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Scottish Parliament: Business Bulletin 179/2002

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Business Bulletin No. 179/2002
Friday 6 December 2002

Contents

Announcements
Section B : Business Programme
Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings
Section E : Written questions lodged on 5 December 2002
Section F : Motions and Amendments
Section G : Bills: Notices and Amendments
Section H : New Documents
Section I : Petitions lodged on 5 December 2002
Section K : Progress of Parliamentary Business



Business Bulletin No. 179/2002
Friday 6 December 2002

Announcements


Building (Scotland) Bill

Amendments for Stage 2 of the Building (Scotland) Bill may now be lodged with the clerks to the Committee, Callum Thomson, (Room 3.6 Committee Chambers, extn. 85208), Alastair Macfie, (Room 3.6, extn. 85225), Rosalind Wheeler, (Room 3.5 extn. 85051) or Euan Donald (Room 3.5 extn. 86227). The clerks should be consulted about the wording and admissibility of amendments.


The last day on which amendments may be lodged is two days before the Stage (or each day of the proceedings at the Stage). Amendments may be lodged until 4.30 pm on any sitting day (or day of recess when the office of the Clerk is open), except on the last day when amendments may be lodged when the deadline is 2.00 pm (Rule 9.10.2). Members are strongly advised to lodge amendments in good time before the beginning of the Stage, and as early as possible during the day.

It is expected that the first day of Stage 2 proceedings will be on Wednesday 18 December and therefore that the deadline for lodging amendments for the 1st Marshalled List will be 2.00 pm on Monday 16 December.

An announcement on how far the Committee will proceed on the 1st day will follow in due course.



Business Bulletin No. 179/2002
Friday 6 December 2002

Section B : Business Programme


As agreed by the Parliament on 5 December 2002


Wednesday 11 December 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection – Reverend Sandy Young, Lead Chaplain at the Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust, Edinburgh

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Mental Health (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3589 Karen Gillon: The Sale of The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times by SMG (for text of motion see S1M-3589 in Section F of Business Bulletin for Monday 18 November 2002)


Thursday 12 December 2002

The Clerk has been advised of the topic of the following Scottish National Party business

9:30 am Scottish National Party Debate on Children and Young Peoples’ Services in Scotland

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time (for text of questions see Section D of Business Bulletin for Thursday 5 December 2002)

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Executive Debate on Fisheries 2003

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business – debate on the subject of S1M-3464 Donald Gorrie: Debt and Lending (for text of motion see S1M-3464 in Section F of Business Bulletin for Monday 7 October 2002)


Wednesday 18 December 2002

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Homelessness (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of Homelessness (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business


Thursday 19 December 2002

9:30 am Finance Committee Debate on its 7th Report on Stage 2 of the 2003/2004 Budget Process

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3:30 pm Stage 1 Debate on Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business



Business Bulletin No. 179/2002
Friday 6 December 2002

Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings


Procedures Committee

10 December 2002

18th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 9.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Consultative Steering Group Inquiry: The Committee will continue consideration of an issues paper on power sharing.


Justice 2 Committee

10 December 2002

48th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on stage 2 amendments relating to offences aggravated by religious prejudice from—

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

2. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 7).


Public Petitions Committee

10 December 2002

19th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petition—

PE582: Support for the Scottish fishing industry. Mr James Cardno (Save our Scottish Fishing Communities) will make a presentation in support of this petition.

2. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petition—

PE557: Scottish Prison Service staff social and recreational facilities. The Committee will take evidence from—

Tony Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Prison Service

Willie Prestwell, Director, Finance and Business Services, Scottish Prison Service

3. Inadmissible Petitions: The Committee will be invited to agree the recommendations contained in a paper on inadmissible petitions.

4. Convener's report.


Subordinate Legislation Committee

10 December 2002

35th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 11.15 am in Committee Room 3

1. Executive responses: The Committee will consider the responses from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the following—

The Seeds (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/520)

The Taxi Drivers’ Licences (Carrying of Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/521).

2. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

The Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2003, (draft)

The Scottish Local Government Elections Regulations 2002, (draft)

The Extended Sentences for Violent Offenders (Scotland) Order 2003, (draft).

3. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—

The Kava-kava in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/523)

The Food Labelling Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/524)

The Seeds (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/526)

The Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/527)

The Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Amendment (No.2) (Scotland) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/528)

The Poultry Breeding Flocks, Hatcheries and Animal By-Products (Fees) (Scotland) Order 2002, (SSI 2002/529)

The Sheep and Goats Identification (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/531)

The Community Care (Joint Working etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/533)

The NHS Quality Improvement Scotland Order 2002, (SSI 2002/534)

The NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (Transfer of Officers) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/535)

The Plant Protection Products Amendment (No.3) (Scotland) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/537)

The Removal and Disposal of Vehicles Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/538).

4. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—

The Disease Control (Interim Measures) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Order 2002, (SSI 2002/530)

The Pigs (Records, Identification and Movement) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2002, (SSI 2002/540).


Justice 1 Committee

10 December 2002

42nd Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to discuss agenda item 4 in private, and whether to consider its draft Stage 1 report on the Council of Law Society of Scotland Bill in private at future meetings.

2. Convener's report: The Committee will consider the Convener’s report.

3. Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

4. Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.


Audit Committee

10 December 2002

17th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 5 and 6 in private.

2. Overview of the 2001/02 Water Authority Audits: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled ‘Overview of the 2001/02 Water Authority Audits’ (AGS/2002/7).

3. Dealing with Offending by Young People: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled ‘Dealing with Offending by Young People’ (AGS/2002/8).

4. Conference of the Australasian Council of Public Accounts Committees: The Committee will consider a proposed submission to the Conveners’ Liaison Group on an invitation to the Convener to attend the Conference of the Australasian Council of Public Accounts Committees.

5. Overview of the 2001/02 Water Authority Audits: The Committee will consider arrangements for a possible inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled ‘Overview of the 2001/02 Water Authority Audits’ (AGS/2002/7).

6. Committee work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme for the period up to the dissolution of the Parliament in March 2003 for the forthcoming General Election.


Education, Culture and Sport Committee

10 December 2002

32nd Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Professor Kenneth MacKinnon, Ministerial Advisory Group on Gaelic

Professor Donald Meek, Ministerial Advisory Group on Gaelic.

2. Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).


Local Government Committee

10 December 2002

32nd Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in the Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 4, 5 ,6 and 7 in private.

2. Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (day 2).

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

The Taxi Drivers’ Licences (Carrying of Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/500).

4. Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider proposals for consideration of the Bill at Stage 1.

5. Renewing Local Democracy - Phase 2 Inquiry: The Committee will consider an interim report on the Civic Participation event in Glasgow.

6. Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

7. Renewing Local Democracy - Phase 2 Inquiry: The Committee will consider the findings of the external research.


Rural Development Committee

10 December 2002

33rd Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from:

Professor Hugh Pennington, Molecular Biology Department, University of Aberdeen

David Finlay, Cream o’Galloway Dairy Co Ltd, Dumfries and Galloway

William Rose, This is Organic, Inverness-shire.

2. Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from:

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

3. Cairngorms National Park: The Committee will take evidence on the Cairngorms National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2003 (draft) and Cairngorms National Park Elections (Scotland) Order 2003 (draft) from:

Roland Bean, Head of Forward Planning, Perth and Kinross Council

Hugh Anderson, Convener, Planning Committee, Perth and Kinross Council.

4. Subordinate Legislation: Allan Wilson MSP (Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development) to move S1M-3622 in the name of Ross Finnie MSP—

That the Rural Development Committee, in consideration of the Cairngorms National Park Elections (Scotland) Order 2003, recommends that the Order be approved.

and S1M-3621—

That the Rural Development Committee, in consideration of the Cairngorms National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions Order 2003, recommends that the Order be approved.

The Convener has selected the following amendment:

S1M-03621.1 Fergus Ewing: As an amendment to motion S1M-03621 in the name of Ross Finnie (The Cairngorms National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions Order 2003), insert at end "but, in doing so, regrets the exclusion from the boundaries of the Cairngorms National Park of those areas of Highland Perthshire and Drumochter, including the Forest of Atholl, Beinn a ‘Ghlo and Blair Atholl, all of which were recommended for inclusion within the park's boundary by Scottish Natural Heritage in its report, prepared for the Scottish Executive, on the proposal for a National Park in the Cairngorms, and is concerned that, if these areas remain excluded, the attainment by the park of World Heritage Status.


Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

11 December 2002

31st Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Inquiry into tourism: The Committee will take evidence from—

Tom Matthew (Transport Policy Manager), Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Mary McLaughlin (Head of Transport & Area Development), Scottish Enterprise

Peter Lederer (Chairman) and Phillip Riddle (Chief Executive), VisitScotland

Mike Watson MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport.

2. Inquiry into tourism (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report.

3. Committee work programme: The Committee will consider a draft work programme to March 2003.

Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill Committee

11 December 2002

3rd Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Room G2, Cannonball House, Edinburgh

1. Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft Preliminary Stage report on the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill.



Business Bulletin No. 179/2002
Friday 6 December 2002

Section E : Written questions lodged on 5 December 2002


Questions marked with a triangle (Δ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S1W-32291 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what responsibilities it has in relation to the implementation of the European Union Council Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA on the European arrest warrant; what the implications of section B11 of Head B to schedule 5 to the Scotland Act 1998 will be for fulfilling any such responsibilities, and what consideration it has given to paragraph 5 of the preamble of the decision which states that the "objective set for the Union to become an area of freedom, security and justice leads to abolishing extradition between Member States and replacing it by a system of surrender between judicial authorities".

S1W-32292 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-30691 by Dr Richard Simpson on 8 November 2002, whether it drafted any amendment to the Extradition Bill relating to postponing bringing into force the sections of the bill relating to implementation of the European arrest warrant until the European Commission’s review of minimum procedural safeguards for suspects and accused was completed and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-32293 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what responsibilities it will have for the implementation of any recommendations by the European Commission following its review of minimum procedural safeguards for suspects and accused persons that have been subject to the European arrest warrant procedure.

S1W-32295 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes to Scots law will be required as a result of the European Union Council Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA on the European arrest warrant.

S1W-32296 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive how many extraditions to EU member states it has approved since May 1999.

S1W-32297 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it made to the Council of Europe over the European arrest warrant before Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA came into force.

S1W-32298 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive whether provisions for the European arrest warrant will require legislation in Scotland.

S1W-32299 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what bodies it consulted on the European Union Council Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA on the European arrest warrant.

S1W-32300 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what it understands to be a system of surrender between judicial authorities, as referred to in the European Union Council Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA on the European arrest warrant.

S1W-32301 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what guarantees of the protection of their human rights suspects arrested in Scotland under a European arrest warrant would have.

S1W-32302 Fiona Hyslop: To ask the Scottish Executive what guidance it will issue to the justiciary concerning the correct identification of a suspect to be arrested under a European arrest warrant and whether corroboration of identity will be required before the warrant can be executed.

S1W-32304 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all children are given standard basic medical tests, such as the orthomolecular deficiency test, prior to being prescribed Ritalin.

S1W-32305 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children currently in care are being prescribed psychiatric drugs.

S1W-32306 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the expert group to review models and approaches to providing services for people with alcohol-related brain damage will report and when the report will be made publicly available.

S1W-32307 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what accountability arrangements are in place for local delivery of the Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems, as referred to on page 70 of the plan.

S1W-32308 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what changes were made to the membership of the Scottish Advisory Committee on Alcohol Misuse to ensure representation of key interests and priorities, as referred to on page 70 of the Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems.

S1W-32309 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive which relevant national strategies and plans now ensure that alcohol problems are highlighted and addressed, as referred to on page 70 of the Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems.

S1W-32310 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Alcohol Misuse Co-ordinating Committee now has strategies in place to include voluntary sector, industry, community and service user interests in addressing alcohol problems, as referred to on page 71 of the Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems.

S1W-32311 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the appointment to the new alcohol liaison post was made, as referred to on page 72 of the Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems; who the postholder is, and what the remit of the post is.

S1W-32312 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the specialist networks to promote training, quality service provision and the exchange of information about good practice, as referred to on page 75 of the Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems.

S1W-32313 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive when the results of the survey on substance misuse by school children aged 12-15 will be available, as referred to on page 75 of the Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems.

S1W-32314 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what options for substitute and detoxification prescribing are offered to prisoners that have problems with drug misuse.

S1W-32315 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all prisoners have access to dental treatment on a regular basis.

S1W-32316 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated to alleviate delayed discharge since 1999 and how many patients have been discharged from hospital as a direct result of this expenditure.

S1W-32317 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland audit and monitor postcode prescribing and what action is taken where NHS trusts refuse to prescribe certain drugs and treatments.

S1W-32318 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what range of treatments is made available to opiate users and whether all such treatments have abstinence as their main goal.

S1W-32319 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all prison treatment facilities are audited and, if so, whether information from the audits is made publicly available.

S1W-32320 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether diamorphine prescribed for opiate addiction is more or less effective than methadone treatment.

S1W-32321 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting the Scottish Prison Service’s addiction services to keep the misuse of illicit substances out of prisons.

S1W-32322 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving to the Scottish Prison Service’s addiction services to bring substance misusing prisoners into an effective treatment process.

S1W-32323 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many patients are currently given access to diamorphine as a treatment for opiate addiction (a) in total and (b) broken down by NHS board area.

S1W-32324 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what expenditure it has allocated to establish specialist expertise in the NHS for people suffering from eating disorders.

S1W-32325 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of its "One Scotland. Many Cultures" campaign to tackle racism, the recent statement by the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice on sectarianism on 7 October 2002 and its support for, for example, the Healthy Respect project, equal opportunities initiatives in schools and training at the Scottish Police College, it plans to take similar action in respect of homophobia by making statements on the issue, and on crimes motivated by homophobia, and by initiating campaigns to address homophobia in society

S1W-32326 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, in view of the new arrangements to be made for the payment of benefits and allowances due to come into effect next year, whether it has made any representations to Her Majesty’s Government with regard to the impact on local economies of people continuing to be able to use their local post office for the payment of benefits and allowances and, in particular, on equal treatment of banks and post offices in this respect.

S1W-32327Δ Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to publish a smallpox action plan for Scotland.

S1W-32328 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer whether a condition of the contract between the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body in relation to the construction of the new Parliament building at Holyrood and EMBT/RMJM Ltd is that the architects have collateral warranties from EMBT Arquitectes and RMJM Scotland Ltd.

S1W-32329 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer whether EMBT/RMJM Ltd provided evidence of its professional indemnity insurance as described in the original European Journal advertisement for architectural services in relation to the construction of the new Parliament building at Holyrood.

S1W-32330 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer when the mechanical and electrical design contract in relation to the construction of the new Parliament building at Holyrood was put out to tender and advertised in the European Journal.

S1W-32331 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer when the landscape design contract in relation to the construction of the new Parliament building at Holyrood was put out to tender and advertised in the European Journal.

S1W-32332 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer how long after the post of planning supervisor in relation to the construction of the new Parliament building at Holyrood was advertised an appointment was made.

S1W-32333 Ms Margo MacDonald: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) received any information from the Audit Committee or the Scottish Commission for Public Audit in relation to the remit given by the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS) to Gardner & Theobold and the subsequent report prepared by Gardner & Theobold to the AGS which assisted in the preparation of the AGS report, The new Scottish Parliament building: An examination of the management of the Holyrood project; if so, what information the SPCB received and whether a copy of the remit and the Gardner Theobold report will be placed in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, and whether the Commission has made any directions to the SPCB under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 on this matter.

S1W-32334 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made representations to Her Majesty’s Government about any transfer of power to the Parliament with regard to the Crown Estates Commission and what the reason is for its position on the matter.

S1W-32335 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will list the size and types of habitats included in the estimates of 2% of the land area that is covered by wetland and 8.7% that is categorised as the water environment given by the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development at the Transport and the Environment Committee during the Stage 2 consideration of the bill on 20 November 2002 (Official Report, c 3722).

S1W-32336 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive what size of area is underlaid by groundwater as defined in section 3(4) of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill; whether this area was included in the estimate of 2% of land mass that is covered by the water environment as stated by the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development at the Transport and the Environment Committee during the Stage 2 consideration of the bill on 20 November 2002 (Official Report, c 3749), and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S1W-32337 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether water below the surface of the ground in a peatland is groundwater, as defined in section 3(4) of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill, and, if so, why the inclusion of wetlands in the definition of the water environment extends the land area covered by the bill, as referred to by the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development at the Transport and the Environment Committee during the Stage 2 consideration of the bill on 20 November 2002 (Official Report, c 3749).

S1W-32338 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Scottish Environment Protection Agency can characterise, monitor and set environmental objectives for groundwater, as defined in section 3(4) of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill, under a wetland without characterising, monitoring and setting the environmental objectives with regard to the water needs of that wetland, as referred to by the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development at the Transport and the Environment Committee during the Stage 2 consideration of the bill on 20 November 2002 (Official Report, c 3749).

S1W-32339 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how the Scottish Environment Protection Agency can characterise, monitor and set environmental objectives for surface water, as defined in section 3(3) of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill, adjacent to a wetland without characterising, monitoring and setting the environmental objectives with regard to the water needs of that wetland, as referred to by the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development at the Transport and the Environment Committee during the Stage 2 consideration of the bill on 20 November 2002 (Official Report, c 3749).

S1W-32340 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive how sections 2 - 25 of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill can afford environmental protection to wetlands that depend on other aquatic ecosystems if the definition of the water environment given in section 3(2) of the bill excludes such wetlands, as referred to by the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development at the Transport and the Environment Committee during the Stage 2 consideration of the bill on 20 November 2002 (Official Report, c 3753).

S1W-32341 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive whether bog pools within blanket bogs and burns emanating from such pools or from open water within habitats adjacent to such bogs are classed as surface water and, if so, how the bog itself is not a wetland that is directly dependent on an aquatic ecosystem, as referred to by the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development at the Transport and the Environment Committee during the Stage 2 consideration of the bill on 20 November 2002 (Official Report, c 3756).

S1W-32342 Nora Radcliffe: To ask the Scottish Executive which provision in the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill indicates that a wetland that is directly dependent on an aquatic ecosystem constitutes surface water given that the definition of surface water in section 3(3) of the Bill makes no such reference, as referred to by the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development to the Transport and the Environment Committee during the Stage 2 consideration of the bill on 20 November 2002 (Official Report, c 3755-6).

S1W-32343 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31536 by Mrs Mary Mulligan on 28 November 2002, how many unfilled vacancies currently exist for (a) auxiliary nurses and (b) ancillary related jobs, such as portering, cleaning and catering, broken down by NHS (i) trust and (ii) board area.

S1W-32344 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to its announcement on 13 June 2002 on funding for central support services for money advice, what steps it has taken, or plans to take, to publicise the £500,000 it is making available for such services and what plans there are to invite organisations, other than Money Advice Scotland and Citizens Advice Scotland, to submit ideas or bids for projects to receive a share of this funding.

S1W-32345 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had, as part of its cultural responsibilities, with Her Majesty’s Government about the possibility of a "Scottish Six" national news programme

S1W-32346 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions, as part of its cultural responsibilities, it has had with the BBC about the possibility of a "Scottish Six" national news programme

S1W-32347 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Her Majesty’s Government regarding top-up fees for university students.

S1W-32348 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of its current health budget is spent on audiology services.

S1W-32349 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that local authorities are carrying out their responsibilities with regard to flood prevention.

S1W-32350 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how much it has spent on its "Learn to Let Go" campaign since the campaign began

S1W-32351 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will review its concessionary travel scheme.

S1W-32352 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure the future of museums and galleries.

S1W-32353 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is encouraging people to cycle as an alternative to travelling by car.

S1W-32354 Mr Mike Rumbles: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the current take-up rate of influenza vaccines is acceptable and what plans it has to increase the take-up rate of such vaccines.

S1W-32355 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any difficulties exist with the future provision of waste management facilities and what plans it has to overcome any such difficulties.

S1W-32356 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the European Union has initiated infraction proceedings in respect of the Executive regarding waste management matters; if so, why such proceedings have been brought; when they commenced; what stage they are at, and when the results of the proceedings are expected to be announced.

S1W-32357 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what increase in funding levels will be allocated to the Scottish Assigned Budget in each of the next four years as a result of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s recent announcement regarding the landfill tax.

S1W-32358 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31450 by Mr Jim Wallace on 2 December 2002, which budgets within the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) are delegated to individual prisons and other establishments within the SPS; what each such budget covers, and what expenditure relating to prisons and other establishments is budgeted for centrally

S1W-32359 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to questions S1W-29277 and S1W-31448 by Mr Jim Wallace on 29 October and 3 December 2002 respectively, why the response to S1W-31448 was given by the Chief Executive of the Prison Service.

S1W-32360 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the division of responsibilities between the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, what definition is given to matters of (a) policy and (b) operation.

S1W-32361 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the division of responsibilities between the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice and the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, where it is unclear whether a parliamentary question refers to an operational or policy matter, what procedure is used to determine who should answer the question and who determines whether the question is on an operational or a policy matter.

S1W-32362Δ Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive whether any additional resources will be made available in 2002-03 to enable local authorities to deal with contaminated and derelict land.

S1W-32363 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many whole-time equivalent staff worked in (a) local authority, (b) private and (c) voluntary (i) residential and (ii) nursing care homes at (1) 1 March and (2) 1 September in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

S1W-32364 Shona Robison: To ask the Scottish Executive how many whole-time equivalent nursing staff worked in (a) local authority, (b) private and (c) voluntary (i) residential and (ii) nursing care homes at (1) 1 March and (2) 1 September in each of the last five years.

S1W-32365 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will enforce clauses 59 and 69 of the Criminal Justice Bill on restrictions on reporting for publications on the internet where the server on which the publication was originally made is located outside the UK.

S1W-32366 Michael Matheson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether clauses 59 and 69 of the Criminal Justice Bill can be enforced against print publications imported from other states in the European Union.

S1W-32367Δ Mr Tom McCabe: To ask the Scottish Executive what the final outcome has been of the bids to the second round of the Modernising Government Fund; what projects will be supported under the fund, and what the outcomes of the projects will be in improving public services.

S1W-32368 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Scottish Ministers will, under the Building (Scotland) Bill, be able to require that improvements be made, to a level no higher than that required by building standards, in an existing building or class of buildings where there is a clear public health and safety interest or other interest such as energy efficiency, or as a result of European legislation or where repairs are needed in case of damage caused by flood or storm, as referred to in section 17.1 of its consultation paper, Improving Building Standards: Proposals.

S1W-32369 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce legislation to implement the recommendations of the Scottish Law Commission report 187 by extending to siblings the title to sue for non-patrimonial loss under the Damages (Scotland) Act 1976.

S1W-32370 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations are represented on the Steering Group on Central Support for Money Advice.

S1W-32371 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria were used to decide which organisations should be represented on the Steering Group on Central Support for Money Advice.

S1W-32372 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether membership of the Steering Group on Central Support for Money Advice is open to organisations and groups providing money, debt and legal advice to debtors other than those already represented on the group.

S1W-32373 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive how often the Steering Group on Central Support for Money Advice meets and whether the minutes of its meetings are made publicly available.

S1W-32374 Tommy Sheridan: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to consult organisations and groups providing money, debt and legal advice with regard to the provision of central money advice support functions, other than with those organisations represented on the Steering Group on Central Support for Money Advice.

S1W-32375 Fiona McLeod: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-31101 by Mr Jim Wallace on 8 November 2002 and in the light of the statement by the Governor of HM Prison Low Moss that the governor had commissioned research that will consider the incidents in 2002 as well as all the incidents that occurred in 2001 and establish whether any strands run through them (Official Report, Justice 1 Committee, 30 April 2002, c 3513), whether the research was indeed commissioned and, if so, why the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service is not aware of it and when the research will be published.



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Friday 6 December 2002

Section F : Motions and Amendments


A full list of outstanding motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site as Outstanding Motions. Each Monday the full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin together with motions previously lodged that are due to be debated that week.



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-3687 Jackie Baillie: Children's Hospice Association Scotland Hospice at Balloch—That the Parliament notes with concern the recommendation to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority to reject the planning application from the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) for a new hospice at Balloch; recognises and applauds the excellent and valuable work undertaken by CHAS for families of terminally-ill children and the pressing need for another hospice to be established; considers the development of the new hospice to be of national significance and notes that any further delay in the planning process will mean that the service will come simply too late for many children; congratulates the many individuals and communities in the Dumbarton constituency and across Scotland who have contributed through their considerable fundraising efforts to making the second hospice a reality, and calls upon the Park Authority, in recognising that the park is there for the enjoyment of all and not to be preserved in aspic, to apply common sense and compassion by supporting the application for a new hospice at Balloch.

Supported by: Susan Deacon*, Brian Fitzpatrick*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Karen Gillon*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Sarah Boyack*, Maureen Macmillan*, Elaine Thomson*, Mr George Reid*, Rhoda Grant*, Mr John McAllion*, Elaine Smith*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Helen Eadie*, Irene Oldfather*, Cathy Peattie*, Johann Lamont*, Karen Whitefield*, Margaret Smith*, Mr Duncan McNeil*, Margaret Jamieson*, Kate Maclean*, Janis Hughes*, Bill Butler*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Rhona Brankin*, Pauline McNeill*, Cathie Craigie*, Paul Martin*, Mr Tom McCabe*, Mr Michael McMahon*, Bristow Muldoon*, Mr Keith Raffan*, Donald Gorrie*, Tricia Marwick*, Tavish Scott*, Robert Brown*, Iain Smith*, John Farquhar Munro*, Ian Jenkins*, Nora Radcliffe*, John Young*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Alex Johnstone*, Dorothy-Grace Elder*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Phil Gallie*, Fiona Hyslop*, Ben Wallace*, Dr Winnie Ewing*, Colin Campbell*, Ms Margo MacDonald*, Kay Ullrich*, Irene McGugan*, Mary Scanlon*, Scott Barrie*

*S1M-3686 Brian Adam: Aberdeen Council Housing Debt—That the Parliament recognises the relatively low level of local authority housing debt in Aberdeen and demands that the Scottish Executive, rather than punishing Aberdeen tenants for deciding to stay under local authority control, take all necessary steps to write off this debt, just as it did with Glasgow’s local authority housing debt after the vote for the Executive’s preferred stock transfer scheme.

S1M-3679# Private Rented Housing Sector (lodged on 3 December 2002) Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S1M-3674 Cairngorms National Park (lodged on 3 December 2002) Mr Keith Raffan*, Robin Harper*, Fergus Ewing*, Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-3669 Single MMR Vaccines (lodged on 2 December 2002) Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Fiona McLeod*

S1M-3662# European Union Year for Disabled People (lodged on 28 November 2002) Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Robert Brown*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S1M-3659 Muslim Festival of Eid al-Fitr (lodged on 27 November 2002) Mr Keith Raffan*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Kate Maclean*, Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-3658# Creating Linguistic Access for Deaf and Deafblind People (lodged on 27 November 2002) Marilyn Livingstone*, Robert Brown*

S1M-3657 Trade for Life Action Pledge (lodged on 27 November 2002) Mr Keith Raffan*, Robert Brown*

S1M-3654 Victim Support Glasgow (lodged on 27 November 2002) Robert Brown*

S1M-3651# Child Protection (lodged on 26 November 2002) Dr Winnie Ewing*

S1M-3638 "Crossing Borders", the 38th Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association (lodged on 26 November 2002) Karen Gillon*

S1M-3637# Argyll and Clyde NHS Acute Hospitals Trust (lodged on 25 November 2002) Ms Wendy Alexander*

S1M-3634# European Commission Directive on Food Supplements (lodged on 25 November 2002) David Mundell*

S1M-3633 Scottish Executive's Position on the Fire Brigades Union (lodged on 25 November 2002) Dr Winnie Ewing*

S1M-3623# Glasgow to Barra Air Link Public Service Obligation (lodged on 21 November 2002) Fiona McLeod*

S1M-3620# Council Tax on Second Homes (lodged on 21 November 2002) Dr Winnie Ewing*

S1M-3619# Security Measures for Holyrood (lodged on 21 November 2002) Dr Winnie Ewing*

S1M-3618 Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill - Stage I (lodged on 21 November 2002) Dr Winnie Ewing*

S1M-3613 Skye Bridge Tolls (lodged on 20 November 2002) Dr Winnie Ewing*

S1M-3612# Tackling Under Age Drinking (lodged on 20 November 2002) Karen Gillon*

S1M-3611# General Agreement on Trade in Services (lodged on 20 November 2002) Gordon Jackson*

S1M-3610 Carers' Rights Day - 3 December 2002 (lodged on 20 November 2002) Dr Winnie Ewing*

S1M-3589# The Sale of The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times by SMG (lodged on 15 November 2002) Dr Winnie Ewing*

S1M-3540# Exploitation of Women (lodged on 5 November 2002) Mr Jamie Stone*, Dorothy-Grace Elder*, Elaine Smith*



Business Bulletin No. 179/2002
Friday 6 December 2002

Section G: Bills: Notices and Amendments


New amendments to Bills lodged on 5 December 2002

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill – Stage 2

Section 61

Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Hugh Henry

155 In section 61, page 57, line 37, at end insert—

<( ) in fulfilment of his duties under subsection (1E)(cc) below, to apprehend any person and to detain that person in custody in the premises of the court in question;>

Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill – Stage 2

Schedule 4

Iain Smith

91 In schedule 4, page 27, leave out line 12

Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill - Stage 2

Section 1

Maureen Macmillan

222 In section 1, page 1, line 14, after second <burden,> insert <social housing burden,>

After section 41

Maureen Macmillan

223 After section 41, insert-

<Social housing burdens

Social housing burdens

(1) On and after the day on which this section comes into force it shall be competent to create a real burden in favour of a social housing body for the purpose of ensuring that property is used only for the purposes of social housing; and any such burden shall be known as a "social housing burden".

(2) If under subsection (1) above the social housing burden is to be created other than by the social housing body the consent of that body to the creation of the burden in its favour must be obtained before the constitutive deed is registered.

(3) The Scottish Ministers may, subject to subsection (4) below, by order, prescribe such body as they think fit to be a social housing body.

(4) The power conferred by subsection (3) above may be exercised in relation to a body only if the object, or function, of the body (or, as the case may be, one of its objects or functions) is to provide affordable housing in local communities.

(5) Where the power conferred by subsection (3) above is exercised in relation to a trust, the social housing body shall be the trustees of the trust.

(6) The Scottish Ministers may, by order, determine that such social housing body as may be specified in the order shall cease to be a social housing body.>

Maureen Macmillan

224 After section 41, insert-

<Social housing burdens: further provision

Sections 38 to 41 above shall apply in relation to social housing burdens as they apply in relation to conservation burdens, but as if-

(a) the references to conservation burdens and conservation bodies were references to social housing burdens and social housing bodies respectively;

(b) the words "or to the Scottish Ministers" in section 38 were omitted; and

(c) the reference in section 41(b) to an order under section 37(6) of this Act was a reference to an order under section (Social housing burdens)(6).>

Section 43

Maureen Macmillan

225 In section 43, page 21, line 18, after second <burden,> insert <social housing burden,>

Section 44

Maureen Macmillan

226 In section 44, page 21, line 21, after second < burden,> insert <social housing burden,>

Section 50

Mr Kenneth Macintosh

227 In section 50, page 24, line 9, after <way> insert <(including as a warden's flat or a visitor's flat)>

Dr Sylvia Jackson

228 In section 50, page 24, line 16, at end insert <; and includes retirement housing and retirement accommodation.>

Mr Kenneth Macintosh

229 In substitution for amendment 96-

In section 50, page 25, line 3, at end insert-

<( ) section 32(2) of this Act, in relation to community burdens (including core burdens), applies as if there were inserted after the word "granted" where it first appears the words ", following consultation with all the owners of units in the development"; and>

Mr Kenneth Macintosh

230 In substitution for amendment 117-

In section 50, page 25, line 5, at end insert-

<( ) Any reference in this section to anything done by the owner of a unit shall be construed as including reference to things done by a person appointed in writing by such an owner as a proxy to act on the owner's behalf.>

Mr Kenneth Macintosh

231 In substitution for amendment 116-

In section 50, page 25, line 5, at end insert-

<( ) It is the duty of any person who-

(a) owns a majority of the units in a sheltered housing development; or

(b) is the manager of such a development,

to comply with any development management scheme registered against the development under section (Development management scheme) of this Act.>

Section 81

Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Hugh Henry

232 In section 81, page 36, line 13, leave out <and (3)> and insert <to (3A)>

Section 97

Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Hugh Henry

233 In section 97, page 45, line 11, after second <burden,> insert <economic development burden,>

Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Hugh Henry

234 In substitution for amendment 49-

In section 97, page 46, line 27, at end insert-

<( ) After paragraph 6 there is inserted-

"6A In this Part, "title condition", "development management scheme", "conservation burden", "economic development burden", "personal pre-emption burden" and "personal redemption burden" have the same meanings as in the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 00).">

Section 98

Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Hugh Henry

235 In section 98, page 46, line 35, after second <burden,> insert <economic development burden,>

Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Hugh Henry

236 In substitution for amendment 63-

In section 98, page 48, line 6, at end insert-

<6D In this Part, "title condition", "development management scheme", "conservation burden", "maritime burden", "economic development burden", "personal pre-emption burden" and "personal redemption burden" have the same meanings as in that Act; and in paragraphs 6B and 6C above, "conveyance" has the same meaning as in section 95(5) of that Act.">

Section 100

Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Hugh Henry

237 In substitution for amendment 205-

In section 100, page 48, line 18, at end insert-

<( ) The 1979 Act shall be amended in accordance with the following subsections.

( ) In section 6(1) (duty to make up and maintain title sheet), for paragraph (e) there shall be substituted-

"(e) any subsisting real right pertaining to the interest or subsisting real burden or condition affecting the interest and, where the interest is so affected by virtue of section 18, 18A, 18B, 19, 20, 27 or 27A of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (asp 5) or section 4(5), 46 or 66 of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 00), the Keeper shall in the entry identify the benefited property, or as the case may be the dominant tenement, (if any) and any person in whose favour the real burden is constituted;

(ee) any subsisting right to a title condition pertaining to the interest by virtue of section 18, 19 or 20 of that Act of 2000 or 4(5), 46 or 66 of that Act of 2002, the Keeper identifying in the entry the burdened property;".>

Schedule 12

Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Hugh Henry

238 In schedule 12, page 79, line 7, after <words> insert <"19, 20,>

Mr Jim Wallace

Supported by: Hugh Henry

239 In schedule 12, page 79, line 8, leave out <"28> and insert <"18A, 18B, 19, 20, 28, 28A>

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.

Ms Sandra White: Proposed Third Party Planning Rights of Appeal (Scotland) Bill—Proposal for a Bill to provide third parties with a right of appeal against decisions made in planning applications under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (lodged 7 November 2002)

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Nicola Sturgeon, Linda Fabiani, Colin Campbell, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Mike Rumbles, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Dennis Canavan, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Russell, Stewart Stevenson, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper



Business Bulletin No. 179/2002
Friday 6 December 2002

Section H : New Documents


Subordinate Legislation

Affirmative Instruments

The following instrument was laid in draft before the Parliament on 5 December 2002 for approval by resolution

The Extended Sentences for Violent Offenders (Scotland) Order 2003

laid under section 210A(8) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

Committee Reports

The following Reports are being published on 6 December 2002—

Rural Development Committee, 13th Report 2002: Stage 1 Report on the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 712)

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 44th Report 2002: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 713)

Local Government Committee, 18th Report 2002: Stage 1 Report on the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 715)

European Documents

Members wishing to see a list of European documents received in the Parliament should contact the clerk 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. Additionally, SPICe holds a set of Briefing Papers produced primarily for MEPs covering the views of the UK Government on proposals for EC/EU legislation. These are now being made available to all MSPs and parliamentary staff. Copies can be obtained on the SPICe page of the Parliament's intranet


Business Bulletin No. 179/2002
Friday 6 December 2002

Section I : Petitions lodged on 5 December 2002


The following Petitions were lodged with the Parliament on 5 December 2002—

PE582 Petition by Ms Carol MacDonald on behalf of Save our Scottish Fishing Communities, calling for the Scottish Parliament to represent the interests of the Scottish fishing industry to ensure the long-term survival of the industry.

PE583 Petition by Joe Eyre on behalf of Further Education Fightback, calling for the Scottish Parliament to enquire into the governance and management of Scotland' Further Education Colleges and to consider reforming the legislative framework governing Further Education.

PE584 Petition by Mr Douglas Robison, calling for the Scottish Parliament to take the necessary steps to ensure that the EC Food Supplements and Herbal Medicines Directives will not prevent consumers to use safe health supplements and herbal remedies.


Business Bulletin No. 179/2002
Friday 6 December 2002

Section K : 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

Note: Where a Bill is listed below with a date for Stage 2 (or for a day at that Stage), the deadline for lodging amendments for that Stage (or that day) is 2.00 pm, two sitting days earlier (e.g. 2.00 pm on Monday for a Stage 2 meeting on Wednesday). Where a Bill is listed with a date for Stage 3, the deadline is 4.30 pm, three sitting days earlier. Amendments should be lodged with the clerks to the Stage 2 committee.

Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 Report published (Rural Development Committee) 6 December

Building (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 completed 5 December

Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill

Introduced 4 December

Council of the Law Society of Scotland Bill

Stage 1 (Justice 1 Committee) 10 December

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

Stage 2 (Day 7, Justice 2 Committee) 10 December

Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Bill

Bill Passed 13 November

Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (Local Government Committee) 10 December

Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (evidence, Education, Culture and Sport Committee) 10 December

Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (Social Justice Committee) 11 December

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

Stage 2 completed 5 November

Local Government in Scotland Bill

Stage 2 completed 26 November

Mental Health (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (debate, meeting of the Parliament) 11 December

National Galleries of Scotland Bill

Introduced 28 October

Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (evidence, Rural Development Committee) 10 December

Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (Local Government Committee) 10 December

Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (evidence, Local Government Committee) 17 December

Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill

Stage 2 (Day 2, Education, Culture and Sport Committee) 10 December

Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill

Stage 2 (Day 2, Local Government Committee) 10 December

Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill

Preliminary Stage (Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm

(Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill Committee) 11 December

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill

Introduced 27 November

Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill

Stage 2 (Day 1, Justice 1 Committee) 10 December

Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill

Stage 2 (Day 5, Transport and the Environment Committee) 11 December

Subordinate legislation in progress

(date of laying) (Lead Committee)

Affirmative Instruments

Subject to approval by resolution by 16 December 2002

The draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2002 Amendment Order 2002 (7 November 2002) (Finance)

Subject to approval by resolution by 17 December 2002

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 15) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/511) (21 November 2002) (Health and Community Care)

Subject to approval by resolution by 4 January 2003

The draft Cairngorms National Park Elections (Scotland) Order 2003 (14 November 2002) (Rural Development)

The draft Cairngorms National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions Order 2003 (14 November 2002) (Rural Development)

The draft Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (14 November 2002) (Transport and the Environment)

Subject to approval by resolution by 17 January 2003

The draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cash Searches: Constables in Scotland: Code of Practice) Order 2002 (27 November 2002) (Justice 2)

Subject to approval by resolution by 23 January 2003

The draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2003 (3 December 2002) (Parliament)

Subject to approval by resolution by 24 January 2003

The draft Scottish Local Government Elections Regulations 2002 (4 December 2002) (Local Government)

Subject to approval by resolution by 25 January 2003

The draft Extended Sentences for Violent Offenders (Scotland) Order 2003 (5 December 2002)

Negative Instruments

Subject to annulment by 7 December 2002

The Plant Health (Phytophthora ramorum) (Scotland) (No.2) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/483) (29 October 2002) (Rural Development)

Subject to annulment by 15 December 2002

The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/489) (6 November 2002) (Rural Development)

The Large Combustion Plants (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/493) (6 November 2002) (Transport and the Environment)

Subject to annulment by 16 December 2002

The Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/494) (7 November 2002) (Justice 1)

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/495) (7 November 2002) (Justice 1)

The Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/496) (7 November 2002) (Justice 1)

Subject to annulment by 17 December 2002

The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/498) (8 November 2002) (Health and Community Care)

Subject to annulment by 20 December 2002

The Taxi Drivers’ Licences (Carrying of Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/500) (11 November 2002) (Local Government)

Subject to annulment by 12 January 2003

The Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/518) (22 November 2002) (Rural Development)

Subject to annulment by 15 January 2003

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2002 (SSI 2002/515) (25 November 2002) (Justice 2)

Subject to annulment by 17 January 2003

The Seeds (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/520) (27 November 2002) (Rural Development)

Subject to annulment by 18 January 2003

The Taxi Drivers’ Licences (Carrying of Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/521) (Local Government)

The Scottish Local Government Elections Amendment Rules 2002 (SSI 2002/522) (28 November 2002) (Local Government)

Subject to annulment by 22 January 2003

The Kava-kava in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/523) (2 December 2002) (Health and Community Care)

The Food Labelling Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/524) (2 December 2002) (Health and Community Care)

The Seeds (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/526) (2 December 2002) (Rural Development)

The Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/527) (2 December 2002) (Transport and the Environment)

The Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Amendment (No.2) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/528) (2 December 2002) (Health and Community Care)

The Poultry Breeding Flocks, Hatcheries and Animal By-Products (Fees) (Scotland) Order 2002 (SSI 2002/529) (2 December 2002) (Rural Development)

The Sheep and Goats Identification (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/531) (2 December 2002) (Rural Development)

The Community Care (Joint Working etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/533) (2 December 2002) (Health and Community Care)

The NHS Quality Improvement Scotland Order 2002 (SSI 2002/534) (2 December 2002) (2 December 2002) (Health and Community Care)

The NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (Transfer of Officers) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/534) (2 December 2002) (Health and Community Care)

The Plant Protection Products Amendment (No.3) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/537) (2 December 2002) (Rural Development)

Subject to annulment by 24 January 2003

The Removal and Disposal of Vehicles Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2002 (SSI 2002/538) (4 December 2002) (Transport and the Environment)


Committee Business

Dates indicate when the next meeting is due to take place by each Committee.

Audit 10 December

Education, Culture and Sport 10 December

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning 11 December

Equal Opportunities 16 December

European 17 December

Finance 17 December

Health and Community Care 11 December

Justice 1 10 December

Justice 2 10 December

Local Government 10 December

Procedures 10 December

Public Petitions 10 December

Rural Development 10 December

Social Justice 11 December

Standards 18 December

Subordinate Legislation 10 December

Transport and Environment 11 December



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