Thursday, 3 November 2005
Scottish Parliament Thursday 3 November 2005 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:15]
Good morning. The first item of business is a debate on motion S2M-3490, in the name of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, on children with special needs.
Our next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-3497, in the name of Murdo Fraser, on the decline of Scottish manufacturing.
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide an update on how it is tackling areas of multiple deprivation. (S2O-7954)
To ask the Scottish Executive how the implementation of the Kerr report will improve the lives of people with chronic conditions. (S2O-7951)
To ask the Scottish Executive what advice it is issuing to NHS boards to cope with winter pressures. (S2O-7960)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the recently published Social Work Inspection Agency report into child abuse in Stornoway. (S2O-7956)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether, in light of the designation of Luce bay as a Natura 2000 site, it will consider whether further restrictions on activities such as scallop dredging are...
To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the announcement that the United Kingdom Government is minded to approve ship-to-ship transfers of heavy crude oil in the Firth of Forth....
Before we commence First Minister's question time, members will wish to welcome His Excellency Dr Bingu wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi. [ Applause. ]
I know that we all wish this weekend's conference well and pledge our continued solidarity with the people of Malawi. To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting...
The First Minister should be aware that a recent survey suggests that 320 acres of public green space is currently proposed for development or is already being built on as a result of school...
To ask the First Minister what measures will be taken to ensure that Glasgow Housing Association housing stock is retained under the control of community ownership. (S2F-1899)
To ask the First Minister what recent discussions the Scottish Executive has had with the Commission for Racial Equality in Scotland regarding the fresh talent initiative. (S2F-1900)
To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Executive will tackle increased overcrowding in prisons. (S2F-1901)
To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to reduce congestion and air pollution and to develop better transport links in and to west-central Scotland. (S2O-7955)
To ask the Scottish Executive how many jobs the M74 public inquiry reporter considered would be created by the construction of the M74. (S2O-7963)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it plans to implement the A76 route action plan. (S2O-7959)
To ask the Scottish Executive what its policies are in respect of the future of the electricity generation industry. (S2O-7940)
To ask the Scottish Executive what factors it will take into account in determining whether a public inquiry will be held into the planning application by Scottish and Southern Energy plc for...
To ask the Scottish Executive whether the police are taking sufficient action to ensure that no offences of attempting or conspiring to commit torture are being committed in Scotland or Scottish...
To ask the Scottish Executive what monitoring it has carried out of the implementation of the Antisocial Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 since its enactment one year ago. (S2O-7931)
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress it is making in implementing the recommendations from the report of the working group on debt relief. (S2O-7928)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will legislate to retain DNA samples as a means of helping to solve crimes of a serious nature. (S2O-7950)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of increased incidence of driving when unfit through drink or drugs in Ross, Cromarty and Skye. (S2O-7947)
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will implement the recommendations of Professor Irving's report "Registering the Risk: Review of Notification Requirements, Risk Assessment and Risk...
To ask the Scottish Executive whether there are any plans to roll out drugs courts across Scotland. (S2O-7905)
To ask the Scottish Executive how the proposed limited disclosure of information on sex offenders to members of the public will operate. (S2O-7906)
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will implement chapter 1 of part III of the Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Act 1997, on prisoners' early release, in light of the First Minister's...
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S2M-3504, in the name of Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for stage 3 consideration of...
We move now to stage 3 proceedings on the Management of Offenders etc (Scotland) Bill. I will begin with the normal announcement about the procedures to be followed. We will deal with the...
The first group is on co-operation for purposes of inspections. Amendment 3, in the name of the minister, is in a group on its own.
Group 2 is on community justice authorities—area covered and island authorities. Amendment 25, in the name of Jim Wallace, is grouped with amendments 26, 27, 8, 11 and 12 to 14.
Amendment 27 not moved.
Group 3 consists of minor amendments. Amendment 4, in the name of the minister, is grouped with amendments 5, 7 and 22.
Amendment 5 moved—[Hugh Henry]—and agreed to.
Amendment 8 moved—[Hugh Henry]—and agreed to.
Group 6 is on the role of health boards in assessing and managing risks posed by certain offenders. Amendment 15, in the name of the minister, is grouped with amendments 16 and 17.
Group 7 is on probation progress review. Amendment 18, in the name of the minister, is in the group on its own.
Group 8 is on the release of certain sex offenders. Amendment 19, in the name of the minister, is grouped with amendment 20.
We move now to group 10, on testing prisoners for drugs. Amendment 21, in the name of the minister, is grouped with amendment 24.
Amendment 22 moved—[Hugh Henry]—and agreed to.
Amendment 2 not moved.
We now move to group 11, which is entitled "Scheme of accreditation and procedure etc. of the Risk Management Authority—commencement". Amendment 23, in the name of the minister, is in a...
Amendment 24 moved—[Hugh Henry]—and agreed to.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-3436, in the name of Cathy Jamieson, that the Parliament agrees that the Management of Offenders etc (Scotland) Bill be passed.
I refer to the matter that I raised last week about the accountability of this Parliament, which is impressed on us by the words on the mace and by our standing orders. We must achieve optimum...
There are seven questions to be put as a result of today's business. For this morning's debate on the decline of the Scottish manufacturing sector, if the amendment in the name of Allan Wilson is...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S2M-3461, in the name of Patrick Harvie, on air pollution in Glasgow. Motion debated, That the Parliament recognises that...
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