July 1999, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will provide an update on the timetable for arrangements for the recycling of waste paper within the Scottish Parliament.



S1W-1744 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will confirm that there will be no formal redundancies in the nine Remploy factory sites in Scotland due to the long term proposal of Remploy to provide more opportunity for people working in their factories to move into open employment.



S1W-1745 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what direct trade, both import and export, Scotland has with Indonesia, and what is the nature of that trade.



S1W-1746 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will initiate a full investigation into the impact of the Working Families Tax Credit on indebted Scots.



S1W-1747 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it intends to take in support of the international campaign to bring epilepsy ‘out of the shadows’.



S1W-1748 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a progress report in respect of the Glasgow housing stock transfer.



S1W-1749 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what actions it intends to take to support the victims of anti-social behaviour.



S1W-1750 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to monitor the use of Anti Social Behaviour Orders and how it will encourage standard implementation across Scotland.



S1W-1751 Hugh Henry: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to support and finance integrated inter-agency action to tackle anti-social behaviour.



S1W-1752 Kay Ullrich: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the practice of diverting into other budgets funds earmarked for elderly care, as highlighted by Sir Stewart Sutherland, is widespread amongst local authorities and which individual authorities have carried out such actions.






BUSINESS BULLETIN 65/1999

Thursday 30 September 1999

Section F - Motions and Amendments




The full text of all outstanding motions and amendments will appear in the Business Bulletin every Monday

Items or names marked with an asterisk (*) are new. 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 (#)



*S1M-180 Tommy Sheridan: BBC TV election coverage—That the Parliament notes with concern the poor and biased coverage of the Hamilton South by-election on 24 September on BBC TV, which failed to mention the Scottish Socialist Party and omitted the Scottish Socialist Party candidate when the result was presented on screen, despite the candidate’s third place, and believes that this bias is a good argument for an autonomous BBC Scotland.



*S1M-179 Susan Deacon: Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning—That the Health and Community Care Committee in consideration of the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/71) recommend that the Order be approved.



*S1M-178 Susan Deacon: Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning—That the Health and Community Care Committee in consideration of the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.2) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/72) recommend that the Order be approved.



*S1M-177 Susan Deacon: Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning—That the Health and Community Care Committee in consideration of the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 1999, (SSI 1999/73) recommend that the Order be approved.



S1M-174 Sunday Post (lodged on 28 September 1999) Mr Duncan Hamilton*



S1M-173# Right of access to Crown Office files and information (lodged on 28 September 1999) Tommy Sheridan*



*S1M-172.1 Mr Sam Galbraith: Education—As an amendment to motion (S1M-172) in the name of Mr Alex Salmond, leave out from ‘notes’ to end and insert ‘supports the Executive’s intention to earn a world class reputation for the Scottish education system; calls upon the Executive to ensure that all children get the best start in life by maximising pupil attainment; welcomes the provision of substantial new resources for education including an additional £51m for school education identified in the Partnership Agreement; agrees that the quality of education in our schools depends on the professionalism and commitment of teachers; recognises the high standards and dedication of Scottish teachers; endorses the Executive’s commitment to a programme of continuous professional development to assist teachers in maintaining and improving professional standards; agrees that the Scottish Joint Negotiation Committee machinery has failed Scottish teachers, pupils and parents, and calls upon the Executive to continue work towards its objective of ensuring a modern, adaptive and flexible mechanism for determining the professional conditions of service for teachers in Scotland’s schools through the appointment of an independent Committee of Inquiry.’



*S1M-172.2 Mr Brian Monteith: Education—As an amendment to motion (S1M-172) in the name of Mr Alex Salmond, leave out from ‘the overwhelming’ to end and insert: ‘the entrenched positions being taken by the teaching unions and CoSLA in regard to reaching a settlement for teachers’ pay and conditions and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring both parties together for a settlement through the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.’



S1M-162# Breast Cancer (lodged on 21 September 1999) Mr Keith Raffan*



S1M-161 East Timor (lodged on 21 September 1999) Andrew Wilson*



S1M-159 Sean Connery (lodged on 16 September 1999) Andrew Wilson*



S1M-156# Criminal Checks for Voluntary Organisations (lodged on 15 September 1999) David Mundell*, Phil Gallie*, Donald Gorrie*



S1M-148# Repossession (lodged on 13 September 1999) Mr Keith Harding*



S1M-125 East Timor (lodged on 7 September 1999) Andrew Wilson*



S1M-104 Free School Meals (lodged on 30 August 1999) Andrew Wilson*



S1M-100 Joint Statement from Churches on Alloa Jobs Crisis (lodged on 27 August 1999) Mr Keith Raffan*



S1M-97 Cannabis and the Scottish Criminal Justice System (lodged on 26 August 1999) Mr Keith Raffan*, Andrew Wilson*



S1M-87 National Health Service (lodged on 6 July 1999) Mr Keith Harding*



S1M-80 Scottish Heart at Risk Testing (lodged on 25 June 1999) Cathy Jamieson*, Andrew Wilson*, Donald Gorrie*



S1M-75 Glasgow New Housing Partnership (lodged on 24 June 1999) Mr Keith Raffan*



S1M-72 Decentralisation (lodged on 23 June 1999) Mr Keith Harding*



S1M-69 Location of Food Standards Agency (lodged on 22 June 1999) Mr Keith Raffan*




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Thursday 30 September 1999

Section G - Bills, amendments to Bills and proposals for members’ Bills




Proposals for Members’ Bills

Names marked with an asterisk (*) are new names of support. Proposals that have attracted 11 supporters have those supporters’ names shown in bold. The member who lodged such a proposal has the right to introduce a Member’s Bill to give effect to that proposal under rule 9.14



Mike Watson: Proposed Protection of Wild Mammals Bill—Proposal for a Bill to make it an offence to hunt a wild mammal with a dog or to facilitate hunting in certain ways. The Bill would provide exceptions for certain activities directed at pest control and conservation of species, and would allow the Executive to license such activities. It would also provide exceptions, in certain cases, for the retrieval or rescue of animals. It would enable courts of summary jurisdiction to disqualify, by order, persons convicted of an offence from keeping a dog, and make breach of such an order an offence. (lodged 1 September 1999).

Supported by: Tricia Marwick, Scott Barrie, Kate Maclean, Bristow Muldoon, Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Kay Ullrich, Kenneth Macintosh, George Reid, Ms Nicola Sturgeon, Janis Hughes, Malcolm Chisholm, Ms Patricia Ferguson, Johann Lamont, Trish Godman, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Duncan Hamilton, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Cathy Jamieson, John Young, Irene McGugan, Dennis Canavan, Sandra White, Helen Eadie, Malcolm Chisholm, John McAllion, Cathy Peattie, Paul Martin, Allan Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Cathie Craigie



Adam Ingram: Proposed Leasehold Casualties Bill—Proposal for a Bill to provide for the extinction of leasehold casualties, to provide compensation in certain cases, and to make void "irritancy provisions" in certain leases of land. (lodged 7 September 1999).

Supported by: Michael Russell, Gil Paterson, Duncan Hamilton, Lloyd Quinan, Tricia Marwick, Pauline McNeill, Mike Rumbles, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Robert Brown, Linda Fabiani, Fergus Ewing, Donald Gorrie*



Alex Neil: Proposed Public Appointments (Confirmation) Bill—Proposal for a Bill to require or enable, as the case may be, Scottish Ministers to submit nominations for specified public appointments to the Scottish Parliament for confirmation. (lodged 9 September 1999).

Supported by: Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper, Andrew Wilson, Kenny MacAskill, Dr Winnie Ewing, Lloyd Quinan, Brian Adam, Mike Russell, Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Robert Brown, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Irene McGugan, Michael Matheson, Robert Brown, Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Margaret Smith, Donald Gorrie*



Tommy Sheridan: Proposed Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill—Proposal for a Bill to abolish poindings and warrant sales both in common law and under the Debtors (Scotland) Act 1987. (lodged 10 September 1999).

Supported by: John McAllion, Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop, Bristow Muldoon, Alex Neil, Lloyd Quinan, Brian Adam, Dennis Canavan, Mike Russell, Shona Robison, Colin Campbell, Sandra White, Linda Fabiani, Michael Matheson, Mike Watson, Johann Lamont, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Cathy Jamieson*



Robert Brown: Proposed Prevention of Homelessness Bill—Proposal for a Bill to amend the law, including the Conveyancing and Feudal Reform (Scotland) Act 1970 and the Housing (Scotland) Acts 1987 and 1988, to help prevent avoidable homelessness by (a) enabling courts to consider personal and financial circumstances and the need to prevent homelessness before granting mortgage and tenancy repossession orders; (b) imposing a requirement on housing authorities to provide permanent and suitable, rather than temporary, accommodation to homeless persons in priority need, and providing a right of appeal to the sheriff from homelessness decisions; and (c) imposing a duty on all registered social landlords to co-operate with local authorities in preventing homelessness. (lodged 15 September 1999).

Supported by: Mike Rumbles, Keith Raffan, Euan Robson, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Tavish Scott, John Farquhar Munro, Jamie Stone, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Margo MacDonald*, Robin Harper*



Cathie Craigie: Proposed Mortgage Rights Bill—Proposal for a Bill to enable a court to suspend certain rights of a mortgage lender in relation to the property of the borrower where the borrower is in default if such suspension would be reasonable in the circumstances of the case; to make provision about the rights of a tenant of such a borrower; and to enable the courts to adjourn proceedings to enforce those rights. (lodged 24 September 1999).






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Section H - New Documents




European Documents

Members wishing to see a list of European documents received in the Parliament should contact the clerks to the European Committee (stephen.imrie@scottish.parliament.uk). Members are reminded that a complete set of all documents received is held by the Document Supply Centre and copies can be made available on request.


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Section J - Progress of Parliamentary business




For further information on the progress of Bills, subordinate legislation and committees shown in this section, please contact either the relevant Clerk or web site (see end of Section for addresses)

Bills in progress



Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill

Introduced

Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 30 September 1999 (See Section B)



Subordinate legislation in progress

(date of laying) (lead committee)

Affirmative Instruments

For approval by 22 October 1999—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/71)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/72)—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/73)—

(29 September 1999) (See motions 179, 178 and 177 in Section F)



Negative Instruments

Subject to annulment until 9 October 1999—

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/1) (9 July 1999) (Transport and Environment)

The Plant Health (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/22) (11 August 1999) (Rural Affairs)

The Food (Animals and Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/32)—

The Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (No.2) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/33)(30 August 1999) (Health and Community Care)



Subject to annulment until 27 October 1999—

The Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/34) (3 September 1999) (Health and Community Care)

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/43) (3 September 1999) (Transport and Environment)



Subject to annulment until 2 November 1999—

The Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/48) (9 September 1999) (Justice and Home Affairs)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) Partial Revocation (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/49)—

The Scottish Dental Practice Board Amendment Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/52)—

(9 September 1999) (Health and Community Care)



Subject to annulment until 3 November 1999—

The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/51)—

The National Health Service (Service Committees and Tribunal) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/53)—

The National Health Service (General Medical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.4) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/54)—

The National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/55)—

The Health Act 1999 (Fund-holding Practices) (Transfer of Assets, Savings, Rights and Liabilities and Transitional Provisions) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/56)—

The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/57)—

(10 September 1999) (Health and Community Care)

The Smoke Control Areas (Exempted Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/58) (10 September 1999) (Transport and Environment)



Subject to annulment until 6 November 1999—

The Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (City of Glasgow) Designation Order 1999 (SSI 1999/59)—

The Road Traffic (Parking Adjudicators) (City of Glasgow) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/60)—

The Road Traffic Act 1991 (Amendment of Schedule 3) (Scotland) Order 1999 (SSI 1999/61)—

The Parking Attendants (Wearing of Uniforms) (City of Glasgow Parking Area) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/62)—

(13 September 1999) (Transport and Environment)



Subject to annulment until 7 November 1999—

The National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/63)—

The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/64)—

(14 September 1999) (Health and Community Care)



Subject to annulment until 10 November 1999—

The Educational Development, Research and Services (Scotland) Grant Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/65) (17 September 1999) (See motion S1M-176 in Section A)





Committee business in progress

(Dates indicate when the next meeting is due to take place)



Audit 26 October

Education, Culture and Sport 6 October

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning 27October

Equal Opportunities 5 October

European 19 October

Finance 26 October

Health and Community Care 6 October

Justice and Home Affairs 6 October

Local Government 5 October

Procedures 5 October

Public Petitions 5 October

Rural Affairs 5 October

Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector 6 October

Standards 5 October

Subordinate Legislation 5 October

Transport and Environment 6 October





Note: A full agenda including details of location and timings will be published on the day of the meeting

[CENSORED: table inserted here in original giving contact information]





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