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Scottish Parliament: Business Bulletin 38/2000

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BUSINESS BULLETIN 38 / 2000



Wednesday 1 March 2000



Section A - Daily Business List

Section B - Business Programme

Section E - Written questions lodged on 29 February 2000

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



BUSINESS BULLETIN 38 / 2000

Wednesday 1 March 2000

Section A – Daily Business List


Meetings of Committees

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



Education, Culture and Sport Committee

8th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. The Role of the BBC in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Sir Robert Smith (BBC National Governor for Scotland and Chair, Broadcasting Council for Scotland)

Ms Ann Caldwell (Vice Chair, Broadcasting Council for Scotland)

Mr John McCormick (Controller, BBC Scotland)

Mr Mark Leishman (Head of Corporate Affairs and Secretary, BBC Scotland)

2. Grampian Television's Regional Cultural Contribution: The Committee will take evidence from—

Mr Don Cruickshank (Chairman, Scottish Media Group)

Mr Andrew Flanagan (Chief Executive, Scottish Media Group)

Mr Donald Emslie (Managing Director of Television, Scottish Media Group)

Mr Derrick Thomson (Controller, Grampian Television)

3. Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Bill: The Committee will discuss a report at Stage 1 of the Bill from the Equal Opportunities Committee.

4. Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Bill at Stage 1.



Transport and the Environment Committee

4th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Integrated Transport Bill - The Executive's Propoals (in private): The Committee will consider a briefing paper on the Executive’s proposals for the Integrated Transport Bill. The Committee will consider possible areas of questioning for the Minister for Transport and the Environment on the proposed Bill.

not before 9.50 am

2. Integrated Transport Bill - The Executive's Proposals: The Committee will take evidence from the Minister for Transport and the Environment on the Executive’s proposals for the Integrated Transport Bill.

3. Concessionary Travel Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from Executive Officials on the Executive’s intended plans on concessionary travel. The Committee will then consider terms of reference for, and the approach to, its forthcoming inquiry into concessionary travel.

4. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following public petitions—

PE 8 by the Scottish Homing Union on the impact of increasing numbers of birds of prey on the sport of pigeon racing.

PE 23 by Save Wemyss Ancient Cave Society calling for action to be taken to repair storm damage to the access of the caves.

5. Telecommunications Developments Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report into Telecommunications Developments.

6. Future Work Programme (in private): The Committee will consider its future work programme.



Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee

9th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh

1. Consideration of questions (in private): The committee will consider its questions for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland and the Valuation Office Agency of the Inland Revenue.

2. Item to be taken in private: Convener to move that item 6 be taken in private.

3. Housing stock transfer: The committee will hear evidence from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland from—

Lynne Raeside, Alex Baird, Douglas Cameron, Paul Letley, Alistair McCracken.

The committee will hear evidence from the Valuaiton Office Agency of the Inland Revenue from—

Allan Ainslie, Philip Gay, Rosemary Carthy.

4. Social inclusion work programme: The committee will hear a report from Robert Brown MSP on proposed work in the area of social inclusion.

5. Petitions: The committee will consider the following public petitions—

PE79 submitted by Mr Frank Harvey calling for the Scottish Parliament to stop all Scottish Housing Associations from using unemployed young people to do the work of the Cleansing Department of Glasgow City Council.

PE85 submitted by Aberdeenshire Federation of Tenants and Residents Association, PE86 submitted by South Lanarkshire Tenants Confederation, PE87 submitted by Hamilton Federation of Tenants, PE94 submitted by Carbrain Residents Association, and PE95 submitted by North Lanarkshire Tenants and Residents Federation, all calling on the Scottish Parliament to place a moratorium on all housing stock transfers until such time as its concerns in relation to such transfers are addressed.

6. Future work programme: The committee will consider its future work programme.



Justice and Home Affairs Committee

9th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, the Mound, Edinburgh

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider Part 5 of the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 6).





Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev. John H. Fitzsimmons, Parish Priest – Saint John Bosco’s, Erskine

followed by Motion by Mr Jack McConnell—

S1M-559 Mr Jack McConnell: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2000—That the Parliament in consideration of the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2000 approves the Order.

Motions by Mr Iain Gray—

S1M-560 Iain Gray: Special Grant Report No.1 - Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seekers: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/10)—That the Parliament in consideration of Special Grant Report No.1 - Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seekers: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/10) approves the report.

S1M-561 Iain Gray: Special Grant Report No.2 - Special Grant for Scotland Kosovan Evacuees: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/11)—That the Parliament in consideration of Special Grant Report No.2 - Special Grant for Scotland Kosovan Evacuees: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/11) approves the report.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of –

S1M-563 Johann Lamont: Drugs Strategy—That the Parliament notes the serious and increasing level of drug addiction in Glasgow Pollok constituency, in Glasgow as a whole and throughout Scotland; recognises the devastating effect that such addiction has not only on the addict but on his or her family, friends and the broader community; applauds the work of the Glasgow Association of Family Support Groups in offering support and counselling to drug addicts and their families, and believes that the development of effective funding of such family support groups is a key part of its drugs and social inclusion strategies.





BUSINESS BULLETIN 38 / 2000

Wednesday 1 March 2000

Section B – Business Programme




As agreed by the Parliament on 23 February 2000

Thursday 2 March 2000

9.30 am Non - Executive Business – Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party on the European Convention on Human Rights (for text of motion, see S1M-610 in Section F)

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time (for text of questions, see Section D of Business Bulletin for Thursday 24 February 2000)

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time (for text of questions, see Section D of Business Bulletin for Tuesday 29 February 2000)

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Gaelic (for text of motion, see S1M-607 in Section F)

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-474 Richard Lochhead: Grampian Television (for text of motion see Section F of Business Bulletin for Monday 28 February 2000)



Wednesday 8 March 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Non - Executive Business – Scottish National Party

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-557 Patricia Ferguson: International Women’s Day (for text of motion see Section F of Business Bulletin for Monday 28 February 2000)



Thursday 9 March 2000

9.30 am Executive Debate on "Created in Scotland – The Way Forward for Manufacturing in the 21st Century"

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business




BUSINESS BULLETIN 38 / 2000

Wednesday 1 March 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 29 February 2000




S1W-4744 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what the financial indebtedness is of each local authority relating to the total interest charges incurred for paying invoices after the due date to (a) all firms and (b) firms employing fewer than 50 people, since the introduction of the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.



S1W-4778 Robin Harper: To ask the Presiding Officer, with respect to the design of the new Scottish Parliament building, whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body will set up an advisory panel to liaise with the design team on environmental and sustainability matters and whether it will provide (a) a note of target performance indicators for technical matters which have been identified so far by the design team (for example proposed "U" values), (b) a copy of the project brief, (c) a list of the Design Review Reports that have been carried out to date, together with a programme of the dates for future reports, (d) a list of those contract specifications which have been substantially completed and a note of target issue dates for tender for the remainder or the management contractor’s Information Release Schedule, (e) details of the form of contract and the proposed method of tendering packages, (f) details of the strategy for ISO 14001 EMAS proposed by the future building maintenance team, (g) a copy of the Project Risk Management Register, (h) an up-to-date project progress report with a note of future key milestones, (i) a copy of the initial BREEAM reviews, (j) a copy of the Schedule of Services for the project sponsor and project auditor, and (k) a statement on how the procurement process complies with the objectives set down in the proposal for The Development of a Policy on Architecture for Scotland which was published by the Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport in September 1999.



S1W-4801 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were arrested during the protest at Faslane Nuclear Base on 14 February 2000, what offences those arrested were believed to have committed and how many of those arrested were subsequently charged.



S1W-4802 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of those arrested during the protest at Faslane Nuclear Base on 14 February 2000 were detained in police cells, how many protesters were held in each cell and how many female protesters were released from police custody after public transport had ceased operating for the evening.



S1W-4803 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of Glasgow Zoo’s current financial situation, whether it intends to provide any financial aid to the zoo to alleviate this situation and what alternative arrangements it intends to make to replace the educational and volunteering opportunities which the zoo provides in the event of its closure.



S1W-4804 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide a specific definition of "modernisation of government" and what performance measures it will use to determine whether its objective of modernising government is being achieved.



S1W-4805 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive how many elements of the recommendations of the Sutherland Report With Respect to Old Age for a National Care Commission have been accepted; how many have not been accepted and what they are, and what criteria were used for selection or rejection.



S1W-4806 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what was the projected social work expenditure on care of the elderly and what was the actual expenditure in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.



S1W-4807 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has ruled out the use of Dungavel House as a component of the Scottish penal system, whether operated by the Scottish Prison Service or by a private operator.



S1W-4808 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether South Lanarkshire Council has been consulted regarding suitable alternative uses for Dungavel House and its grounds and what advice has been received.



S1W-4809 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been taken to consult the local community regarding future use of Dungavel House and its grounds.



S1W-4810 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will place in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre the marketing brief issued to the sales agents appointed to market Dungavel House and its grounds.



S1W-4811 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3497 by Mr Jack McConnell on 25 January 2000, whether it will describe, elucidate and specify any instances where Ministerial access has been, or may in future be, granted to papers dated before 1 July 1999, particularly in relation to the Agricultural Business Improvement Schemes, both original and revised, and, if not, why not.



S1W-4812 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will estimate the number of farmers and crofters who it anticipates will be sequestrated in each of the next five years and the associated cost to public funds and whether it considers that additional support provided now to farmers and crofters would cost less to public funds in the long term.



S1W-4813 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3711 by Ross Finnie on 27 January 2000, whether it will detail for each of the years mentioned the sums actually taken up from those sums referred to as "offers of financial assistance" and why this information was not provided in response to the original question which asked for it.



S1W-4814 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make available any written legal advice from the Scottish Law Officers received by The Scottish Office relating to the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999, prior to or since it completed the legislative process.



S1W-4815 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive on how many occasions it has asked backbench MSPs to lodge parliamentary questions in order to enable it to make an announcement; whether it will provide a list of such questions, including the date on which they were lodged, and whether any of its officials have written authorisations to lodge parliamentary questions in the names of backbench MSPs.



S1W-4816 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has taken or plans to introduce measures to encourage the oil and gas industry to exploit the commercial potential of renewable energy.



S1W-4817 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-3365 by Sarah Boyack on 23 February 2000, whether it is its policy to refrain from answering written parliamentary questions until it has made a related oral ministerial statement.



S1W-4818 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has targets for offshore renewable power generation and, if so, how these targets compare with targets adopted by other countries in the European Union.



S1W-4819 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to make the manufacturing industry aware of the opportunities for production of the necessary plant and equipment offered by the renewable energy sector.



S1W-4820 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many turbines at wind farms in Scotland were manufactured in this country.



S1W-4821 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has estimated the level of capital spending on renewable energy projects in Scotland over the next four years and how much of this spending will benefit Scottish companies, particularly manufacturing firms.



S1W-4822 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to achieve its target of doubling cycle use from 1996 to 2002 and again by 2012.



S1W-4823 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it will commit and what action it is taking to address any problems which are barriers to more children walking or cycling, such as the lack of secure cycle parking, too much traffic, speed of traffic and lack of facilities at danger points.



S1W-4824 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive why its proposals for the Integrated Transport Bill contain no proposals to encourage walking and cycling.



S1W-4825 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive why there is no mention of Safe Routes to School, Home Zones or road safety in its proposals for the Integrated Transport Bill.



S1W-4828 Irene McGugan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote and protect the Scots language and what funds it intends to devote for this purpose.



S1W-4829 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will announce the decision on the application submitted by Scottish and Southern Energy for consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to construct and operate a 3MW hydro-electric power station on the Abhainn Cuileig, Ross-shire.



S1W-4830 Ms Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill will be introduced.



S1W-4831 Johann Lamont: To ask the Scottish Executive when the new road casualty reduction targets for the period to 2010 will be announced.





BUSINESS BULLETIN 38 / 2000

Wednesday 1 March 2000

Section F - Motions and Amendments




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



*S1M-611 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 8 March 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Non - Executive Business – Scottish National Party

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-557 Patricia Ferguson: International Women’s Day




Thursday 9 March 2000

9.30 am Executive Debate on "Created in Scotland – The Way Forward for Manufacturing in the 21st Century"

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Ministerial Statement

4.00 pm Stage 1 of the Census Bill

followed by Financial Resolution on the Census Bill

followed by Motion on The Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-606 Mr Alex Salmond: Peterhead Prison




Wednesday 15 March 2000

2.30 pm Time For Reflection

followed by Stage 2 of the Census Bill

followed by Stage 3 of the Census Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business




Thursday 16 March 2000

9.30 am Committee Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

12.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

to conclude at 3.30pm



*S1M-610 David McLetchie: European Convention on Human Rights—That the Parliament notes with concern the disruption to Scotland’s judicial system resulting from Her Majesty’s Government’s decision to directly incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into Scots Law without having paid due attention to the consequences; further notes that the Convention now impacts directly upon the legislative competence of the Parliament and the powers of the Scottish Executive and from October 2000 will apply to all public authorities in Scotland; calls upon the Scottish Executive to provide, at the earliest opportunity, a full report to the Parliament on the impact of incorporation to date and a statement on the Executive’s state of preparedness for October when the Convention becomes fully operational, and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to provide a full and detailed analysis of the ECHR implications of legislative proposals submitted to the Parliament and to consider establishing a Human Rights Commission or some other body to provide expert advice and guidance on the impact of the ECHR on public authorities in Scotland.

Supported by: Phil Gallie*, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*



*S1M-609 Mr Gil Paterson: Entry of Convicted Rapists into the UK—That the Parliament condemns the recent events involving Mike Tyson being allowed into Britain; acknowledges the speculation that he intends to fight again in the United Kingdom, possibly at Ibrox and calls upon the Home Secretary to firstly, treat all convicted rapists who are seeking entry into the United Kingdom equally by refusing them entry, secondly, to show respect to all victims of rape by banning Mike Tyson from ever entering the United Kingdom again in any capacity and thirdly, not to base his judgement in the future on financial concerns.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill*



*S1M-608 Mr Gil Paterson: Theory on Rape—That the Parliament condemns the claims of the book A Natural History of Rape, The Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion which excuses rape as a simple mating technique; finds the conclusions of this book deeply offensive to both women and men; strongly believes that the theory which forms the basis of this publication, that human males have evolved the desire to rape whenever their desire to mate is thwarted, is both dangerous and deeply flawed and calls upon the Scottish Executive to take action to ensure that the theory promoted through this publication is not adopted as a defence against the charge of rape.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill*



*S1M-607 Mr Alasdair Morrison: Gaelic—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s programme of action in support of the Gaelic language, in particular its support for Gaelic-medium education; recognises the cultural, economic and social contribution of Gaelic to Scotland; supports the Scottish Executive’s participation in the Columba Initiative (Iomairt Chaluim Chille) to strengthen the links between the Gaelic-speaking communities of Scotland and of Ireland, and commends the work of local authorities, schools, colleges, universities and voluntary bodies in making available Gaelic-medium education at all levels from pre-school to tertiary and continuing education and in promoting the Gaelic arts.

Gu bheil Pàrlamaid na h-Alba

a’ cur fàilte air iomairt Riaghaltais na h-Alba airson taic a chur ris a’ Ghàidhlig, gu h-àraid an taic a tha a’ toirt do fhoghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig;

a’ gabhail ri luach cultarail, eacononmach agus sòisealta na Gàidhlig do dh’Alba;

a’ cur taic ris a’ phàirt a tha Riaghaltas na h-Alba a’ gabhail ann an Iomairt Chaluim Chille gus na ceanglaichean a neartachadh eadar coimhearsnachdan Gàidhlig an Alba agus an Eirinn; agus

a’ moladh na h-obrach a tha ùghdarrasan ionadail, sgoiltean, colaistean, oilthighean agus buidhnean saor-thoileach a’ dèanamh airson foghlaim tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig a thairgse aig gach ìre ro-sgoile gu treas-ìre agus foghlam leantainneach agus airson a bhith a’ leasachadh nan ealan Gàidhlig.



*S1M-606# Mr Alex Salmond: Peterhead Prison—That the Parliament notes the success of Peterhead Prison and the wide recognition it has received throughout the 1990s for developing the STOP programme for sex offenders and for its work over recent years; congratulates the prison officers, other staff and the local community on their efforts in building that success, and believes that it would be foolish in the extreme to in any way jeopardise the success of that programme with uncertainties over the future of the prison.



*S1M-605# Mr Duncan Hamilton: Campbeltown-Ballycastle Ferry—That the Parliament notes with dismay the decision by the Argyll and Antrim Steam Packet Company to withdraw from the Campbeltown-Ballycastle ferry route; recognises the grave economic consequences for the Kintyre economy if this route is not reopened, and calls upon the Scottish Executive, the Scotland Office and the Northern Ireland Office to work together to secure an alternative operator for the route for the coming season and beyond.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Michael Matheson*, Ms Sandra White*



*S1M-604# Christine Grahame: Sutherland Report With Respect to Old Age—That the Parliament notes with concern that it is one year since the publication of the Sutherland Report With Respect to Old Age yet implementation of only one of its main recommendations, establishing a National Care Commission, has recently been initiated, and that not in full, and urges the Scottish Executive as a matter of urgency to produce a detailed programme for full implementation of its substantial and just recommendations to reflect the respect and value that the Parliament places on elderly people in society.



*S1M-603 Mr John Home Robertson: The Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000—That the Parliament in consideration of The Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000 approves the Order.



S1M-599# Epilepsy (lodged on 28 February 2000) Michael Russell*

S1M-597 Crooked Charities (lodged on 25 February 2000) Alex Neil*, Dorothy-Grace Elder*, Fiona McLeod*, Donald Gorrie*, Trish Godman*

S1M-596 Change in Benefit Payments- Effects on Post Offices (lodged on 25 February 2000) Alex Neil*, Dorothy-Grace Elder*, Fiona McLeod*, Donald Gorrie*, Shona Robison*, Fiona Hyslop*

S1M-595# Fuel Duty Rebate and Rural Services (lodged on 25 February 2000) Alex Neil*, Fiona McLeod*, Donald Gorrie*, Shona Robison*, Fiona Hyslop*

S1M-594 Volvo Plant, Irvine (lodged on 25 February 2000) Michael Russell*

S1M-592# Council Tax Reduction for Second Homes in Ross, Skye and Inverness West (lodged on 24 February 2000) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-591# Public Participation in Planning (lodged on 24 February 2000) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-587# Fuel Poverty and Housing Bill (lodged on 22 February 2000) Alex Neil*, Donald Gorrie*, Trish Godman*, Michael Russell*, Shona Robison*, Fiona Hyslop*

S1M-583 Iranian Elections (lodged on 22 February 2000) Fiona McLeod*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-582 Introduction of Treatment Notes (lodged on 22 February 2000) Michael Russell*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-581 British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body (lodged on 22 February 2000) Michael Russell*

S1M-580 Conservation of Marine Wildlife (lodged on 22 February 2000) Michael Russell*

S1M-579 Pilkington Optronics (lodged on 22 February 2000) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-578 Breast Screening for Women aged 65 and over (lodged on 22 February 2000) Michael Russell*, Fiona McLeod*

S1M-577 Pen Needles for Diabetics (lodged on 22 February 2000) Michael Russell*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-576 St Ninians High School's Attendance at European Youth Parliament (lodged on 22 February 2000) Alex Neil*, Michael Russell*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-573 Investigation into European Union funding arrangements (lodged on 21 February 2000) Alex Neil*, Donald Gorrie*, Shona Robison*

S1M-572 European Union documentation on lifting of Indonesian arms embargo (lodged on 21 February 2000) Alex Neil*, Shona Robison*

S1M-571 Airdrieonians Football Club (lodged on 21 February 2000) Fiona McLeod*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-570# Milk in Schools (lodged on 21 February 2000) Mr Brian Monteith*, Fiona McLeod*, Donald Gorrie*, Fiona Hyslop*

S1M-568 Heart Disease (lodged on 18 February 2000) Michael Russell*, Fiona McLeod*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-567 Hosting the Football World Cup in Scotland (lodged on 18 February 2000) Michael Russell*, Fiona McLeod*

S1M-566# Employment of Children (lodged on 18 February 2000) Michael Russell*, Donald Gorrie*, Trish Godman*

S1M-564 Recovery of Crew of Fishing Vessels Lost at Sea (lodged on 17 February 2000) Fiona McLeod*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-563# Drugs Strategy (lodged on 17 February 2000) Fiona McLeod*, Donald Gorrie*, Trish Godman*

S1M-557# International Women's Day (lodged on 17 February 2000) Alex Neil*, Michael Russell*, Fiona McLeod*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-556 Scottish Cheese Business (lodged on 17 February 2000) Michael Russell*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-549 Agrimoney Compensation (lodged on 15 February 2000) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-547# Children in Glasgow Selling Newspapers Late at Night (lodged on 15 February 2000) Alex Neil*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Michael Russell*, Fiona McLeod*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-546 Chinook (lodged on 15 February 2000) Michael Russell*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-545 Royal Bank of Scotland Takeover (lodged on 14 February 2000) Mr Brian Monteith*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-540 Arms Sales (lodged on 11 February 2000) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-530 Dispersal of Civil Service Jobs to Tayside (lodged on 10 February 2000) Alex Neil*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-528 Lorn and Islands Hospital (lodged on 10 February 2000) Alex Neil*, Michael Russell*

S1M-527 Elderly People and the NHS (lodged on 9 February 2000) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-526 Equal Access for People with Disabilities (lodged on 9 February 2000) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-524# Ninewells Hospital Neurosurgical Unit (lodged on 9 February 2000) Alex Neil*

S1M-523 Parliament Subscription to BNP Magazine (lodged on 9 February 2000) Alex Neil*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-521 Excell Call Centre, Glasgow (lodged on 9 February 2000) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-520# Racing Pigeons (lodged on 9 February 2000) Alex Neil*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-518 Inverness Caledonian Thistle Result (lodged on 9 February 2000) Mr Brian Monteith*

S1M-507# Corstorphine Hill Water Tanks (lodged on 7 February 2000) Mr Brian Monteith*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-506 Austria (lodged on 4 February 2000) Fiona McLeod*, Trish Godman*

S1M-504 Compensation to Miners (lodged on 4 February 2000) Fiona McLeod*

S1M-503 Drug Addiction in Glasgow (lodged on 3 February 2000) Fiona McLeod*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-502# Skye Bridge (lodged on 3 February 2000) Fiona McLeod*

S1M-501# Urban Tourism (lodged on 3 February 2000) Trish Godman*

S1M-497# Scottish Media Group (lodged on 2 February 2000) Fiona McLeod*

S1M-496# Agrimoney Compensation for Dairy Farmers (lodged on 2 February 2000) Fiona McLeod*

S1M-491# Kilmarnock and Loudoun (lodged on 2 February 2000) Fiona McLeod*

S1M-488# Standing Commission on Health and Safety at Work in Scotland (lodged on 1 February 2000) Fiona McLeod*

S1M-484# Council Tax Collection: Summary Warrant Procedures (lodged on 1 February 2000) Alex Neil*

S1M-474# Grampian Television (lodged on 27 January 2000) Fiona McLeod*

S1M-470# Crichton University Campus (lodged on 27 January 2000) Fiona McLeod*, Trish Godman*

S1M-456# Car Park Charges (lodged on 24 January 2000) Fiona McLeod*

S1M-453 Campaign Against Higher Business Rates in Scotland (lodged on 21 January 2000) Fiona McLeod*

S1M-445 Circuses (lodged on 20 January 2000) Trish Godman*

S1M-444 Committee on Substance Abuse (lodged on 20 January 2000) Fiona McLeod*, Trish Godman*





BUSINESS BULLETIN 38 / 2000

Wednesday 1 March 2000

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




New Bills introduced on 29 February 2000

Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill—A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the Census Act 1920 to enable particulars about religion to be gathered. (SP Bill 8) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Mr Jim Wallace

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 8-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 8-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.



New amendments to Bills lodged on 29 February 2000

Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 2

Section 17

Maureen Macmillan

1 In section 17, page 9, line 27, at end insert <; or

( ) that—

(i) the land which by virtue of this section would become the dominant tenement adjoins the land which would become the servient tenement;

(ii) the two areas of land were formerly part of the same agricultural unit; and

(iii) the real burden was originally imposed on the land which would become the servient tenement to facilitate the better management and protect the continued use of that agricultural unit.>



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.

Robin Harper: Proposed Organic Food and Farming Targets Bill—Proposal for a Bill to require the Scottish Executive (a) to establish targets for the proportion of land that is certified organic, and for the proportion of food produced and marketed that is similarly certified, by a specified date; and (b) to take steps to ensure those targets are met. (lodged 10 February 2000)



Supported by: Linda Fabiani, John McAllion, Tommy Sheridan, Dennis Canavan, Alex Fergusson, George Lyon, Cathy Jamieson, Tavish Scott, Irene McGugan, Elaine Murray, Roseanna Cunningham, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Johnstone, Malcolm Chisholm, Michael Russell, Rhoda Grant, Scott Barrie, Dr Winnie Ewing, Donald Gorrie*, Ms Margo MacDonald*

Christine Grahame: Proposed Alzheimer's and dementia care Bill—Proposal for a Bill to ensure that the criteria for meeting the costs of long-term personal care is the same for those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia as it is for those suffering from other debilitating illnesses. (lodged 29 February 2000)




BUSINESS BULLETIN 38 / 2000

Wednesday 1 March 2000

Section H - New Documents




Not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 29 February 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) Partial Revocation (No.5) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/36)

laid under section1(10) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985



Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 29 February 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Statistical Bulletin: Motor Vehicle Offences in Scotland 1998 (SE/2000/26)



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 SPICe in G15, PHQ and copies can be made available on request.




BUSINESS BULLETIN 38 / 2000

Wednesday 1 March 2000

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 (end of Section for addresses)



Bills in Progress

Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (debate, meeting of the Parliament) 15 December

Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill

Stage 1(Justice & Home Affairs Committee) 22 February

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill

Stage 2 (Day 6, Justice and Home Affairs Committee) 1 March

Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Bill

Stage 1 (consideration of draft report,

Education, Culture and Sport Committee) 1 March

Budget (Scotland) Bill

Bill passed 10 February

Census (Amendment)(Scotland) Bill

Introduced 29 February



Subordinate legislation in progress

(date of laying) (Lead Committee)

Affirmative Instruments

For approval by resolution

The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2000 (14 February 2000)

The draft Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 (15 February 2000) (Local Government)

The draft Railtrack plc (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 (15 February 2000) (Local Government)

The draft Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000

(15 February 2000) (Local Government)

The draft BG Transco plc (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000

(15 February 2000) (Local Government)

The draft Electricity Generators (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000

(15 February 2000) (Local Government)

The draft Electricity Generators (Aluminium) (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 (15 February 2000) (Local Government)

The draft Electricity Lands (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000

(16 February 2000) (Local Government)

The draft Air Quality (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (22 February 2000)

The draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000 (23 February 2000) (Rural Affairs)

The draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2000 (24 February 2000)



The following Reports are subject to approval by resolution

Special Grant Report No.1 – Special Grant for Scotland Asylum Seeker Assistance: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/10) (14 February 2000)

Special Grant Report No.2 – Special Grant for Scotland Kosovan Evacuees: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/11) (14 February 2000)



Negative Instruments

Subject to annulment until 6 March 2000

The Food (Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/15) (27 January 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/16) (27 January 2000) ) (Health and Community Care)



Subject to annulment until 10 March 2000

The Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Satellite Monitoring Measures) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/20) (31 January 2000) (Rural Affairs)



Subject to annulment until 19 March 2000

The National Health Service (Vocational Training for General Practice) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI/2000/23) (9 February 2000) (Health and Community Care)



Subject to annulment until 26 March 2000

The Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Measures for the Recovery of the Stock of Irish Sea Cod) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/26) (16 February 2000) (Rural Affairs)

Subject to annulment until 28 March 2000

The National Health Service (General Medical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (18 February 2000) (Health and Community Care)

Subject to annulment until 2 April 2000

The Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/34) (23 February 2000) (Rural Affairs)

Subject to annulment until 3 April 2000

The Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/33) (24 February 2000)

The Food (Peanuts from Egypt) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/35) (24 February 2000)



Committee Business

Dates indicate when the next meeting is due to take place on the relevant subject.

Audit 7 March

Education, Culture and Sport See Section A

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning 8 March

Equal Opportunities 6 March

European 7 March

Finance 7 March

Health and Community Care 8 March

Justice and Home Affairs See Section A

Local Government 7 March

Procedures No date established

Public Petitions No date established

Rural Affairs No date established

Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector See Section A

Standards 8 March

Subordinate Legislation 7 March

Transport and Environment See Section A


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