Business Motion

– in the Scottish Parliament at 12:30 pm on 18th January 2001.

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Photo of George Reid George Reid Scottish National Party 12:30 pm, 18th January 2001

The next item of business is consideration of business motion S1M-1550, in the name of Tom McCabe, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a business programme. I ask any member who wishes to speak against the motion to press their request-to-speak button now.

As no one wants to speak against the motion, I call Tavish Scott to move—

Photo of Dennis Canavan Dennis Canavan Independent

I pressed my request-to-speak button.

Photo of George Reid George Reid Scottish National Party

I am sorry. Mr Canavan wants to speak against the motion.

Photo of Dennis Canavan Dennis Canavan Independent

Will the Deputy Minister for Parliament give us a positive indication that we will have an opportunity to hear the Minister for Finance and Local Government's statement about quangos and, more important, to question him on the contents of that statement?

Photo of George Reid George Reid Scottish National Party

I think that that is a point of order, Mr Canavan.

Photo of Dennis Canavan Dennis Canavan Independent

No. It would be helpful if that could be included in the business programme or if the Deputy Minister for Parliament could indicate the likelihood of its being included in a future business motion.

Photo of Tavish Scott Tavish Scott Liberal Democrat

Mr Canavan will know well that the procedures of the Parliament do not include business time questions. All that I am doing today is formally moving the business for the next weeks.

I move,

That the Parliament agrees:

(a) the following programme of business— Wednesday 24 January 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - The Right Reverend Dr Andrew R C McLellan, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland followed by Ministerial Statement followed by Justice 1 Committee Debate on its Proposal for a Protection from Abuse Bill The Clerk has been informed that the following document(s) are relevant to this debate.

Justice and Home Affairs Committee's 9th Report, 2000 (SP Paper 221)

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1334 Pauline McNeill: Funding of Glasgow's Museums and Galleries Thursday 25 January 2001

9.30 am Scottish National Party Business

12.15 pm Ministerial Statement followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Budget Bill followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1506 David Mundell: Robert Burns Wednesday 31 January 2001

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - The Reverend Ernest Levy, Member of the Jewish Clergy followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill followed by Financial Resolution on the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) (No. 2) Bill followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members' Business Thursday 1 February 2001

9.30 am Executive Business followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on the Strategy for Enterprise followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time followed by Members' Business

(b) that Stage 1 of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Bill be completed by 7 March 2001

(c) that Stage 1 of the Housing (Scotland) Bill be completed by 14 March 2001 and, (d) that the Rural Development Committee reports to the Health and Community Care Committee by 2 February 2001 on the Specified Risk Material Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/3) and the Specified Risk Material Order Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001/4).

Photo of George Reid George Reid Scottish National Party

Technically, Mr Canavan's contribution was not about the business motion.

I am advised by the clerks that Mr Gorrie pressed his button first.

Photo of Donald Gorrie Donald Gorrie Liberal Democrat

The programme for the next few days should include time for the statement that has been aborted. If the minister can make it clear that that will happen, I will not oppose the timetable outlined in the motion.

Photo of Tavish Scott Tavish Scott Liberal Democrat

We are seeking to intimate the business for the next two weeks, which has been agreed by all four business managers. Mr Gorrie refers to an event that has just happened, so it is a little difficult of him to ask the Minister for Parliament to reassess business at a moment's notice. There will be discussions, but at the moment all we can do is intimate the business as it is in today's bulletin.

Photo of George Reid George Reid Scottish National Party

The question is, that business motion S1M-1550, in the name of Mr Tom McCabe, be agreed to. Are we agreed?

Members:

No.

Photo of George Reid George Reid Scottish National Party

The result of the division is: For 27, Against 15, Abstentions 0.

Motion agreed to.

Meeting suspended until 14:00.

On resuming—