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Scottish Parliament: Business Bulletin 64/2000

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BUSINESS BULLETIN 64/ 2000



Thursday 6 April 2000




Section A - Daily Business List

Section E - Written questions lodged on 6 April 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

Announcements




BUSINESS BULLETIN 64 / 2000

Thursday 6 April 2000

Section A – Daily Business List




Meeting of the Parliament

9.30 am Motion by Andrew Wilson—

S1M-736 Andrew Wilson: Financing Public Services—That the Parliament expresses its concern at the level of resources allocated to Scotland by Westminster which takes no account of the requirements of Scottish public services, the level of revenues raised in Scotland or of the priorities of the Scottish people; notes in particular that health expenditure is rising faster in the rest of the UK than in Scotland despite the fact that there is no evidence of relative improvement in health standards in Scotland; observes that the latest polling evidence suggests that more than two thirds of Scots want greater powers for the Parliament, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals for a fairer, more fiscally responsible and more democratically accountable system of funding Scottish public services that allows the Scottish people, through the Scottish Parliament, to make the key choices about the share of the nation’s wealth that should be allocated to public services.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-736.1 Mr Jack McConnell: Financing Public Services—As an amendment to motion (S1M-736) in the name of Andrew Wilson, leave out from "expresses its concern" to end and insert "welcomes and supports the investment by the Scottish Executive in education, health and other vital services, matching the people’s priorities with prudent costed expenditure plans, and endorses the additional funding of £288 million for 2000-01 announced by the Minister for Finance last week."

S1M-736.2 Nick Johnston: Financing Public Services—As an amendment to motion (S1M-736) in the name of Andrew Wilson, leave out from "expresses its concern" to end and insert " recognises that the application of the block mechanism and Barnett formula by successive governments has enabled Scotland to develop high standards of public services and recognises that further improvements in public services in Scotland will be best achieved through sustaining our partnership within the economic, monetary and political union of the United Kingdom."

followed by Motion by Mr Adam Ingram—

S1M-738 Mr Adam Ingram: Dairy Industry—That the Parliament recognises the serious crisis affecting Scotland’s dairy industry; notes with concern that farm gate price for milk has fallen by over 30% in the last three years, yet the retail milk price has remained virtually static, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to enter into a dialogue with the industry with a view to developing a strategy to ensure its long term future.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-738.1 Ross Finnie: Dairy Industry—As an amendment to motion (S1M-738) in the name of Mr Adam Ingram, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "supports the Executive in its determination to help the dairy industry and all other sectors of Scottish agriculture as part of its overall commitment given in the Partnership for Scotland agreement to promote rural development in Scotland."

followed by Business Motion—

S1M-739 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 April 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Ministerial Statement

followed by Committee Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-632 Tavish Scott: Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme

Thursday 27 April 2000

9.30 am Ministerial Statement

10.00 am Stage 1 Debate on the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution on the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Abolition of Poindings and Warrants Sales Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-718 Irene Oldfather: Relocation of Maternity Units

Wednesday 3 May 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Stage 3 of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 4 May 2000

9.30 am Non-Executive Business - Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party

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

followed by Members' Business

2.30 pm Question Time



1. Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with Her Majesty’s Government concerning Scotland’s surviving thalidomide victims. (S1O-1506)



2. Tavish Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact on the Scottish economy of sterling remaining outside the European Single Currency. (S1O-1498)



3. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make representations to Her Majesty's Government in support of dispersal of services personnel to Scotland, in the light of anticipated or possible closures of military bases in England. (S1O-1500)



4. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has allocated, committed or underwritten in respect of the extension to Ayr College and the proposed School of Music and Recording Technology (SMART) at Dam Park, Ayr. (S1O-1512)



5. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has considered undertaking an assessment of the contribution that arts and sports can make to tackling social exclusion. (S1O-1509)



6. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive, in the light of the closure of Kinlochleven Aluminium Smelter in June, what plans it has to ensure that workers who have lost or will lose their jobs will receive all the help possible to achieve employment in the future. (S1O-1496)



7. Mr Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on developing multi-modal transport initiatives in Lanarkshire. (S1O-1507)



8. Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what assurances it can give that pollen from GM test sites will not be allowed to contaminate the wider environment. (S1O-1532)



9. Mrs Margaret Smith: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are plans to tackle fraud in the NHS in Scotland by introducing a body with a remit similar to that of the Directorate of Counter Fraud Services. (S1O-1499)



10. Ian Jenkins: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to encourage effective and genuine public and community participation in decision making at local and national level with regard to the provision of public services. (S1O-1517)



11. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any environmental concerns relating to pollution caused by Sellafield. (S1O-1514)



12. Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it has made to date with its multi-modal study of the M8. (S1O-1535)



13. Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports the establishment of a film commission in the North East of Scotland. (S1O-1502)



14. Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it proposes to take regarding the planning permission granted by Glasgow City Council in respect of 7 and 8 Alfred Terrace, Hillhead, Glasgow. (S1O-1527)



15. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what its policy is on the treatment of persons who are alleged to have committed further offences while on bail. (S1O-1534)



16. Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Executive what contribution it anticipates the Scottish Parliament building as currently planned will make to Scotland’s architectural heritage. (S1O-1542)



17. Karen Gillon: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions have taken place within the Executive following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budget. (S1O-1543)



18. Mrs Mary Mulligan: To ask the Scottish Executive what provision is made to support children diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis with their school work. (S1O-1519)



19. Elaine Thomson: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government and local authorities about the electronic delivery of public services. (S1O-1546)



20. Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to take any action regarding the proposed sale of the Black Cuillins on Skye. (S1O-1528)



21. Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure the future of Wick Airport by bringing the runway up to the required standard. (S1O-1544)



22. George Lyon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to support farming families who have low or negative incomes. (S1O-1493)



23. Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what the arrangements are for monitoring levels of cycling in Scotland and how it is evaluating progress in meeting the targets set out in the national cycling strategy. (S1O-1531)



24. Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce a rebate or relief scheme this year for those on low incomes who are liable for water charges. (S1O-1525)



25. David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive what role it will play in implementing the e-commerce initiatives agreed at the Lisbon EU Summit. R (S1O-1516)



26. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive when it last made representations to the Department of Trade and Industry and what was discussed. (S1O-1521)



27. Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to use new technology to improve the delivery of public services. (S1O-1520)



28. Mr Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what account it will take of the outcome of the proposed private referendum regarding the repeal of section 2A of the Local Government Act 1986. (S1O-1515)



29. Allan Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive how the role of tourist centres will develop in the light of the current tourism strategy for Scotland. (S1O-1533)



30. Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the next local government elections will be held in the year 2002 and what electoral system will be used for these elections. (S1O-1511)

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time



1. Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the First Minister when he next plans to meet the Prime Minister and what issues are likely to be discussed. (S1F-260)



2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister when he last met the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues they discussed. (S1F-257)



3. Maureen Macmillan: To ask the First Minister what progress the Scottish Executive has made in tackling long term unemployment in farming communities in rural areas. (S1F-258)



4. Brian Adam: To ask the First Minister what assessment the Scottish Executive has made of any adverse effect on the services provided by voluntary and community groups in the light of any reduced local authority funding and what action it plans to take. (S1F-263)



5. Richard Lochhead: To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive is aware of any plans to set up a National Fisheries Institute with a UK-wide remit and, if so, where it will be located. (S1F-254)



6. Rhoda Grant: To ask the First Minister whether he will report on the first meeting of the reconvened Highlands and Islands Convention. (S1F-259)

3.30 pm Motion by Mr Jim Wallace—

S1M-733 Mr Jim Wallace: UK Legislation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—That the Parliament endorses the principle of ensuring that the use of investigatory techniques is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights, as set out in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, and agrees that the provisions within that Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S1M-733.1 Roseanna Cunningham: UK Legislation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—As an amendment to motion (S1M-733) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from "as set out" to end and insert " and accordingly agrees that the provisions within the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill which relate to devolved matters should be considered by the Scottish Parliament."

The Clerk has been informed that the following document is relevant to this debate.

Executive Memorandom on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill.

4.15 pm Ministerial Statement on a Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S1M-740 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000 be approved.

S1M-741 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Special Grant Report No.3 - Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on Rail Services in the Strathclyde Passenger Area—That the Parliament agrees that the Special Grant Report No.3 - Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on Rail Services in the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Area be approved.

S1M-743 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSIs—That the Parliament agrees that the following SSIs be approved:

the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000

the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000

the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of—

S1M-418 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Suicide—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the death of 874 Scots by their own hand in 1998; is aware that since 1984 the proportion of male Scots aged 35 or under whose deaths can be attributed to suicide has increased from one in nine to one in four, and for females from one in twenty to one in seven in the same age category, making suicide the most common cause of death in young Scots; recognises that in Scotland the suicide rate for males and females of all age groups is 32 and 10 respectively per 100,000 and increasing, whereas in England it is 18 and 6 per 100,000 and decreasing; believes the reasons for suicide to be complex, multi-functional and poorly understood, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to commission, at the earliest date possible, wide ranging, comprehensive research into the issue of suicide, analysing what makes people take their own lives, why the suicide rate in Scotland is increasing, why particular groups in society are more vulnerable than others, how other countries prevent suicide, and introducing an early warning system of diagnosis and intervention.





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Section E - Written questions lodged on 5 April 2000




S1W-6008 Maureen Macmillan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will make a statement regarding the options for managing Prototype Fast Reactor fuels at Dounreay.



S1W-6009 Phil Gallie: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the trade in illegal passports, what steps it will take to prevent any misuse of records of births and deaths held by the General Register Office for Scotland.



S1W-6010 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to ensure that all women with ovarian cancer who could benefit from platinum/paclitaxel therapy advice receive it.



S1W-6011 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to ensure that the Scottish cancer survival rate does not remain lower than that of some parts of the EU and the United States of America.



S1W-6012 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to increase the number of specialist clinical, medical and surgical oncologists working in the NHSiS.



S1W-6013 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to allow student loans and grants to be paid on a monthly basis.



S1W-6014 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether students continuing their course into academic year 2001-02 will be liable for the graduate contribution in whole or in part.



S1W-6015 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether students commencing HNC/HND courses before 2001 will be liable for the graduate contribution if they go to university for one or two years under accelerated entry arrangements.



S1W-6016 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether students beginning an accelerated degree course over the age of 25, who have moved on from HNC/HND courses begun before the age of 25, will be liable to pay the graduate contribution.



S1W-6017 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that students at further education colleges receive their loan entitlements at dates which relate to college timetables.



S1W-6018 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider making an interim hardship payment to people commencing college courses who are coming off benefit.



S1W-6019 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive to detail the percentage of students dropping out of HNC/HND college courses by year of course and by college.



S1W-6020 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how much Grampian Enterprise spent in attracting the World Corporate Games to Aberdeen in July 2000, which companies have agreed to take part and whether a list of sponsors is available.



S1W-6021 Mr Jamie Stone: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering reviewing the legislation which permits local authorities to reduce the council tax payable on second homes.



S1W-6022 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5437 by Sarah Boyack on 31 March 2000, whether Ministers are permitted to publish legal advice received, regardless of the fact that the Code of Practice on Access to Scottish Executive Information could be used to justify non-disclosure and, if so, whether it will publish the advice on which the Minister for Transport and the Environment’s decision to instruct that a public inquiry be held in relation to the application by Associated British Ports for the Troon Revision Order was based.



S1W-6023 Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any of the monies allocated from the Domestic Abuse Service Development Fund will specifically assist with service provision and support for women with drug or alcohol dependencies.



S1W-6024 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive to detail what funding was provided in 1999-2000 and will be provided in 2000-01, and any additional funding that has been, or is to be, made available for: (a) child road safety education and information; (b) local authority spending on schemes for child safety and safe routes to school; (c) safety at congestion stress points and other improvements on trunk roads networks; (d) congestion warning systems to reduce accidents on congested sections of motorways; (e) integrated transport projects applying new technology to public transport ticketing and improved traffic management in towns; (f) local authority improvements in telephone information for passengers on local transport services and (g) making existing diesel buses and taxis in cities and towns "cleaner" in their fuel consumption.



S1W-6025 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding is made available to local authorities to provide concessionary travel cards for pensioners and whether any additional funds will be made available.



S1W-6026 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive to detail any projects it proposes to support and the level of funding it will add to assist the implementation of Railtrack’s Network Management Strategy.



S1W-6027 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding and support it will give to provide a rail link to Edinburgh Airport.



S1W-6028 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with the Scottish Further Education Funding Council on developing a strategic approach for the provision of tuition in languages to students and, if so, what has been the outcome.



S1W-6029 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has had any discussions with the Scottish Further Education Funding Council on developing a strategic approach for the provision of tuition in IT skills to students and, if so, what has been the outcome. R

S1W-6030 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any Scottish clothing manufacturers were shortlisted for the Ministry of Defence contract for Royal Navy uniforms, what support it gave to any shortlisted firms and what representations it has made to the Ministry of Defence on this matter.



S1W-6031 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any Scottish clothing manufacturers currently provide uniforms and clothing to the Ministry of Defence (MoD); whether the proportion of contracts awarded to Scottish clothing manufacturers has reduced in the last 10 years and what plans it has to support the industry when seeking to secure such MoD contracts in future.



S1W-6032 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the SPCB will publish the cleaning specification and schedules for toilets in the Parliament Headquarters building together with the monitoring reports to date.



S1W-6033 David Mundell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-5474 by Sarah Boyack on 4 April 2000, why there is no Route Action Plan for the A701 and whether it intends to establish such a plan.



S1W-6034 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to legislate on European Convention on Human Rights issues other than intrusive surveillance.



S1W-6035 Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to either Her Majesty's Government or directly to the European Parliament regarding the consultation on the proposal contained within European Parliament Document No. 10317/99 Initiative of the Republic of Austria with a view to adopting a Council Directive to combat child pornography on the Internet and any implications this proposal may have for the Scottish legal and criminal justice system.



S1W-6036 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many hospitals have been sold in the Greater Glasgow Health Board area since 1981, how much has been raised from any such sales and how has the money been spent.



S1W-6037 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any hospitals are currently planned to be sold in the Greater Glasgow Health Board area and what the projected income is from any such sales.



S1W-6038 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many schools in Glasgow are known to have asbestos within the structure of the building.



S1W-6039 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to deal with asbestos in Glasgow’s schools.



S1W-6040 Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Executive what has been decided in the light of the recent consultation on the Policy and Financial Management Review of the Crofters Commission.



S1W-6041 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about the decision made by Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board to close the Tourist Information Office in Greenock.



S1W-6042 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board received from local authorities within its area in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, and (d) 1999-2000



S1W-6043 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities within Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board area contributed to the funding of the Board in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, and (d) 1999-2000, and how much they paid.



S1W-6044 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board will receive in the current financial year from local authorities within its area.



S1W-6045 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive which local authorities within the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board area will contribute to the Board’s funds in the current financial year and how much will they pay.



S1W-6046 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any concerns about the level of financial support given to Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board by local authorities within the Board’s area.



S1W-6047 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the level of financial support given to Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board by local authorities within the Board’s area is related in any way to the level of confidence by local authorities in the Board.



S1W-6048 Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board receives from central government.



S1W-6049 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has undertaken research into any possible relationship between the incidence of autistic spectrum disorder and vaccination against childhood illness.



S1W-6050 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it currently records the number of incidences of the childhood condition autistic spectrum disorder; if so, whether it will make such information public and, if not, whether it plans to introduce the recording of such incidences.



S1W-6051 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans any measures to increase voters’ awareness of the fact that it is not necessary to take along their polling cards when going to vote in local elections.



S1W-6052 Trish Godman: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4617 by Angus MacKay on 3 April 2000, how much it estimates responding to malicious false alarm calls to the emergency services costs each of the emergency services in each of the last four years.





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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-747 Karen Whitefield: Scottish Youth Parliament—That the Parliament congratulates those young people involved in establishing the Scottish Youth Parliament, a representative forum for young people from all parts of Scotland and all social backgrounds, which aims to provide the youth of Scotland with a strong and united voice with which to promote the rights of young people.



*S1M-746# Mr Lloyd Quinan: Autistic Spectrum Disorder—That the Parliament notes that the incidence of the childhood condition autistic spectrum disorder has increased considerably in the last ten years; further notes that data relating to this condition is not routinely centrally collected, and believes that an independent research study requires to be undertaken in order to establish the mechanisms which cause autistic spectrum disorder and so allow preventative action to be taken.



*S1M-745# Karen Whitefield: Storysack Initiative—That the Parliament congratulates The Boots Company and its staff in Airdrie who, on a voluntary basis, are providing support for the Storysack Initiative, which is designed to stimulate and support children’s reading and which is benefiting the children of Airdrie; recognises the benefits such work can provide to volunteers through the development of new skills and participation in lifelong learning, and further congratulates The Boots Company on the support it also provides to the Greater Pilton Childcare Centre.



*S1M-744 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Craigmillar Independent Inquiry—That the Parliament notes with concern that, notwithstanding the PIEDA report, there is further suggestion of irregularities and financial maladministration in the Craigmillar area, and accordingly believes that a full and independent investigation should be undertaken into the organisation and workings of Craigmillar Opportunities Trust, Craigmillar Festival Society, Craigmillar Partnership and subsidiary projects in the Craigmillar area.



*S1M-743 Mr Tom McCabe on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSIs—That the Parliament agrees that the following SSIs be approved:



the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000



the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000



the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000.



*S1M-742# Cathy Jamieson: Doon Valley Heritage Centre, Dunaskin—That the Parliament notes the valuable work of the Doon Valley Heritage Centre at Dunaskin in preserving working class history; believes that this and other industrial museums are of national significance, and invites the Executive to develop a strategy to ensure the continuance of this facility and other industrial museums in Scotland.



S1M-738 Dairy Industry (lodged on 4 April 2000) Mr Kenneth Gibson*

*S1M-738.1 Ross Finnie: Dairy Industry—As an amendment to motion (S1M-738) in the name of Mr Adam Ingram, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "supports the Executive in its determination to help the dairy industry and all other sectors of Scottish agriculture as part of its overall commitment given in the Partnership for Scotland agreement to promote rural development in Scotland."

S1M-736 Financing Public Services (lodged on 4 April 2000) Mr Kenneth Gibson*

*S1M-736.1 Mr Jack McConnell: Financing Public Services—As an amendment to motion (S1M-736) in the name of Andrew Wilson, leave out from "expresses its concern" to end and insert "welcomes and supports the investment by the Scottish Executive in education, health and other vital services, matching the people’s priorities with prudent costed expenditure plans, and endorses the additional funding of £288 million for 2000-01 announced by the Minister for Finance last week."



*S1M-736.2 Nick Johnston: Financing Public Services—As an amendment to motion (S1M-736) in the name of Andrew Wilson, leave out from "expresses its concern" to end and insert " recognises that the application of the block mechanism and Barnett formula by successive governments has enabled Scotland to develop high standards of public services and recognises that further improvements in public services in Scotland will be best achieved through sustaining our partnership within the economic, monetary and political union of the United Kingdom."

Supported by: Ben Wallace*, David Davidson*



*S1M-733.1 Roseanna Cunningham: UK Legislation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—As an amendment to motion (S1M-733) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from "as set out" to end and insert " and accordingly agrees that the provisions within the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill which relate to devolved matters should be considered by the Scottish Parliament."



*S1M-733.2 Tommy Sheridan: UK Legislation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—As an amendment to motion (S1M-733) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, insert at end: "but notes with concern the possible threat to civil liberties from parts of this Bill".



S1M-732 Parliament Building (lodged on 3 April 2000) Alex Neil*

S1M-731.1 Scottish Rugby Union Team (lodged on 4 April 2000) Mr Kenneth Gibson*

S1M-730# Islay Creamery (lodged on 31 March 2000) Nick Johnston*

S1M-729# Airdrie to Bathgate Rail Link (lodged on 31 March 2000) Helen Eadie*, Maureen Macmillan*, Mike Watson*, Trish Godman*

S1M-728 Sequoia National Forest (lodged on 31 March 2000) Maureen Macmillan*

S1M-727 Opencast Mining and Public Safety (lodged on 30 March 2000) Andrew Wilson*

S1M-726 Maternity Services in Forth Valley (lodged on 30 March 2000) Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Nick Johnston*

S1M-725# A Woman's Agenda (lodged on 30 March 2000) Helen Eadie*, Cathy Jamieson*, Alex Neil*, Maureen Macmillan*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Mike Watson*, Irene McGugan*

S1M-724# Jobs and Training in the Construction Industry (lodged on 30 March 2000) Helen Eadie*, Cathy Jamieson*, Maureen Macmillan*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Mike Watson*

S1M-723 NHS Provision of Equipment for Disabled People (lodged on 30 March 2000) Alex Neil*, Irene McGugan*

S1M-722 "Business in the Chamber" Debate (lodged on 30 March 2000) Alex Neil*, Christine Grahame*

S1M-719# Thalidomide: 40 Years On (lodged on 29 March 2000) Andrew Wilson*, Alex Neil*, Christine Grahame*

S1M-718# Relocation of Maternity Units (lodged on 29 March 2000) Andrew Wilson*, Christine Grahame*

S1M-704# Slopping Out in Scottish Prisons (lodged on 28 March 2000) Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Andrew Wilson*, Alex Neil*

S1M-703 Rural Shops (lodged on 28 March 2000) Maureen Macmillan*

S1M-702 Public Register of Approved Carers (lodged on 28 March 2000) Andrew Wilson*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Ian Jenkins*

S1M-701 Ayrshire Central Maternity Unit (lodged on 28 March 2000) Andrew Wilson*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*

S1M-699# Coastal Erosion Strategy (lodged on 28 March 2000) Maureen Macmillan*

S1M-698# Museums of Industrial Heritage (lodged on 27 March 2000) Andrew Wilson*, Christine Grahame*, Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-697# Training Services for Disabled People in the Lothians (lodged on 27 March 2000) Andrew Wilson*, Irene McGugan*

S1M-696# The Loch Ryan Ports and Road Infrastructure in South West Scotland (lodged on 27 March 2000) Andrew Wilson*, Christine Grahame*

S1M-694# Scottish Media Group Dispute (lodged on 24 March 2000) Alex Neil*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Mike Watson*, Irene McGugan*

S1M-691# DAKS-Simpson (lodged on 23 March 2000) Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Mike Watson*, Trish Godman*

S1M-689# A75 (lodged on 23 March 2000) Alex Neil*

S1M-688 Chair of Celtic, Humboldt University, Berlin (lodged on 23 March 2000) Alex Neil*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*

S1M-687# Islay Creamery (lodged on 23 March 2000) Alex Neil*, Maureen Macmillan*

S1M-686# Bus Drivers' Strike (lodged on 23 March 2000) Mike Watson*, Trish Godman*

S1M-685# Take Your Daughters to Work Day (lodged on 23 March 2000) Cathy Jamieson*, Alex Neil*, Maureen Macmillan*, Mike Watson*, Trish Godman*

S1M-681 Fuel Price Increases (lodged on 22 March 2000) Alasdair Morgan*

S1M-672 Freedom of the Press (lodged on 21 March 2000) Irene McGugan*

S1M-664 Lung Cancer (lodged on 15 March 2000) Mike Watson*

S1M-659# Housing Needs of Disabled People (lodged on 14 March 2000) Cathy Jamieson*, Mike Watson*

S1M-658# Trident Submarine Fleet at Faslane (lodged on 14 March 2000) Cathy Jamieson*

S1M-657# Retention of the Agricultural Wages Board (lodged on 13 March 2000) Christine Grahame*, Alasdair Morgan*, Mike Watson*, Trish Godman*, Irene McGugan*

S1M-653# Dyspraxia (lodged on 9 March 2000) Mike Watson*

S1M-652# Firework Sales (lodged on 8 March 2000) Christine Grahame*

S1M-651 Rohypnol Drug Properties (lodged on 8 March 2000) Maureen Macmillan*, Christine Grahame*

S1M-641 Telecommunication Masts (lodged on 7 March 2000) Mike Watson*

S1M-635 Mozambique and the International Rescue Corps (lodged on 6 March 2000) Maureen Macmillan*, Christine Grahame*

S1M-633 Lip Reading (lodged on 3 March 2000) Mike Watson*

S1M-629 Scottish Mozambique Relief (lodged on 3 March 2000) Mike Watson*, Trish Godman*

S1M-622 Bank Charges (lodged on 2 March 2000) Mike Watson*

S1M-621 Scottish Music Industry Forum (lodged on 1 March 2000) Trish Godman*

S1M-615 Moratorium on the Death Penalty (lodged on 1 March 2000) Mike Watson*

S1M-613# Grampian Country Foods Ltd (lodged on 1 March 2000) Mike Watson*

S1M-594 Volvo Plant, Irvine (lodged on 25 February 2000) Cathy Jamieson*

S1M-593# Kinlochleven Economic Development (lodged on 25 February 2000) Cathy Peattie*, Mr Michael McMahon*, Bristow Muldoon*, Des McNulty*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mike Watson*, Trish Godman*

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

S1M-587# Fuel Poverty and Housing Bill (lodged on 22 February 2000) Mike Watson*

S1M-579 Pilkington Optronics (lodged on 22 February 2000) Mike Watson*

S1M-578 Breast Screening for Women Aged 65 and Over (lodged on 22 February 2000) Mike Watson*




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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.

Euan Robson: Proposed Civil Marriages Bill—Proposal for a Bill to permit civil marriages to be solemnised at locations other than registration offices; and to authorise local authorities to license locations for that purpose and to charge fees to meet related costs and for connected purposes. (lodged 23 March 2000)

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Mike Rumbles, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Keith Raffan, Dr Elaine Murray, Donald Gorrie*, Cathy Jamieson*



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Section H - New Documents




Subordinate Legislation



Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 5 April for approval by resolution



The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000

laid under section 252(4) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 5 April and is subject to annulment



The Census (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/102)

laid under section 5(2) of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946 as read with article 3(3) of the Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Statutory Instruments) Order 1999 superseding section 3(2) of the Census Act 1920



Committee Reports

The following Report is being published on 6 April 2000

Transport and Environment Committee, 4th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 99)?

Health and Community Care Committee, 6th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 106)?

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.



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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 (end of Section for addresses)


Bills in Progress

Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill

Stage 2 completed 29 March

Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill

Stage 1 Report Published 9 March

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill

Bill passed 29 March

Census (Amendment)(Scotland) Bill

Bill passed 15 March

Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill

(evidence, Local Government Committee) 28 March

National Parks (Scotland) Bill

Introduced 27 March

Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (evidence, Rural Affairs Committee) 4 April

Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill

(evidence, Rural Affairs Committee) 21 March

Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Bill

Stage 2 (Day 2, Education, Culture and Sport Committee) 26 April



Subordinate legislation in progress

(date of laying) (Lead Committee)

Affirmative Instruments

For approval by resolution

The draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000 (1 March 2000) (Education, Culture and Sport)

The draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (9 March 2000) (Justice and Home Affairs)

The draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (9 March 2000) (Justice and Home Affairs)

The draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (9 March 2000) (Justice and Home Affairs)

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (5 April 2000)



The following Reports are subject to approval by resolution

Special Grant Report No.3 - Special Grant Report on Grant in Aid of Expenditure on Rail Services in the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Area (16 March 2000) (Transport and the Environment)

Special Grant Report No.4 – Special Grant Report on Grant In Aid of Expenditure on Rural Public Passenger Transport for 2000-01: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/17) (29 March 2000) (Transport and the Environment)

Special Grant Report No.5 – Special Grant Report on Grant In Aid of Expenditure on South Fife to Edinburgh Rail Services for 2000-01: Report by the Scottish Ministers (SE/2000/34) (29 March 2000) (Transport and the Environment)



Negative Instruments

Subject to annulment until 1 May 2000

The Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/39) (6 March 2000) (Local Government)

Subject to annulment until 4 May 2000

The National Health Service (Dental Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/44) (9 March 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/45) (9 March 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Transitional, Transitory and Saving Provisions) (No.2) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/46) (9 March 2000) (Finance)

Subject to annulment until 5 May 2000

The Health Technology Board for Scotland Order 2000 (SSI 2000/47) (10 March 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The Commissioner for Local Administration in Scotland (Expenses) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/48) (10 March 2000) (Local Government)

The Charities (Exemption from Accounting Requirements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/49) (10 March 2000) (Justice and Home Affairs)

The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/50) (10 March 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The Commissioner for Local Administration in Scotland (Designation) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/51) (10 March 2000) (Local Government)

The Dairy Produce Quotas Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/52) (10 March 2000) (Rural Affairs)

The Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Conservation Measures) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/53) (10 March 2000) (Rural Affairs)

The National Health Service (Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnity Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/54) (10 March 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/55) (10 March 2000 (Local Government)

The Valuation for Rating (Decapitalisation Rate) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/56) (10 March 2000 (Local Government)

The Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Areas and Rateable Value Limits) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2000 (SSI 2000/57) (10 March 2000 (Local Government)

The Valuation for Rating (Plant and Machinery) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/58) (10 March 2000 (Local Government)

The Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/59) (10 March 2000) (Transport and the Environment)

` The Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Exemption for Disabled Persons) (Scotland) Regulations (SSI 2000/60) (10 March 2000) (Transport and Environment)

The Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) (Charges) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/61) (10 March 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The Food Standards Act 1999 (Transitional and Consequential Provisions and Savings) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/62) (10 March 2000) (Health and Community Care)

Subject to annulment until 11 May 2000

The Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/73) (16 March 2000) (Justice and Home Affairs)

Subject to annulment until 12 May 2000

The Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/74) (17 March 2000) (Local Government)

The Local Government (Discretionary Payments and Injury Benefits) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/77) (17 March 2000) (Local Government)

The National Lottery etc. Act 1993 (Amendment of Section 23) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/78) (17 March 2000) (Education, Culture and Sport)

The National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/79) (17 March 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/80) (17 March 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The Crab Claws (Prohibition of Landing) Revocation (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/81) (17 March 2000) (Rural Affairs)

The Undersized Whiting (Revocation) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/82) (17 March 2000) (Rural Affairs)

The Genetically Modified and Novel Foods (Labelling) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/83) (17 March 2000) (Health and Community Care)

Subject to annulment until 18 May 2000

The Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) Order 2000 (SI 2000/745) (23 March 2000) (Transport and the Environment)

Subject to annulment until 23 May 2000

The Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) Regulation 2000 (SSI 2000/92) (28 March 2000) (Local Government)

Subject to annulment until 25 May 2000

The Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) (Butchers’ Shops) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/93) (30 March 2000) (Health and Community Care)

Subject to annulment until 26 May 2000

The Environmental Protection (Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and other Dangerous Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/95) (31 March 2000)

The Designation of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/96) (31 March 2000)

Subject to annulment until 30 May 2000

The Radioactive Substances (Basic Safety Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/100) (4 April 2000)

Subject to annulment until 31 May 2000

The Census (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/102) (5 April 2000)

Committee Business

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

Audit 2 May

Education, Culture and Sport 26 April

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning 26 April

Equal Opportunities 25 April

European 2 May

Finance 25 April

Health and Community Care 26 April

Justice and Home Affairs 26 April

Local Government 25 April

Procedures 25 April

Public Petitions 25 April

Rural Affairs 25 April

Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector 26 April

Standards 3 May

Subordinate Legislation 25 April

Transport and Environment 26 April

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




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Thursday 6 April 2000

Announcements




Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer will suspend the meeting for five minutes between the two morning debates and again in mid-afternoon.



Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Bill

The second day of Stage 2 proceedings on the Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Bill is on Wednesday 26th April and the deadline for lodging amendments is 5.30 pm on Friday 7th April.

The order of consideration agreed by the Committee means that it will consider sections 4 to 12 and then sections 41-51 immediately afterwards. The Committee does not expect on day 2 to progress beyond the end of section 51.

Members are advised to lodge amendments in good time before each meeting, and as early as possible during the day.

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