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Scottish Parliament: Business Bulletin 190/2000

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BUSINESS BULLETIN 190 / 2000



Friday 8 December 2000



Section A - Daily Business List

Section B - Business Programme

Section C - Agendas of Committee Meetings

Section E - Written questions lodged on 7 December 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 190 / 2000

Friday 8 December 2000

Section A – Daily Business List




Meetings of Committees

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

Rural Affairs Committee

35th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries

1. Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

The Earl of Dalhousie - Scottish Landowners’ Federation

Mr Ian Melrose - National Farmers’ Union of Scotland

Ralph Cobham - Borders’ Foundation for Rural Sustainability

Dr Bob Crabtree on behalf of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute.

2. Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider their conclusions on the evidence received in the preceding agenda item.



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Section B - Business Programme




As agreed by the Parliament on 7 December 2000

Wednesday 13 December 2000

9.30 am Time for Reflection - The Reverend Dr. Gordon Murray, Minister, Edinburgh and Forth Methodist Circuit

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Education, Culture and Sport Committee and Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee Debate on SQA Inquiries

2.30 pm Finance Committee Debate on 2001-02 Budget Process Stage 2

The Clerk has been informed that the following document(s) are relevant to this debate.

Finance Committee 16th Report 2000 on Stage 2 of the 2001-02 Budget Process.


followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1206 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Abercorn Primary School West Lothian (for text of motion see Section F of Business Bulletin for Monday 4 December 2000)

Thursday 14 December 2000

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

followed by Ministerial Statement on the Health Plan

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Debate on Committee Restructuring

followed by Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-808 Fergus Ewing: Shinty (for text of motion see Section F of Business Bulletin for Monday 4 December 2000)

Wednesday 20 December 2000

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate on the Transport (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm Continuation of Stage 3 Debate on the Transport (Scotland) Bill

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business



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Section C – Agendas of Committee Meetings




Health and Community Care Committee

12 December 2000

27th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Item in private: The committee will consider whether to take item 9 in private.

2. Time Limit for Debate: The Committee will be asked to agree to limit debate on emergency affirmative SSIs to 15 minutes.

3. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following emergency affirmative instruments-

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/409)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 6) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/428)

4. Modernising the Complaints System - Consultation on Public Sector Ombudsmen in Scotland: The Committee will consider written submissions.

5. European Parliamentary Programme: The Committee will nominate a representative to take part in a European Parliament-funded familiarisation programme.

6. Contacts from Outside Organisations: The Committee will consider a report on contacts from outside organisations.

7. Scottish Executive Joint Future Group Report: The committee will consider the consultation document and decide what course of action to take.

8. Petitions: The Committee will consider the report on petitions.

9. Regulation of Care etc. Scotland Bill: The committee will consider the process for Stage 1 and agree witnesses.

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

12 December 2000

31st Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support)(Scotland)(No.2) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from Nicol Stephen MSP, Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs

2. Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support)(Scotland)(No.2) Bill (in private): The Committee will discuss its draft report.

Justice and Home Affairs Committee

12 December 2000

37th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, the Mound, Edinburgh

1. Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission: The Committee will take evidence on the work of the Commission from-

Professor Sheila MacLean, Chair and Carol Kelly, Chief Executive

2. Diligence Working Group: The Committee will consider whether to nominate a member to participate in the Executive's "Cross-party Parliamentary Working Group on a diligence against moveable property to replace poinding and warrant sale".

3. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will debate the following motions-

S1M-1398 Jim Wallace: Draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001-That the Justice and Home Affairs Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 be approved.

S1M-1422 Phil Gallie: Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2000-That the Justice and Home Affairs Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/399).

4. Forward Programme: The Committee will consider its forward programme.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

12 December 2000

36th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 11.15 am in Committee Room 3

1. Delegated Powers Scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following Bill-

Transport (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2

and take evidence from the following Scottish Executive officials-

Murray Sinclair, Solicitor's Office

Peter Thompson, Transport Division, Development Department

John Dowie, Transport Division, Development Department

Bill McQueen, Transport Division, Development Department

2. Executive Responses: The Committee will consider the responses to points raised on the following instruments-

The Common Agricultural Policy Support Schemes (Modulation) (Scotland) Regulations 2000, (SSI 2000/429)

The Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2000, (SSI 2000/430)

The Control of Pollution (Registers and Consents for Discharges) (Secretary of State Functions) Amendment Regulations 2000, (SSI 2000/432)

The Environment Act 1995 (Commencement No.19) (Scotland) Order 2000, (SSI 2000/433)

3. Negative Instruments: The Committee will consider the following instrument-

The Divorce etc. (Pensions) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2000, (SSI 2000/438)

4. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary control: The Committee will consider the following instruments-

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Partial Revocation Order 2000, (SSI 2000/434)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Partial Revocation (No.5) Order 2000, (SSI 2000/435)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Partial Revocation Order 2000, (SSI 2000/436)

5. European Parliament Study Visit: The Committee will consider its nominee to attend the study visit.

European Committee

12 December 2000

21st Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private

2. Relations with the European Union: The Committee will hear from the Minister for Education, Europe and External Relations, Mr Jack McConnell MSP, on his new portfolio

3. Convener's Report: The Convener will update the Committee on-

Concerns raised by the voluntary sector and others with regard to applications for Objective 3 funds and other European Structural Fund programmes and Community Initatives

Response received from the European Commission regarding the Committee's 5th Report 2000 on the Inquiry into football transfer fees and the position of the European Commission

4. Scrutiny of EC/EU documents: The Committee will-

Note the letter sent to the Scottish Executive, both Houses of Parliament and Scotland's MEPs with respect to concerns raised with regard to European document, SP 1406 (COM(2000) 347), Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on waste electrical and recording equipment.

Carry out the scrutiny of documents received for this meeting.

5. The European Charter of Fundamental Rights: The Committee will discuss a draft Reporter's Report by Dennis Canavan MSP on this subject



Local Government Committee

12 December 2000

32nd Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a Deputy Convener

2. Modernising the Complaints System - Consultation on Public Sector Ombudsmen in Scotland: The Committee will consider evidence from the following witnesses-

The Minister for Finance and Local Government, Angus McKay MSP;

The Commissioner for Local Administration in Scotland, Mr Ian Fraser Smith;

Andy O'Neill, COSLA; Pat Watters, COSLA, John O'Hagan, COSLA.

3. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument-

The Local Authorities (Goods and Services) (Public Bodies) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2000, (SSI 2000/403)

4. Petition PE 280: The Committee will consider proposals for further consideration of the following petition-

PE 280 - Petition by Judy Wilkinson on behalf of the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society calling for the Scottish Parliament to recognise the importance and popularity of allotments and to establish an Allotments Working Group that would actively protect and promote allotment provision in Scotland

5. Visits to other Parliaments and Assemblies: The Committee will consider a report from Trish Godman on the visit to Northern Ireland

6. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider paper LG/00/32/3 on proposals for consideration at Stage 1 of the Bill

7. Regulation of Care etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider paper LG/00/32/4 on proposals for consideration at Stage 1 of the Bill

8. Forward Work Plan: The Committee will consider paper LG/00/32/5 by the Convener

9. Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its final report to the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

10. Modernising the Complaints System - Consultation on Public Sector Ombudsmen in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider its conclusions on the consultation on public sector ombudsmen in Scotland

Rural Affairs Committee

12 December 2000

36th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill Stage 1: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Transport and the Environment Committee

12 December 2000

31st Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Water Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider possible lines of questioning for witnesses on its inquiry into water and the water industry.

Not before 2.15 pm

2. Executive Undertaking on Northern Isles Ferries: The Committee will consider the following draft undertaking-

Draft undertaking by the Scottish Ministers and NorthLink Orkney and Shetland Ferries Ltd.

3. Water Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence as part of its inquiry into water and the water industry from-

Dr Jon Hargreaves, Chief Executive, East of Scotland Water Authority

Councillor Robert Cairns, Chairman, East of Scotland Water Authority

Katherine Bryan, Chief Executive, North of Scotland Water Authority

Colin Rennie, Chairman, North of Scotland Water Authority

Ernest Chambers, Chief Executive, West of Scotland Water Authority

Professor Alan Alexander, Chairman, West of Scotland Water Authority

Graeme Millar, Chairman, Scottish Consumer Council

Trisha McAuley, Head of Corporate Resources, Scottish Consumer Council

4. Genetically Modified Organisms (in private): The Committee will consider a second draft report on the issue of genetically modified organisms.

5. Water Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider further practical arrangements for its inquiry into water and the water industry.




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Section E - Written questions lodged on 7 December 2000




S1W-11442 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive how many cases before sheriff courts have been abandoned or lost as a result of pressure on the courts; what it intends to do to prevent such occurrences, and whether it has consulted victims of crime in relation to its policy in this area.

S1W-11800 Mr Duncan Hamilton: To ask the Scottish Executive what implications the ruling by the House of Lords on 27 July 2000 (Phelps (AP) v Mayor etc of the London Borough of Hillingdon Anderton (AP) (By Her Mother and Next Friend) v Clwyd County Council In Re G (AP) (A Minor) (By His Next Friend) Jarvis (AP) v Hampshire County Council) regarding the legal duty of care for children with learning disabilities will have on local authorities and what action has been taken to ensure that such cases do not arise in Scotland.

S1W-11805 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) poindings and (b) warrant sales it estimates will be carried out between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2002.

S1W-11806 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to encourage tourist visits to Scotland.

S1W-11807 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-11315 by Mr Alasdair Morrison on 30 November 2000, what (a) actions have been taken and (b) financial contributions have been made by (i) the Scottish Executive, (ii) Scottish Enterprise and (iii) the Scottish Tourist Board over the last three years in order to support and influence the promotion of new and improved transatlantic air links.

S1W-11808 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the total cost was of the Independent Committee of Inquiry into Student Finance.

S1W-11809 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive what the names are of all those who have served as independent assessors in relation to public appointments in Scotland since 1 July 1999, specifying in each case whether the person currently remains an independent assessor and the process by which they were appointed as an independent assessor.

S1W-11810 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide additional borrowing consent to Perth and Kinross Council to enable the proposed Birnam flood defence scheme to be completed. R

S1W-11811 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-4517 and S1W-4518 by Colin Boyd QC on 20 March 2000, whether it has considered the recent findings of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee in relation to the crash of the Chinook ZD576 on the Mull of Kintyre in June 1994 and, if so, what action it intends to take.

S1W-11812 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10876 by Sarah Boyack on 1 December 2000, whether it will detail, for each air route within the Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd area, the reasons or criteria according to which each route is or is not subject to a public service obligation.

S1W-11813 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support or assistance it has given directly or indirectly to low cost carriers to fly within or to and from Scotland.

S1W-11814 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps have been or are being taken to encourage low cost carriers to fly to and from Scotland.

S1W-11815 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to encourage a low cost or other operator to fly from Amsterdam to Inverness.

S1W-11816 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding specifically intended to facilitate public transport related projects, excluding funding made available under the rural transport fund, (a) was made available in each year since 1994 and (b) will be made available in future financial years.

S1W-11817 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how much funding was made available through the rural transport fund in each year since 1998 and how much is projected to be spent in future financial years.

S1W-11818 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4886 by Susan Deacon on 1 December 2000, why the figure for the whole of Scotland is 658 when the figures given for each local authority add up to 701 and whether the total figure for the whole of Scotland is intended to include pupils with autism in local authorities where figures have been suppressed due to there being less than five such pupils.

S1W-11819 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4886 by Susan Deacon on 1 December 2000, whether it will present the information in the table alongside the total school population of children under the age of 12 in each local authority area.

S1W-11821 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average time taken to answer a 999 call was in each ambulance control room in each of the last three years.

S1W-11822 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of 999 calls to ambulance control rooms were answered within 10 seconds in each of the last three years.

S1W-11823 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have died in ambulances en route for emergency admission to hospital in each of the last three years, broken down by ambulance control room, and in how many of these cases was it concluded that a delay in ambulance response was a factor in the death.

S1W-11824 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many cases in each of the last three years it has been concluded that a patient suffered a permanent physical or mental disability as a result of a delay in ambulance response, broken down by ambulance control room.

S1W-11825 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive in how many cases in each of the last three years it has been concluded that a fatality resulted from a delay in ambulance response, broken down by ambulance control room.

S1W-11826 Colin Campbell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10872 by Mr Jim Wallace on 30 November 2000, what proportion of the costs projected for the period 2001-02 to 2003-04 by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland was accounted for by the proposed increases in staff and how many additional staff these projections proposed, in total and broken down by the proposed increase in (a) uniformed and (b) support staff in each police force.

S1W-11827 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-4886 by Susan Deacon on 1 December 2000, how many school age children are registered as having autism, either as their main or a subsidiary difficulty in learning, in each local authority area and what the total school-age population is in each area.

S1W-11828 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to reach a final conclusion on the recommendations in connection with the closure of control rooms submitted by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

S1W-11829 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote the manufacture of wave energy equipment in Scotland.

S1W-11830 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to introduce a central register of people diagnosed with autism.

S1W-11831 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what training is currently available for teachers, in the light of the policy of mainstreaming, with regard to teaching children with autism.

S1W-11832 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many special educational needs teachers were employed in state primary and secondary schools from 1997 to 2000.

S1W-11833 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many special educational needs state schools have closed from 1997 to 2000.

S1W-11834 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive how many special educational needs units within state schools have closed from 1997 to 2000.

S1W-11835 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the estimated cost would be of the introduction of single vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella.

S1W-11836 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive how many in-patients, broken down by NHSiS trust, are addicted to benzodiazepines.

S1W-11837 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a register is held of patients who are prescribed benzodiazepines.

S1W-11838 Nick Johnston: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money it has spent on prescriptions for benzodiazepines in each of the last five 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-1444# Cathy Jamieson: Homelessness and Access to Education-That the Parliament commends Ayr Housing Aid Centre and Barnardos Ayr Homelessness Service for their recently launched report Homelessness and Access to Education: Breaking Down the Barriers; recognises the adverse impact of homelessness on children and their education and the need to develop policies and services which address this; acknowledges that children are not normally in a position to represent their own interests in the same way as adults and that particular attention therefore needs to be paid to the effect of policy changes on their lives; endorses the conclusions of the report, and asks the Scottish Executive to consider these when developing housing, education and children's services policies.

*S1M-1443 Fergus Ewing: Less Favoured Areas Subsidy-That the Parliament believes that the deal obtained for crofters regarding the Less Favoured Area Subsidy amounts to a betrayal of crofting communities and calls upon the Executive to bring forward urgent measures to tackle the financial crisis which will face many individual crofters.

*S1M-1442 David Mundell: Dumfries and Galloway Standard's Millennium Jobs Crusade-That the Parliament congratulates the Dumfries and Galloway Standard on the success of its Millennium Jobs Crusade initiative in partnership with the Employment Service, the Careers Service and Dumfries and Galloway Enterprise, which has succeeded in getting more than its target of 104 unemployed people in Dumfries and Galloway into work in the year 2000.

*S1M-1441 Ms Margo MacDonald: AGS and Audit Committee Reports on Holyrood Project-That the Parliament, having considered the reports on the Holyrood Project by the Auditor General for Scotland and the Audit Committee, finds it necessary to censure Mr Muir Russell, the Permanent Secretary at the Scottish Executive, for his failure to properly advise the Scottish Executive and the Parliament on the true state of the progress and costs of the new Parliament building at Holyrood.

Supported by: Alex Neil*

*S1M-1440 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Equal Rights for Gartmore Forestry Development Objectors-That the Parliament believes that the overwhelming majority of the community of Gartmore is opposed to the plans for a commercial Christmas tree plantation at Borland Farm, Gartmore; supports the application of the Sandford principle to ensure that the limited economic value of the proposal is balanced against the social and environmental costs which would affect an area which will lie within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park; notes that the Forestry Commission Environmental Assessment process has failed to take proper account of the representations of the local community, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to amend the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 to establish equal rights for all concerned with proposals for commercial forestry developments, including community representatives.

Supported by: Mr John Home Robertson*, Fergus Ewing*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*

S1M-1439 Less Favoured Areas (lodged on 6 December 2000) George Lyon*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-1436# Autistic Spectrum Disorder Provision (lodged on 6 December 2000) Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Gil Paterson*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1435 Act of Settlement (lodged on 6 December 2000) Tommy Sheridan*

*S1M-1427 Phil Gallie: Public Inquiry into Chhokar Case-That the Parliament notes the apologies made by the Lord Advocate to the Chhokar family; welcomes the inquiries that are to follow; considers that, in line with both the principle of open government referred to by the Minister for Justice and the wider public concern over the way in which the prosecution process is currently being pursued, the inquiry undertaken by Sir Anthony Campbell should be held in full public view, and registers its concern that a person with known connections to the Labour Party has been appointed to conduct the second inquiry, as this undermines public confidence in the integrity of the inquiry.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-1426 Arbroath Football Club (lodged on 5 December 2000) Alex Johnstone*

S1M-1421 Sea Eagle Project (lodged on 4 December 2000) Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-1416 Centre for Scottish Music, Song and Dance (lodged on 30 November 2000) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-1415 Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance (lodged on 30 November 2000) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-1414 Right to Fly Scotland's Flag (lodged on 30 November 2000) Linda Fabiani*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1413 St Andrew's Day National Holiday (lodged on 30 November 2000) Mr Gil Paterson*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1412 Surjit Singh Chhokar and the Scottish Justice System (lodged on 30 November 2000) Trish Godman*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S1M-1411 Nations in Bloom (lodged on 30 November 2000) Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-1410 Scottish Football Team (lodged on 29 November 2000) Mr Mike Rumbles*

S1M-1409# Surjit Singh Chhokar (lodged on 29 November 2000) Linda Fabiani*, Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-1407 Balnain House (lodged on 29 November 2000) Linda Fabiani*, Mr Gil Paterson*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1397# Pornography in WH Smith Stores (lodged on 27 November 2000) Mr Gil Paterson*, David Mundell*

S1M-1396 Dispensing of Prescription Only Medicines by Veterinary Surgeons (lodged on 27 November 2000) Mr Gil Paterson*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1395# Abuse of Older and Disabled People (lodged on 27 November 2000) Alex Fergusson*, Linda Fabiani*, Mr Gil Paterson*, Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-1394 Polish Links with Scotland (lodged on 27 November 2000) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1393 Fullarton Computer Industries (Gourock) Ltd. (lodged on 24 November 2000) David Mundell*

S1M-1391 Meals on Wheels Week (lodged on 23 November 2000) David Mundell*

S1M-1389# Home and Community Safety (lodged on 23 November 2000) Trish Godman*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S1M-1375 Airdrieonians FC (lodged on 20 November 2000) David Mundell*

S1M-1368# Drug Assisted Sexual Assault (lodged on 17 November 2000) Trish Godman*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1366# "Couping" of Clydesdale Horses (lodged on 16 November 2000) Mr Adam Ingram*, Trish Godman*, David Mundell*

S1M-1365# Cosmetic Shoeing on Clydesdale Horses (lodged on 16 November 2000) Mr Adam Ingram*, David Mundell*

S1M-1362# Dangerous and Careless Driving (lodged on 15 November 2000) Trish Godman*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1360 Inverkeithing's Park-and-Ride Facility (lodged on 15 November 2000) David Mundell*

S1M-1350 Rail Link to Clackmannanshire (lodged on 14 November 2000) Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1344 Ayr United Planning Application (lodged on 13 November 2000) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1332 Addressing Problems Caused by Climate Change (lodged on 9 November 2000) David Mundell*

S1M-1331 Library of Alexandria (lodged on 9 November 2000) David Mundell*

S1M-1328# Young Runaways (lodged on 8 November 2000) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1319# Mesothelioma (lodged on 6 November 2000) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1314 Congratulations to Scottish ENABLE India Charity Bike Riders (lodged on 2 November 2000) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1306 Baillieston Community Care Project (lodged on 1 November 2000) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1300# Beating Bowel Cancer (lodged on 31 October 2000) David Mundell*

S1M-1290 Gas Safety Recommendations (lodged on 30 October 2000) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1281# Difficulties Faced by Paper Makers in Scotland (lodged on 25 October 2000) David Mundell*

S1M-1279 East Coast Mainline Rail Services (lodged on 25 October 2000) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1263# Caledonian MacBrayne (lodged on 16 October 2000) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1248 Macmillan Cancer Relief (lodged on 5 October 2000) David Mundell*

S1M-1247 Youth Hostels (lodged on 5 October 2000) David Mundell*





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Friday 8 December 2000

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






New Bills introduced or reprinted on 7 December 2000

Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill -A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for the payment by certain persons of the graduate endowment; to make provision in relation to the use of income arising from the graduate endowment for the purposes of the financial support of students; to make further provision as respects financial support for students; and to make provision exempting students from liability for council tax. (SP Bill 22) (Executive Bill)

Introduced by: Ms Wendy Alexander

Supported by: Mr Alasdair Morrison, Nicol Stephen

Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 22-EN) and a Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 22-PM) were printed to accompany the Bill.

Bills withdrawn on 7 December 2000

Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill -The Bill, introduced on 5 October 2000, was withdrawn. (SP Bill 21) (Executive Bill)



New Amendments to Bills lodged on 7 December 2000

<Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill> - Stage <2>

Before section 1

Mr John Home Robertson


10 Before section 1, insert-=]]

<Report on operation of this Act

(1) The Scottish Ministers shall, within 2 years of the coming into force of this Act, report on-

(a) the application and enforcement of regulations made under this Act;

(b) the numbers of salmon and sea trout in each salmon fishery district, identifying those covered by regulations made under this Act; and

(c) whether, in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers-

(i) the constitution or composition of district salmon fishery boards; or

(ii) the boundaries of district salmon fishery boards should be altered in order to contribute towards the conservation and management of salmon

(2) A report under subsection (1) shall be-

(a) published in such manner as the Scottish Ministers think fit; and

(b) laid before the Scottish Parliament.>

Richard Lochhead

Supported by: Fergus Ewing


11 Before section 1, insert-

<Report on district salmon fishery boards

The Scottish Ministers shall, within one year of the coming into force of this Act, publish in such manner as they think fit and lay before the Scottish Parliament a report setting out the membership of every district fishery board.>

Section 1

Euan Robson


12 In section 1, page 1, line 18, leave out from <of salmon> and insert <, protection and improvement of salmon fisheries>

Fergus Ewing

Supported by: Richard Lochhead


13 In section 1, page 2, line 4, at end insert-

<( ) require a proprietor or owner to allow any person authorised for the purpose by the Scottish Ministers or a district salmon fishery board to enter land or gain access to water at any reasonable time for the purpose of collecting information required under paragraph (a);>

Euan Robson


14 In section 1, page 2, line 7, at end insert-

<( ) require a district salmon fisheries board, or where none such exists, persons having an interest in fishing for or taking salmon, to prepare a plan or plans to improve river and riparian habitats for salmon.>

Mr Mike Rumbles


15 In section 1, page 3, line 34, after <regulations;> insert-

<( ) the reference in paragraph 3 to the persons to be consulted shall be construed to include the district salmon fishery board (if any) for the district that would be affected by the regulations;>

Fergus Ewing

Supported by: Richard Lochhead


16 In section 1, page 3, line 40, at end insert-

<Commission on salmon mortality

(1) The Scottish Ministers shall establish a Commission on salmon mortality, consisting of such members as they may from time to time appoint.

(2) It shall be the duty of the commission to provide advice to the Scottish Ministers on causes of freshwater and marine mortality of salmon.

(3) Before appointing a person to be a member of the Commission the Scottish Ministers shall consult such persons or bodies as they think fit.

(4) The Scottish Ministers may, by order made by statutory instrument, make further provision about the establishment and operation of the commission; and such a statutory instrument shall be subject to annulment pursuant to a resolution of the Scottish Parliament.

(5) As soon as is practicable after the end of each financial year, the Commission shall prepare a report on its activities during that year and send a copy of the report to the Scottish Ministers.

(6) The Scottish Ministers shall publish any report under subsection (5) in such manner as they think fit and lay it before the Scottish Parliament.>

After section 1

Fergus Ewing

Supported by: Richard Lochhead


17 After section 1, insert-

<Amendment of section 15 of the 1986 Act

In section 15 of the 1986 Act (financial powers and duties of district salmon fishery boards), after subsection (1) insert-

"(1A) A report under subsection (1) shall-

(a) include the roll prepared by the clerk under section 11(9)(a);

(b) be published or otherwise made available to the public by the board;

(c) be made to the Scottish Ministers, who shall lay it before the Scottish Parliament.>

After section 2

Fergus Ewing

Supported by: Richard Lochhead


18 After section 2, insert-

<Amendment of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act

In paragraph 6 of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act (membership of district salmon fishery boards)-

(a) the word "and" at the end of head (a) is repealed; and

(b) after head (b) insert "; and

(c) for each local authority within whose area any part of the district salmon fishery board's area lies and which wishes to appoint a member to the committee, a member appointed by that authority;">





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.

Linda Fabiani: Proposed Scottish Forests Bill-Proposal for a Bill to transfer certain rights, interests and functions of the Forestry Commission and the Scottish Ministers to local authorities, planning authorities or other local bodies in order to establish local management of Scottish forests, particularly in relation to economic, social and environmental development; and to establish a mechanism for co-ordination between local authorities. (lodged 20 November 2000)

Supported by: Robin Harper, Michael Russell, Sandra White, Tricia Marwick, Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Welsh, Kenneth Gibson, Lloyd Quinan, Adam Ingram, Michael Matheson, Fiona McLeod




BUSINESS BULLETIN 180 / 2000

Friday 8 December 2000

Section H - New Documents



Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 7 December 2000 and is subject to annulment

The Divorce etc. (Pensions) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/438)

laid under section 10(9) of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985


Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 7 December 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Transport Group Report and Accounts for the year to 31 March 2000 (SE/2000/213)

laid under sections 27(8) and 24(3) of the Transport Act 1962 as amended by sections 52(3) and 27(1) respectively of the Transport Act 1968


SPCB Papers


The following Report is being published on 8 December 2000

Scottish Commission for Public Audit, 2nd Report 2000: Audit Scotland Budget 2001-2002 (SP Paper 228)


Committee Reports

The following Reports are being published on 8 December 2000-

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 45th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 233)

Education, Culture and Sport Committee, 11th Report 2000: Report on Exam Results Inquiry (SP Paper 234)


Volume 2 will be published on 11 December 2000


Finance Committee, 16th Report 2000: Report on Stage 2 of the 2001-02 Budget Process (SP Paper 236)


Transport and the Environment Committee, 15th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 237).




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 190 / 2000

Friday 8 December 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 Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill

Bill passed 6 December

Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill

Withdrawn 7 December

Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No.2) Bill

Introduced 7 December

Family Homes and Homelessness (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 report published (Social Inclusion, Housing and

Voluntary Sector Committee) 22 November

Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 report published (Justice and Home Affairs Committee) 16 November

Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 report published (Social Inclusion, Housing and

Voluntary Sector Committee) 17 November

Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (evidence, Rural Affairs Committee) 8 December

Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill

Stage 2 (Day 1, Rural Affairs Committee) 12 December

Transport (Scotland) Bill

Stage 3 (meeting of the Parliament) 20 December



Subordinate legislation in progress

(date of laying) (Lead Committee)

Affirmative Instruments

For approval by resolution

The draft Education (National Priorities) (Scotland) Order 2000 (6 November 2000) (Education, Culture and Sport)

The draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2001 (13 November 2000) (Justice and Home Affairs)

The draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (17 November 2000) (Transport and the Environment)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/409) (21 November 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/428) (30 November 2000) (Health and Community Care)

Draft Undertaking by the Scottish Ministers under section 2(1) of the Highlands and Islands Shipping Services Act 1960 (30 November 2000) (Transport and the Environment)


Negative Instruments


Subject to annulment until 17 December 2000


The Dairy Produce Quotas Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/391) (8 November 2000) (Rural Affairs)


Subject to annulment until 18 December 2000


The Divorce etc. (Pensions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/392) (9 November 2000) (Justice and Home Affairs)

The Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Amendment) (No.2) (Scotland) Regulations

2000 (SSI 2000/393) (9 November 2000) (Rural Affairs)

The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/394) (9 November 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/395) (9 November 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/396) (9 November 2000) (Health and Community Care)


Subject to annulment until 9 January 2001


The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2000

(SSI 2000/399) (13 November 2000) (Justice and Home Affairs)


Subject to annulment until 13 January 2001


The Local Authorities (Goods and Services) (Public Bodies) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/403) (17 November 2000) Local Government)


Subject to annulment until 16 January 2001


The Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/405) (Rural Affairs)


Subject to annulment until 17 January 2001


The Education (Provision of Information as to Schools) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/406) (21 November 2000) (Education, Culture and Sport)

The Education (School and Placing Information) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/407) (21 November 2000) (Education, Culture and Sport)


Subject to annulment until 23 January 2001


The Sheep and Goats Identification (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/418) (27 November 2000) (Rural Affairs)


Subject to annulment until 24 January 2001


Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2000 (SSI 2000/419) (28 November 2000) (Justice and Home Affairs)

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) 2000 (SSI 2000/420) (28 November 2000) (Justice and Home Affairs)


Subject to annulment until 25 January 2001


The Local Statutory Provisions (Postponement from Repeal) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/425) (29 November 2000) (Local Government)


Subject to annulment until 26 January 2001


The Common Agricultural Policy Support Schemes (Modulation) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/429) (30 November 2000) (Rural Affairs)

The Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/430) (30 November 2000)

The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/431) (30 November 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The Control of Pollution (Registers and Consents for Discharges) (Secretary of State Functions) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/432) (30 November 2000) (Transport and the Environment)


Subject to annulment until 2 February 2001


The Divorce etc. (Pensions) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/438) (7 December 2000)




Committee Business

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

Audit 19 December

Education, Culture and Sport 18 December

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning 12 December

Equal Opportunities 19 December

European 12 December

Finance 19 December

Health and Community Care 12 December

Justice and Home Affairs 12 December

Local Government 12 December

Procedures 19 December

Public Petitions 19 December

Rural Affairs See Section A

Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector No date established

Standards 19 December

Subordinate Legislation 12 December

Transport and Environment 12 December



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